Mesprit This is really just a small update to rewrite some stuff, but there were two big changes that were made as well: - Removed Choice sets. I really doubt that Mesprit is a particularly good user of Specs or Band besides Trick and U-turn. - Removed Support and dumped it into AC of Lead. A pure support is outclassed by Uxie and it's very similar to the lead set (the only difference is a different coverage move and T-wave > U-turn). Simply saying that the lead set can be used outside of that position with a few tweaks would probably suffice, unless it's actually that much different from the lead set. Of course, QC can add those sets back in if they feel that they should be included however. [Overview] <p></p> - While Mesprit initially looks outclassed by Uxie, her significantly better offensive stats allows her to be much more of a threat, whereas Uxie is basically just limited to supporting roles. - Mesprit also has a wider movepool, with useful moves like Ice Beam and Healing Wish that Uxie misses out on. - Unfortunately, because Mesprit is so middling as a Psychic-type, it's uses are arguably more restricted. If a supporting Psychic-type is desired, Uxie is usually the better choice, and if a Psychic-type sweeper is needed, then Alakazam and even Espeon are better choices. - All in all, Mesprit is a Pokemon who is not particularly biased in offense or defense, and she strikes a great balance between the two. Her great defensive and offensive capabilities give her amazing versatility, easily making her a threat which UU teams must look out for. [SET] name: Lead move 1: Stealth Rock move 2: Psychic move 3: Ice Beam / Grass Knot move 4: Thunderbolt / U-turn item: Expert Belt / Leftovers nature: Modest ability: Levitate evs: 120 HP / 252 SpA / 136 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>Even though Uxie's higher Speed and significantly better bulk may make it seem as if Uxie outclasses Mesprit when it comes to setting up Stealth Rock, it would be a mistake to simply discount Mesprit's ability to set up Stealth Rock. Uxie may possess better defenses and Speed, but it also lacks any form of offensive presence due to its pitiful base 75 Special Attack stat. Mesprit, on the other hand, boasts a very respectable base 105 Special Attack stat, which, in tandem with Mesprit's arguably better offensive movepool, allow it to immediately pressure most of the Pokemon commonly used in the lead position, such as Omastar, Qwilfish, Rhyperior, Hippopotas, Cloyster, Kabutops, and other such Pokemon who are weak to Mesprit's incredible coverage. Important to note is that most of these Pokemon are capable of setting up Stealth Rock or other hazards; thus, Mesprit can, thanks its offensive presence, double as a sort of anti-lead that is capable of preventing the opponent's Stealth Rock or Spikes from being set up, while also setting up those valuable rocks for its own team.</p> <p>Thanks to its respectable bulk and decent Speed, in addition to the fact that Mesprit's offensive presence can often force the opponent to switch plenty of times, Mesprit makes a perfectly viable user of Stealth Rock, and is able to capitalize on the opponent's switches by setting it up. The rest of Mesprit's movepool is designed to hit as many Pokemon in the lead position as hard as possible. Psychic is Mesprit strongest STAB move, and is great for doing solid damage to Pokemon who are neutral or resistant to Ice Beam and Thunderbolt. Ice Beam and Thunderbolt form the fabled BoltBeam coverage, and in tandem, hit most of UU for super effective damage. Alternatively, you may use Grass Knot and U-turn over Ice Beam and Thunderbolt if you want Mesprit to act as more of a scout; after all, Grass Knot still hits most of those hazard-setting leads for heavy damage, and has the added bonus of cleanly OHKOing Rhyperior and Omastar, which Ice Beam and Thunderbolt cannot do. However, Grass Knot does not have the incredible combined coverage of Ice Beam and Thunderbolt, and its overall coverage is rather poor, which means that outside of the lead position, should you opt to use Grass Knot, Mesprit will not have as much mid-game or late-game use. For example, with Ice Beam, Mesprit is able to make a handy check to Rock Polish Torterra, as it is able to take a Life Orb-boosted Wood Hammer after Stealth Rock, and can retaliate with Ice Beam for an OHKO, which Grass Knot cannot do. Furthermore, with Grass Knot, Mesprit is completely helpless against Drapion and Houndoom, who can easily use the free opportunity to set up.