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Suicune
11-26-2009, 12:31 PM
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Suicune
Suicune is a great pokemon. While it isn't the most powerful pokemon offensively, defensively, it is one of the best. It is able to get over 400 HP and over 300 in each defense. It also has pretty decent speed. There are a few ways you can run Suicune.

My personal way to run Suicune is a highly defensive approach. While it only has one offensive move, it can really take a beating and often can wear the opponent out. The moveset for it is:

Surf
Calm Mind
Toxic
Rest

A bold nature is desirable and provides the best stat gains and losses. The reason for that is you are going to be raising your Special Defense already with Calm Mind. Depending on what pokemon you are up against, choose to perform either Toxic or Calm Mind first. Once 2 Calm Mind are in effect, no attack should do 50% of your health or more excluding a Roserade Leaf Storm with Choice Specs. WIth Leftovers, it takes advantage of having high HP and defenses. This pokemon can single handedly destroy entire teams if they aren't prepared for it. It also saved PDC and myself from getting defeated in a Wi-Fi Battle Tower match. Rest helps to wear out the opponent even more especially since Suicune has the ability pressure. While this set may seem perfect, there are a few counters to it.

The main counter is pokemon that can use Taunt. By them using Taunt, you are only able to use Surf. Electivire can also pose a major threat since it normally runs Thunderpunch for an electric move. This will frequently lower your HP to less than half. Roserade can also easily counter it if you don't have a few Calm Minds up. Pokemon that are immune to Toxic can also be a problem as can those with Water Absorb.

A similar set is to simply replace Toxic with Ice Beam. While you give up the ability to poison, you gain more type coverage. You can also hurt pokemon that have Water Absorb. It can be a great counter to the many Salamences you encounter.

The other main way Suicune is used is as a pseudohazer. This set can prevent the opponent from building up a lot of stats and works very well with Stealth Rock and Spikes. Great teamates are Skarmory and Aerodactyl. The moveset for it is:

Surf
Roar
Rest
Calm Mind

While it isn't as common as the other two, it definitely has its advantages in the right situation. It renders Baton Pass teams helpless. It has some sweeping power after a few Calm minds have been used. Once again it loses to Taunt and electric/grass pokemon.
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