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Rotom-F (GP 2/2)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Molk, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Molk

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    [Overview]

    <p>Despite previously being regarded as a mediocre Pokemon due to its Stealth Rock weakness and inaccurate secondary STAB, the reintroduction of Snow Warning has made Rotom-F a force to be reckoned with in RU. Coming equipped with one of the best dual STAB combinations in the game and the Special Attack stat to use it, counters to Rotom-F are few and far between, and most of the Pokemon that do have the capability to check Rotom-F are prone to being worn down over time, especially with hail in play. Despite its destructive potential when used in the hail, Rotom-F is quite mediocre when hail isn't in play, making Snover an absolute requirement when using it. To make matters worse, while Rotom-F's typing is incredible offensively, it's very flawed defensively; it's weak to Stealth Rock as well as common attacks such as Fire Blast, Drain Punch, and Stone Edge, limiting its opportunities to switch in and attack. Nonetheless, Rotom-F is an excellent Pokemon and should always be considered when building a hail team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Pain Split
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination makes SubSplit an amazing option on it, taking advantage of its STABs and the combination of Substitute and Pain Split to wear down the opponent's team and do as much damage as possible. Substitute gives Rotom-F protection against status moves, priority, and attacks from faster Pokemon such as Moltres, Sigilyph, and Sceptile while simultaneously easing prediction, making it invaluable. In addition, Rotom-F has ample opportunity to set up a Substitute thanks to its decent bulk and natural ability to force switches. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, at worst 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist Ice-type moves, and is significantly more consistent with the reintroduction of hail into the tier, bypassing the accuracy check when used under the weather condition. Thunderbolt is Rotom-F's best secondary STAB attack and compliments Blizzard well, hitting Pokemon that can stomach Blizzard with ease, such as Slowking, hard. Blizzard and Thunderbolt have excellent neutral coverage together, only missing out on a few Pokemon such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine; this is where Pain Split comes into play. While the aforementioned Pokemon can switch into both Blizzard and Thunderbolt, they lack any form of reliable recovery outside of Rest, leaving them vulnerable to being worn down by Pain Split.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs are very simple, maximizing Rotom-F's damage output while making sure it outpaces as many Pokemon as possible. A Modest nature can be used over Timid if you think Rotom-F needs the extra power, but the extra Speed Timid provides is almost always better, making Modest a lesser option. Furthermore, Leftovers can be used over Life Orb if Rotom-F needs some more longevity, but Pain Split is usually enough to keep Rotom-F healthy, and the power difference is rather noticeable.</p>

    <p>Snover is a must when using Rotom-F, as it provides the hail support that makes Rotom-F so threatening in the first place, buffing Blizzard's accuracy while also doing passive damage to any Pokemon that isn't an Ice-type, making it much easier for Rotom-F to wear down bulkier Pokemon through a combination of its STAB attacks, Substitute, and Pain Split. Furthermore, Snover can help wear down Rotom-F's checks with its own Blizzard, making it even easier for Rotom-F to clean up late-game. Although almost every other Pokemon appreciates hazards support, entry hazards are especially effective with Rotom-F due to its innate ability to force switches and the fact that the vast majority of Pokemon that can stomach its attacks, such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine, are grounded, making them really easy to wear down via multiple layers of hazards. Omastar and Qwilfish are excellent choices for this role, as they can reliably set up hazards while checking Pokemon that pose an offensive threat to Rotom-F such as Emboar, Entei, Escavalier, and Durant.</p>

    <p>Golurk's also a good teammate for Rotom-F, being able to reliably set Stealth Rock while still checking Escavalier and posing an immediate threat to Lanturn and Magneton, two of Rotom-F's best checks. Bulky Water-types such as Slowking, Alomomola, Quagsire, and Poliwrath are excellent teammates for Rotom-F as well, being able to take on multiple Pokemon that threaten Rotom-F such as Entei, Emboar, and Piloswine. Alomomola deserves a special mention because of its ability to pass gigantic Wishes to Rotom-F, completely healing it no matter how much damage it has taken.</p>

    <p>Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock can wear it down over time if it doesn't get the chance to use Pain Split, meaning Rapid Spin is always appreciated. Kabutops is an excellent option for this role, reliably spinning away Stealth Rock while having good synergy with Rotom-F; it's able to take Fire-type attacks from Entei and Emboar for Rotom-F with ease, while Rotom-F can take out checks to Kabutops such as Tangrowth with Blizzard in return. Lastly, Rotom-F can be paired with other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Walrein, and Jynx to help wear down each other's checks, eventually giving the other the chance to clean up the opposing team unimpeded. Keep in mind that packing multiple Ice-types on a team takes a toll on your defensive synergy, leaving you more vulnerable to big threats such as Entei, Durant, and Escavalier when not properly supported.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Like all of the other Rotom formes, Rotom-F is perfectly capable of running an effective Choice Scarf set, becoming one of the best scouts, revenge killers, and late-game sweepers available for hail teams in RU. Volt Switch is what separates Rotom-F from other Choice Scarf hail sweepers such as Glaceon and Jynx, giving it the ability to switch out while doing a decent amount of damage and easily gaining momentum for its team. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, and what makes Rotom-F the late-game cleaner it is, having more than enough power to muscle through the remains of the opponent's weakened team. Blizzard also hits the vast majority of Electric resists hard, often making switching into Choice Scarf Rotom-F a deadly guessing game. Thunderbolt provides Rotom-F with a much more powerful Electric STAB that doesn't force it to switch out, giving it the capability to clean up even when bulky Blizzard resists such as Slowking are still around. Lastly, Trick gives Rotom-F the ability to cripple almost every defensive Pokemon in the tier by stealing their Leftovers or Eviolite and replacing it with a Choice Scarf, an item that's completely useless on defensive Pokemon. Meanwhile, Trick also gives Rotom-F a way to get rid of its Choice Scarf when it no longer needs the extra Speed to pose a threat, giving it the ability to switch moves against slower teams and stay in for multiple turns without being locked into an undesirable move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Snover is an absolute requirement when using Rotom-F, as without the hail support it provides, Rotom-F is incredibly prone to missing Blizzard, and there are often better options to consider than Choice Scarf Rotom-F when not using a hail team. Because of Choice Scarf Rotom-F's innate ability to force switches due to its Choice Scarf-boosted Speed stat, Volt Switch, and excellent dual STABs, entry hazards work exceptionally well with it, forcing the opposing team to take residual damage every time they attempt to check Rotom-F, wearing them down over time and making it infinitely easier for Rotom-F to pull off that final cleanup with Blizzard. Qwilfish is perfect for this role, setting both Spikes and Toxic Spikes for Rotom-F while also taking priority attacks such as Aqua Jet and ExtremeSpeed that are often aimed at it. Other options for hazard setting include Roselia, Omastar, Golurk, and Druddigon, all of which have their individual merits and further support Rotom-F in different ways. Due to the nature of the set, Rotom-F will be switching in and out quite often, making Rapid Spin support a necessity. Kabutops in particular makes an excellent teammate when it comes to spinning, reliably clearing the field of entry hazards while simultaneously checking Pokemon such as Entei and Emboar that might switch in on Rotom-F while it's locked into Blizzard. In return, Rotom-F can terrorize many of Kabutops's checks such as Lilligant, Sceptile, Tangrowth, and Ferroseed with Blizzard and, in Ferroseed's case, Trick. Cryogonal is a decent option as well, sacrificing some defensive synergy for the ability to batter the Pokemon that might try to switch into Rotom-F's Blizzard with its own Blizzard, softening them up so Rotom-F can break through them with ease later on. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground can be used over Trick if you really need Rotom-F to hit threats such as Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, Entei, Lanturn, and Aggron harder, but the utility of Trick will be missed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With excellent super effective coverage between its dual STABs, Rotom-F is capable of using an Expert Belt set to good effect. While Rotom-F is usually seen tearing apart slower, more defensive teams with its SubSplit set or serving as an invaluable scout and revenge killer with its Choice Scarf set, Expert Belt Rotom-F functions as a lure, bluffing Choice Scarf to get surprise KOs on unsuspecting Pokemon. When the opponent doesn't notice any Leftovers recovery or Life Orb recoil on Rotom-F, they'll most likely assume that its holding a Choice item, and switch in various Volt Switch immunities and Blizzard resistances to try to force it out, only to watch in awe as their switch-in gets demolished the next turn by one of Rotom-F's other attacks. Outside of bluffing a Choice Item, Rotom-F still gets the full benefit of using an Expert Belt thanks to its good super effective coverage. Volt Switch allows Rotom-F to gain momentum when needed and deal a decent amount of damage as it switches out. Having a slower Volt Switch than Choice Scarf Rotom-F is a huge help as well, allowing it to take a hit from a faster opponent, then Volt Switch out on the same turn, essentially giving Rotom-F's teammate a free switch. Hidden Power Fire is used to OHKO both Ferroseed and Escavalier after Stealth Rock after luring them in.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from Snover, who should always be used alongside Rotom-F, Expert Belt Rotom-F pairs well with Pokemon that appreciate the removal of the Pokemon that it lures in and KOs, including Escavalier and Slowking. Druddigon's a good example, as the removal of Escavalier from the match allows Druddigon to use Outrage much more freely. In return, Druddigon can pivot into Pokemon such as Entei, Emboar, Lanturn, and Magneton that threaten Rotom-F, possibly wearing the former two down rather quickly via the combination of Rough Skin, Flare Blitz recoil, and residual hail damage. Druddigon can also set up Stealth Rock for Rotom-F's team, wearing down Pokemon without reliable recovery over time and making it easier for Rotom-F to score KOs on Ferroseed and Escavalier with Hidden Power Fire. Other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Jynx, and Cryogonal appreciate Expert Belt Rotom-F's ability to lure in and eliminate Slowking and Escavalier, since without those pesky Ice-type resists in the way, they can simply plow through the rest of the opponent's team with ease.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Specs set is a viable option if you want Rotom-F to have more power while still being able to scout with Volt Switch, but most of the time you'll usually end up missing the Speed of Choice Scarf or the ability to switch moves that comes with Expert Belt, making it a lesser option. Rotom-F can run a somewhat effective ChestoRest set as well, greatly increasing its longevity, although Rotom-F's mediocre defensive typing often gets in the way of this. Likewise, Rotom-F's decent bulk and access to support moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split makes a defensive set an option, but once again its mediocre defensive typing gets in the way too much for the set to be effective.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination and access to moves such as Trick and Pain Split, finding a foolproof counter to Rotom-F is a difficult task. Lanturn is probably the best answer to Rotom-F, possessing an immunity to Rotom-F's Electric-type moves while taking Blizzard with ease due to its excellent special bulk and resistance to Ice-type attacks, and in return can either paralyze Rotom-F or wear it down with repeated Scalds. Keep in mind, though, that Lanturn has no form of reliable recovery, making it vulnerable to repeated Blizzards and residual hail damage. Magneton and Piloswine are in the same boat, taking both of Rotom-F's STAB attacks handily but being prone to being worn down over the course of the match, necessitating careful play to fully counter Rotom-F. Furthermore, both Piloswine and Magneton are vulnerable to Trick, which removes their Eviolite and thus cuts their bulk significantly. Clefable and Lickilicky make decent checks to the Choice Scarf and Expert Belt sets, using their immense special bulk to take both of its STABs without a resistance, but they struggle against the SubSplit set, which can use Substitute to dodge status and slowly sap their HP with Pain Split until they end up in Blizzard's KO range. Cryogonal can check Rotom-F as well, resisting Blizzard and having enough bulk to take repeated Thunderbolts, but struggles to do anything to Rotom-F in return without running a super effective Hidden Power or Toxic. Escavalier resists Rotom-F's Blizzard and has enough bulk to take a Thunderbolt while possessing an immunity to hail thanks to Overcoat, making it a viable check as well, but it still takes a significant amount from Thunderbolt and Volt Switch and lacks a reliable recovery move, which means it gets worn down quickly. If all else fails, there are a few Pokemon such as Entei, Klinklang, Sceptile, and Emboar that can check Rotom-F, being able to switch in on either Thunderbolt or Blizzard, outspeed Rotom-F, and OHKO it with the appropriate attack, but these Pokemon aren't as reliable as the ones listed above, as they can only safely switch into one of Rotom-F's STABs safely.</p>
  2. SilentVerse

