The old NEXT thread will still be about what changes to make, but now that NEXT has a thriving community, I'm wondering if anyone on Smogon wants to talk about actually playing it. As always, this is the NEXT overview: https://github.com/Zarel/Pokemon-Showdown/blob/master/mods/gennext/README.md Shell Armor is pretty strong. Here's one of the strongest Shell Armor abusers: Lapras @ Leftovers Trait: Shell Armor EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SDef Adamant Nature - Curse - Avalanche - Waterfall - Ice Shard / Drill Run This Lapras basically doesn't die. Lapras is already pretty bulky but Shell Armor makes it take ~5% from nearly anything. Here's my Ambipom: Ambipom @ Expert Belt Trait: Technician EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Jolly Nature - Fake Out - Fire Punch - Bonemerang - U-turn Bonemerang may be a weird move to spend Sketch on, but now that it hits air, Bonemerang + Fire has perfect coverage. In fact, it has better than perfect coverage: it has perfect 150 coverage. Fire is super-effective against nearly everything that resists Bonemerang, so every single Pokémon takes at least 150 base power from one of the two moves (The only exceptions are Genesect-Water and Ludicolo).