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[OVERVIEW]

Snow Warning allows Vanilluxe to power off extremely powerful Blizzards, which can quickly dismantle teams lacking a sturdy Steel-type such as Registeel. A decent Speed tier puts it above many metagame threats, particularly Mega Blastoise, as well as other Pokemon like Nidoqueen, Feraligatr, and Tyrantrum. Blizzard + Freeze-Dry + Hidden Power Fire allows Vanilluxe to hit the majority of the tier for at least neutral damage, only missing out on Fire-types. It also has utility in Taunt that lets it prevent walls like Bronzong from setting up entry hazards and priority in the form of Ice Shard that lets it remove Pokemon like Noivern more easily. Despite this, Vanilluxe fails to make headway against the plethora of teams running sturdy Steel-types such as Registeel and Bronzong. Even against bulky offense, Vanilluxe will struggle to make immediate progress, as it'll have to worry about getting through other Steel-types like Metagross, and its mediocre defenses combined with an abysmal defensive typing leaves it vulnerable to faster bulky offense staples such as Virizion and Salazzle. Vanilluxe's underwhelming Special Attack stat means that all of its attacks bar Blizzard will be lacking. Vanilluxe is also worn down quickly by residual damage, especially Stealth Rock due to its typing, and it struggles to switch into weak attacks because of its mediocre bulk and bad defensive typing.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Blizzard
move 2: Freeze-Dry
move 3: Ice Shard
move 4: Taunt / Hidden Power Fire
item: Icicle Plate / Choice Specs
ability: Snow Warning
nature: Hasty
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Freeze-Dry lets Vanilluxe deal with Water-types like Milotic and Mega Blastoise. Ice Shard lets Vanilluxe take care of Pokemon like Zygarde-10% and Noivern as well as pick off weakened attackers like Virizion. Taunt improves Vanilluxe's matchup against defensive Steel-types like Registeel, which would otherwise come in for free and set up Stealth Rock or spread Toxic easily. Hidden Power Fire on Choice Specs sets lets Vanilluxe 2HKO Steel-types like Metagross and KO some of the more resilient ones after they've been worn down.

Set Details
========

A Hasty nature is important to outpace Nidoqueen, Mega Blastoise, and Feraligatr and is used over Timid to improve Ice Shard's damage output. Choice Specs gives Vanilluxe more immediate power, allowing it to consistently 2HKO Metagross, but Vanilluxe misses out on the freedom Icicle Plate has.

Usage Tips
========

Be cautious when clicking moves with Choice Specs, as being locked into a certain move can let Pokemon like Salazzle, Feraligatr, and Barbaracle set up for free. Make use of Taunt to prevent defensive Stealth Rock setters like Registeel and Bronzong from setting it up. Vanilluxe's mediocre bulk and awful defensive typing make it difficult to get it in freely, so make use of double switches and pivoting to give it turns.

Team Options
========

Vanilluxe struggles to get in due to a bad defensive typing and mediocre bulk, so pivots such as Tsareena and Noivern are great teammates to get it in. It also has a big weakness to Stealth Rock, so the aforementioned Tsareena as well as other entry hazard removers like Mega Blastoise and Mandibuzz are great teammates. Pokemon that deal with Vanilluxe's main weaknesses such as Toxicroak for Steel-types, Zygarde-10% for Fire-types, and Noivern for Fighting-types synergize well with Vanilluxe. Alolan Golem can be run alongside Vanilluxe to remove Steel-types, mainly Registeel and Bronzong, that Vanilluxe struggles with.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Water Pulse can be used on Choice Specs sets to hit Fire-types like Ninetales.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Offensive Pokemon**: Virizion, Ninetales, and Salazzle all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe, but Pokemon weak to Ice Shard have to watch out for it.

**Steel-types**: Registeel and Bronzong consistently wall Vanilluxe over entire games, and the more offensive Steel-types like Metagross and Escavalier can deal with it as well but have to be more wary of Hidden Power Fire.

**Fire-types**: Salazzle, Ninetales, and Arcanine all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe and take barely any damage from Ice Shard.

**Fighting-types**: Faster Fighting-types such as Virizion, Toxicroak, and Sawk all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe, and slower Fighting-types such as Assault Vest Machamp can handle it as well.

**Rock-types**: Both offensive and defensive Rock-types beat Vanilluxe; Lycanroc-D and Choice Scarf Tyrantrum remove it with their super effective STAB attacks, and Diancie beats it one-on-one.