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    imo All-Out Attacking Rotom-F needs its own set, since it plays very differently from SubSplit / Scarf and has many advantages over both. The set should look like:

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    The nice thing about this set is that it can bluff Choice Scarf incredibly well, and being able to nuke silly Escavalier and Slowkings etc that may try to switch in on Blizzard is incredibly fun. It also doesn't take LO recoil like the Subsplit set does, which is pretty nice as well.

    Add this, and consider this:

    [qc]1/3[/qc]
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    agreeing with sv on the belt rotom-f.

    btw clefable is pretty much a harder counter to any set too if it packs special defense.. so definitely list that in the counters section. lickilicky (sp?) also doesnt take entirely too much and can wish / body slam etc although sub split set kinda fucks it

    looks good qc 2/3
  4. Molk

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    kk i've added Expert Belt to the analysis, thanks for the feedback Silentverse and August! :)

    Also added Clefable and Lickilicky to Checks and Counters, its indeed a good check to the expert belt and scarf sets, but i've beaten plenty of clefable in the past with the subsplit set, so i'll be sure to emphasize that in the writeup
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    list cryogonal too, although much like the other counters its kinda boned by sup split unless its running hp fire, and i guess it has to watch out for predicted volt switches w/ sr down but nonetheless its still a decent rotomf switch in
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    added Cryogonal, idk how i forgot him :/
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    Don't overemphatize electric/ice as a "terrible" defensive type because it has excellent resistances to ice, electric and flying as well as a ground/spikes/toxic spikes immunity thanks to Levitate and hail (the only damaging weather in RU) immunity thanks to the aforementioned ice type.
    3 weaknesses is a standard number and the SR weakness isn't even that terrible since Rotom-F has excellent coverage and doesn't need to switch out very often.
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    ready for the final QC check! (gonna wait a bit before pushing this into GP though)
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    thanks sv! i'll look over my analysis one last time then edit this post when i'm ready for GP :>
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    SV you can't QC it twice you butt >:(

    Molk make sure to mention Hidden Power Fire and Ground in AC of the Scarf set; they're both really useful for picking off stuff like Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, and Aggron when you really really need to, and the latter gets you a nice hit on Lanturn too.

    [qc]3/3[/qc]
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    ...shit i didnt notice sv QCed it already haha, but kk, added that in oglemi :>
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    this should be ready for GP now! :>
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    [Overview]

    <p>Despite previously being regarded as a mediocre Pokemon due to its Stealth Rock weakness and inaccurate secondary STAB, the reintroduction of Snow Warning has made makes Rotom-F a force to be reckoned with in RU. Coming equipped with one of the best dual STAB combinations in the game and the Special Attack stat to use it, counters to Rotom-F are few and far between, and most of the Pokemon that do have the capability to check Rotom-F are prone to being worn down over time, especially with hail in play. Not everything is good for Rotom-F, however. Despite its destructive potential when used in the hail, Rotom-F is quite mediocre when hail isn't in play, making Snover an absolute requirement when using it. To make matters worse, while Rotom-F's typing is incredible offensively, it's very flawed defensively, leaving it weak to Stealth Rock as well as common attacks such as Fire Blast, Drain Punch, and Stone Edge, limiting its opportunities to switch in and attack. Nonethenless, Rotom-F is an excellent Pokemon, and should always be considered when building a hail team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Subsplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Pain Split
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination makes Subsplit an excellent option on it, taking advantage of the aforementioned STABs and the combination of Substitute and Pain Split to wear down the opponent's team and do as much damage as possible. Substitute gives Rotom-F protection against status moves, priority, and attacks from faster Pokemon such as Moltres, Sigilyph, and Sceptile while simultaneously easing prediction in exchange for 25% of Rotom-F's hp, making it an invaluable move, and Rotom-F has ample opportunity to set one up thanks to its decent bulk and natural ability to force switches and decent bulk. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, at worst 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist Ice-type moves at worst, while being and is significantly more consistent with the reintroduction with hail into the tier, bypassing the accuracy check when used under the weather condition. Thunderbolt is Rotom-F's best secondary STAB attack, (AC) and compliments Blizzard well, hitting Pokemon that can stomach Blizzard with ease, such as Slowking, hard. Blizzard and Thunderbolt have excellent neutral coverage together, only missing out on a fair few Pokemon such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine: this is where Pain Split comes into play. While the aforementioned Pokemon can switch into both Blizzard and Thunderbolt, they lack any form of reliable recovery outside of Rest, making them vulnerable to being worn down Pain Split, which simultaneously saps away their health while healing Rotom-F, this which works especially well given that Rotom-F's base HP is very low, maximizing the effect of Pain Split. If you want to keep this, I would make it a seperate sentence, but I honestly think it's unnecessary to explain in such detail.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs are very simple, maximizing Rotom-F's damage output while simultaneously making sure it outpaces as much as possible. A Modest nature can be used over Timid if you think Rotom-F needs the extra power, but the extra Speed Timid provides is invaluable the majority of the time, making it Modest a lesser option. Furthermore, Leftovers can be used over Life Orb if Rotom-F needs some more longetivity, but Pain Split is usually enough to keep Rotom-F healthy, and the power difference is rather noticeable.</p>

    <p>Snover is a must when using Rotom-F, as it provides the hail support that makes Rotom-F so threatening in the first place, buffing Blizzard's accuracy while also doing 6% in passive damage a turn to any Pokemon that isnt an Ice-type Pokemon, making it much easier from Rotom-F to wear down bulkier Pokemon through a combination of its STABs, Substitute, and Pain Split. Furthermore, Snover can help wear down Rotom-F's checks with its own Blizzard, making it even easier for it to clean up late-game. Although almost every other Pokemon appreciates hazards support, entry hazards are especially effective with Rotom-F due to its innate ability to force switches and because the vast majority of Pokemon that can stomach its attacks, (AC) such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine, (AC) are grounded, making them really easy to wear down via multiple layers of hazards. Omastar and Qwilfish are excellent choices for this role, as they can reliably set up multiple layers of hazards while reliably checking Pokemon that pose an offensive threat to Rotom-F, (AC) such as Emboar, Entei, Escavalier, and Durant.</p>

    <p>Golurk's also a good teammate for Rotom-F, being able to reliably set Stealth Rock while still soft checking Escavalier and being able to pose an immediate threat to Lanturn and Magneton, (AC) two of Rotom-F's best checks as well. Bulky Water-types such as Slowking, Alomomola, Quagsire, and Poliwrath are excellent teammates for Rotom-F as well, being able to take on multiple Pokemon that threaten Rotom-F, (AC) such as Entei, Emboar, and Piloswine. Alomomola deserves special mention because of its ability to pass gigantic Wishes to Rotom-F, easily fully healing it no matter how much damage its taken.</p>

