Project Victim of the Week 2.0: ZU Edition

we unfortunately didnt get any additional votes like we had hoped, but thats okay!

COUNTERS

and with that, our winners are Tuthur with nascar :miltank: and yours truly with np :skuntank:! big week for the -tanks ! and what a perfect segue into this week's victim...
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Skuntank @ Black Sludge
Ability: Aftermath
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid / Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Sludge Bomb
- Dark Pulse
- Corrosive Gas / Taunt / Fire Blast​

skuntank got two great buffs this generation in nasty plot and corrosive gas. both + dual stabs makes for a great wallbreaking set, allowing it to boost up to respectable levels and to remove opponents' pesky items like eviolite, leftovers, and heavy-duty boots. taunt is another great option over corrosive gas, turning skuntank into a key stallbreaker. fire blast is also viable and was great in metas with ferroseed and alolan sandslash, but still has some merit in handling bulky steels a bit more reliably. i personally like running 20 hp to take advantage of its massive base 103 hp stat and hit a recovery number, but figured i'd make the set as standard as possible

despite being pushed back a day this week, the submission phase will still be ending friday, march 4th at 11:59 pm gmt -5. good luck to all participants!
 
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reserving rhydon
:rb/rhydon:
Rhydon @ Eviolite
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 HP / 16 Atk / 156 SpD / 84 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge
- Swords Dance

COUNTER
+2 252+ SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 156 SpD Eviolite Rhydon: 186-219 (44.9 - 52.8%)
252+ SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 156 SpD Rhydon: 138-163 (33.3 - 39.3%)
252+ SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 156 SpD Eviolite Rhydon: 93-111 (22.4 - 26.8%)

16+ Atk Rhydon Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Skuntank: 420-494 (121 - 142.3%)

Also beats rare phy sets
 
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:ss/stunfisk:

Stunfisk @ Leftovers
Ability: Static
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic
- Earth Power
- Foul Play/Rest
COUNTER
wayy too much special bulk to care about 71 spatk,ep means skuntank cant setup on it either,if you run rest then its never ever getting past you,even without it you can hold it off pretty well,although smart play+sludge bomb poison+corrosive gas can put you on a timer

252 SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Stunfisk: 64-76 (15.1 - 18%) -- possible 8HKO after Leftovers recovery
0 SpA Stunfisk Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Skuntank: 242-288 (69.7 - 82.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery
 
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Piloswine @ Eviolite
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Icicle Crash
- Ice Shard
- Stealth Rock

a zu fave: big pilo is a counter to skuntank. its typing + ability is great at absorbing whatever move skuntank can throw out. off of max attack eq always ohkos 20/0 bulk skuntank reliably. what makes piloswine stand out in this role is its ability to hit flying types hard with its stab ice attacks and its handy priority in ice shard.

calcs:​
+2 252+ SpA Life Orb Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Eviolite Piloswine: 253-298 (62.6 - 73.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Piloswine Earthquake vs. 20 HP / 0 Def Skuntank: 416-492 (118.1 - 139.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

 
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:ss/Stunfisk-Galar:
Stunfisk-Galar @ Leftovers
Ability: Mimicry
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Curse
Check
0 Atk Stunfisk-Galar Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Skuntank: 252-296 (72.6 - 85.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+6 252 SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Stunfisk-Galar: 283-334 (67 - 79.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Do I have to say anthing else?
 
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:BW/Cinccino:
Cinccino @ Choice Band
Ability: Skill Link
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Tail Slap
- Bullet Seed
- Knock Off
- U-turn / Rock Blast
You can’t go wrong with offensively checking standard Skuntank with Cinccino. Aside from Accelgor, Alolan Persian (which is a speed tie), and the obscure Boltund, Cinccino outspeeds nearly all of ZU and can threaten Skuntank out with an OHKO. The best Skuntank can try to catch it off guard with the rare Sucker Punch or wait for Tail Slap to miss. To make things even worse, Cinccino has enough bulk to not be OHKOed by any attacks unless it gets crit by Sludge Bomb + gets poisoned + switches into rocks.
252 Atk Choice Band Cinccino Tail Slap (5 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Skuntank: 345-410 (99.4 - 118.1%) -- approx. 93.8% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Skuntank Sludge Bomb vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinccino: 150-177 (51.5 - 60.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinccino: 133-157 (45.7 - 53.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252 Atk Skuntank Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Cinccino: 123-145 (42.2 - 49.8%) -- 90.6% chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Life Orb Skuntank Sludge Bomb vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinccino: 195-230 (67 - 79%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Life Orb Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Cinccino: 173-204 (59.4 - 70.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252 Atk Life Orb Skuntank Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Cinccino: 160-188 (54.9 - 64.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock














:ss/Palpitoad: :BW/Palpitoad: :ss/Palpitoad:
Czim (Palpitoad) @ Eviolite
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Earth Power
- Stealth Rock
- Scald
- Toxic
0 SpA Palpitoad Earth Power vs. 0 HP / 4- SpD Skuntank: 224-266 (64.5 - 76.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Eviolite Palpitoad: 79-95 (22.3 - 26.8%) -- 97.4% chance to 4HKO after Stealth Rock
252 Atk Life Orb Skuntank Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Eviolite Palpitoad: 113-134 (31.9 - 37.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Life Orb Skuntank Sludge Bomb vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Eviolite Palpitoad: 44-53 (12.4 - 14.9%) -- possible 7HKO after Stealth Rock
 
:ss/dugtrio-alola:
Dugtrio-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Tangling Hair
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Earthquake
- Iron Head
- Stone Edge

