Rotom-C @ Life Orb
EVs: 32 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 8 SDef / 212 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Leaf Storm
- Thunder Wave
- Pain Split
What's different about the set:
This set is pretty different, since you usually only see Choice Scarf Rotom-C, with Volt Switch. However, with this set, you can take what you knew about Rotom-C and throw it out the window. Life Orb is where its at, boosting the power of Rotom-C's moves greatly. Now, you 2HKO Tangrowth and Cryogonal after Stealth Rock. I also opt for Thunder Wave and Pain Split as utility moves since I used this set in a team based around paralysis support for Escavalier. Pain Split just keeps Rotom-C around longer, which is always helpful since it's just so powerful. I run a Modest nature and enough Speed to outspeed Modest Magmortar, since it's pretty threatening to a lot of my teams and it's OHKOed after Stealth Rock (maybe without idk). The rest is invested in bulk while having a Life Orb number.
Why it works:
This set is just so powerful, and it demolishes a lot of defensive teams. I'm pretty conservative with Leaf Storm, and I usually always use Thunderbolt first unless I predict the Manectric switch-in or something. Also, if I know that Rotom-C can't sweep or even aid the team any longer, I can paralyze something and make it vulnerable to a slow attacker such as Escavalier or Rhydon later. This set is a pretty great lure too, since it draws in a bunch of Electric-immune Pokemon like no tomorrow, of which Nidoqueen is the most threatening. Nidoqueen comes in on a "predicted" Thunderbolt, and dies to Leaf Storm. This same scenario can happen against Rhydon or Lanturn. It's also good when I need to paralyze something but Rotom-C can't kill the opposing threat, such as Sceptile, so it can paralyze Sceptile and make it much less threatening. It's also a good Kabutops check; we need more of those.
Pokemon that resist both of Rotom-C's STAB moves and have decent Special Defense can stop this set pretty easily. I'm looking at Roselia, Ferroseed, and even opposing Rotom-C, although I can usually paralyze those. As such, a Fire-type such as Moltres or Entei can be a good partner to beat them, and they appreciate paralysis support against offensive teams. I used Escavalier with this too to beat Grass-types, and Escavalier went to town since you easily lure in Tangrowth and paralyze it, if not just outright 2HKOing it. Entry hazard support is cool too, and Pokemon such as Steelix, Aerodactyl, and Rhydon can set up Stealth Rock, while Qwilfish, Accelgor, and Ferroseed can set up Spikes. Drapion is also a good partner for this set, since it synergizes well and and can get rid of Grass-types.