    <p>Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock means it can get worn wear it down over time if it doesn't get the chance to use Pain Split, meaning Rapid Spin is always appreciated. Kabutops is an excellent option for this role, reliably spinning away Stealth Rock while having good synergy with Rotom-F as well, being able to take Fire-type attacks with from Entei and Emboar for Rotom-F with ease, while Rotom-F can take out checks to Kabutops such as Tangrowth with Blizzard in return. Lastly, Rotom-F can be paired with other hail abusers such as Glaceon, Walrein, and Jynx to help wear down each others' checks, eventually giving one the chance to clean up the opposing team unimpeded, but keep in mind though that packing multiple Ice-types on a team takes a toll on your defensive synergy, leaving you more open to big threats such as Entei, Durant, and Escavalier when not properly supported.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Like all the other Rotom formes, Rotom-F is perfectly capable of running an effective Choice Scarf set, becoming one of the best scouts, revenge killers, and late-game sweepers available for hail teams in RU. Volt Switch is what seperates Rotom-F from other Choice Scarf hail abusers such as Glaceon and Jynx, giving it the ability to switch out while simultaneously doing a decent amount of damage, furthermore, it gives Rotom-F the ability to easily grabbing momentum for its team, simply Volt Switching out as the opponent sends in a check for it, giving the user a free opportunity to send in a check to the Pokemon they switched in. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, and what makes Rotom-F the late-game cleaner it is, having more than enough power to muscle through the remains of the opponent's weakened team after Rotom-F's teammates and the hail constantly pelting the battlefield do their damage. Blizzard also hits the vast majority of Electric resistances hard, often making switching into Choice Scarf Rotom-F a deadly guessing game. Thunderbolt provides Rotom-F with a much more powerful Electric STAB that doesn't force Rotom-F to switch out, giving it the capability to clean up even when bulky Blizzard resists such as Slowking are still around when needed. Lastly, Trick gives Rotom-F the ability to cripple almost every defensive Pokemon in the tier by stealing their Leftovers or Eviolite and replacing it with a Choice Scarf, an item that's completely useless on defensive Pokemon. Meanwhile, Trick also gives Rotom-F a way to get rid of its Choice Scarf when it no longer needs the extra Speed to pose a threat, giving it the ability to switch moves against slower teams and stay in for multiple turns without being locked into an undesirable move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Once again, Snover is an absolute requirement when using Rotom-F, as without the hail support it provides, Rotom-F is incredibly prone to missing Blizzard, and there are often better options to consider than Choice Scarf Rotom-F when not using a hail team. Because of Choice Scarf Rotom-F's innate ability to force switches due to its Choice Scarf boosted Speed stat, Volt Switch, and excellent dual STABs, entry hazards work exceptionally well with it, forcing the opposing team to take residual damage every time they attempt to check Rotom-F, wearing them down over time and making it infinitely easier for Rotom-F to pull off that final cleanup with Blizzard. Qwilfish is perfect for this role, setting both Spikes and Toxic Spikes for Rotom-F while also taking priority attacks such as Aqua Jet and Extremespeed that are often aimed at it. Other options for hazard setting include Roselia, Omastar, Golurk, and Druddigon, all of which have their individual merits and further support Rotom-F in different ways. Due to the nature of the set, Rotom-F's going to be switching in and out quite often, making Rapid Spin support a nessecity. Kabutops in particular makes an excellent teammate when it comes to Rapid Spinning, reliably clearing the field of entry hazards while simultaneously checking Pokemon such as Entei and Emboar that might to switch in on Rotom while it's locked into Blizzard. In return Rotom-F can terrorize many of Kabutop's checks such as Lilligant, Sceptile, Tangrowth, and Ferroseed with Blizzard and Trick, respectively. Cryogonal is a decent option as well, sacrificing some defensive synergy for the ability to batter the Pokemon that might try to switch into Rotom-F's Blizzard with its own Blizzard, softening them up so Rotom-F can break through them with ease later on. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground can be used over Trick if you really need Rotom-F to hit threats such as Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, Entei, and Aggron harder, but the utility of Trick will often be missed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With excellent super effective coverage between its dual STABs, Rotom-F is capable of using an Expert Belt set to good effect. While Rotom-F is usually seen tearing apart slower, more defensive teams with its Subsplit set or serving as an invaluable scout and revenge killer with its Choice Scarf set, Expert Belt Rotom-F functions as a lure: bluffing Choice Scarf to get surprise KOs on unsuspecting Pokemon. When the opponent doesn't notice any Leftovers recovery or Life Orb recoil on Rotom-F, (AC) they'll most likely assume that its Choiced, switching and in various Volt Switch immunities, such as Rhydon, and Blizzard resistances, such as Escavalier to try and to force it out, only to watch in awe as their switch-in gets demolished the next turn by one of Rotom-F's other attacks, leaving them at a major disadvantage. Outside of bluffing Choice item, Rotom-F still gets the full benefit of using an Expert Belt thanks to its good super effective coverage. Volt Switch allows Expert Belt Rotom to grab momentum when needed and deal a decent amount of damage as it switches out, and having a slower Volt Switch than Choice Scarf Rotom-F is a huge help as well, allowing Rotom-F to take a hit from a faster opponent, then Volt Switch out on the same turn, essentially giving Rotom-F's teammate a free switch. Hidden Power Fire is used in the last slot to lure in Escavalier and Ferroseed more effectively, OHKOing them both after Stealth Rock with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from Snover, who should always be used alongside Rotom-F, Expert Belt Rotom-F pairs well with Pokemon that appreciate the removal of the Pokemon that it lures in and KOs, (AC) including Escavalier and Slowking. Druddigon's a good example, as the removal of Escavalier from the match allows Druddigon to use Outrage much more freely, not fearing being locked into as Escavalier switches in and disposes of it with Megahorn while it's incapable of switching out. In return, Druddigon can pivot into Pokemon such as Entei, Emboar, Lanturn, and Magneton that threaten Rotom-F, possibly wearing the former two down rather quickly via a combination of Rough Skin, Flare Blitz recoil, and residual hail damage. Druddigon can also set up Stealth Rock for Rotom-F's team, wearing down Pokemon without reliable recovery over time and making it easier for Rotom-F to score KOs on Ferroseed and Escavalier with Hidden Power Fire. Other hail abusers such as Glaceon, Jynx, and Cryogonal appreciate Expert Belt Rotom-F's ability to lure in and eliminate Slowking and Escavalier as well, as without those pesky Ice-type resists in the way, they can simply plow through the rest of the opponent's team with ease.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Specs set is a viable option if you want Rotom-F to have a bit more power while still being able to scout with Volt Switch, but most of the time you'll usually end up missing the Speed of Choice Scarf or the ability to switch moves that comes with Expert Belt, making it a lesser option. Rotom-F can run a somewhat effective Chestorest set as well, greatly increasing its longevity, although Rotom-F's mediocre defensive typing often gets in the way of this. Likewise, Rotom-F's decent bulk and access to support moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split makes a defensive set an option, but once again its mediocre defensive typing gets in the way too much for the set to be effective.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination and access to moves such as Trick and Pain Split, finding a foolproof counter to Rotom-F is a difficult task. Lanturn is probably the best answer to Rotom-F overall, possessing an immunity to Rotom-F's Electric-type moves while taking Blizzard with ease due to its excellent special bulk and resistance to Ice-type attacks, and in return Lanturn can either Thunder Wave Rotom-F or wear it down with repeated Scalds. Keep in mind, though, (AC) that Lanturn has no form of reliable recovery, making it vulnerable to repeated Blizzards and residual hail damage over the course of the match. Magneton and Piloswine are in the same boat, taking both of Rotom-F's STAB attacks handily but being prone to being worn down over the course of the match, necessitating careful play to fully counter Rotom-F. Furthermore, both Piloswine and Magneton are vulnerable to Trick, which removes their Eviolite and thus cuts their bulk significantly. Clefable and Lickilicky make decent checks to Choice Scarf and Expert Belt, using their immense special bulk to take both of its STABs without a resistance, but struggle against the Subsplit set, which can use Substitute to dodge status and slowly sap their HP with Pain Split until they end up in Blizzard's KO range. Cryogonal can check Rotom-F as well, resisting Blizzard and having enough bulk to take repeated Thunderbolts, but struggles to do anything to Rotom-F in return without running a super effective Hidden Power. Escavalier resists Rotom-F's Blizzard and has enough bulk to take a Thunderbolt while possessing an immunity to hail thanks to Overcoat, making it a viable check as well, but it still takes a significant amount from Thunderbolt and Volt Switch and lacks a reliable recovery move, which means it gets worn down quickly. If all else fails, there are a few Pokemon such as Entei, Klinklang, Sceptile, and Emboar can soft check Rotom-F, being able to switch in on either Thunderbolt or Blizzard, outspeed Rotom-F, and OHKO it with the appropriate Attack, but these Pokemon aren't as reliable as the ones listed above, as they can only safely switch into one of Rotom-F's STABs safely.</p>


    Sorry this took me so long; I had almost finished it the first night, but accidentally left the page and lost the whole thing. Anyway, it read well for the most part, other than few too-long sentences.
  14. Molk

    Molk tfw zoroark
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  15. Oglemi

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    <p>Despite previously being regarded as a mediocre Pokemon due to its Stealth Rock weakness and inaccurate secondary STAB, the reintroduction of Snow Warning has made Rotom-F a force to be reckoned with in RU. Coming equipped with one of the best dual STAB combinations in the game and the Special Attack stat to use it, counters to Rotom-F are few and far between, and most of the Pokemon that do have the capability to check Rotom-F are prone to being worn down over time, especially with hail in play. Not everything is good for Rotom-F, however. Despite its destructive potential when used in the hail, Rotom-F is quite mediocre when hail isn't in play, making Snover an absolute requirement when using it. To make matters worse, while Rotom-F's typing is incredible offensively, it's very flawed defensively, leaving it weak to Stealth Rock as well as common attacks such as Fire Blast, Drain Punch, and Stone Edge, limiting its opportunities to switch in and attack. Nonetheless, Rotom-F is an excellent Pokemon, and should always be considered when building a hail team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Pain Split
    item: Life Orb
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination makes SubSplit an excellent option on it, taking advantage of the aformentioned its STABs and the combination of Substitute and Pain Split to wear down the opponent's team and do as much damage as possible. Substitute gives Rotom-F protection against status moves, priority, and attacks from faster Pokemon such as Moltres, Sigilyph, and Sceptile while simultaneously easing prediction, making it an invaluable move, and Rotom-F has ample opportunity to set one up thanks to its decent bulk and natural ability to force switches. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, at worst 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist Ice-type moves, and is significantly more consistent with the reintroduction of hail into the tier, bypassing the accuracy check when used under the weather condition. Thunderbolt is Rotom-F's best secondary STAB attack, and compliments Blizzard well, hitting Pokemon that can stomach Blizzard with ease, such as Slowking, hard. Blizzard and Thunderbolt have excellent neutral coverage together, only missing out on a few Pokemon such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine: this is where Pain Split comes into play. While the aforementioned Pokemon can switch into both Blizzard and Thunderbolt, they lack any form of reliable recovery outside of Rest, making them vulnerable to being worn down by Pain Split.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs are very simple, maximizing Rotom-F's damage output while making sure it outpaces as much as possible. A Modest nature can be used over Timid if you think Rotom-F needs the extra power, but the extra Speed Timid provides is invaluable the majority of the time, making Modest a lesser option. Furthermore, Leftovers can be used over Life Orb if Rotom-F needs some more longevity, but Pain Split is usually enough to keep Rotom-F healthy, and the power difference is rather noticeable.</p>