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>With the given Speed EVs, Mesprit outspeeds the increasingly popular max Speed Omastar, who would otherwise be able to set up both Stealth Rock and a layer of Spikes if Mesprit were to be slower. The remaining EVs are first used to maximize Mesprit's Special Attack stat to make it a real offensive terror, before being dumped into HP to help buff Mesprit's respectable bulk. Expert Belt is also the item of choice, as it provides the best compromise between power and bulk, and, due to Mesprit's exemplary coverage, it will boost Mesprit's attacks much of the time. However, Leftovers are certainly an option over Expert Belt should you want Mesprit to have increased longevity, but without Expert Belt, Mesprit often misses out on crucial KOs, which generally makes Leftovers the inferior option.</p> <p>Should you consider putting Mesprit on your team, it's imperative that you take into account Mesprit's unique advantages over Uxie. Mesprit's key advantages over its fellow pixie is naturally its significantly higher offenses, which in particular, allow it to prevent entry hazard-laying leads such as Omastar and Cloyster from setting up their cumbersome hazards. Uxie, on the other hand, is significantly higher defenses and better Speed, making it the better choice if you need a reliable user of Stealth Rock throughout the match. Thus, Mesprit generally should be used on more offensively minded teams, as its ability to prevent entry hazards from setting up ensures that offensive teams will not have to worry about Spikes, and its ability to set up Stealth Rock is also generally appreciated by most teams.</p> <p>Therefore, as Mesprit should generally be used on offensive teams, Mesprit appreciates offensive partners to take advantage of the immediate offensive that Mesprit inflicts upon the opponent right from the get-go. Mesprit also needs teammates to make the leads that it loses to, such as Ambipom, Spiritomb, and Registeel, as well as Dark- and Steel-types in general, as well as bulky Psychic-types effectively non-issues. Because of this, Fighting-types like Blaziken and Hariyama make good partners, as their powerful Fighting-type STAB moves OHKO the likes of Ambipom and Registeel, and these two Fighting-types do not care about Will-O-Wisp from Spiritomb, due to Blaziken's Fire typing and Hariyama's Guts ability. Dark-types are also great partners, as they form a fantastic Fighting-Psychic-Dark core with Mesprit and its Fighting-type partner, and these Dark-types are able to beat the bulky Psychic-types who are able to wall Mesprit with startling ease.</p> [SET] name: Weather Support move 1: Rain Dance / Sunny Day move 2: Psychic / Zen Headbutt move 3: Stealth Rock / Grass Knot / U-turn move 4: Healing Wish item: Damp Rock / Heat Rock nature: Timid / Jolly ability: Levitate evs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>With access to both Rain Dance and Sunny Day as well as utility moves such as Healing Wish and Stealth Rock, Mesprit can be an excellent choice for setting up weather conditions for your team. While Mesprit lacks the sheer bulk of Uxie and is nowhere near as fast as its bulkier competitor, Mesprit separates itself from Uxie through its access to Healing Wish, which allows Mesprit to sacrifice itself after setting up its chosen weather condition to bring a fatally low sweeper to life. Furthermore, even without investment, Mesprit can dole out surprisingly respectable amounts of damage with its STAB moves due to its higher base Attack and Special Attack, while Uxie's damage is pitiful in comparison. The combination of these characteristics means that even though Mesprit may not be as reliable at setting up weather conditions as Uxie, Mesprit can do a lot more than simply set up its desired weather condition through hard hitting attacks or Healing Wish, giving it a distinct niche and separating it from its arguably more reliable cousin.</p> <p>The choice of whether you wish to use a rain or a sun team will dictate whether you pick Rain Dance or Sunny Day, along with their respective items, Damp Rock and Heat Rock. Either team archetype is a fine place for Mesprit to fit into, as it has many valuable attributes that allow it to serve key roles in either type of team. On Rain teams, Mesprit's Psychic typing allows it to act as a Rain Dance user that isn't as vulnerable to Electric- and Grass-type attacks, letting it come in and set up Rain Dance more easily against these types of Pokemon, and using Healing Wish on one of Ludicolo, Kabutops, or Omastar can present a massive problem that opponents will oftentimes have issues dealing with. On the other hand, on Sun teams, Mesprit's immunity to Ground-type attacks lets it defensively compliment the Fire-type Pokemon that it will often be paired with. Healing Wish is also especially powerful on these types of teams, as not only are sweepers like Exeggutor and Victreebel extremely difficult to handle when restored back to full health, Healing Wish will activate before Stealth Rock damage applies, which can often give the Stealth Rock-weak Pokemon that are often present in this archetype to come in one more time to dish out absurd damage with Sunny Day-boosted Fire-type attacks.