RU Zygarde-10% [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

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[OVERVIEW]

Zygarde-10% is blessed with Thousand Arrows, a move widely regarded as the best offensive move in the game, making it a premier offensive threat in RarelyUsed. Zygarde-10% has a great STAB combination that allows it to pressure the almost omnipresent Steel-types of the tier while also hitting Pokemon resistant to Ground with Outrage. Zygarde-10%'s Speed tier lets it outpace most of the tier, including the likes of Virizion, Espeon, and Mismagius. Although its immediate power is rather low when compared to other Ground-types such as Rhyperior or even Donphan, Zygarde-10% can fix this with Dragon Dance and Dragonium Z, working wonders as a fast cleaner, or with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak. However, Zygarde-10% struggles to break past defensive Pokemon like Porygon2, Slowbro, and Cresselia, which have no problem switching into its attacks and forcing it out. It is also held back by its lackluster bulk, meaning it can only switch into or set up on some resisted moves and more passive Pokemon, such as Registeel. It is also very vulnerable to priority users if not locked into Extreme Speed, especially against those with Ice Shard. Having only Outrage as a reliable Dragon-type STAB move also makes it vulnerable to being revenge killed by Steel- or Fairy-type Pokemon, so it has to choose wisely when to use the attack.

[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Thousand Arrows
move 3: Outrage
move 4: Extreme Speed
item: Dragonium Z
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly / Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Dragon Dance boosts Zygarde-10%'s Attack and Speed to stellar levels, allowing it to outspeed the likes of Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Tyrantrum, and Flygon. Thousand Arrows is a STAB move that can take down Steel- and Fire-types like Registeel, Bronzong, and Ninetales. Outrage is a secondary STAB move against Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows, such as Shaymin, Virizion, and Golisopod. When paired with Dragonium Z, it can become a powerful nuke to take down defensive behemoths like Milotic, Cresselia, and Slowbro after a boost and some chip damage. Extreme Speed can pick off weakened foes when unboosted and is an option to deal with even faster Pokemon at +1 like Choice Scarf Salazzle and Noivern while also being in a higher priority bracket than other priority moves, such as Golisopod's First Impression and Honchkrow's Sucker Punch.

Set Details
========

Dragonium Z improves Zygarde-10%'s potential as a cleaner, having great power to deal with most checks after a boost. A Jolly nature with maximum EVs in Attack and Speed is preferred to outspeed the likes of Virizion and Lycanroc when unboosted, but Adamant can be a good option to increase Zygarde-10%'s damage output while still leaving it able to outspeed threats such as Shaymin and Ninetales. Examples of notable KOs that can be reached with an Adamant nature include a guaranteed OHKO against Milotic and Umbreon and a 50% chance to OHKO Donphan after Stealth Rock.

Usage Tips
========

When dealing with the likes of Milotic or Mandibuzz, Devastating Drake must be used carefully, as the opponent might switch out to another weakened Pokemon to waste its use. Be sure to remove Steel- and Fairy-type Pokemon before locking Zygarde-10% into Outrage, as they can take advantage of it in that state. Try to find setup opportunities against Pokemon that get forced out or can't do much against Zygarde-10%. Be it after sacking another Pokemon or making use of pivoting, Zygarde-10% can be sent out against the likes of Drapion, Arcanine, or Ninetales to set up on a forced switch. Avoid switching Zygarde-10% directly into opposing attacks, since the chip damage will make setting up much more difficult. Ideally, Zygarde-10% might be preserved to set up in late-game situations, unless it needs to revenge kill an opposing Pokemon.

Team Options
========

Zygarde-10% works great with entry hazard support, especially in the form of Spikes. Roserade, Golisopod, and Accelgor can offer great offensive synergy while stacking Spikes on the field. Knock Off users such as Pangoro, Drapion, and Escavalier are great offensive partners to Zygarde-10%, since they can remove items such as Porygon2's Eviolite and Milotic's Leftovers and weaken checks such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Uxie, while Zygarde-10% can force out Pokemon like Ninetales and Arcanine. In more offensive teams, dual screens support from Meowstic-M, Uxie, and Electrode can make Zygarde-10%'s setup much easier while also protecting it from most priority moves. Steel-types like Bronzong, Registeel, and Forretress can cover Zygarde-10%'s weaknesses to Ice- and Dragon-type moves while offering hazard support and general defensive utility. Escavalier and Metagross can cover those weaknesses and provide offensive presence and wallbreaking power alongside hazard setting.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Thousand Arrows
move 2: Outrage
move 3: Extreme Speed
move 4: Toxic / Earthquake
item: Choice Band
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thousand Arrows deals great damage to most neutral targets and forces out offensive threats such as Raikou, Drapion, and Houndoom. Outrage is Zygarde-10%'s secondary STAB move, allowing it to 2HKO most Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows. Examples include Shaymin, Virizion, and Araquanid. Extreme Speed is a reliable revenge killing measure against faster threats like Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Noivern, Linoone, and Salazzle after prior damage. Toxic is a utility move that allows Zygarde-10% to cripple defensive Pokemon, such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Tangela, putting them on a timer every time they switch into it.

Set Details
========

Choice Band greatly increases Zygarde-10%'s raw power and damage output. A Jolly nature with maximum Attack and Speed investment is needed to outspeed threats such as Virizion and Lycanroc-D. When running an Adamant nature, Zygarde-10% can 2HKO Slowbro, Uxie, and Porygon2 with Outrage after Stealth Rock but fails to outpace Pokemon such as Virizion.

Usage Tips
========

Most of the time, Zygarde-10% will use Thousand Arrows due to its great capability of hitting most Pokemon on the tier. Outrage is a great tool to break opposing Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows such as Shaymin, which can allow Zygarde-10%'s teammates to win the game later on as they are removed from the opposing team. However, be aware of Steel- and Fairy-types that can come into Outrage and knock it out. Against faster Pokemon and setup sweepers, Zygarde-10%'s partners must get these Pokemon weakened enough so Zygarde-10% can revenge kill them or clean with Extreme Speed. Toxic is a great way to give Zygarde-10%'s walls a hard time, since the likes of Slowbro and Cresselia will be forced to recover way more often. Zygarde-10% must be aware of which move it locks itself into, as it can be taken advantage of by opposing Pokemon, especially those that usually carry Protect, such as Bronzong and Registeel.

