Analysis: Sakuya Izayoi

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    Analysis: Sakuya Izayoi

    Post  Maribel Hearn on Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:15 am

    Sakuya Izayoi
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    Type:
    HP: 80
    Atk: 95
    Def: 125
    SAtk: 95
    SDef: 125
    Spd: 105
    Ability: Compoundeyes / Skill Link / Ice Body
    Tier: Fundex UU

    To compensate for her bad Ice/Steel typing, burdening her with two big weaknesses: Fire and Fighting, our maid Sakuya has great overall stats. Especially her defenses are very high, being both base 125, and she has above average 105 Speed. The good stats make her versatile; she can attack from both sides, having 95 in each offensive stat, and wall as well. This means Sakuya can be tough to predict. Her weaknesses make her easy to take down, but these good sides often provide good use for Sakuya.

    "Mistress-Serving Knife Master"
    Sakuya Izayoi (F) @ Life Orb
    Trait: Skill Link
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
    Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) / Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Swords Dance
    - Icicle Spear
    - Killer Doll
    - Cross Chop / Brick Break / Bullet Punch

    A Physical sweeping set. Thanks to Skill Link, Icicle Spear is a 100% accurate 125 base power attack with a lot of PP. Killer Doll is Sakuya's better signature attack (The World is very inaccurate even with Compoundeyes) and a second STAB move. Cross Chop or Brick Break cover those who wall Sakuya's STAB combination, but you may also want to run Bullet Punch to have priority in your team.

    "The Killing Doll"
    Sakuya Izayoi (F) @ Life Orb
    Ability: Compoundeyes
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) / Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
    - Blizzard
    - Flash Cannon
    - Hidden Power [Ground]
    - Psyshock / Shadow Ball / The World

    With Compoundeyes, Sakuya's Blizzards turn into stronger Ice Beams. Flash Cannon is for secondary STAB, and Hidden Power Ground hits Fire and Steel types that wall Ice and Steel hard. For the last slot, you can run Psyshock in case special walls get in your way, Shadow Ball for more coverage, or the still inaccurate The World to freeze a counter.

    "Perfect and Elegant Maid"
    Sakuya Izayoi (F) @ Leftovers
    Ability: Ice Body
    EVs: 252 HP / 68 Def / 188 SDef
    Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Substitute
    - Protect
    - Blizzard
    - Flash Cannon

    Together with Letty support for Hail in OU, Sakuya turns into a wall. With her great 80/125/125 defenses she can take hits nicely and heal them away with Leftovers and Ice Body. By using Substitute and Protect continuously, Sakuya outstalls the foe while they obtain passive damage thanks to the Hail. Blizzard always hits during Hail, so it's your best attacking option, together with Flash Cannon.

    Other Options
    Trick, Work Up

    Trick can disrupt enemy walls, which is always useful.

    Work Up can be used on a mixed set as boosting option.

    Checks and Counters
    Because of her Ice/Steel typing, Fire and Fighting attacks will mostly OHKO her, despite her high defensive stats. Sakuya is fast, however, so you shouldn't underestimate her even with powerful attacks on your hands. She could always Swords Dance on your switch and OHKO your slower attacker. Sakuya can be easily checked by faster attackers, but countering Sakuya is tricky. Switching into her is not the easiest thing to do. You're better off checking her. If you still need to counter, your best bets are the most powerful special walls in UU, like The King and Suwako, who resists Steel too. Kaguya is not an option here as she's weak to Ice. To counter the Hail set in OU, the best you can do is use Taunt, as it will screw over Sakuya's strategy.


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