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Scrafty was going to be OU anyways, thanks to it's 115 base defenses, and decent 95 base attack. His speed and HP are his only low stats (not considering special attack). He is blessed with three amazing abilities: Moxie, Shed Skin, and Intimidate. Usually, Intimidate would be an amazing ability on any Pokemon, but on Scrafty, Intimidate is just a bit overshadowed, not allowing Scrafty to sweep easily. His access to both Moxie AND Dragon Dance allow him to become an amazing sweeper ater just a single Dragon Dance. His access to Shed Skin allows him to be the perfect Bulk Up user, especially with his great bulk and superior typing. I always favored Scrafty since the game first was released.
-Shed Skin: has a 30% percent chance of healing from a status condition: pure amazing. Scrafty can now avoid walls, such as Jellicent, while setting up.
-Moxie: raises attack one stage upon defeating an opponent: this ability is also cool, because it allows Scrafty to be a viable threat to any team after just 1-2 Dragon Dances.
-Intimidate: lowers the opponent's attack one stage upon entering battle: well.... it's a great ability, but doesn't suit Scrafty as well as his other abilities. It's just a bit overshadowed.
Beat this ghetto lizard fu.
Ability: Shed Skin
EV's: 252 HP, 252 SP DEF, 4 ATTACK
This is probably the best set there is out there, seeing as it utilizes Scrafty's access to Bulk Up and Shed Skin to it's advantage, unlike a more straight forward immediate set, such as the Lizard Dancing set. The EV's are meant to give Scrafty as much special bulk as possible, while giving it all around bulk. Shed Skin is to shoo-away Will-O-Wispers, while setting up. You want as much HP as possible in this set so you can tank hits and recover easily. Bulk Up is obvious, since you need to increase your bulk and attack power. Drain Punch is for recovering HP when you need it, and is also a powerful HP draining STAB attack. Payback is for nailing ghost-types, psychic-types, and nearly nothing more except for threats such as Thundurus and scum. Rest is a useful ability with Shed Skin, so if Shed Skin does not heal you, you have Rest as a back up recovery move. Scrafty's unique typing allows it to switch in to Psychic's and set up, or Payback it's face. Scrafty gets two amazingly good STAB's, which allow great coverage. This set's counters include three Pokemon who resist this set: Toxicroak, Thundurus, and Heracross (Heracross and Toxicroak are a bit uncommon).
LIZARD DANCE DUDE.
-Hi Jump Kick/Drain Punch
Item: Leftovers/Life Orb
EV'S: 252 attack, 252 speed, 4 HP
Scrafty is an odd choice for the Dragon Dance set due to it's lack of speed, but it's spread out and impressive bulk allow him to set up well. You want max speed and attack, with more speed. Jolly is used to maximize that. You could opt for Leftovers if you want recovery, but if you want a hard hit sweeping Scrafty, you would probably opt for Life Orb to pack a little more "punch" in your blows. Moxie is chosen to utilize Dragon Dance to it's fullest, making Scraty a threat to any team after a single Dragon Dance. Dragon Dance is used to boost both speed and attack in one go. HiJumpKick would be used for the more offensive Dragon Dance users, as it has tremendous power after STAB. Drain Punch would be for the HP used up trying to set up. Ice Punch can be used to annhialate Thundurus, but Taunt can take care of Gyarados and other phazers. Crunch is a powerful move after STAB, with a decent chance of defense drops, which comes in handy sometimes.
If you want to counter Scrafty, it's virtually impossible if he's running a Dragon Dance set, and already has two Dragon Dances. But something like Conkeldurr can easily annhialate this set with a STAB and Flame Orb MAch Punch. For the Bulk-Up set, you want something like Gyarados to Taunt it. Thundurus can be used, but is a bit ineffective, due to the ability Shed Skin. Toxicroak is probably the number one counter to Scrafty, as on the Bulk Up set, it resists both of Scrafty's STAB's, and can set up easily.
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***Pastrybomb: Physically bulky Pokemon that can phaze Scrafty out, such as Hippowdon, Skarmory, and Swampert can force Scrafty out as long as it isn't the last Pokemon on its team. Powerful Flying- and Fighting-type moves can inflict serious damage on Scrafty, as long as it hasn't yet accumulated numerous Bulk Up boosts, or if they're special. Good users of these moves are Terrakion, Virizion, Staraptor, and Conkeldurr. Users of Trick and Encore will also cripple most Scrafty sets, as they can lock Scrafty into Bulk Up or Dragon Dance. While Scrafty has decent defenses, boosted hits from certain powerhouses such as Latios will often be too much for Scrafty to handle.