Team Options
========

Fighting-types like Machamp, Pangoro, and Toxicroak can be great partners to Zygarde-10% due to their access to Knock Off and Ice-type coverage, which allows them to take on common defensive roadblocks such as Tangela, Cresselia, and Donphan. Drapion is a great partner to Zygarde-10%, as it can trap most Psychic-types with a Choice Band set, such as Slowbro, Cresselia, and Uxie, and beat other checks such as Donphan, Porygon2, and Tangela with its Swords Dance + Waterium Z set. Raikou, Swellow, and Yanmega can offer wallbreaking power and utility with Volt Switch and U-turn, as they can pivot Zygarde-10% in safely against their own checks and counters, such as Registeel, Tyrantrum, and Bronzong. Mega Abomasnow and Vanilluxe greatly appreciate Zygarde-10%'s ability to take out Steel-types, while they can reliably beat Slowbro and Milotic. Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Cloyster are great alongside Zygarde-10%, as it can weaken common defensive Pokemon so they can clean the game later on. Roserade, Forretress, and Accelgor can set up Spikes on the field, which makes Zygarde-10%’s work easier due to the chip damage its checks take every time they come into the field while Spikes are up.

Other Options
========

On Choice Band sets, Earthquake's greater damage output can guarantee a 2HKO against Mega Blastoise and offer more damage against various threats without getting locked into Outrage. Superpower can be used to pressure the likes of Porygon2 and Umbreon.

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

**Defensive Walls**: Blanket defensive walls like Donphan, Cresselia, Slowbro, and Umbreon are able to avoid a 2HKO from Zygarde-10%'s Choice Band-boosted Thousand Arrows or take a boosted Devastating Drake with appropriate investment and beat it with Earthquake, Ice Beam, or Foul Play. On the flip side, Zygarde-10% can get past these defensive Pokemon with Toxic, entry hazard support, or prior chip damage.

**Grass-types**: Tangela, Shaymin, Virizion, Tsareena, and Mega Abomasnow can switch into Thousand Arrows and threaten Zygarde-10% with their STAB moves, though Tangela is the only one of them that can also take a Outrage or Devastating Drake on the switch. Mega Abomasnow can reliably revenge kill Zygarde-10% with Ice Shard if it is healthy enough to take an Extreme Speed, while Shaymin can pack Hidden Power Ice to OHKO Zygarde-10%.

**Faster Pokemon**: Despite Extreme Speed's great neutral coverage and damage output, offensive threats such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir can revenge kill Zygarde-10% if they come safely onto the field. Choice Scarf Tyrantrum is even better at revenge killing Choice Band Zygarde-10%, as it doesn't mind taking an Extreme Speed.

**Priority Moves**: Since Zygarde-10% has poor defensive stats, it can be easily taken out by priority from Mega Abomasnow, Golisopod, Lycanroc-D, Donphan, Comfey, and Arcanine with some prior damage, though Lycanroc-D and Donphan are the only ones usually safe from Zygarde-10%'s own Extreme Speed if weakened enough.

**Steel- and Fairy-type Pokemon**: Although they don't like to come into Thousand Arrows, Steel- and Fairy-types such as Bronzong, Registeel, Metagross, Stakataka, Gardevoir, and Florges can deter Zygarde-10% from using Outrage and beat it should it do so.

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the revamp posted was for the whole analysis, not a single set. if you’re still interested in doing the analysis you can edit this thread to include all the relevant sections, including band update overview checks and counters etc
 

phantom

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you’re missing the other options section

jolly should be primary slash on dd for sure. the initial speed is much more useful to have in matchups vs viri/lycanroc for example.

as for band, would consider superpower as a mention in moves since it’s able to beat would-be checks like p2 and mega abomasnow.
 

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[OVERVIEW]

- Thousand Arrows is widely regarded as the best offensive move in the game, and Zygarde-10% is the one blessed with this move, making it a premier offensive threat in RarelyUsed.
- Zygarde-10% has a great STAB combination in Thousand Arrows and Outrage, that allows it to pressure the almost omnipresent Steel-types on the tier, while also getting anything that resists Ground-type moves covered by Outrage.
- Despite it's immediate power being rather low when compared to other Ground-types such as Rhyperior or even Donphan, Zygarde-10% can patch it up with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak, or with Dragon Dance and Dragonium Z, working wonders as a fast cleaner.
- This offensive prowess is expressed through the lack of reliable checks to it. Porygon2, Slowbro and Cresselia are some of the few defensive counter measures that can get into Zygarde-10% moves almost every single time. Even Grass-types and other defensive titans such as Milotic can barely avoid a 2HKO from Thousand Arrows, and Outrage can 2HKO most Ground-resists.
- Zygarde-10%'s speed tier is good enough as it can outpace most of the tier, including the likes of Virizion, Espeon, and Mismagius. However, it still gets outsped by other speed demons such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Swellow.
- The main drawbacks to running Zygarde-10% are it's lackluster bulk, meaning it can only switch or setup into some resisted moves and more passive Pokémon, such as Registeel. mention its weakness to priority if locked into anything other than espeed, esp ice shard
- Having only Outrage as a reliable Dragon-type STAB move also makes it vulnerable to revenge killing from Steel- or Fairy-type Pokémon, so it has to choose wisely when to use it.

[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Thousand Arrows
move 3: Outrage
move 4: Extreme Speed
item: Dragonium Z
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly / Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


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

- Dragon Dance boosts Zygarde-10%'s Attack and Speed stat to stellar levels, allowing it to outspeed the likes of Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Tyrantrum, and Flygon.
- Thousand Arrows offers a STAB move with no immunities that can take down Steel- and Fire-types like Registeel, Bronzong, and Ninetales.
- Outrage is Zygarde-10% secondary STAB move against Pokémon that resist Thousand Arrows, such as Shaymin, Virizion, and Yanmega. When paired with Dragonium Z, it can be a powerful nuke to take down defensive behemoths like Milotic, and Slowbro after a boost and some chip damage.
- Extreme Speed can pick off weakened foes when unboosted, and provide an option to deal with faster Pokémon at +1 like Choice Scarf Salazzle and Noivern, while also being faster in the priority bracket against other priority moves, such as Golisopod's First Impression and Honchkrow's Sucker Punch.


Set Details
========

- Dragonium Z improves Zygarde-10%'s potential as a cleaner, having great power to deal with most blanket checks after a boost.
- An Jolly nature with maximum EVs in Attack and Speed is prefered to outspeed the likes of Virizion and Lycanroc unboosted, but Adamant can be a good option to increase Zygarde-10%'s damage output, while still being able to outspeed threats such as Shaymin and Ninetales. add examples of calcs it helps with

Usage Tips
========

- Since the opponent won't know Zygarde-10%'s item until it it revealed, Zygarde-10% can be played just like the regular Choice Band version until it is convenient to setup or change moves to surprise your opponent thinking it is locked on a move, specially when running Adamant nature to enhance Thousand Arrows' damage rolls.
- When dealing with the likes of Milotic or Mandibuzz, Zygarde-10%'s user has to be aware of the risk and reward involved to use its Z-Move properly, since the opponent might switch out to another weakened Pokémon as Devastating Drake is used so these Pokémon can take Zygarde-10% after a single boost.
- Be sure to remove Steel- and Fairy-type Pokémon before locking Zygarde-10% on Outrage, since they can stop it dead on its tracks.

