VGC Entei Analysis

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Welcome. After the support for my Thundurus-T analysis, I decided to cover a fire type that has picked up popularity at the 2015 World Championships. Today, I'll be talking about Entei, one of the 3 legendary dogs along with Raikou and Suicune. I'll start by talking about its stats.

Base Stats

115 HP - Incredible. This means with the right investment,  Entei will be be taking hits for a very long time
115 Attack - Also incredible. As well as taking hits, it'll be doing major damage to various Pokemon if it can hit them for good damage.
85 Defense - Respectable. While not the greatest, it's still means Entei can take some hits, barring from really powerful Earthquake and Rock Slide from the wrong Pokemon.
90 Sp. Attack - Okay. While it's not as strong to be a main powerhouse option in terms of damage, it can be used, but keep in mind Scrafty's attack stat is 90, but he's used as a physical attacker with supportive options.
75 Sp. Defense - Ouch. By that I mean a weakness to Hydro Pump and more notably Scald hurts Entei's viability a little bit. Luckily since it can learn the move Snarl, it can have that easily covered.
100 Speed - Nice. Base 100 Speed means Entei can potentially speed-tie with Mega Kangaskhan and Metagross before Mega Evolution. While that can be an issue, enough speed control on that team and this average Speed stat is not a big issue.

As you can see, our buddy Entei is a very bulky fire type with impressive offensive power. It's also one of the only viable physical attacking fire types in the metagame along with Arcanine, Infernape, & Mega Charizard X. The main problem with Entei is the viable moves it can learn. My main complaint is that it doesn't learn Earthquake and Rock Slide. It does learn Bulldoze and Stone Edge, but Bulldoze after spread reduction for its power is weaker than a Mud Shot and Stone Edge can be very useful to hit Pokemon like Charizard and Thundurus. But even with all of that, Entei is still a threat with the moves it can learn. Now let's go into those moves. I'll list some Sp. Attack it can learn since I did say it's something to do to surprise your opponent in battle.

Viable Moves to consider

  • Sacred Fire
  • Protect
  • Snarl
  • Substitute
  • Stone Edge
  • Bulldoze 
  • Extreme Speed (Only on the 5th Gen event Entei)
  • Iron Head
  • Iron Tail
  • Swagger
  • Will-O-Wisp
  • Fire Blast
  • Extrasensory
  • Calm Mind
  • Solar Beam
  • Heat Wave
Now let's go into some sample sets
Alexander Kuhn's (Hibiki) Entei set
Entei @ Safety Googles
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 244 HP, 116 Attack, 12 Defense, 12 Sp. Defense, 124 Speed
Adamant Nature
1. Sacred Fire
2. Stone Edge
3. Snarl
4. Protect

This is probably my favorite example of a good Entei strategy. What I like about it is how Hibiki managed to piloted it to a Top 64 finish at his National and did it very impressively. The speed outspeeds all forms of Breloom expect the Choice Scarf variant. The defense survives Double-Edge from Kangaskhan, along with Earthquake from Scarfed Lando-T. The rest was dumped accordingly into the remaining stats. 

Now I don't have a personal Entei set as this the set I currently use as I use Hibiki's set, but changing the item to fit my team.

Personal, Entei is a very strong Pokemon and a physical Fire type. I'm happy it got popular around 2015 Worlds and it's certainly a Pokemon that should be watched out for. Landorus-Therian is a good answer to Entei as Earthquake and Rock Slide handle it really well. Water types also do well against it. I have a question for you awesome people to answer. I wanna take your suggestions on what Pokemon you wanna see me cover. Leave them in the comment section below. Now fair warning, if the Pokemon isn't as common in VGC, I will have to do some research on the Pokemon, but I will do it. Thanks and see you in my next individual Pokemon Analysis

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