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[Final] Basculin

Discussion in 'Gen 5 NU Analyses' started by Spoovo The Pirate, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Spoovo The Pirate

    Spoovo The Pirate Meep! Article Contributor Article Contributor

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    {{Header|Basculin-A|skip1=true}}

    {{Tier|BW2 NU}}

    {{Overview|Well, what do we have here?

    Another generic fish with a small movepool, no defences and not much reason to be used?

    At first glance, it would appear so. But there's one small advantage Basculin has over his aquatic brethren (except for Crawdaunt), and that is the wonderful Adaptability. Boosting the power of STAB moves from 150% to 200%, is essentially gives basculin a base Attack stat of 139 when using a STAB move, and that's pretty difficult to just brush off.
    Outside of STAB moves though, his offenses are rather mediocre, with the only other stat worth boasting about would be a base 98 Speed. Basculin is pretty much the definition of 'one trick pony', but if all else fails, I've heard they taste pretty good. They also come in two flavours; Red and Blue.}}

    {{Set|Attacker|
    Basculin @ Choice Band / Mystic Water
    Trait: Adaptability
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
    Adamant nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Waterfall
    - Aqua Jet
    - Return / Double-Edge
    - Toxic / Crunch}}

    {{Comments|This set comprises basically all of Basculin's worthwhile movepool. Waterfall and Aqua Jet are both necessary, hitting pretty hard with Adaptability boost. Slap a Choice Band on there as well and they hit even harder, scoring an easy 2HKO on even the bulkiest of Eviolite Lairon (or Misdreavus after Stealth Rock damage), just for some perspective. If you prefer switching moves, the Mystic Water lets Basculin bluff fairly well while keeping a solid 20% power boost to its Water STABs. They are the moves it will be using most often by far, so the Mystic Water is definitely worth considering.

    If raw power doesn't appeal, the unlisted Choice Scarf makes Basculin into a hard hitting revenge killer. The Life Orb is also viable, but also unlisted because the recoil will make it obvious, and Basculin can't take the HP loss very well. You're better off bluffing if you're not running a choice item.

    Double-Edge is listed for its great neutral coverage neutral coverage, and is almost unresisted alongside its Water STAB moves in NU. However, Return is also available if the recoil proves too much, adding slightly to Basculin's (admittedly limited) longevity in exchange for less power. Finally, Toxic and Crunch are listed in the last slot. Toxic wears down the walls that would otherwise shut Basculin down, like Alomomola and the dreaded Tangela. Crunch is also there however because it hits Exeggutor harder than anything else, as well as the rare Shedinja and Frillish, for an offensive option against them instead of having to rely on Toxic. Crunch is rarely needed, though, so Toxic may be worth considering if you have other means of beating Exeggutor, because the latter two are almost hopelessly rare.

    This simple pokemon has simple EVs. Maximum Attack for maximum carnage, and max Speed is so that Adamant Basculin can Speed tie with positive natured base 85s, such as Sawk. 228 Speed can be run to outspeed Haunter of the same nature, but seeing as Basculin has nowhere else worth investing, you might as well just max it. The remaining 4 EVs are placed into Defence for a shade more survivability, although if you opt to use Ice Beam to 2HKO Tangela, you may as well shift them to Special Attack and go Naughty / Naive.}}

    {{Options|Ice Beam and Scald have some uses. An Ice Beam from a neutral nature can 2HKO Tangela after Stealth Rock damage (46% - 54%), while Scald can burn things, and a base 80 Special Attack isn't terrible.

    Red Basculin gets Reckless, while Blue gets Rock Head. Both of these improve Double-Edge, but you lose Adaptability, so it's arguably a much worse trade off. Aqua Tail can be used in Waterfall's place for a more powerful, less accurate alternative. 90% isn't too shaky. Zen Headbutt hits a couple things harder than Waterfall, with Vileplume being the primary mention. It's rarely worth a moveslot however, due to its otherwise poor coverage. Superpower is also an idea if you need to hit Dark- and Normal-types harder, such as Cacturne or Lickilicky. Substitute can ease prediction, but it's rare that an opponent won't simply attack Basculin.

    Final Gambit can deal some heavy damage to a counter like Alomomola at the cost of Basculin's life, but Alomomola can easily shrug this off with Wish, a move that it often spams. Lastly, Agility can be used to outrun fast things, but doesn't have much utility, and Basculin has Aqua Jet if it wants to be fast anyway.}}

    {{Checks|Basculin relies heavily on its Adaptability bolstered STAB for damage. It therefore makes sense that anything able to take said STAB attacks without fear is an instant threat to Basculin, because without its STAB moves, it's literally just another fish.

    The most prominent of these would be the Goliath to Basculin's David; the big fish Alomomola. With its gargantuan physical bulk and ready access to both Wish and Regenerator, Basculin isn't wearing it down any time soon. The little fish's only hope is hitting it with a Toxic on the switch in. If Alomomola avoids Toxic, it's free to literally just sit there and watch Basculin try to damage it. When it gets bored, it can hit back with a few Scalds or Waterfalls and bring it down in its own time.

    If Alomomola isn't available to squish Basculin, bulky Grass-types also do the trick remarkably well, Tangela especially. It's rare that Toxic or Ice Beam are used, so Tangela can wall Basculin almost as efficiently as Alomomola thanks to Regenerator and maybe even Synthesis, then simply KO Basculin with a simple Giga Drain. Tangela is the toughest of all the Grass-types in the tier, but the likes of Leafeon, Vileplume and Meganium will all stand up to it without trouble, and turn it into sushi with one STAB attack.

    As for bulky Waters other than Alomomola, defensive Mantine, Quagsire and Seismitoad are the best available due to their access to Water Absorb, as well as Eviolite Frillish, who hard walls every common attack aside from Toxic. There are a few other Grass-types that fill this role too, including Parasect, Cacturne, the obscure Maractus and especially Cradily, whose Storm Drain and Rock typing means that only the rare Superpower will even threaten it.

    If Basculin does manage to kill something, revenge killing it isn't difficult due to its frailty. More or less anything with a Choice Scarf and a powerful STAB can do it unless Basculin is Choice Scarfed itself, and Electric-types like the Rotom appliances are great choices, having enough bulk to tank an Aqua Jet, then silence the fish with a Volt Switch. Focus Sash Kadabra is also a surefire revenge kill, surviving any attack thanks to its Focus Sash and then OHKOing in Return with Psychic.}}

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  2. Finchinator

    Finchinator IT’S FINK DUMBASS

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    I'd say use Mystic Water over Muscle Band.
    Otherwise, looks good...simple!
     
  3. Spoovo The Pirate

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    Yup, Mystic Water also works, though I was thinking of powering up his coverage moves a little too, but yeah, 20% boost is better than 10% boost, specially seeing as the coverage moves will rarely be used.

    Is there any real difference between the Mystic Water and the Splash Plate?
     
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    Finchinator IT’S FINK DUMBASS

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    Ones Mystic, like a Dragon. Ones Splash, like a Magikarp.
    (JK)
    No difference at all.
     
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    Lol, fair enough.

    Mystic Water does sound nicer, I will give it that. :D
     
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    Where is zen headbutt? and definitely mention life orb.
     
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    I've got Life Orb mentioned in the main set as a worse option to the listed items, is that enough?

    And Zen Headbutt... what does it actually hit? I guess there's Poliwrath, Vileplume, etc. I'll add that in.
     
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    Looks good to me

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    fish is good
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