Team Options
========

- Zygarde-10% works great with hazard support, specially from Spikes. Roserade, Golisopod and Accelgor can offer great offensive synergy while stacking Spikes on the field.
- Knock Off users such as Pangoro, Drapion and Escavalier are great offensive partners to Zygarde-10%, since they can remove items such as Porygon2's Eviolite and Milotic's Leftovers, while Zygarde-10% can force out Pokémon like Ninetales and Arcanine. mention these can also weaken cress/bro/uxie with stabs or pursuit
- In more offensive teams, Screens support from Swoobat and Electrode can make Zygarde-10% setup much easier, while also protecting it against most priority moves. swoobat is a meme. add meowstic-m and uxie (imo the most reliable screeners)
- Steel-types like Bronzong, Registeel, and Forretress can cover Zygarde-10%'s weaknesses to Ice- and Dragon-type moves while offering hazard setting and general defensive utility. In a different manner, Escavalier, Stakataka, and Metagross can cover those weaknesses and provide offensive presence and wallbreaking power. they also set rocks for it

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Thousand Arrows
move 2: Outrage
move 3: Extreme Speed
move 4: Toxic / Earthquake
item: Choice Band
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

- Thousand Arrows deals great damage to most neutral targets and forces out offensive threats such as Raikou, Drapion and Houndoom.
- Outrage is Zygarde-10%'s secondary STAB, allowing it to 2hko most Thousand Arrows' resists. Examples include Shaymin, Virizion, and Araquanid.
- Extreme Speed is a reliable revenge killing measure against faster threats like Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Noivern, and Salazzle after prior damage. mention linoone too, being one of the few mons that can revenge it is p significant
- Toxic is a utility option that allows Zygarde-10% to cripple defensive Pokémon, such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Tangela.
- Alternatively, Earthquake's greater damage output can guarantee a 2HKO against Mega Blastoise and offer more damage against various threats without getting locked into Outrage.
- Superpower can be used to pressure the likes of Porygon2, Umbreon, and Mega Abomasnow.

Set Details
========

- Choice Band greatly increases Zygarde-10%'s raw power and damage output.
- A Jolly nature with maximum Attack and Speed investment is needed to outspeed threats such as Virizion and Lycanroc-D.

Usage Tips
========

- Most of the time, Zygarde-10% will use Thousand Arrows due to it's great capability of hitting most Pokémon on the tier.
- Outrage is a great tool to break opposing Pokémon that resist Thousand Arrows such as Shaymin, which can allow Zygarde-10% teammates to win the game later on as they are removed from the opposing team. However, be aware of Steel- and Fairy-types, that can come into Outrage and force it out. or ko zydog
- Against faster Pokémon and Setup Sweepers, Zygarde-10% partners must get these Pokémon weakened enough so Zygarde-10% can revenge kill or clean with Extreme Speed.
- Toxic is a great way to give Zygarde-10%'s walls a hard time, since the likes of Slowbro and Cresselia will be forced to recover way more often.
- Zygarde-10% must be aware of which move it locks itself into, as it can be used to opposing Pokémon's advantage, specially against Pokémon that usually carry Protect, such as Bronzong and Registeel.

Team Options
========
- Fighting-types like Machamp, Pangoro, and Toxicroak can be great partners to Zygarde-10% due to their access to Knock Off and Ice-type coverage, which allows them to take on common defensive roadblocks such as Tangela, Cresselia and Donphan. mention drap - cb traps psychics and sd beats donphan with z aqua tail. both variants beat tang too
- Raikou, Swellow and Yanmega can offer wallbreaking power and utility with Volt Switch and U-Turn, as they can pivot Zygarde-10% safely against their resists, such as Registeel, Tyrantrum, and Bronzong .
- Mega Abomasnow and Vanilluxe greatly appreciate Zygarde-10%'s capability of taking out Steel-types, while they can reliably beat Slowbro and Milotic.
- Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Cloyster are great alongside Zygarde-10%, as it can weaken common defensive Pokémon so they can clean the game later on.
id probably add spikers too, the hazard dmg rlly helps cause a lot of its checks dont have great recovery except like cress

Other Options
========

- Coil can be used to boost Zygarde-10%'s power and allow it to be more resilient against various priority moves, though the Speed boost in Dragon Dance is generally more useful.
- A Choice Scarf set can be used to revenge kill threats such as Barbaracle, Salazzle, and Noivern, despite lacking the power offered by Choice Band.
mention ada on cb if u dont have issues vs viriz/lycan/espy for more power
crunch could be used on cb to hit cress/bro/uxie and not lock urself into outrage so psychic+fairy/steel cores dont make zyg useless. especially if ur running pursuit cause crunch is a bit weak. cb drap pursuit into sr + cb outrage kos cress for example
zen headbutt ohkos most fightings, esp viriz, w/o outrage lock
glare might be worth mentioning? up to u rlly


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

**Defensive Walls**: Blanket defensive walls like Donphan, Cresselia, Slowbro, and Umbreon are able to avoid a 2HKO from Zygarde-10%'s Choice Band-boosted Thousand Arrows or take a boosted Devastating Drake with apropriate investment and beat it with Earthquake, Ice Beam, Hidden Power Ice or Foul Play. On the flipside, Zygarde-10% can get past these defensive Pokémon with Toxic, entry hazard support or prior chip damage.

**Grass-types**: Tangela, Shaymin, Virizion, Tsareena and Mega Abomasnow can switch into Thousand Arrows and threaten Zygarde-10% with their STAB moves, though Tangela is the only of them that can also take a Outrage or Devastating Drake on the switch. Mega Abomasnow can reliably revenge kill Zygarde-10% with Ice Shard if its healthy enough to take a Extreme Speed, while Shaymin and Virizion can pack Hidden Power Ice to OHKO it.

**Faster Pokémon**: Despite Extreme Speed's great neutral coverage and damage output, offensive threats such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir can revenge kill Zygarde-10% as they come safely into the field. Choice Scarf Tyrantrum is even better at revenge killing Choice Band Zygarde-10%, as it doesn't mind taking an Extreme Speed.

