Analysis: Utsuho Reiuji

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    Analysis: Utsuho Reiuji

    Post  Maribel Hearn on Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:02 am

    Utsuho Reiuji

    HP: 89
    Atk: 140
    Def: 50
    SAtk: 170
    SDef: 50
    Spd: 101
    Ability: Pressure / Rivalry / Solar Power
    Tier: Fundex OU

    CAUTION!!! It's Utsuho with her gunarm cannon ready to nuke your team! Her amazing 170 Special Attack, 101 Speed, Fire typing and Solar Power ability allows her to obliterate nearly anything in one hit with her extremely powerful Giga Flare attack, which has 180 base power. Utsuho does come with a lot of drawbacks though. Her Fire/Flying typing means a x4 weakness to Stealth Rock, and Solar Power costs even more of her health. She is also a common target of priority due to her low defenses and common Choice Scarf set. But when she's used correctly together with Drought Satan for the sun, there's almost nothing you can do about her massive onslaught.

    "CAUTION!!! Incoming nuke!!"
    Utsuho Reiuji (F) @ Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    Ability: Solar Power
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) / Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Giga Flare
    - Flamethrower
    - SolarBeam
    - Air Slash / Hidden Power Ground

    This set should not need a lot of explanation, besides that you should use it with Satan support. Flamethrower is for if Giga Flare's PP is down to 0 or Giga Flare is just not necessary to KO the foe. SolarBeam covers those which might survive Giga Flare because of resistant typing combined with maximum Special Defense. Air Slash is for additional STAB, just in case, and Hidden Power Ground is to hit Olngact, who walls Utsuho thanks to Flash Fire. Choice Specs can be used over the usual Scarf for even more damage insanity. Utsuho needs her Speed, however, since Giga Flare lowers it. She'll mostly be switching out though. To measure how powerful Giga Flare is, also, it OHKOs a 252 HP / 252 SDef Calm Blissey in sun coming from a Specs Okuu.

    Other Options
    Nasty Plot, Rivalry ability

    Nasty Plot is an option together with either a Focus Sash or Life Orb as item, but Utsuho's damage output is mostly already high enough; she doesn't need the boost a lot.

    Rivalry can be used with a Physical set. Utsuho also has a great 140 base Attack, and because of the popularity of Touhou characters, Rivalry will often get Utsuho boosted. She gets quite some physical moves to do this, including Flame Charge and Acrobatics, and she gets Swords Dance to boost her power even further. But in the end Utsuho is still better off using a Special set.

    Checks and Counters
    The only that can counter Utsuho in sun is Olngact with Flash Fire. Nothing else can safely switch into Utsuho without suffering an extreme damage output. If you can disable the sun using another weather inducer, do so, because it will nerf Utsuho a lot. Especially Soviet Mudkip makes a great switch-in, because of being Water-type and activating the Fire-weakening Rain, making Giga Flare look like nothing. Checking Utsuho is a lot easier than countering; after a Giga Flare, her Speed is lowered which makes her easy to outspeed and KO. You can also just use powerful priority not called Mach Punch or Vacuum Wave to take her down. Lastly, remember that Stealth Rock makes everything a lot easier in beating her.

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