Resource USM PU Checks Compendium

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PU Checks Compendium
By: TJ, Specs Jigglypuff, and UberSkitty
OP stolen from here

The main goal of this thread is to provide a visual tool to assist teambuilding by giving players a quick way to pick checks and counters for the metagame's top threats. Basically, a "check" as defined here is anything that reliably beats a threat, and they're separated in this list by whether or not they can switch in. The Pokemon will be listed by sprites rather than name for the sake of easy and quick reference. The community is encouraged to get involved and make suggestions as this project will have updates often to become as accurate as possible.

Here are a few guidelines that explain how this compendium will be organized:

  • Only Pokemon ranked on the PU Viability Ranking thread between S and B- will be included to begin with, this is because most Pokemon under B- are too uncommon or require less specific preparation to deal with in comparison to higher ranked threats.
  • Anything that drops down from B- will be kept on the compendium in case it rises up again, however if it suffers a massive drop in viability it will be removed.
  • Checks are separated by guaranteed switch-ins (GSI), situational switch-ins (SSI), and non-switch-ins (NSI).
  • This is subjective and not perfect so we're subject to have made mistakes here and there.
Guaranteed Switch-Ins (GSI): These Pokemon can switch into basically anything a threat can throw at them and win the matchup, within reason. They may only be able to switch in safely one or two times, or they may only be able to switch in with certain sets, so that'll be up to the player's discretion. When evaluating which moves a check must be able to switch into, I will use the standard sets, but keep in mind that is subjective.

Situational Switch-Ins (SSI): These Pokemon can switch in safely under certain circumstances, but not always. Pokemon in this category can either switch safely into some variants of a threat but struggle against others, or they struggle with common coverage moves but can at least switch into a threat's STABs and other moves commonly used on switches (such as boosting moves and Knock Off) and win the matchup. This is somewhat of a "gray area" category, so there's a bit of flexibility here.

Non-Switch-Ins (NSI): These Pokemon cannot switch safely into a certain threat, generally because they are beaten by one of the threat's STABs, lose if they switch in on a boosting move, etc. Pokemon in this category can, however, defeat a threat in a 1-on-1 matchup. This includes faster revenge killers, as well as Pokemon that can take a single hit and KO back.


There might be exceptions to the above rules, so these will be handled on a case-by-case basis. This compendium should give you a wide range of checks to choose from so that you can build until you feel you can cover what you need to between team synergy and in-game decision making. Dont get too caught up having a GSI for everything, because that's basically impossible. As long as you've got a good mixture of Pokemon that can allow you to play against anything somewhat well, you'll be fine, just use this resource as a guideline to push you in the right direction when building.

Remember to read the entire OP before posting!
 

TJ

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B101 Leader
S Rank

Mesprit Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:



Pyroar Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:
(offensive)

Skuntank Checks
GSI:
(Defensive)

SSI:

NSI:


A+ Rank

Aggron Checks
GSI:
(defensive)

SSI:

NSI:


Aurorus Checks
GSI:
(AV)
SSI:

NSI:
(offensive)

Clefairy Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Gurdurr Checks
GSI:
(fairy)
(fat sensu)

SSI:

NSI:


Oricorio-Sensu Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Regirock Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Spiritomb Checks
GSI:
(Fairy)

SSI:

NSI:
 
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TJ

You know I'm ballin' usual like Kobe
is a Top Tutoris a Community Leaderis a Community Contributoris a Social Media Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Top Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a defending Smogon Snake Draft Champion
B101 Leader
A Rank

Carracosta Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Eelektross Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Froslass Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(water)
NSI:


Jynx Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Kangaskhan Checks
GSI:
(fairy)

SSI:

NSI:


Lanturn Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Lilligant Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Lycanroc Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Omastar Checks
GSI:
(AV)

SSI:
(water)

NSI:


Primeape Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(fairy)

NSI


Qwilfish Checks
GSI:
(dragon, water)

SSI:

NSI:


Swanna Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(defensive)

NSI:


Togedemaru Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:
 
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TJ

You know I'm ballin' usual like Kobe
is a Top Tutoris a Community Leaderis a Community Contributoris a Social Media Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Top Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a defending Smogon Snake Draft Champion
B101 Leader
A- Rank

Altaria Checks
GSI:
(fairy, water)
(AV)

SSI:

NSI:
(dragon)


Exeggutor-A Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(fairy)
NSI:


Hitmonchan Checks
GSI:
(fairy)
(fat sensu)

SSI:

NSI:


Poliwrath Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(fairy)

NSI:


Sandslash-A Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Scyther Checks
GSI:
(Defensive)

SSI:
(Shell Smash)

NSI:


Stoutland Checks
GSI:
(defensive)
SSI:

NSI:


Weezing Checks
GSI:
(special)

SSI:

NSI:


B+Rank

Articuno Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Bellossom Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:
(offensive)

Drampa Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(fairy)

NSI:
(offensive)


Dugtrio-A Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Floatzel Checks
GSI:

SSI:
(fairy)

NSI:
 
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TJ

You know I'm ballin' usual like Kobe
is a Top Tutoris a Community Leaderis a Community Contributoris a Social Media Contributor Alumnusis a Tiering Contributor Alumnusis a Top Contributor Alumnusis a Smogon Media Contributor Alumnusis a defending Smogon Snake Draft Champion
B101 Leader
Haunter Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Mudsdale Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Oricorio-Pom-Pom Checks
GSI:

SSI:

NSI:


Persian-A Checks
GSI:
(fairy)

SSI:

NSI:


Pinsir Checks
GSI:
(Fairy)
(defensive)

SSI: