Analysis: Longcat

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    Analysis: Longcat

    Post  Nitori Kawashiro on Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:11 pm

    Longcat
    FunDex

    Type:
    HP: 231
    Attack: 110
    Defense: 70
    Sp.Attack: 48
    Sp.Defense: 70
    Speed: 21
    Abilities: Multiscale / Adaptability
    Tier: Fundex OU

    The lngest cat in Fundex has a spectacular HP stat and above average Attack, along with a great ability in Multiscale. He also has a good-sized movepool and an acceptable offensive typing. That's where the good ends. Longcat's defenses, outside of his HP, are lacking, and he's much slower than threats such as Ganon or Patchouli, meaning they'll always get the first hit against Longcat. However, Longcat can still take a good amount of damage and dish some damage out as well.

    "Longcat..." (Choice)
    Longcat @ Choice Band / Choice Scarf
    Trait: Multiscale
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
    Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) / Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Return
    - Heavy Slam
    - Brick Break / Dragon Claw / Shadow Claw / Earthquake / Recover
    - Brick Break / Dragon Claw / Shadow Claw / Earthquake / Recover

    Probably the best attacking set Longcat can run. A base 102 power attack + STAB coming off of base 110 Attack will dent anything that doesn't resist it. Heavy Slam, though having a lackluster type, can deal some heavy damage. It also hits the Rock-types that want to switch in on Longcat's Return, such as Engineer or Letty. The last two moves are mainly for hitting other things. Brick Break also hits Rock-types hard, but also hurts Steel-types like Keine-H. Dragon Claw is mainly for neutral coverage, but also hits Iku and Bowser, among others, hard. Shadow Claw is useful for an alternative way of hitting Ghost-types like Kogasa, while Earthquake wrecks Captain Falcon and Andross, if the latter doesn't have Levitate for some reason. Recover is nice if Longcat's taken some damage and is about to die.

    "...is looooooooooooooong." (Set-up Sweeper)
    Longcat @ Leftovers / Chesto Berry
    Trait: Multiscale
    EVs: 252 HP / 124 Atk / 124 Def / 8 SDef
    Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
    - Swords Dance / Hone Claws
    - Return
    - Heavy Slam / Stone Edge
    - Dragon Claw / Shadow Claw / Recover / Rest

    Longcat can also use his above-average bulk to tank hits while setting up, then proceed to do a bulky sweep. The choice between Swords Dance and Hone Claws is mainly for Stone Edge's accuracy. The item choice depends on whether Longcat is running an extra coverage move or Recover, or Rest. Heavy Slam hits Letty and Andross hard, Stone Edge wrecks Utsuho and deals good damage to Flandre and Olngact. Dragon Claw is best for neutral coverage, while Shadow Claw hits those pesky Ghost-types, along with dealing good damage to Patchouli and Dr. Octagonapus.

    Other Options

    X-Scissor, Wild Charge, Bulk Up, Light Catnarok, Quick Attack, Poison Jab, Adaptability

    X-Scissor, Wild Charge, and Poison Jab are all moves that can be used on Longcat as alternate coverage.
    Bulk Up can be used to boost Longcat's Defense as well as his attack.
    Quick Attack is weak, but has priority, and becomes as strong as a non-STAB ExtremeSpeed when combined with Adaptability.
    Light Catnarok is essentially Explosion with a different name. Either way, it can be used as a last resort to deal massive damage.

    Checks and Counters

    Doomsday and Andross can take a Return to the face and Bulk Up, but both have to watch out for Heavy Slam. Flandre can deal a great amount of damage to Longcat, but is unable to OHKO him. Ganon running Brick Break can also deal a large amount of damage to Longcat. Keine and Kogasa can take most of Longcat's attacks, but have to be wary for Earthquake and Shadow Claw, respectively. Most Fighting-types, like Leeroy or Phoenix, can Close Combat Longcat for massive damage, but are unable to OHKO him at full health (then again, almost nothing can). Tacgnol himself can use Focus Blast to at least soften up Longcat for a teammate to finish the job. Trollface can stall out Longcat with Toxic and his excellent physical bulk.


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