    <p>Snover is a must when using Rotom-F, as it provides the hail support that makes Rotom-F so threatening in the first place, buffing Blizzard's accuracy while also doing passive damage to any Pokemon that isn't an Ice-type Pokemon, making it much easier for Rotom-F to wear down bulkier Pokemon through a combination of its STABs, Substitute, and Pain Split. Furthermore, Snover can help wear down Rotom-F's checks with its own Blizzard, making it even easier for it to clean up late-game. Although almost every other Pokemon appreciates hazards support, entry hazards are especially effective with Rotom-F due to its innate ability to force switches and because the vast majority of Pokemon that can stomach its attacks, such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine, are grounded, making them really easy to wear down via multiple layers of hazards. Omastar and Qwilfish are excellent choices for this role, as they can reliably set up hazards while checking Pokemon that pose an offensive threat to Rotom-F such as Emboar, Entei, Escavalier, and Durant.</p>

    <p>Golurk's also a good teammate for Rotom-F, being able to reliably set Stealth Rock while still soft checking Escavalier and posing an immediate threat to Lanturn and Magneton, two of Rotom-F's best checks. Bulky Water-types such as Slowking, Alomomola, Quagsire, and Poliwrath are excellent teammates for Rotom-F as well, being able to take on multiple Pokemon that threaten Rotom-F such as Entei, Emboar, and Piloswine. Alomomola deserves special mention because of its ability to pass gigantic Wishes to Rotom-F, easily fully healing it no matter how much damage it has taken.</p>

    <p>Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock can wear it down over time if it doesn't get the chance to use Pain Split, meaning Rapid Spin is always appreciated. Kabutops is an excellent option for this role, reliably spinning away Stealth Rock while having good synergy with Rotom-F as well, being able to take Fire-type attacks from Entei and Emboar for Rotom-F with ease, while Rotom-F can take out checks to Kabutops such as Tangrowth with Blizzard in return. Lastly, Rotom-F can be paired with other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Walrein, and Jynx to help wear down each other's checks, eventually giving one the chance to clean up the opposing team unimpeded. but Keep in mind that packing multiple Ice-types on a team takes a toll on your defensive synergy, leaving you more open to big threats such as Entei, Durant, and Escavalier when not properly supported.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Like all the other Rotom formes, Rotom-F is perfectly capable of running an effective Choice Scarf set, becoming one of the best scouts, revenge killers, and late-game sweepers available for hail teams in RU. Volt Switch is what separates Rotom-F from other Choice Scarf hail sweepers such as Glaceon and Jynx, giving it the ability to switch out while doing a decent amount of damage, easily grabbing momentum for its team. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, and what makes Rotom-F the late-game cleaner it is, having more than enough power to muscle through the remains of the opponent's weakened team after Rotom-F's teammates and the hail constantly pelting the battlefield do their damage. Blizzard also hits the vast majority of Electric resists hard, often making switching into Choice Scarf Rotom-F a deadly guessing game. Thunderbolt provides Rotom-F with a much more powerful Electric STAB that doesn't force it to switch out, giving it the capability to clean up even when bulky Blizzard resists such as Slowking are still around. Lastly, Trick gives Rotom-F the ability to cripple almost every defensive Pokemon in the tier by stealing their Leftovers or Eviolite and replacing it with a Choice Scarf, an item that's completely useless on defensive Pokemon. Meanwhile, Trick also gives Rotom-F a way to get rid of its Choice Scarf when it no longer needs the extra Speed to pose a threat, giving it the ability to switch moves against slower teams and stay in for multiple turns without being locked into an undesirable move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Once again, Snover is an absolute requirement when using Rotom-F, as without the hail support it provides, Rotom-F is incredibly prone to missing Blizzard, and there are often better options to consider than Choice Scarf Rotom-F when not using a hail team. Because of Choice Scarf Rotom-F's innate ability to force switches due to its Choice Scarf boosted Speed stat, Volt Switch, and excellent dual STABs, entry hazards work exceptionally well with it, forcing the opposing team to take residual damage every time they attempt to check Rotom-F, wearing them down over time and making it infinitely easier for Rotom-F to pull off that final cleanup with Blizzard. Qwilfish is perfect for this role, setting both Spikes and Toxic Spikes for Rotom-F while also taking priority attacks such as Aqua Jet and ExtremeSpeed that are often aimed at it. Other options for hazard setting include Roselia, Omastar, Golurk, and Druddigon, all of which have their individual merits and further support Rotom-F in different ways. Due to the nature of the set, Rotom-F's going to be switching in and out quite often, making Rapid Spin support a necessity. Kabutops in particular makes an excellent teammate when it comes to spinning, reliably clearing the field of entry hazards while simultaneously checking Pokemon such as Entei and Emboar that might to switch in on Rotom while it's locked into Blizzard. In return, Rotom-F can terrorize many of Kabutops's checks such as Lilligant, Sceptile, Tangrowth, and Ferroseed with Blizzard and Trick, respectively. Cryogonal is a decent option as well, sacrificing some defensive synergy for the ability to batter the Pokemon that might try to switch into Rotom-F's Blizzard with its own Blizzard, softening them up so Rotom-F can break through them with ease later on. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground can be used over Trick if you really need Rotom-F to hit threats such as Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, Entei, Lanturn, and Aggron harder, but the utility of Trick will often be missed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    ability: Levitate
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With excellent super effective coverage between its dual STABs, Rotom-F is capable of using an Expert Belt set to good effect. While Rotom-F is usually seen tearing apart slower, more defensive teams with its SubSplit set or serving as an invaluable scout and revenge killer with its Choice Scarf set, Expert Belt Rotom-F functions as a lure: bluffing Choice Scarf to get surprise KOs on unsuspecting Pokemon. When the opponent doesn't notice any Leftovers recovery or Life Orb recoil on Rotom-F, they'll most likely assume that its holding a Choice item, and switch in various Volt Switch immunities and Blizzard resistances to try to force it out, only to watch in awe as their switch-in gets demolished the next turn by one of Rotom-F's other attacks. Outside of bluffing a Choice item, Rotom-F still gets the full benefit of using an Expert Belt thanks to its good super effective coverage. Volt Switch allows Expert Belt Rotom-F to grab momentum when needed and deal a decent amount of damage as it switches out. Also, having a slower Volt Switch than Choice Scarf Rotom-F is a huge help as well, allowing it to take a hit from a faster opponent, then Volt Switch out on the same turn, essentially giving Rotom-F's teammate a free switch. Hidden Power Fire is used in the last slot to lure in Escavalier and Ferroseed more effectively, OHKOing them both after Stealth Rock with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from Snover, who should always be used alongside Rotom-F, Expert Belt Rotom-F pairs well with Pokemon that appreciate the removal of the Pokemon that it lures in and KOs, including Escavalier and Slowking. Druddigon's a good example, as the removal of Escavalier from the match allows Druddigon to use Outrage much more freely. In return, Druddigon can pivot into Pokemon such as Entei, Emboar, Lanturn, and Magneton that threaten Rotom-F, possibly wearing the former two down rather quickly via a combination of Rough Skin, Flare Blitz recoil, and residual hail damage. Druddigon can also set up Stealth Rock for Rotom-F's team, wearing down Pokemon without reliable recovery over time and making it easier for Rotom-F to score KOs on Ferroseed and Escavalier with Hidden Power Fire. Other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Jynx, and Cryogonal appreciate Expert Belt Rotom-F's ability to lure in and eliminate Slowking and Escavalier, since without those pesky Ice-type resists in the way, they can simply plow through the rest of the opponent's team with ease.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Specs set is a viable option if you want Rotom-F to have a bit more power while still being able to scout with Volt Switch, but most of the time you'll usually end up missing the Speed of Choice Scarf or the ability to switch moves that comes with Expert Belt, making it a lesser option. Rotom-F can run a somewhat effective ChestoRest set as well, greatly increasing its longevity, although Rotom-F's mediocre defensive typing often gets in the way of this. Likewise, Rotom-F's decent bulk and access to support moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split makes a defensive set an option, but once again its mediocre defensive typing gets in the way too much for the set to be effective.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination and access to moves such as Trick and Pain Split, finding a foolproof counter to Rotom-F is a difficult task. Lanturn is probably the best answer to Rotom-F overall, possessing an immunity to Rotom-F's Electric-type moves while taking Blizzard with ease due to its excellent special bulk and resistance to Ice-type attacks, and in return can either Thunder Wave Rotom-F or wear it down with repeated Scalds. Keep in mind, though, that Lanturn has no form of reliable recovery, making it vulnerable to repeated Blizzards and residual hail damage. Magneton and Piloswine are in the same boat, taking both of Rotom-F's STAB attacks handily but being prone to being worn down over the course of the match, necessitating careful play to fully counter Rotom-F. Furthermore, both Piloswine and Magneton are vulnerable to Trick, which removes their Eviolite and thus cuts their bulk significantly. Clefable and Lickilicky make decent checks to the Choice Scarf and Expert Belt sets, using their immense special bulk to take both of its STABs without a resistance, but they struggle against the SubSplit set, which can use Substitute to dodge status and slowly sap their HP with Pain Split until they end up in Blizzard's KO range. Cryogonal can check Rotom-F as well, resisting Blizzard and having enough bulk to take repeated Thunderbolts, but struggles to do anything to Rotom-F in return without running a super effective Hidden Power or Toxic. Escavalier resists Rotom-F's Blizzard and has enough bulk to take a Thunderbolt while possessing an immunity to hail thanks to Overcoat, making it a viable check as well, but it still takes a significant amount from Thunderbolt and Volt Switch and lacks a reliable recovery move, which means it gets worn down quickly. If all else fails, there are a few Pokemon such as Entei, Klinklang, Sceptile, and Emboar that can soft check Rotom-F, being able to switch in on either Thunderbolt or Blizzard, outspeed Rotom-F, and OHKO it with the appropriate attack, but these Pokemon aren't as reliable as the ones listed above, as they can only safely switch into one of Rotom-F's STABs safely.</p>


