Empoleon Pokedex [Overview] Empoleon can destroy unprepared teams with the proper set up. Empoleon maintains its offensive presence with great coverage, while still having the bulk to capitalize on its resistances to set up. Empoleon still has the ability to run physical and mixed sets to destroy counters. [SET] Name: Agility SubPetaya Move 1: Agility Move 2: Substitute Move 3: Surf / Hydro Pump Move 4: Ice Beam / Grass Knot Item: Petaya Berry Ability: Torrent Nature: Modest EVs: 12 HP / 252 SpA / 244 Spe Set Comments: <p>Empoleon's decent bulk combined with an excellent 12 resistances including ones to Bullet Punch and Ice moves easily allow for set up. Use Agility as your opponent switches to a counter; then proceed to Substitute until Petaya Berry activates. If possible, try to maintain your Substitute as otherwise the common Mach Punches from Kojondo and Roopushin will end your sweep. Torrent, STAB, and Petaya berry combine to make Surf an almost unstoppable attack from 353 Special Attack, while Hydro Pump annihilates most of OU. Adding rain to the mix gives great power to Empoleon. </p> <p>Toxic Spikes are vital to let Empoleon beat Blissey and Vaporeon, as long as they don't have Seismic Toss and Hidden Power Electric, respectively. Tentacruel easily dispatches of this Empoleon though. Stealth Rock is great to put most Grass types like Celebi within Ice Beam's KO range. Maintaining a Substitute is vital to prevent elimination by Kojondo and Roopushin.</p> Additional Comments: <p>The EV spread provided ensures 312 HP, and since this is divisible by four, three Substitutes are always enough to activate the Petaya Berry. Coincidentally, Empoleon hits 434 Speed after an Agility, just enough to outspeed scarfed base 95 Pokemon. Special Attack is maximized, though you can add bulk if set-up is an issue otherwise.</p> <p>Politoed's rain support makes Surf ridiculously powerful after set up. An additional 1.5x boost along with Petaya Berry lets Empoleon deal serious damage to even Blissey. Also, Tyrannitar makes a great partner, Sandstorm can wear down Empoleon's counters, and Blissey and Tentacruel are taken care of by Earthquake and Pursuit. Ice Beam is recommended over Grass Knot if to take out grass types and Salamence, but water-types may cause issues. The choice depends on what your team can handle. </p>[SET] Name: SD Jet Move 1: Swords Dance Move 2: Aqua Jet Move 3: Earthquake Move 4: Drill Peck Item: Life Orb Ability: Torrent Nature: Adamant EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe Set Comments: Swords Dance is moderately unpredictable on Empoleon, so surprise value may net him a Swords Dance when common counters, such as Blissey, switch in. 894 Attack is quite devastating with a priority move, especially with easy set up against Bullet Punch Blissey and Tentacruel are easily wiped out by Earthquakes while Drill Peck covers Grass types. Torrent is a better ability than Competitive Spirit because stat-reducing moves are quite rare, and Torrent provides great power for Aqua Jet. Stealth Rock prevents Dragonite and Gyarados from walling you. Additional Comments Drill Pecks OHKOs most Mach Punch users but be wary of them. A useful partner is Celebi, who can take Earthquakes and Mach Punches, while spreading paralysis to aid Empoleon's sweep, while also absorbing Electric attacks. Stealth Rock users greatly aid against Gyarados. [Team Options] Entry hazards help nearly all sets because offensively, Empoleon needs hazards to hinder or wear down counters, while most defensive teams need hazards anyways. Celebi makes a great partner with its excellent synergy and stats to take Mach Punches that can end Empoleon. Ghosts like Shandera also take Mach Punches and can use powerful special attacks. Rain support is great for powering up Surf and Aqua Jet, while Sandstorm can wear down Blissey and Tentacruel. [Counters] Tentacruel and Blissey completely wall Empoleon, and Tentacruel can absorb Toxic Spikes, the only way to defeat Blissey. Mach Punch users can quickly end a SubPetaya sweep and common Fighting attacks generally end Empoleon from the likes of Kojondo and Roopushin. Earthquake, a common attack, is devastating to Empoleon. [Dream World] Empoleon's Dream World ability, Competitive Spirit, raises Attack by 2 stages when stats are lowered. Generally Torrent is better on Empoleon, however on physical sets the ability may be useful against Intimidate users, though it is not recommended.