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Positions Guide: Sweepers in Gen 4

Posted by John on January 2, 2011 at 11:26 PM

There is three different sets of sweepers, Physical, Special, and Mixed. I will be covering all three of these types and I will start with Physical sweepers. the first on i will cover is a commonly used water type pokemon in the Meta-game and that is.

Gyarados one of the most threatening pokemon to dragon types

Move Set:


Gyrados @ Life Orb / Leftovers

Adamant OR Jolly Nature / Intimidate

~ Dragon Dance

~ Waterfall

~ Stone Edge

~ Earthquake / Bounce

EV's:252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

This pokemon is a Physically beastly pokemon and can be a great counter to a lot of sweepers in the Meta-game. Such as Physically bulky Tyranitar. The choice between Earthquake and Bounce could be what your are trying to counter if your team has a weakness to Grass types go with bounce for the Obvious cover of grass type pokemon. On the other side if your team has a larger weakness to electric types as does Gyarados because of its unique typing Earthquake could be a better substitute for that move slot.

The second Pokemon i want to talk about is a pokemon that is the number one used pokemon in the OU meta-game and that is Scizor.


Scizor @ Life Orb / Leftovers

Adamant Nature / Technician

~ Swords Dance

~ Bullet Punch

~ Brick Break / Superpower

~ Bug Bite / Roost / Quick Attack

EV's:4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This pokemon has one of the best attack stats in the game and is very versatile in its move set. Choosing between Brick Break and Superpower is if your willing to sacrifice power to keep all your stats up or are you willing to sacrifice your physical and special defense to keep power. Bug Bite is a STAB boosted by Technician, and Scizor's strongest attack for eliminating opponents. Roost plays alongside Scizor's natural bulk and resistances and can allow it to heal and set up on Pokemon. Finally, Quick Attack gives Scizor a priority option to get in one quick hit on a pokemon with low health.


Special sweepers

Special sweepers are a rare oddity since the meta-game is currently very Physical. Though there are still some awesome Special sweepers. The first is one of the original three pokemon that were ghost type and that is.

Gengar @ Leftovers

Timid Nature / Levitate

~ Substitute

~ Shadow Ball

~ Focus Blast

~ Hidden Power Fire / Hypnosis

EV's:4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This pokemon is extremely fast making it a great choice for taking out fellow sweepers. Choosing between Hidden Power and Hypnosis could be tricky. If you have a pokemon that needs to set up then putting the foe to sleep might be the right choice if not then use Hidden Power to hit Steel types and the most used pokemon in the meta-game Scizor very hard for a four times damage multiplier.

Another good Special sweeper is Magnezone, with a high defense and a great Special attack this pokemon is great for turning the tides of a close battle.

Magnezone @ Leftovers

Naive OR Timid Nature / Magnet Pull

~ Substitute

~ Thunderbolt

~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Fire

~ Explosion / Magnet Rise

Ev's:40 Atk / 252 SpA / 216 Spe

This set is meant to force a switch out so you have a free turn to set up your Substitute from there you can tear your opponents team to pieces. after that you can choose between a couple different moves. HP Grass or HP Fire these can be described as what do you want to hurt. With HP Grass you can hurt Swampert and other ground types that could potentially put an end to your sweep but with HP fire you can do the same thing to Steel types that could do the same thing.


Mixed Sweepers

these are the most versatile and valuable of sweepers for there ability to deal with almost every kind of threat that could come up against them.

the first Mixed Sweeper is:

Tyranitar @ Expert Belt

Naive Nature / Sand Stream

~ Flamethrower

~ Ice Beam

~ Dark Pulse / Crunch / Thunderbolt

~ Superpower 

EV's:48 Atk / 252 SpA / 208 Spe

Though usually seen as a more physical attacker Tyranitar can make a fine Mix Sweeper.

When choosing The move for the forth slot do the smart thing look at your team choose its biggest threat and choose your move accordingly.

The second mix sweeper is a quite a bit more used.

Salamence @ Life Orb

Naughty OR Naive Nature

~ Dragon Dance

~ Outrage

~ Draco Meteor

~ Earthquake / Fire Blast

EV's:80 Atk / 252 SpA / 176 Spe

This set takes full advantage of Salamences versatility and can be used numerous ways.

now choosing the move for the fourth slot its almost the same as Tyranitar pick your team choose its biggest threat and pick a move accordingly to protect the rest of your team.

With powerhouses like these on your team you will be able to sweep like a champ. Don't forget to have a wall or two to fall back on, and to have set up the battle in your favor with leads though. By mastering the art of attacking at the right time and predicting, your sweeping abilities will be too much for the other team/trainer to handle!!

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