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Community POTW #150

Discussion in 'POTW Collaboration' started by Serebii, Sep 29, 2019.

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  1. Serebii

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

  2. XaelOstigian

    XaelOstigian Competitive...kinda

    To make a bad pun, Rhyperior may not always be the superior choice even in its own evolutionary family, so I'm going to "ride-on" its pre-evolution Rhydon instead.
    Back in gen 1 Rhydon was the gold standard of Ground and Rock types. Incredible HP, Attack, and Defense made it a threat worth taking seriously even if it had low speed coupled with weak special stats and 4x weaknesses to Water and Grass.
    Even outside of its competitive value it has an interesting history in the games and anime. Any time you saw a Pokemon statue in gen 1 or 2 it was depicting a bipedal beast with a horn, which is without a doubt our boy Rhydon! His design even became the default sprite for similar bipedal Pokemon within those same generations.
    In the anime, Rhydon became synonymous with the "Aim for the Horn!" meme where Pikachu was instructed to bypass Rhydon's Electric immunity using the physics of a lightning rod to bypass this defense despite having no "grounds" in reality.
    Another episode in gen 2 featured a surfing Rhydon that a female construction worker wanted to catch so it could dig through a tunnel dripping with water that her other Rock types could not handle because of the Water type weakness. Strangely enough, Rhydon actually can learn Surf despite having a 4x weakness to Water. Not sure exactly how that works, but whatever...
    But perhaps the most amazing piece of trivia about Rhydon is that according to Pokemon artist Ken Sugimori, Rhydon was actually the FIRST Pokemon to ever be created! That's right! Mew and Arceus can suck it!

    Look out for that Rhino!
    Ability: Lightning Rod
    Item: Evolite
    Nature: Jolly
    EV's: HP: 4 Attack: 252 Speed: 252

    Rock Polish
    Swords Dance
    Stone Edge

    Set Details:
    Most people don't think to run Rhydon as a sweeper, but I've a fair amount of success with this set. Investment into speed coupled with Rock Polish will shore up Rhydon's speed to usable levels, and thanks to Evolite's defense boosts Rhydon becomes a freaking tank when it comes to taking physical moves allowing you a better chance to set up successive boosts. That said, you can also jack up your offenses with Swords Dance to really bring the hurt and sweep the opposition. As for your attacking moves, Earthquake and Stone Edge not only serve as great STAB, but also have excellent coverage allowing you to put the hurt on most threats. Evolite is the bread and butter of this set allowing you to turn Rhydon into a defensive behemoth thus enabling the concurrent stat boosts, and Lightning Rod is really the only semi-usable ability it has allowing you to intercept Electric attacks in doubles. Sadly Rhydon does not get access to Head Smash, and Double-Edge is too much of a pain to get from previous generations to warrant use, so Rock Head and Reckless are abilities that are wasted on this Pokemon.
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  3. Cradily17

    Cradily17 Well-Known Member

    What do you have against Rhyperior?
  4. XaelOstigian

    XaelOstigian Competitive...kinda

    I don't have anything against it honestly. I just anticipated everyone would only be talking about Rhyperior on this thread, so I thought I would give a shout-out to its pre-evolution as a viable competitive option as well.
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