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[Final] Dustox

Discussion in 'Gen 5 NU Analyses' started by Spoovo The Pirate, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Spoovo The Pirate

    Spoovo The Pirate Meep! Article Contributor Article Contributor

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    {{Tier|BW2 NU}}

    {{Overview|As a pokemon, Dustox is about as obscure as they get. Seriously, who remembers it even exists?

    It's outclassed by Beedrill and Ariados as 'that crappy Bug/Poison thing you get early game', and outclassed by cousin Beautifly as a Wurmple evolution. However, don't count it out just yet!

    One thing Dustox does well is using Quiver Dance defensively, which can really upset stall teams in NU. Being able to remove Toxic Spikes is an added bonus, thanks to its Poison typing, and it even takes less Stealth Rock damage than most because of it. While 60/70/90 defences aren't exactly great, they're considerably better than any of NU's other generic bugs - partially due to Dustox's immunity to poison. Its offensive stats may also be awful, but that won't matter after a couple of Quiver Dance boosts, and Dustox even has a great movepool to take advantage of it with, plus a deceptively good ability in Shield Dust!

    Dustox may seem like a novelty, and written off by most, but it makes a refreshing change if you're looking for something new and unusual in NU.}}

    {{Set|Bulky Quiver Dance|
    Dustox @ Black Sludge
    Trait: Shield Dust
    EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 Spd
    Bold nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Quiver Dance
    - Roost
    - Sludge Bomb
    - Substitute / Hidden Power Ground / Bug Buzz}}

    {{Comments|As previously stated, Dustox's main niche in NU is to use Quiver Dance defensively, rather than offensively like practically everything else that gets it (only Masquerain runs a bulky Quiver Dance set). With maximal physical bulk for maximal setup room, and immunity to added effects thanks to Shield Dust, Dustox can be surprisingly hard to deal with after a couple of Quiver Dance boosts.

    Those remaining 8 Speed EVs allow Dustox to outrun neutral natured base 75s such as Kingler after one Quiver Dance, and most of the tier after two. If you feel more Speed investment is necessary, feel free to invest, however Dustox will eventually be fast enough anyway, and its bulk is generally just not enough.

    Quiver Dance in slot 1 is of course the crux of the set, while Roost works in tandem with it to keep Dustox healthy. Sludge Bomb in slot 3 is the main STAB move, having the best neutral coverage out of Dustox's STAB options, not to mention the off chance to poison, which will either make opponents easier to wear down, or keep their cleric busy and force switches.

    Bug Buzz is an option for the secondary STAB in slot 4, however it doesn't offer a huge amount of useful coverage, as Dustox wants to avoid Psychic-types if it can, none of the tier's common Dark-types are actually weak to it due to their secondary typing, and Grass-types are hit just as hard by Sludge Bomb. It can therefore be replaced with either Substitute or Hidden Power Ground. The former offers utility and a means of making Dustox even more annoying, whilst Hidden Power Ground hits the Poison- and Steel-types that can tank a Sludge Bomb with ease.

    The Black Sludge is the only worthwhile hold item for this set, as Dustox is a defensive pokemon, and thus really appreciates the steady recovery they bring for it. It also discourages item Tricking, due to the Black Sludge crippling all pokemon who aren't Poison-type. If you are worried about double Tricking, the Leftovers are a perfectly viable alternative.}}

    {{Set|Poison Shuffler|
    Dustox @ Black Sludge
    Trait: Shield Dust
    EVs: 248 HP / 124 Def / 136 SDef
    Sassy nature (+SDef, -Spd)
    - Toxic
    - Roost
    - Protect / Hidden Power Ground
    - Whirlwind / U-turn}}

    {{Comments|Dustox also has a decent support movepool, and in tandem with it being the best (only!) Shield Dust user in NU, it can carve out a small but viable niche as well. Being essentially the only Poison-type in the tier with '''reliable''' recovery makes a huge difference in its attempts to keep coming in and removing Toxic Spikes, which can frustrate teams that rely on it. To make things worse, Dustox can also spam Toxic itself, and poison as many things on the opposing team as possible, keeping the cleric busy and also whittling away at their HP all the while.

    Protect and Roost help Dustox's stalling attempts in tandem with Toxic, while Protect can be dropped for Hidden Power Ground if you really need a means of hitting the tier's Steel- and Poison-types, as they won't care about Toxic. Whirlwind in slot 4 can shuffle the opponent's team around, racking up hazard damage in the meantime and finding new things to Poison. It can also be used to thwart a setup sweeper in a pinch.

