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Rotom-F (QC 2/3)
- The reintroduction of Snow Warning to UU has given Rotom-F a huge boon as it can reliably use its signature move, Blizzard.
- Its stats, while not stupidly strong, get the job done. Its strange Speed tier allows it to outspeed many relevant Pokemon, its Special Attack is high enough to make STAB Blizzards hurt, and its bulk is still usable.
- Its STAB combination is legendary. Electric- and Ice-type attacks hit almost everything for neutral damage, and many Pokemon for super effective damage.
- With Levitate, its typing isn't even terrible defensively. It trades weaknesses to the common Fighting- and Fire-type attacks for resistances to the common Electric-, Ground-, and Ice-type attacks. The weakness to Stealth Rock hurts, but the blow is cushioned with an immunity to Spikes.
- Rotom-F's biggest fault is that it heavily relies on Hail to ensure its strongest STAB is reliable, and its common weaknesses are likely to be shared with other team members on a Hail team.
- Still, Rotom-F is one of the most dangerous Hail Pokemon, and is often difficult to counter.
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Blizzard
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Volt Switch
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- This set is an all-in-one revenge killer, wall crippler, and lategame sweeper.
- Rotom-F's nice Speed tier allows it to revenge KO weakened sweepers, such as Choice Scarf Heracross and Dragon Dance Kingdra, its decent bulk and Ground-type immunity allow it to check Flygon and Krookodile, its typing allows it to counter Raikou lacking Aura Sphere, as well as check Zapdos and all Raikou variants.
- Blizzard is the power STAB, not only KOing Pokemon with Ice-type weaknesses, but also 2HKOing most Pokemon that don't invest in bulk. A lategame Blizzard sweep after resists and walls have been removed is very possible.
- Thunderbolt is a great secondary STAB. It hits many Pokemon Blizzard can't for decent damage and prevents Water-types from trying to easily absorb a Blizzard.
- Ground-types are hard to switch into Rotom-F because of its STAB Blizzard, so Volt Switch is a very reliable method of dealing extra damage and keeping momentum.
- Trick is a nasty surprise for any special wall and can allow another special sweeper to break through
- EV spread is pretty straightforward. Take advantage of that great Speed tier while getting as much out of 105 Special Attack as possible. 4 in SpD to give Download Pokemon a physical boost
- Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit the rare Lanturn and hit Swampert slightly harder, but has no further use.
- Abomasnow is a very necessary teammate who allows Rotom-F to spam powerful STABs
- Rotom-F appreciated teammates who can weaken special walls, such as Substitute + Will-o-Wisp Chandelure who can also switch into Choice locked Fighting-type attacks, or Pokemon that can deal damage to special walls such as Mienshao or Heracross
- Mienshao can form a Voltturn core with Rotom-F. Rotom-F is likely to Volt Switch out of Snorlax or Umbreon, and Mienshao deals serious damage to them. Mienshao will likely U-turn out of Slowbro, Cofagrigus, or Gligar, all threatened by Rotom-F.
- A double electric strategy is another good choice, as Rotom-F can cripple special walls with Trick and has a powerful secondary STAB. Raikou can run a Hail set with Weather Ball, so it partners particularly well.
- Many of Rotom-F's counters are grounded, Froslass can set Spikes while being immune to Fighting, a major weakness of Rotom-F.
move 1: Blizzard
move 2: Thunderbolt
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Pain Split
item: Life Orb
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- It is a terrifying sweeper due to usable Special Attack, a nice Speed tier, and near perfect STAB coverage
- Rotom-F can enter battle after a KO, or switch into one of its good resistances or immunities
- It can then force out any Pokemon weak to either STAB or any frail Pokemon and throw up a Substitute
- Blizzard is a strong STAB move that deals a lot of damage. It 2HKOs a lot of the tier and can severly weaken any Pokemon without a resist while behind a Substitute.
- Thunderbolt is a decent STAB hits Water-types (a good Ice-type resist) for super effective, and is neutral against other types that resist Ice.
- Substitute eases prediction allowing, making sure one doesn't Thunderbolt a Swampert switch or Blizzard against a Slowbro
- Pain Split can recover health lost to Substitutes, Life Orb, and Stealth Rock while weakening the opponent
- The set is a sweeper, so Special Attack and Speed are maximized to maximized its ability to break through teams. 4 in Special Defense so Download Pokemon get a less favorable attack boost
- Rotom-F can use Discharge over Thunderbolt and Leftovers over Life Orb to become a decently powerful status spreader, but the power decrease is very noticeable
- Abomasnow is needed to ensure Blizzard is reliable
- Chandelure can cripple Special walls like Snorlax and Umbreon with Trick or Will-o-Wisp, allowing Rotom-F to sweep
- Rotom-F can be paired with Hail abusing Raikou that carry Aura Sphere to wear down and break through Snorlax, Umbreon, or any special wall.
- Though it has Substitute, it can still be staring down a UU powerhouse without one, and its teammates should prepare.
- Mew and Crobat can both switch relatively easily into Fighting-types while also having a recovery move to heal Hail damage.
- Milotic and Suicune can switch into Fire-types well, and the former has recovery.
- Slowbro and Slowking can switch into both Fire- and Fighting-types very easily, and have multiple forms of recovery
- Rotom-F can use a Choice Specs set identical to the Choice Scarf set. However, the little extra power over SubSplit generally doesn't make up for the ease of prediction granted by Substitute
- It can also run a more defensive set utilizing Will-o-Wisp, Pain Split, and livable defensive typing, but its few common weaknesses and Stealth Rock weakness hurt that viability
- It has space in its moveslots for Charge Beam, but its a little too slow to pull off the sweep successfully
[Checks and Counters]
- Rotom-F is a little tricky to directly counter with its great STABs and prediction easing Substitutes
- Lanturn can shut down any Rotom-F, only Choice Specs Hidden Power Grass can 2HKO
- Rotom-H also resists Electric- and Ice-type attacks and can threaten an OHKO with Overheat even at -2, but can be 2HKO'd by SubSplit Blizzard if a Speed tie goes wrong
- Snorlax and Umbreon can take hits from Rotom-F easily, but are crippled by Trick so they must be careful
- Darmanitan outspeeds and easily OHKOs Rotom-F, but it is OHKO'd by SubSplit Thunderbolt after Stealth Rock and cannot switch into battle
Last edited by Ace Emerald; May 4th, 2013 at 9:51:21 AM.