VGC 17 Xurkitree

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[OVERVIEW]

* Xurkitree is extremely powerful, especially with Electrium Z or under Electric Terrain.
* Beast Boost increases Xurkitree's Special Attack, making it even stronger when it gets KOs.
* Middling Speed and frailty make it easy to KO.
* It doesn't have a great movepool, consisting mostly of Electric-type moves, Energy Ball, and Hidden Power.
* Despite its power, it's not OHKOing neutral targets without a Beast Boost or Electric Terrain support, leaving it open to being revenge killed.
* Lightning Rod Pokemon are common and counter Xurkitree well.
* Xurkitree needs heavy team support, but with it it can be a monster.

[SET]
name: Choice Attacker
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Energy Ball / Discharge
move 4: Volt Switch / Discharge
item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Modest / Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt is the best choice for a STAB move.
* Hidden Power Ice is the best Hidden Power type, as it hits most Ground-types super effectively.
* Energy Ball is for Gastrodon only.
* If you have Gastrodon dealt with solidly elsewhere, then Discharge is a good idea.
* Volt Switch is good for pivoting out of bad matchups, but it can be replaced with Discharge if you need spread damage and want Energy Ball.

Set Details
========

* Maximize Speed and Special Attack because those stats are most important to Xurkitree.
* Modest is best on the Choice Scarf set since Xurkitree already has enough Speed to beat Tapu Koko and can't outspeed Jolly Pheromosa anyway.
* Modest Choice Specs Xurkitree is still fast enough to outspeed 134 Speed Gyarados, and it only misses out on positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon.
* Timid can be used for both sets regardless if you want to outspeed Adamant Pheromosa with a Choice Scarf or positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon with Choice Specs.

Usage Tips
========

* Focus on hit-and-run attacks, as being locked into one move and lacking Protect makes it hard to use your Beast Boosts.
* Also make sure that you can remove faster Ground-types and Alolan Marowak.
* Xurkitree can support itself a bit more than non-Choice sets but still enjoys support from the likes of Tapu Koko.

Team Options
========

* Tapu Koko is a fantastic partner as it can boost Xurkitree's Electric-type STAB moves by 50%.
* A Groundium Z user, Gyarados, or anything else that can KO Alolan Marowak is necessary to have.
* Ground-types make great partners for Discharge Xurkitree, since they don't have to use Protect when Xurkitree uses Discharge.
* Fire-types make good partners for hitting Grass-types, which resist Xurkitree's main STAB type.
* Opposing rain, Tailwind, and Trick Room are all bad for Xurkitree, so have Pokemon like Porygon2 that can reverse Trick Room or Assault Vest Kartana that can threaten rain.

[SET]
name: Special Attacker
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Energy Ball / Discharge
move 4: Protect
item: Electrium Z / Focus Sash
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt is the best choice for a STAB move.
* Hidden Power Ice is the best Hidden Power type, as it hits most Ground-types super effectively.
* Energy Ball is for Gastrodon only.
* If you have Gastrodon dealt with solidly elsewhere or need spread damage, then Discharge is a good idea.
* Protect is essential to keeping Xurkitree healthy.

Set Details
========

* Maximize Speed and Special Attack because those stats are most important to Xurkitree.
* Electrium Z makes getting that first KO much easier or, if you can pick up a KO before using it, gives Xurkitree a ridiculously powerful nuke.
* Focus Sash aids Xurkitree's longevity while also allowing it to KO faster threats without being KOed itself.
* Modest Xurkitree is still fast enough to outspeed 134 Speed Gyarados, and it only misses out on positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon.

Usage Tips
========

* Focus on getting Xurkitree a KO so that it can KO more foes.
* Also make sure that you can remove faster Ground-types and Alolan Marowak.
* Team support is very important to this Xurkitree set, since it lacks Speed or the immediate power of Choice sets.
* Switching Xurkitree in is not recommended when it has an intact Sash, as that could easily break it.

Team Options
========

* Tapu Koko is a great partner, since it buffs the power of Xurkitree's Electric-type STAB moves by 50%.
* Ground-types can take on Lightning Rod Pokemon while being immune to Xurkitree's Discharge.
* Fire-types can handle Grass-types such as Kartana well, especially Arcanine, which can Intimidate them as well.
* This set very much appreciates Tailwind support, since it can change moves and doesn't have the boosted Speed from a Scarf.

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

* Tail Glow makes Xurkritree unbelievably powerful, but since it can't use it with a Choice Scarf it will need a lot of support to stay alive while it sets up.
* Modest Thunder on rain teams gets more KOs at +0 than Thunderbolt does, such as on glass cannon Arcanine and 252 HP Milotic, but not so many KOs that it is worth not having an accurate STAB out of rain.
* Hidden Power Fire is usable on the Choice Scarf set to surprise Assault Vest Kartana with an OHKO.
* Dazzling Gleam hits the two major Ground-types, Garchomp and Krookodile, super effectively, and despite Xurkitree not having STAB on Fairy-type moves, it gets a 2HKO on both.
* Outside of this, Xurkitree's movepool is barren.