    The Black Sludge is again the only available hold item, being practically a staple on defensive Poison-types, and the EVs this time are better geared towards Dustox's base stats, investing more heavily in Special Defence for optimal bulk. The HP reaches its maximum odd number, for more switches into Stealth Rock, while the Defence is invested just enough to break 200, and the remains are dropped into Special Defence, hitting a jump point. Going fully on the Special Defence can be done too, but Dustox's key Fighting resistance makes some physical bulk useful.}}

    {{Options|Dustox's other options are few outside of what's already listed. It also has access to Psychic, Shadow Ball, Electroweb, Giga Drain and other random Hidden Powers in terms of offensive options. None of them have any huge uses due to Dustox's complete lack of power, aside from maybe Giga Drain dealing heavy damage to the likes of Golem and Unaware Quagsire, also restoring Dustox's HP at the same time.

    Venoshock can inflict some heavy damage on things that're already poisoned, and works well on teams that employ Toxic Spikes. However, it won't offer much power against Flying-types, as they are immune to Toxic Spikes because they, well, fly. A Sunny Day support set is feasible, with Moonlight, U-Turn and maybe Light Screen. Sadly, Dustox can't use Reflect for Dual Screening.

    Rest, Sleep Talk, Quiver Dance and Bug Buzz might work in a set if you're ambitious. More Speed investment on the Quiver Dance set can be done, as well as more Special Attack. Dustox's 'bulk' is what separates it from the tier's other Quiver Dancers though. Lastly, the Rocky Helmet is a fun alternative hold item that can help Dustox wear things down. It also stops Shedinja from being a bother.}}

    {{Checks|If it can get in safely, Shedinja completely and utterly walls the Quiver Dance set unless it packs something uncommon like Hidden Power Fire or the Rocky Helmet. The defensive set can poison it with Toxic and kill it instantly however.

    Special walls like Regice and Lickilicky will have no trouble tanking hits, however neither of them can really stop Dustox from setting up on it, due to Shield Dust rendering it immune to Dragon Tail's secondary effect of phazing, not to mention Body Slam's paralysis chance. Unaware Quagsire can ignore any boosts Dustox has received, however Dustox is immune to Scald's burn chance, as well as poison, meaning Quagsire will either have to try and stall it out, or throw Earthquakes or Stone Edges at it until it dies. Dustox's superior Speed will make this a difficult feat.

    Prankster pokemon like Whimsicott or Volbeat can simply Encore Dustox into any non attacking move and take advantage of it from there, but it will prove difficult to wear down due to its bulk and Poison immunity.

    Choice Scarf holding Fire-types like Emboar are serious threats to Dustox, not being threatened enough by a +1 anything, and being able to power through Dustox with a Flare Blitz. Special attacking Fire-types will have a tougher time, but will also eventually get the job done with their super effective STAB hits.

    Taunting Dustox to prevent it from Quiver Dancing is a good idea, but this will only work out if you can Taunt it beforehand, otherwise it can just repeatedly attack when Taunted, and set up when the Taunt runs out. Physically attacking Taunters like Skuntank and Drapion can force their way past Dustox over time, but boosted Hidden Power Grounds will start to hurt over time.

    If Dustox lacks Hidden Power Ground, any Steel-type can easily wall it, being immune to the only other attacking move it commonly has. While it will still put up a fight with its good physical bulk and reliable recovery, there's no way it can win against a Steel-type. Ones carrying an Air Balloon are safe even against Hidden Power Ground variants, as Dustox has no way of popping the balloon under normal circumstances.}}

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  2. The Real Elmo

    The Real Elmo Caterpie hungers...

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    For Lickilicky in C&C, you should mention that he gets and commonly runs dragon tail which will phase you out erasing any boosts.

    other than that this looks complete
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  3. Dr. Fuji

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    I would mention in the general section that a lot of its bulk compared to the other quiver dancers stems from its inability to be toxiced. I feel venoshock should be mentioned in other options it's pretty hard to constantly maintain and even if you have tspikes up it's rather gimmicky considering sludge bomb/venoshock is your only move to hit flying types neutrally and they cannot be poisoned by tspikes.
     
  4. Dzi

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    Looks neat,

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  5. Spoovo The Pirate

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    Sure thing. I'll move Venoshock down to OO for the stated reasons, and I'll have Lickilicky's mention buffered. Thanks guys.
     
  6. Incon

    Incon I feel incapable of seeing the end.

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    Yes, remove Venoshock from the set. Toxic Spikes are required for it to work, and they aren't that common in the tier to begin with. Plus, they are absorbed by common mons such as Skuntank or Garbodor. Leaving it in the OO is enough imo.

    Otherwise, looks good. Approved
     
  7. Spoovo The Pirate

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    All done. I'll get it uploaded. :3