Dugtrio is a solid check to Skuntank since it outspeeds and always ohko's while Skuntank needs to run Fire Blast to ohko it itself.
(considered subtox with max hp or av to live two dpulses or one fblast but decided to keep it simple even if it's worse of a check this way)

252 Atk Life Orb Dugtrio-Alola Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Skuntank: 491-580 (141.4 - 167.1%)
252 Atk Life Orb Dugtrio-Alola Iron Head vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Skuntank: 199-234 (57.3 - 67.4%)
252 SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Dugtrio-Alola: 118-139 (55.9 - 65.8%)
252 SpA Skuntank Fire Blast vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Dugtrio-Alola: 214-254 (101.4 - 120.3%)
 

5Dots

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Voting slate for VOTW Week 9 is up!
CHECKS
USERPOKEMONSET
Corthius:ss/Stunfisk-Galar:
Curse Galarian Stunfisk​
5Dots:ss/Cinccino:
Choice Band Cinccino​
OranBerryBlissey10:ss/Dugtrio-Alola:
Life Orb Alolan Dugtrio​
COUNTERS
USERPOKEMONSET
risin_glory:ss/Rhydon:
Swords Dance Rhydon​
Dr Ya Yeet:ss/Stunfisk:
Specially Defensive Stunfisk​
rumia:ss/Piloswine:
Offensive Piloswine​

Thank you to everyone who took the time to calculate and submit their respective checks and counters! Please vote for 1 CHECK and 1 COUNTER. Deadline is Sunday at 11:59 GMT-5!
Good luck and have fun voting!
My votes will be for :Dugtrio-Alola: and :Stunfisk:
 
CHECKS
USER​
POKEMON​
SET​
VOTES​
:ss/Stunfisk-Galar:
Curse Galarian Stunfisk​
2​
:ss/Cinccino:
Choice Band Cinccino​
2​
:ss/Dugtrio-Alola:
Life Orb Alolan Dugtrio​
5​

COUNTERS
USERPOKEMONSETVOTES
risin_glory:ss/Rhydon:Swords Dance Rhydon3
Dr Ya Yeet:ss/Stunfisk:Specially Defensive Stunfisk4
rumia:ss/Piloswine:Offensive Piloswine2

congrats to obb and alolan duggy and to dr ya yeet and stunfisk for their respective wins! the next mon on the chopping block is...

:ss/alcremie:
Alcremie (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Aroma Veil
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Calm Mind
- Dazzling Gleam
- Mystical Fire / Aromatherapy
- Recover​

once considered by many, myself included, to be too much for the zu metagame, alcremie has proven itself to be a top-tier mon. its fairy typing, colorful movepool allowing for wide set variety, huge special attack and special defense stats, and two great abilities in sweet veil and aroma veil let this mon fill a number of niches within the tier. this set in particular relies on its defensive capabilities to set up calm minds, deal massive damage with dazzling gleam, heal up, and either target steels or cure itself and its teammates of status conditions. alcremie is able to answer a plethora of mons in the tier, such as gurdurr, sawk, malamar, liepard, alolan persian, thievul, altaria, and so many, many more. this set has seen the most usage, though it has been known to run double dance stored power and even offensive sets. how will you put a stop to alcremie this week?

voting will end friday march 11 at 11:59 pm gmt -5. good luck to you all!
 

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:ss/Perrserker:
Perrserker @ Choice Band
Ability: Steely Spirit
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Iron Head
- Close Combat
- U-turn
- Seed Bomb
Counter to the given set
Perrserker can switch into Alcremie and threaten the KO with a Strong Iron Head. It can even switch into one Mystical Fire as it outspeeds Alcremie.
252+ Atk Choice Band Tough Claws Perrserker Iron Head vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Alcremie: 432-510 (129.3 - 152.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
4 SpA Alcremie Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Perrserker: 178-210 (63.3 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 
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:ss/klinklang:
Klinklang @ Choice Band
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Gear Grind
- Volt Switch
- Wild Charge
- Facade​
Klinklang is a check to Alcremie as it can OHKO it with Gear Grind but can only switch in safely once due to Mystical Fire.
252 Atk Choice Band Klinklang Gear Grind (2 hits) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Alcremie: 352-420 (105.3 - 125.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
4 SpA Alcremie Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Klinklang: 136-160 (52.1 - 61.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 
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:SM/Silvally-Poison:
Silvally-Poison @ Poison Memory
Ability: RKS System
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Naive Nature
- Work Up
- Multi-Attack
- Flamethrower
- Surf​
Even with a Naive nature, Silvally-Poison is a reliable COUNTER to Alcremie. Multi-Attack cleanly 2HKOes, while Silvally can even use it as setup fodder for Work Up. Unless this is the double dance set (which isn’t in this case), Alcremie isn’t going to threaten to deal much damage to Silvally-Poison in the first place.
4 Atk Silvally-Poison Multi-Attack vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Alcremie: 216-254 (64.6 - 76%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
4 SpA Alcremie Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Silvally-Poison: 68-81 (20.5 - 24.4%) -- 85.3% chance to 4HKO after Stealth Rock
4 SpA Alcremie Dazzling Gleam vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Silvally-Poison: 54-65 (16.3 - 19.6%) -- possible 5HKO after Stealth Rock
+1 4 SpA Alcremie Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Silvally-Poison: 102-121 (30.8 - 36.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Stealth Rock
+1 4 SpA Alcremie Dazzling Gleam vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Silvally-Poison: 81-96 (24.4 - 29%) -- guaranteed 4HKO after Stealth Rock
 
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