Analysis: Google Chrome

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    Analysis: Google Chrome

    Post  Nitori Kawashiro on Sat May 04, 2013 8:55 am

    Google Chrome

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    Type:
    HP: 95
    Attack: 80
    Defense: HP: 115
    Sp.Attack: 100
    Sp.Defense: 45
    Speed: 115
    Abilities: Web Browser / Heatproof / Super Luck
    Tier: Undecided, assuming Fundex OU

    The Steel-type of the Legendary Internet Browser Trio, Google Chrome carries above average Defense and Speed, along with a restricted but effective movepool, and a signature ability in the form of Web Browser. Google Chrome's main disadvantage, however, is its weakness to common special attackers such as Utsuho or special-based Ryuuguu, and lacks the Defense to stand up to powerful physical attackers such as Kanzou, Leonidas, or Bowser. It can still be an effective special attacker despite these downfalls, though.

    "Faster than Lightning"
    Google Chrome @ Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    Trait: Heatproof / Super Luck
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) / Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    - Flash Cannon / Silverlight
    - Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    - Download / Focus Blast
    - Energy Ball

    Ah, the obligatory Choice set. On a Choice set, Heatproof or Super Luck is more reliable than Web Browser, due to constant switching. Flash Cannon, likewise, is more reliable than Google Chrome's signature Silverlight, but has less power. With a Choice Scarf, Google Chrome has a surprisingly fast Volt Switch, though Thunderbolt can be used instead for more power, at the cost of being unable to hit and run as effectively. Download is the signature move shared between all three of the Browsers, essentially functioning as a Normal-type Giga Drain, while Focus Blast can be used to gain better coverage, at the cost of healing damage potentially taken from entry hazards. Lastly, Energy Ball is mainly for coverage, but can be used to inflict large amounts of damage on GEC, among others.

    Generic Bulky Sweeper
    Google Chrome @ Life Orb / Leftovers
    Trait: Web Browser
    EVs: 252 HP / 200 SDef / 54 SAtk / 4 Spd
    Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
    - Silverlight
    - Thunder / Focus Blast
    - Download / Recover
    - Work Up

    This is one of the best set-up sets Chrome can run, due to only having two stat-boosting moves (the other is Rock Polish). Its signature ability, Web Browser, increases its accuracy each turn, similar to Speed Boost. The main strategy is to boost up with Work Up, heal off any damage taken with Download or Recover, then attempt to sweep. In the time it takes for Chrome to set up several Work Up boosts, Web Browser will have activated enough times to make Silverlight and Thunder/Focus Blast viable.

    Explosive Screening
    "Uhh, this explosive screening is neither explosive nor screening."
    Google Chrome @ Light Clay
    Trait: Web Browser / Heatproof
    EVs: 148 HP / 108 Atk / 252 Spd
    Lonely Nature (+Atk, -Def)
    - Reflect
    - Light Screen
    - Explosion
    - Flash Cannon / Silverlight

    With its above-average speed and great defensive typing, Chrome is a notable candidate for dual screening. It has a rather small support movepool, but still effective for dual screening. Once it manages to successfully get both screens up, it can go out with a bang with Explosion, to bring in another, somewhat more frail teammate to set up. Flash Cannon and Silverlight mainly exist there to avoid being Taunt bait.

    Other Options

    Charge Beam, SolarBeam, Hidden Power

    Charge Beam can be used on the set-up set as an alternative way to boost Special Attack.
    SolarBeam, when under sun, can deal a lot of damage to 'mons like Yuugi or oddly-not-invested Doomsdays.
    Hidden Power can be used as an alternative coverage move.

    Checks and Counters

    Anything that can prey upon Chrome's low Special Defense, such as Utsuho, Raptor Jesus, or Leon, can easily survive an unboosted Silverlight or Focus Blast, then counter with special moves like Aura Sphere. Hard-hitting physical attackers like Doomsday or Yuugi can also take down Google Chrome without too much effort. Lastly, sufficiently invested Trollfaces and Androsses can wall Chrome's special attacks without too much effort.


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