Copyediting Zoroark (Mini) [QC 2/2] [GP 0/1]

[SET]
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Dark Pulse
move 2: Flamethrower
move 3: Sludge Bomb
move 4: U-Turn
item: Choice Specs
ability: Illusion
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe


[SET COMMENTS]

Zoroark carves a niche for itself in the RU metagame through the use of its signature ability Illusion and respectable offensive stats. However, it has poor bulk that leaves it prone to being revenge killed by faster offensive threats. Zoroark also tends to be outclassed overall by Mienshao as an offensive pivot and by Gardevoir as a Choice Specs user, making it difficult to fit on most teams. Flamethrower is a solid coverage option that hits Steel-types such as Cobalion and Steelix hard. Sludge Bomb hits Fairy-types that are otherwise capable of taking Zoroark's other moves, such as Togekiss and Sylveon, super effectively while also having a 30% poison chance that can wear down the opposing team throughout the match. Lastly, U-Turn enables Zoroark to pivot around offensive and defensive threats alike, generating momentum for its team in the process. Focus Blast can be used over U-Turn and enables Zoroark to hit checks such as Incineroar and Porygon2, 2HKOing them both. Additionally, Grass Knot is an option that can be used in order to lure out and KO threats such as Gastrodon and Seismitoad, although it does not hit any of the Pokemon that threaten Zoroark itself so its utility is limited. Lastly, Heavy Duty Boots is an option over Choice Specs that can be used in order to avoid immediately exposing Zoroark due to hazard damage, although it faces the same problems mentioned previously of lacking firepower and generally not being able to lure and KO opposing threats as consistently.

Zoroark's ability to lure out and weaken defensive threats such as Metagross, Steelix, and Reuniclus opens up opportunities for its teammates to clean up late game. Examples of such teammates include Nasty Plot Togekiss, Choice Scarf Xurkitree, Darmanitan, and Necrozma. Togekiss in particular stands out due to its ability to check Fighting-types and bulky Dark-types that can give Zoroark trouble. Additionally, pairing Zoroark with Xurkitree can form a potent VoltTurn core, which can make wearing down the opposing team much easier. Other teammates that pair well with Zoroark include those that are able to check revenge killers such as Golisopod, Choice Scarf Mienshao, and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. The aforementioned Togekiss checks both Golisopod and Mienshao for Zoroark, and other options such as Steelix or Roserade can assist in checking Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Steelix and Roserade are also able to support Zoroark with Stealth Rock or Spikes, which enables Zoroark to wear down its checks over the course of the game. Additionally, Zoroark enjoys Knock Off support from Pokemon such as Mienshao, Heracross, and Golisopod in order to remove items from the opposing team, making them more prone to passive chip damage and entry hazards. Mienshao and Heracross also appreciate Zoroark luring out and weakening some of their defensive checks, while Golisopod is able to support Zoroark further by setting Spikes.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[A Very Gay Girl, 544192]]
- Quality checked by: [[GoldCat, 359771], [zizalith, 410251]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
 
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[SET]
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Dark Pulse
move 2: Flamethrower
move 3: Sludge Bomb
move 4: U-Turn / Trick
item: Choice Specs
ability: Illusion
nature: Timid
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]

Zoroark carves a niche for itself in the RU metagame through the use of its signature ability Illusion and respectable offensive stats. However, it has poor bulk that leaves it prone to being revenge killed by faster offensive threats. Zoroark also tends to be outclassed overall by Zarude as an offensive pivot and by Gardevoir as a Choice Specs user, making it difficult to fit on most teams. Dark Pulse is Zoroark's primary attack, giving Zoroark a strong neutral option against the majority of the tier. (Mentioning STAB moves is usually unneccesary like here.) Flamethrower is a solid coverage option that hits Zarude and Steel-types such as Cobalion and Steelix hard. Sludge Bomb hits Fairy-types that are otherwise capable of taking Zoroark's other moves, such as Togekiss and Sylveon, super effectively while also having a 30% poison chance that can wear down the opposing team throughout the match. Lastly, U-Turn enables Zoroark to pivot around offensive and defensive threats alike, generating momentum for its team in the process. Trick is another option over U-Turn which can enable Zoroark to potentially cripple a switch in such as Incineroar or Snorlax by giving them Choice Specs, but Zoroark tends to lack firepower after losing its Choice Specs. Focus Blast is also an option that enables Zoroark to hit checks such as the aforementioned Incineroar and Porygon2, 2HKO'ing 2HKOing them both. (Add a mention of Grass Knot, it's quite nice to lure and remove Gastrodon, Seismitoad, and Rhyperior, but comes with the downside of not helping Zoroark itself, as Grass Knot has no relevant targets. I would also mention HDB and how it can prevent Zoroark from being implicitly exposed by hazards.)

Zoroark's ability to lure out and weaken defensive threats such as Metagross, Steelix, and Reuniclus opens up opportunities for its teammates to clean up late-game. (AH) Examples of such teammates include Nasty Plot Togekiss, Choice Scarf Xurkitree, Darmanitan, and Necrozma. Togekiss in particular stands out due to its ability to check Fighting-types and bulky Dark-types that can give Zoroark trouble. Additionally, pairing Zoroark with Xurkitree can form a potent VoltTurn core, which can make wearing down the opposing team much easier. Other teammates that pair well with Zoroark include those that are able to check revenge killers such as Golisopod, Choice Scarf Mienshao, and Choice Scarf Xurkitree. The aforementioned Togekiss checks both Golisopod and Mienshao for Zoroark, and other options such as Steelix or Roserade can assist in checking Choice Scarf Xurkitree. Steelix and Roserade are also able to support Zoroark with Stealth Rock or Spikes, which enables Zoroark to wear down its checks over the course of the game. Additionally, Zoroark enjoys Knock Off support from Pokemon such as Mienshao, Heracross, and Golisopod in order to remove items from the opposing team, making them more prone to passive chip damage and entry hazards. Mienshao and Heracross also appreciate Zoroark luring out and weakening some of their defensive checks, while Golisopod is able to support Zoroark further by setting Spikes.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[A Very Gay Girl, 544192]]
- Quality checked by: [[GoldCat, 359771], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
Great job, QC 1/2.
 

zizalith

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- Remove zarude + rhyp mentions. you could replace zarude for mienshao for the first part as an offensive pivot
- You have 3 sentences that follow the same "x is an option ..." structure in the first paragraph which is repetitive
- Remove trick from the main set

QC 2/2, nice job
 

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