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What are the biggest threats in 1v1 and what are their counters/checks?

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Are we really going to make this a thing :l
Kyurem-B, Sawk, Aegislash, Azumarill, Charizard-X, Sableye, Deoxys-D, Whimsicott possibly still, Aggron, Mega-Mawile, Deoxys-S.

In 1v1 there are 'no counters'. Your question is pretty invalid in that section. Alot of the time, the Pokemon that moves first will win (Lots of Scarfers), and it's really a guessing game. If you have the super-effective move to hit them and OHKO them and you outspeed/they can't kill you = gg. Guess wrong, you're done, guess right, you win.
I play alot of 1vs1 and i see alot of the pokes you named^ and porygon Z hyper beam is seen alot too

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Threats (Offensive and defensive)

Charizard @ Charizardite Y
Ability: Blaze
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Blast Burn / Fire Blast
- Air Slash
- Solar Beam
- Dragon Pulse

Mega Charizard Y is a very threatening Pokemon in 1 vs 1 as it has as good as perfect coverage and without the necessity of running Roost can now go for a pretty all-offensive movepool that will eviscerate a lot of things. Because it gets Sun on the turn it mega evolves, the necessity to run Focus Blast greatly drops, as it can just spam Solar Beam without having to worry about the weather, making the only pure counter Heatran, or in some cases the [email protected], who will not be KOd by Dragon Pulse.
As for damage, most Pokemon are completely destroyed by a STAB Blast Burn in Sun. Fire Blast can also be an option for if you are trying to play safe, but damage is pretty much the most important factor in 1 vs 1

Notable Checks and counters

  • Latios
  • Latias
  • Heatran
  • Tyranitar
  • Thundurus-I
  • Dragonite
  • Kyurem-B (Scarfed)

Charizard @ Charizardite X
Ability: Blaze
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Outrage
- Dragon Dance
- Will-O-Wisp / Earthquake

Deadly in OU, deadly in 1v1. Hits ridiculously hard. Base 130 Attack, Dragon Dance, Tough Claws, STAB Flare Blitz, Dragon Claw/Outrage. Some variants also run Will-O-Wisp to get around Aegislash better, as well as Azumarill.

Notable checks and counters

  • Landorus-I with Rock Slide and E-power
  • Landorus-Therian
  • Azumarill
  • Hippowdon
  • Quagsire
  • Scarfchomp
  • Latios
  • Latias
  • Tyranitar

Mawile @ Mawilite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Play Rough
- Iron Head
- Sucker Punch
- Swords Dance

Mega Mawile is quite threatening if not one of the most threatening Pokemon you can and will ever face in 1 v 1. This Swords Dance set just amplifies the difficulty for certain Pokemon to still check it when they waste a single turn. Pretty straightforward set that is very similar to one of the ones used it used to run in OU

Notable checks and counters

  • Heatran
  • Charizard-X (WoW variants)
  • Landorus-Therian
  • Charizard-Y (till an extent)

Kyurem-Black @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Teravolt
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
Naughty Nature
- Outrage
- Fusion Bolt
- Iron Head
- Ice Beam

Choice Scarf, outspeeds a large amount of the tier, OHKOs a large amount with Outrage. Coverage in Fusion Bolt, Iron Head and that's about all it needs.

Notable checks and counters

  • Scarf Latios
  • Scarfed Pokemon with a strong stab supereffective move

Greninja @ Choice Specs
Ability: Protean
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spd
Timid Nature
- Hydro Cannon / Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- Dark Pulse
- Hyper Beam / Extrasensory

Notable checks and counters

Its flexibility make it near impossible to call a Pokemon a check or a counter. However, powerful scarfed Pokemon can usually pull through


Gyarados @ Gyaradosite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Outrage

Gyarados Mega seems more love in 1 vs 1 as its natural bulk and great offensive presence enable it to easily kill at least one Pokemon, something it can also usually do in OU. This Dragon Dance set is exclusive to 1 vs 1 and enables it to deal with common counters such as Kyurem-B, thus allowing it to defeat them 1 on 1. Also helps it break past most dragon types that would otherwise wall this set.

