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RBY 4U (Under3U) Abra [GP Ready]

Discussion in 'Individual Analyses' started by Enigami, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. Enigami

    Enigami Moderator

    Apr 24, 2015
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    Abra [​IMG]
    Type: Psychic
    Stats: 25 | 20 | 15 | 105 | 90


    Abra is the frailest Pokemon in the game, with so little defense it is susceptible to being OHKO'd by non-STAB Hyper Beam or Slash, and has such a low HP stat that even its high Special doesn't help much against strong Special attacks. However, thanks to TMs, Psychic-typing and a very ideal stat distribution for its BST, Abra turned out to be a strong sweeper once it was no longer in the shadow of the evolved Psychics. Its speed is good, and the power of its Psychic combined with the threat of Special drops and devastating critical hits as well as access to Thunder Wave can make switching into an Abra very difficult. Provided it avoids paralysis, it also is a strong check to Nidoking and Venomoth, two very powerful common Pokemon on teams. Despite its terrible bulk, it even ironically fills a defensive niche due to it being one of the only Psychic resists in the tier. Abra is fairly easy to fit onto teams, and tends to be a valuable asset to most any team it is on.



    -Seismic Toss
    -Thunder Wave
    -Counter / Substitute

    Set Details

    Psychic is Abra's main attack, heavily pressuring opposing Pokemon with its combination of power and 1/3 chance of reducing the opponent's Special stat. Seismic Toss keeps opposing the few remaining Psychics from completely walling it, and inflicts significant damage against opposing Abras. Thunder Wave is mostly used on predicted switches or to cripple the opposing Abra as it lacks the bulk to take strong unresisted attacks. Counter punishes the use of Normal-type attacks Abra can survive, and can give it the edge in Abra vs. Abra battles if the opponent uses Seismic Toss. When given an opportunity such as facing a sleeping/frozen Pokemon or predicting an opponent switching in fodder, Substitute provides a much needed buffer from attacks, and canbe used to fish for full paralysis against paralyzed Pokemon. It can also be used on a predicted Counter from opposing Abra, making it safer to use Seismic Toss afterwards.

    Other Options

    While risky, Flash can be used to annoy opponents, in particular Slowpoke if it tries to setup with Amnesia. Body Slam combines the benefits of Thunder Wave and Seismic Toss against an unparalyzed Abra if Body Slam's paralysis takes effect, as the damage inflicted is sufficient to put the opposing Abra into range of being KO'd by two Seismic Tosses. Psywave avoids Counter from opposing Abras and can even 2HKO if RNG is generous, but it is extremely unreliable and inflicts less damage than Seismic Toss on average.

    Checks and Counters

    Slowpoke is Abra's strongest counter. It resists Psychic, is 4HKO'd by Seismic Toss, doesn't mind Paralysis and threatens to cripple Abra with Thunder Wave or set up in front of it with Amnesia. Scyther, Arcanine, Ninetales and Rapidash don't like taking Thunder Wave, but they all outspeed, are 3HKO'd by Psychic (47% chance for Arcanine) and all but Ninetales threaten OHKOs with Hyper Beam (or Slash for Scyther), and Ninetales can KO Abra with two Body Slams or Fire Spin + Hyper Beam. Omastar's enormous Special bulk allows it to take Psychic well and 2HKO Abra with Hydro Pump, and can even attempt a Body Slam to paralyze it and follow up with Hydro Pump for a 75% chance to KO. Tangela and Porygon can switch into Abra and threaten to inflict status, scaring out Abra. Hyper Beam Magneton and Electrode take Psychic decently and KO Abra in two turns with Thunderbolt or Double-Edge + Hyper Beam, and if anything goes wrong on switch-in Electrode can always explode. Kabutops is 2HKO'd if it takes a critical hit Psychic or Special drop, but it can OHKO Abra with Slash or Hyper Beam. Anything that has enough HP left to survive a Psychic and threaten Abra with paralysis or a very strong physical attack (such as Nidoking) can serve as a check to some degree.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016
  2. Disaster Area

    Disaster Area Little Ball of Furr and Power Member

    May 4, 2014
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    ? this was weird/confusing/bad to start
    I'd just say good w.r.t. nido and you don't check either if you get para'd [well maybe moth if you play well]
  3. Peasounay

    Peasounay qui peut me stopper Host Emeritus

    Sep 29, 2015
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    [02:24] Peasounay: reflect in OO maybe ?
    [02:25] Peasounay: also Magneton Double-Edge vs. Abra: 123-145 (48.6 - 57.3%) -- 94.5% chance to 2HKO
    [02:25] Peasounay: Abra Psychic vs. Magneton: 90-106 (29.7 - 34.9%) -- 12.6% chance to 3HKO
    [02:25] Peasounay: so it could deserve a mention
    [02:25] Peasounay: otherwise good job nice analysis :)
    [02:28] Enigami: I was avoiding discussing D ranks, there's a lot of em. :\
    [02:30] Peasounay: what do you mean
    [02:32] Enigami: I guess I can go over them and see how each of them fare against Abra, but it was already taking long enough as it was.
    [02:33] Peasounay: sometimes a D pokemon as an appeal because it can check a staple so i duno i feel like it should be somewhere
    [02:33] Peasounay: though magneton seems to be the only one
    [02:33] Enigami: Ninetales
    [02:33] Peasounay: allthe rest gets 3HKod
    [02:33] Peasounay: yea tales but i dunno
    [02:34] Enigami: Electrode can Take Down + HB
    [02:34] Enigami: Wait, make that Thunderbolt + HB
    [02:34] Peasounay: tales doesn't ohko with hbeam
    [02:34] Enigami: Tales 2HKOs with BS.
    [02:34] Enigami: It'll hurt, but Tales wins that matchup
    [02:35] Enigami: Kabutops also doesn't like switching into Abra, but it can do it and OHKO with Slash.
    [02:35] Enigami: Tops loses if it suffers a Special drop though

    Don't forget all of that :p
  4. GGFan

    GGFan Member

    May 25, 2013
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    Yeah, I agree with DA. Saying Abra is the weakest Pokemon in the game is kind of an awkward and misleading statement to make. "Frailest" maybe, but definitely not the weakest, given how powerful its Psychic is and its access to Seismic Toss. I would replace "weak" with a more descriptive adjective, like "frail."
    Enigami and Disaster Area like this.

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