**Priority Moves**: Since Zygarde-10% has poor defensive stats, it can be easily taken out by priority from Mega Abomasnow, Golisopod, Lycanroc-D, Donphan, and Arcanine with some prior damage, though Lycanroc-D and Donphan are the only ones usually safe from Zygarde-10%'s own revenge killing method in Extreme Speed if weakened enough. id mention comfey cause it outprioritizes espeed and is immune to outrage but eh

id probably add steel/fairies cause they prevent outrage spam too

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[OVERVIEW]

Thousand Arrows is widely regarded as the best offensive move in the game, and Zygarde-10% is the one blessed with this move, making it a premier offensive threat in RarelyUsed. Zygarde-10% has a great STAB combination in Thousand Arrows and Outrage, that allows it to pressure the almost omnipresent Steel-types on the tier, while also getting anything that resists Ground-type moves covered by Outrage.

looks mostly good up until this point, but then it gets pretty confusing / fluffy and mixes pros with cons some in there so i'm going to re order the overview and remove some information. the colors and strikethrough should clear up any confusion as to what i'm actually doing w/ the overview, pm me if you have any questions

Despite it's immediate power being rather low when compared to other Ground-types such as Rhyperior or even Donphan, Zygarde-10% can patch it up with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak, or with Dragon Dance and Dragonium Z, working wonders as a fast cleaner. This offensive prowess is expressed through the lack of reliable checks to it. Porygon2, Slowbro and Cresselia are some of the few defensive counter measures that can get into Zygarde-10% moves almost every single time. Even Grass-types and other defensive titans such as Milotic can barely avoid a 2HKO from Thousand Arrows, and Outrage can 2HKO most Ground-resists. Zygarde-10%'s speed tier is good enough as it can outpace most of the tier, including the likes of Virizion, Espeon, and Mismagius. However, it still gets outsped by other speed demons such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Swellow. Although its immediate power is rather low when compared to other Ground-types such as Rhyperior or even Donphan, Zygarde-10% can patch it up with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak, or with Dragon Dance and Dragonium Z, working wonders as a fast cleaner. However, defensive Pokemon like Porygon2, Slowbro, and Cresselia have no problem switching into Zygarde-10%'s attacks and forcing it out. One of the other main drawbacks to running Zygarde-10% is it's lackluster bulk, meaning it can only switch or setup into some resisted moves and more passive Pokémon, such as Registeel. It is also very vulnerable against priority users if its not locked into Extreme Speed, specially against the ones that run Ice Shard. Having only Outrage as a reliable Dragon-type STAB move also makes it vulnerable to revenge killing from Steel- or Fairy-type Pokémon, so it has to choose wisely when to use it.

[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Thousand Arrows
move 3: Outrage
move 4: Extreme Speed
item: Dragonium Z
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly / Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Dragon Dance boosts Zygarde-10%'s Attack and Speed stat to stellar levels, allowing it to outspeed the likes of Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Tyrantrum, and Flygon. Thousand Arrows offers a STAB move with no immunities that can take down Steel- and Fire-types like Registeel, Bronzong, and Ninetales. Outrage is Zygarde-10% secondary STAB move against Pokémon that resist Thousand Arrows, such as Shaymin, Virizion, and Yanmega. When paired with Dragonium Z, it can be a powerful nuke to take down defensive behemoths like Milotic, and Slowbro after a boost and some chip damage. Extreme Speed can pick off weakened foes when unboosted, and provide an option to deal with faster Pokémon at +1 like Choice Scarf Salazzle and Noivern, while also being faster in the priority bracket against other priority moves, such as Golisopod's First Impression and Honchkrow's Sucker Punch.

Set Details
========

Dragonium Z improves Zygarde-10%'s potential as a cleaner, having great power to deal with most blanket checks after a boost. An Jolly nature with maximum EVs in Attack and Speed is prefered to outspeed the likes of Virizion and Lycanroc unboosted, but Adamant can be a good option to increase Zygarde-10%'s damage output while still being able to outspeed threats such as Shaymin and Ninetales. Examples include a guaranteed OHKO with boosted Devastating Drake against Milotic and Umbreon after Stealth Rock, and a 50% chance of OHKO against Donphan, while still being able to outspeed threats such as Shaymin and Ninetales neutrally.

Usage Tips
========

Since the opponent won't know Zygarde-10%'s item until it is revealed, Zygarde-10% can be played just like the regular Choice Band version until it is convenient to setup or change moves to surprise your opponent thinking it is locked on a move, specially when running Adamant nature to enhance Thousand Arrows' damage rolls. adamant dragon dance does not have damage rolls comparable with jolly choice band rolls, so playing it like a normal cb zygarde actually cuts into your potential to sweep late-game. you actually shouldn't bring it in and attack unless you need to revenge kill something, because it'll give away your set

When dealing with the likes of defensive Pokemon like Milotic or Mandibuzz, Zygarde-10%'s user has to be aware of the risk and reward involved to use its Z-Move properly, since the opponent might switch out to another weakened Pokémon as Devastating Drake is used so these Pokémon can take Zygarde-10% after a single boost. Be sure to remove Steel- and Fairy-type Pokémon before locking Zygarde-10% on Outrage, since they can stop it dead on its tracks.

* talk about finding set up opportunities / good pokemon to set up
* talk about not letting zygarde take chip damage because it'll make setting up more difficult: preserve zygarde until late-game unless you need it to revenge kill something


Team Options
========

Zygarde-10% works great with hazard support, specially from Spikes. Roserade, Golisopod and Accelgor can offer great offensive synergy while stacking Spikes on the field. Knock Off users such as Pangoro, Drapion and Escavalier are great offensive partners to Zygarde-10%, since they can remove items such as Porygon2's Eviolite and Milotic's Leftovers and weaken Zygarde-10%’s checks such as Cresselia, Slowbro and Uxie, while Zygarde-10% can force out Pokémon like Ninetales and Arcanine. In more offensive teams, Screens support from Meowstic-M, Uxie, and Electrode can make Zygarde-10% setup much easier, while also protecting it against most priority moves. Steel-types like Bronzong, Registeel, and Forretress can cover Zygarde-10%'s weaknesses to Ice- and Dragon-type moves while offering hazard setting and general defensive utility. In a different manner, Escavalier, Stakataka, and Metagross can cover those weaknesses and provide offensive presence and wallbreaking power alongside hazard setting in latter two’s case.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Thousand Arrows
move 2: Outrage
move 3: Extreme Speed
move 4: Toxic / Earthquake
item: Choice Band
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thousand Arrows deals great damage to most neutral targets and forces out offensive threats such as Raikou, Drapion and Houndoom. Outrage is Zygarde-10%'s secondary STAB, allowing it to 2hko most Thousand Arrows' resists. Examples include Shaymin, Virizion, and Araquanid. Extreme Speed is a reliable revenge killing measure against faster threats like Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Noivern, and Salazzle after prior damage. mention linoone too, being one of the few mons that can revenge it is p significant ?? what is this? Toxic is a utility option that allows Zygarde-10% to cripple defensive Pokémon, such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Tangela. Alternatively, Earthquake's greater damage output can guarantee a 2HKO against Mega Blastoise and offer more damage against various threats without getting locked into Outrage. Superpower can be used to pressure the likes of Porygon2 and Umbreon, and Mega Abomasnow ice shard?.