**Walls**: Specially defensive walls such as Thick Fat Snorlax and Umbreon can switch into Vanilluxe, heal off any damage taken, and then remove it with their STAB attacks.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[roman, 396169]]
- Quality checked by: [[zizalith, 410251], [Mr Aldo, 227521], [Averardo, 409096]]
- Grammar checked by: [[The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216], [Estronic, 240732]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]

* snow warning blizzard wrecks teams without fire type or sturdy steel type
* good enough speed tier to put it above a plethora of threats - nidoqueen, mega blastoise, feraligatr, tyrantrum emphasize stoise and specify non scarf trum
* good enough coverage to hit much of the tier for at least neutral dmg
* utility in taunt and ice shard
* in the one matchup it's supposed to do well in it also sucks at - literally everything faster than it will kill it and even offense teams can find switch ins (any fire type eats it alive, glue can come into certain moves ie meta / av champ on icicle plate, golis on blizz etc)
* useless vs regi / zong teams
* worn down quickly by residual damage

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Blizzard
move 2: Freeze-Dry
move 3: Ice Shard
move 4: Taunt / Hidden Power Fire
item: Icicle Plate / Choice Specs
ability: Snow Warning
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

4- Atk Icicle Plate Vanilluxe Ice Shard vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Zygarde-10%: 232-280 (93.1 - 112.4%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock and hail damage
8- Atk Icicle Plate Vanilluxe Ice Shard vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Zygarde-10%: 240-288 (96.3 - 115.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock and hail damage

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

* fd hits water types
* ice shard allows vanilluxe to revenge kill weakened faster offensive pokemon like zygarde virizion and noivern
* taunt improves vanilluxe's matchup against defensive steel types like bronzong and registeel which come in for free and set up stealth rock / spread poison easily
* hp fire lets vanilluxe 2hko offensive ice-resistant pokemon like metagross with stealth rock up and lets it finish off weakened defensive pokemon such as bronzong emphasize this is a better option on specs cuz otherwise it kinda sucks
mention running water pulse on specs, it hits fire and rocks like arc / gigalith



Set Details
========

* timid > modest is important to outpace nidoqueen mega blastoise and feraligatr
* snow warning accurate blizzards
* specs does stuff like let you OHKO stoise w rocks and guarantees 2hko vs meta

Usage Tips
========

* be wary of opposing set up when clicking moves with specs, your main stab lets a bunch of stuff (salazzle feraligatr barbaracle) set up for free
* use taunt to prevent rocks from defensive setters like regi
* vanilluxe can directly switch into almost nothing, so use pivots and double switches to get it in

Team Options
========

* struggles to get turns due to rocks weakness is abysmal defensive typing, so pivots like tsareena and noivern are great to help it get in
* rocks removal and rocks themselves are important for vanilluxe. former by means of pokemon like stoise and mandi allows it to not die immediately and rocks lets it 2hko meta w icicle plate and ohko stoise w specs and at least gives it a chance vs fires
* teammates that deal w/ its main weaknesses- steel types (toxicroak) fire types (zygarde-10) fighting types (vern (gives u-turn too)) rock types (blastoise (gives spin too))
mention alolem, it beats steels and most fires too

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

* hasty on plate can be used to better deal with zygarde, but rocks + hail + ice shard doesn't even guarantee the ko mention vern and flygon as stuff that hasty helps beat
also, 8 Atk Icicle Plate Vanilluxe Ice Shard vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Zygarde-10%: 268-316 (107.6 - 126.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO, specifically mention specs or change the example.


Checks and Counters
===================

* faster offensive pokemon (the whole tier) mention ice shard can ko weakened threats tho
* steel types (bronzong registeel)
* fire types (ninetales)
* fighting types (av machamp virizion) viriz gets heavily weakened by ice shard dont mention it. use
* rock types (lycanroc)
* spdef walls (snorlax (thick fat) regi can get extra mention etc)


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[roman, 396169]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]]
- Grammar checked by: [[,], [, ]]

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[OVERVIEW]

