Rotom-C

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Electric / Grass RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 241 304 -
Atk
65
149 166 229 251
Def
107
225 250 313 344
SpA
105
221 246 309 339
SpD
107
225 250 313 344
Spe
86
187 208 271 298

Overview

In a tier dominated by Water-, Electric-, and Ground-types, such as Suicune, Slowbro, Raikou, and Rhyperior, Rotom-C stands out as a great check to many of them. It is one of the best Water-type counters in the game, with its Electric and Grass STABs providing super effective coverage against any Water-type. Unfortunately, with pros come cons, and while Rotom-C resists some of the main offensive types in the UU metagame, it is also weak to other common offensive types including Ice, Fire and Bug.

Rotom-C's movepool gives it a number of offensive and defensive options. Rotom-C functions well as a Choice Scarf user thanks to its base 86 Speed, which is a cut above base 85s such as Heracross. Rotom-C's immunity to Earthquake also comes in handy, as this means it can switch in and out freely with Volt Switch. The ability to use Trick complements Choice sets well, as it can either cripple opposing walls and render them useless or ease prediction by Tricking an offensive enemy. However, if Choice items are not your cup of tea, then Rotom-C can also elect to run a non-Choiced set with Pain Split. Rotom-C also has access to niche status moves, such as Thunder Wave and Will-O-Wisp, to cripple opponents, a combination of moves which other Electric- and Grass-types rarely have. Finally, Volt Switch allows Rotom-C to gain momentum by ensuring the correct switch, making it a useful partner to offensive threats. In conclusion, Rotom-C is a very good Pokemon and is capable of succeeding more than decently with just the right amount of support.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Volt Switch
~ Thunderbolt / Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fire
~ Trick
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

When donning a Choice Scarf, Rotom-C functions as a very powerful revenge killer, with its 140 Base Power STAB Leaf Storm being able to OHKO multiple frail enemies in the UU metagame, including but not limited to Sableye and Mienshao. Meanwhile, Volt Switch can be used to gain momentum on the opponent by switching out to counter whatever your foe just switched in, although if you predict a Ground-type switch-in, you can use Leaf Storm to, more often than not, OHKO it.

Trick can be used to nullify a dedicated special wall's utility, and because special tanks, such as Snorlax and Porygon2, make for good switch-ins to Rotom-C, it is relatively easy to predict a switch. Rotom-C's dual STABs, although deadly to Water-types, are unfortunately resisted by Grass-types. A Hidden Power on Rotom-C can be used to relieve this burden, but most Grass-types are only 2HKOed by Hidden Power and can take action against Rotom-C. Fret not, as Volt Switch on Rotom-C does just the job by allowing you to switch out to an appropriate Grass-type counter.

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Name Item Nature

Defensive

Leftovers Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
~ Pain Split
~ Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

Rotom-C is commonly seen as an offensive monster, but it also has often overlooked base 107 defenses, which permit it to function as a semi-bulky sweeper. A significant HP investment is used to remedy its low base 50 HP, which bolsters the effect of Pain Split, granting a greater health recovery while dealing greater damage to the opponent. Thunderbolt can be used to dish out more damage to enemy Pokemon, but Volt Switch permits switching to a more suitable teammate, thereby keeping momentum. Will-O-Wisp is useful for neutralizing enemy physical attackers. Alternatively, if physical attackers do not pose a threat to your team, Thunder Wave can be considered for its ability to cripple faster threats

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Name Item Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Volt Switch
~ Thunderbolt / Hidden Power Fire
~ Trick
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Rotom-C is gifted with an amazing STAB move combination; Leaf Storm's sheer power can deal massive amounts of damage even to resistances while Thunderbolt offers more consistent power. Thunderbolt is used when the switching out granted by Volt Switch is not necessary, permitting you to attack repeatedly without having to remove Rotom-C from the field. The extra power from the Choice Specs allows you to OHKO frail Pokemon, such as Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Raikou, Lanturn, Medicham, and more, with Leaf Storm.

Grass-types resist both of Rotom-C's STABs, but you can use Volt Switch to switch into an appropriate teammate to deal with them. Trick is also useful to cripple defensive or support opponents permanently, such as Snorlax, Umbreon, and Uxie, allowing a teammate to finish them off.

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Name Item Nature

Non-Choice Attacker

Expert Belt / Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
~ Will-O-Wisp / Hidden Power Fire
~ Pain Split
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

This set is a good lure because Rotom-C is running a Choice set most of the time, and as such, opponents who expect you to be locked into Thunderbolt may daringly switch their Swampert, Lanturn, or Quagsire in, only to be OHKOed by a powerful Leaf Storm. This set works better on more balanced teams, as it sacrifices power and speed for bulk, semi-reliable recovery, and the ability to switch moves, while also packing a status move to support its team. Leaf Storm is the main offensive move used as usual, but it is hard to use on this set, since it will be extremely weakened after the first use. Thunderbolt or Volt Switch is the staple move for weakened enemies, so Rotom-C doesn't have to switch out early due to a lack of power. Pain Split is semi-reliable recovery which also damages the opponent as a bonus.

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Other Options

Thunder Wave can be used over Will-O-Wisp as a status move to cripple fast enemies if physical attackers aren't a problem for the team. Charge Beam is an alternative option to facilitate a late-game sweep if used correctly. Shadow Ball can be used as an extra coverage option to attack the numerous Ghost- and Psychic-types in the tier, such as Mew, Mismagius, Cofagrigus and more, dealing similar super effective damage to a neutral Leaf Storm but not causing a -2 Special Attack drop. A ChestoRest set can give Rotom-C another chance at life to help the team. This is possible on the bulky set to restore Rotom-C to full health. A RestTalk set can be used instead to give better recovery to Rotom-C. It can also be used as a sleep fodder for the team, but that is better left to other superior sleep fodders such as Suicune. It is possible to run a SubSplit set, but Leaf Storm's -2 Special Attack drop makes it difficult to keep Rotom-C on the field for long, which reduces staying power and makes it unviable.

Checks and Counters

Several notable checks to Rotom-C include Fire-types, such as Arcanine and Victini, which can tank Leaf Storms and Hidden Powers and retaliate with a STAB Fire move, which can usually OHKO Rotom-C. Fast Ice-types, such as Weavile and Froslass, serve as temporary checks that can OHKO with a STAB Ice move but are unable to switch in on Leaf Storm. Escavalier, Durant, Ferroseed, and Abomasnow resist Rotom-C's STAB moves and can OHKO back, but can be dealt with a 4x effective Hidden Power Fire. Roserade can take Leaf Storms and Thunderbolts and set up on Rotom-C or even OHKO with a Sludge Bomb, while being bulky enough to take two or three super effective Hidden Powers. To deal with such checks, it is possible to repeatedly use the appropriate coverage move to deal super effective damage to them or just switch out either conventionally or with Volt Switch.

Hard counters to Rotom-C include Rotom-H and Snorlax. Rotom-H resists all of the attacks Rotom-C can throw at it and OHKOes with Overheat while not minding Trick. Snorlax has massive HP and Special Defense, allowing it to wall Rotom-C, and can dent it with Return or catch it on the Volt Switch with Pursuit. Tricking a Choice Specs onto Snorlax can cripple it for the match, however. In such cases, the preferred method is still to Volt Switch out and let an appropriate teammate deal with Snorlax, as Rotom-C does not always want to lose its Choice item.