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what do we mean when we call a Pokemon ''special sweeper'' or physical sweeper''
and other like that ?

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A special sweeper is when a Pokemon is stronger in their special attacking stat than physical.
= Special (A Pokemon is stronger in the special)
= Physical (A Pokemon stronger in the physical)

For example: Tyranitar = ATTACK 134 + SP.ATTACK 95
So Giga Impact will deal more damage than Hyper Beam because Tyranitar is a stronger in physcial attack! (They both have same Base Power)

Hope I helped! ^_^

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i completely understand it now, thanks :D
no probs :)
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I downvoted; a sweeper isn't just because of higher attacking stat.
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First of all, a sweeper is a Pokemon that goes in there and kills everything in sight. It might have moves such as Dragon Dance, Calm Mind, Agility. Sometimes, it may just be a powerful Pokemon with a Choice Scarf or a Life orb.. A sweepers job is to try to kill as many Pokemons as possible.

Physical Sweeper:
Im gonna take a definition of off Smogon, as it explains what it is very well...

A Pokemon who uses physically offensive moves to do damage and bring down an opponent's team. Many carry Attack boosting moves, like Swords Dance or Dragon Dance.

So, the idea here is that you send out a strong Pokemon with a high Attack stat. Many common Physical sweepers are: Gyarados, Terrakion, and Scizor.

Special Sweeper:
Again, Smogon has a very good definition for this...

A Pokemon who uses specially offensive moves to do damage and bring down an opponent's team. Many carry Special Attack boosting moves, like Nasty Plot or Calm Mind.

Basically, a Pokemon with a very high Special Attack stat is most likely a " Special Sweeper". A common example would be: Latios/Latias, Thundurus-T, and Volcarona.

Ok, something you didn't mention, but falls in this category. This is known as the Mixed Sweeper

Mixed Sweeper:

A sweeper who uses both physical and special offensive moves to do damage.

So, these Pokemons carry the job of 2 Pokemons in 1. As noted, they carry both physical moves and special moves. They usually rely on items such as Life Orb or Expert Belt. A Prime example of this would be: Infernape and Kyurem-B.

To learn more about other roles, visit this page to learn about the roles a Pokemon may carry.

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LeBoss has explained everything about physical / special sweepers very well. "And other like that?":
A wall can take lot of damage. A special wall can survive special attacks. A physical wall can survive physical attacks. A wall can also be mixed.
A staller can also take som hits, but it use moves like toxic and protect to stall.
A supporter can just help the team by using moves like Reflect and Light screen.