Pokemon Set of the Day- Kartana (TBD):
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!
Item: Salac Berry
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252ATK 4DEF 252SPE
Sacred Sword/Night Slash
- 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.
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