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Rotom (OU Analysis GP 2/2)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by shrang, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. shrang

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    Okay, you might be confused here, because it's Rotom, and Rotom is mediocre right? Not really. It is actually quite usable in OU. Reasons are outlined in the skeleton. Give it a shot. It won't disappoint.

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    [Overview]
    <p>The unadorned Rotom has long been overshadowed by its alternate formes. However, in the fifth generation, it alone retains one of the defining attractions of the appliance family when it was first introduced: the Ghost typing. Possessing the treasured ability to block Rapid Spin and simultaneously keep offensive momentum through Volt Switch, Rotom’s great typing and speed enables it to become both an offensive spinblocker and a revenge killer. Unfortunately, Rotom is still very frail, and its base 95 Special Attack fails to outshine the rest of the metagame. In conclusion, play Rotom to its unique strengths, or don’t use it at all.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice / Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom's excellent typing, access to Volt Switch, and usable Special Attack and Speed stats make it a surprisingly effective revenge killer as well as a spinblocker. With a Choice Scarf, it reaches 463 Speed, outspeeding +1 Dragonite, Gyarados, Adamant Haxorus, and Salamence. While it may appear that Gengar or Mismagius could play this role better, Rotom's resistances and access to Volt Switch differentiate itself from the aforementioned alternatives. With a Choice Scarf, Rotom can outspeed and OHKO one of the most common Rapid Spin users, Starmie, with Volt Switch, although it needs to be careful when switching in for fear of an OHKO from Hydro Pump. Volt Switch also allows Rotom to be one step ahead of Pursuit users, who would easily pick off Rotom otherwise.</p>

    <p>Volt Switch is Rotom's main attack, allowing it to keep offensive momentum and OHKO Gyarados. Shadow Ball severely dents Celebi and Gengar, while Hidden Power Ice allows Rotom to revenge kill slightly weakened Dragon-type Pokemon such as Salamence and Dragonite. For a stronger STAB attack, Thunderbolt is an alternative option, although coverage is sacrificed if you choose to run it. Finally, Trick rounds out the set by allowing Rotom to cripple special walls that would switch in, such as Blissey and Jirachi.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Will-O-Wisp can replace a move other than Volt Switch for a quick burn. However, being Choice-locked on a non-damaging move defeats the purpose of maintaining momentum. A Modest nature can be used instead of a Timid one, but Rotom really enjoys its strategic base 91 Speed, which should be taken advantage of as much as possible. </p>

    <p>Rotom fears Pursuit more than the plague. It should keep an eye out for strong Pursuit users and Volt Switch out of such confrontations. Lucario and Terrakion are excellent teammates to switch into Pursuit, setting up on the omnipresent Tyranitar. Scizor is also an excellent Pokemon to run alongside Rotom for the acclaimed U-turn + Volt Switch combo. Steel-type Spikes users such as Skarmory, Forretress, and Ferrothorn can easily switch into Ghost- and Dark-type moves aimed at Rotom and set up Spikes, which Rotom can keep on the field by blocking Rapid Spin. Virizion takes a pittance from Rotom's attacks and can set up on it, a weakness easily remedied by the inclusion of teammates such as Jirachi, Latias, or Latios.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom could potentially run a status platform set with Will-O-Wisp / Discharge / Volt Switch / Pain Split, but it is generally too frail for such a set. A Substitute + Pain Split is largely outclassed by Gengar, though a Substitute + Charge Beam set may be viable. While Rotom's stats leave much to be desired for these strategies, being able to set up on Blissey and Chansey is a large selling point.</p>

    [Counters]

    <p>Tyranitar is Rotom's worst enemy. It can switch into any attack, take a negligible amount of damage, and remove Rotom via Pursuit if it is Choice-locked into something other than Volt Switch. Scizor can do similarly if it comes in on a resisted move. Virizion takes very little from Rotom's attacks and can set up using Calm Mind with impunity. Gastrodon and Swampert are immune to Volt Switch and take little from its coverage moves, while Blissey and Chansey wall Rotom. These walls all need to watch out for Trick, however, as having a Choice item could cripple them for the rest of the match.</p>
  2. Dragonmaster123

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    I like the idea of using Rotom as a spin blocker in OU, i haven't tested him yet, but i will after seeing this.

    Only two things I think that can get a mention is dual screen rotom and dual status rotor

    Dual Screens can block a Rapid Spin from pokemon like Starmie and Fortress, and then support it's team using either Reflect or Light Screen

    Dual Status can work on Stall teams, being a spin blocker while using the status abuse to help stall out the opponent.

    After I do a little testing today, i'll edit this post with EVs and What Not
  3. Pocket

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    Very nice read, shrang. Rotom's typing and Volt Switch definitely lets it stand out from other spin blockers.

