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Rotom-S [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Komodo, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Komodo

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    [Overview]

    <p>Sporting a double immunity to Ground-type moves, a great defensive typing, and above average stats, Rotom-S is definitely a threat to watch out for in RU. A combination of Rotom-S's solid Special Attack and Speed make it a deadly sweeper, while access to Trick, Will-O-Wisp, and Pain Split turn it into a great team supporter. Despite its double immunity to Ground-type moves—even a triple immunity with Air Balloon—Rotom-S does have its weaknesses: losing 25% of its health to Stealth Rock doesn't help it as a sweeper nor supporter, and common weaknesses to Rock and Ice make it much harder to compete. Even without its precious Ghost typing, Rotom-S is a formidable threat, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Support
    move 1: Will-O-Wisp
    move 2: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 3: Air Slash / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Substitute
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to utilize Rotom-S's good defensive stats and usable support movepool to cripple the opponent. The idea is to burn physical attackers, Volt Switch to a counter, and proceed to KO the opponent. Although it doesn't have perfect accuracy, Will-O-Wisp is Rotom-S's best utility move, and paired with Pain Split or Substitute, Rotom-S becomes a decent wall. Volt Switch turns Rotom-S into a useful scout, but Thunderbolt can be used if you prefer more power. Air Slash provides reliable STAB and hits Bulk Up Gallade super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Ice gains perfect type coverage alongside its Electric-type STAB. Pain Split is a semi-reliable recovery move, and it helps Rotom-S take on specially defensive walls such as Clefable. Substitute helps Rotom-S avoid status from the likes of Tangrowth and Gligar, and provides protection from physical attacks such as Stone Edge.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>136 Speed EVs and a Bold nature give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral-natured Honchkrow and below. This includes the majority of RU's walls, slow sweepers, and anything crippled by paralysis. Maximum HP EVs provide optimal bulk and stability, while the remaining EVs are placed into Defense for additional bulk. A physically defensive spread is preferred as Rotom-S can take on the likes of Honchkrow, Braviary, and Golurk with ease. A specially defensive spread is viable, allowing Rotom-S to take on Lilligant and friends, but it's inferior to the physical spread as it loses the ability to take on powerful physical attackers, such as Aggron.</p>

    <p>Rapid Spin support increases Rotom-S's survivability, making it an excellent addition to your team. Kabutops can provide Rapid Spin support, remove Rock- and Ice-types that threaten Rotom-S, and it appreciates the removal of Fighting- and Grass-types. Pokemon who also appreciate the removal of those threats are excellent teammates. As such, Aggron is an amazing partner to Rotom-S, as it is a formidable sweeper after its counters have been removed, capable of tearing through whole teams. Omastar and Sharpedo also appreciate the removal of both Grass- and Fighting-types and have great type synergy with Rotom-S. Ground-types, such as Golurk, can take care of Lanturn and Magneton that can wall Rotom-S, while Samurott can deal with Fire-types that are immune to Will-O-Wisp, such as Entei.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Air Slash
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Rotom-S's obligatory Choice set; a Choice Scarf is used to raise Rotom-S's Speed, while Choice Specs is used to raise its Special Attack. This set performs well against the common Tangrowth and Slowking core in RU, but unfortunately Rotom-S's Stealth Rock weakness combined with constant switching makes it difficult to survive. Volt Switch is the primary move to gain momentum and ease prediction, but Thunderbolt can be used for additional power. Air Slash provides secondary STAB and a means to hit Grass-types super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Grass deals with Quagsire and Rhydon. Trick is used in the final slot to cripple walls, such as Clefable, but Thunderbolt can be used along with Volt Switch in the first slot to deal additional damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is pretty self explanatory; maximum Speed and Special Attack investment means Rotom-S has enough Speed to outrun most Pokemon in RU while retaining a decent amount of power to hit the opponent. A Timid nature should be used with Choice Specs, while a Modest nature is recommended with a Choice Scarf. A Modest nature can be used with Choice Specs, but this leaves Rotom-S vulnerable to speedy Pokemon such as Gallade and Kabutops. Hidden Power Ice can be used over Hidden Power Grass, but it doesn't provide any substantial coverage.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates Rapid Spin support more than the others due to its constant switching. Kabutops is an excellent Rapid Spin user as it can switch into Ice- and Rock-type moves aimed at Rotom-S. Claydol is another fine choice as it can take care of Rock-types and set up Stealth Rock. This set also forces a lot of switches, making entry hazard support another great addition. Crustle and Ferroseed are two of the best entry hazard setters, while Uxie, Roselia, and Scolipede receive honorable mentions. Grass-types, such as Lilligant and Tangrowth, can take on Lanturn with their STAB moves, while Golurk can power its way through Magneton and other Electric-types. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water- and Grass-types make excellent teammates. Sharpedo appreciates the removal of Ferroseed and Tangrowth, while Moltres can scorch its way through teams that lack a Water-type.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Charge Beam
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Charge Beam
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Timid
    evs: 64 HP/ 232 SpA / 212 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The idea behind this set is to create a Substitute on a switch, raise Rotom-S's Special Attack with Charge Beam, and attempt a sweep. While this set is outclassed by its other appliance formes, Rotom-S can boast a better defensive typing and the ability to take on dangerous threats such as Honchkrow. Substitute gives Rotom-S a safety net against status and powerful attacks, while Charge Beam is Rotom-S's boosting move. Thunderbolt provides reliable STAB, and combined with Hidden Power Ice it creates psuedo-BoltBeam coverage, hitting everything in the tier except Magneton, Shedinja, and Lanturn for neutral damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>212 Speed EVs and a Timid nature allow Rotom-S to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Lilligant and Moltres. This allows Rotom-S to set up a Substitute as Lilligant attempts to use Sleep Powder or KO Moltres before it can attack. Air Slash and Hidden Power Fighting can be used in place of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice; make sure you move 4 EVs from Special Attack into Speed if you do so, as Hidden Power Fighting lowers Rotom's Speed IV.</p>

