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... Why is Marowak in PU?

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Last time it was Avalugg, this time it's Marowak.

... So Marowak has a very useful long hard bone that boosts his attack to ridiculous levels, and a very neutral movepool to hit almost everything. To top that he has Swords Dance, making him a Sweeper, if you have the right support to mend his speed. He also has Bonemerang, which breaks through Sturdy, Focus Sash and Substitute.

... I mean, one would imagine that with the boosted attack, it would at least rankhigher than PU.

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Marowak is more than likely in PU because even if he is as overpowering as you say,he still is not used and caught in battle as much as some other higher ranking Pokemon like Gyarados or Scizor in the OU tier(overused).I intensionally didnt talk about Legendaries too...
That doesn't answer the question. This is about why Marowak is not in a higher tier, not how tiers work. Think of its flaws, for example its Speed, the need for support for it to be useful and its mediocre special bulk.
Your logic: Ppl dun use it so it's bad.

... By that logic Reckless Staraptor is bad :/

Gyarados isn't that common either BTW :/

@fizz I get that his speed is mediocre (his defense is impressive tho), comparing him with... Let's say Diggersby who has an ability that makes him get the same effect as Marowak's bone, is BL. I get that Diggersby has a Quick Attack STAB and an "immunity" to Knock Off, but then, if a watered down version of him is in PU, I just can't see the reason why.

Even the other Huge Powerers, such as Medicham, is at least RU. Marowak doesn't even make it to NU. Why?
Marowak needs serious support. He has no utility, needs so much support to sweep, and then loses to common Pokemon because even with a boost and item it can't get past them. So many Pokemon check and counter it it's really easy to knock it out, and it's stats are generally subpar.

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I feel that this is sorta like a Crawdaunt situation. Marowak can hit really hard, but with its awful speed, mediocre special bulk, poor HP, a small movepool and an abysmal defensive typing, it's going to be fairly easy to outspeed and faint it with a single giga drain, scald or ice beam. But whereas Crawdaunt has aqua jet to get past and usually KO a lot of Pokemon, Marowak does not. Hre are some calcs to show you where I'm coming from:

252 SpA Rotom-F Blizzard vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Marowak: 372-440 (142.5 - 168.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Life Orb Frogadier Hydro Pump vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Marowak: 416-491 (159.3 - 188.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 Atk Choice Band Leafeon Leaf Blade vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Marowak: 360-426 (137.9 - 163.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO (even good physical attacks get him, the HP stat lets him down)

and if you don't like the choice band on that last one, here's the swords dance set:

252 Atk Leafeon Leaf Blade vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Marowak: 240-284 (91.9 - 108.8%) -- 50% chance to OHKO

Now keep in mind Marowak can't kill Leafeon with one attack so it could use to leaf blades or set up a swords dance and kill.

I hope this helps you in your future endeavors.

PS:

So Marowak has a very useful long hard bone

I'm sorry. I have the humour of a 10 year old.

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lmao astro got flagged for that xD.