Set Details
========

Choice Band greatly increases Zygarde-10%'s raw power and damage output. A Jolly nature with maximum Attack and Speed investment is needed to outspeed threats such as Virizion and Lycanroc-D. When running an Adamant Nature, Zygarde-10% can 2HKO Slowbro, Uxie, and Porygon2 with Outrage after Stealth Rock, but fails to outpace Pokemon such as Virizion. it misses an importante speed tier against the likes of Espeon and Lycanroc-D.

Usage Tips
========

Most of the time, Zygarde-10% will use Thousand Arrows due to it's great capability of hitting most Pokémon on the tier. Outrage is a great tool to break opposing Pokémon that resist Thousand Arrows such as Shaymin, which can allow Zygarde-10% teammates to win the game later on as they are removed from the opposing team. However, be aware of Steel- and Fairy-types, that can come into Outrage and knock it out. Against faster Pokémon and setup sweepers, Zygarde-10% partners must get these Pokémon weakened enough so Zygarde-10% can revenge kill or clean with Extreme Speed. Toxic is a great way to give Zygarde-10%'s walls a hard time, since the likes of Slowbro and Cresselia will be forced to recover way more often. Zygarde-10% must be aware of which move it locks itself into, as it can be used to opposing Pokémon's advantage, specially against Pokémon that usually carry Protect, such as Bronzong and Registeel.

Team Options
========

Fighting-types like Machamp, Pangoro, and Toxicroak can be great partners to Zygarde-10% due to their access to Knock Off and Ice-type coverage, which allows them to take on common defensive roadblocks such as Tangela, Cresselia and Donphan. Drapion is a great partner to Zygarde-10%, as it can trap most Psychic-types with a Choice Band set, such as Slowbro, Cresselia and Uxie, and beat other checks such as Donphan, Porygon2 and Tangela with it’s Swords Dance + Waterium Z set. Raikou, Swellow and Yanmega can offer wallbreaking power and utility with Volt Switch and U-Turn, as they can pivot Zygarde-10% safely against their resists, such as Registeel, Tyrantrum, and Bronzong. Mega Abomasnow and Vanilluxe greatly appreciate Zygarde-10%'s capability of taking out Steel-types, while they can reliably beat Slowbro and Milotic. Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Cloyster are great alongside Zygarde-10%, as it can weaken common defensive Pokémon so they can clean the game later on. Roserade, Forretress, and Accelgor can set up Spikes on the field, which makes Zygarde-10%’s work easier due to the chip damage it’s checks take every time they come into the field.

Other Options
========

Coil can be used to boost Zygarde-10%'s power and allow it to be more resilient against various priority moves, though the Speed boost in Dragon Dance is generally more useful. A Choice Scarf set can be used to revenge kill threats such as Barbaracle, Salazzle, and Noivern, despite lacking the power offered by Choice Band. Crunch can be an option on Choice Band sets to hit Cresselia, Slowbro and Uxie super effectively while not locking itself on Outrage, although the difference in damage is notable. Zen Headbutt can be used to OHKO Fighting-types after Stealth Rock such as Virizion and Flame Orb Machamp without getting locked into Outrage.

These are almost never going to be realistically making it onto a set when Toxic is able to cripple the majority of Zygarde's switch ins and some of these are just flat out bad ex. crunch not 2hkoing slowbro w rocks up etc

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

**Defensive Walls**: Blanket defensive walls like Donphan, Cresselia, Slowbro, and Umbreon are able to avoid a 2HKO from Zygarde-10%'s Choice Band-boosted Thousand Arrows or take a boosted Devastating Drake with apropriate investment and beat it with Earthquake, Ice Beam, Hidden Power Ice Hidden Power Ice? from what? or Foul Play. On the flipside, Zygarde-10% can get past these defensive Pokémon with Toxic, entry hazard support or prior chip damage.

**Grass-types**: Tangela, Shaymin, Virizion, Tsareena and Mega Abomasnow can switch into Thousand Arrows and threaten Zygarde-10% with their STAB moves, though Tangela is the only of them that can also take a Outrage or Devastating Drake on the switch. Mega Abomasnow can reliably revenge kill Zygarde-10% with Ice Shard if its healthy enough to take a Extreme Speed, while Shaymin and Virizion can pack Hidden Power Ice to OHKO it. special virizion is not great, hp ice is even worse

**Faster Pokémon**: Despite Extreme Speed's great neutral coverage and damage output, offensive threats such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir can revenge kill Zygarde-10% as they come safely into the field. Choice Scarf Tyrantrum is even better at revenge killing Choice Band Zygarde-10%, as it doesn't mind taking an Extreme Speed.

**Priority Moves**: Since Zygarde-10% has poor defensive stats, it can be easily taken out by priority from Mega Abomasnow, Golisopod, Lycanroc-D, Donphan, Comfey, and Arcanine with some prior damage, though Lycanroc-D and Donphan are the only ones usually safe from Zygarde-10%'s own revenge killing method in Extreme Speed if weakened enough.

**Steel- and Fairy-type Pokémon**: Although not liking to come into Thousand Arrows, Steel- and Fairy-types such as Bronzong, Registeel, Metagross, Stakataka, Gardevoir, and Florges can deter Zygarde-10% from spamming Outrage and beat it once it gets locked in Outrage.

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[OVERVIEW]

Zygarde-10% is blessed with Thousand Arrows,(AC) a move is widely regarded as the best offensive move in the game, and Zygarde-10% is the one blessed with this move, making it a premier offensive threat in RarelyUsed. Zygarde-10% has a great STAB combination in Thousand Arrows and Outrage, that allows it to pressure the almost omnipresent Steel-types on of the tier(RC) while also getting hitting Pokemon resistant to Ground with anything that resists Ground-type moves covered by Outrage. Zygarde-10%'s Speed tier is good enough as it can lets it outpace most of the tier, including the likes of Virizion, Espeon, and Mismagius. Although its immediate power is rather low when compared to other Ground-types such as Rhyperior or even Donphan, Zygarde-10% can patch it up fix this with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak, or with (match set order) Dragon Dance and Dragonium Z, working wonders as a fast cleaner, or with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak. However, Zygarde-10% struggles to break past defensive Pokemon like Porygon2, Slowbro, and Cresselia, which have no problem switching into Zygarde-10%'s its attacks and forcing it out. Another main drawback to running Zygarde-10% is it's It is also held back by its lackluster bulk, meaning it can only switch into or set(space) up into on some resisted moves and more passive Pokemon, such as Registeel. It is also very vulnerable against priority users if its not locked into Extreme Speed, especially against the ones that run those with Ice Shard. Having only Outrage as a reliable Dragon-type STAB move also makes it vulnerable to being revenge killing from killed by Steel- or Fairy-type Pokemon, so it has to choose wisely when to use it the attack.