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

**Ground-types**: Ground-types are immune to Electric, so Xurkitree can't hit them hard unless they are 4x weak to one of it's coverage moves.
**Trick Room**: Xurkitree relies a lot on outspeeding its foes, so making it the slowest Pokemon on the field makes it far more vulnerable to being KOed.
**Faster Pokemon**: The vast majority of faster Pokemon can seriously hurt or knock out Xurkitree, such as Tapu Lele, Salamence, Garchomp, Kartana, and Golduck in rain.
**Lightning Rod**: Marowak and Togedemaru rob Xurkitree of its main STAB moves if it lacks Discharge.
 
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make scarf / specs one set

the moves are fine but remove protect obviously. include hp fire and dgleam in OO for the choiced sets

make electrium / sash another set
 
Overview
  • Remember that the Overview is mostly metagame analysis, so try not to give just straight facts in the form of "X is the case", but instead "X is the case, which means that...".
    • For example, you could expand the third point by saying "Its frailty and middling Speed stat mean that it's easily picked off.". The sixth point by saying "Being countered by Lightning Rod is problematic given how common Alolan Marowak is." etc...
  • Mention that it has plenty of competition as an Electric-type.
Set Details (Both)
  • You need to cite what Beast Boost does; which stat it increases.
Team Options (1)
  • Note Fire-types as being useful partners to beat Grass-types such as Kartana, which Xurkitree struggles with.
Usage Tips (2)
  • Make the point that switching into damaging attacks should be avoided, particularly when using Focus Sash.
Team Options (2)
  • "Same as the first" isn't allowed, as you can't assume the reader has gone over the first set.
    • Restate all the relevent partners, though be careful not to do a word-for-word copy and paste.
Checks and Counters
  • Rename the first header to "Lightning Rod" while keeping the examples, then move it to the bottom.

All pretty minor stuff, so I'm happy to stamp this.

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[OVERVIEW]

* Xurkitree is extremely powerful, especially with Electrium Z or under Electric Terrain.
* Beast Boost increases Xurkitree's Special Attack, making it even stronger more strong when it gets KOes KOs.
* Middling Speed and frailty, making make it easy to KO.
* It doesn't have Not a great movepool, consisting mostly of Electric-type moves, Energy Ball, and Hidden Power.
* Despite its power, it's not OHKOing neutral targets without a Beast Boost or Electric Terrain support, leaving it open to being revenge killed.
* Lightning Rod Pokemon are common and counter Xurkitree well.
* Xurkitree needs heavy team support, but with it it can be a monster.

[SET]
name: Choice Attacker
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Energy Ball / Discharge
move 4: Volt Switch / Discharge
item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Modest / Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt is the best choice for a STAB move.
* Hidden Power Ice is the best Hidden Power type, as it hits most Ground-types super effectively.
* Energy Ball is for Gastrodon only.
* If you have Gastrodon dealt with solidly elsewhere, then Discharge is a good idea.
* Volt Switch is good for pivoting out of bad matchups, but it can be replaced with Discharge if you need spread damage and want Energy Ball.

Set Details
========

* Maximize Speed and Special Attack because those stats are most important to Xurkitree.
* Modest is best on the Choice Scarf set, since Xurkitree you already have has enough Speed to beat Tapu Koko and can't outspeed Jolly Pheromosa anyway.
* Modest Choice Specs Xurkitree is still fast enough to outspeed 134 Speed Gyarados, and it only misses out on positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon.
* Timid can be used for both sets regardless if you want to outspeed Adamant Pheromosa with a Choice Scarf or positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon with Choice Specs.

Usage Tips
========

* Focus on hit-and-run attacks, as being locked into one move and being without lacking Protect makes it hard to use your the Beast Boosts.
* Also make sure that you can remove faster Ground-types and Alolan Marowak.
* Xurkitree can support itself a bit more than non-Choice sets but still enjoys support from the likes of Tapu Koko.

Team Options
========

* Tapu Koko is a fantastic partner, as it can boost Xurkitree's Electric-type STAB moves by 50%.
* A Groundium Z users, Gyarados, or anything else that can KO Alolan Marowak is are necessary to have.
* Ground-types make great partners for Discharge Xurkitree, since so that they don't have to use Protect when Xurkitree uses Discharge.
* Fire-types make good partners for hitting Grass-typs, which resist Xurkitree's main STAB type.
* Opposing rain, Tailwind, and Trick Room are all bad for Xurkitree, so have Pokemon like Porygon2 that can reverse Trick Room or Assault Vest Kartana that can threaten rain.

