[OVERVIEW] Aurorus is a very effective offensive lead in the NU tier that has access to a variety of tools to help set up Stealth Rock and keep it on the opponent's side of the field. STAB Blizzard and Freeze-Dry are great in a tier with few solid Ice-type resists while also preventing Xatu and Golbat from keeping Stealth Rock off of their side of the field. Snow Warning is a great ability to prevent Focus Sash and Sturdy on leads such as Omastar and Steelix. Finally, Encore is a great support move that makes it easier for Aurorus's team as it prevents Aurorus from being setup bait. Though having many outstanding qualities Aurorus does suffer from being rather slow with a poor defensive typing combination that leaves it vulnerable to Hitmonlee. Outside of being a lead Vanilluxe is superior to Aurorus as Vanilluxe has a higher Special Attack and Speed stat while still boasting 100% accurate Blizzard and STAB Freeze-Dry. [SET] name: Lead move 1: Stealth Rock move 2: Blizzard move 3: Freeze-Dry move 4: Encore / Rock Tomb item: Focus Sash ability: Snow Warning nature: Timid / Hasty evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Moves ======== Stealth Rock is one of the biggest reasons to use Aurorus as a lead. With access to Snow Warning it prevents Focus Sash and Sturdy from working properly on opposing Pokemon. Thanks to the combination of Stealth Rock and hail the opposing Pokemon can take quite a bit of indirect damage each time they switch into Aurorus. Blizzard is Aurorus's strongest Ice-type attack that has perfect accuracy in hail. This prevents Defog Pokemon such as Golbat and Shiftry from being able to switch-in and remove Stealth Rock while also preventing Xatu from freely switching into Aurorus to block Stealth Rock with Magic Guard. Freeze-Dry is Aurorus's best attack for Water-type switch-ins such as Slowbro, Seismitoad, and Jellicent. Encore completes the set to prevent Pokemon such as Delphox or Houndoom from freely setting up on Aurorus while also locking other suicide leads such as Shuckle or Omastar onto one hazard type. Optionally, Rock Tomb can be used over Encore as an option to 2HKO Froslass, Cryogonal, Delphox, and Houndoom while also being a great utility move thanks to the Speed drop. The Speed drop allows Cryogonal to become slower than Aurorus and make it more difficult for it to clear away Stealth Rock reliably against Aurorus. Set Details ======== Max Speed with a Timid nature allows Aurorus to outspeed Omastar, Rhydon, and Golbat while also being able to outspeed Adamant Barbaracle by one point. Hasty should only be used if using Rock Tomb as Rock Tomb is great for Aurorus to check special Ice-type attackers such as Vanilluxe and Cryogonal. Maximum Special Attack is necessary for Aurorus to deal maximum damage with Blizzard and Freeze-Dry. Snow Warning is the only ability to consider with Aurorus as it helps against Focus Sash and Sturdy while also providing indirect damage every turn for five turns against common Aurorus switch-ins such as Fire-types and Steel-types. Focus Sash is the best item to reliably set up Stealth Rock. Thanks to Aurorus's typing it is immune to damaging weather such as hail and sand. Usage Tips ======== Aurorus is best used on offensive teams as a lead as it has some perks over other leads such as Omastar and Garbodor. The biggest thing with Aurorus is to not be afraid to keep it alive throughout the course of the match. Some teams prefer having Aurorus around as long as possible to act as a check against Ice-types while also punishing Golbat when it attempts to Defog Stealth Rock from the field. In the case of a setup move or an attack Aurorus's teammates should attempt to switch in and take advantage of these scenarios either by setting up alongside the Pokemon or forcing them out. Don't forget to capitalize on hail removing Focus Sash from Omastar as Freeze-Dry and hail will only allow Omastar to set up one entry hazard at best against Aurorus one-on-one. Team Options ======== Setup sweepers such as Barbaracle and Vivilion are great partners to pair with Aurorus. Aurorus can heavily pressure Water-types such as Slowbro and Seismitoad for Barbaracle while Barbaracle can take advantage of some of the Fire-types - especially some such as Choice Scarf Emboar locked into Flare Blitz. Vivillion often takes advantage of the Choice locked Fighting-type attacks as well as slower Fighting-types such as Machamp, Hitmonlee, and Hariyama. As Steel-types are natural predators for Aurorus Virizion and Turtonator are great partners alongside Aurorus as they can easily threaten them out with their respective STABs or set up with Swords Dance or Shell Smash, respectively. Garbodor or Qwilfish can be paired alongside Aurorus as they can take on many of the Fighting-types without too many issues while laying Spikes or Toxic Spikes alongside Aurorus's Stealth Rock. [STRATEGY COMMENTS] Other Options ============= Choice Specs Aurorus does have Earth Power to obtain perfect coverage alongside its Ice-type STABs, Ancientpower to thwart Cryogonal switch-ins, and the option to use Refrigerate Hyper Voice to bypass Substitute; however, in most scenarios offensive Aurorus sets face severe competition from Vanilluxe. Frost Breath has the benefit of bypassing Special Defense boosts of various Pokemon such as Calm Mind Sigilyph, but has little use outside of very niche scenarios. Checks and Counters =================== **Steel-types**: Steel-types, especially those that resist Ice-type attacks, don't have many issues with Aurorus. Probopass and Togedemaru can withstand a Blizzard or two and retaliate with their respective STABs. Klinklang has STAB Gear Grind to bypass Focus Sash. **Cryogonal and Hitmonlee**: Both of these Pokemon are capable of surviving Aurorus's STAB Ice-type attacks while using Rapid Spin to clear Stealth Rock from the field. Cryogonal can use Toxic and Recover to wear down Aurorus and repeatedly check it while Hitmonlee immediately threatens Aurorus with access to its STAB Fighting-type attacks. **Taunt**: Froslass and Houndoom are rather annoying for Aurorus they resist Ice-type attacks and only fear Rock Tomb. Froslass and Houndoom can prevent Stealth Rock with Taunt while setting up Spikes or Nasty Plot, respectively. **Thick Fat**: With Thick Fat Hariyama and Piloswine are great counters to Aurorus. Hariyama can respond with STAB Fighting-type attacks and close out Aurorus with Bullet Punch while Piloswine threatens with STAB Earthquake. **Bulky Fire-types**: Incineroar and Magmortar can stomach a couple of STAB Blizzards while responding with their corresponding Fire-type attacks. Magmortar must tread carefully if Aurorus successfully lays Stealth Rock before Magmortar switches in. **Faster Pokemon**: In general, Aurorus is rather prone to faster Pokemon with super effective coverage moves. Such examples include but are not limited to any Pokemon with a Fighting-type or Steel-type attack from various threats such as Emboar, Sawk, or Vanilluxe, powerful Grass-type attacks from Sceptile and Rotom-C, and powerful Water-type attacks from Samurott, Ludicolo, and Kabutops. Faster Fire-types such as Delphox and Houndoom don't enjoy taking Rock Tomb; however, they can tank Blizzard and Freeze-Dry and respond with either Grass Knot or STAB Fire Blast. Both of these Pokemon must be very careful if Stealth Rock is on the field.