Snow Warning allows Vanilluxe to power off extremely powerful Blizzards, which can quickly dismantle teams lacking a sturdy Steel-type such as Registeel. A decent Speed tier puts it above many metagame threats, particularly Mega Blastoise, but also as well as other Pokemon like Nidoqueen, Feraligatr, and Tyrantrum. Blizzard + Freeze-Dry + Hidden Power Fire allows Vanilluxe to hit the majority of the tier for at least neutral damage, only missing out on Fire-types. It also has utility in Taunt that lets it prevent walls like Bronzong from setting up hazards and a priority in the form of Ice Shard that lets it remove Pokemon like Noivern more easily. Despite this, Vanilluxe fails to make headway against the plethora of teams running sturdy Steel-types such as Registeel and Bronzong. Even against bulky offense, (AC) Vanilluxe will struggle to make immediate progress, (AC) as it'll have to worry about getting through other Steel-types like Metagross, and its mediocre defenses combined with an abysmal defensive typing leaves it vulnerable to faster bulky offense staples such as Virizion and Salazzle. Vanilluxe's underwhelming Special Attack stat means that all of its attacks bar Blizzard will be lacking. Vanilluxe is also worn down quickly by residual damage, especially struggling with Stealth Rock due to its typing, (AC) and it struggles to switch into weak attacks because of its mediocre bulk and bad defensive typing.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Blizzard
move 2: Freeze-Dry
move 3: Ice Shard
move 4: Taunt / Hidden Power Fire
item: Icicle Plate / Choice Specs
ability: Snow Warning
nature: Timid
evs: 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Freeze-Dry lets Vanilluxe deal with Water-types like Milotic and Mega Blastoise. Ice Shard lets Vanilluxe take care of Pokemon like Zygarde-10% and Noivern as well as pick off weakened attackers like Virizion. Taunt improves Vanilluxe's matchup against defensive Steel-types like Registeel, (AC) which would otherwise come in for free and set up Stealth Rock or spread Toxic easily. Hidden Power Fire on Choice Specs sets lets Vanilluxe 2KHO 2HKO Steel-types like Metagross and KO some of the more resilient ones after they've been worn down.

Set Details
========

A Timid nature is important to outpace Nidoqueen, Mega Blastoise, and Feraligatr. Choice Specs gives Vanilluxe more immediate power, allowing it to consistently 2HKO Metagross, (AC) but Vanilluxe misses out on the freedom Icicle Plate has, as it Choice Specs locks Vanilluxe into a single move.

Usage Tips
========

Be cautious when clicking moves with Choice Specs, as being locked into a certain move can let Pokemon like Salazzle, Feraligatr, and Barbaracle set up for free. Make use of Taunt to prevent defensive Stealth Rock setters like Registeel and Bronzong from setting it up. Vanilluxe's mediocre bulk and awful defensive typing makes it difficult to get Vanilluxe it in freely, so make use of doubles double switches (assuming this is what you mean) and pivoting to give it turns.

Team Options
========

Vanilluxe struggles to get in due to a bad defensive typing and mediocre bulk, so pivots such as Tsareena and Noivern are great teammates to get it in. It also has a big weakness to Stealth Rock, so the aforementioned Tsareena as well as other hazard removers like Mega Blastoise and Mandibuzz are great teammates. Pokemon that deal with Vanilluxe's main weaknesses such as Toxicroak for Steel-types, Zygarde-10% for Fire-types, and Noivern for Fighting-types synergize well with Vanilluxe. Alolan Golem can be run alongside Vanilluxe to remove Steel-types, mainly Registeel and Bronzong, that Vanilluxe struggles with.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Water Pulse can be used on Choice Specs sets to hit Fire-types like Ninetales. A Hasty nature can be run on with Choice Specs to improve the damage output on Ice Shard, which can be important to deal with Zygarde-10% and Noivern.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Offense Offensive Pokemon": Virizion, Ninetales, and Salazzle all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe, but Pokemon weak to Ice Shard have to watch out for it.

**Steel-types**: Registeel and Bronzong consistently wall Vanilluxe over entire games, (AC) and the more offensive Steel-types like Metagross and Escavalier can deal with it as well but have to be more wary of Hidden Power Fire.

**Fire-types**: Salazzle, Ninetales, and Arcanine all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe and take barely any damage from Ice Shard.

**Fighting-types**: All of the faster Faster Fighting-types, (RC) such as Virizion, Toxicroak, and Sawk all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe, and slower Fighting-types such as Assault Vest Machamp can handle it as well.

**Rock-types**: Both offensive and defensive Rock-types beat Vanilluxe:; (colon -> semicolon) Lycanroc-D and Choice Scarf Tyrantrum remove it with their super effective STAB attacks, (AC) and Diancie beats it one-on-one.

**Walls**: Special Defense Specially defensive walls such as Thick Fat Snorlax and Umbreon can switch into Vanilluxe, heal off any damage taken, and then remove it with their STAB attacks.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[roman, 396169]]
- Quality checked by: [[, ], [, ], [, ]] (fill these out)
- Grammar checked by: [[,], [, ]]
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[OVERVIEW]