[SET]
name: Special Attacker
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Energy Ball / Discharge
move 4: Protect
item: Electrium Z / Focus Sash
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt is the best choice for a STAB move.
* Hidden Power Ice is the best Hidden Power type, as it hits most Ground-types super effectively.
* Energy Ball is for Gastrodon only.
* If you have Gastrodon dealt with solidly elsewhere or need spread damage, then Discharge is a good idea.
* Protect is essential to keeping Xurkitree healthy.

Set Details
========

* Maximize Speed and Special Attack because those stats are most important to Xurkitree.
* Electrium Z makes getting that first KO much easier, (RC) or, if you can pick up a KO before using it, gives Xurkitree a ridiculously powerful nuke.
* Focus Sash aids Xurkitree's longevity, (RC) while also allowing it to KO faster threats without being KOed itself.
* Modest Xurkitree is still fast enough to outspeed 134 Speed Gyarados, and it only misses out on positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon.

Usage Tips
========

* Focus on getting Xurkitree a KO so that it can KO more stuff foes.
* Also make sure that you can remove faster Ground-types and Alolan Marowak.
* Team support is very important to this Xurkitree set, since it lacks Speed or the immediate power of Choiced sets.
* Switching Xurkritree Xurkitree in is not recommended when it Xurkitree has an intact Focus Sash, as that which could easily break it.

Team Options
========

* Tapu Koko is still a great partner, since it buffs the power of Xurkitree's Electric-type STAB moves by 50%.
* Ground-types can take on Lightning Rod Pokemon while being immune to Xurkitree's Discharge.
* Fire-types can handle Grass-types such as Kartana well, especially Arcanine, which can Intimidate them as well.
* This set very much appreciates Tailwind support, since it can change moves and doesn't have the boosted Speed from of a Choice Scarf.

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

* Tail Glow makes Xurkritree unbelievably powerful, but since it can't use it with a Choice Scarf it will you need a lot of support to stay keep it alive while it sets up.
* Modest Thunder on rain teams gets more KOes KOs at +0 than Thunderbolt does, such as on glass cannon Arcanine and 252 HP Milotic, but not so many KOes KOs that it is worth not having an accurate STAB move out of rain.
* Hidden Power Fire is usable on the Choice Scarf set to surprise Assault Vest Kartana with an OHKO.
* Dazzling Gleam hits the two major Ground-types, Garchomp and Krookodile, super effectively, and despite Xurkitree not having STAB on Fairy-type moves, it gets a 2HKO on both.
* Outside of this, Xurkitree's movepool is barren.

Checks and Counters
===================
(all colons should be outside of asterisks)
**Ground-types**: Ground-types are immune to Electric, so Xurkitree can't no longer hit them hard unless they are 4x weak to one of its Xurkitree's coverage moves.
**Trick Room**: Xurkitree relies a lot on outspeeding its foes opponents, so making it becoming the slowest Pokemon thing on the field makes it far more vulnerable to being KOed.
**Faster Pokemon**: The vast majority of faster Pokemon can seriously hurt or knock out Xurkitree, such as Tapu Lele, Salamence, Garchomp, Kartana, and Golduck in rain.
**Lightning Rod**: Marowak and Togedemaru rob Xurkitree of its main STAB moves if it lacks Discharge.
 
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[OVERVIEW]

* Xurkitree is extremely powerful, especially with Electrium Z or under Electric Terrain.
* Beast Boost increases Xurkitree's Special Attack, making it even stronger more strong when it gets KOes KOs.
* Middling Speed and frailty, making make it easy to KO.
* It doesn't have Not a great movepool, consisting mostly of Electric-type moves, Energy Ball, and Hidden Power.
* Despite its power, it's not OHKOing neutral targets without a Beast Boost or Electric Terrain support, leaving it open to being revenge killed.
* Lightning Rod Pokemon are common and counter Xurkitree well.
* Xurkitree needs heavy team support, but with it it can be a monster.

[SET]
name: Choice Attacker
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Energy Ball / Discharge
move 4: Volt Switch / Discharge
item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Modest / Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt is the best choice for a STAB move.
* Hidden Power Ice is the best Hidden Power type, as it hits most Ground-types super effectively.
* Energy Ball is for Gastrodon only.
* If you have Gastrodon dealt with solidly elsewhere, then Discharge is a good idea.
* Volt Switch is good for pivoting out of bad matchups, but it can be replaced with Discharge if you need spread damage and want Energy Ball.

