Volcarona [QC 2/3]

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[Overview]

Volcarona is one of the best sweepers in the tier because of its access to Quiver Dance, great offensive stats, and ability to pick its checks and counters. Thanks to Volcarona's STAB combination, coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard, it can customize its checks according to its team support. Volcarona's decent Speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem, and Tapu Lele before a Speed boost while out every unboosted Pokemon in OU after a single Quiver Dance. This gives Volcarona more setup opportunities and an easier job cleaning. However, Volcarona is left vulnerable to many physical attackers, including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-R, which can either take a hit and OHKO it back or revenge kill it with strong priority. Its coverage can also be taken advantage of by common Pokemon resistant to it, most notably Heatran.

[SET]
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set allows Volcarona to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodders, as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longevity, which makes it a more reliable tank and gives it more setup opportunities. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and easily switch into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Safeguard lets it handle status users like Blissey, Clefable, Tank Garchomp, and Landorus-T. Alternatively, Psychic allows it to hit Urshifu-R and Toxapex for super effective damage. Bug Buzz can be used to hit Garchomp and Tyranitar more reliably. 88 Speed EVs allow Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs allow it to always OHKO Rillaboom without boosting. 248 HP EVs and 156 Defense EVs let Volcarona survive an Aqua Jet from Choice Band Crawdaunt.

Common Defoggers like Corviknight, Zapdos, and Tapu Fini can remove entry hazards as well as check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Landorus-T is a great offensive partner because it brings Volcarona in on Steel-types like Skarmory, which Volcarona can set up on. Landorus-T can also potentially KO Toxapex and Heatran, easing Volcarona's job in sweeping. Tapu Fini can switch into Urshifu-R, Heatran, and the aforesaid Flying-types and cripple the latter with Knock Off. Volcarona appreciates entry hazard and Knock Off support to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, Slowking, and Slowbro. Trick Clefable and Tapu Fini can lure Heatran and Toxapex and give them an unfavorable item, making them easier to set up on.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance's Special Defense boosts become especially problematic for special wallbreakers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, which could normally threaten Volcarona. Fire Blast guarantees an OHKO on defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance at the cost of less accuracy and PP. Fiery Dance is an option that makes it easier to snowball with its high Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower are often better choices because they offer more immediate damage. Psychic can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-R, but Giga Drain can be used instead to punish Water- and Ground-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, Hippowdon, and Gastrodon, as well as providing gradual recovery it can offer during a sweep. Heavy-Duty Boots negates damage from entry hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longevity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong wallbreakers, preferably physical attackers, as they can more reliably hit specially defensive walls allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Examples are Urshifu-R, Garchomp, and Landorus-T, which can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey and Tyranitar. Urshifu-R and Landorus-T can also pivot on Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-R is also really good at luring and chipping away at Slowking and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock to wear down Heatran and other defensive checks. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona into incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor and provide passive healing with its Grassy Terrain, weakening Earthquake from common Volcarona switch-ins like Landorus-T and Garchomp. Other Knock Off users like Clefable and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery and the latter two can set up entry hazards to further pressure it. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm their shared checks, specifically Heatran. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic with Psychic Terrain. Nasty Plot Tornadus-T can lure and 2HKO both Heatran and Stealth Rock Tyranitar, opening up Volcarona's sweeping potential late-game.

Other Options
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On top of its already present 4MSS, Volcarona's options can't be replaced by any other moves.

Checks and Counters
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**Revenge Killers** Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp often carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to be outpaced and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost. Urshifu-R's Aqua Jet and Bisharp's Sucker Punch can revenge kill Volcarona if it is already weakened.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It resists both of its main coverage options, as well as being immune to its Fire-type STAB moves. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt and putting it on a timer with Toxic. However, Heatran lacking Toxic can still lose to Roost Volcarona because of its incapability to break it after the Special Defense boosts and its lack of recovery.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-R and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with Aqua Jet. However, neither want to switch in, as Volcarona can nail both of them super effectively. Haze Toxapex, Calm Mind Tapu Fini, Gastrodon, and Swampert can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants, which otherwise uses it as setup fodder, as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can easily outlast Non-Psychic Volcarona.

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Volcarona (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 216 HP / 136 Def / 96 SpD / 60 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Roost
- Flamethrower
- Psychic / Safeguard / Giga Drain

Bulky needs to be a set. Honestly believe this is eons better than the offensive set, but that's my subjective opinion. What's not subjective is that this set allows Volcarona to set up on fatter teams while also beating non-Toxic Toxapex 1v1 through mind games with roost, Quiver, and Psychic. It also makes other defensive water types (ie the Slowtwins, Swampert etc) set up fodder because crits are needed to win the 1v1s.

Psychic is the best coverage move but Safeguard should be mentioned because it prevents status and allows Volc to set up on passive mons that rely on status to do damage. Giga Drain can be mentioned for non pex Waters but might not be worth a slash

Just for fun:

0 Atk Swampert Earthquake vs. 216 HP / 136+ Def Volcarona: 126-148 (34.5 - 40.5%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 Atk Swampert Flip Turn vs. 216 HP / 136+ Def Volcarona: 152-180 (41.6 - 49.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 SpA Tapu Fini Scald vs. 216 HP / 96 SpD Volcarona: 146-174 (40 - 47.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
0 SpA Slowbro/Slowking Scald vs. 216 HP / 96 SpD Volcarona: 152-180 (41.6 - 49.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

Sets up on all these (as long as Fini isn't CM), forcing them out. Bulky Volc is also able to last longer than offensive and outlast its checks and come in multiple times a match.

Vs Pex:
0 SpA Volcarona Psychic vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Toxapex: 124-148 (40.7 - 48.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+1 0 SpA Volcarona Psychic vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Toxapex: 186-220 (61.1 - 72.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+1 0 SpA Volcarona Psychic vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Toxapex: 142-168 (46.7 - 55.2%) -- 11.7% chance to 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery

0 SpA Toxapex Scald vs. 216 HP / 96 SpD Volcarona: 92-110 (25.2 - 30.1%) -- guaranteed 4HKO

As I said above, forces mind games with Haze/Recover if Pex doesnt have Toxic. Need to be aware of Knock Off tho

I'll let official QC decide the set order and specific EVs and slashes for bulky Volc, but the set itself needs to be on here.
 
For what it's worth, I've been running the following spread for my personal Bulky Volcarona: 224 HP / 84 Def / 16 SpA / 184 Spe with Timid.
  • HP hits 367 HP, which is the highest number before it's divisible by 4 and 16. This gives the highest amount of HP with the least amount of chip damage.
  • 16 SpA always OHKOs 4 HP Rillaboom at +0, which I felt was an important benchmark so you don't get Knocked
  • 184 Speed and Timid always outspeeds max Speed Landorus-Therian, and thereby outspeeds Scarf at +1
  • The rest is just dumped into Def
 

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:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

  • Volcarona's phenomenal offensive stats, its access to Quiver Dance, and an acceptable movepool allows Volcarona to function as a deadly sweeper.
  • Its decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele.
  • Quiver Dance allows gives Volcarona prospective sweeping potential; it has a rather easy time setting up most matches due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn, Corviknight, and Magnezone being prominent Pokemon in the tier I think not that easy due to Heatran being so popular so you could change this.
  • Thanks to Volcarona's useful coverage options in Psychic and Giga Drain, it can break its common switch-ins namely Toxapex Since main set has Giga drain you could name some pokemon it can break through like fini and/or swampert.
  • However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock.
  • Volcarona having only its Dual STAB attacks and its measly coverage options makes it hard to effectively pilot without prior removal of Heatran.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

  • Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. This is pretty much dex info and i think we all know what quiver dance does
  • Bug Buzz and Flamethrower are Volcarona's main STAB moves. Bug Buzz can threaten Tyranitar, Hydreigon, and the Slowtwins. Flamethrower can destroy most Steel-types in Ferrothorn, Corviknight and Excadrill.
  • Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock.
  • Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for additional damage, however, Fire Blast has less accuracy and PP.
  • Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and outright remove Nidoking and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike with prior chip Giga drain can also eliminate urshifu-r with some previus chip damage as well so it may be worth something changing last example?.
  • Volcarona can opt in running Giga Drain to punish Water-types like Swampert and Tapu Fini.

  • This Volcarona set is commonly seen on dual screen teams because obviously, unnecessary Volcarona's bulk isn't very impressive so it would greatly appreciate taking minimized chip while setting up.
  • Volcarona's incapacity to dispatch defensive Pokemon like Heatran and Blissey means it greatly appreciates being partnered with lures for the aforementioned Pokemon.
  • An example of one would be Scizor carrying Superpower. Offensive Scizor can catch Heatran coming in and OHKO it with Superpower. Scizor can also get Volcarona in safely via U-turn.
  • Focus Punch Nidoking, even though uncommon, can lure and remove Blissey with prior chip.
  • Volcarona also appreciates being partnered with Slowking-Galar variants running Earthquake for them being able to lure Heatran and meet them with a surprise 2HKO.
i think this whole section can be changed barring the start. Focus Punch Nidoking, while possible, its kinda weird and most nidos prefer running thunderbolt + flamethrower/ice beam instead of sub + focus punch. You could mention Kartana as a teammate that can deal with Blissey and chip the opposing team so Volc can clean late game. This can also be done by RillaLucha, which also provides Volcarona passive recovery and a boost to giga drain. Entry hazard setters are also appreciated so you could mention Ferro or Lando-T. Lastly, you can mention what DOES Volc in exchange to its partners. Scizor as a teammate is fine i guess.

name: Bulky Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Safeguard / Bug Buzz tbh i think Psychic deserves to be slashed here since it deals with pex
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

  • A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to switch into Rillaboom, Kartana, and Scizor more reliably. you can mention that it can get setup opportunities after forcing these guys out
  • Volcarona being vulnerable to Toxic spammers like Blissey and Toxapex makes Volcarona an excellent Safeguard user.
  • Volcarona opting for Bug Buzz puts it in a better position against Tyranitar and Hydreigon. However, Safeguard lets it set up much more freely.
  • Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity which makes it a more reliable tank i wouldnt say tank, but pivot instead.
  • 248 HP EVs are invested so Volcarona can get the most HP out of Roost. It also allows it to switch in to targets more reliably in general.