Snow Warning allows Vanilluxe to power off extremely powerful Blizzards, which can quickly dismantle teams lacking a sturdy Steel-type such as Registeel. A decent Speed tier puts it above many metagame threats, particularly Mega Blastoise, as well as other Pokemon like Nidoqueen, Feraligatr, and Tyrantrum. Blizzard + Freeze-Dry + Hidden Power Fire allows Vanilluxe to hit the majority of the tier for at least neutral damage, only missing out on Fire-types. It also has utility in Taunt that lets it prevent walls like Bronzong from setting up entry hazards and priority in the form of Ice Shard that lets it remove Pokemon like Noivern more easily. Despite this, Vanilluxe fails to make headway against the plethora of teams running sturdy Steel-types such as Registeel and Bronzong. Even against bulky offense, Vanilluxe will struggle to make immediate progress, as it'll have to worry about getting through other Steel-types like Metagross, and its mediocre defenses combined with an abysmal defensive typing leaves it vulnerable to faster bulky offense staples such as Virizion and Salazzle. Vanilluxe's underwhelming Special Attack stat means that all of its attacks bar Blizzard will be lacking. Vanilluxe is also worn down quickly by residual damage, especially Stealth Rock due to its typing, and it struggles to switch into weak attacks because of its mediocre bulk and bad defensive typing.

[SET]
name: Wallbreaker
move 1: Blizzard
move 2: Freeze-Dry
move 3: Ice Shard
move 4: Taunt / Hidden Power Fire
item: Icicle Plate / Choice Specs
ability: Snow Warning
nature: Timid
evs: 8 Atk / 248 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Freeze-Dry lets Vanilluxe deal with Water-types like Milotic and Mega Blastoise. Ice Shard lets Vanilluxe take care of Pokemon like Zygarde-10% and Noivern as well as pick off weakened attackers like Virizion. Taunt improves Vanilluxe's matchup against defensive Steel-types like Registeel, which would otherwise come in for free and set up Stealth Rock or spread Toxic easily. Hidden Power Fire on Choice Specs sets lets Vanilluxe 2HKO Steel-types like Metagross and KO some of the more resilient ones after they've been worn down.

Set Details
========

A Timid nature is important to outpace Nidoqueen, Mega Blastoise, and Feraligatr. Choice Specs gives Vanilluxe more immediate power, allowing it to consistently 2HKO Metagross, but Vanilluxe misses out on the freedom Icicle Plate has, as Choice Specs locks Vanilluxe into a single move. (why 8 atk evs?)

Usage Tips
========

Be cautious when clicking moves with Choice Specs, as being locked into a certain move can let Pokemon like Salazzle, Feraligatr, and Barbaracle set up for free. Make use of Taunt to prevent defensive Stealth Rock setters like Registeel and Bronzong from setting it up. Vanilluxe's mediocre bulk and awful defensive typing make it difficult to get it in freely, so make use of double switches and pivoting to give it turns.

Team Options
========

Vanilluxe struggles to get in due to a bad defensive typing and mediocre bulk, so pivots such as Tsareena and Noivern are great teammates to get it in. It also has a big weakness to Stealth Rock, so the aforementioned Tsareena as well as other entry hazard removers like Mega Blastoise and Mandibuzz are great teammates. Pokemon that deal with Vanilluxe's main weaknesses such as Toxicroak for Steel-types, Zygarde-10% for Fire-types, and Noivern for Fighting-types synergize well with Vanilluxe. Alolan Golem can be run alongside Vanilluxe to remove Steel-types, mainly Registeel and Bronzong, that Vanilluxe struggles with.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Water Pulse can be used on Choice Specs sets to hit Fire-types like Ninetales. A Hasty nature can be run with Choice Specs to improve the damage output on Ice Shard, which can be important to deal with Zygarde-10% and Noivern.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Faster Offensive Pokemon": Virizion, Ninetales, and Salazzle all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe, but Pokemon weak to Ice Shard have to watch out for it.

**Steel-types**: Registeel and Bronzong consistently wall Vanilluxe over entire games, and the more offensive Steel-types like Metagross and Escavalier can deal with it as well but have to be more wary of Hidden Power Fire.

**Fire-types**: Salazzle, Ninetales, and Arcanine all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe and take barely any damage from Ice Shard.

**Fighting-types**: Faster Fighting-types such as Virizion, Toxicroak, and Sawk all outpace and OHKO Vanilluxe, and slower Fighting-types such as Assault Vest Machamp can handle it as well.

**Rock-types**: Both offensive and defensive Rock-types beat Vanilluxe; Lycanroc-D and Choice Scarf Tyrantrum remove it with their super effective STAB attacks, and Diancie beats it one-on-one.

**Walls**: Specially defensive walls such as Thick Fat Snorlax and Umbreon can switch into Vanilluxe, heal off any damage taken, and then remove it with their STAB attacks.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[roman, 396169]]
- Quality checked by: [[zizalith, 410251], [Mr Aldo, 227521], [Averardo, 409096]]
- Grammar checked by: [[,], [, ]]
 
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