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RBY 2U-L (Under1U) Dodrio [GP Ready]

Discussion in 'Individual Analyses' started by Ortheore, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. Ortheore

    Ortheore Host Emeritus

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    Dodrio [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Type: Normal / Flying
    Stats: 60 | 110 | 70 | 60 | 100


    Introduction

    Dodrio is an extremely capable sweeper in 2U. How could it not be? With its normal typing, base 110 attack (same as 1U staples Snorlax and Golem) and an excellent base 100 speed, little can stand in its way for long. There is one glaring exception- Rhydon, which can tank any of Dodrio's attacks with ease. Furthermore, Dodrio's bulk is poor and it faces competition from Kangaskhan and Persian, though it does have its advantages over those two as well. Overall Dodrio is a great pokemon that with the right support can become an absolute nightmare for opponents.

    Sets

    Sweeper

    Dodrio
    - Drill Peck
    - Body Slam
    - Hyper Beam
    - Agility / Substitute / Reflect / Double-Edge

    Set Details

    The goal of this set is to sweep a weakened team late in the game. Drill Peck is used to hit Haunter and also gain super effective coverage on a handful of pokemon, while also avoiding Counter. Body Slam is your best choice of STAB due to its good power and chance to paralyse, while Hyper Beam is phenomenally strong and good for finishing off weakened foes. The last slot is a good deal less important. Agility is a viable choice as it allows you to shrug off speed drops from paralysis, though ideally you shouldn't let Dodrio take paralysis anyway. Substitute can capitalise on opponents that try to fodder weakened pokemon to Dodrio, but it doesn't block status and can potentially just be a waste of Dodrio's HP. Reflect is an option for taking on Kangaskhan more effectively, but Dodrio is usually better off attacking. Lastly, Double-Edge can be considered as a more powerful alternative to Body Slam, but it lacks the chance to paralyse and its recoil isn't desirable, especially when you consider that the power difference is small.

    Other Options

    Dodrio's movepool is best described as barren, but you may consider Toxic and Mimic as worthy options. Mimic's primary use is to potentially copy Earthquake from an incoming Rhydon, which may allow you to turn the tables on it. Toxic as Rhydon's Thunder Wave immunity means it rarely receives status, so Toxic could be argued to be better than nothing.

    Checks and Counters

    By far the best means of handling Dodrio is to use a Rock type, most notably Rhydon, as Rock types resist everything Dodrio can throw at them while easily finishing the three-headed bird off. Failing that, paralysis is of great importance, as its poor bulk and notable weaknesses are then exposed. Hypno and Clefable have decent bulk and are able to paralyse Dodrio, while Electabuzz outspeeds and Raichu speed ties, though both of those pokemon have pathetic physical bulk, so try to get in free or bait a Drill Peck. Pokemon that are able to potentially tank hits from Dodrio and retaliate include Hypno, Gyarados, Kangaskhan, Clefable, Sandslash and Vaporeon, but be aware that many of these pokemon usually lose 1 vs 1 if they have to switch in, while they greatly appreciate it if Dodrio is paralysed. Haunter is notable for being immune to Dodrio's main STAB, but it loses 1 vs 1 due to its speed disadvantage. Raichu speed ties and possesses STAB Thunderbolt (doesn't OHKO though!), while Electabuzz is able to outspeed Dodrio and deal similar damage. Lastly, Kadabra and Persian are able to outpace and revenge Dodrio, though both aren't quite guaranteed a 2HKO.
     
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    Disaster Area Little Ball of Furr and Power Member

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    maybe add an OO section and mention Mimic and Toxic for obvious reasons
     
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    Mimic getting Explosion from Haunter could be worth a mention, Haunter is an easily baitable switch into Dodrio which loses the 1v1 and Drio's explosion OHKOs everything ranked D or above apart from Rhydon and Haunter
     

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