    <p>As this set attempts to dish out as much damage as possible, entry hazard support is recommended. Ferroseed can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Spikes, while Qwilfish can switch into Ice-type moves, set up Toxic Spikes, and soften physical attacks with Intimidate. Other supporters include Roselia, Crustle, and Scolipede. Rapid Spin support is helpful as well; Kabutops and Sandslash can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Stealth Rock, while Rotom-S can cover their Grass-type weakness. Golurk and Lilligant are helpful teammates as they can deal with the numerous Electric-types, such as Magneton and Lanturn, that wall Rotom-S. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water-types are recommended as well; Fire-types, such as Moltres, and Ground-types, such as Golurk, are good examples.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Air Slash
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set acts as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot. The idea is to create Substitutes until Rotom-S's HP is low, then utilize Pain Split to restore its health, in turn weakening the opponent. This works especially well against walls, such as Clefable, as Rotom-S can weaken them into KO range of one of its attacks and finish them off. Another advantage of this set is Rotom-S's great typing and ability to force switches, making it easy to create Substitutes and score free damage. The moveset is pretty self-explanatory; Substitute and Pain Split are used to safeguard Rotom-S from status, weaken the opponent, and keep Rotom-S healthy, while Thunderbolt and Ice Beam provide excellent type coverage. Air Slash can be used over Hidden Power Ice if you prefer a more powerful STAB move, but it loses the super effective hit on Dragon-types.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs and nature are fairly simple; a Timid nature with 252 Speed EVs give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Moltres, while 252 Special Attack EVs help it deal as much damage as possible. HP EVs aren't recommended as Rotom-S will restore a larger percentage of its health when its HP is low. Furthermore, the lower Rotom-S's HP, the more damage Pain Split inflicts upon the opponent. If you want to invest in anything other than Special Attack or Speed, defenses are the way to go.</p>

