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[Final] Kingdra

Discussion in 'Gen 5 UU Analyses' started by Virizion, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Virizion

    Virizion ~ Taste the Rainbow ~

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    Hey guys and girls!

    Finally managed to do this analysis, hopefully I can do many more over the upcoming weeks due to Summerbreak (7-week holidays)!

    ==General==
    *Possesses above average stats across the board.
    *Has a unique typing in Water / Dragon leaving only one (1) weakness.
    *Has a nice Rain Dance + Swift Swim niche and can become very deadly.
    *Has a boosting move in Dragon Dance that helps it clean teams.
    *Can go Physical or Special depending on the set.
    *Gets a quite shallow movepool but is good enough.
    *Has a tight Base 85 Speed which, while above-average, isn't too fast unboosted.
    *One of the best set-up Pokemon in Wifi UU.

    ==Dragon Dance==
    Kingdra @ Lum Berry / Leftovers
    Trait: Swift Swim / Sniper
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
    - Substitute / Rain Dance / Draco Meteor
    - Dragon Dance
    - Outrage
    - Waterfall

    *Can set-up on opposing Fire-types and Ground-types.
    *EVs are used for as much power as possible while maintaining a high speed stat, Adamant Nature is preferred as Kingdra's speed is also being raised here and Jolly misses out on some notable KO's. 4 SDef EVs make sure Porygon2 and Porygon-Z don't get their preferred Download boost.
    *Substitute allows it to set-up Dragon Dance safely, and it can be used when the opponent switches out. However, Rain Dance could be used for a quick speed increase (and Waterfall increase) or Draco Meteor to counter those physical walls. If using Draco Meteor, change to a Lonely Nature.
    *Dragon Dance is the crux of this set, and it's why this set is so successful.
    *Outrage is a strong STAB and dents anything that doesn't resist it and works well with Dragon Dance and Lum Berry (so it doesn't become confused).
    *Waterfall is another good STAB which allows Kingdra to take on Steel, Rock, Fire and Ground-types safer, and it also has that benefical 20% flinch chance (which some people still don't know to this day).
    *Lum Berry helps Kingdra to not be confused (or even crippled) whilst it sweeps, however Leftovers can be used if Lum Berry isn't having any use.
    *Rain Dance Setters, like Tornadus in particular, makes a great partner because they help with these Swift Swim sets that don't have Rain Dance on it.

    ==Special Sweeper==
    Kingdra @ Life Orb
    Trait: Swift Swim
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
    - Rain Dance
    - Hydro Pump / Surf
    - Draco Meteor
    - Dragon Pulse / Surf

    *Can run a Special set instead and functions well.
    *Rain Dance doubles Kingdra's speed and increases the damage of Hydro Pump (and Surf too!).
    *Hydro Pump is used for a strong STAB, but Surf can be used for more accuracy, yet the power drop is noticeable.
    *Draco Meteor allows Kingdra fire-off a ridiculously powerful STAB from the word "go", and it is very good for taking out those bulky Water-types that don't have any Special Defense boosts in particular.
    *Dragon Pulse can be used for a more reliable attack, same said with Surf and Hydro Pump.

    ==Choice Specs==
    Kingdra @ Choice Specs
    Trait: Swift Swim / Sniper
    EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) / Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Draco Meteor
    - Hydro Pump / Surf
    - Dragon Pulse
    - Hidden Power [Electric]

    *Kingdra can also utilise in a Choice Specs set, making it a very powerful wallbreaker right-off-the-bat.
    *Either nature can work, depending on the players personal preference and what they want Kingdra to do exactly.
    *Draco Meteor is a very powerful attack which works well with Choice Specs as it allows it to fire-off the move and switch out, come back in, use the move, switch out, etc.
    *Hydro Pump is also a strong attack which, while is weaker than Draco Meteor, doesn't half Kingdra's Special Attack every time it's used, so it can keep firing them off for turn. However, a reasonably powerful Surf can be used for more accuracy, but please note that the drop in power is noticeable.
    *Dragon Pulse is a reliable, strong, STAB that can be used like Surf and to make sure that Kingdra can still use a Dragon-type attack without lowering any stats.
    *Hidden Power [Electric] is used here because it can take out opposing Water-types (Empoleon in particular) a little bit easier than some of Kingdra's other moves and it can take down Crobat a little bit better. This is used over Hidden Power [Grass] here because this move cannot take down Crobat easier, and all-else it gets is coverage against Rock and Ground-type Pokemon, which is useless bcause Kingdra will 100% of the time carry a Water-type attack anyways.

