Rotom-W

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type
Electric / Water
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

Rotom-W is one of the most useful Pokemon in the DW metagame. Its superb defensive typing, coupled with solid 50 / 107 / 107 defenses, allows Rotom-W to do an admirable job of checking prominent threats such as Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W also makes an excellent Choice Scarf user as it is able to check some of the most dangerous threats in the tier, such as +1 Dragonite, Garchomp, and Thundurus. Additionally, with Drizzle Politoed in the mix, Rotom-W can pose a major offensive threat with its dual STABs. All in all, Rotom-W is a fantastic Pokemon in the DW metagame that can take on a variety of important roles for any team.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

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

With a Choice Scarf equipped, Rotom-W can outrun and KO dangerous threats in the DW metagame, such as Thundurus, +1 Dragonite, and Garchomp. Volt Switch enables Rotom-W to function as a scout; Rotom-W is a particularly effective user of the move due to its immunity to both forms of Spikes. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move that hits hard when boosted by rain, KOing Ground-type foes hoping to switch into Rotom-W's Electric-type attacks. Hidden Power Fire is specifically for Ferrothorn, which resists both of Rotom-W's STABs. Hidden Power Ice, on the other hand, offers a reliable method of revenge killing +1 Dragonite and Salamence. Trick rounds out the set, allowing Rotom-W to cripple common switch-ins such as Ferrothorn, Gastrodon, and Blissey, while possibly obtaining Leftovers to capitalize on Rotom-W's great bulk. However, Thunderbolt is a viable alternative due to its superior power and ability to consistently break Substitutes of Pokemon such as Chandelure and Gyarados.

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Name Item Nature

Tank

Leftovers Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
~ Hydro Pump
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
~ Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp
248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpA

This set aims to deal damage to the opponent's team over a long period of time while having enough bulk to serve as a defensive pivot, essentially combining Rotom-W's offensive, defensive, and support capabilities. Volt Switch allows Rotom-W to scout for counters, and as this is a slower set, teammates can switch in safely after Rotom-W uses it. Thunderbolt is an option as it makes this set a hard counter to Substitute + Dragon Dance Gyarados. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move that disposes of the Ground-types Rotom-W can easily switch into, such as Landorus and Excadrill. Rotom-W can generally handle Hydro Pump's imperfect accuracy due to its great bulk.

Hidden Power Fire is notable for KOing Ferrothorn outright, while Hidden Power Ice is handy for hitting Dragonite, Salamence, and Garchomp. Hidden Power Ice is also useful for hitting Landorus and Gliscor more reliably than Hydro Pump. Pain Split provides a reliable source of recovery, as Pokemon with huge HP stats, such as Blissey, commonly switch into Rotom-W. Will-O-Wisp is another option, as it enables Rotom-W to cripple Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.

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Name Item Nature

SubSplit

Life Orb / Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Pain Split
~ Hydro Pump
~ Thunderbolt
68 HP / 216 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe

Unlike its other sets, SubSpit Rotom-W plays the role of an all-out sweeper and aims to beat some of Rotom-W's conventional counters through the use of Substitute and Pain Split. Rotom-W makes an exceptional user of the SubSplit combination with its excellent typing and low base HP, meaning it gains huge amounts of health back when it uses Pain Split against walls such as Blissey. The key to this Rotom-W beating Blissey and Gastrodon is Toxic Spikes support, though Gastrodon can also simply be Toxiced as it lacks Natural Cure. With Toxic Spikes down, Blissey and Gastrodon will be put on a timer by Toxic and Rotom-W's arsenal of Pain Split and strong attacks. Rotom-W's great typing and defensive stats mean its Substitutes are relatively difficult to break. Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt hit incredibly hard as they receive boosts from STAB, Life Orb, and possibly even rain.

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Other Options

Rotom-W can use Choice Specs to allow teammates to switch in safely after Volt Switch, but it generally hits hard enough, and needs the Speed to revenge kill set-up sweepers. Rest + Chesto Berry is an option, but Rotom-W can stay healthy with Pain Spit, as walls with high HP commonly switch into it. Furthermore, status isn't usually a problem because of Volt Switch. Rotom-W can revisit its staple Substitute + Charge Beam set from DPP, but this set is still walled by typical Rotom-W counters, namely Gastrodon and Celebi, while Volt Switch has much more utility. Rotom-W can function as an effective dual screens lead as opponents usually won't Taunt it, expecting an offensive variant. However, barring the surprise factor, Deoxys-S is a better option due to its superior Speed.

Rotom-W can utilize Rain Dance to boost its own Water-type STAB while improving Thunder to 100% accuracy. In the same vein, it can also use Sunny Day to boost Hidden Power Fire in order to beat Ferrothorn. Sunny Day Rotom-W is a great fit on sun teams, as it provides backup sun and scares off Tyranitar and Politoed with its STAB moves. Shadow Ball hits Celebi and Latias harder than a super effective Hidden Power, but it won't OHKO them, and certain Hidden Power types are more useful as they enable Rotom-W to get past some of its greatest obstacles. Finally, Rindo Berry is a option to cover up Rotom-W's only weakness, namely to Grass-type moves, but Rotom-W can't do much to Grass-types in return.

Checks and Counters

As Rotom-W is primarily a special attacker, Chansey and Blissey will naturally give it problems. The pink blobs can even check the SubSplit set if they pack Seismic Toss. Rotom-W struggles most with bulky Grass-types, such as Celebi, Ferrothorn, Breloom, and Venusaur, as they resist both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks while striking back with STAB super effective Grass-type attacks. A Pokemon commonly paired up with Venusaur, Ninetales, can also switch into Rotom-W, neutralize its Water-type attacks, and hit it with a super effective SolarBeam. Latias and Latios are excellent checks to Rotom-W, as the former shrugs off super effective Hidden Powers and Shadow Ball after one Calm Mind, while the latter is able to KO Rotom-W with a powerful Draco Meteor. Gastrodon is one of the few Pokemon immune to both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks, but the worst it can do to Rotom-W is Toxic. Finally, Choice Scarf users such as Terrakion and Serperior can prey on Rotom-W's mediocre Speed by revenge killing it.