[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Thousand Arrows
move 3: Outrage
move 4: Extreme Speed
item: Dragonium Z
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly / Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Dragon Dance boosts Zygarde-10%'s Attack and Speed stat to stellar levels, allowing it to outspeed the likes of Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Tyrantrum, and Flygon. Thousand Arrows offers is a STAB move that can take down Steel- and Fire-types like Registeel, Bronzong, and Ninetales. Outrage is Zygarde-10% a secondary STAB move against Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows, such as Shaymin, Virizion, and Golisopod. When paired with Dragonium Z, it can become a powerful nuke to take down defensive behemoths like Milotic, Cresselia, and Slowbro after a boost and some chip damage. Extreme Speed can pick off weakened foes when unboosted, and provide is an option to deal with even faster Pokemon at +1 like Choice Scarf Salazzle and Noivern, while also being faster in the in a higher priority bracket against than other priority moves, such as Golisopod's First Impression and Honchkrow's Sucker Punch.

Set Details
========

Dragonium Z improves Zygarde-10%'s potential as a cleaner, having great power to deal with most checks after a boost. An Jolly nature with maximum EVs in Attack and Speed is preferred (don't miss this) to outspeed the likes of Virizion and Lycanroc when unboosted, but Adamant can be a good option to increase Zygarde-10%'s damage output while still being able leaving it able to outspeed threats such as Shaymin and Ninetales. Examples of notable KOs that can be reached with an Adamant nature include a guaranteed OHKO with boosted Devastating Drake against Milotic and Umbreon and a 50% chance to OHKO Donphan after Stealth Rock.(period), and a 50% chance of OHKO against Donphan.

Usage Tips
========

When dealing with the likes of Milotic or Mandibuzz, Zygarde-10%'s user has to be aware of the risk and reward involved to use its Z-Move properly, since Devastating Drake must be used carefully as the opponent might switch out to another weakened Pokemon as Devastating Drake is used so these Pokemon can take Zygarde-10% to waste its use. Be sure to remove Steel- and Fairy-type Pokemon before locking Zygarde-10% on into Outrage, since they can stop it dead on its tracks as they can take advantage of it in that state. A Zygarde-10%’s user should Try to find set(one word)up opportunities against Pokemon that get forced out or can’t can't do much against it Zygarde-10%. Be it after sacking another Pokemon or making use of pivoting, Zygarde-10% can be sent out against the likes of Drapion, Arcanine,(AC) or Ninetales to set up on a forced switch. Avoid switching Zygarde-10% directly into opposing attacks, since the chip damage will make setting up much more difficult. Ideally, Zygarde-10% might be preserved to set up on in late-game situations, unless it needs to revenge kill an opposing Pokemon.

Team Options
========

Zygarde-10% works great with hazard support, especially from in the form of Spikes. Roserade, Golisopod,(AC) and Accelgor can offer great offensive synergy while stacking Spikes on the field. Knock Off users such as Pangoro, Drapion,(AC) and Escavalier are great offensive partners to Zygarde-10%, since they can remove items such as Porygon2's Eviolite and Milotic's Leftovers and weaken Zygarde-10%’s checks such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Uxie, while Zygarde-10% can force out Pokemon like Ninetales and Arcanine. In more offensive teams, dual screens support from Meowstic-M, Uxie, and Electrode can make Zygarde-10%'s setup much easier, while also protecting it against from most priority moves. Steel-types like Bronzong, Registeel, and Forretress can cover Zygarde-10%'s weaknesses to Ice- and Dragon-type moves while offering hazard setting support and general defensive utility. Escavalier and Metagross can cover those weaknesses and provide offensive presence and wallbreaking power alongside hazard setting in latter two’s case.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Thousand Arrows
move 2: Outrage
move 3: Extreme Speed
move 4: Toxic / Earthquake
item: Choice Band
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thousand Arrows deals great damage to most neutral targets and forces out offensive threats such as Raikou, Drapion,(AC) and Houndoom. Outrage is Zygarde-10%'s secondary STAB move, allowing it to 2HKO most Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows' resists. Examples include Shaymin, Virizion, and Araquanid. Extreme Speed is a reliable revenge killing measure against faster threats like Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Noivern, Linoone, and Salazzle after prior damage. Toxic is a utility move that allows Zygarde-10% to cripple defensive Pokemon, such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Tangela, putting them on a timer every time they switch into it.

Set Details
========

Choice Band greatly increases Zygarde-10%'s raw power and damage output. A Jolly nature with maximum Attack and Speed investment is needed to outspeed threats such as Virizion and Lycanroc-D. When running an Adamant Nature, Zygarde-10% can 2HKO Slowbro, Uxie, and Porygon2 with Outrage after Stealth Rock, but fails to outpace Pokemon such as Virizion.

Usage Tips
========

Most of the time, Zygarde-10% will use Thousand Arrows due to it'(no apos)s great capability of hitting most Pokemon on the tier. Outrage is a great tool to break opposing Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows such as Shaymin, which can allow Zygarde-10%'s teammates to win the game later on as they are removed from the opposing team. However, be aware of Steel- and Fairy-types,(RC) that can come into Outrage and knock it out. Against faster Pokemon and setup sweepers, Zygarde-10%'s partners must get these Pokemon weakened enough so Zygarde-10% can revenge kill them or clean with Extreme Speed. Toxic is a great way to give Zygarde-10%'s walls a hard time, since the likes of Slowbro and Cresselia will be forced to recover way more often. Zygarde-10% must be aware of which move it locks itself into, as it can be used to opposing Pokemon's taken advantage of by opposing Pokemon, especially against Pokemon those that usually carry Protect, such as Bronzong and Registeel.

