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Community POTW #091

Discussion in 'POTW Collaboration' started by Serebii, Aug 12, 2018.

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  1. Serebii

    Serebii And, as if by magic, the webmaster appeared... Staff Member Admin

  2. Sceptile Leaf Blade

    Sceptile Leaf Blade Nighttime Guardian

    Araquanid is a bit of a weird pokémon, but very strong. Although at first glance that base 70 attack stat seems pretty awful, its signature ability Water Bubble compensates greatly, doubling the power of all its water moves, giving it a burn immunity, as well as a fire resistance. Araquanid can hit very hard with Liquidation. When fully invested with a Brave nature, it has the equivalent of a base 192 attack stat, higher than behemoths like Mega Heracross, Mega Mewtwo X, and Mega Rayquaza, only beaten by Mega Medicham (which can't hold items unlike Araquanid). However, this boost only applies to its water attacks, leaving offensive sets helpless against bulky foes that water doesn't work well against like Vaporeon and Water Absorb Mantine, or even Dry Skin Toxicroak.

    Therefore, it might be interesting to look at defensive supporting sets too. Araquanid does possess good bulk, especially on the special side. Three weaknesses and six resistances (including fire) isn't bad at all, it can patch up its physical bulk with Lunge, Iron Defence, or Z-Aqua Ring, and has access to recovery with Aqua Ring and Leech Life. So what kind of support options does it have? It can lay down Sticky Web, it can support with Wide Guard, it has some other tricks like Power Split, Wonder Room, and Magic Room, but the most unique might be Entrainment for doubles. Pick your partner carefully, but there are several pokémon that love to get Water Bubble.

    Gyarados is an interesting partner. Not only does it Intimidate enemies to patch up Araquanid's weaker defensive side, once it has triggered Intimidate that ability is worthless for the remainder Gyarados is out anyway, so there's no harm to replace it with Water Bubble. Gyarados is already quite strong, but with a double-power Waterfall potentially boosted by Dragon Dance it suddenly becomes terrifying. In unrestricted doubles like the free battle spot regular Kyogre is also an interesting partner. After it sets up rain Drizzle doesn't do anything anymore, so replace it with Water Bubble and then destroy everything with base 220 Origin Pulse + rain (run Kyogre with Waterium Z for extra fun, Water Bubble Hydro Vortex in the rain one-shots Eviolite Chansey and has a good chance to OHKO Lugia through Multiscale before it can Whirlwind you out). In restricted formats like VGC or rated battle spot other rain setters like Politoed are also interesting options.

    Power Split is worth mentioning, you can do gimmicks with it, reducing enemy offensive power while increasing your own, but it's unreliable and doesn't really give a very large boost in a lot of cases. For example, if you combine it with Brave Aegislash in a doubles format and hit your partner right after Aegislash attacks the enemy (so getting Aegislash in its blade form), Araquanid's attack stat goes up from 134 to 178, a boost of 32%, it's effectively weaker than Howl or Meditate. Aegislash can nullify its own stat drop just fine, it gets negated as soon as Aegislash changes form, but it's not really all that worth it.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  3. pilby

    pilby New Member

    I spent a little while entertaining this idea (I do love both Araquanid and Aegislash), this might be pretty cool if you invest wholly into Araquanid's bulk. With a 252 HP / 4 Def / 252+ SpD spread using a Sassy Nature, our water bug can sponge special hits incredibly well. Meanwhile, its Attack stat starts at a sad 90, but after a Power Split from the same Aegislash we go from 90 to 156 - that's a 73% increase. Combined with a Splash Plate / Waterium Z, we can get some pretty respectable damage output which might be able to justify a turn of set-up. Furthermore, if you somehow have Rain on your team as well then this can synergise well with both Araquanid's attack and patching Aegislash's fire weakeness. Food for thought :)

    [after Power Split:]
    0 SpA Zapdos Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Araquanid: 74-90 (42.2 - 51.4%) -- 2.7% chance to 2HKO
    0 Atk Water Bubble Araquanid Hydro Vortex (160 BP) vs. 244 HP / 136+ Def Zapdos: 210-248 (107.1 - 126.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

    252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Araquanid in Electric Terrain: 148-174 (84.5 - 99.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
    0 Atk Splash Plate Water Bubble Araquanid Liquidation vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 170-204 (116.4 - 139.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

    *Beckons you closer* It's free attack stats! Now if only Araquanid got Hydro Pump...
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2018
  4. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Well-Known Member

    Fire Stopper
    Item: Weakness Policy/Coba Berry
    Ability: Water Bubble
    -Spider Web
    -Lunge/Leech Life
    -Wide Guard/Aqua Ring/Protect
    Nature: Jolly or Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk/4 SpDef/252 Speed or 252 Atk/4 Def/252 SpDef

    This set’s primary job is to get rid of Fire types for Araquanid’s team. Liquidation is powered up by Water Bubble, and Spider Web prevents the opposing Pokémon from escaping. Lunge acts as both a STAB and as support due to its guaranteed Attack lowering effect.

    This set is meant to be usable in both Singles and Doubles. Wide Guard offers protection, but it is a Doubles only move. Aqua Ring and Leech Life both provide recovery, with Aqua Ring being passive and Leech Life allowing you to do some damage as well.

    With a base Speed of 42, Araquanid is slow. Unless you are using it in Trick Room (in which case, refer to the second EV spread), Speed investment is a must. Since Araquanid has high Special Defense, it is likely to survive a special Flying or Electric attack, which allows it to then profit from the Weakness Policy. The Coba Berry is there to help it survive a physical Flying attack.
  5. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Well-Known Member

    +Water Bubble is a great ability, plain and simple
    + While not the largest in variety, Araquanid has access to some nice supporting options
    +Base 132 Special Defense is really solid and base 92 Defense isn’t to shabby either

    -With only base 42 Speed, Araquanid won’t be outspeeding much, meaning either Speed investment or Trick Room support is needed
    -Base 70 Attack is pretty bad, meaning it has to rely on Water Bubble for the Attack boost. If it loses its ability, it loses most of its power.
    -Base 50 Special Attack is flat out awful, which is compounded by the fact that Araquanid learns more special moves than physical ones.
    -Lack of reliable recovery. It only has Leech Life, Aqua Ring, Rest and Giga Drain (which is practically useless due to its low Special Attack)
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