  • Bulky Volcarona fits greatly on balance that would appreciate a strong sweeper and a blanket check to Grass-types like Kartana and Rillaboom.
  • Bulky Volcarona especially is more likely to get it's Heavy-Duty Boots knocked off via Rillaboom and Kartana so it appreciates defoggers like Corviknight and Mandibuzz. They can also check Pokemon like Hawlucha and Dragonite, which Volcarona would be OHKOed by.
  • Volcarona also appreciates Slowbro as a partner because it can beat Volcarona's checks. For example, Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by.
So far in this section you mentioned three partners for Volc so i think you can add a bit more? leaving that up to you

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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  • Volcarona can also use a Subsitute + Swarm set that would allow Volcarona access to much easier setup. The aim of this set is to take advantage of things Volcarona can force out to set up a Subsitute, which then guarantees you free chip or a Quiver Dance. Mention the drawbacks of this set like being worn down easily and also just having a weird movepool with QD, Sub, Bug buzz and Flamethrower/Psychic

Checks and Counters
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**Rock-types** Rock-types such as Terrakion, Tyranitar, and Lycanroc-Dusk can switch in, take one hit at the very least, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. it may be worth something adding that they must be wary of +1 giga drain and bug buzz in tyranitar's case

**Knock Off**: Volcarona is extremely vulnerable to Knock Off because it needs its item in Heavy-Duty Boots due to it having a 4x weakness to Stealth Rock.

**Heatran**: Heatran can switch in to Volcarona without breaking a sweat Why?. Heatran can easily force out Volcarona because it strongly dislikes getting poisoned, it also takes a lot of damage from Heatran's powerful Fire-type STAB attack. Not only this; Heatran can also Taunt Volcarona so it cant use Roost / QD and beat it in long term.

**Bulky Water-types**: Bulky Water-types like Swampert and Tapu Fini can force out Volcarona with their super effective Water-type STAB moves. Tapu Fini can also remove Volcarona's Heavy-Duty Boots via Knock Off and cripple it with trick + choice scarf and Volcarona fears Toxic from Swampert because it strongly dislikes being put on a timer. add something about Giga Drain dealing heavy damage to these two at +1

**Blissey**: Blissey cannot threaten Volcarona offensively, but it can easily stall out Volcarona with Toxic and Seismic Toss spam. Volcarona cannot really make progress on Blissey, so it should not start attempting a sweep until it is removed.

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AM check. gonna focus mainly on the bulky spread. comments in RED.

:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

  • Volcarona's phenomenal offensive stats, its access to Quiver Dance, and an acceptable movepool allows Volcarona to function as a deadly sweeper.
  • Its decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele. Specify offensive sets before a boost. On bulky sets, mention that quiver dance boosting its speed it what makes it so deadly
  • Quiver Dance permits Volcarona prospective sweeping potential, it has a rather easy time setting up most matches due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn, Corviknight, and Magnezone being prominent Pokemon in the tier. yes and no. remove corviknight mention because brave bird is doing 66.3 - 78.9% to bulky sets (ill get to the EVs below) and 89.3 - 105.7% to offensive sets. it's not set up fodder. you could probably expand this to more passive mons in general that aren't too threatening to volc, as well as choiced mons locked into an undesireable move
  • Thanks to Volcarona's useful coverage options in Psychic, it can break its common switch-ins namely Toxapex. also mention giga drain. you should just change this to its movepool. fire STAB, bug buzz, and coverage options allow it to customize its checks and counters. this is what makes Volcarona so deadly. opponents not knowing what moves or set its running can drastically affect the outcome of a game
  • However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. i mean yeah, but Volc isnt staying in on a knock off until its ready to sweep. also add physical attackers here. Garchomp, Scarf Lando, Urshifu, etc can either deal big damage or outright OHKO volc
  • Volcarona having only its Dual STAB attacks and its measly coverage options makes it hard to effectively pilot without prior removal of Heatran. Thats not an issue of its movepool necessarily, just that Heatran is a hard counter and super common. Just change it to its checks. something like "Volcarona usually needs some team support to remove its checks before it is ready for a sweep"

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

  • Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. mention the snowball effect being especially problematic for opposing special attackers, as they wont break through the SpDef boosts without crits
  • Bug Buzz and Flamethrower are Volcarona's main STAB moves. Bug Buzz can threaten Tyranitar, Hydreigon, and the Slowtwins. Flamethrower can destroy most Steel-types in Ferrothorn, Corviknight and Excadrill. Id remove TTar here. SpDef TTar eats a Bug Buzz, taking max 65%, and OHKOes with a rock move. No HP TTar is the only set that has a chance to be OHKOed, but thats very uncommon rn.
  • Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock.
  • Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for additional damage, however, Fire Blast has less accuracy and PP. you can also mention fiery dance because of the SpAtk raise chance. mention the downside in power though
  • Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and outright remove Nidoking and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike with prior chip.
  • Volcarona can opt in running Giga Drain to punish Water-types like Swampert and Tapu Fini.

  • This Volcarona set is commonly seen on dual screen teams because obviously, Volcarona's bulk isn't very impressive so it would greatly appreciate taking minimized chip while setting up. it like screens support, but mention offense in general. its a scary late game cleaner once heatran and blissey are removed
  • Volcarona's incapacity to dispatch defensive Pokemon like Heatran and Blissey means it greatly appreciates being partnered with lures for the aforementioned Pokemon. just mention pokemon that beat them/wear them down. urshifu, slowking, landorus, garchomp, physical attackers in general for blissey
  • An example of one would be Scizor carrying Superpower. Offensive Scizor can catch Heatran coming in and OHKO it with Superpower. Scizor can also get Volcarona in safely via U-turn.
  • Focus Punch Nidoking, even though uncommon, can lure and remove Blissey with prior chip. i mean this is super specific and not technically wrong, but id condense this and scizor with other general partners
  • Volcarona also appreciates being partnered with Slowking-Galar variants running Earthquake for them being able to lure Heatran and meet them with a surprise 2HKO. see above
Alright, gonna post a few spreads that can be used. Max HP + max speed is legit ass. It doesn't take hits very well and the speed isnt necessary on bulky sets thanks to quiver dance.


name: Bulky Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 Spe


name: Bulkarona
Volcarona (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 216 HP / 216 Def / 16 SpA / 60 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Roost
- Flamethrower
- Psychic / safeguard

This set outspeeds Torn T after a boost (376 speed). Hits 251 Speed which outspeeds 92 Spe Lando T as well as Adamant Bisharp

Volcarona (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 248 HP / 132 Def / 16 SpA / 112 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Roost
- Flamethrower
- Psychic / safeguard

This set outspeeds Tapu Koko after a boost (396 Speed). also ties the dumb 160 timid pults.

Volcarona (M) @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 248 HP / 56 Def / 16 SpA / 188 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Roost
- Flamethrower
- Psychic / Safeguard

This outspeeds Dragapult and Zeraora after a boost (424 speed). You can go 2 points higher if you wanna outspeed + natured base 80s, but thats really pushing things (DNite is the only notable one and DNite beats Volc anyways.

Use one of those three. I wouldnt go any faster because at that point you're losing out on a lot of the bulk that makes Bulkarona such a deadly set and you might as well just use an offensive set. The first is my preference because you can usually get a 2nd boost without too many issues and outspeed everything anyways, and the extra bulk is very helpful against physical hits from weaker attacks. For example, the first spread only has a 9.4% chance to be 2HKOed by defensive Lando T, and you outspeed the 92 Speed defensive set listed in the Smogon Dex.


[SET COMMENTS]

  • A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to switch in to Rillaboom, Kartana, and Scizor more reliably. This is where the knock off mention should be, as those are common moves on banded rilla and choiced kart, and losing the boots is a problem if Volc isnt ready to sweep
  • Volcarona being vulnerable to Toxic spammers like Blissey and Toxapex makes Volcarona an excellent Safeguard user. remove the mention of toxapex. safeguard Volc cannot 1v1 haze pex
  • Volcarona opting for Bug Buzz puts it in a better position against Tyranitar and Hydreigon. However, Safeguard lets it set up much more freely. mention psychic. it hits Dragapult neutrally (allowing it to win the 1v1 vs special sets), garchomp, and most importantly, allows volc to 1v1 non toxic pex. Bug Buzz is pretty bad. Hydreigon is the only thing it hits and TTar OHKOes Volc anyways. Psychic and Safeguard should be the two moves emphasized here.
  • Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity which makes it a more reliable tank.
  • 248 HP EVs are invested so Volcarona can get the most HP out of Roost. It also allows it to switch in to targets more reliably in general. Okay so use one of the spreads I gave you and mention the HP and defense EVs allowing it to take physical hits better, and the calm nature taking advantage of Quiver Dance SpDef boosts. Mention the speed tiers for each of the sets I listed. Theyre important benchmarks and should be emphasized. As I stated earlier, Volc can choose what it beats (outside of heatran, unless its flame body). The 16 SPAtk EVs always OHKOes rillaboom from full with flamethrower without a boost.

