Rotom

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Electric / Ghost RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 241 304 -
Atk
50
122 136 199 218
Def
77
171 190 253 278
SpA
95
203 226 289 317
SpD
77
171 190 253 278
Spe
91
196 218 281 309

Overview

The unadorned Rotom has long been overshadowed by its alternate formes. However, in the fifth generation, it alone retains one of the defining attractions of the appliance family when it was first introduced: the Ghost typing. Possessing the treasured ability to block Rapid Spin and simultaneously keep offensive momentum through Volt Switch, Rotom’s great typing and speed enables it to become both an offensive spinblocker and a revenge killer. Unfortunately, Rotom is still very frail, and its base 95 Special Attack fails to outshine the rest of the metagame. In conclusion, play Rotom to its unique strengths, or don’t use it at all.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Volt Switch
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Ice / Thunderbolt
~ Trick
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Rotom's excellent typing, access to Volt Switch, and usable Special Attack and Speed stats make it a surprisingly effective revenge killer as well as a spinblocker. With a Choice Scarf, it reaches 463 Speed, outspeeding +1 Dragonite, Gyarados, Adamant Haxorus, and Salamence. While it may appear that Gengar or Mismagius could play this role better, Rotom's resistances and access to Volt Switch differentiate itself from the aforementioned alternatives. With a Choice Scarf, Rotom can outspeed and OHKO one of the most common Rapid Spin users, Starmie, with Volt Switch, although it needs to be careful when switching in for fear of an OHKO from Hydro Pump. Volt Switch also allows Rotom to be one step ahead of Pursuit users, who would easily pick off Rotom otherwise.

Volt Switch is Rotom's main attack, allowing it to keep offensive momentum and OHKO Gyarados. Shadow Ball severely dents Celebi and Gengar, while Hidden Power Ice allows Rotom to revenge kill slightly weakened Dragon-type Pokemon such as Salamence and Dragonite. For a stronger STAB attack, Thunderbolt is an alternative option, although coverage is sacrificed if you choose to run it. Finally, Trick rounds out the set by allowing Rotom to cripple special walls that would switch in, such as Blissey and Jirachi.

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Other Options

Rotom could potentially run a status platform set with Will-O-Wisp / Discharge / Volt Switch / Pain Split, but it is generally too frail for such a set. A Substitute + Pain Split is largely outclassed by Gengar, though a Substitute + Charge Beam set may be viable. While Rotom's stats leave much to be desired for these strategies, being able to set up on Blissey and Chansey is a large selling point.

Checks and Counters

Tyranitar is Rotom's worst enemy. It can switch into any attack, take a negligible amount of damage, and remove Rotom via Pursuit if it is Choice-locked into something other than Volt Switch. Scizor can do similarly if it comes in on a resisted move. Virizion takes very little from Rotom's attacks and can set up using Calm Mind with impunity. Gastrodon and Swampert are immune to Volt Switch and take little from its coverage moves, while Blissey and Chansey wall Rotom. These walls all need to watch out for Trick, however, as having a Choice item could cripple them for the rest of the match.