<p>Musharna's low speed, solid defenses, and high special attack place it among the premiere users of Trick Room in doubles play. In a metagame populated by Fighting and Poison-type Pokemon, Psychic isn't even a bad STAB option. Also, Musharna has access to several good support moves, including Helping Hand, Mirror Coat, and Imprison. Although it is outclassed offensively by Rankurusu, Musharna does enjoy better defensive stats and a lower speed. </p>
name: Trick Room Support
move 1: Trick Room
move 2: Psychic
move 3: Helping Hand
move 4: Light Screen/ Moonlight
item: Mental Herb / Sitrus Berry
evs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Def
ivs: 0 Spe
<p>Musharna shines here as a superb setup Pokemon, one that is capable of surviving a STAB, super-effective attack from anything in the metagame provided the correct nature and EVs. Capable of both setting up Trick Room and stopping it with Imprison, this monster can be quite a pest against an unprepared team.</p>
<p>Musharna works well in two basic team types: Trick Room and Goodstuffs. In a Trick Room context, this kidney bean can provide the needed environment for monsters such as Roobushin, Gigaiasu, Kurimugan, Shibirudon, and Shubarugo. For all other teams, Musharna can act as a counter to Trick Room by using the move itself. Terrakion is a notable fastmon in this metagame, and can demolish opposing teams with its fast, STAB Rock Slide under normal conditions.
<p>Musharna can also function well with a Physically-defensive set by using a Relaxed nature and moving EVs from Special Defense to Defense.</p>
[Checks and Counters]
<p>Countering Musharna can be a daunting task until you know how it is EV'd. With Gen 5's emasculation of Taunt and the overall utility of Mental Herb, an opponent can have a hard time keeping the field clear of Trick Room. The best options that remain include Spore from Morobareru, using Trick Room on your own team, Shandera's Shadow Ball, or a Crunch from Waribaru or other powerful Dark-type Pokemon. One on one, any Dark-type Pokemon will own Musharna, as it lacks Focus Blast.</p>
Musharna also learns Magic Coat, which can be handy in a status war, but is a risky maneuver if the opponent chooses to attack. Depending on the needs of your team, a different support option can be selected, and Musharna learns many good moves. This list includes Reflect, Rain Dance, Yawn, and Toxic. Although its attack move pool is weak, Musharna does boast an above-average 107 Special Attack stat, and can learn Charge Beam to boost it even higher.