Poké Monday 9/8: Makuhita


Smogon official tier: LC
Type: Fighting
Base Stats: 72 HP, 60 Attack, 30 Defense, 20 Sp. Attack, 30 Sp. Defense, 25 Speed
Abilities: Thick Fat, Guts, Sheer Force (HA)

“Usable” Moves (according to Pokémon Showdown): Belly Drum, Body Slam, Brick Break, Bulk Up, Bullet PunchClose Combat, Counter, Cross Chop, Detect, Double-Edge, Earthquake, Façade, Fake Out, Fire Punch, Focus Punch, Frustration, Heavy Slam, Hidden Power (Electric, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice), Ice Punch, Knock Off, Low Kick, Mega Kick, Poison Jab, Protect, Rain Dance, Refresh, Rest, Return, Reversal, Rock Slide, Seismic Toss, Sleep Talk, Substitute, Sunny Day, Superpower, Surf, Thunder Punch, Toxic, Vacuum Wave, Whirlwind, Work Up

By LC standards, Makuhita has poor stats. In fact, it has the 13th lowest Base Stat Total (at a lousy 237) in the tier. (Bunnelby does too, but having Huge Power makes it actually viable.) Its decent HP is hindered by its low defenses, and its decent Attack is hindered by its sluggish Speed. The only things that make it shine are Thick Fat and Fake Out. Thick Fat makes it the only Fighting-type in the tier to resist Fire and Ice (although those types are not all that common), while Fake Out gives it a nice form of priority to pick off a weakened sweeper or to open an opportunity for Flame Orb to activate. On with the sets:

Makuhita @ Eviolite
Ability: Thick Fat
Level: 5
EVs: 116 Atk / 196 Def / 196 SpD
Impish Nature
– Fake Out
– Close Combat
– Bullet Punch
– Knock Off

The main thing I had in mind with this set was to combat Pawniard, whom I saw everywhere and who poses a threat to most of the teams I have made. Fake Out may seem weird on this set, but priority is important. (Plus, Makuhita is one of the only 18 Pokémon with access to the move, so why not use the move?) Close Combat is its hardest hitting move. Yeah, it seems counter-intuitive on a bulky set due to the defense drops, but I just didn’t want to miss Cross Chop, heh. Bullet Punch gives it another form of priority and the ability to hit fairies super-effectively. Knock Off is pretty much a 100% recommended-on-every-physical-set move in 6th gen, and it gives Makuhita some nice coverage with its other two moves and is especially useful in LC, where Eviolite and Berry Juice make the tier as bulky as it’s ever been.

Next set:
Makuhita @ Flame Orb
Ability: Guts
Level: 5
EVs: 196 Atk / 116 Def / 196 SpD
Adamant Nature
– Fake Out
– Close Combat
– Bullet Punch
– Knock Off

While this set has the same moves as the previous, its item, ability, EVs, and nature are different. Why? Flame Orb allows its Attack to climb up to higher levels thanks to Guts, and Fake Out is the best way to get the free Flame Orb activation. Speaking of Fake Out, it is the only reason why this set isn’t completely outclassed by Machop (which also has Guts, higher stats, and the same other three moves). The set as a whole serves two main purposes: 1) wallbreaking and 2) abusing Guts+priority. It can outspeed and guaranteed OHKO Munchlax and Ferroseed (not even 244/188+ with Eviolite is safe!) and, with the proper prediction, it can destroy a Ghost (Gastly, for instance) with Knock Off, even without Guts.

Other options: Cross Chop, as mentioned earlier, is less counter-intuitive on bulky sets but has less power and that icky chance to miss. Brick Break is an alternative that doesn’t miss but has even less power. A set with Bulk Up, Rest, and Sleep Talk could come in handy if all Ghost-types are gone. Other than that, Makuhita has no real “other options.”

This time around, I will include two teams. One uses tank Makuhita and the other uses offensive Makuhita.
Tank: http://pastebin.com/T7ArHCJi
Offensive: http://pastebin.com/xEeG87Pn


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