Volbeat (M) @ Damp Rock
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SDef / 252 Def
- Rain Dance
- Tail Glow
- Baton Pass
Base Stats- 65 HP, 73 Atk, 55 Def, 47 SpA, 75 SpDef, 85 Spe
Description: Volbeat may not look like much on the surface... until you see it's ability. Prankster is one of the very best abilities a supporter can have, especially a weather supporter. Volbeat is also good at Baton Passing. Because of Prankster, Volbeat's Baton Pass will go before any other normal move. Same goes for Tail Glow, it's boosting move of choice. Passing +3 to something like Ludicolo can swiftly end a game. The final move on Volbeat is Encore. If you're up against an SR lead who sees Volbeat as Setup Fodder, lock him into Rocks! This will give you a perfect setup chance for a great sweep. Even if they are faster than you, you've got Prankster! Locking them into an ineffective move is a great way to set up a sweep.
Shortcomings: Take a look at them stats. Absolutely NOTHING jumps out immediately, as all of its stats are mediocre. Also, Volbeat uses No Attacking Moves. This generally isn't a bad thing, but if the opponent sets up Spikes, then Volbeat can do nothing to stop this. Also, in general, the Bug type isn't that good. Weak to Rock, Flying and Fire. Not exactly a phenomenal typing. Also, a SR weakness doesn't do it favours. Especially for a supporter that is important to a team. Faster priority is also a big problem. Feraligatr's Aqua Jet and Kabutops' Aqua Jet in particular are dangerous as they will likely be rain-boosted, which means they'll do even more damage.
Other Options: Volbeat has few other options. Rain Dance, Baton Pass, and Encore are musts. The fourth moveslot can be swapped for Substitute to allow for a safer Baton Pass, but if you are certain the switch-in can live, Tail Glow is superior. The natures and EV spread are standard for a supporter- Max HP and Maxed out Defense with a Bold nature. This is fine, don't tinker with it.
Volbeat is the VolBEST! (Sorry, had to do that.)
Pokemon Showdown username is Serenity.
Last edited by Phazon00; Oct 16th, 2012 at 8:50:46 PM.