    <p>Since this set doesn't have Leftovers, Stealth Rock is of a greater concern. Kabutops, Claydol, and Sandslash are helpful teammates to remove it from the field, while Taunters, such as Gligar, can stop it being set up in the first place. Entry hazards support is always helpful for an offensive Pokemon, making teammates such as Crustle, Ferroseed, and Uxie, good choices. Electric-types, such as Magneton, wall this set cold, making Clefable, Golurk, and Gligar great teammates. Electivire can also take on Electric-types and gain a boost from Motor Drive, but requires top-notch prediction to be effective. Hard hitters, such as Entei and Moltres, appreciate the opponent's team being weakened, and make it significantly easier to pull off a final sweep.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-S's movepool isn't very impressive, but there are a few viable options left. Sunny Day or Rain Dance can be used to support its teammates, and Rain Dance pairs nicely with Thunder. A dual screens set is plausible, but there are better users of the strategy. Toxic can be used to wear down its counters, but Will-O-Wisp is usually superior. Discharge can be used over Thunderbolt or Volt Switch if you prefer the higher paralysis rate, but it's slightly weaker and may miss out on KOs. Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit Quagsire super effectively, but it doesn't provide any additional coverage outside of that. Shadow Ball hits Claydol and Ghost-types harder than any of its other moves, but it provides no extra coverage. Rest and Sleep Talk could work in theory, but its Stealth Rock weakness severely hampers it. Finally, Rotom-S can abuse a paraflinch set with Confuse Ray / Discharge / Air Slash / Pain Split, but it's a bit gimmicky.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Lanturn and Magneton are two of the best counters to Rotom-S; they both resist Rotom-S's STAB and have access to powerful STAB moves of their own. Lightningrod Manectric is another great choice as it gains a boost from Rotom-S's Electric-type attacks and resists Air Slash. Munchlax and Clefable can take on unboosted Rotom-S, but face problems with the SubSplit set. Specially defensive Grass-types, such as Ferroseed and Roselia, can wall sets without Air Slash, but they can't do much to Rotom-S in return. Quagsire and Rhydon beat sets without Hidden Power Grass, but neither of them appreciate a burn from Will-O-Wisp. Pokemon with Rock Blast can defeat sets with Substitute; Rhydon, Cinccino, and Crustle are great choices. Altaria can take on most sets without Hidden Power Ice, while Natural Cure and Roost keep it healthy and free from status. Heal Bell users can cure paralysis or a burn, making Miltank, Clefable, and Altaria decent checks. Keeping Stealth Rock on the field will wear down Rotom-S, so Ghost-types, such as Cofagrigus, can be used to block Rapid Spin attempts.</p>
  2. Endorfins

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    IMO The subsplit set is done better by rotom as it has a normal and fighting immunity as well as better speed. Really, the only thing rotom-s has over rotom is air slash.

    Hazards aren't such a bad thing for the subsplit set as it can then leech more HP from the opponent
  3. EonADS

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    ^ And your point is? Rotom-S is still a viable SubSplit user, it's just not as good as its cousin, therefore it deserves a set. And obviously Air Slash is not the only thing Rotom-S has over Rotom, seeing as it has more bulk, Higher SpA, and different typing that allows it to check different kinds of Pokemon and run different sets like Parafusion and SubDisable.

    I disagree. Maybe it can leech more Hp, but it's still not going to mitigate that weakness to SR. Especially seeing as Rotom-S doesn't even get Lefties recovery with that set. It's not like Rotom will be at full health after every Pain Split, and eventually that damage combined with switching into Hazards really adds up.
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    Just wondering, but how does rotom learn disable?
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    ^ Derp. It doesn't. FAIL on my part. Oh well. Deleting set.
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    Choice Specs should be higher up, it's actually pretty good. I think Specs should also go before Scarf because Air Slash is considerably weaker than the Leaf Storm, Overheat, and (rain boosted) Hydro Pump that make the other forms successful with Scarf in their respective tiers. Sure there's flinch but that's not really reliable and you still get it vs. walls. Flying/Electric is actually really good coverage for the tier, only walled by Electric-types and Rock/Ground-types, who are for the most part covered by HP Grass/Ground. Tbh I've used a few Rotom-S sets and Specs was the best by a lot.

    I'd say the order should be Specs/Support(HP before Def btw)/Parafusion/Subsplit/Subcharge.
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    I guess I can agree with that. I don't agree with SubSplit > SubCharge though, SubCharge is far and away the better set on Rotom-S.
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    Ok, that works, I haven't used SubCharge or Parafusion so I wasn't entirely sure where to put them. If you want to put parafusion lower thats fine too, because honestly fuck parafusion sets in general. I still think Specs should go before Scarf on the choice set, since Rotom-S doesn't have that power move to threaten a revenge kill with.
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    I played with the SubSplit set, it was weird but good I guess. I would rather use Air Slash instead of HP Ice in the last slot tbh, so at least give it a slash.

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    Updated. Thanks for the check Oglemi.
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    Take the GP 0/2 out of the title. When this reaches the copyediting stage, replace the QC tags with GP.
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    rotom-f does subcharge soooooooooooo much better. remove the set

    make support the main set

    parafusion to oo. it's not worthy of its own set.

    remove the subsplit set, just make it AC in the support set.

