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Brendan & Treecko

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Analysis by mysegp
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Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Grass
Weak Vs Poison
Role Strike (Physical)
Base Potential
Gender Male

Pokemon Description

Treecko has small hooks on the bottom of its feet that enable it to scale vertical walls. This Pokémon attacks by slamming foes with its thick tail.

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Stats

5★
HP 90
ATK 20
DEF 8
Sp. ATK 20
Sp. DEF 8
Speed 20
HP 478
ATK 342
DEF 139
Sp. ATK 342
Sp. DEF 139
Speed 384
Bulk 451

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

Brendan & Treecko is the game’s strongest early game Sync Pair. 

Their unique move "No Turning Back!" allows them to immediately increase their offensive capabilities and dish out tons of powerful attacks. When speed is all a Trainer is looking for, they stand out as the favored choice in Pokemon Masters. 

One of the unique features of Treecko is that, despite being unevolved, it is actually already on par with many other Base 5 Star Pokemon. This would mean that, for newer players that do not have an abundance of Evolution Crystals at their disposal, they can focus on evolving their bulkier Support units before having to invest in Treecko.

Strengths

Ambidextrous

Treecko specializes in going all out all day, with a playstyle that's very much about going in guns blazing and walking away from the resulting explosion without ever looking back.

"No Turning Back!" raises both offensive stats by +2 for each Move Gauge slot it consumes, up to 3 total. This means the Move Gauge should ideally be filled to at least 3 bars before using this move (note that the buff cap on this move is +6, and it can't consume more than 3 bars). 

This move is especially great for Treecko since he has both Special and Physical Strike Moves, which he can use to adapt to the enemy's weaker defensive stat. This is evident in how Treecko can easily straddle both EX Brock and EX Barry, with the former's Onix more vulnerable to Leaf Storm while the latter is more susceptible to Bullet Seed. In EX Brock, players can make use of this to reduce the reliance on Kris and/or Hilbert, since they can fall back on Bullet Seed to clean up the remaining Lunatone, which are weaker on their Physical Defense.

High Neutral Early Game Unity Attack Damage

Because Treecko's Sync Move and Unity Attack calculate damage off its Attack instead of Special Attack, it is able to do a lot more damage with its Sync Move and Unity Attack despite repeated usage of Leaf Storm. When all three Treecko are at +6 Attack and +3 Critical Hit rate, the Unity Attack can do up to 3 times the damage of a regular 3x Super Effective monotype Unity Attack.

Weaknesses

Imperfect Accuracy

On the Special Spectrum, Treecko's Leaf Storm suffers from the problem of imperfect accuracy (90%). When compared to the notoriously unreliable Mega Kick, Leaf Storm's accuracy problem may be ignored, but it is still able to cause problems in runs. This, however, isn't a problem with Brendan & Treecko, per se, but more of a flaw with the move itself.

Fortunately, players can easily rectify it with allies that provide Accuracy buffs or the ability to never miss, such as Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom and Thorton & Bronzong, or make use of well-timed Gauge refills to make up for the loss in Move Gauge.

High Energy Cost

The full benefits of No Turning Back! can only be reaped by using 3 Move Gauge Slots, which means that in the mid to late game where most players have already exhausted their Move Gauge, they might find it hard to buff Treecko properly.

Players can choose to rectify this weakness by supporting Brendan with Move Gauge refillers like Phoebe, Drake, and Rosa. Players could also tap on Treecko's Lithe and Haste Passive Skills to buff its Speed and reduce the time needed to charge the Move Gauge slots. Allies that can help in that regard include Roxanne, Marley, Hilbert, and Skyla.

Leaf Storm's Drawback

This is aggravated by the fact that Leaf Storm lowers Treecko's Special Attack by 2 stages per use. This can pose problems in the foreseeable future where 3 Leaf Storms aren't enough to secure the KO on the boss (in the expected increase in difficulty stages). Fortunately for Treecko, the introduction of Lucky Skills with the Battle Villa update gave it access to Dauntless, a Lucky Skill gives Treecko an immunity to Special Attack drops. This immunity most importantly nullifies the Special Attack drop from Leaf Storm, which keeps it firing on all cylinders throughout the match.

Team Synergy

In single player, Brendan & Treecko's best partner comes in the form of the newer additions to the game: Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom. When supported by Dauntless, the model's Breathtaking! fixes the imperfect accuracy of Leaf Storm, as well as reduce the number of moves needed for Treecko to use its next Sync Move. Other fantastic support options include Roxanne, Phoebe, Rosa, and Skyla. These Sync Pairs mainly support Treecko through either buffing its Speed or providing instant Move Gauge refills. For players who have yet to match Dauntless to Treecko, Roxanne and Rosa become rather important to maximize the number of turns that Leaf Storm can strike for full damage.

In co-op, Brendan’s high early game damage makes him a great asset for two different Strike categories: Mega and recoil.

Mega Strike Sync Pairs like Blue and Karen tend to suffer from low early game damage until after they Mega Evolve through Sync, which takes quite some time to activate. Having Brendan pave the way in the early game can allow players to retain the damage output, with these Mega Strike units coming in on the turn it Syncs to minimize the time they have to spend on the field in their regular form. Steven Stone is a decent shout here due to Mega Metagross being able to come in and Bullet Punch regardless of the current drainage on the player's Move Gauge.

Recoil Strike Sync Pairs, like Hilda, on the other hand, greatly appreciate Brendan cleaning up the field and weakening the boss, thereby reducing the amount of recoil they take from attacking the foe.

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Moves

Type Grass
Category
Power
15 / 18
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Effect Tag Continues
Cost
Attacks the target two to five times in a row.
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s critical-hit rate.
Type Grass
Category
Power
136 / 163
Accuracy 90
Target An opponent
Cost
Sharply lowers the user’s Sp. Atk.
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Uses a maximum of three slots of the user’s move gauge. Based on the amount used, this move raises both the user’s Attack and Sp. Atk by up to six stat ranks.

Sync Move

Type Grass
Category
Power
200 / 240
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

No additional effect.

Passive Skills

Haste

Speed cannot be lowered.

Lithe

Prevents the Pokémon from getting paralyzed.