Lurantis @ Life Orb Ability: Contrary EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD Adamant Nature - Leaf Blade - Leech Life - Brick Break - Defog
Moves: Leaf Blade is Lurantis’s most reliable grass stab move. Leech Life is a useful coverage move for hitting other grass types and it helps recover HP. Brick Break provides coverage against Steel-types that will try to switch in, such as Heatran. Defog is an amazing utility move that can be used to clear away hazards on both sides of the field. Defog is also the main reason for using Lurantis.
Spread: Max attack with an Adamant nature allows Lurantis to take advantage of its best stat and deal out at least some damage. Max hp increases overall bulk. I decided to go with bulk over speed because Lurantis just doesn’t have the speed stat to make it worth it. Leftovers provide a passive form of recovery for Lurantis so that hopefully it can take at least a few more hits. Contrary is the chosen ability because Lurantis’s other ability is useless and Contrary might come into play occasionally.
Team Support/Usage: Lurantis is not the best Pokemon to come out of Sun and Moon. It has a shallow move pool, poor stats, and a pretty meh ability due to it not being able to properly use them, mainly thanks to its poor movepool. However, it does have one redeeming quality in Defog. There are better Defog users out there for sure, but Lurantis is the only grass type to have it, as far as I’m aware at least. Meaning that it may be able to carve out its own, narrow niche in the metagame. That being said, Pokemon that are weak to hazards, especially rocks are going to appreciate the presence of Lurantis, thus making Pokemon like Volcarona, Charizard, Kyurem-B, and many others decent partners. Also, having Pokemon that can take flying, fire, bug, and poison attacks for Lurantis will be a huge assistance to it. Heatran can fill that role perfectly thanks to its slew of resistances.
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