</p> <p>Outside of Mesprit's weather condition-inducing move and Healing Wish, there are a variety of options that can be used in its remaining two slots. Psychic is generally the best option for Mesprit's STAB move due to its higher base power, but should you want a physical attack instead of a special attack, Zen Headbutt is a perfectly acceptable option as well. In its last slot, Mesprit can use the ever-necessary Stealth Rock, as setting up both a weather condition and Stealth Rock in one Pokemon can free up valuable teamslots for Pokemon that can capitalize on the weather condition Mesprit will set up. However, if you feel that it is too difficult to set up both Stealth Rock and a weather condition reliably, or if you have a different Pokemon in mind that can set up Stealth Rock, Mesprit can either use Grass Knot to discourage most hazard setters from setting up their hazards early in the game, or use U-turn to let Mesprit gain some momentum for its team without having to use Healing Wish.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>Max HP and Speed investment is the most optimal EV spread in most scenarios, as the ability to sponge hits more easily and outspeed more threats is often crucial in allowing Mesprit to successfully set up its desired weather condition. A more defensive spread can be formed by shifting those Speed EVs into Mesprit's Defense or Special Defense, and slapping on a Calm or a Bold nature. This can be used if you want Mesprit to act as more of a pivot, as this will allow it to sponge attacks more easily and potentially be able to come in more often to set up its desired weather condition. However, the loss of speed is often too much of a drawback to make the extra defensive stats worth it, as Mesprit's key benefit over Uxie is its access to Healing Wish. Max Speed investment allows Mesprit to get off a quick Healing Wish while Mesprit is low before an opponent can finish it off far more often than it would be able to without Speed investment, and this play is usually far too strong to pass up. Furthermore, by taking away part of Mesprit strength in Healing Wish, you are giving yourself far less of a reason to use it over Uxie, as Uxie will always be the superior defensive pivot no matter how much you invest in defensive EVs.</p> [SET] name: Choice Scarf Lead move 1: Stealth Rock move 2: Trick move 3: U-turn move 4: Zen Headbutt item: Choice Scarf nature: Jolly ability: Levitate evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>While it might seem strange to use a Pokemon for the sheer purpose of Tricking away its Choice Scarf, doing so is a strong strategy when you put said Pokemon in the lead position. Due to the how valued setting up Stealth Rock early in the game is, a good chunk of UU's leads are slow, bulky Pokemon such as Rhyperior who are heavily crippled by being locked into a single move, especially if said move is Stealth Rock. As these Pokemon are typically slow, they are unable to get much mileage out of the attached Choice Scarf and the loss of their Leftovers makes them significantly easier to wear down. Additionally, by wielding a Choice Scarf, Mesprit can outpace typically faster leads to ensure that Stealth Rock is set up early. Though this set does face some heavy competition from Uxie, who can run almost the exact same set, is significantly bulkier and can be used later in the match to pivot out of attacks with U-turn, Mesprit's stronger U-turns and Zen Headbutts allow it to actually do damage after it has Tricked away its Choice Scarf. Furthermore, in scenarios where Tricking its Choice Scarf away is suboptimal, Mesprit can use its U-turn and Zen Headbutt to revenge kill certain threats, whereas Uxie cannot due to its lack of power.</p> <p></p> - Same set as the one on-site. - Mention of using this outside of the lead position, replacing Stealth Rock with an extra coverage move to attempt a sweep. [SET] name: Trick Room move 1: Trick Room move 2: Thunderbolt move 3: Ice Beam move 4: Psychic / U-turn item: Expert Belt / Leftovers nature: Quiet ability: Levitate evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA - Same as on-site set. - Good user of Trick Room due to her great overall offenses and defenses. Can also potentially sweep under Trick Room as well. - Healing Wish is an option to restore one sweeper, but it forces Mesprit to lose a coverage move, which isn't ideal as it limits her sweeping capabilities. [SET] name: Offensive Calm Mind move 1: Calm Mind move 2: Psychic move 3: Thunderbolt move 4: Hidden Power Ground / Ice Beam / Substitute item: Life Orb / Leftovers nature: Timid ability: Levitate evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe - Same as on-site set. - Mesprit gets good coverage between Psychic and Ice Beam. Hidden Power Ground is useful to hit Registeel, but Substitute protects against status. [SET] name: Choice Scarf move 1: Psychic move 2: Ice Beam move 3: Thunderbolt move 4: Trick / U-turn item: Choice Scarf nature: Timid ability: Levitate evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] <p>Access to a wide range of coverage moves, a solid speed tier and a respectable Special Attack stat make Mesprit a very solid choice if your team is in need of a revenge killer. By slapping a Choice Scarf onto this pink pixie, Mesprit gains the speed that it needs to successfully revenge kill many dangerous threats in the UU metagame, including the likes of Rock Polish Torterra, Dragon Dance Feraligatr, and Altaria, who may otherwise be difficult to cover in a single teamslot, and once certain conditions are met, Mesprit can easily mop up the opposing team with its strong STAB Psychic and blistering Speed with a Choice Scarf attached. Additionally, Mesprit's access to strong utility moves in Trick and U-turn give Mesprit enough utility to make itself useful once it has successfully revenge-killed the threats that it has been designated to deal with, or if it is being used against a more defensive team that lacks threats that can be easily revenge-killed. To top it all off, Mesprit's immunity to Spikes means that it isn't hampered by entry hazards as much of its fellow revenge-killers, and can easily weave in an out of the match to force out dangerous sweepers. </p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p></p> - Cool revenge killer; outspeeds RP Torterra, DD Gatr, Alakazam. - Good coverage + decent Speed, bulk, and power separate this from the likes of Espeon, Alakazam, and such. [SET] name: Choice Band move 1: Zen Headbutt move 2: U-turn move 3: Trick move 4: Fire Punch item: Choice Band nature: Jolly ability: Levitate evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe <p>While Mesprit is mostly seen as a specially offensive threat or a supportive Pokemon for the most part, Mesprit can actually be a surprisingly solid physical attacker when equpped with a Choice Band. </p> - Not amazing for the most part, but can be an okay way to cripple stuff like Registeel. - CB U-turn + Trick is kinda cool - Ok at scouting. [Other Options] <p>Mesprit's movepool is exceptionally diverse, and while many sets have been covered in this analysis, there are still a few different sets that Mesprit can use. Notably, Mesprit has access to both Light Screen and Reflect, which means that it can feasibly use a Dual Screens set to facilitate a deadly set-up sweeper's sweep. Mesprit's access to Healing Wish also means that if said sweeper is unable to fully tear through the opposing team, Mesprit can simply set up both screens once more and Healing Wish that set up sweeper back to full health, almost guaranteeing a sweep if managed to pull off. However, this set in general suffers too much competition from Uxie, as Memento is extremely valuable for safely bringing in a set up sweeper of choice without taking significant prior damage. While Healing Wish is strong, Mesprit must switch out and let its desired sweeper tank damage on the switch in most cases, leaving it much more vulnerable to being KO'd from stray priority moves. A Calm Mind RestTalk set could also be used in certain scenarios, but the prevalence of Dark- and Steel-type Pokemon in the tier makes such an option generally poor, as even after accruing multiple boosts, Mesprit would still be unable to break through common Pokemon such as Registeel and Spiritomb.</p> <p>Mesprit also has a few different moves you can run on the provided sets, but they typically are inferior options. Energy Ball is a usable move if you're scared of facing lighter opponents that Grass Knot cannot touch, such as Lanturn, but the prominence of heavier Pokemon (notably, Grass Knot has 100 base power against Milotic) makes Grass Knot typically the better choice. Signal Beam is neat at times to do solid damage to Psychic- or Dark-type Pokemon who may attempt to switch into Mesprit's Psychic, but its low BP hinders it. Knock off is an interesting utility option, as removing Leftovers, Life Orb, or Choice items from certain Pokemon can severely hinder their effectiveness, but its difficult to fit it on most of Mesprit's sets due to its lack of power. Finally, while a bit gimmicky, Charm has some niche applications in weakening the damage that Mesprit will take from Pursuit, force some switches, and help certain sweepers set up more easily.</p> [Checks and Counters] - Because Mesprit is so diverse, it is somewhat difficult to counter her. - For the most part though, walls like Registeel, Chansey, Clefable, Milotic, Spiritomb, and Slowbro work well, though they must fear Trick and perhaps the occasional super effective coverage move. - Dark-types also do decently. Houndoom resists the common Psychic + Ice Beam combo, while Specially Defensive Drapion makes can switch into them as well and threaten with Crunch.