Alakazam (F) @ Life Orb / Focus Sash
Trait: Magic Guard
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast
- Charge Beam
Why is this set effective?
Alakazam is usually seen running a Sash + 4 attacks set because people dismiss it's ability to sweep due to its frailty. Charge beam had a mere 3.411% of battles in which it was in Alakazam's movepool - Even lower than recover! Alakazam with a life orb attached as we all know is amazingly powerful, and it can come in on a weakened Pokemon and K.O. with charge beam to begin a late game sweep or to just wallbreak. Alakazam also [b]SINGLEHANDEDLY[b] destroys Rain Stall, seeing as +1 Focus Blast has an 86% chance to 2HKO Chansey. The only thing that really I guess sticks in your way is Specially Defensive Celebi, which can tank a shadow ball, but it really can't do much to you back unless it has Thunder Wave. My
Great teammates for this set are ones that can take out special walls as well as faster threats, as well as being able to deal with strong priority users. Deoxys-D and other spikes users are great ensuring that with hazards available, very little can take a hit from Alakazam. Magnezone is also a nice teammate as Pokemon like Jirachi and Scizor threaten Alakazam with their amazing special defense, and priority move respectedly.
The main counters to Alakazam are mainly those that can take a hit and retaliate back. Jirachi and Mamoswine can take a hit and destroy it with an Iron Head or a Meteor Mash. Faster threats are also quite annoying such as Tornadus-T and Jolteon
All in all charge beam Alakazam is one of the most underrated Pokemon I have ever seen and imo is much better than regular old 4 attacks Alakazam or CM