  • Bulky Volcarona fits greatly on balance that would appreciate a strong sweeper and a blanket check to Grass-types like Kartana and Rillaboom. Its an okay grass check, but it should not be the only one. Knock off really hurts Volc.
  • Bulky Volcarona especially is more likely to get it's Heavy-Duty Boots knocked off via Rillaboom and Kartana so it appreciates defoggers like Corviknight and Mandibuzz. They can also check Pokemon like Hawlucha and Dragonite, which Volcarona would be OHKOed by. If youre gonna mention these as teammates then remove the above bullet. Mandi and Corv are better grass checks anyways and take knock off better (tho mandi hates its boots being knocked off too)
  • Volcarona also appreciates Slowbro as a partner because it can beat Volcarona's checks. For example, Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Mention physical attackers in general. Bulky sets are still beaten by things like Scarf Lando or SD Chomp, who both OHKO with stone edge.
Also mention teammates that specifically beat Heatran, TTar, Dragonite, and Blissey. Lando T (which can get Volc in via U-Turn, Urshifu, Garchomp, things like that. Heatran specifically needs to be removed or volcarona aint gonna do anything (unless its the dumb flame body heatran (dont use that)). Clef, lele/fini, and other things that beat Dragonite should be mentioned as teammates because Dragonite is also a big problem if it has Dual Wingbeat. Fini is also a good partner because of misty terrain, which allows Volc to not have to use safeguard

VoltTurn teammates are also really good for Volc too. Lets it come in safely.

Also, I mentioned this in my post above. One of the best aspects of Bulkarona is its ability to use fat Waters as set up fodder. Slowbro, Swampert, Slowking (both normal and Glowking, yes ik Glowking is not a water type), and Fini do very little damage with Scald after a boost, and they need multiple crits to win the 1v1. Add a bullet specifically mentioning this.




[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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  • Volcarona can also use a Subsitute + Swarm set that would allow Volcarona access to much easier setup. The aim of this set is to take advantage of things Volcarona can force out to set up a Subsitute, which then guarantees you free chip or a Quiver Dance. yeah this is a straight up gimmick and needs to be removed. Here is where I would mention specific speed tiers on EV spreads for Bulky sets that are not as good as the three I listed. Specifically, outspeeding base 85s (Nidoking and RIllaboom), 91 (scarf Lando T), 95 (lele).

Checks and Counters
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**Rock-types** Rock-types such as Terrakion, Tyranitar, and Lycanroc-Dusk can switch in, take one hit at the very least, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. Lycanroc is barely viable so it doesn't need to be mentioned

**Knock Off**: Volcarona is extremely vulnerable to Knock Off because it needs its item in Heavy-Duty Boots due to it having a 4x weakness to Stealth Rock.

**Heatran**: Heatran can switch in to Volcarona without breaking a sweat. Heatran can easily force out Volcarona because it strongly dislikes getting poisoned, it also takes a lot of damage from Heatran's powerful Fire-type STAB attack.

**Bulky Water-types**: Bulky Water-types like Swampert and Tapu Fini can force out Volcarona with their super effective Water-type STAB moves. Tapu Fini can also remove Volcarona's Heavy-Duty Boots via Knock Off and Volcarona fears Toxic from Swampert because it strongly dislikes being put on a timer. Honestly, if youre gonna have this, you need to specify that they are only somewhat threatening to offensive sets that don't have Giga Drain. I mentioned this above, Bulkarona sets up on fat waters and wins the 1v1. I'd probably change this to offensive water

**Blissey**: Blissey cannot threaten Volcarona offensively, but it can easily stall out Volcarona with Toxic and Seismic Toss spam. Volcarona cannot really make progress on Blissey, so it should not start attempting a sweep until it is removed. Safeguard can 1v1 blissey, so just say non safeguard variants

Add in a section for physical attackers. Specifically, Garchomp, Scarf Lando, Darts Pult, Urshifu, stuff like that. All of the mentioned can win the 1v1 if Volc only has one boost. Specifically Urshifu can revenge offensive sets with CB Aqua Jet. Bulky sets need some chip (40%) to guarantee a kill.


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AM check. gonna focus mainly on the bulky spread. comments in RED.



Alright, gonna post a few spreads that can be used. Max HP + max speed is legit ass. It doesn't take hits very well and the speed isnt necessary on bulky sets thanks to quiver dance.




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[Overview]

  • Volcarona's phenomenal offensive stats, its access to Quiver Dance, and an acceptable movepool allows Volcarona to function as a deadly sweeper.
  • Its decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele before a speed boost.
  • Quiver Dance permits Volcarona prospective sweeping potential, it has a rather easy time setting up most matches due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn and Magnezone being prominent threats in the tier. Volcarona can also use Pokemon that are choice-locked in to an undesirable move as set up fodder It might be personal choice but I don't really like the word "prospective" here
  • Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves and its useful coverage options namely Giga Drain and Psychic, it can customize its checks which can make Volcarona hard to play around. I'd like to see this elaborated upon. Specifically I would really like to see a mention of how Quiver Dance and its great stat distribution lets it mess with its moveslots and EV spreads to optimize its sweeping abilities for different kinds of teams, which is another huge reason it's such a great sweeper.
  • However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Volcarona is also left vulnerable to many physical attackers including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike which all can OHKO Volcarona.
  • Volcarona needs team support to remove its checks before it is ready for a sweep. This just kind of goes for any sweeper. What makes Volcarona different?

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

  • Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. The snowball effect is especially problematic for Special Attackers, as they will not be able to break through the Special Defense boosts without critical hits. It's not really a snowball effect especially as this set lacks recovery to really get more than a couple boosts, though I do really like the mention of how the special defense boosts can help it quite a bit. I'd maybe reword it to something like "Special attacking Pokemon that could otherwise threaten its setup become increasingly incapable of breaking past it as it boosts, letting it boost several times if necessary".
  • Bug Buzz and Flamethrower are Volcarona's main STAB moves. Bug Buzz can threaten Hydreigon and the Slowtwins. Flamethrower can destroy most Steel-types in Ferrothorn, Corviknight, and Excadrill. We know what its STABs do. You should be more focusing more on the choice between Flamethrower and Fire Blast.
  • Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock. How does this help it? Also, move this beneath the Giga Drain bullet point so your breakdown remains chronological.
  • Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for additional damage, however, Fire Blast has less accuracy and PP. Is this damage difference crucial in any way? FIery Dance is an option for the Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower offer more immediate damage.
  • Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and outright remove Nidoking and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike with prior chip. Nidoking folds to Fire-type STAB so it's not really a necessary mention. Toxapex and Urshifu are the primary targets.
  • Volcarona can opt in running Giga Drain to punish Water-types like Swampert and Tapu Fini that can take hits from its other options. Gastrodon is a good mention here too. Does the recovery help it in any way? I think it's helpful in saving it from being revenge killed by Weavile Ice Shard and Rillaboom Grassy Glide if it's already chipped down.

  • This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon as possible
  • Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers so they can more reliably hit Blissey. Examples are Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, Garchomp, and Landorus-T as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Landorus-T can also get Volcarona in safely via U-turn. Are there any key targets that they can pivot against that Volcarona sets up on? They can also set up Stealth Rock for Volcarona which Heatran is actually pretty susceptible to. The way and position in which you word this makes it seem Urshifu gets Stealth Rock, which is obviously not true. I think also hazards should be saved for a separate bullet point.
  • Choice Band Scizor carrying Superpower can catch Heatran coming in and OHKO it with Superpower. Scizor can also get Volcarona in safely via U-turn. Choice Band Scizor is really awkward and is something I really do not recommend using, especially with Volcarona.
  • Rillaboom can easily lure and Knock Off Heatran denying it recovery. Rillaboom can also run Fighting-type coverage which would let it deal massive damage to Heatran. Mentioning that it can U-turn against Corviknight/Skarm/Scizor is pretty great too
I actually am a big fan of Knock Off users in tandem with Volcarona and I think you can expand upon the Rillaboom point with it. Examples of solid partners include things like Kartana, partner Ferrothorn, and Clefable, which can all lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is also a great partner that can help to overload Heatran while also boosting its Psychic, blocking priority, and applying debilitating pressure to Toxapex and Tyranitar.

name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid

evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

QC would like you to change Bulkarona to this set. This investment lets it outspeed Zeraora at +1, and 16 SpA lets it confirm the KO on Rillaboom with Flamethrower. Also be sure to rearrange the order to make it so Psychic goes first in the explanation, Safeguard goes second, and Bug Buzz goes third.