Notable checks and counters

  • Azumarill
  • Whimsicott
  • Mega Gardevoir

Dragonite @ Choice Band
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 Atk / 24 Def / 232 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Outrage
- Earthquake
- Extreme Speed
- Fire Punch

For those of us familiar with OU, I am pretty sure I can confidently say that Choice Band Dragonite is one of the most powerful wallbreakers that does a divine amount of damage. As good as everything will be KOd when hit by one of its devastating blows, not to forget its dreadful Outrage. As far tanking hits goes, bc of Multiscale, it will survive a lot of Ice attacks as well as fairy type attacks. The 24 EVs in defense insure that you live everything up to a Choice Banded Azumarill's Play rough with Multiscale intact and 2HKO it back with Earthquake.
The weakness policy is most definitely an option as well, however at the cost of speed

Notable checks and counters

  • Kyurem-B
  • Greninja
  • Clefable

Slaking @ Choice Band
Ability: Truant
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Adamant Nature
- Giga Impact
- Earthquake
- Hammer Arm
- Night Slash

Due to the 1 turn nature of 1v1 battles, Slaking's ability Truant no longer becomes something of major consequence. Band + Giga Impact essentially destroys everything that doesn't resist.

Notable checks and counters

  • Anything with Protect
  • Aggron (Mega) and metal burst Aggron
  • Things that can tank Band EQ and kill in 2 turns
  • , most things with Sturdy

Azumarill @ Choice Band
Ability: Huge Power
EVs: 88 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 164 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Aqua Jet
- Play Rough
- Knock Off / Superpower / Ice Punch
- Waterfall

Band sets generally. Survives standard Scarf Kyurem-B Fusion Bolt, OHKOs back, survives Latios,OHKOs back etc. Non-band sets (AV) also get around big threats such as Mega Charizard - Y.

Notable Checks and counters

  • Aegislash (non-knock off variants)
  • Mega Venusaur
  • Band Kyurem-B
  • Mega-Mawile

Sawk @ Choice Band
Ability: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Close Combat
- Knock Off
- Ice Punch
- Earthquake

Sturdy Variants with Band manage to beat things like Metal Burst Aggron and Latios. Mold Breaker also breaks through any Sturdy Pokemon that might be trying the FEAR Strategy

Notable Checks and counters

  • Kyurem-B (Scarfed)
  • Azumarill

Aegislash (plethora of effective sets)

High bulk, high attack, unresisted coverage. Air Balloon or Lefties as popular items (Air Balloon prevents EQ and often forces a contact move, causing the -2 drop with King's Shield).

Notable checks and Counters

  • Charizard Y
  • Charizard X
  • Heatran

Other counters differ depending on what it is running


Whimsicott @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 248 HP / 236 Def / 24 Spe
Bold Nature
- Leech Seed
-Taunt
- Protect
- Substitute

Annoying as hell. Leech Seed + Sub stalls out a large amount of the tier, makes people RQ all day.

Notable checks and counters

  • Mega Venusaur
  • Most Fire types
  • Mega Gardevoir

Aggron
Metal Burst + Sturdy.

Notable checks and counters

  • Sturdy and or Mold Breaker / Teravolt / Turboblaze
  • Whimsicott
  • Fake Out + Fighting type
  • Other Sturdy users

Note: A lot of these sets should only be used in 1 vs 1, as they are less effective in OU

Special shout out to Sempi for helping me write this + this aiding source

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Here's a teeny little Pokemon that has gotten me high up in 1v1:

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Magnemite @ Berry Juice
Level: 1
Trait: Sturdy
Bold Nature

~Toxic
~Protect
~Magic Coat
~Recycle

First just use protect to play it safe. If your opponent tries to inflict you with a status condition when you use protect, use magic coat to give them the status. If the opponent is sleeping, then that will be a problem. You have to wait until they wake up then use toxic. When they attack, your sturdy will activate, thus activating your berry juice too. Use protect, to stall out some damage, then use recycle to get your berry juice back when sturdy activates, and eat the berry juice, use protect, and stall your way to victory!

Counters:
Poison/Steel Type Pokemon
Mold Breaker
[1]: http://www.pkparaiso.com/imagenes/xy/sprites/animados-shiny/magnemite.gif

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