Rotom-S

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Electric / Flying NU
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

Well, this is perhaps one of Game Freak's greatest mistakes, and it has caused Rotom-S to become a laughing stock for all competitive Pokemon players. A Flying-type... with Levitate. Aside from Rotom-S's obvious flaws (a completely wasted ability anyone?), it is not actually that bad when equipped with a Choice Scarf, and it can take on a the role of a Zapdos with an interesting STAB move in Air Slash. Rotom-S can act as both a an effective revenge killer, or it can also—with some success—utilize a Choice Specs to deal out some respectable damage. Rotom-S's main downfall, though, is that it is almost completely outclassed by its brothers—Rotom-H, Rotom-F, Rotom-C, and arguably regular Rotom, all of which have better secondary STAB moves to work with. Overall, if you're using a Choice set, or, if you're feeling crazy and seriously want to abuse a 16x Ground immunity when Baton Passed Magnet Rise and when holding an Air Balloon, Rotom-S will serve you well.

Name Item Nature

Choice

Choice Scarf / Choice Specs Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Air Slash
~ Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Trick
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This is the only set that Rotom-S can use effectively that isn't completely outclassed by any of the other Rotom Appliances. With a Choice Scarf around its neck, Rotom-S is able to outspeed various offensive Pokemon, including, but not limited to, Azelf, Mismagius, and Victini, and proceed to finish them off with Air Slash or Volt Switch. This set is also a great scout, although Rotom-C is probably better at doing this specific task, as it can scare away Ground-types with its STAB Leaf Storm. Rotom-S can only rely on a meager Air Slash, which means Ground-types can switch in with little risk. For this reason, Hidden Power Grass is an excellent auxiliary attack, and Rotom-S can act as a good lure to Pokemon such as Rhyperior; it is a sure 2HKO on Rhyperior with a Choice Specs.

The last move on the set, Trick, is used for taking out any would-be counter. Rotom-S can effectively lure out and KO bulky Ground-types, and Trick is able to destroy another potential counter. After this, Rotom-S's teammates should be able to take advantage of the situation, and prepare for a sweep. For example, with Rhyperior removed, and a special wall Tricked, Houndoom will have a much easier time sweeping, as its main counters will have been removed.

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Other Options

In terms of other options, Rotom-S does not have much to boast. A paraflinch set, with Pain Split, Air Slash, Thunder Wave, and Thunderbolt could possibly be effective, although it is walled hard by Ground-types. Rotom-S could also use a SubCharge set, as Air Slash has no negative effects, unlike the poor accuracy of Blizzard and the crippling Special Attack reduction of Leaf Storm and Overheat. Toxic can be used on any set, as it will cripple any common switch-in to Rotom-S. Finally, a defensive set could be effective, but Zapdos does this better, thanks to its better defenses, access to Roost, and the ability to use moves like Heat Wave to deal with threats such as Escavalier.

Checks and Counters

Rotom-S is truly hampered by Ground-types, but they must watch out for Hidden Power Grass. Rhyperior is the best option, as it can proceed to smash Rotom-S with Stone Edge. Flygon is another effective counter, as it is neutral to Hidden Power Grass, and it can scout out incoming switches with U-turn. It must beware of Choice Specs Air Slashes, though. Pokemon that boast huge Special Defense stats can wall Rotom-S without difficulty, although they must beware of Trick. Finally, beware of Air Slash—it always seems to flinch at the worst times...