Golurk @ Leftovers
Trait: Iron Fist
EVs: 152 HP / 252 Atk / 104 Spd
- Stealth Rock
- Drain Punch
- Shadow Punch
What's different about the set:
This set takes advantage of the tutors from BW2, and Golurk is a great Pokemon in the new metagame. It's a pretty reliable Stealth Rock user, and can even spinblock itself! The emphasis here is on being a tank, and Golurk possesses a blend of bulk, typing, and power. Drain Punch is really helpful for it, making it a perfect switch-in to Clefable and Ferroseed, while also allowing it to counter Pokemon such as Tauros. The EVs allow it to outspeed Lanturn, Roselia, and Sandslash, while also Speed creeping Aggron and offensive Tangrowth that also aim to outrun Lanturn.
Why it works:
Golurk is an absolute monster since it never dies unless it's haxed (all the time :<). It's probably one of the best Nidoqueen checks there is, since a lot of people use Sludge Wave first to hit the incoming target. Golurk 4x resists Sludge Wave, allowing it to survive the combination of Sludge Wave and Earth Power (Nidoqueen's most powerful common option against it) with ease. It can even take an Ice Beam if you don't get unlucky with the damage roll too. It has perfect coverage in Shadow Punch and Drain Punch, while Earthquake still allows it to hit hard. It's also a better spinblocker than other Golurk sets, since you can stay in on Cryogonal and say "Ice Beam me, I dare you," since you can recover back most of your health with Drain Punch. I absolutely love this set, and expect it to become the new standard set, since it has the bulk to take powerful STAB or super effective moves and hit back hard.
Tangrowth walls this set like no tomorrow, so something to take care of it such as Magmortar or Moltres is appreciated. Roselia is a great partner that can set up Spikes for Golurk to take advantage of while also switching into Tangrowth easily. Golurk can spinblock these hazards. Paralysis support is also appreciated from the likes of Slowking, Ferroseed (more Spikes!), Lanturn, Qwilfish, etc., since you can try to attempt a sweep against offensive teams too if they're all paralyzed. This set can fit on any team really, but more stallish teams benefit from it more since it can fill multiple roles with one teamslot (tbh that's how I got the idea for this set!)
I'll be back with more sets later!