[SET COMMENTS]

  • A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, Slowbro, and Slowking-Galar as set up fodder as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Mentioning how its defensive typing/access to Flame Body is key, and is also huge in letting it take advantage of additional Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom.
  • Volcarona being vulnerable to Toxic spammers like Blissey makes Volcarona an excellent Safeguard user. The focus in this bullet point is a bit off. It's important to mention how Safeguard transforms Blissey from a counter into setup fodder. I also see Status Dragapult and Clefable as pretty solid Safeguard targets as well.
  • Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. It can also 1v1 non-Toxic Toxapex.
  • Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity which makes it a more reliable tank. In what sense? Use examples to reinforce this point. Roost also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan.
  • 60 Speed EVs allows Volcarona to outspeed Tornadus-T after one Quiver Dance. It also outspeeds Defensive Landorus-T aswell as Adamant Bisharp without a Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom without prior chip. Amend this to the changed set

  • Bulky Volcarona especially is more likely to get it's Heavy-Duty Boots knocked off via Rillaboom and Kartana so it appreciates defoggers like Corviknight and Mandibuzz. They can also check Pokemon like Hawlucha and Dragonite, which Volcarona would be OHKOed by. Mandibuzz isn't very sound as a mention here since it also folds to Knock Off. That being said, I don't really know how I feel about this bullet point in general since Volcarona isn't really going to come in as often given its performing more as a win condition. Though, if you want to keep this point, I would move it down as it isn't nearly as key as say pivoting support or Pokemon that can help it overload potential checks. I would also rephrase this a bit to emphasize how Defog support can let it serve some defensive utility on teams, including taking Knock Off more liberally.
  • Volcarona also appreciates Slowbro as a partner because it can beat Volcarona's checks. For example, Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Slowbro also checks Physical Attackers in general like Landorus-T and Garchomp, which Volcarona is OHKOed by. In general, you can just mention the Slowtwins here. I don't think it needs to be Slowbro specifically; that being said though, you also miss out on a key point, that being that these two can pivot against what can be considered setup fodder.
  • Tapu Fini is a great partner as it can take Dragonite's hits decently and hit it super effectively with its Fairy-type STAB move, which Volcarona can't do alone. Tapu Fini also sets up Misty Terrain which means Volcarona can't get statused for the time being. This also means a moveslot can be saved because Safeguard won't be very useful. Tapu Fini can also switch in to the aforementioned Urshifu-Rapid-Strike.

I personally think you can probably bring up Knock Off/hazard support here as it's considerably more key for Bulkarona to be able to chip potential checks that get in its way. It also really likes pivoting support to give it more reliable setup opportunities since it's much more centric on maintaining HP than its offensive counterpart. You can bring up pretty similar teammates here since both Volcarona sets are based around setup sweeping, just doing so in different ways.



[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

  • An alternative set for the bulky Volcarona is 248 HP / 56 Def / 16 SpA / 188 Spe with the same moveset. This set lets you outspeed Dragapult and Zeraora after a Quiver Dance. However, the loss of bulk is bulk is noticeable.
We've already amended this set, so this point isn't needed. In other words, we don't need an Other Options section here.

Checks and Counters
====

**Rock-types and Rock-type coverage** Rock-types such as Terrakion and Tyranitar can switch in, take one hit, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp usually carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona so it should be extremely wary. Worth mentioning that these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost; in Garchomp's case, it can shrug off its hits more if it doesn't run Bug Buzz. That being said, I personally don't think this section is too necessary. It can at least be reworded into something like "Revenge killers" and then you can put Tyranitar into a potential "Special walls" section.

**Knock Off**: Volcarona is extremely vulnerable to Knock Off because it needs its item in Heavy-Duty Boots due to it having a 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Why does losing Heavy-Duty Boots hurt it though? Again, look at the execution. Does losing Heavy-Duty Boots cripple its gameplan?

**Heatran**: Heatran can switch in to Volcarona without breaking a sweat. Heatran can easily force out Volcarona because it strongly dislikes getting poisoned, it also takes a lot of damage from Heatran's powerful Fire-type STAB attack. This is a really awkwardly phrased sentence. You can easily just say Heatran is quad resistant to Bug Buzz, resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB, and that Heatran is capable of shutting it down with Taunt.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or destroy it with their strong Water-type STAB moves. However, neither want to switch in as Volcarona can nail both of them in the face with its respective coverage options. Volcarona is forced out due to Aqua Jet on both.

**Blissey**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona as Blissey is very reliant on Toxic stalling. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of Blissey. I think rewording this to Special walls would be good to do, as this would also help to add Haze Toxapex and Tyranitar into the mix which are both incredibly obnoxious for Volcarona to put up with.

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:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

  • Volcarona's phenomenal offensive stats, its access to Quiver Dance, and an acceptable movepool allows Volcarona to function as a deadly sweeper.
  • In addition, its decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele before a speed boost. Move this bullet point beneath the "adequate movepool" bullet point, since this isn't nearly as important as how it operates as a sweeper.
  • Quiver Dance permits Volcarona great sweeping potential, it has a rather easy time setting up most matches due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn and Magnezone being prominent threats in the tier. Volcarona can also use Pokemon that are choice-locked in to an undesirable move as set up fodder
  • Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves and its useful coverage options namely Giga Drain and Psychic, it can customize its checks which can make Volcarona hard to play around. Mentioning Safeguard in this sentence would be nice here as well. In addition, its access to Quiver Dance and great stat distribution allows it to select its moveslots and EV spread to optimize its sweeping abilities for various types of teams.
  • However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. Volcarona is also left vulnerable to many physical attackers including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike which all can OHKO Volcarona. Why is losing Heavy-Duty Boots a problem? It's an issue because it really saps away its longevity and greatly limits setup opportunities otherwise. And maybe mentioning how its dual STABs can be taken advantage of by common resists in the tier may be good too.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

  • Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. This is especially problematic for Special Attackers, as Special attacking Pokemon that could otherwise threaten its setup become increasingly incapable of breaking past it, giving it more boosting opportunities.
  • Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for the guaranteed OHKO on Corviknight, however, Fire Blast has less accuracy and PP. Fiery Dance is an option for the for the Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower offer more immediate damage. Fire Blast also guarantees the KO on defensive Landorus-T from max HP when Stealth Rock damage is active, which is a more crucial reason given that Flamethrower can easily blow down Corviknight anyway.
  • Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and outright remove and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike with prior chip.
  • Volcarona can opt to run Giga Drain to punish Water-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, and Gastrodon. It also appreciates the recovery in saving it from potentially getting revenge killed by strong priority from Rillaboom and Weavile, if Volcarona is already chipped.
  • Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longetivity and setup opportunities because Volcarona loses half of its health coming in on Stealth Rock without the aforementioned Heavy-Duty Boots.

  • This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible.
  • Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers so they can more reliably hit Blissey. Examples are Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, Garchomp, and Landorus-T as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Landorus-T can also pivot on incoming Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-R is also really good at helping to chip and pressure Toxapex and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy.
  • The aforementioned Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock which can wear down Heatran and other defensive checks like Toxapex.
  • Rillaboom can lure and Knock Off Heatran denying it recovery. Rillaboom can also run Fighting-type coverage which would let it deal massive damage to Heatran. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor.
  • Other Knock Off users like Kartana, Clefable, and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set up hazards to further pressure Heatran.
  • Tapu Lele can boost Volcarona's Psychic, block priority moves, and pressure Tyranitar, Toxapex, and Heatran thanks to its spacious movepool. Tapu Lele is a great partner mainly because it does such an amazing job helping Volcarona overload its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran particularly.
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

  • A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom.
  • Volcarona having access Safeguard transforms Blissey from a counter into setup fodder. Clefable is also a common Safeguard target.
  • Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. It can also help it beat Toxapex and Urshifu-R.
  • Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity which makes it a more reliable tank. Roost also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan.
  • 88 Speed EVs allows Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom with Flamethrower without prior chip necessary.

  • Bulky Volcarona appreciates Defog support because it allows it to handle Rillaboom and Kartana's switch in to Knock Off more reliably. Common defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Dragonite is a fair target, not entirely sure about how I feel about Hawlucha; you can keep it for now unless the next QC member asks to see it removed.
  • Volcarona also appreciates both Slowking and Slowbro because they can beat Volcarona's checks. Like what? For example, the aforementioned Slowtwins are a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Slowbro checks Physical Attackers in general like Landorus-T and Garchomp, which Volcarona is OHKOed by. Please mention Teleport and what the Slowtwins pivot against for Volcarona. Slowking is also not a check to Rain.
  • Tapu Fini is a great partner as it can take Dragonite's hits decently and hit it super effectively with its Fairy-type STAB move, which Volcarona can't do alone. Tapu Fini also sets up Misty Terrain which means Volcarona can't get statused for the time being. This also means a moveslot can be saved because Safeguard won't be very useful. Tapu Fini can also switch in to the aforementioned Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. What else can Tapu Fini do? Knock Off and Defog support are also pretty prominent, and it can even Trick a Choice Scarf to turn certain special walls into much more effective setup fodder.
  • Volcarona appreciates support in the form of hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks that get in its way. Any examples?
  • The bulky Volcarona set especially appreciates pivot support since its more centric on maintaining health than its offensive counterpart. Don't compare sets, and mention examples here of Pokemon that can do that for it?



[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

You literally just omit this section entirely. It won't be on the final analysis unless we suggest something for OO.