Team Options
========

Fighting-types like Machamp, Pangoro, and Toxicroak can be great partners to Zygarde-10% due to their access to Knock Off and Ice-type coverage, which allows them to take on common defensive roadblocks such as Tangela, Cresselia,(AC) and Donphan. Drapion is a great partner to Zygarde-10%, as it can trap most Psychic-types with a Choice Band set, such as Slowbro, Cresselia,(AC) and Uxie, and beat other checks such as Donphan, Porygon2,(AC) and Tangela with it’(no apos)s Swords Dance + Waterium Z set. Raikou, Swellow,(AC) and Yanmega can offer wallbreaking power and utility with Volt Switch and U-turn, as they can pivot Zygarde-10% in safely against their resists own checks and counters, such as Registeel, Tyrantrum, and Bronzong. Mega Abomasnow and Vanilluxe greatly appreciate Zygarde-10%'s capability of taking ability to take out Steel-types, while they can reliably beat Slowbro and Milotic. Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Cloyster are great alongside Zygarde-10%, as it can weaken common defensive Pokemon so they can clean the game later on. Roserade, Forretress, and Accelgor can set up Spikes on the field, which makes Zygarde-10%’s work easier due to the chip damage it’(no apos)s checks take every time they come into the field while Spikes are up.

Other Options
========

On Choice Band sets, Earthquake's greater damage output can guarantee a 2HKO against Mega Blastoise and offer more damage against various threats without getting locked into Outrage. Superpower can be used to pressure the likes of Porygon2 and Umbreon.

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

**Defensive Walls**: Blanket defensive walls like Donphan, Cresselia, Slowbro, and Umbreon are able to avoid a 2HKO from Zygarde-10%'s Choice Band-boosted Thousand Arrows or take a boosted Devastating Drake with appropriate investment and beat it with Earthquake, Ice Beam, or Foul Play. On the flipside, Zygarde-10% can get past these defensive Pokemon with Toxic, entry hazard support,(AC) or prior chip damage.

**Grass-types**: Tangela, Shaymin, Virizion, Tsareena,(AC) and Mega Abomasnow can switch into Thousand Arrows and threaten Zygarde-10% with their STAB moves, though Tangela is the only one of them that can also take a Outrage or Devastating Drake on the switch. Mega Abomasnow can reliably revenge kill Zygarde-10% with Ice Shard if it is healthy enough to take an Extreme Speed, while Shaymin can pack Hidden Power Ice to OHKO it Zygarde-10%.

**Faster Pokemon**: Despite Extreme Speed's great neutral coverage and damage output, offensive threats such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir can revenge kill Zygarde-10% as if they come safely into onto the field. Choice Scarf Tyrantrum is even better at revenge killing Choice Band Zygarde-10%, as it doesn't mind taking an Extreme Speed.

**Priority Moves**: Since Zygarde-10% has poor defensive stats, it can be easily taken out by priority from Mega Abomasnow, Golisopod, Lycanroc-D, Donphan, Comfey, and Arcanine with some prior damage, though Lycanroc-D and Donphan are the only ones usually safe from Zygarde-10%'s own revenge killing method in Extreme Speed if weakened enough.

**Steel- and Fairy-type Pokemon**: Although not liking they don't like to come into Thousand Arrows, Steel- and Fairy-types such as Bronzong, Registeel, Metagross, Stakataka, Gardevoir, and Florges can deter Zygarde-10% from spamming using Outrage and beat it once it gets locked in Outrage should it do so.

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- Written by: [[yay, 202363]]
- Quality checked by: [[phantom, 180300], [zizalith, 410251], [roman, 396169]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Electrolyte, check my sig], [, ]]

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[OVERVIEW]

Zygarde-10% is blessed with Thousand Arrows, a move widely regarded as the best offensive move in the game, making it a premier offensive threat in RarelyUsed. Zygarde-10% has a great STAB combination that allows it to pressure the almost omnipresent Steel-types of the tier while also hitting Pokemon resistant to Ground with Outrage. Zygarde-10%'s Speed tier lets it outpace most of the tier, including the likes of Virizion, Espeon, and Mismagius. Although its immediate power is rather low when compared to other Ground-types such as Rhyperior or even Donphan, Zygarde-10% can fix this with Dragon Dance and Dragonium Z, working wonders as a fast cleaner, or with a Choice Band, offering raw power to wallbreak. However, Zygarde-10% struggles to break past defensive Pokemon like Porygon2, Slowbro, and Cresselia, which have no problem switching into its attacks and forcing it out. It is also held back by its lackluster bulk, meaning it can only switch into or set up on some resisted moves and more passive Pokemon, such as Registeel. It is also very vulnerable against to priority users if not locked into Extreme Speed, especially against those with Ice Shard. Having only Outrage as a reliable Dragon-type STAB move also makes it vulnerable to being revenge killed by Steel- or Fairy-type Pokemon, so it has to choose wisely when to use the attack.

[SET]
name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Dragon Dance
move 2: Thousand Arrows
move 3: Outrage
move 4: Extreme Speed
item: Dragonium Z
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly / Adamant
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Dragon Dance boosts Zygarde-10%'s Attack and Speed to stellar levels, allowing it to outspeed the likes of Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Tyrantrum, and Flygon. Thousand Arrows is a STAB move that can take down Steel- and Fire-types like Registeel, Bronzong, and Ninetales. Outrage is a secondary STAB move against Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows, such as Shaymin, Virizion, and Golisopod. When paired with Dragonium Z, it can become a powerful nuke to take down defensive behemoths like Milotic, Cresselia, and Slowbro after a boost and some chip damage. Extreme Speed can pick off weakened foes when unboosted [RC] and is an option to deal with even faster Pokemon at +1 like Choice Scarf Salazzle and Noivern [RC] while also being in a higher priority bracket than other priority moves, such as Golisopod's First Impression and Honchkrow's Sucker Punch.

Set Details
========

Dragonium Z improves Zygarde-10%'s potential as a cleaner, having great power to deal with most checks after a boost. A Jolly nature with maximum EVs in Attack and Speed is preferred to outspeed the likes of Virizion and Lycanroc when unboosted, but Adamant can be a good option to increase Zygarde-10%'s damage output while still leaving it able to outspeed threats such as Shaymin and Ninetales. Examples of notable KOs that can be reached with an Adamant nature include a guaranteed OHKO against Milotic and Umbreon and a 50% chance to OHKO Donphan after Stealth Rock.

Usage Tips
========

When dealing with the likes of Milotic or Mandibuzz, Devastating Drake must be used carefully, [AC] as the opponent might switch out to another weakened Pokemon to waste its use. Be sure to remove Steel- and Fairy-type Pokemon before locking Zygarde-10% into Outrage, as they can take advantage of it in that state. Try to find setup opportunities against Pokemon that get forced out or can't do much against Zygarde-10%. Be it after sacking another Pokemon or making use of pivoting, Zygarde-10% can be sent out against the likes of Drapion, Arcanine, or Ninetales to set up on a forced switch. Avoid switching Zygarde-10% directly into opposing attacks, since the chip damage will make setting up much more difficult. Ideally, Zygarde-10% might be preserved to set up in late-game situations, unless it needs to revenge kill an opposing Pokemon.

