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When the HP of a Pokemon with Defeatist falls below 50%, its Attack and Special Attack stats are halved.

What good can that do?

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The whole point of Defeatist is to limit the Pokemon power, and everyone will agree that Archeops will be Uber, if it didn't had Defeatist. You can clarify this by saying it's similar to Traunt, and both abilities were made to limit the user's Power.

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A nice way to counteract it is to baton pass moves like Aqua ring or ingrain to Archeops. Defense boosts and sand coverage also help him out.
Here's a way to help with Defeatist: Don't fall below 50% health. :P