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PostSubject: Pokemon of the Month - March 2014 - Feraligatr   Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:47 am


About Feraligatr
It is hard for it to support its weight out of water, so it sometimes gets down on all fours. It opens its huge mouth to intimidate enemies. In battle, it runs using its thick and powerful hind legs to charge the foe with incredible speed. It usually moves slowly, but it goes at blinding speed when it attacks and bites prey.When it bites with its massive and powerful jaws, it shakes its head and savagely tears its victim up.

Interesting Facts
- Feraligatr reaches its final evolutionary form earlier than any other starter Pokémon, at level 30. However, Totodile evolves at level 18, the latest of any basic starter Pokémon, tied with Turtwig.
- Feraligatr shares the same base stat values with Blastoise, but differently attributed.
- Feraligatr is the tallest final form of a Water-type starter Pokémon, at 7'7".
- In Gold and Silver, Feraligatr's body was the same color in both its normal and Shiny sprites. This was changed in Crystal.

Feraligatr's Stats
HP - 85
Attack - 105
Defense - 100
Sp.atk - 79
Sp.def - 83
Speed - 78

Abilities
Torrent - When HP is below 1/3rd, Water’s power increases to 1.5 times
Sheer Force (HA)(Not Available) - Moves with a secondary effect are increased in power by 33% but lose their secondary effect

Feraligatr in Competitive Battling
Feraligatr has few flaws, but it also has few standout traits. It has fantastically balanced stats, in terms of offense and defense, but none of them are particularly stellar. That being said, Feraligatr is a great physical sweeper. With access to physical sweeping options in Dragon Dance and Swords Dance, as well as a decent offensive movepool, it can make use of its 105 base Attack and decent Speed to destroy opposing teams. Feraligatr's solid typing and decent bulk complement these features well, affording it many opportunities to sweep. Unfortunately for the gator, it struggles to actually OHKO a majority of the top defensive threats without major entry hazard support, and is easily OHKOed by a tickle from any special Grass- or Electric-type move. One thing to remember is that Feraligatr's pure Water typing can be great at times, leaving it with only two weaknesses, but it gives it only one STAB type, which can leave you wanting more in terms of offense. But more often than not, you'll find that pure Water typing is more of a blessing than a burden.

Example Movesets

Feraligatr

Example Movesets

Dragon Dance
Feraligatr - Life Orb
Ability - Torrent
Nature - Jolly
Evs - 28 HP / 252 Atk / 228 Spe
Dragon Dance
Waterfall
Ice Punch
Earthquake / Low Kick

With its bread-and-butter offensive set, Feraligatr can use Dragon Dance to boost its Attack and Speed in a fashion akin to Gyarados. Waterfall is Feraligatr's main STAB move; it deals consistent damage, has a useful flinch chance, and receives a large boost in power should Feraligatr activate its Torrent ability. Ice Punch allows Feraligatr to hit the Grass- and Dragon-types that resist Waterfall for super effective damage. In the third slot, Earthquake grants Feraligatr neutral coverage on Water-types, as well as super effective coverage on Registeel. Alternatively, Low Kick can OHKO Registeel but deals much less damage to most Water-types. The EVs for this set allow Feraligatr to outrun positive-natured base 120 Speed Pokemon such as Sceptile after one boost.

Swords Dance
Feraligatr - Life Orb
Ability - Torrent
Nature - Adamant
Evs - 148 HP / 252 Atk / 108 Spe
Swords Dance
Waterfall
Return
Aqua Jet

Feraligatr can use Swords Dance instead of Dragon Dance, forgoing a Speed boost to gain immense power. After a Swords Dance, Feraligatr hits a monstrous 678 Attack, which may be further boosted should it be put into Torrent range. Waterfall and Return grant it perfect neutral coverage against mostly everything bar Empoleon and Ferroseed, while Aqua Jet allows Feraligatr to dispatch faster, frail Pokemon which would otherwise easily revenge kill Feraligatr. For an example of the sheer power of this set, Feraligatr 2HKOes Slowbro after one Swords Dance. Waterfall also 2HKOes Empoleon after a Swords Dance, so practically nothing can wall Feraligatr after it has managed to grab a boost.

Substitute + Dragon Dance
Feraligatr - Leftovers
Ability - Torrent
Nature - Adamant
Evs - 144 HP / 252 Atk / 112 Spe
Substitute
Dragon Dance  
Return
Waterfall  

While the previous sets are all severely crippled by status, whether it be burn or paralysis, this set remedies that with Substitute, which allows Feraligatr to set up on slower Pokemon that rely on status to counter it. This also prevents pokemon from phazing it with Dragon Tail. Additionally, Substitute shields Feraligatr from priority and Grass- and Electric-type attacks that would end its sweep. Electric-types in particular can no longer revenge kill Feraligatr with Volt Switch, as they will be forced to switch out. Substitute is also useful to push Feraligatr into Torrent range to significantly power up Waterfall. Since Feraligatr has decent physical bulk, it finds plenty of opportunities to set up. The EVs for this set allow Feraligatr to outspeed positive-natured foes with base 100 Speed after one Dragon Dance; the rest of the EVs max out Feraligatr's attacking power and then add to its bulk to afford it more setup opportunities.

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PostSubject: Re: Pokemon of the Month - March 2014 - Feraligatr   Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:01 am

no choice band set? I suppose that is severely outclassed by azumarill, but feraligatr is outclassed by tons of other set-up sweepers as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Pokemon of the Month - March 2014 - Feraligatr   Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:07 am

Lol, apologies if I've missed out some sets. I was just getting it done so we can do April's beginning of next month

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PostSubject: Re: Pokemon of the Month - March 2014 - Feraligatr   Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:28 pm

Oops... I should have done this sooner. Regardless, you did a fantastic job Dialga. Truly captured the awe inspiring magnificence of Feraligatr... even if his movesets are limited.

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PostSubject: Re: Pokemon of the Month - March 2014 - Feraligatr   Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:40 pm

*cough* forty-five minutes he said, ahem.

Great job, boss!

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PostSubject: Re: Pokemon of the Month - March 2014 - Feraligatr   Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:30 am

Lol, it did take me quite a while. Thanks guys.

And you're free to add movesets that I didn't put.

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