Set Details
========

* Maximize Speed and Special Attack because those stats are most important to Xurkitree.
* Modest is best on the Choice Scarf set, since Xurkitree you already have has enough Speed to beat Tapu Koko and can't outspeed Jolly Pheromosa anyway.
* Modest Choice Specs Xurkitree is still fast enough to outspeed 134 Speed Gyarados, and it only misses out on positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon.
* Timid can be used for both sets regardless if you want to outspeed Adamant Pheromosa with a Choice Scarf or positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon with Choice Specs.

Usage Tips
========

* Focus on hit-and-run attacks, as being locked into one move and being without lacking Protect makes it hard to use your the Beast Boosts.
* Also make sure that you can remove faster Ground-types and Alolan Marowak.
* Xurkitree can support itself a bit more than non-Choice sets but still enjoys support from the likes of Tapu Koko.

Team Options
========

* Tapu Koko is a fantastic partner, as it can boost Xurkitree's Electric-type STAB moves by 50%.
* A Groundium Z users, Gyarados, or anything else that can KO Alolan Marowak is are necessary to have.
* Ground-types make great partners for Discharge Xurkitree, since so that they don't have to use Protect when Xurkitree uses Discharge.
* Fire-types make good partners for hitting Grass-typs, which resist Xurkitree's main STAB type.
* Opposing rain, Tailwind, and Trick Room are all bad for Xurkitree, so have Pokemon like Porygon2 that can reverse Trick Room or Assault Vest Kartana that can threaten rain.

[SET]
name: Special Attacker
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Hidden Power Ice
move 3: Energy Ball / Discharge
move 4: Protect
item: Electrium Z / Focus Sash
ability: Beast Boost
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

* Thunderbolt is the best choice for a STAB move.
* Hidden Power Ice is the best Hidden Power type, as it hits most Ground-types super effectively.
* Energy Ball is for Gastrodon only.
* If you have Gastrodon dealt with solidly elsewhere or need spread damage, then Discharge is a good idea.
* Protect is essential to keeping Xurkitree healthy.

Set Details
========

* Maximize Speed and Special Attack because those stats are most important to Xurkitree.
* Electrium Z makes getting that first KO much easier, (RC) or, if you can pick up a KO before using it, gives Xurkitree a ridiculously powerful nuke.
* Focus Sash aids Xurkitree's longevity, (RC) while also allowing it to KO faster threats without being KOed itself.
* Modest Xurkitree is still fast enough to outspeed 134 Speed Gyarados, and it only misses out on positive-natured base 80 Speed Pokemon.

Usage Tips
========

* Focus on getting Xurkitree a KO so that it can KO more stuff foes.
* Also make sure that you can remove faster Ground-types and Alolan Marowak.
* Team support is very important to this Xurkitree set, since it lacks Speed or the immediate power of Choiced sets.
* Switching Xurkritree Xurkitree in is not recommended when it Xurkitree has an intact Focus Sash, as that which could easily break it.

Team Options
========

* Tapu Koko is still a great partner, since it buffs the power of Xurkitree's Electric-type STAB moves by 50%.
* Ground-types can take on Lightning Rod Pokemon while being immune to Xurkitree's Discharge.
* Fire-types can handle Grass-types such as Kartana well, especially Arcanine, which can Intimidate them as well.
* This set very much appreciates Tailwind support, since it can change moves and doesn't have the boosted Speed from of a Choice Scarf.

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

* Tail Glow makes Xurkritree unbelievably powerful, but since it can't use it with a Choice Scarf it will you need a lot of support to stay keep it alive while it sets up.
* Modest Thunder on rain teams gets more KOes KOs at +0 than Thunderbolt does, such as on glass cannon Arcanine and 252 HP Milotic, but not so many KOes KOs that it is worth not having an accurate STAB move out of rain.
* Hidden Power Fire is usable on the Choice Scarf set to surprise Assault Vest Kartana with an OHKO.
* Dazzling Gleam hits the two major Ground-types, Garchomp and Krookodile, super effectively, and despite Xurkitree not having STAB on Fairy-type moves, it gets a 2HKO on both.
* Outside of this, Xurkitree's movepool is barren.

Checks and Counters
===================
(all colons should be outside of asterisks)
**Ground-types**: Ground-types are immune to Electric, so Xurkitree can't no longer hit them hard unless they are 4x weak to one of its Xurkitree's coverage moves.
**Trick Room**: Xurkitree relies a lot on outspeeding its foes opponents, so making it becoming the slowest Pokemon thing on the field makes it far more vulnerable to being KOed.
**Faster Pokemon**: The vast majority of faster Pokemon can seriously hurt or knock out Xurkitree, such as Tapu Lele, Salamence, Garchomp, Kartana, and Golduck in rain.
**Lightning Rod**: Marowak and Togedemaru rob Xurkitree of its main STAB moves if it lacks Discharge.
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