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Basic Guide to Competitive Battling Pt. 2

Hey Trainers! Welcome to our second basic guide to teach you all on how to recognise Pokemon and their roles within the competitive format. What does this mean? This means that certain Pokemon have certain attributes that allow them to excel at a particular job over another (and vice versa), and we’re here to simply give you a basic rundown on roles everyone should at least have some knowledge about. Keep in mind that you can’t simply put all types of roles in teams, so you have to be strategic with how you train certain mons! With that, let’s get started!

  1. Wallbreakers

Wallbreakers are very hard hitting pokemon that function punch holes in your opponents defensive core, wearing them down enough so that your sweeper can finish them off. Wallbreakers are usually slow, hard hitting glass cannons that can’t sweep by themselves but hit so hard that it can slowly break through your opponents defensive core.

Some amazing wall breakers in OU are

-Mega Medicham

-Tapu Lele

-Ash Greninja

-Tyranitar

-Mega Mawile

Example: Mega Medicham

Medicham-Mega @ Medichamite

Ability: Pure Power

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature

  • High Jump Kick

  • Zen Headbutt

  • Fake Out

  • Ice Punch

Mega Medichams mediocre base 100 speed stat and poor 60/85/85 bulk makes it incredibly easy to revenge kill. But its decent base 100 attack combined with its ability “Pure Power” which double Medicham’s attack, leave it with a whopping 598 attack after evs and ivs, one of the highest unboosted attack stats in OU. With its offensively amazing dual stabs, and a lot of coverage moves, this monster is practically impossible to switch into, without either heavily denting your wall, or sacking a pokemon to its sheer power.

A small subset of wallbreakers are stallbreakers. These are pokemon that specifically are used to beat stall teams by using taunt/setting up

Some examples of stallbreakers

-Heatran

-Tapu Fini

-Gliscor

Example: Heatran

Heatran @ Leftovers

Ability: Flash Fire

EVs: 252 HP / 216 SpD / 40 Spe

Calm Nature

IVs: 0 Atk

  • Magma Storm

  • Earth Power

  • Taunt

  • Stealth Rock

Heatran is an amazing stallbreaker due to its signature move, Magma Storm, which traps the opponent and deals ⅛ th of the opponents hp every turn. Coupled with taunt, this can easily wear down and eventually kill stallmons like Toxapex and Chansey, due to consistent set damage and denied recovery and status.

  1. Sweepers

Sweepers are fast, hard hitting pokemon that require setup/support to finish off an opponent’s team. Sweepers are divided into 2:

-Setup Sweepers

-Cleaners

Setup sweepers are pokemon that require boosting themselves so they can plow through a team.

Some amazing Setup Sweepers in OU

-Magearna

-Azumarill

-Volcorona

-Dragonite

-Mega Charizard X

Example: Dragonite

Dragonite @ Flyinium Z

Ability: Multiscale

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature

  • Fly

  • Dragon Dance

  • Earthquake

  • Roost

Dragonite is an excellent sweeper in the OU tier due to its ability “Multiscale” which makes it take ½ damage from any move while at full health. Due to Dragonite already having good natural bulk 91/95/100, coupled with multiscale, it allows Dragonite almost always a free boost. Stab Fly+Z allows it to break past most earthquake resists, and earthquake is a good coverage move that lets it break past rocks, steels and electrics which resist Z-Fly.

Cleaners are a subset of sweepers that require its checks/counters to be weakened/killed in order for them to “clean” the opponents team.

Some amazing cleaners in OU

-Kartana

-Ash Greninja

-Mega Lopunny

-Serperior

-Mega Alakazam

Example: Kartana

Kartana @ Choice Scarf

Ability: Beast Boost

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature

  • Leaf Blade

  • Sacred Sword

  • Smart Strike

  • Knock Off

Kartana is a phenomenal cleaner due to its whopping base 181 attack stat and a decent speed tier at 109. This coupled with a scarf and its good coverage in Sacred Sword and Knock Off lets it outspeed and kill a lot of offensive threats. Its unique ability “Beast Boost” which boosts it’s attack by 1 stage every time it kills a poke allows it to quickly snowball most teams after getting a kill.

That’s all for today we will come back with more next time (this guide was made by Adam, Akuma, Edwinsobs, and last but not least PotPot)

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