    For the utility set, max Speed is unnecessary imo. Rotom's Speed can be capped at 294 to check Haxorus or 300 to check neutral speed base 100 mons (like Celebi). That would give Rotom extra 17+ points that can be invested into defense.
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    This looks like an interesting idea, but Rotom is... really frail. Specially Defensive Heatran 2HKOes with Lava Plume, for an example.

    Heatran (Specially Defensive) Lava Plume: 49.34 - 58.22%

    Still, its immunities and resistances seem like they could make Rotom work.
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    ^I don't get the relevance. Heatran was a Rotom-A counter in DPP to-- of course specially defensive Heatran would completely stop Rotom; there's not reason rotom would stay in, it would Volt Switch out.
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    Will-O-Wisp is mentioned in AC for the utility set but it's in the set. ._. You also can't use Rotom and Rotom-W on the same team because of Species Clause, so keep that in mind and don't mention Rotom-W as a VoltTurn partner.
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    My point was that Rotom is kind of frail, taking uninvested neutral attacks for 50%.
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    I don't see a point to a Modest slash, the power boost is neglible, and outspeeding +1 gyara, dnite, adamant hax is a big deal imo.

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    shrang, you are a genius. I love this
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    I'm rejecting the utility set unless you can provide logs and stuff of its utility. Starmie OHKOs you anyway and the most I can see it doing is burning Tyranitar and later getting KOed. So yeah I'm rejecting the utility set.

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  11. shrang

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    Alright then, I'll remove the utility set. Thanks for the approval Delta (and PK).
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    OK I suppose.

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  13. shrang

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    Thanks for the approval Bloo, will get this up soonish.
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    Finished writing this up. Ready for GP checks
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    [Overview]
    <p>If you are wondering why you should use Rotom when it has five big brothers with better stats across the board, then shift your attention to the very thing that made the Rotom appliances attractive in the first place back in the fourth generation: their Ghost typing. Rotom has the rare ability to block Rapid Spin and yet still maintain offensive momentum through Volt Switch. Its great typing and Speed allows it to become both an offensive spinblocker and revenge killer at once. However, Rotom is still very frail, while its base 95 Special Attack isn't that spectacular when most Pokemon in the metagame boast attacking stats of 110 or higher. Play Rotom to its strengths or don't use it at all.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice / Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom's excellent typing, access to Volt Switch, and usable Special Attack and Speed stats make it a surprisingly effective revenge killer and spinblocker. With a Choice Scarf, it reaches 463 Speed, outspeeding +1 Dragonite, Gyarados, Adamant Haxorus and Salamence. While it may appear that Gengar or even Mismagius could do Rotom's job better, Rotom's resistances and access to Volt Switch allow it to differentiate itself from the aforementioned Ghost-types. With a Choice Scarf and Volt Switch, Rotom can outspeed and OHKO with Starmie with Volt Switch before it can hit with Hydro Pump, although it needs to be careful switching in. Volt Switch also allows Rotom to be one step ahead of Tyranitar, switching out before it gets a chance to use Pursuit.</p>

    <p>Volt Switch is Rotom's main attack, allowing Rotom's team to keep the momentum on its side, while OHKOing threats such as Gyarados. STAB Shadow Ball severely dents Celebi and Gengar. Hidden Power Ice allows Rotom to revenge kill slightly weakened Dragon-types such as Salamence and Dragonite, although Thunderbolt can be used instead for a stronger STAB attack than Volt Switch. Finally, Trick rounds out the set by allowing Rotom to cripple Special walls such as Blissey and Jirachi.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Will-O-Wisp can replace a move other than Volt Switch for a quick burn. However, being Choice-locked on a non-damaging move can be undesirable, while the other moves are better choice anyway. A Modest nature can be used instead of Timid, but Rotom really enjoys its trolly base 91 Speed, which should be taken advantage of as much as possible. </p>

    <p>Rotom fears Pursuit more than the plague and should use Volt Switch to avoid it as much as possible. In the case that Rotom gets KOed by Pursuit, Lucario and Terrakion are excellent teammates to switch into it and set up on Tyranitar just in case Rotom is unlucky enough to get KOed by Pursuit. Scizor is also an excellent Pokemon to run alongside Rotom for this reason, and can in addition form a U-turn / Volt Switch combo with it. Steel-type Spikers such as Skarmory, Forretress and Ferrothorn can easily switch into Ghost- and Dark-typed moves aimed at Rotom and set up Spikes, while Rotom can easily can stop Rapid Spin due to its Ghost typing. Virizion takes a pittance from Rotom's attacks and can use Calm Mind to set up. Jirachi, Latios, and Latias can easily take on Virizion.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom could potentially run a status platform set with Will-O-Wisp / Discharge / Volt Switch / Pain Split, but it is generally too frail for such a set. A Substitute + Pain Split is largely outclassed by Gengar, although a Substitute + Charge Beam set may be viable; while Rotom's stats are probably not particularly good, being able to set up Blissey and Chansey is really attractive.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Tyranitar is Rotom's worst enemy, comfortably able to switch into virtually any attack outside of Volt Switch and remove Rotom via Pursuit. Scizor can do a similar job if it comes in on a resisted Hidden Power or Shadow Ball. Virizion takes very little from Rotom's attacks and can set up on it with Calm Mind. Gastrodon and Swampert are immune to Volt Switch and take little from Rotom's coverage moves (Hidden Power Grass 2HKOes). Blissey and Chansey wall Rotom. Gastrodon, Swampert, Blissey, and Chansey all need to watch out for Trick, however. (shouldnt a calm minder like virizion need to watch out too?)</p>


