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Gourgeist-XL theoretically secures itself a specialized niche: in a tier with popular defensive Ghost-types like Jellicent and Doublade, Gourgeist-XL stands out as the best dedicated spinblocker of the bunch thanks to its high physical bulk and valuable Grass typing, beating the tier's best spinners in Sandslash and Eldegoss one-on-one. In other functions, it ends up being a middle ground between Doublade's high physical stats and Jellicent's longevity. Gourgeist is also decently powerful, with a solid Attack stat, high-Base Power moves in Poltergeist and Power Whip, and STAB types that can tear apart common cores with Pokemon like Gigalith and Ribombee. However, what makes Gourgeist-XL subpar is that many of the tier's best offensive Pokemon, such as Charizard, Galarian Articuno, and Silvally-Ghost, can easily force it out. Synthesis, its main recovery move, heavily suffers from both its low PP and the popularity of sand, problems that don't bother Jellicent's Recover. Further, its neutrality to all entry hazards leaves it more susceptible to chip damage. Finally, as a niche, being the very best spinblocker is less valuable than Trevenant's ferocious wallbreaking or Doublade blanket checking most of the metagame, for example.
move 1: Power Whip
move 2: Poltergeist
move 3: Synthesis
move 4: Shadow Sneak
item: Colbur Berry / No Item / Spell Tag
evs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def
Power Whip is useful for threatening Ground- and Rock-types like Sandaconda and Gigalith. Poltergeist nails opposing Ghost-types like Doublade while providing solid neutral coverage with Power Whip. Shadow Sneak lets Gourgeist-XL pick off faster foes like Galarian Articuno and Silvally-Ghost. Colbur Berry helps it take Knock Off from foes like Sandslash and Gallade. Running no item helps it switch into Poltergeist users like Trevenant and opposing Gourgeist while weakening Knock Off some a bit. Spell Tag increases Gourgeist-XL's offensive potential, specifically allowing it to always OHKO Charizard and Centiskorch, as well as 2HKOing defensive Eldegoss, but worsens its defensive profile and makes it harder to spinblock Sandslash. Gourgeist-XL has weaknesses to popular Fire- and Ice-types like Centiskorch and Aurorus, so it loves partners that can switch into these Pokemon, like Qwilfish and Gigalith; in return, they appreciate Gourgeist-XL switching into Ground- and Fighting-types like Sandslash and Sawk, spinblocking the former. Qwilfish can also absorb Toxic Spikes, a detriment to Gourgeist-XL.
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