Checks and Counters
====

**Revenge Killers** Fast Pokemon such as Terrakion and Tyranitar can switch in, take one hit, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp usually carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is quad resistant to Bug Buzz, resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB, and that Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt. It is key to mention how badly Volcarona is actually roadblocked by Heatran.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or OHKO it with their strong Water-type priority. However, neither want to switch in as Volcarona can nail both of them in the face with its respective coverage options.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona Toxic stalling. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of Blissey. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can keep Volcarona at bay, its can also threaten it with its super effective Water-type STAB move. Scald is not at all a reason why Toxapex actually beats it. It literally is entirely just Haze and its ability to completely outlast Volcarona.
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:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

Quiver Dance permits Volcarona great sweeping potential, as it has a rather easy time setting up most matches due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn and Magnezone being prominent threats in the tier. Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves, its useful coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard it can customize its checks and it is a lot more worrisome for teams in general. In addition, its access to Quiver Dance and great stat distribution allow it to select its moveslot and EV spread to optimize its sweeping abilities for various types of teams. Volcarona's phenomenal offensive stats, its access to Quiver Dance, and an acceptable movepool allows Volcarona to function as a deadly sweeper. (This is kind of just restating what the first few sentences said but it adds no detail itself so it's kind of just fluff) Its decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele before a speed boost. However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. This reduces Volcarona's longetivity and limits setup opportunities. Volcarona is also left vulnerable to many physical attackers including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike which all can OHKO Volcarona. Its dual STAB moves can also be taken advantage of by common resists in the tier, notably Heatran.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. (Can probably make this sentence more concise on just saying how it's a threatening sweeper, no need to explain what Quiver Dance does as a move imo) This is especially problematic for Special Attackers, as Special attacking Pokemon that could otherwise threaten its setup become increasingly incapable of breaking past it, giving it more boosting opportunities (Examples here like specs pult and NP Hydreigon can be mentioned). Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for the guaranteed OHKO on Corviknight. Fire Blast also guarantees the OHKO on Defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance. However, Fire Blast has less accuracy and PP. FIery Dance is an option for the for the Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower offer more immediate damage. (Bring paragraph together) Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. Volcarona can opt to run Giga Drain to punish Water-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, and Gastrodon. It also appreciates the recovery in saving it from potentially getting revenge killed by priority from Rillaboom and Weavile, if Volcarona is already chipped (Weavile shard and rilla glide are doing like 25, you have to be extremely chipped for those to revenge so I feel like things such as Bisharp Sucker Punch might be a bit more notable and realistic to mention as priority). Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longetivity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers so they can more reliably hit Blissey. Examples are Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, Garchomp, and Landorus-T as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Landorus-T can also pivot on incoming Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike is also really good at luring and chipping away at Toxapex and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. The aforementioned Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock which can wear down Heatran and other defensive checks like Toxapex. Rillaboom can lure and Knock Off Heatran denying it recovery. Rillaboom can also run Fighting-type coverage which would let it deal massive damage to Heatran. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor. Other Knock Off users like Kartana, Clefable, and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set up hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran particularly. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic.

name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Volcarona having access Safeguard transforms Blissey from a counter into setup fodder. Clefable is also a common Safeguard target. Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. It can also help it beat Toxapex and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity which makes it a more reliable tank. Roost also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan. 88 Speed EVs allows Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom without prior chip necessary. (Mention if the defense investment does anything, idk if it was meant for anything super specific or just the leftover EV's after those other benchmarks but this calc is quite nice at the very least 252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Crawdaunt Aqua Jet vs. 248 HP / 156 Def Volcarona: 316-372 (84.7 - 99.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO)

Bulky Volcarona appreciates Defog support because it allows it to handle Rillaboom and Kartana's Knock Off more reliably. Common defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Volcarona also appreciates both Slowking and Slowbro because they can beat Volcarona's checks like Heatran and Toxapex. The aforementioned Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Slowbro checks Physical Attackers in general like Landorus-T and Garchomp, which Volcarona is OHKOed by. The Slowtwins can also Teleport Volcarona in against incoming Hydreigon, and Tapu Koko. Tapu Fini is a great partner as it can take Dragonite's hits decently and hit it super effectively with its Fairy-type STAB move, which Volcarona can't do alone. Tapu Fini also sets up Misty Terrain which means Volcarona can't get statused for the time being. This also means a moveslot can be saved. Tapu Fini can also switch in to the aforementioned Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. Tapu Fini can Knock Off Volcarona's defensive checks like Heatran and Toxapex which would wear them quicker. Tapu Fini can provide Volcarona with Defog support, incase Volcarona gets knocked off. It can also Trick a Choice Scarf on pesky walls like Blissey and Toxapex and potentially allow Volcarona for easier setup opportunities. (This is a lot of info on just Tapu Fini, you can definitely shrink this down to 1-2 sentences imo, just touching slightly on each thing rather than dragging it out) Volcarona appreciates support in the form of hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks like the aforementioned Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, and the aforesaid Slowtwins. (I also feel like mentioning ways to pressure Heatran more than just knock is important, with things like lefties chomp, roost hydreigon, dnite, etc pivoting in and threatening it while making progress since volc can do nothing with Heatran alive)


Checks and Counters
====

**Revenge Killers** Fast Pokemon Rock-types (ttar's very slow) such as Terrakion and Tyranitar can switch in, take one hit, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp usually carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is quad resistant to Bug Buzz, resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or OHKO it with their strong Water-type priority. However, neither want to switch in as Volcarona can nail both of them in the face with its respective coverage options. (Can mention defensive ones too like CM fini and pex but mention their susceptibility to coverage moves on offensive sets, just worth a mention imo since they shut down bulky or ones lacking the right coverage)

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of Blissey. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can keep Volcarona at bay and easily outlast it.

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Just as a general thing when reading this it sort of sounded off in paragraphs, since a lot of sentences were short and split up where they didn't need to be imo. Things didn't flow super well at some points like with the fini thing I mentioned, so I think you can maybe join some sentences here and there to make it flow better, but that's just how it felt to me.
 

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:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

Quiver Dance permits allows Volcarona great sweeping potential, as it has a rather easy time setting up due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn and Magnezone being prominent threats in the tier. Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves, its useful coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard it can customize its checks and it is a lot more worrisome for teams in general. In addition, its access to Quiver Dance and great stat distribution allow it to select its moveslot and EV spread to optimize its sweeping abilities for various types of teams. Its decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele before a speed boost. However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock (Probably you can briefly mention here how the Knock Off users aren't exactly safe because Flame Body can burn them). This reduces Volcarona's longetivity and limits setup opportunities. Volcarona is also left vulnerable to many physical attackers including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike which all can OHKO Volcarona. Its dual STAB moves can also be taken advantage of by common resists in the tier, notably Heatran.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. This is especially problematic for Special Attackers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, as Special attacking Pokemon that could otherwise threaten it become increasingly incapable of breaking past it, giving it more boosting opportunities. Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for the guaranteed OHKO on Corviknight. Fire Blast also guarantees the OHKO on Defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance. However, Fire Blast has less accuracy and PP. FIery Fiery Dance is an option for the for the Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower offer more immediate damage. Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. Volcarona can opt to run Giga Drain to punish Water-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, and Gastrodon. It also appreciates the recovery in saving it from potentially getting revenge killed by priority from the likes of Bisharp if Volcarona is already chipped. Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longetivity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers so they can more reliably hit Blissey. Some Examples examples are Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, Garchomp, and Landorus-T as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Landorus-T can also pivot on incoming Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike is also really good at luring and chipping away at Toxapex and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. The aforementioned Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock which can wear down Heatran and other defensive checks like Toxapex. Rillaboom can lure and Knock Off Heatran denying it recovery. Rillaboom can also run Fighting-type coverage which would let it deal massive damage to Heatran. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor. Other Knock Off users like Kartana, Clefable, and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery (this sentence looks a little weird tbh), and the latter two can set up hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran particularly. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves (such as??) and power up Volcarona's Psychic.

name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Volcarona having access Safeguard transforms Blissey from a counter into setup fodder. Clefable is also a common Safeguard target. Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. It can also help it beat Toxapex and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity longevity which makes it a more reliable tank setup sweeper (''Tank'' does not seem too accurate here, because the Volcarona's role is being a wincon/setup-sweeper, not a tank). Roost It also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan. 88 Speed EVs allows Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom without prior chip necessary. The Defensive investment can live an Aqua Jet from a Choice Band Crawdaunt.

Bulky Volcarona appreciates Defog support because it allows it to handle Rillaboom and Kartana's Knock Off more reliably. Common defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Volcarona also appreciates both Slowking and Slowbro because they can beat Volcarona's checks like Heatran and Toxapex. The aforementioned Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Slowbro checks Physical Attackers in general like Landorus-T and Garchomp, which Volcarona is OHKOed by. The Slowtwins can also Teleport Volcarona in against incoming Hydreigon, and Tapu Koko. Tapu Fini is a great partner as it can take Dragonite's hits decently and hit it super effectively with its Fairy-type STAB move. Tapu Fini can also switch in to the aforementioned Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Heatran and cripple the latter threats with a Knock Off. Tapu Fini can provide Volcarona with Defog support, incase Volcarona gets knocked off. Volcarona appreciates support in the form of hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, Teleport Clefable and the aforesaid Slowtwins.


Checks and Counters
====

**Revenge Killers** Rock-types such as Terrakion and Tyranitar can switch in, take one hit, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp usually carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is quad resistant to Bug Buzz, resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB. Heatran It is is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with their strong Water-type priority. However, neither want to switch in as Volcarona can nail both of them in the face with its respective coverage options. Haze Toxapex and Calm Mind Tapu Fini can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves (You could mention Azumarill here).