Team Options
========

Zygarde-10% works great with entry hazard support, especially in the form of Spikes. Roserade, Golisopod, and Accelgor can offer great offensive synergy while stacking Spikes on the field. Knock Off users such as Pangoro, Drapion, and Escavalier are great offensive partners to Zygarde-10%, since they can remove items such as Porygon2's Eviolite and Milotic's Leftovers and weaken checks such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Uxie, while Zygarde-10% can force out Pokemon like Ninetales and Arcanine. In more offensive teams, dual screens support from Meowstic-M, Uxie, and Electrode can make Zygarde-10%'s setup much easier [RC] while also protecting it from most priority moves. Steel-types like Bronzong, Registeel, and Forretress can cover Zygarde-10%'s weaknesses to Ice- and Dragon-type moves while offering hazard support and general defensive utility. Escavalier and Metagross can cover those weaknesses and provide offensive presence and wallbreaking power alongside hazard setting.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Thousand Arrows
move 2: Outrage
move 3: Extreme Speed
move 4: Toxic / Earthquake
item: Choice Band
ability: Aura Break
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

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

Thousand Arrows deals great damage to most neutral targets and forces out offensive threats such as Raikou, Drapion, and Houndoom. Outrage is Zygarde-10%'s secondary STAB move, allowing it to 2HKO most Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows. Examples include Shaymin, Virizion, and Araquanid. Extreme Speed is a reliable revenge killing measure against faster threats like Choice Scarf Gardevoir, Noivern, Linoone, and Salazzle after prior damage. Toxic is a utility move that allows Zygarde-10% to cripple defensive Pokemon, such as Cresselia, Slowbro, and Tangela, putting them on a timer every time they switch into it.

Set Details
========

Choice Band greatly increases Zygarde-10%'s raw power and damage output. A Jolly nature with maximum Attack and Speed investment is needed to outspeed threats such as Virizion and Lycanroc-D. When running an Adamant Nature nature, Zygarde-10% can 2HKO Slowbro, Uxie, and Porygon2 with Outrage after Stealth Rock [RC] but fails to outpace Pokemon such as Virizion.

Usage Tips
========

Most of the time, Zygarde-10% will use Thousand Arrows due to its great capability of hitting most Pokemon on the tier. Outrage is a great tool to break opposing Pokemon that resist Thousand Arrows such as Shaymin, which can allow Zygarde-10%'s teammates to win the game later on as they are removed from the opposing team. However, be aware of Steel- and Fairy-types that can come into Outrage and knock it out. Against faster Pokemon and setup sweepers, Zygarde-10%'s partners must get these Pokemon weakened enough so Zygarde-10% can revenge kill them or clean with Extreme Speed. Toxic is a great way to give Zygarde-10%'s walls a hard time, since the likes of Slowbro and Cresselia will be forced to recover way more often. Zygarde-10% must be aware of which move it locks itself into, as it can be taken advantage of by opposing Pokemon, especially those that usually carry Protect, such as Bronzong and Registeel.

Team Options
========

Fighting-types like Machamp, Pangoro, and Toxicroak can be great partners to Zygarde-10% due to their access to Knock Off and Ice-type coverage, which allows them to take on common defensive roadblocks such as Tangela, Cresselia, and Donphan. Drapion is a great partner to Zygarde-10%, as it can trap most Psychic-types with a Choice Band set, such as Slowbro, Cresselia, and Uxie, and beat other checks such as Donphan, Porygon2, and Tangela with its Swords Dance + Waterium Z set. Raikou, Swellow, and Yanmega can offer wallbreaking power and utility with Volt Switch and U-turn, as they can pivot Zygarde-10% in safely against their own checks and counters, such as Registeel, Tyrantrum, and Bronzong. Mega Abomasnow and Vanilluxe greatly appreciate Zygarde-10%'s ability to take out Steel-types, while they can reliably beat Slowbro and Milotic. Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Cloyster are great alongside Zygarde-10%, as it can weaken common defensive Pokemon so they can clean the game later on. Roserade, Forretress, and Accelgor can set up Spikes on the field, which makes Zygarde-10%’s work easier due to the chip damage its checks take every time they come into the field while Spikes are up.

Other Options
========

On Choice Band sets, Earthquake's greater damage output can guarantee a 2HKO against Mega Blastoise and offer more damage against various threats without getting locked into Outrage. Superpower can be used to pressure the likes of Porygon2 and Umbreon.

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

**Defensive Walls**: Blanket defensive walls like Donphan, Cresselia, Slowbro, and Umbreon are able to avoid a 2HKO from Zygarde-10%'s Choice Band-boosted Thousand Arrows or take a boosted Devastating Drake with appropriate investment and beat it with Earthquake, Ice Beam, or Foul Play. On the flipside flip side, Zygarde-10% can get past these defensive Pokemon with Toxic, entry hazard support, or prior chip damage.

**Grass-types**: Tangela, Shaymin, Virizion, Tsareena, and Mega Abomasnow can switch into Thousand Arrows and threaten Zygarde-10% with their STAB moves, though Tangela is the only one of them that can also take a Outrage or Devastating Drake on the switch. Mega Abomasnow can reliably revenge kill Zygarde-10% with Ice Shard if it is healthy enough to take an Extreme Speed, while Shaymin can pack Hidden Power Ice to OHKO Zygarde-10%.

**Faster Pokemon**: Despite Extreme Speed's great neutral coverage and damage output, offensive threats such as Noivern, Salazzle, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir can revenge kill Zygarde-10% if they come safely onto the field. Choice Scarf Tyrantrum is even better at revenge killing Choice Band Zygarde-10%, as it doesn't mind taking an Extreme Speed.

**Priority Moves**: Since Zygarde-10% has poor defensive stats, it can be easily taken out by priority from Mega Abomasnow, Golisopod, Lycanroc-D, Donphan, Comfey, and Arcanine with some prior damage, though Lycanroc-D and Donphan are the only ones usually safe from Zygarde-10%'s own Extreme Speed if weakened enough.

**Steel- and Fairy-type Pokemon**: Although they don't like to come into Thousand Arrows, Steel- and Fairy-types such as Bronzong, Registeel, Metagross, Stakataka, Gardevoir, and Florges can deter Zygarde-10% from using Outrage and beat it should it do so.
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