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    Calm mind isn't the only setup move virizion uses...

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    Thanks for the check, Orcinus Duo, you practically re-wrote the entire analysis for me =D. I corrected the end of the 2nd paragraph of AC slightly differently ("Jirachi, Latios, or Latias" instead of "Jirachi or the Lati twins" since I remember getting flagged for something similar.
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    [Overview]
    <p>The unadorned Rotom has long been overshadowed by its alternate forms. However, with the advent of the fifth generation, it alone retains one of the defining attractions of the appliance family when it was first introduced: the Ghost-typing. Possessing the treasured ability to block Rapid Spin and simultaneously keep offensive momentum through Volt Switch, Rotom’s great typing and speed enables it to become both an offensive spin-blocker and revenge killer. Unfortunately, Rotom is still very frail, and its Base 95 Special Attack fails to outshine the rest of the metagame. In conclusion, play Rotom to its unique strengths—or don’t use it at all.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice / Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom's excellent typing, access to Volt Switch, usable Special Attack and Speed stats make it a surprisingly effective revenge killer and spin blocker. With a Choice Scarf, it reaches 463 Speed, outspeeding +1 Dragonite, Gyarados, Adamant Haxorus and Salamence. While it may appear that Gengar or even Mismagius could fit this role better, Rotom's resistances and access to Volt Switch differentiate itself from the aforementioned alternatives. With a Choice Scarf, Rotom can outspeed and OHKO Starmie,one of the most common spinners, with Volt Switch, although it needs to be careful switching in because Hydro Pump OHKOs Rotom. Volt Switch also allows Rotom to be one step ahead of Pursuit users, who would otherwise easily pick off Rotom.</p>

    <p>Volt Switch is Rotom's main attack, allowing Rotom to keep offensive momentum and OHKOing Gyarados. Shadow Ball severely dents Celebi and Gengar, while Hidden Power Ice allows Rotom to revenge kill slightly weakened Dragon-types such as Salamence and Dragonite. For a stronger STAB attack, Thunderbolt is an alternative option to run at the sacrifice of some coverage. Finally, Trick rounds out the set by allowing Rotom to cripple Special walls that would switch in such as Blissey and Jirachi.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Will-O-Wisp can replace a move other than Volt Switch for a quick burn. However, being Choice-locked on a non damaging move defeats the purpose of maintaining momentum. idea behind Rotom's momentum game, while superior options exist. A Modest nature can be used instead of Timid, but Rotom really enjoys its strategic base 91 Speed, which should be taken advantage of as much as possible. </p>

    <p>Rotom fears Pursuit more than the plague. It should keep an eye out for strong Pursuit users and Volt Switch out of such confrontations. Lucario and Terrakion are excellent teammates to switch into Pursuit to set up on the omnipresent Tyranitar. on the off chance that Rotom is KOed by Pursuit. [*]Scizor is also an excellent Pokemon to run alongside Rotom for the much acclaimed U-turn / Volt Switch combo. Steel-typed Spikers such as Skarmory, Forretress and Ferrothorn can easily switch into Ghost- and Dark-typed moves aimed at Rotom and set up Spikes, which Rotom can keep on the field by blocking Rapid Spin. Virizion takes a pittance from Rotom's attacks and can sets up on it, a weakness easily remedied by the inclusion of teammates such as Jirachi, Latias, or Latios.</p>

    How does this Rotom dying to Pursuit relate to whether or not Tyranitar or Lucario can set up if Rotom dies from Pursuit? The fact that Tyranitar is stuck on Pursuit should be easy enough. Also Lucario and Terrakion don't really come in on Pursuit. Specify that they set up easily on Tyranitar that are Choice-locked into Pursuit.

