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RBY 4U (Under3U) Dragonair [GP Ready]

Discussion in 'Individual Analyses' started by Disaster Area, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Disaster Area

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    Dragonair [​IMG]
    Type: Dragon
    Stats: 61 | 84 | 65 | 70 | 70


    Introduction

    Like its evolution Dragonite in 1U, Dragonair abuses Agiliwrap. In 4U it has a good amount of set-up opportunities, since there's a few common Pokemon in the tier which cannot either OHKO or status it reliably, such as Nidoking and Blastoise. It can also set up on Sleeping Pokemon. Whilst it is a rare sight, it is not to be underestimated! Its most common response in 5U, Gastly, is almost never seen in 4U, but a single miss can be the end for it here, so it is somewhat luck-reliant.

    Sets

    AgiliWrap

    Dragonair
    - Wrap
    - Agility
    - Thunderbolt
    - Blizzard

    Set Details

    AgiWrap is dangerous once it gets going, with the other 2 moves being usable when a free turn presents itself or to finish off foes. The most common Wrap-resistant mon by far is Omastar, which Thunderbolt hits super-effectively. Blizzard complements it and hits Nidoking and Tangela super-effectively amongst others whilst providing perfect neutral coverage. Other moves can work here, such as Hyper Beam for a stronger finishing move, and Ice Beam for accuracy over power. Surf hits the Fire-types Arcanine and Rapidash super-effectively as well as Nidoking, at the cost of only being able to really hurt Tangela with Wrap.

    Other Options

    Fire Blast fries Venomoth, Tangela and Scyther but does little more than that. Thunder Wave could be useful to paralyze specific foes, but the most common switch-ins to Dragonair aren't so well-defined and paralysis isn't so powerful in 4U that it'd be worth the moveslot usually.

    Checks and Counters

    The most effective response is Omastar: it takes almost nothing from Wrap due to its Rock typing and high Defense, and does a lot back with Blizzard. Besides that, it's important to, if possible, not let Dragonair set up without at least being damaged, if not statused. Common Pokemon like Porygon, Slowpoke, Blastoise, and Nidoking can stomach a few Wrap hits and retaliate on a miss with status or a strong attack. Scyther's Quick Attack lets it get around Wrap to a limited extent. Wrap turns can be abused to let a sleeping Pokemon wake up.
     

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