Thanks to its extensive utility movepool alongside Prankster, Sableye is a decent defensive Pokemon and stallbreaker. Its good physical bulk when invested allows it to check prominent physical threats like Silvally-Ghost, Doublade, and Gallade. It's also a spinblocker that stops common spinners like Eldegoss and Sandslash. However, its low special bulk and its merely okay Defense that requires full investment leaves it at the mercy of many special attackers, like Charizard, Ribombee, and Whimsicott. Dark-types like Sneasel, Shiftry, and Thievul also prevent Prankster from working, allowing them to easily set up. Sableye cannot switch into strong wallbreakers like Lycanroc and Trevenant easily, lest it risks huge damage.
name: Physical Wall
move 1: Knock Off / Foul Play
move 2: Recover
move 3: Will-O-Wisp
move 4: Taunt / Encore
item: Rocky Helmet / Leftovers
nature: Impish / Bold
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Knock Off cripples item-reliant Pokemon like Ferroseed and Charizard. Foul Play disrupts physical attackers like Silvally-Ghost and physical Archeops. With Taunt, Sableye can annoy defensive Pokemon like Qwilfish or Audino, while Encore disrupts setup sweepers like Doublade and offensive Sandslash. Sableye is primarily used on stall teams, where it can be a blanket physical wall and a stallbreaker. Special walls like Gigalith and Aggron work well with Sableye's physical bulk; they also act as blanket checks to Fairy-types like Ribombee and Comfey. Other physical walls like Weezing and Quagsire can help if Sableye gets pressured too much by shared checks like Centiskorch and Gallade. Clerics like Aromatisse and Audino can patch up Sableye's vulnerability to status, while Sableye can check attackers like Gallade and Sandslash in return.
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