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taillow

Taillow

Tier-UU

Abilities:
Guts: Raises Attack if inflicted with a status problem.



 


Element SymbolElement Symbol
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Atk

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Set Name Nature Item

Orb Sweeper Jolly Toxic Orb / Flame Orb

Moves EVs

Protect
Brave Bird
Facade
U-Turn
252 Sp Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
(odd-numbered HP stat)

A mirror image of its brethren Swellow, Taillow makes a fantastic sweeper after Guts is activated by the appropriate Orb, and its naturally high Speed. Protect is used on the first turn to activate Taillow's Orb effect, and from there, use the appropriate sweeping attack. The choice between Toxic Orb and Flame Orb is a matter of how long you think Taillow will be around. Flame Orb deals more damage for the first 2 rounds, but In 3 turns, the damage caused by both the poison or the burn is the same. From there, Toxic Orb does more damage, although by that time Taillow is likely under 50% HP from residual damage from Stealth Rock and Brave Bird recoil.

An odd-numbered HP stat is recommended for Taillow so that it can switch into Stealth Rock with less damage. 252 Attack and Speed are the standard for maximum attacking potential, and are recommended because of Taillow's lacking defenses, and would become of very little use after added up residual damage.

Set Name Nature Item

CB Taillow Jolly Choice Band

Moves EVs

Brave Bird
Double-Edge / Return
U-Turn
Quick Attack / Steel Wing
252 Sp Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
(odd-numbered HP stat)

A set that suffers less residual damage than the first set, this Taillow works better if you can manage to switch into Toxic or Will-O-Wisp from a foe. Double-Edge provides more immediate power than Return, but because Taillow must only use one attack, switching is nearly inevidable, and if Stealth Rock is up, and you cannot rid of it in time, the residual damage from Stealth Rock and Double-Edge can lead to an untimely end for Taillow, which a switch to Return can somewhat remedy. Quick Attack ensures you can attack Scarf Quilava in UU, and with residual Stealth Rock damage, can lead to a OHKO before it gets the chance to attack you. However, if you are using this set in UU, and unless you greatly fear Voltorb outspeeding and KO'ing Taillow with Thunderbolt, Steel Wing is recommended because the priority that Quick Attack gives is not necessary for the most part, as the only Pokemon that can outspeed Taillow are Murkrow, Diglett, the aforementioned Voltorb and Unburden Petaya Drifloon. The first 2 can always use Sucker Punch to outspeed you regardless of if you have Quick Attack, while Drifloon is unaffected by it. Taillow is tied with Aipom, Buizel, Glameow, Staryu and Wingull in UU, but the first three can always attack Taillow with a priority move of their own.

With this set, it is more important to ensure Taillow has an odd-numbered HP stat, especially if you opt for Return over Double-Edge. It will ensure you can switch into Stealth Rock 4 times before being KO'ed. Taillow is likely to switch out more than once because of being restrained to one attack, while U-Turn requires such to occur.

Set Name Nature Item

SubDeavor Jolly Starf Berry / Liechi Berry

Moves EVs

Substitute
Endeavor
Quick Attack
Whirlwind / Return
252 Sp Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
(odd-numbered HP stat)

Yet another mirror set of Swellow, although Taillow does not have the luxury of learning Baton Pass. Still, this set provides the same HP-cutting Endeavor + priority strategy as its older brother. Substitute is used to whittle Taillow's HP down to 1 HP, and then Endeavor + Quick Attack is used to KO the opponent. If the opponent doesn't retaliate with a priority attack-user, it is possible to use Endeavor again, and get the foe's HP low enough for another teammate to finish it off. With the correct prediction, Whirlwind can provide an Endeavor attack against 3 of your opponents' Pokemon. By Substituting down to around 1/4 HP, most players opt to switch their Pokemon out for a priority attack-user. On the switch, one can use Endeavor to attack the opponents' switch-in, and assuming Taillow is faster, and a Pokemon such as Gastly, Kabuto or Omanyte isn't used, can finish it off with Quick Attack. Taillow will be at around 26% HP at this point, so it's important that Quick Attack has enough power to deal enough damage. This can take down your opponents' potential counter for Taillow, but Return is an option if you don't want to jeopardize the prediction turn.

As with all other sets, an odd-numbered HP stat is needed both for Stealth Rock damage, and now in this set, Substitute damage.

Team Benefit slowpoke tentacool ivysaur gloom anorith

Taillow works as a fantastic physical sweeper for both a UU and OU NFE team. However, it is highly hampered by any kind of priority attack not named Shadow Sneak. Buizel, Croagunk, Eevee, Glameow, Magby, Meowth, Phanpy and Riolu, the most common priority attackers in UU, all take little effort to take down Taillow with a single priority attack. Therefore, it is wise to have a bulky Pokemon on your team who resists Fighting, Water, Ice and preferably Normal attacks to accommodate for this. If using Taillow in UU, Slowpoke fits this bill nicely, although both Taillow and Slowpoke are weak to Electric attacks. Tentacool resists Fighting, Water and Ice, and can provide a switch-back to Taillow if met with a Ground attack, although both are weak to Electric attacks, also. Kabuto is resistant to all but Fighting attacks, and can attack Magby and Phanpy with STAB Water-type attacks, although it cannot deal with Croagunk as easily. Ivysaur only fears Ice Shard, has enough Defense to take Normal-based priority moves, and can set up Curse while the opponent switches. Exeggcute and Gloom can also fit this bill, with Exeggcute offering screen setup, and Gloom attempting to use Sleep Powder or Stun Spore on the switch. Anorith is only weak to Aqua Jet, and can set-up on the switch-out, or serve as a revenge killer. Shellder boasts respectable Defense, is neutral to most priority attacks, and can utilize a turn to set-up Substitute or Iron Defense/Barrier.

Taillow appreciates a Rapid Spinner to aid in Stealth Rock clearing, which prolongs Taillow's sweeping capabilities. Baltoy is notable, as it can switch into Electric and Rock attacks aimed at Taillow, and can switch to Taillow when faced with a Ghost-type attack. Phanpy also can switch into Electric attacks, although both are weak to Ice attacks.

Counters kabuto onix aron

Nearly any priority attack other than Shadow Sneak shuts down Taillow, either sooner or later depending on if the SubEndeavor set is used. Kabuto is notable, as it resists Brave Bird and Normal-type attacks, has respectable Defense, and can attack with Aqua Jet. Shellder does the same, but uses Ice Shard. Onix and Aron are resistant to all of Taillow's main attacks, have high-enough Defense that they are hardly at all a threat, and can KO with Stone Edge.

In OU, Sneasel completely shuts down Taillow, as it can outspeed and KO with Ice Shard, rendering even Quick Attack useless. Diglett outspeeds Taillow, and can attack with Sucker Punch to render Quick Attack useless, and has extremely low HP, making Endeavor harder to dent it. It can also attack with Rock Slide for a KO. Graveler is resistant to all but U-Turn, and can KO with Rock Slide or Stone Edge.

 




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