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of Blissey. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted (You can mention how it can get overwhelmed at the long term given it's lack of recovery). Haze Toxapex can keep Volcarona at bay and easily outlast it.

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:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

Quiver Dance permits Volcarona great sweeping potential, as it has a rather easy time setting up due to Steel-types like Ferrothorn and Magnezone being prominent threats in the tier. this is kind of a weird way to start the analysis? id rather focus on volc's attributes in addition to qd that make it one of the best setup sweepers in the tier. volc doesn't exclusively set up on steels either... it can pick and choose its targets and opportunities pretty easily depending on the situation Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves, its useful coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard it can customize its checks and it is a lot more worrisome for teams in general according to its team support. In addition, its access to Quiver Dance and great stat distribution allow it to select its moveslot and EV spread to optimize its sweeping abilities for various types of teams. elaborate on what u mean here Its decent speed tier allows it to outpace and set up on common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele before a speed boost, while outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in OU after a single Quiver Dance boost. wouldnt be relevant to the analysis without connecting it to volc's main purpose However, Volcarona is very prone to Knock Off as it needs its Heavy-Duty Boots because of its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock. im gonna argue that this is irrelevant because a good player is never switching their volc into an obvious knock... while offensive teams sometimes feature volc as their rilla/kart check (and often get knocked because of it) this is less problematic because those teams don't need the long-term utility of volc and can often win on the spot after forcing a switch This reduces Volcarona's longetivity longevity and limits setup opportunities. Volcarona is also left vulnerable to many physical attackers including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike which all can OHKO Volcarona who can either stomach a hit and OHKO back or revenge kill with strong priority. Its dual STAB moves can also be taken advantage of by common resists in the tier, most notably Heatran.

please switch the offensive and bulky volc sets in the analysis, and structure the overview and checks & counters more toward the bulky set

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance raises Volcarona's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed stat allowing it to prepare for a sweep. we know what qd does This is Quiver Dance's Special Defense boosts become especially problematic for Special Attackers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, as Special attacking Pokemon these wallbreakers that could otherwise threaten it become increasingly incapable of breaking past it, giving it more boosting opportunities. Fire Blast can be ran over Flamethrower for the guaranteed OHKO on Corviknight. unnecessary Fire Blast also guarantees the OHKO on Defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance. However, Fire Blast has at the cost of less accuracy and PP. FIery Fiery Dance is an option for the for the that makes it easier to snowball into sweeps with its high Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower are often better choices because they offer more immediate damage. emphasize tradeoff (fiery dance is bad) Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. Volcarona can opt to run Giga Drain to punish Water- and Ground- types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, Hippowdon, and Gastrodon, as well as the gradual recovery it can offer during a sweep. It also appreciates the recovery in saving it from potentially getting revenge killed by priority from the likes of Bisharp if Volcarona is already chipped. Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longetivity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers so they can more reliably hit Blissey. Examples are Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, Garchomp, and Landorus-T as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Landorus-T can also pivot on incoming Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-Rapid-Strike is also really good at luring and chipping away at Toxapex and Tapu Fini, regenerator moment - replace w a different water that's more applicable here like slowking, or even gastro which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. The aforementioned Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock which can wear down Heatran and other defensive checks like Toxapex. regen makes this inaccurate - pex doesn't really get worn down Rillaboom can lure and Knock Off Heatran denying it recovery. Rillaboom can also run Fighting-type coverage which would let it deal massive damage to Heatran. tran shouldn't be switching into rilla Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor and provide gradual healing with its Grassy Terrain while weakening Earthquake from common Volcarona switch-ins like Landorus-T and Garchomp. Other Knock Off users like Kartana, Clefable, and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set up hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran particularly. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic. mention np torn somewhere

[SET]
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longetivity which makes it a more reliable tank. Roost also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Volcarona having access Safeguard transforms Blissey from a counter into setup fodder. Clefable is also a common Safeguard target. u can generalize this to status as a whole even from stuff like tankchomp, defensive lando, rotom, etc with blissey as the main focus Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. It can also help it beat Toxapex and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike. mentioning buzz here is ok w an emphasis on stronger garchomp + ttar damage 88 Speed EVs allows Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom without prior chip necessary. The Defensive investment can live an Aqua Jet from a Choice Band Crawdaunt.

imo u should say that non-psychic pex should always be used alongside strong pex counterplay/lures. also talk about flame body ^

Bulky Volcarona appreciates Defog support because it allows it to handle Rillaboom and Kartana's Knock Off more reliably. unnecessary for same reasons described in overview Common defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Volcarona also appreciates both Slowking and Slowbro because they can beat Volcarona's checks like Heatran and Toxapex. The aforementioned Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-Rapid-Strike, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Slowbro checks Physical Attackers in general like Landorus-T and Garchomp, which Volcarona is OHKOed by. The Slowtwins can also Teleport Volcarona in against incoming Hydreigon, and Tapu Koko. Tapu Fini is a great partner as it can take Dragonite's hits decently and hit it super effectively with its Fairy-type STAB move. Tapu Fini can also switch in to the aforementioned Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Heatran and cripple the latter threats with a Knock Off. Tapu Fini can provide Volcarona with Defog support, incase Volcarona gets knocked off. Volcarona appreciates support in the form of hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, and the aforesaid Slowtwins. mention more things here that force damage on heatran, and pex lures like scizor/fini/block pex/trick clef/whatever else

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

talk about sub

Checks and Counters
====

**Revenge Killers** Rock-types such as Terrakion and Tyranitar can switch in, take one hit, and remove Volcarona with their super effective Rock-type STAB attacks. Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp usually carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost. mention prio like shifu jet/bisharp sucker

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is quad resistant to Bug Buzz, resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt. toxic mention required here - toxicless tran can still lose to qd roost volc

**Water-types**: Urshifu-Rapid-Strike and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with their strong Water-type priority. However, neither want to switch in as Volcarona can nail both of them in the face with its respective coverage options. Haze Toxapex and Calm Mind Tapu Fini can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of Blissey. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can keep Volcarona at bay and easily outlast it. hippo, gastro, pert, spdef lando can all be mentioned here as well if u want

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:bw/volcarona:

[Overview]

Volcarona is one of the best sweepers in the tier because of its access to Quiver Dance, great offensive stats, and its ability to pick its checks and counters. Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves, its useful coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard it can customize its checks according to its team support. In addition, its access to Quiver Dance and great stat distribution allow it to select its moveslot and EV spread to optimize its sweeping abilities for various types of teams. what are you trying to say here? you have basically already said this in the previous sentence but are complicating it now Volcarona can use Psychic to beat Toxapex, and Giga Drain can take out Gastrodon and Swampert. keep this to set comments in the individual sets Volcarona's decent speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem and Tapu Lele before a speed boost, while outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in OU after a single Quiver Dance boost. mention how this is important bc it gives volc more setup opportunities and an easier cleaning job This reduces Volcarona's longevity and limits setup opportunities. ? how does speed tier affect these Volcarona is also left vulnerable to many physical attackers including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-R who can either stomach a hit and OHKO back or revenge kill with strong priority. Its dual STAB moves coverage can also be taken advantage of by common resists in the tier, most notably Heatran. more than just dual stabs

[SET]
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longevity which makes it a more reliable tank. Roost also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Volcarona having access to Safeguard lets it handle status users like Clefable, Tank Garchomp, and Landorus-T much better. Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. It can also help it beat Toxapex and Urshifu-R. switch these two reasons. pex and urshifu are far far more important than hitting pult (which u set up on) and garchomp Bug Buzz can be used to hit Garchomp and Tyranitar more reliably. 88 Speed EVs allow Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom without prior chip necessary. The Defensive investment can live an Aqua Jet from a Choice Band Crawdaunt.

Common defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Volcarona also appreciates both Slowking and Slowbro because they can beat Volcarona's checks like Heatran and Toxapex. The aforementioned Slowbro is a pretty solid check to Rain staples like Barraskewda and Urshifu-R, which Volcarona would get dismantled by. Slowbro checks Physical Attackers in general like Landorus-T and Garchomp, which Volcarona is OHKOed by. The Slowtwins can also Teleport Volcarona in against incoming Hydreigon, and Tapu Koko. Tapu Fini is a great partner as it can take Dragonite's hits decently and hit it super effectively with its Fairy-type STAB move. Tapu Fini can also switch in to the aforementioned Urshifu-R and Heatran and cripple the latter threats with a Knock Off. Tapu Fini can provide Volcarona with Defog support, incase Volcarona gets knocked off. u have already said both of these things Volcarona appreciates support in the form of hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, and the aforesaid Slowtwins. Trick Clefable and Tapu Fini can lure Heatran and Toxapex and trade them an unfavorable item, making them easier to make progress set up on.

i would prefer to see more offensive teammates here. id honestly delete everything here about slowbro and slowking as well bc it's pretty general information that can be applied to most mons in the tier, and replace with teammates that support volc offensively

