Torkoal + Lilligant: Its Place in VGC 2017

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Welcome back to another installment of the this VGC 2017 series, where the goal is to analyze a core that's performing very well in the  VGC 2017 format and tell you everything you need to know about it. Today, we'll be talking about Torkoal and Lilligant. Together, these two have been doing very well, so it's time to talk about why it's doing very well and give you the tools and knowledge necessary to beat it or use it.

Why Use This Core?

Very popular at the beginning of this season, the goal of this core is to use Torkoal's Sun to give it a power boost to its Fire type moves, as well as activating Lilligant's Chlorophyll ability, doubling its speed and allowing it to use a speedy Sleep Powder. Remnants of this was seen previously in the 2014 season from the core of Mega Charizard Y and Venusaur, which was much faster than the core we're covering today. Instead, Torkoal/Lilligant is a core that focuses more on having both fast and slow mode. Most people have added Oranguru for a Trick Room mode.

Sample Sets 

Torkoal @ Charcoal
Ability: Drought
EVs: 116 HP / 252 SpA / 140 SpD
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
- Eruption
- Flamethrower / Heat Wave
- Solar Beam
- Protect

This Torkoal focuses on simply making the most of its Sun turns. In order to do this, you'll need to make sure that for all 5 turns of Sun you have available, Torkoal needs to be using its strongest Fire moves each turn, Eruption for when your HP is reasonably high and then switching to your second fire move in either Flamethrower or Heat Wave when Eruption isn't the best choice. Solar Beam is to hit water types like Gastrodon and Tapu Fini so your not essentially walled by it. The EV Spread is meant to have a 66% chance to survive 252+ Sp. Attack Psychic from Tapu Lele in Psychic Terrain. Without any defense investment, you do are only KO'd by Bonemerang from 252+ Atk Alolan Marowak 6.3% of the time. The Charcoal item is meant to boost the power of your Fire moves substantially. Maximum Sp. Attack investment to still make the most of your Sun turns.

Lilligant @ Focus Sash / Grassium Z
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 124 HP / 252 SpA / 132 Spe
Modest Nature
- Leaf Storm
- Sleep Powder
- After You
- Protect

Lilligant is the perfect partner for Torkoal in this format due to how its the most viable Chlorophyll user due to its already decent stats and at base 90 Speed and base 110 Sp. Attack stat means that it can hit hard and is already pretty fast by itself without Sun. The moveset is meant to mainly help Torkoal make the most of its Sun turns. This helps with the move After You to allow it to move right after Lilligant thanks to its amazing speed in Sun. Sleep Powder is to put a major threat to a Torkoal like maybe Garchomp or Water types to sleep. Leaf Storm is your strong grass move, which if you give Lilligant the Grassium Z, it can use a very powerful Bloom Doom. The speed is meant to outspeed a Choice Scarfed Garchomp under Sun with Chlorophyll activated. The 252 Sp. Attack is meant to hit as hard as possible. The remaining points were thrown into HP for general extra bulk, but isn't meant specifically survive an attack.

Further supporting the core

765MS.png778MS.png - Provides Trick Room for Torkoal to help it sweep if need be.
- Can provide a strong Trick Room mode for Torkoal or a nice switch in for powerful move.
 - A very powerful offensive core.

How to beat the core

 - As a massive wall with its 90/150 for its Sp. Defense, Goodra can sit and easily take an Eruption.
793MS.png- Can use Power Gem to hit Torkoal hard and Sludge Bomb to hit Lilligant hard.
 - As a special wall, it can sit and easily take moves from the 2.

Success the core has had at events
  •  David Koutesh - 28th at London International
  • Francesco Pardini - 29th at London International
  • Roberto Porretti - 40th at London International
  • Daniel Oztekin - 3rd at Dutch Open
  • Joohwan Kim - 2nd at Georgia Regionals
  • Roberto Porretti - 10th at online Melbourne Challenge
  • Matteo Marinelli - 2nd at online Melbourne Challenge
  • Joohwan Kim - 16th at online Sao Paulo Challenge
  • Ashton Cox - 1st at Latin America International
Hoped you enjoyed this. Overall, its a very strong core that's making a slow resurgence into popularity, but should still be watched. Check out my older content and I'll see you guys next time. Bye!


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