    + munchlax, clefable to counters

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    >Rotom-f does SubCharge better.

    How does it do that better? It's typing is great offensively, but its defensive typing is shit, and Rotom-S's good defensive typing is helpful. I could believe "equally well", but not better.

    Parafusion to OO, fine.

    Oglemi approved the SubSplit set after actually trying it, so I'll keep it for now. If I get massive backlash, I'll remove it.

    Got it.

    Will edit in these changes and the approval when I get back from dinner and studying.

    Changes made. Please continue.
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    Make Scarf the first slash on the Choice set. You don't have the power of Leaf Storm or Overheat, so you're better off being fast. I'd stick with Timid as the nature on Scarf to beat other Scarf mons like Jolly Medicham and Modest Porygon-Z.

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    Changes made. Thanks Honko!

    Will hopefully get this up sometime over the weekend or by next week.
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    GP checks for me please.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Sporting a double immunity to Ground-type moves, great defensive typing, and above average stats, Rotom-S is definitely a threat to watch out for in RU. A combination of Rotom-S's solid Special Attack and Speed make it a deadly sweeper, while its access to Trick, Will-O-Wisp, and Pain Split turn it into a great team supporter. Although it boasts a (Despite its) double immunity to Ground-type moves—even a triple immunity with Air Balloon—Rotom-S does have its weaknesses: losing 25% of its health to Stealth Rock doesn't help it as a sweeper nor supporter, and common weaknesses in (to) Rock and Ice make it much harder to compete. Even without its precious Ghost typing, Rotom-S is a formidible (formidable) threat, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.</p> (you already mentioned the double immunity, hence the sentence change)

    [SET]
    name: Burn Support
    move 1: Will-O-Wisp
    move 2: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 3: Air Slash / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Substitute
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to utilize Rotom-S's good defensive stats and usable support movepool (to cripple the opponent). The idea is to burn physical attackers, Volt Switch to a counter, and proceed to KO the opponent. Although it doesn't have perfect accuracy, Will-O-Wisp is Rotom-S's best utility move, and paired with Pain Split or Substitute, Rotom-S becomes a decent wall. Volt Switch turns Rotom-S into a useful scout, but Thunderbolt can be used if you prefer more power. Air Slash provides reliable STAB and hits Bulk Up Gallade super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Ice gains perfect type coverage alongside its Electric-type STAB. Pain Split is a semi-reliable recovery move, and it helps Rotom-S take on specially-defensive walls, such as Clefable. Substitute helps Rotom-S avoid status from the likes of Tangrowth and Gligar, and provides a safeguard (protection) from physical attacks like (such as) Stone Edge.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>136 Speed EVs and a Bold nature give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral natured Honchkrow and below. This includes the majority of RU's walls, slow sweepers, and anything crippled by paralysis. Maximum HP EVs provide optimal bulk and stability, while the remaining EVs are placed into Defense for additional bulk. A physically-defensive spread is preferred as Rotom-S can take on the likes of Honchkrow, Braivary (Braviary), and Gulurk (Golurk) with ease. A specially-defensive spread is viable, allowing Rotom-S to take on Lilligant and friends, but it's inferior to the physical spread as it loses the ability to take on powerful attackers, such as Aggron.</p>(stop hyphenating -ly words gosh <3)