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance's Special Defense boosts become especially problematic for Special Attackers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, as these wallbreakers that could otherwise threaten it become increasingly incapable of breaking past it. Fire Blast guarantees the OHKO on Defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance at the cost of less accuracy and PP. Fiery Dance is an option that makes it easier to snowball into sweeps with its high Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower are often better choices because they offer more immediate damage. Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-R. Volcarona can opt to run Giga Drain to punish Water- and Ground-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, Hippowdon, and Gastrodon, as well as the gradual recovery it can offer during a sweep. Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip from hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longetivity longevity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers so they can more reliably hit Blissey specially defensive walls. Examples are Urshifu-R, Garchomp, and Landorus-T as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey and Tyranitar. Urshifu-R and Landorus-T can also pivot on incoming Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-R is also really good at luring and chipping away at Slowking and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. The aforementioned Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock which can wear down Heatran and other defensive checks. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor and provide gradual healing with its Grassy Terrain weakening Earthquake from common Volcarona switch-ins like Landorus-T and Garchomp. Other Knock Off users like Clefable and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set up hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran particularly. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic. Nasty Plot Tornadus-T can lure and 2HKO both Heatran and Tyranitar with Stealth Rock set, this opens up Volcarona's sweeping potential late game.

good work on this

Other Options
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Volcarona has no other viable options. after discussing this w qc, we'd like to see a description of why volc has no other viable options - focus on how important its coverage is + how much it values each moveslot

Checks and Counters
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**Revenge Killers** Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp usually often carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. most chomps r fire fang now. "usually" implies most of the time which is now untrue However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost. Urshifu-R's Aqua Jet and Bisharp's Sucker Punch can revenge kill Volcarona if it is already weakened.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is quad resistant to Bug Buzz, resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt and putting it on a timer with Toxic. However, Heatran lacking Toxic can still lose to Roost Volcarona because of its incapability to break Volcarona after the Special Defense boosts and its lack of recovery.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-R and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with their strong Water-type priority. However, neither want to switch in as Volcarona can nail both of them with their respective coverage options. Haze Toxapex, Calm Mind Tapu Fini, Gastrodon, and Swampert can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of Blissey. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can easily outlast Non-Psychic Volcarona.

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[Overview]

Volcarona is one of the best sweepers in the tier because of its access to Quiver Dance, great offensive stats, and its ability to pick its checks and counters. Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves, its useful coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard, (comma) it can customize its checks according to its team support. Volcarona's decent speed Speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem, (comma) and Tapu Lele before a speed Speed boost (remove comma) while outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in OU after a single Quiver Dance boost. This gives Volcarona more setup opportunities and an easier job cleaning. However, Volcarona is left vulnerable to many physical attackers, (add comma) including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-R, (add comma) who which can either stomach take a hit and OHKO back or revenge kill with strong priority. Its coverage can also be taken advantage of by common resists in the tier, most notably Heatran.

[SET]
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder, (comma) as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longevity, (comma) which makes it a more reliable tank, (period > comma) Roost also lets it set up several times as well which is key to its gameplan and gives it more setup opportunities. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Volcarona having access to Safeguard lets it handle status users like Clefable, Tank Garchomp, and Landorus-T much better. Volcarona opting for Psychic allows it to hit Urshifu-R and Toxapex for super effective damage. It can also hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. Bug Buzz can be used to hit Garchomp and Tyranitar more reliably. 88 Speed EVs allow Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes Rillaboom without prior chip necessary damage. The defensive investment can live survive an Aqua Jet from a Choice Band Crawdaunt.

Common Defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Landorus-T is a great offensive partner to Volcarona because it bring Volcarona in on Metal-types Steel-types (no Metal types sadly) like Skarmory, which Volcarona can set up on. Landorus-T can also potentially KO Toxapex and Heatran, easing Volcarona's job in sweeping. Tapu Fini can switch-in (hyphen) to the aforementioned Urshifu-R and Heatran and cripple the latter threats with a Knock Off. Volcarona appreciates support in the form of entry hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, and the aforesaid Slowtwins Slowking, and Slowbro (we want to use their names). Trick Clefable and Tapu Fini can lure Heatran and Toxapex and trade them an unfavorable item, making them easier to set up on.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance's Special Defense boosts become especially problematic for Special Attackers special attackers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, as these wallbreakers that could otherwise threaten it become increasingly incapable of breaking past it. Fire Blast guarantees the an OHKO on defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance at the cost of less accuracy and PP. Fiery Dance is an option that makes it easier to snowball into sweeps with its high Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower are often better choices because they offer more immediate damage. Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-R. Volcarona can opt to run Giga Drain to punish Water- and Ground-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, Hippowdon, and Gastrodon, as well as the gradual recovery it can offer during a sweep. Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip damage from entry hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longevity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey, (comma) allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers preferably Physical Attackers physical attackers, so they can more reliably hit specially defensive walls. Examples are Urshifu-R, Garchomp, and Landorus-T, (comma) as they can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey and Tyranitar. Urshifu-R and Landorus-T can also pivot on incoming Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-R is also really good at luring and chipping away at Slowking and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. The aforementioned Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock which that can wear down Heatran and other defensive checks. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor and provide gradual residual healing with its Grassy Terrain, (comma) weakening Earthquake from common Volcarona switch-ins like Landorus-T and Garchomp. Other Knock Off users like Clefable and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set up entry hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran particularly. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic with Psychic Terrain (dunno if this is appropriate). Nasty Plot Tornadus-T can lure and 2HKO both Heatran and Tyranitar with Stealth Rock set, this opens up Volcarona's sweeping potential late game late-game (hyphen).

Other Options
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Volcarona has no other viable options. Volcarona can not afford to use the rest of its movepool because it has a 4MSS and it grievously values its coverage options as they help it easily muscle past its checks.

Checks and Counters
====

**Revenge Killers** Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp often carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost. Urshifu-R's Aqua Jet and Bisharp's Sucker Punch can revenge kill Volcarona if it is already weakened.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is quad 4x resistant to Bug Buzz (RC) and resists both of its main coverage options, and is immune to its Fire-type STAB imo I feel this could be removed; we should know that if Heatran has Flash Fire, it is immune to Volc's Fire-type moves. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt and putting it on a timer with Toxic. However, Heatran lacking Toxic can still lose to Roost Volcarona because of its incapability to break Volcarona after the Special Defense boosts and its lack of recovery.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-R and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with their strong Water-type priority. However, neither want to switch in, (comma) as Volcarona can nail both of them with their respective coverage options super effectively (I assume this is right?). Haze Toxapex, Calm Mind Tapu Fini, Gastrodon, and Swampert can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona, (comma) as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. If non-Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should not attempt a sweep without prior removal of only set up with Blissey gone. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can easily outlast Non-Psychic Volcarona.

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[Overview]

Volcarona is one of the best sweepers in the tier because of its access to Quiver Dance, great offensive stats, and its ability to pick its checks and counters. Thanks to Volcarona's adequate movepool in Fire- and Bug-type STAB moves STAB combination, its coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard, it can customize its checks according to its team support. Volcarona's decent Speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem, and Tapu Lele before a Speed boost while outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in OU after a single Quiver Dance boost. This gives Volcarona more setup opportunities and an easier job cleaning. However, Volcarona is left vulnerable to many physical attackers, including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-R, which can either take a hit and OHKO it back or revenge kill it with strong priority. Its coverage can also be taken advantage of by common resists Pokemon resistant to it in the tier, most notably Heatran.

[SET]
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set on Volcarona allows it Volcarona to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodder fodders, as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longevity, which makes it a more reliable tank,(RC) and gives it more setup opportunities. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and also giving it ease switching easily switch into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Volcarona having access to Safeguard lets it handle status users like Clefable, Tank Garchomp, and Landorus-T. Volcarona opting for Alternatively,(AC) Psychic allows it to hit Urshifu-R and Toxapex for super effective damage. It can also hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. Bug Buzz can be used to hit Garchomp and Tyranitar more reliably. 88 Speed EVs allow Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs always OHKOes allow it to always OHKO Rillaboom without chip. The defensive investment can gives it a chance to survive an Aqua Jet from a Choice Band Crawdaunt.

Common Defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Landorus-T is a great offensive partner to Volcarona because it bring brings Volcarona in on Steel-types like Skarmory, which Volcarona can set up on. Landorus-T can also potentially KO Toxapex and Heatran, easing Volcarona's job in sweeping. Tapu Fini can switch-in to switch into the aforementioned Urshifu-R and Heatran and cripple the latter threats with a Knock Off. Volcarona appreciates entry hazard and Knock Off support in the form of entry hazards and Knock Off to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, and the aforesaid Slowking, and Slowbro. Trick Clefable and Tapu Fini can lure Heatran and Toxapex and trade give them an unfavorable item, making them easier to set up on.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance's Special Defense boosts become especially problematic for special attackers wallbreakers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, as these wallbreakers that could otherwise threaten it become increasingly incapable of breaking past it which could normally threaten Volcarona. Fire Blast guarantees an OHKO on defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance at the cost of less accuracy and PP. Fiery Dance is an option that makes it easier to snowball into sweeps with its high Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower are often better choices because they offer more immediate damage. Psychic on Volcarona can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-R.(RP) Volcarona can opt to run ,(AC) but Giga Drain can be used instead to punish Water- and Ground-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, Hippowdon, and Gastrodon, as well as providing the gradual recovery it can offer during a sweep. Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip damage from entry hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longevity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey, allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers,(AC) preferably physical attackers so ,(AC) as they can more reliably hit specially defensive walls. Examples are Urshifu-R, Garchomp, and Landorus-T, as they which can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey and Tyranitar. Urshifu-R and Landorus-T can also pivot on Skarmory,(RC) and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-R is also really good at luring and chipping away at Slowking and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. The aforementioned Landorus-T,(RC) and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock that can to wear down Heatran and other defensive checks. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor and provide residual healing with its Grassy Terrain, weakening Earthquake from common Volcarona switch-ins like Landorus-T and Garchomp. Other Knock Off users like Clefable and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery, and the latter two can set up entry hazards to further pressure Heatran. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its shared checks, which is super prominent with Heatran (not rly sure what you mean here, is Heatran supposed to be a shared check? Be more specific). Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic with Psychic Terrain. Nasty Plot Tornadus-T can lure and 2HKO both Heatran and Stealth Rock Tyranitar with Stealth Rock set, this opens opening up Volcarona's sweeping potential late-game.