    ==ChestoRest==
    Kingdra @ Chesto Berry
    Trait: Swift Swim / Sniper
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Rest
    - Dragon Dance
    - Outrage
    - Waterfall

    *An offensive and annoying-to-face ChestoRest set, as this is a unique way to help Kingdra sleep, cure status and recover HP.
    *Because of this, offensive EVs are used here, with an Adamant Nature for obvious reasons.
    *Rest is the crux of the set which helps Kingdra to set-up easy, stop Amoonguss / Tangrowth from using Spore, as well as the ability to cure status (as mentioned above).
    *Dragon Dance works well with Rest and allows Kingdra to set-up without too many problems (especially with Chesto Berry).
    *Outrage is a strong attack once again and after Kingdra is confused, it can cure that status by using Rest.
    *Waterfall is a nice, more reliable STAB that can take on Rock, Ground, Fire and Steel types easier.

    ==Other Options==
    *Hidden Power [Fighting] can be used over Hidden Power [Electric] for more coverage and allows Kingdra to take on Ferroseed better, however Ferroseed has low usage and mostly Hidden Power [Electric] is the better option here.
    *Ice Beam on Special Sets can be used to take on Gligar and other Grass and Flying types hard, but Water and Dragon-type coverage is needed on almost all sets.
    *Kingdra can use a mixed set of Outrage / Draco Meteor / Waterfall / Hydro Pump however Kingdra has mediocre offenses unboosted, so it's not recommended.
    *A Choice Band set of Outrage / Waterfall / Return / Iron Head can be used however Flygon is a better Choice Band user thanks to the higher speed and Kingdra has a better boosting move in Dragon Dance anyways.
    *A Support Set of Yawn / Clear Smog / Scald / Dragon Pulse can be used with Kingdra's good bulk, however it has no reliable recovery and can only use Rest.

    ==Checks and Counters==
    *Choice Scarf Flygon can outspeed Kingdra at +1 and Outrage hard.
    *Empoleon and Ferroseed can wall almost all of Kingdra's attacks and set-up either Spikes or Substitute on it.
    *Toxic Spikes and hazards in general definitely don't help Kingdra's that like to switch often, however a Rapid Spinner should be able to keep them off almost always if used correctly.
    *Qwilfish and other intimidaters can lower Kingdra's attack and proceed to do as they wish.
    *Burn and Paralysis without Substitute and Rest can harm Kingdra easy, however Kingdra will normally sweep the opponent quicker anyways, so it's not too much of a problem, but it should still be mentioned either way.
    *Bulky Water-types and Cofagrigus can stall Kingdra all day as long as it doesn't have a +4 thanks to Recover, Pain Split and Haze (on Milotic) can eliminate Kingdra's boosts.
    *Amoonguss can also stall with Syntheis and reset stat-boosts if it can without a Substitute, however Kingdra does outspeed.
    *Thanks to Prankster, Sableye can stop Dragon Dance for being used for a while with Taunt, plus it gets priority in Will-O-Wisp unless behind Kingdra is always behind a Substitute already (yet Taunt may have had already prevented this from happening).
     
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  2. Epikhairz

    Epikhairz Delta Stream

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    Suggesting DD+ChestoRest and Specs for sets, with Mixed as a possibility (OO or as its own set is your choice). Will suggest more when you finish (lol)
     
  3. Virizion

    Virizion ~ Taste the Rainbow ~

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    Finished now, I did add the ChestoRest set (so annoying set) and put Mixed in OO already! Thanks anyways! :D
     
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    Sableye shuts down DD sets with Taunt and can priority burn unless behind sub
    Pretty sure physically defensive Amoonguss can wall reliably, heal itself with Synthesis, Clear Smog stat changes away and Spore it, turning it to sleep fodder
     
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    Virizion ~ Taste the Rainbow ~

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    I'll note down Sableye!
    I guess Amoonguss can be a threat, however under a Substitute, Kingdra can block Spore and not having stats reset because Substitute blocks that effect, and ChestoRest sets can counter Spore (I guess), however I'll add it in anyways. Thanks!
     
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    Looks good. Approved.
     
  7. Xinc

    Xinc Time for Oras?

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    Maybe mention that rain dance setters help those Swift Swim sets without Rain Dance work really well. /Bad grammar.

    Approved.