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  16. Molk

    Molk tfw zoroark
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    <p>Despite previously being regarded as a mediocre Pokemon due to its Stealth Rock weakness and inaccurate secondary STAB, the reintroduction of Snow Warning has made Rotom-F a force to be reckoned with in RU. Coming equipped with one of the best dual STAB combinations in the game and the Special Attack stat to use it, counters to Rotom-F are few and far between, and most of the Pokemon that do have the capability to check Rotom-F are prone to being worn down over time, especially with hail in play. Despite its destructive potential when used in the hail, Rotom-F is quite mediocre when hail isn't in play, making Snover an absolute requirement when using it. To make matters worse, while Rotom-F's typing is incredible offensively, it's very flawed defensively, leaving it weak to Stealth Rock as well as common attacks such as Fire Blast, Drain Punch, and Stone Edge, limiting its opportunities to switch in and attack. Nontheless, Rotom-F is an excellent Pokemon, and should always be considered when building a hail team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Pain Split
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination makes SubSplit an excellent option on it, taking advantage of the its STABs and the combination of Substitute and Pain Split to wear down the opponent's team and do as much damage as possible. Substitute gives Rotom-F protection against status moves, priority, and attacks from faster Pokemon such as Moltres, Sigilyph, and Sceptile while simultaneously easing prediction, making it an invaluable move, and Rotom-F has ample opportunity to set one up thanks to its decent bulk and natural ability to force switches. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, at worst 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist Ice-type moves, and is significantly more consistent with the reintroduction of hail into the tier, bypassing the accuracy check when used under the weather condition. Thunderbolt is Rotom-F's best secondary STAB attack, and compliments Blizzard well, hitting Pokemon that can stomach Blizzard with ease, such as Slowking, hard. Blizzard and Thunderbolt have excellent neutral coverage together, only missing out on a few Pokemon such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine: this is where Pain Split comes into play. While the aforementioned Pokemon can switch into both Blizzard and Thunderbolt, they lack any form of reliable recovery outside of Rest, making them vulnerable to being worn down by Pain Split.</p>

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    <p>The given EVs are very simple, maximizing Rotom-F's damage output while making sure it outpaces as much as possible. A Modest nature can be used over Timid if you think Rotom-F needs the extra power, but the extra Speed Timid provides is almost always better invaluable the majority of the time, making Modest a lesser option. Furthermore, Leftovers can be used over Life Orb if Rotom-F needs some more longevity, but Pain Split is usually enough to keep Rotom-F healthy, and the power difference is rather noticeable.</p>

    <p>Snover is a must when using Rotom-F, as it provides the hail support that makes Rotom-F so threatening in the first place, buffing Blizzard's accuracy while also doing passive damage to any Pokemon that isn't an Ice-type Pokemon, making it much easier for Rotom-F to wear down bulkier Pokemon through a combination of its STABs, Substitute, and Pain Split. Furthermore, Snover can help wear down Rotom-F's checks with its own Blizzard, making it even easier for it to clean up late-game. Although almost every other Pokemon appreciates hazards support, entry hazards are especially effective with Rotom-F due to its innate ability to force switches and because the vast majority of Pokemon that can stomach its attacks, such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine, are grounded, making them really easy to wear down via multiple layers of hazards. Omastar and Qwilfish are excellent choices for this role, as they can reliably set up hazards while checking Pokemon that pose an offensive threat to Rotom-F such as Emboar, Entei, Escavalier, and Durant.</p>

    <p>Golurk's also a good teammate for Rotom-F, being able to reliably set Stealth Rock while still soft what? checking Escavalier and posing an immediate threat to Lanturn and Magneton, two of Rotom-F's best checks. Bulky Water-types such as Slowking, Alomomola, Quagsire, and Poliwrath are excellent teammates for Rotom-F as well, being able to take on multiple Pokemon that threaten Rotom-F such as Entei, Emboar, and Piloswine. Alomomola deserves a special mention because of its ability to pass gigantic Wishes to Rotom-F, completely easily fully healing it no matter how much damage it has taken.</p>

    <p>Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock can wear it down over time if it doesn't get the chance to use Pain Split, meaning Rapid Spin is always appreciated. Kabutops is an excellent option for this role, reliably spinning away Stealth Rock while having good synergy with Rotom-F as well,; being able to take Fire-type attacks from Entei and Emboar for Rotom-F with ease, while Rotom-F can take out checks to Kabutops such as Tangrowth with Blizzard in return. Lastly, Rotom-F can be paired with other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Walrein, and Jynx to help wear down each other's checks, eventually giving one the chance to clean up the opposing team unimpeded. Keep in mind that packing multiple Ice-types on a team takes a toll on your defensive synergy, leaving you more open to big threats such as Entei, Durant, and Escavalier when not properly supported.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Like all the other Rotom formes, Rotom-F is perfectly capable of running an effective Choice Scarf set, becoming one of the best scouts, revenge killers, and late-game sweepers available for hail teams in RU. Volt Switch is what separates Rotom-F from other Choice Scarf hail sweepers such as Glaceon and Jynx, giving it the ability to switch out while doing a decent amount of damage, and easily grabbing I'd rather use the word "gaining", but its your choice momentum for its team. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, and what makes Rotom-F the late-game cleaner it is, having more than enough power to muscle through the remains of the opponent's weakened team. Blizzard also hits the vast majority of Electric resists hard, often making switching into Choice Scarf Rotom-F a deadly guessing game. Thunderbolt provides Rotom-F with a much more powerful Electric STAB that doesn't force it to switch out, giving it the capability to clean up even when bulky Blizzard resists such as Slowking are still around. Lastly, Trick gives Rotom-F the ability to cripple almost every defensive Pokemon in the tier by stealing their Leftovers or Eviolite and replacing it with a Choice Scarf, an item that's completely useless on defensive Pokemon. Meanwhile, Trick also gives Rotom-F a way to get rid of its Choice Scarf when it no longer needs the extra Speed to pose a threat, giving it the ability to switch moves against slower teams and stay in for multiple turns without being locked into an undesirable move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Snover is an absolute requirement when using Rotom-F, as without the hail support it provides, Rotom-F is incredibly prone to missing Blizzard, and there are often better options to consider than Choice Scarf Rotom-F when not using a hail team. Because of Choice Scarf Rotom-F's innate ability to force switches due to its Choice Scarf boosted Speed stat, Volt Switch, and excellent dual STABs, entry hazards work exceptionally well with it, forcing the opposing team to take residual damage every time they attempt to check Rotom-F, wearing them down over time and making it infinitely easier for Rotom-F to pull off that final cleanup with Blizzard. Qwilfish is perfect for this role, setting both Spikes and Toxic Spikes for Rotom-F while also taking priority attacks such as Aqua Jet and ExtremeSpeed that are often aimed at it. Other options for hazard setting include Roselia, Omastar, Golurk, and Druddigon, all of which have their individual merits and further support Rotom-F in different ways. Due to the nature of the set, Rotom-F's going to be switching in and out quite often, making Rapid Spin support a necessity. Kabutops in particular makes an excellent teammate when it comes to spinning, reliably clearing the field of entry hazards while simultaneously checking Pokemon such as Entei and Emboar that might to switch in on Rotom-F while it's locked into Blizzard. In return, Rotom-F can terrorize many of Kabutops's checks such as Lilligant, Sceptile, Tangrowth, and Ferroseed with Blizzard and, in Ferroseed's case, Trick respectively. Cryogonal is a decent option as well, sacrificing some defensive synergy for the ability to batter the Pokemon that might try to switch into Rotom-F's Blizzard with its own Blizzard, softening them up so Rotom-F can break through them with ease later on. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground can be used over Trick if you really need Rotom-F to hit threats such as Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, Entei, Lanturn, and Aggron harder, but the utility of Trick will often be missed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With excellent super effective coverage between its dual STABs, Rotom-F is capable of using an Expert Belt set to good effect. While Rotom-F is usually seen tearing apart slower, more defensive teams with its SubSplit set or serving as an invaluable scout and revenge killer with its Choice Scarf set, Expert Belt Rotom-F functions as a lure:; bluffing Choice Scarf to get surprise KOs on unsuspecting Pokemon. When the opponent doesn't notice any Leftovers recovery or Life Orb recoil on Rotom-F, they'll most likely assume that its holding a Choice item, and switch in various Volt Switch immunities and Blizzard resistances to try to force it out, only to watch in awe as their switch-in gets demolished the next turn by one of Rotom-F's other attacks. Outside of bluffing a Choice Item, Rotom-F still gets the full benefit of using an Expert Belt thanks to its good super effective coverage. Volt Switch allows Expert Belt Rotom-F to grab momentum when needed and deal a decent amount of damage as it switches out. Also, having a slower Volt Switch than Choice Scarf Rotom-F is a huge help as well, allowing it to take a hit from a faster opponent, then Volt Switch out on the same turn, essentially giving Rotom-F's teammate a free switch. Hidden Power Fire is used in the last slot to lure in Escavalier and Ferroseed more effectively, OHKOing them both after Stealth Rock with ease.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from Snover, who should always be used alongside Rotom-F, Expert Belt Rotom-F pairs well with Pokemon that appreciate the removal of the Pokemon that it lures in and KOs, including Escavalier and Slowking. Druddigon's a good example, as the removal of Escavalier from the match allows Druddigon to use Outrage much more freely. In return, Druddigon can pivot into Pokemon such as Entei, Emboar, Lanturn, and Magneton that threaten Rotom-F, possibly wearing the former two down rather quickly via a the combination of Rough Skin, Flare Blitz recoil, and residual hail damage. Druddigon can also set up Stealth Rock for Rotom-F's team, wearing down Pokemon without reliable recovery over time and making it easier for Rotom-F to score KOs on Ferroseed and Escavalier with Hidden Power Fire. Other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Jynx, and Cryogonal appreciate Expert Belt Rotom-F's ability to lure in and eliminate Slowking and Escavalier, since without those pesky Ice-type resists in the way, they can simply plow through the rest of the opponent's team with ease.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Specs set is a viable option if you want Rotom-F to have a bit more power while still being able to scout with Volt Switch, but most of the time you'll usually end up missing the Speed of Choice Scarf or the ability to switch moves that comes with Expert Belt, making it a lesser option. Rotom-F can run a somewhat effective ChestoRest set as well, greatly increasing its longevity, although Rotom-F's mediocre defensive typing often gets in the way of this. Likewise, Rotom-F's decent bulk and access to support moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split makes a defensive set an option, but once again its mediocre defensive typing gets in the way too much for the set to be effective.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination and access to moves such as Trick and Pain Split, finding a foolproof counter to Rotom-F is a difficult task. Lanturn is probably the best answer to Rotom-F overall, possessing an immunity to Rotom-F's Electric-type moves while taking Blizzard with ease due to its excellent special bulk and resistance to Ice-type attacks, and in return can either Thunder Wave Once again, I'd rather use "paralyze" over "Thunder Wave", but that it up to you Rotom-F or wear it down with repeated Scalds. Keep in mind, though, that Lanturn has no form of reliable recovery, making it vulnerable to repeated Blizzards and residual hail damage. Magneton and Piloswine are in the same boat, taking both of Rotom-F's STAB attacks handily but being prone to being worn down over the course of the match, necessitating careful play to fully counter Rotom-F. Furthermore, both Piloswine and Magneton are vulnerable to Trick, which removes their Eviolite and thus cuts their bulk significantly. Clefable and Lickilicky make decent checks to the Choice Scarf and Expert Belt sets, using their immense special bulk to take both of its STABs without a resistance, but they struggle against the SubSplit set, which can use Substitute to dodge status and slowly sap their HP with Pain Split until they end up in Blizzard's KO range. Cryogonal can check Rotom-F as well, resisting Blizzard and having enough bulk to take repeated Thunderbolts, but struggles to do anything to Rotom-F in return without running a super effective Hidden Power or Toxic. Escavalier resists Rotom-F's Blizzard and has enough bulk to take a Thunderbolt while possessing an immunity to hail thanks to Overcoat, making it a viable check as well, but it still takes a significant amount from Thunderbolt and Volt Switch and lacks a reliable recovery move, which means it gets worn down quickly. If all else fails, there are a few Pokemon such as Entei, Klinklang, Sceptile, and Emboar that can soft Again, what? check Rotom-F, being able to switch in on either Thunderbolt or Blizzard, outspeed Rotom-F, and OHKO it with the appropriate attack, but these Pokemon aren't as reliable as the ones listed above, as they can only safely switch into one of Rotom-F's STABs safely.</p>