Other Options
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Volcarona has no other viable options. Volcarona can not afford to use the rest of its movepool because it has a 4MSS and it grievously values its coverage options,(AC) as they help it easily muscle past its checks.

Checks and Counters
====

**Revenge Killers** Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp often carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost. Urshifu-R's Aqua Jet and Bisharp's Sucker Punch can revenge kill Volcarona if it is already weakened.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is 4x resistant to Bug Buzz and resists both of its main coverage options, and is as well as being immune to its Fire-type STAB moves. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt and putting it on a timer with Toxic. However, Heatran lacking Toxic can still lose to Roost Volcarona because of its incapability to break Volcarona after the Special Defense boosts and its lack of recovery.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-R and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with their strong Water-type priority moves. However, neither want to switch in, as Volcarona can nail both of them super effectively. Haze Toxapex, Calm Mind Tapu Fini, Gastrodon, and Swampert can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants,(AC) but Safeguard variants are set up fodder for Volcarona can use it as setup fodder, as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. If non- Without Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress on against Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should only set up with Blissey gone. Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can easily outlast Non-Psychic Volcarona.

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:bw/volcarona:
[Overview]

Volcarona is one of the best sweepers in the tier because of its access to Quiver Dance, great offensive stats, and its ability to pick its checks and counters. Thanks to Volcarona's STAB combination, coverage options in Giga Drain and Psychic, and access to Safeguard, it can customize its checks according to its team support. Volcarona's decent Speed tier allows it to outpace common Pokemon such as Hydreigon, Kyurem, and Tapu Lele before a Speed boost while outspeeding every unboosted Pokemon in OU after a single Quiver Dance boost felt like the word boost was repeated too much. This gives Volcarona more setup opportunities and an easier job cleaning. However, Volcarona is left vulnerable to many physical attackers, including Garchomp, Choice Scarf Landorus-T, and Urshifu-R, which can either take a hit and OHKO it back or revenge kill it with strong priority. Its coverage can also be taken advantage of by common Pokemon resistant to it in the tier, most notably Heatran.

[SET]
name: Bulkarona
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Roost
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Psychic / Safeguard / Bug Buzz
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 248 HP / 156 Def / 16 SpA / 88 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

A bulkier set allows Volcarona to use bulky Water-types like Tapu Fini, Slowking, and Slowbro as set up fodders, as their respective Water-type moves will not do significant damage after many Special Defense boosts. Roost greatly improves Volcarona's longevity, which makes it a more reliable tank and gives it more setup opportunities. Volcarona's defensive typing and access to Flame Body lets it take advantage of Pokemon like Kartana and easily switch into threats like Melmetal, Kyurem, Scizor, and Rillaboom. Safeguard lets it handle status users like Clefable, Tank Garchomp, and Landorus-T. Alternatively, Psychic allows it to hit Urshifu-R and Toxapex for super effective damage. It can also hit Dragapult and Garchomp neutrally. shouldn't psychic and safeguard's mentions be swapped since psychic is the first slash? Bug Buzz can be used to hit Garchomp and Tyranitar more reliably. 88 Speed EVs allow Volcarona to outspeed Zeraora after one Quiver Dance. The 16 Special Attack EVs allow it to always OHKO Rillaboom without chip without boosting if you're OHKOing, they must be at full health, that's redundant. The defensive investment can 248 HP EVs and 16 Defense EVs let Volcarona survive an Aqua Jet from Choice Band Crawdaunt.

Common Defoggers like Corviknight and Tapu Fini can also check Flying-types like Dragonite and Hawlucha. Landorus-T is a great offensive partner because it brings Volcarona in on Steel-types like Skarmory, which Volcarona can set up on. Landorus-T can also potentially KO Toxapex and Heatran, easing Volcarona's job in sweeping. Tapu Fini can switch into the aforementioned it's been a while since you mentioned it Urshifu-R and Heatran and cripple the latter with Knock Off. Volcarona appreciates entry hazard and Knock Off support to chip potential checks like Heatran and Blissey. Volcarona also likes being paired with pivots like Zeraora, Tornadus-T, Slowking, and Slowbro. Trick Clefable and Tapu Fini can lure Heatran and Toxapex and give them an unfavorable item, making them easier to set up on.

[SET]
name: Offensive Quiver Dance
move 1: Quiver Dance
move 2: Flamethrower / Fire Blast
move 3: Bug Buzz
move 4: Psychic / Giga Drain
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Flame Body
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Quiver Dance's Special Defense boosts become especially problematic for special wallbreakers like Hydreigon and Dragapult, which could normally threaten Volcarona. Fire Blast guarantees an OHKO on defensive Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance at the cost of less accuracy and PP. Fiery Dance is an option that makes it easier to snowball with its high Special Attack raise chance, but Fire Blast and Flamethrower are often better choices because they offer more immediate damage. Psychic can deal hefty damage to Toxapex and Urshifu-R, but Giga Drain can be used instead to punish Water- and Ground-types like Swampert, Tapu Fini, Hippowdon, and Gastrodon, as well as providing gradual recovery it can offer during a sweep. Heavy-Duty Boots negates chip damage from entry hazards, namely Stealth Rock. This greatly enhances Volcarona's longevity and setup opportunities.

This Volcarona set is commonly seen on offensively oriented teams because it likes being paired with strong wallbreakers, preferably physical attackers, as they can more reliably hit specially defensive walls, and Pokemon that can quickly remove Heatran and Blissey, allowing Volcarona to sweep as soon and reliably as possible. Volcarona likes being paired with strong wallbreakers, preferably physical attackers, as they can more reliably hit specially defensive walls. you were saying basically the same thing in both sentences. Examples are Urshifu-R, Garchomp, and Landorus-T, which can all remove Heatran and severely damage Blissey and Tyranitar. Urshifu-R and Landorus-T can also pivot on Skarmory and Tangrowth, which Volcarona can set up on. Urshifu-R is also really good at luring and chipping away at Slowking and Tapu Fini, which can both limit Volcarona's sweeping potential if healthy. Landorus-T and Garchomp can set up Stealth Rock to wear down Heatran and other defensive checks. Rillaboom can safely bring Volcarona in on into incoming Skarmory, Corviknight, and Scizor and provide residual passive healing with its Grassy Terrain, weakening Earthquake from common Volcarona switch-ins like Landorus-T and Garchomp. Other Knock Off users like Clefable and Ferrothorn can lure and dispatch Heatran of recovery,(remove comma) and the latter two can set up entry hazards to further pressure Heatran it. Tapu Lele is a great partner because it can help Volcarona overwhelm its their shared checks, specifically Heatran. Tapu Lele can also block priority moves and power up Volcarona's Psychic with Psychic Terrain. Nasty Plot Tornadus-T can lure and 2HKO both Heatran and Stealth Rock Tyranitar, opening up Volcarona's sweeping potential late-game.

Other Options
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Volcarona has no other viable options. Volcarona can not afford to use the rest of its movepool because it has a 4MSS and it grievously values its coverage options, as they help it easily muscle past its checks. On top of its already present 4MSS, Volcarona's options can't be replaced by any other moves.

Checks and Counters
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**Revenge Killers** Choice Scarf Landorus-T and Garchomp often carry Rock-type coverage in the form of Stone Edge, which will OHKO Volcarona. However, these Pokemon are prone to being outsped and overwhelmed after a Quiver Dance boost. Urshifu-R's Aqua Jet and Bisharp's Sucker Punch can revenge kill Volcarona if it is already weakened.

**Heatran**: Heatran is a hard counter to Volcarona. It is 4x resistant to Bug Buzz and resists both of its main coverage options, as well as being immune to its Fire-type STAB moves. Heatran is also capable of shutting it down with Taunt and putting it on a timer with Toxic. However, Heatran lacking Toxic can still lose to Roost Volcarona because of its incapability to break Volcarona it after the Special Defense boosts and its lack of recovery.

**Water-types**: Urshifu-R and Crawdaunt can easily force out Volcarona or potentially KO it with their strong Water-type priority moves Aqua Jet pretty sure this works, otherwise just ignore it. However, neither want to switch in, as Volcarona can nail both of them super effectively. Haze Toxapex, Calm Mind Tapu Fini, Gastrodon, and Swampert can shut down Volcarona lacking the right coverage moves.

**Special Walls**: Blissey can comfortably beat non-Safeguard Volcarona variants, but Safeguard variants can which otherwise use it as setup fodder, as Blissey is very reliant on status to beat Volcarona. Without Safeguard, Volcarona can't make progress against Blissey without quite a few boosts, so it should only set up with Blissey gone. this doesn't belong here, probably move it up to team options Tyranitar is capable of removing Volcarona with its Rock-type STAB, it can also take Volcarona's Bug-type STAB move reasonably well unboosted. Haze Toxapex can easily outlast Non-Psychic Volcarona.

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