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom could potentially run a status platform set with Will-O-Wisp / Discharge / Volt Switch / Pain Split, but it is generally considered too frail for such a set. A Substitute + Pain Split is largely outclassed by Gengar, although a Substitute + Charge Beam set may be viable. While Rotom's stats leave much to be desired for these strategies, being able to set up Blissey and Chansey is a large selling point.</p>

    [Counters]

    <p>Tyranitar is Rotom's worst enemy. It can switch into any attack, take negligible amounts of damage, and remove Rotom via Pursuit if it is Choice-locked into something other than Volt Switch. Scizor can do similarly if it comes in on a resisted move. Virizion takes very little from Rotom's attacks and can set up Calm Mind on it with impunity. Gastrodon and Swampert are immune to Volt Switch and take little from its coverage moves, while Blissey and Chansey wall Rotom. These walls all need to watch out for Trick, however, as being Choiced could cripple them for the rest of the match.</p>
  20. shrang

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    Corrections applied, Steven Snype, thanks for the check.

    And holy shit Aeron, I didn't even see your post, sorry about that 9.9
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    [Overview]
    <p>The unadorned Rotom has long been overshadowed by its alternate formes. However, with the advent of in (fifth gen really isn't that new anymore) the fifth generation, it alone retains one of the defining attractions of the appliance family when it was first introduced: the Ghost typing. Possessing the treasured ability to block Rapid Spin and simultaneously keep offensive momentum through Volt Switch, Rotom’s great typing and speed enables it to become both an offensive spinblocker and a revenge killer. Unfortunately, Rotom is still very frail, and its base 95 Special Attack fails to outshine the rest of the metagame. In conclusion, play Rotom to its unique strengths,(comma) or don’t use it at all.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Shadow Ball
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice / Thunderbolt
    move 4: Trick
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Rotom's excellent typing, access to Volt Switch, and usable Special Attack and Speed stats make it a surprisingly effective revenge killer and as well as a spinblocker. With a Choice Scarf, it reaches 463 Speed, outspeeding +1 Dragonite, Gyarados, Adamant Haxorus,(comma) and Salamence. While it may appear that Gengar or Mismagius could fit play this role better, Rotom's resistances and access to Volt Switch differentiate itself from the aforementioned alternatives. With a Choice Scarf, Rotom can outspeed and OHKO one of the most common spinners Rapid Spin users, Starmie, with Volt Switch, although it needs to be careful when switching in for fear of a an OHKO from Hydro Pump. Volt Switch also allows Rotom to be one step ahead of Pursuit users, who would otherwise easily pick off Rotom otherwise.</p>

    <p>Volt Switch is Rotom's main attack, allowing Rotom it to keep offensive momentum and OHKOing Gyarados. Shadow Ball severely dents Celebi and Gengar, while Hidden Power Ice allows Rotom to revenge kill slightly weakened Dragon-types Pokemon such as Salamence and Dragonite. For a stronger STAB attack, Thunderbolt is an alternative option, although coverage is sacrificed if you choose to run it to run at the sacrifice of some coverage. Finally,(comma) Trick rounds out the set by allowing Rotom to cripple special walls that would switch in,(comma) such as Blissey and Jirachi.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Will-O-Wisp can replace a move other than Volt Switch for a quick burn. However, being Choice-locked on a non-damaging move defeats the purpose of maintaining momentum. A Modest nature can be used instead of a Timid one, but Rotom really enjoys its strategic base 91 Speed, which should be taken advantage of as much as possible. </p>

    <p>Rotom fears Pursuit more than the plague. It should keep an eye out for strong Pursuit users and Volt Switch out of such confrontations. Lucario and Terrakion are excellent teammates to switch into Pursuit, setting up on to set up on the omnipresent Tyranitar. Scizor is also an excellent Pokemon to run alongside Rotom for the acclaimed U-turn /+ Volt Switch combo. Steel-typed Spikers users such as Skarmory, Forretress,(comma) and Ferrothorn can easily switch into Ghost- and Dark-typed moves aimed at Rotom and set up Spikes, which Rotom can keep on the field by blocking Rapid Spin. Virizion takes a pittance from Rotom's attacks and can set up on it, a weakness easily remedied by the inclusion of teammates such as Jirachi, Latias, or Latios.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom could potentially run a status platform set with Will-O-Wisp / Discharge / Volt Switch / Pain Split, but it is generally too frail for such a set. A Substitute + Pain Split is largely outclassed by Gengar, though a Substitute + Charge Beam set may be viable. While Rotom's stats leave much to be desired for these strategies, being able to set up on Blissey and Chansey is a large selling point.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Tyranitar is Rotom's worst enemy. It can switch into any attack, take a negligible amounts of damage, and remove Rotom via Pursuit if it is Choice-locked into something other than Volt Switch. Scizor can do similarly if it comes in on a resisted move. Virizion takes very little from Rotom's attacks and can set up using Calm Mind on it with impunity. Gastrodon and Swampert are immune to Volt Switch and take little from its coverage moves, while Blissey and Chansey wall Rotom. These walls all need to watch out for Trick, however, as being Choiced having a Choice item could cripple them for the rest of the match.</p>

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    Thanks for the check Engineer Pikachu, this is done =D
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