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Move Showcase: Quiver Dance

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  1. Joyverse

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    Ever since its introduction in Generation V, Quiver Dance has been one of the best setup moves. It boosts the user's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed by one stage, the Special Attack boost making any special sweeper deadly and the Special Defense boost making knocking it out a harder job. Generation VII also gave three new Bug-type Pokémon, Cutiefly, Ribombee, and Pheromosa, access to Quiver Dance.

    However, only a limited number of Pokémon get to learn it, and an even more limited number of Pokémon are able to use it effectively. Showcased in this article are some of the most notable Quiver Dance users in the game thanks to their viable movepool, abilities, and stats.

    Volcarona
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    Volcarona is, by far, the best Quiver Dance user yet. A great special stat spread of 135 / 105 backed by a solid base 100 Speed makes it a deadly special sweeper. Its Fire and Bug STAB types form a potent combo; this along with its Grass coverage makes it one of the potent sweepers in OU.

    Back when it was introduced in Generation V, it saw usage on all kinds of teams: on sun teams, it made use of the weather's boost to Fire-type moves to plow through teams, and on rain, it gained fully accurate Hurricanes.

    However, losing 50% of its health every time it switched into Stealth Rock, the prevalence of Heatran and Chansey, and the addition of Pokémon like Mega Pinsir and Talonflame in Generation VI made it a risky option to use.

    The standard set puts Volcarona at 310 Speed so it can outrun Jolly Landorus-T, meaning with a Quiver Dance boost, it outruns even Choice Scarf Landorus-T. With the Special Attack boost, it can utilize Fire Blast to power through anything that doesn't resist it. The Special Defense boost combined with a Passho Berry helps it to take on some pretty powerful Water-type moves, such as a Hydro Pump from Keldeo. Volcarona can then hit back with Giga Drain and recover off any lost damage. Bug Buzz or Hidden Power Ground generally rounds off its coverage. Bug Buzz gives it a solid secondary STAB move that can break through the likes of Tyranitar, Hydreigon, and bulky Psychic-types like Cresselia, whereas Hidden Power Ground hits Heatran and Volcanion.​

    Venomoth
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    Back when Baton Pass ran rampant on PO, Venomoth used to sit on the throne of ORAS LU because of its ability to pass Quiver Dance boosts to even more threatening partners like Exploud, Sigilyph, Nidoqueen, and Meloetta. It was able to hold its own with moves like Sludge Bomb, which kept the Fairy-types at bay, and Bug Buzz, which just ran down through many of the tier's Psychic-types. But then, Venomoth was banned.

    It's a different story in UU, though... Thanks to Venomoth's middling base 90 Speed, even with a Quiver Dance boost under its scaly wings, it's slower than the majority of Choice Scarf users in the tier. These include Mienshao, Infernape, and Hydreigon. Venomoth is cleanly OHKOed by Mienshao's Stone Edge and Infernape or Darmanitan's Flare Blitz. Steel-types don't care about Sludge Bomb, but Venomoth can cripple them pretty nicely with Sleep Powder.

    The boosts gained through Quiver Dance and an ability that doubles the power of resisted moves in Tinted Lens make switching into it a difficult task. It can easily plow through Psychic-types like Cresselia and Celebi. Fairy-types like Slurpuff and Florges should be worried of a boosted Sludge Bomb. Even without using Sleep Powder, it can make setup fodder out of Pokémon like Florges and Aromatisse because of the Special Defense boosts making it more stable against them and the Special Attack boost mitigating Moonblast's otherwise crippling stat drops. Only the few Pokémon that have a 4x resistance to Bug Buzz can risk switching into it.

    Vivillon
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    Vivillon is the only Pokémon introduced Generation VI to get access to Quiver Dance. It is, however, a gem of a Pokémon to have found a cozy place in the NU tier. With Compound Eyes, it gains a near-accurate Sleep Powder and Hurricane. It's able to spam a dangerously powered move that's further supported by Quiver Dance and the move's Speed boost, making it outrun the entire unboosted metagame and a threat that should always be considered. It can also make use of Energy Ball and Hidden Power Ground to take care of threats it can't otherwise thanks to the Special Attack boost it gains from Quiver Dance.

    If that's not enough, it can go for a bulkier Substitute-based set that gives it more staying power in exchange of foregoing coverage. However, its Speed stat makes it an easy target for faster Pokémon in the tier like Scyther, Tauros, and Pyroar if it hasn't set up a Quiver Dance before. Its subpar defenses combined with a 4x Stealth Rock weakness cripples it to an extent. However, if it gets to set up Quiver Dance thanks to Sleep Powder, it becomes a force to be reckoned with.
    Lilligant
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    Lilligant is another gem of NU. As of Generation 6, it was the only non-Bug type to have access to Quiver Dance. As a result, it isn't weak to Stealth Rock, which is an advantage it has over many of the other Quiver Dancer users. While its typing makes it weak to five types in total, it has two pretty solid abilities—Own Tempo and Chlorophyll—that let it utilize all the strong STAB moves it gets.

