Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Smeargle Used Spotlight 5 : The Good, The Bad & The Togedemaru!



Hi guys today we are back with another installment of our series of smeargle used spotlight on this series we take out the potential in some pokemons that see little or no use in the VGC 17 format, this time with the 5th installment of my series I will bring forward to you guys a pokemon that was surely expected with the upcoming new generation of pokemon, a pika-clone the togedemaru, this time it’s a hamster and got me really excited about its very competitive usage, without further ado lets get into this pokemon:

Introduction for togedemaru:
Togedemaru is the sure to be n the new gens pokemon, it is an electric steel type pika-clone for the seventh generation of pokemon, and to be honest I think this pokemon was looking far better competitively than any past generations, I know we cannot forget the time when pachirisu dropped some jaws at worlds but overall as a pokemon it wasn’t as solid as that of a togedemaru. A quite hedgehog it is as seems but sure can be amazing competitively.

Stats:
When we have a look at togedemaru’s stats we are not much impressed by them however seeing that significant amounts of attack stat as well as that speed stat that can really allow it to outspeed some pokemons and disrupt gives it a lot of competitive value and makes it much more usable for its often found partial offensive or disruptive role.

Type:
Now to discuss on the typing of a togedemaru, it also seems very much interesting especially for this metagame. On the offensive end it can be considered a great typing as it can do loads of damage to all the bulky water types of this format as well as it can hit the fairy types for super effective damage through its steel type attacks. On the other end it gets that very bad defensive typing with almost every team carrying a ground or a fire type attacker in this metagame as it does seem very important, togedemaru cannot stay up for loads of turns in a battle.

Abilities:
To start of by discussing its abilities I would actually say that all three of the abilities that this pokemon gets are very good competitively and were probably the reason when I first saw this pokemon it made me feel that it has quite some real potential, lets get into discussing them:
Lightningrod: best choice as an ability in this format as tapu koko being spammed all around in this format with the addition of little bits of raichu that this format carries, being able to redirect those attacks for no damage is a great option for a supportive pokemon like togedemaru to opt for. Supporting pokemons like celesteela or other to support for it to support like water types.
Iron barbs: iron barbs has seen a lot of competitive importance in however it is bad in current meta as the number of contact attackers is falling. That is why iron barbs is probably the least viable option as an ability for vgc format’s current state especially barring its bad defensive typing.
Sturdy: Sturdy actually is having an importance I this format, while I say that expect all togedemaru to still have the lightningrod ability however if you have a team in which u use a item that I have put down there and you will know it soon, as well as there is no need for a lightningrod user you can opt for it, it can also basically count as its own focus sash with a different item choice. That is why I feel that this ability is good with team specificity.
Competitive traits:
Disruptor: disruption has to be one of the most viable traits of this pokemon and yet again most togedemarus out there are disruptive in there roles. Togedemaru gets a lot of aspects naturally which make it an excellent disruptor in this format especially count in the lightningrod ability. In combination of that with the para flinch role that it provides (nightmares about double genies, I know) but actually half the pressure on that it can use its fake out to flinch 100% in addition to the nuzzle + zing zap combination that works especially well if you want RNG to be your way to victory. Furthermore encore is another aspect of its disruptive importance in addition with its spikey sheild move. Everything about this pokemon sounds like disruption and that is what it does best
Attacker: on the contrary of being purely disruptive in this format togedemaru does get that offensive presence as well I know and we all have screamed over the fact that it doesn’t get any efficient steel type moves, however it does get access to the move poison jab which can furthermore make it hit those fairies for super effective damage, on the other end even zing zap can cover a lot of pokemons in this format, like that all popular gyarados as well as other bulky water types that are rising in popularity.
Lightningrod and importance in current format: knowing me you know that cut and paste tactic as there isn’t really much more to say about this from this point of view pokemon here an ability in this format as tapu koko being spammed all around in this format with the addition of little bits of raichu that this format carries, being able to redirect those attacks for no damage is a great option for a supportive pokemon like togedemaru to opt for. Supporting pokemons like celesteela or other to support for it to support like water types.
Shortcomings of Togedemaru: like every pokemon it also has some noticeable weaknesses to first one being this pokemon’s frail aspects, with its typing, it also doesn’t get the best of all defensive stats. Also its second con being that it can be managed if you play against a skilled player or that you don’t have luck in that battle when using it as a disruptor, overall this guy seems very much manageable with good reads against it in a battle. Also psychic terrain being a thing nerfs tapu lele by a whole lot, so that is why I feel like togedemaru can be handle I not used correct.

Sample Sets:
Following are some sample sets for togedemaru, the focus sash one is the most common one however I put up some interesting ones that I think can also work well, their calculations explain their roles and jobs that it can do:

Togedemaru @ Steelium Z 
Ability: Lightning Rod 
Level: 50 
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe 
Jolly Nature 
IVs: 0 Spe 
- Fake Out 
- Gyro Ball 
- Zing Zap 
- Spiky Shield

Damage Calculations:
252 Atk Togedemaru Corkscrew Crash (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 182-216 (94.7 - 112.5%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Togedemaru Corkscrew Crash (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 284-336 (160.4 - 189.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Togedemaru Corkscrew Crash (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 200-236 (112.9 - 133.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Togedemaru @ Life Orb 
Ability: Lightning Rod 
Level: 50 
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe 
Jolly Nature 
- Fake Out 
- Poison Jab 
- Zing Zap 
- Nuzzle 

Damage Calculations:
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Poison Jab vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 125-148 (70.6 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Poison Jab vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Lele: 125-148 (86.2 - 102%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Poison Jab vs. 252 HP / 108 Def Tapu Bulu: 161-192 (90.9 - 108.4%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO
-1 252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 252 HP / 176 Def Gyarados: 203-239 (100.4 - 118.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Poison Jab vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 114-135 (78.6 - 93.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 252 HP / 224 Def Politoed: 143-172 (72.5 - 87.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Golduck: 179-213 (115.4 - 137.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Pelipper: 296-348 (177.2 - 208.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Togedemaru @ Focus sash
Ability: Lightningrod
Level: 50 
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe  
Jolly Nature 
- Fake Out 
- Protect 
- Zing Zap 
- Nuzzle 

Damage Calculations:
252 Atk Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Celesteela: 110-132 (53.9 - 64.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Celesteela: 84-98 (41.1 - 48%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
-1 252 Atk Togedemaru Zing Zap vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Gyarados: 184-220 (91 - 108.9%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO

Conclusion: so guys here is analyses for the cute togedemaru. Hopefully it made you stick around the post and u liked it and learned something about it too. Bye for now!

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