Yes, I think Liligant will make an excellent Rotom killer
seeing as all of the Rotom I’ve encountered so far have been running the standard Smogon move sets, I can assume that they also have the recommended EV distribution. two of which distributions (including the one I see most often) make no investment in Special defense, leaving it wide open to a powerful grass STAB special attack from Miss Liligant here!
Quiver dance! Petal dance! DANCE!! KYAHAHAHAHAHA!! *Dancing queen playing in the background*
See, this is the problem with Smogon. they become locked into these rules and ways, and it can be very easy to take advantage of that.
as The Shredder said in the recent TMNT Micro series
“Most warriors follow a certain path, and each path has it’s own weaknesses. Discover the weaknesses, strike fast, and you will prevail.
Some are formalists, too accustomed to rules and regulations; easily surprised.”
And Liligant can provide a decent threat against a belly drum Azumarill, seeing as it has to use it’s first turn to use belly drum, cutting it’s HP and doing half my work for me.
Ah, Liligant. you may be situational, but your situation is common… Yes…
One of the new Ultra Beast Pokemon making an impact right now, Kartana stands out above the rest for it’s skyscraping Attack stat and above average Speed to boot. While it’s eventual legality in OU is up in the air, Kartana will certainly always be able to break walls and sweep teams!
- The Substitute + Swords Dance move combination is one of my favorites, and Kartana pulls this moveset off beautifully. Maximum Speed EV investment allows Kartana to set up fast Substitutes, with the rest of the investment put into Attack as it will be buffed later and allows Kartana to still hit hard. Beast Boost is effectively Moxie here, giving Kartana an Attack boost when knocks out an opponent’s Pokemon. Salac Berry is the item of choice as it helps Kartana enable a sweep at low health, and can be attained easily with Substitute.
- Leaf Blade is going to be the Grass type STAB move on this set, dealing strong and consistent damage with a higher chance to critical hit. Sacred Sword is going to act as Fighting type coverage, hitting Steel types who resist Grass type attacks. Night Slash is another option, primarily for providing a similar amount of coverage (albeit weaker) but allowing Kartana to hit Aegislash hard. Substitute allows Kartana to not only protect itself, but also to allow safe set up of Swords Dance and activate Salac Berry. Finally, Swords Dance is going to allow Kartana to raise it’s Attack stat to insane levels and decimate whatever is in it’s path.
- Kartana is certainly a devastatingly strong Pokemon, but is not without weakness. Kartana’s movepool is rather shallow, and bulky Steel, Psychic and Poison types can often wall Kartana well. Skarmory, Celesteela, Aegislash, Toxapex, Ferrothorn, or Zapdos can often take a hit from a certain Kartana variant before setting up. Kartana also cannot switch into attacks safely and often needs U-Turn or Volt Switch for switch initiative. Also, at low life Kartana is weak to priority attacks. Kartana works best on Balance or Offensive teams, as this moveset works best as a late game finisher. Pokemon who work well with Kartana include Rotom-W, Landorus-T, Zapdos, and Tapu Koko as they synergize in both typing and can get Kartana out safely.
How did you like this set? Have a Pokemon you want me to make a set for? Let me know!
Pokemon Set of the Day- Alolan Sandlash (TBD):
(As requested by @brocktomb)
Alolan Sandslash is one of the original Generation I Pokemon to receive a new imagining in Generation VII, and with it sweeping potential for Hail teams in the metagame!
Sandlash-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Slush Rush
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
- Swords Dance
- Icicle Crash
- Iron Head
- Alolan Sandslash has a radically different role than Sandlash of old, acting as a sweeper for Hail teams rather than Hazard support. Maximum Speed investment with a Jolly Nature allows Sandslash to get the most out of it’s Slush Rush ability, with the rest of the EV investment put into Attack to hit hard and get value out of Swords Dance. Life Orb is the item of choice here, as it allows Sandslash to switch moves while offering a good boost in power.
- Swords Dance is the boosting move of choice for Alolan Sandslash, as it doubles the Attack stat and along with a doubled Speed from Slush Rush Sandslash assuredly sweeps the opponent’s team. Icicle Crash is the Ice type STAB move of choice, dealing strong damage and potentially flinching the opponent’s Pokemon in the process. In a similar vein, Iron Head is the Steel STAB move choice with a similar flinching chance but offers less power and more accuracy. Earthquake is a callback to the Ground type Sandlash of old, and helps Alolan Sandslash deal with Steel and Fire type Pokemon it’s STAB moves couldn’t hit otherwise.
- Alolan Sandslash is an Ice/Steel type Pokemon, which is absolutely awful in regards to weaknesses. Taking 4x damage from Fighting and Fire attacks is horrible considering those are some of the common offensive types to come across. Alolan Sandslash is also rather linear in it’s usage, as it’s quite mediocre on anything other than a Hail team. Alolan Ninetails, Latios, Rotom-W, and Starmie make for fantastic partners to mitigate these weaknesses, and Alolan Sandslash works best on Offensive Hail teams in a much needed sweeper role.
How did you like this set? Have a Pokemon you want me to make a set for? Let me know!
