Wednesday, July 13, 2016

VGC '16 Team/ Core Showcase #6: YvelDon

Now that Nationals have concluded for the season are done, I want to finish up by talking about the remaining viable Restricted Cores that exist within VGC 2016. The next one we'll be talking about is YvelDon or the combination of Yveltal + Primal Groudon.

The core we'll be talking about
600px-383Groudon-Primal  600px-717Yveltal

Why use Yveltal + Primal Groudon?
Like I said in my article about Nationals preparations, Dual Primal was a very strong core and needed an answer so it wouldn't run amok. YvelDon is that answer as Yveltal can use powerful Dark type moves to do over 50% of damage to them while Primal Groudon can control the weather with its Desolate Land ability to bring the Sun and use powerful Fire and Ground type moves to take down the opposing team. Now, I'll go into some sample sets for them to show off how you can potentially use them.

600px-717Yveltal
Yveltal @ Life Orb
Ability: Dark Aura
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Sucker Punch
- Knock Off
- Foul Play
- Protect

This is a physical attacking Yveltal set meant to take advantage of this physically prevalent metagame. The EV Spread is designed for a hit hard and fast. Max attack with 3 dark type moves and it's Dark Aura ability allows Yveltal to to a lot of damage with strong Dark type moves. Sucker Punch is for priority so it can take advantage of opposing Pokémon when they choose to attack. Knock Off is to take items away from other Pokémon when they have an important item like Xerneas' Power Herb. Foul Play is part of the reason Yveltal has a great matchup against the Primals since Primal Kyogre has a base 150 Attack stat and Primal Groudon has a 180 Attack stat, meaning even with trying to lower their attack stat, Foul Play will still hit like a truck. Protect is pretty standard. One of the reason Yveltal is so good is that it can potentially knock out Cresselia with strong dark type moves, which very few Pokémon can do.

600px-383Groudon-Primal
Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land
EVs: 12 HP / 236 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Precipice Blades
- Fire Punch
- Swords Dance / Rock Slide / Substitute
- Protect

Generally on YvelDon teams, Primal Groudon are fast attackers that want to hit hard and be fast. The EV Spread is a representation of this. The 12 HP / 4 SpD mean that a +2 Dazzling Gleam from Timid Xerneas is a guaranteed 3HKO. The speed means that Groudon can go fast and the 236 HP essentially uses the 244 tech, which I'll link an article here that goes into it with more depth into it. It can also survive a +2 Hidden Power [Ground] from Xerneas, which can make a difference when you face a Xerneas that might decide to use it. The moveset is pretty standard, though the 3rd slot is pretty flexible depending on your team. You can use Swords Dance for the attack boost, Rock Slide is for coverage against Pokémon like Salamence and Ho-Oh or Substitute for the extra security.

Possible members to add to this core
mawile-mega - Since Xerneas is a threat, Mawile comes in since a Iron Head can 2HKO Xerneas with ease. It can also use Yveltal's ability to boost the power of Sucker Punch.
kangaskhan-mega - A very strong Mega Evolution that can be used to take out some major threats while providing Fake Out pressure. It can also use Yveltal's ability to boost the power of Sucker Punch.
 - Manectric can use its pre-Mega ability in Lightning Rod to protect Yveltal from Electric type  moves take out Water types that try to harm Groudon. After Mega Evolving it has Intimidate to help out the team and can also use Snarl with Yveltal's Dark Aura ability.
 - Thundurus can provide speed control with Thunder Wave and threaten what will try to harm your Groudon like an opposing Kyogre with a powerful Thunderbolt.
salamence-mega - Salamence can provide Intimidate support for the team that can be really helpful.
File:Mega Sceptile Mini Sprite.png - Sceptile can use a powerful Grass Knot to handle Kyogre and Groudon while using Dragon Pulse to take out Salamence.
- Jumpluff can abuse the powerful the Harsh Sun from Groudon to use fast a Sleep Powder to mess with the opponent.

Examples of how strong this core is (Nationals Level)

  1. Arash Ommati got 17th at UK Nationals
  2. Genki Yamada got 22nd at UK Nationals
  3. Clive Lai got 7th at South African Nationals
  4. Arash Ommati got 1st at Germany Nationals
  5. Yannik Gietz got 21st at Germany Nationals
  6. Willem Schouten got 29th at Germany Nationals
  7. Davide Miraglia got 4th at Italy Nationals
  8. Alessio Yuri Boschetto got 7th at Italy Nationals
  9. Francesco Trevisan got 21st at Italy Nationals
  10. Santi Russo got 30th at Italy Nationals
  11. Ulises Arreola got 5th at Mexico Nationals
  12. Kitaoka Tsubasa got 2nd at Japan Nationals
  13. Zach Drogekamp got 33rd at US Nationals
  14. Sam Pandelis got 3rd at Australia Nationals
  15. David Davila got 5th at Colombia Nationals
 How to beat this core?
- Public Enemy #1, Xerneas can set up Geomancy and OHKO Yveltal with either Moonblast or Dazzling Gleam and Groudon will take a ton from a strong Moonblast.
salamence-mega- Like Salamence can be helpful for the team, it can also pose an issue as fast Groudon takes a chunk of damage from a Hyper Voice and Yveltal won't appreciate being affected by Intimidate and can take a ton from Double-Edge.
kyogre-primal- Kyogre can be a threat when it has weather control and the Rain is up since a powerful Water Spout or Origin Pulse can knockout Groudon and do a major chunk to Yveltal as well.
kangaskhan-mega - Kangaskhan can chunk Groudon with Double-Edge and Yveltal can take around 80-90% with the same Double-Edge, though Yveltal can use Foul Play for a ton of damage.

I hoped you enjoyed this. Leave a comment if you have one and check out my links. Check out my older content if you haven't as it's some interesting stuff and I'll see you next time.

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