    Hope I did that right....:I
  18. Molk

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  19. GCSChris

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    Nice job with this analysis. Rotom-F is pretty awesome in the hail. I made an AM check.

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    [Overview]

    <p>Despite previously being regarded as a mediocre Pokemon due to its Stealth Rock weakness and inaccurate secondary STAB, the reintroduction of Snow Warning has made Rotom-F a force to be reckoned with in RU. Coming equipped with one of the best dual STAB combinations in the game and the Special Attack stat to use it, counters to Rotom-F are few and far between, and most of the Pokemon that do have the capability to check Rotom-F are prone to being worn down over time, especially with hail in play. Despite its destructive potential when used in the hail, Rotom-F is quite mediocre when hail isn't in play, making Snover an absolute requirement when using it. To make matters worse, while Rotom-F's typing is incredible offensively, it's very flawed defensively, leaving it weak to Stealth Rock as well as common attacks such as Fire Blast, Drain Punch, and Stone Edge, limiting its opportunities to switch in and attack. Nonetheless, Rotom-F is an excellent Pokemon, and should always be considered when building a hail team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Pain Split
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination makes SubSplit an excellent option on it, taking advantage of its STABs and the combination of Substitute and Pain Split to wear down the opponent's team and do as much damage as possible. Substitute gives Rotom-F protection against status moves, priority, and attacks from faster Pokemon such as Moltres, Sigilyph, and Sceptile, while simultaneously easing prediction, making it invaluable,. and In addition, Rotom-F has ample opportunity to set one up a substitute thanks to its decent bulk and natural ability to force switches. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, at worst 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist Ice-type moves, and is significantly more consistent with the reintroduction of hail into the tier, bypassing the accuracy check when used under the weather condition. Thunderbolt is Rotom-F's best secondary STAB attack, and compliments Blizzard well, hitting Pokemon that can stomach Blizzard with ease, such as Slowking, hard. Blizzard and Thunderbolt have excellent neutral coverage together, only missing out on a few Pokemon such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine: this is where Pain Split comes into play. While the aforementioned Pokemon can switch into both Blizzard and Thunderbolt, they lack any form of reliable recovery outside of Rest, making leaving them vulnerable to being worn down by Pain Split.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs are very simple, maximizing Rotom-F's damage output while making sure it outpaces as much many Pokemon as possible. A Modest nature can be used over Timid if you think Rotom-F needs the extra power, but the extra Speed Timid provides is almost always better, making Modest a lesser option. Furthermore, Leftovers can be used over Life Orb if Rotom-F needs some more higher longevity, but Pain Split is usually enough to keep Rotom-F healthy, and the power difference is rather noticeable.</p>

    <p>Snover is a must when using Rotom-F, as it provides the hail support that makes Rotom-F so threatening in the first place, buffing Blizzard's accuracy while also doing passive damage to any Pokemon that isn't an Ice-type, making it much easier for Rotom-F to wear down bulkier Pokemon through a combination of its STABs, Substitute, and Pain Split. Furthermore, Snover can help wear down Rotom-F's checks with its own Blizzard, making it even easier for it Rotom-F to clean up late-game. Although almost every other Pokemon appreciates hazards support, entry hazards are especially effective with Rotom-F due to its innate ability to force switches and the fact that the vast majority of Pokemon that can stomach its attacks, such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine, are grounded, making them really easy to wear down via multiple layers of hazards. Omastar and Qwilfish are excellent choices for this role, as they can reliably set up hazards while checking Pokemon that pose an offensive threat to Rotom-F such as Emboar, Entei, Escavalier, and Durant.</p>

    <p>Golurk's also is a good teammate for Rotom-F, being able to reliably set Stealth Rock while still checking Escavalier and posing an immediate threat to Lanturn and Magneton, two of Rotom-F's best checks. Bulky Water-types such as Slowking, Alomomola, Quagsire, and Poliwrath are excellent teammates for Rotom-F as well, being able to take on multiple Pokemon that threaten Rotom-F such as Entei, Emboar, and Piloswine. Alomomola deserves a special mention because of its ability to pass gigantic Wishes to Rotom-F, completely healing it no matter how much damage it has taken.</p>