This is the face of pure power people. A plus 2 to everything basically gives Eevee base stats of
55/128/118/108/148/128. was chatting on smogon about this and they crunched some numbers
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Chansey: 376-444 (53.4 - 63%) – guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 252 HP / 172 Def Clefable:
298-352 (75.6 - 89.3%) – guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+1 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 72 HP / 0 Def Landorus-T: 234-276 (69.4 - 81.8%) – guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ SpA Eevee Stored Power (220 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Diancie: 216-255 (89.6 - 105.8%) – guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Latios: 340-402 (113.7 - 134.4%) – guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 248 HP / 252+ Def Rotom-W:
196-232 (64.6 - 76.5%) – guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock and
+2 252+ SpA Eevee Stored Power (220 BP) vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Rotom-W:
261-308 (86.1 - 101.6%) – 87.5% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 96 HP / 0- Def Tornadus-T: 380-448 (117.6 - 138.6%) – guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Return vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Thundurus: 378-446 (126.4 - 149.1%) – guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Double-Edge vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Mew:
334-394 (82.6 - 97.5%) – 68.8% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
+2 252+ Atk Adaptability Eevee Double-Edge vs. 252 HP / 232+ Def
Slowbro: 228-270 (57.8 - 68.5%) – guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock
and Leftovers recovery
And yes, everything on this list is outsped at +2.
And here are some defensive calculations
252+ Atk Soft Sand Landorus-T Earthquake vs. +2 4 HP / 0 Def Eevee: 204-240 (80.9 - 95.2%) – guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Latios Draco Meteor vs. +2 4 HP / 0 SpD Eevee: 199-234 (78.9 - 92.8%) – guaranteed 2HKO
And did I mention it also gets Baton pass? I am so having an Eevee on my team now haha. Not sure if I wanna run a physical or special attacker though. Powerful return, or powerful Stored power and Hyper voice?
I'm just getting into competitive battling and I was wondering how many team "positions" there are. Like sweeper, tank, etc. Can you name the most common ones? Thank you so much -Very Confused
Haha yeah no problem! I’ll try my best to list all of the roles of Pokemon people throw around on the internet!
Sweeper: This Pokemon plays the role your lvl 100 Mewtwo did as a kid. Sweepers often carry a team to victory and often have the ability to beat multiple Pokemon within a single game. These Pokemon are offensive threats and often have some sort of boosting move (Dragon Dance, Swords Dance, ect.) to help beat anything your opponent throws at it. They hit fast, they hit hard and often have a large coverage. Pokemon like Dragonite, Lucario, and Mega Charizard-X are all sweeper Pokemon
Tank: This is a Pokemon who can take hits and dish them back out. What they lack in Speed they make up for in bulk and oftentimes are useful in picking off Offensive threats. You’re not expecting to win with this Pokemon, just soften up your opponents a little bit. Unlike a sweeper who oftentimes can’t take hits due to low bulk, these Pokemon can take hits while still providing pressure. Pokemon like Mega Aggron, Suicune, and Conkeldurr are all Tank Pokemon.
Pivot: These are Pokemon whose sole purpose is to provide you momentum in a battle. Often carrying Volt Switch or U-Turn these Pokemon often can take a hit or force an opponent to switch out. These Pokemon help get your sweepers in safely and maneuver around your opponent’s threats. Pokemon such as Mega Ampharos, Scizor and Rotom-W are all Pivots.
Wall: Just like Tanks these Pokemon are bulky but unlike Tanks, Walls don’t intend to hit back directly. These are Pokemon intended to take Physical or Special Attacks consistently over the course of a game, these Pokemon take powerful attacks your opponent’s dish out so your other Pokemon don’t have to. Oftentimes, these Pokemon will have some sort of built in recovery attack for added longevity. Pokemon such as Skarmory, Chansey, and Ferrothorn are all Walls.
Support: These are Pokemon whose purpose is to give your opponent a hard time while also helping your own team. These Pokemon will use moves such as Thunder Wave, Reflect, Light Screen to give you an edge over your opponent. Pokemon such as Cresselia, Mew and Clefable are all Support Pokemon.
Wallbreaker: Remember Wall Pokemon? These are the Pokemon meant to beat those Walls. These Pokemon often have overwhelming offensive stats, and often possess some quality that prevents them from being stalled out by a Tank. These qualities often include having both Physical and Special Attacks, possessing an ability such as Guts or Huge Power, or have a particular moveset designed to beat Walls. Pokemon such as Keldeo, Azumarill, and Mega Heracross are all Wallbreakers.
There are more specific roles I didn’t cover (like Cleric, Revenger Killer and Phazer) but the ones I listed above are going to be the most general roles for a Pokemon to have. Keep in mind a Pokemon can have multiple roles! Conkeldurr for example acts as both a Tank and a Wallbreaker. Good luck with your teambuilding!
This little Rotom figure is finally finished! He stands at four inches and was made out of polymer clay! Anyway I was motivated to make this for a talented artist called @kynimdraws since Rotom is one of her favorite Pokemon. I really hope you like it ;w;
smogon? did you mean “we find this thing minorly upsetting because our team is greninja/talonflame/ferrothorn/rotom-w/sylveon/mega-venusaur, and this thing counters our team, so we’re just gonna ban it”?
Anyways, I decided to finally make one of these. Mostly because everyone else seems to be making them and I want to be just as cool as everyone else c: But also because there are a lot of really awesome people on tumblr and they need to know how awesome they are :D
All of these blogs are great, and I highly recommend following them if you aren’t already :)