    Quiver Dance with Own Tempo has to be the most common combination that Lilligant uses in NU. Sleep Powder is used to create opportunities to set up. Life Orb helps to maximize the damage dealt after setting up Quiver Dance. Lilligant's main move is generally Petal Dance, which doesn't confuse it due to Own Tempo; however, it is risky, as it locks Lilligant into the move for a maximum of three turns. This makes it easy for Pokémon with Sap Sipper, such as Sliggoo and Bouffalant, to switch into it. Giga Drain can be used over Petal Dance for an passive way to gain lost health. Hidden Power Rock or Fire is generally the third move to round off coverage against foes that resist Grass. Hidden Power Rock is used to OHKO Scyther, and it additionally hits Pyroar, Magmortar, and Crygonal for super effective damage. Hidden Power Fire hits Bug-, Steel-, and opposing Grass-types for super effective damage.

    The combination of Quiver Dance with Chlorophyll under the sun gives Lilligant a powerful Solar Beam that doesn't require a charging turn and a boosted Hidden Power Fire that is enough to take care of Steel-, Bug-, and opposing Grass-types like Magneton, Scyther, and Shiftry. Since it always holds a Life Orb, Giga Drain can be used for the fourth move alongside Quiver Dance, Solar Beam, and Hidden Power Fire. Alternatively, Sleep Powder can be used to make it easier to set up Quiver Dance.

    A look into the future..
    The new generation has given us three new Pokémon that learn Quiver Dance: Cutiefly, Ribombee, and Pheromosa. This generation has also given two Pokémon from previous generations access to this move: Wormadam and Bellossom.

    Pheromosa is often see running a four attacks set with Life Orb due to its extreme offenses and paper-thin bulk. Pheromosa's low defenses prevent it from having many opportunities to set up Quiver Dance, and its Speed and Special Attack are already so high that it does not usually need to boost them further. However, with or without Quiver Dance, Pheromosa is a force to be reckoned with.

    Cutiefly, as of now, is the only LC-legal Pokémon with access to Quiver Dance. It has a double resistance to Fighting thanks to its Bug / Fairy typing, it could see a lot of usage in SM LC. It has access to strong STAB moves such as Bug Buzz and Moonblast. While it has a Stealth Rock weakness and both its STAB moves are resisted by Steel and Fire, these weaknesses can be mitigated by entry hazard-controlling teammates and Hidden Power Ground for the third move slot to take care of both Fire- and Steel-types.

    Ribombee is one of the fastest Pokémon around with a base Speed stat of 124. This combined with Quiver Dance means that with a single boost, it will be able to outrun the entire unboosted OU metagame. One thing that remains to be seen is whether or not its Speed, typing, and access to Quiver Dance will be enough to keep it in OU, since it has an average base 95 Special Attack and an even lower base 70 Special Defense.

    Oricorio, while not learning Quiver Dance, can copy a Quiver Dance thanks to its unique Dancer ability. Dancer copies any other dance-based moves, which could give it the chance to pull off a Quiver Dance sweep in the right situation.

    Wormadam and Bellossom can now learn Quiver Dance! Having seen almost no usage even in NU, only time will tell if the move will help them become more noticeable threats in the metagame.


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    Yo, guys! '-')/

    Have you used any of the Pokemon that now learn Quiver Dance in any of the Gen 7 games or tiers around? I have used Cutiefly in LC until it was banned in Smogon! :x WBU guys?
     
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    I used Ribombe in prebank. got a lot of sweeps
     
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    It's a different story in UU, though... Thanks to Venomoth's middling base 90 Speed, even with a Quiver Dance boost under its scaly wings, it's slower than the majority of Choice Scarf users in the tier. These include Mienshao, Infernape, and Hydreigon. Choice Scarf Darmanitan also happens to Speed tie with Venomoth after a boost. Venomoth is cleanly OHKOed by Mienshao's Stone Edge and Infernape or Darmanitan's Flare Blitz. Steel-types don't care about Sludge Bomb, but Venomoth can cripple them pretty nicely with Sleep Powder.


    Doesn't choice scarf darmanitan OUTSPEED venomoth after a boost ?

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    The combination of Quiver Dance with Chlorophyll under the sun gives Vivillon a powerful Solar Beam that doesn't require a charging turn and a boosted Hidden Power Fire that is enough to take care of Steel-, Bug-, and opposing Grass-types like Magneton, Scyther, and Shiftry. Since it always holds a Life Orb, Giga Drain can be used for the fourth move alongside Quiver Dance, Solar Beam, and Hidden Power Fire. Alternatively, Sleep Powder can be used to make it easier to set up Quiver Dance.

    Don't you mean Lilligant ?
     
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    Removed the line about the Venomoth Speed tie and changed Vivillon to Lilligant. Good catches.
     
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