    <p>Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock can wear it down over time if it doesn't get the chance to use Pain Split, meaning Rapid Spin is always appreciated. Kabutops is an excellent option for this role, reliably spinning away Stealth Rock while having good synergy with Rotom-F ; being able to take Fire-type attacks from Entei and Emboar for Rotom-F with ease, while Rotom-F can take out checks to Kabutops such as Tangrowth with Blizzard in return. Lastly, Rotom-F can be paired with other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Walrein, and Jynx to help wear down each other's checks, eventually giving one the other the chance to clean up the opposing team unimpeded. Keep in mind that packing multiple Ice-types on a team takes a toll on your defensive synergy, leaving you more open vulnerable to big threats such as Entei, Durant, and Escavalier when not properly supported.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Like all of the other Rotom formes, Rotom-F is perfectly capable of running an effective Choice Scarf set, becoming one of the best scouts, revenge killers, and late-game sweepers available for hail teams in RU. Volt Switch is what separates Rotom-F from other Choice Scarf hail sweepers such as Glaceon and Jynx, giving it the ability to switch out while doing a decent amount of damage, and easily gaining momentum for its team. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, and what makes Rotom-F the late-game cleaner it is, having more than enough power to muscle through the remains of the opponent's weakened team. Blizzard also hits the vast majority of Electric resists hard, often making switching into Choice Scarf Rotom-F a deadly guessing game. Thunderbolt provides Rotom-F with a much more powerful Electric STAB that doesn't force it to switch out, giving it the capability to clean up even when bulky Blizzard resists such as Slowking are still around. Lastly, Trick gives Rotom-F the ability to cripple almost every defensive Pokemon in the tier by stealing their Leftovers or Eviolite and replacing it with a Choice Scarf, an item that's completely useless on defensive Pokemon. Meanwhile, Trick also gives Rotom-F a way to get rid of its Choice Scarf when it no longer needs the extra Speed to pose a threat, giving it the ability to switch moves against slower teams and stay in for multiple turns without being locked into an undesirable move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Snover is an absolute requirement when using Rotom-F, as without the hail support it provides, Rotom-F is incredibly prone to missing Blizzard, and there are often better options to consider than Choice Scarf Rotom-F when not using a hail team. Because of Choice Scarf Rotom-F's innate ability to force switches due to its Choice Scarf boosted Speed stat, Volt Switch, and excellent dual STABs, entry hazards work exceptionally well with it, forcing the opposing team to take residual damage every time they attempt to check Rotom-F, wearing them down over time and making it infinitely easier for Rotom-F to pull off that final cleanup with Blizzard. Qwilfish is perfect for this role, setting both Spikes and Toxic Spikes for Rotom-F while also taking priority attacks such as Aqua Jet and ExtremeSpeed that are often aimed at it. Other options for hazard setting include Roselia, Omastar, Golurk, and Druddigon, all of which have their individual merits and further support Rotom-F in different ways. Due to the nature of the set, Rotom-F's will going to be switching in and out quite often, making Rapid Spin support a necessity. Kabutops in particular makes an excellent teammate when it comes to spinning, reliably clearing the field of entry hazards while simultaneously checking Pokemon such as Entei and Emboar that might to switch in on Rotom-F while it's locked into Blizzard. In return, Rotom-F can terrorize many of Kabutops's checks such as Lilligant, Sceptile, Tangrowth, and Ferroseed with Blizzard and in Ferroseed's case, Trick. Cryogonal is a decent option as well, sacrificing some defensive synergy for the ability to batter the Pokemon that might try to switch into Rotom-F's Blizzard with its own Blizzard, softening them up so Rotom-F can break through them with ease later on. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground can be used over Trick if you really need Rotom-F to hit threats such as Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, Entei, Lanturn, and Aggron harder, but the utility of Trick will be missed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With excellent super effective coverage between its dual STABs, Rotom-F is capable of using an Expert Belt set to good effect. While Rotom-F is usually seen tearing apart slower, more defensive teams with its SubSplit set or serving as an invaluable scout and revenge killer with its Choice Scarf set, Expert Belt Rotom-F functions as a lure:, bluffing Choice Scarf to get surprise KOs on unsuspecting Pokemon. When the opponent doesn't notice any Leftovers recovery or Life Orb recoil on Rotom-F, they'll most likely assume that its holding a Choice item, and switch in various Volt Switch immunities and Blizzard resistances to try to force it out, only to watch in awe as their switch-in gets demolished the next turn by one of Rotom-F's other attacks. Outside of bluffing a Choice Item, Rotom-F still gets the full benefit of using an Expert Belt thanks to its good super effective coverage. Volt Switch allows Rotom-F to grab gain momentum when needed and deal a decent amount of damage as it switches out. Also, hHaving a slower Volt Switch than Choice Scarf Rotom-F is a huge help as well, allowing it to take a hit from a faster opponent, then Volt Switch out on the same turn, essentially giving Rotom-F's teammate a free switch. Hidden Power Fire is used to in the last slot to lure in Escavalier and Ferroseed more effectively, OHKOing Escavalier and Ferroseed them both after Stealth Rock with ease after luring them in.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from Snover, who should always be used alongside Rotom-F, Expert Belt Rotom-F pairs well with Pokemon that appreciate the removal of the Pokemon that it lures in and KOs, including Escavalier and Slowking. Druddigon's is a good example, as the removal of Escavalier from the match allows Druddigon to use Outrage much more freely. In return, Druddigon can pivot into Pokemon such as Entei, Emboar, Lanturn, and Magneton that threaten Rotom-F, possibly wearing the former two down rather quickly via the combination of Rough Skin, Flare Blitz recoil, and residual hail damage. Druddigon can also set up Stealth Rock for Rotom-F's team, wearing down Pokemon without reliable recovery over time and making it easier for Rotom-F to score KOs on Ferroseed and Escavalier with Hidden Power Fire. Other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Jynx, and Cryogonal appreciate Expert Belt Rotom-F's ability to lure in and eliminate Slowking and Escavalier, since without those pesky Ice-type resists in the way, they can simply plow through the rest of the opponent's team with ease.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Specs set is a viable option if you want Rotom-F to have more power while still being able to scout with Volt Switch, but most of the time you'll usually end up missing the Speed of Choice Scarf or the ability to switch moves that comes with Expert Belt, making it a lesser option. Rotom-F can run a somewhat effective ChestoRest set as well, greatly increasing its longevity, although Rotom-F's mediocre defensive typing often gets in the way of this. Likewise, Rotom-F's decent bulk and access to support moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split makes a defensive set an option, but once again its mediocre defensive typing gets in the way too much for the set to be effective.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination and access to moves such as Trick and Pain Split, finding a foolproof counter to Rotom-F is a difficult task. Lanturn is probably the best answer to Rotom-F, possessing an immunity to Rotom-F's Electric-type moves while taking Blizzard with ease due to its excellent special bulk and resistance to Ice-type attacks, and in return can either paralyze Rotom-F or wear it down with repeated Scalds. Keep in mind, though, that Lanturn has no form of reliable recovery, making it vulnerable to repeated Blizzards and residual hail damage. Magneton and Piloswine are in the same boat, taking both of Rotom-F's STAB attacks handily but being prone to being worn down over the course of the match, necessitating careful play to fully counter Rotom-F. Furthermore, both Piloswine and Magneton are vulnerable to Trick, which removes their Eviolite and thus cuts their bulk significantly. Clefable and Lickilicky make decent checks to the Choice Scarf and Expert Belt sets, using their immense special bulk to take both of its STABs without a resistance, but they struggle against the SubSplit set, which can use Substitute to dodge status and slowly sap their HP with Pain Split until they end up in Blizzard's KO range. Cryogonal can check Rotom-F as well, resisting Blizzard and having enough bulk to take repeated Thunderbolts, but struggles to do anything to Rotom-F in return without running a super effective Hidden Power or Toxic. Escavalier resists Rotom-F's Blizzard and has enough bulk to take a Thunderbolt while possessing an immunity to hail thanks to Overcoat, making it a viable check as well, but it still takes a significant amount from Thunderbolt and Volt Switch and lacks a reliable recovery move, which means it gets worn down quickly. If all else fails, there are a few Pokemon such as Entei, Klinklang, Sceptile, and Emboar that can check Rotom-F, being able to switch in on either Thunderbolt or Blizzard, outspeed Rotom-F, and OHKO it with the appropriate attack, but these Pokemon aren't as reliable as the ones listed above, as they can only safely switch into one of Rotom-F's STABs safely.</p>
  20. Molk

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  21. Jellicent

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    On it ^.^

    [Overview]

    <p>Despite previously being regarded as a mediocre Pokemon due to its Stealth Rock weakness and inaccurate secondary STAB, the reintroduction of Snow Warning has made Rotom-F a force to be reckoned with in RU. Coming equipped with one of the best dual STAB combinations in the game and the Special Attack stat to use it, counters to Rotom-F are few and far between, and most of the Pokemon that do have the capability to check Rotom-F are prone to being worn down over time, especially with hail in play. Despite its destructive potential when used in the hail, Rotom-F is quite mediocre when hail isn't in play, making Snover an absolute requirement when using it. To make matters worse, while Rotom-F's typing is incredible offensively, it's very flawed defensively;(semi) leaving it's weak to Stealth Rock as well as common attacks such as Fire Blast, Drain Punch, and Stone Edge, limiting its opportunities to switch in and attack. Nonetheless, Rotom-F is an excellent Pokemon,(RC) and should always be considered when building a hail team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Pain Split
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination makes SubSplit an excellent (great, awesome, whatever. you just said excellent earlier this sentence) option on it, taking advantage of its STABs and the combination of Substitute and Pain Split to wear down the opponent's team and do as much damage as possible. Substitute gives Rotom-F protection against status moves, priority, and attacks from faster Pokemon such as Moltres, Sigilyph, and Sceptile while simultaneously easing prediction, making it invaluable. In addition, Rotom-F has ample opportunity to set up a Substitute thanks to its decent bulk and natural ability to force switches. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, at worst 2HKOing anything that doesn't resist Ice-type moves, and is significantly more consistent with the reintroduction of hail into the tier, bypassing the accuracy check when used under the weather condition. Thunderbolt is Rotom-F's best secondary STAB attack,(RC) and compliments Blizzard well, hitting Pokemon that can stomach Blizzard with ease, such as Slowking, hard. Blizzard and Thunderbolt have excellent neutral coverage together, only missing out on a few Pokemon such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine;(semi) this is where Pain Split comes into play. While the aforementioned Pokemon can switch into both Blizzard and Thunderbolt, they lack any form of reliable recovery outside of Rest, leaving them vulnerable to being worn down by Pain Split.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs are very simple, maximizing Rotom-F's damage output while making sure it outpaces as many Pokemon as possible. A Modest nature can be used over Timid if you think Rotom-F needs the extra power, but the extra Speed Timid provides is almost always better, making Modest a lesser option. Furthermore, Leftovers can be used over Life Orb if Rotom-F needs some more longevity, but Pain Split is usually enough to keep Rotom-F healthy, and the power difference is rather noticeable.</p>

