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PostSubject: Feraligatr The Merciless Poke   Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:51 am

FERALIGATR



Abilities:
Torrent
Sheer Force

Stats:

HP:85
Atk:105
Def:100
SpA:79
SpD:83
Spe:78

Total:530

Placed Tier: RU / LU

Type:WATER

Feraligatr stands out in RU as one of the best physical sweepers of its time,and it easy to see why. It sports a good 105 base attack combined with 85 / 100 / 83 defenses to give it some considerable bulk. When all of these are combined with Feraligatr's great move pool that consist of moves like Aqua Jet and Waterfall,it makes sure Feraligatr will always stand at the top of the tier.

RU Strategies

Set #1: Gatrs and Swords

Item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 104 HP / 252 ATK / 152 SPE
Nature: Adamant

- Swords Dance
- Aqua Jet
- Water Fall / Ice Punch
- Crunch / Return / Super Power

Set Explanation: The idea behind this set is to sweep weakened teams after setting up a Swords Dance. After a Swords Dance Feraligatr is almost unstoppable, OHKOing most of Feraligatr's frail counters with a Life Orb boosted Aqua Jet like manetric,Galvantula,and Rotom after Stealth Rocks. Waterfall is a more powerful STAB but can be swapped for ice punch for better coverage against grass types. Crunch hits Slowking hard while Return offers nice neutral coverage. Super power hits Ferroseed hard for a good amount of damage. The eVs allow to outspeed Timid Omostar and jolly Crawdaunt. A Lum Berry can be used to keep Feraligatr from being Burned or Poisoned but the difference in power is noticeable.

Set #2: Dragon Gatr's Dance

Item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 ATK / 4 DEF / 252 SPE
Nature: Jolly / Adamant

- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Ice Punch
- Earthquake / Crunch

Set Explanation: The best Dragon Dancer in the RU tier shows what it can do. After 1 dragon Dance and a Jolly nature Feraligatr gain an impressive 420 speed making it out speed any neutral natured Scarfed user that is 90 base speed or less easily,making sweeping somewhat easier. Waterfall is the main STAB move and is pretty good at dealing with most threats. Ice Punch adds to the coverage while Earthquake is here for Electric types.
The nature of the set depends on if you want speed over power while the item is mainly for power over defense. The EVs allow for the maximum sweeping potential.

OU Strategy

Set #3: Swords in the Rain

Item: Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 HP / 252 ATK / 4 DEF
Nature: Adamant

- Swords Dance
- Aqua Jet
- Super Power
- Ice Punch / Crunch

Set Explanation: This set is most effective on Rain teams,and can easily sweep unprepared teams when used correctly. A STAB +2 Aqua Jet in the Rain does tremendous amounts of damage to those who don't resist it,and when Torrent is activated it's even stronger. Super Power demolishes Chansey and Ferrothorn easily. Ice Punch hurts Grass types while Crunch can be used to hit Reuniclus,Jellicent,and Slowbro.
Genesect,Tornadus-T, and Thundurus-T can all be easily destroyed by a +2 Aqua Jet in the Rain,but stealth Rocks is always good to have for Feraligatr to become even more terrifying.


Conclusion

Fire types like Entei and Typlosion and entry hazards like Spikes and Stealth Rocks all grea;ty help Feraligatr sweep easily by eliminating its counters.
However the list of Feraligatr checks and counters is large. Swords Dance sets have to watch out for Sceptile,Rotom-C,and Electric types.Dragon Dance sets fear anything that is scarfed and above 90 base speed like Manetric and Galvantula. Both sets fear Tangrowth has the can never OHKO it as well as Unaware Quagsire who can ignore the boost and stall with Toxic and Recover.
Feraligatr will never be completely stoppable,as if it ever finds the time to setup at all,especially more than once,its going to be sending its opponents to an early grave. So in the end,Feraligatr will never cease to be a threat and will put fear into the hearts of who it faces,so use it wisely.

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