    <p>Snover is a must when using Rotom-F, as it provides the hail support that makes Rotom-F so threatening in the first place, buffing Blizzard's accuracy while also doing passive damage to any Pokemon that isn't an Ice-type, making it much easier for Rotom-F to wear down bulkier Pokemon through a combination of its STAB attacks, Substitute, and Pain Split. Furthermore, Snover can help wear down Rotom-F's checks with its own Blizzard, making it even easier for Rotom-F to clean up late-game. Although almost every other Pokemon appreciates hazards support, entry hazards are especially effective with Rotom-F due to its innate ability to force switches and the fact that the vast majority of Pokemon that can stomach its attacks, such as Lanturn, Magneton, and Piloswine, are grounded, making them really easy to wear down via multiple layers of hazards. Omastar and Qwilfish are excellent choices for this role, as they can reliably set up hazards while checking Pokemon that pose an offensive threat to Rotom-F such as Emboar, Entei, Escavalier, and Durant.</p>

    <p>Golurk's also a good teammate for Rotom-F, being able to reliably set Stealth Rock while still checking Escavalier and posing an immediate threat to Lanturn and Magneton, two of Rotom-F's best checks. Bulky Water-types such as Slowking, Alomomola, Quagsire, and Poliwrath are excellent teammates for Rotom-F as well, being able to take on multiple Pokemon that threaten Rotom-F such as Entei, Emboar, and Piloswine. Alomomola deserves a special mention because of its ability to pass gigantic Wishes to Rotom-F, completely healing it no matter how much damage it has taken.</p>

    <p>Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock can wear it down over time if it doesn't get the chance to use Pain Split, meaning Rapid Spin is always appreciated. Kabutops is an excellent option for this role, reliably spinning away Stealth Rock while having good synergy with Rotom-F;(space removed) being it's able to take Fire-type attacks from Entei and Emboar for Rotom-F with ease, while Rotom-F can take out checks to Kabutops such as Tangrowth with Blizzard in return. Lastly, Rotom-F can be paired with other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Walrein, and Jynx to help wear down each other's checks, eventually giving the other the chance to clean up the opposing team unimpeded. Keep in mind that packing multiple Ice-types on a team takes a toll on your defensive synergy, leaving you more vulnerable to big threats such as Entei, Durant, and Escavalier when not properly supported.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Like all of the other Rotom formes, Rotom-F is perfectly capable of running an effective Choice Scarf set, becoming one of the best scouts, revenge killers, and late-game sweepers available for hail teams in RU. Volt Switch is what separates Rotom-F from other Choice Scarf hail sweepers such as Glaceon and Jynx, giving it the ability to switch out while doing a decent amount of damage,(RC) and easily gaining momentum for its team. Blizzard is Rotom-F's most powerful attack, and what makes Rotom-F the late-game cleaner it is, having more than enough power to muscle through the remains of the opponent's weakened team. Blizzard also hits the vast majority of Electric resists hard, often making switching into Choice Scarf Rotom-F a deadly guessing game. Thunderbolt provides Rotom-F with a much more powerful Electric STAB that doesn't force it to switch out, giving it the capability to clean up even when bulky Blizzard resists such as Slowking are still around. Lastly, Trick gives Rotom-F the ability to cripple almost every defensive Pokemon in the tier by stealing their Leftovers or Eviolite and replacing it with a Choice Scarf, an item that's completely useless on defensive Pokemon. Meanwhile, Trick also gives Rotom-F a way to get rid of its Choice Scarf when it no longer needs the extra Speed to pose a threat, giving it the ability to switch moves against slower teams and stay in for multiple turns without being locked into an undesirable move.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Snover is an absolute requirement when using Rotom-F, as without the hail support it provides, Rotom-F is incredibly prone to missing Blizzard, and there are often better options to consider than Choice Scarf Rotom-F when not using a hail team. Because of Choice Scarf Rotom-F's innate ability to force switches due to its Choice Scarf-boosted Speed stat, Volt Switch, and excellent dual STABs, entry hazards work exceptionally well with it, forcing the opposing team to take residual damage every time they attempt to check Rotom-F, wearing them down over time and making it infinitely easier for Rotom-F to pull off that final cleanup with Blizzard. Qwilfish is perfect for this role, setting both Spikes and Toxic Spikes for Rotom-F while also taking priority attacks such as Aqua Jet and ExtremeSpeed that are often aimed at it. Other options for hazard setting include Roselia, Omastar, Golurk, and Druddigon, all of which have their individual merits and further support Rotom-F in different ways. Due to the nature of the set, Rotom-F will be switching in and out quite often, making Rapid Spin support a necessity. Kabutops in particular makes an excellent teammate when it comes to spinning, reliably clearing the field of entry hazards while simultaneously checking Pokemon such as Entei and Emboar that might to switch in on Rotom-F while it's locked into Blizzard. In return, Rotom-F can terrorize many of Kabutops's checks such as Lilligant, Sceptile, Tangrowth, and Ferroseed with Blizzard and,(AC) in Ferroseed's case, Trick. Cryogonal is a decent option as well, sacrificing some defensive synergy for the ability to batter the Pokemon that might try to switch into Rotom-F's Blizzard with its own Blizzard, softening them up so Rotom-F can break through them with ease later on. Lastly, Hidden Power Fire and Hidden Power Ground can be used over Trick if you really need Rotom-F to hit threats such as Durant, Escavalier, Typhlosion, Entei, Lanturn, and Aggron harder, but the utility of Trick will be missed.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Blizzard
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Expert Belt
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With excellent super effective coverage between its dual STABs, Rotom-F is capable of using an Expert Belt set to good effect. While Rotom-F is usually seen tearing apart slower, more defensive teams with its SubSplit set or serving as an invaluable scout and revenge killer with its Choice Scarf set, Expert Belt Rotom-F functions as a lure, bluffing Choice Scarf to get surprise KOs on unsuspecting Pokemon. When the opponent doesn't notice any Leftovers recovery or Life Orb recoil on Rotom-F, they'll most likely assume that its holding a Choice item, and switch in various Volt Switch immunities and Blizzard resistances to try to force it out, only to watch in awe as their switch-in gets demolished the next turn by one of Rotom-F's other attacks. Outside of bluffing a Choice Item, Rotom-F still gets the full benefit of using an Expert Belt thanks to its good super effective coverage. Volt Switch allows Rotom-F to gain momentum when needed and deal a decent amount of damage as it switches out. Having a slower Volt Switch than Choice Scarf Rotom-F is a huge help as well, allowing it to take a hit from a faster opponent, then Volt Switch out on the same turn, essentially giving Rotom-F's teammate a free switch. Hidden Power Fire is used to OHKO both Ferroseed and Escavalier after Stealth Rock after luring them in.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Aside from Snover, who should always be used alongside Rotom-F, Expert Belt Rotom-F pairs well with Pokemon that appreciate the removal of the Pokemon that it lures in and KOs, including Escavalier and Slowking. Druddigon's a good example, as the removal of Escavalier from the match allows Druddigon to use Outrage much more freely. In return, Druddigon can pivot into Pokemon such as Entei, Emboar, Lanturn, and Magneton that threaten Rotom-F, possibly wearing the former two down rather quickly via the combination of Rough Skin, Flare Blitz recoil, and residual hail damage. Druddigon can also set up Stealth Rock for Rotom-F's team, wearing down Pokemon without reliable recovery over time and making it easier for Rotom-F to score KOs on Ferroseed and Escavalier with Hidden Power Fire. Other hail sweepers such as Glaceon, Jynx, and Cryogonal appreciate Expert Belt Rotom-F's ability to lure in and eliminate Slowking and Escavalier, since without those pesky Ice-type resists in the way, they can simply plow through the rest of the opponent's team with ease.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>A Choice Specs set is a viable option if you want Rotom-F to have more power while still being able to scout with Volt Switch, but most of the time you'll usually end up missing the Speed of Choice Scarf or the ability to switch moves that comes with Expert Belt, making it a lesser option. Rotom-F can run a somewhat effective ChestoRest set as well, greatly increasing its longevity, although Rotom-F's mediocre defensive typing often gets in the way of this. Likewise, Rotom-F's decent bulk and access to support moves such as Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split makes a defensive set an option, but once again its mediocre defensive typing gets in the way too much for the set to be effective.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Due to Rotom-F's excellent dual STAB combination and access to moves such as Trick and Pain Split, finding a foolproof counter to Rotom-F is a difficult task. Lanturn is probably the best answer to Rotom-F, possessing an immunity to Rotom-F's Electric-type moves while taking Blizzard with ease due to its excellent special bulk and resistance to Ice-type attacks, and in return can either paralyze Rotom-F or wear it down with repeated Scalds. Keep in mind, though, that Lanturn has no form of reliable recovery, making it vulnerable to repeated Blizzards and residual hail damage. Magneton and Piloswine are in the same boat, taking both of Rotom-F's STAB attacks handily but being prone to being worn down over the course of the match, necessitating careful play to fully counter Rotom-F. Furthermore, both Piloswine and Magneton are vulnerable to Trick, which removes their Eviolite and thus cuts their bulk significantly. Clefable and Lickilicky make decent checks to the Choice Scarf and Expert Belt sets, using their immense special bulk to take both of its STABs without a resistance, but they struggle against the SubSplit set, which can use Substitute to dodge status and slowly sap their HP with Pain Split until they end up in Blizzard's KO range. Cryogonal can check Rotom-F as well, resisting Blizzard and having enough bulk to take repeated Thunderbolts, but struggles to do anything to Rotom-F in return without running a super effective Hidden Power or Toxic. Escavalier resists Rotom-F's Blizzard and has enough bulk to take a Thunderbolt while possessing an immunity to hail thanks to Overcoat, making it a viable check as well, but it still takes a significant amount from Thunderbolt and Volt Switch and lacks a reliable recovery move, which means it gets worn down quickly. If all else fails, there are a few Pokemon such as Entei, Klinklang, Sceptile, and Emboar that can check Rotom-F, being able to switch in on either Thunderbolt or Blizzard, outspeed Rotom-F, and OHKO it with the appropriate attack, but these Pokemon aren't as reliable as the ones listed above, as they can only safely switch into one of Rotom-F's STABs safely.</p>
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