    <p>Rapid Spin support increases Rotom-S('s) survivability, making it an excellent addition to your team. Kabutops can provide Rapid Spin support, remove Rock- and Ice-types that threaten Rotom-S, and it appreciates the removal of Fighting- and Grass-types. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of Grass- and Fighting-types are excellent teammates. (Pokemon who also appreciate the removal of those threats are excellent teammates.) As such, Aggron is an amazing sweeper after its counters have been removed, capable of tearing through whole teams. Omastar and Sharpedo (also) appreciate the removal of both Grass- and Fighting-types, in addition to their (and have) great type synergy with Rotom-S. Ground-types, such as Golurk, can take care of Lanturn and Magneton that (can) wall Rotom-S, while Samurott can deal with Fire-types that are immune to Will-O-Wisp, such as Entei.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Air Slash
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Rotom-S's obligatory Choice set; a Choice Scarf is used to raise Rotom-S's Speed, while Choice Specs are (is) used to raise its Special Attack. (S+G dictates that Choice Specs counts as a singular noun, not a pluralized one) This set performs well against the common Tangrowth and Slowking core in RU, but unfortunately Rotom-S's Stealth Rock weakness combined with a Choice set's constant switching makes it difficult to survive. Volt Switch is the primary move to gain momentum and ease prediction, but Thunderbolt can be used for additional power. Air Slash provides secondary STAB and a means to hit Grass-types super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Grass deals with Quagsire and Rhydon. Trick is used in the final slot to cripple walls, such as Clefable, but Thunderbolt can be used along with Volt Switch in the first slot to deal additional damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is pretty self explanitory (explanatory); maximum Speed and Special Attack investment means Rotom(-S) has enough Speed to outrun most Pokemon in RU, while retaining a decent amount of power to hit the opponent. A Timid nature can (should) be used with either Choice Specs or a Choice Scarf, while a Modest nature is recommended with a Choice Scarf. A Modest nature can be used with Choice Specs, but this leaves Rotom-S vulnerable to (speedy) Pokemon such as Gallade and Kabutops. Hidden Power Ice can be used over Hidden Power Grass, but it doesn't provide any substantial coverage.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates Rapid Spin support more than the others due to its constant switching. Kabutops is an excellent Rapid Spin user as it can switch into Ice- and Rock-type moves aimed at Rotom-S. Claydol is another fine choice as it can take care of Rock-types and set up Stealth Rock. This set also forces a lot of switches, making entry hazard support another great addition. Crustle and Ferroseed are two of the best entry hazard setters, while Uxie, Roselia, and Scolipede receive honorable mentions. Grass-types, such as Lilligant and Tangrowth (comma) can take on Lanturn with their STAB moves, while Golurk can power its way through Magneton and other Electric-types. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water- and Grass-types make excellent teammates. Sharpedo appreciates the removal of Ferroseed and Tangrowth, while Moltres can scorch its way through teams that lack a Water-type.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Charge Beam
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Charge Beam
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Timid
    evs: 64 HP/ 232 SpA / 212 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The idea behind this set is to create a Substitute on a switch, raise Rotom-S's Special Attack with Charge Beam, and attempt a sweep. While this set is outclassed by its other appliance formes, Rotom-S can boast a better defensive typing and the ability to take on more dangerous threats, such as Honchkrow. Substitute gives Rotom-S a safety net against status and powerful attacks, while Charge Beam is Rotom-S's boosting move. Thunderbolt provides reliable STAB, and combined with Hidden Power Ice it creates psuedo-BoltBeam coverage, hitting everything in the tier neutrally bar Magneton (hitting everything in the tier except Magneton and Lanturn for neutral damage).</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>212 Speed EVs and a Timid nature allow Rotom-S to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Lilligant. This is helpful as Rotom-S can (allows Rotom-S to) set up a Substitute as Lilligant attempts to use Sleep Powder or KO Moltres before it can attack. Air Slash and Hidden Power Fighting can be used in place of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice; make sure you move 4 EVs from Special Attack into Speed if you do so, as Hidden Power Fighting lowers Rotom's Speed IV.</p>

    <p>As this set attempts to dish out as much damage as possible, entry hazard support is recommended. Ferroseed can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Spikes, while Qwilfish can switch into Ice-type moves, set up Toxic Spikes, and soften physical attackers with Intimidate. Other supporters include Roselia, Crustle, and Scolipede. Rapid Spin support is helpful as well; Kabutops and Sandslash can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Stealth Rock, while Rotom-S can cover their Grass-type weakness. Golurk and Lilligant are helpful teammates as they can deal with the numerous Electric-types, such as Magneton and Lanturn, that wall Rotom-S. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water-types are recommended as well; Fire-types, such as Moltres, and Ground-types, such as Golurk, are good examples.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Air Slash
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set acts as a wall-breaker and offensive pivot. The idea is to create Substitutes until Rotom-S's HP is low, then utilize Paid (Pain) Split to restore its health, in turn weakening the opponent. (Paid Split for best typo ever) This works especially well against walls, such as Clefable, as Rotom-S can weaken them into KO range of one of its attacks and finish them off. Another advantage of this set is Rotom-S's great typing and ability to force switches, making it easy to create Substitutes and score free damage. The moveset is prettyself(hyphen)explanatory; Substitute and Pain Split are used to safeguard Rotom-S from status, weaken the opponent, and keep Rotom-S healthy, while Thunderbolt and Ice Beam provide excellent type-coverage. Air Slash can be used over Hidden Power Ice if you prefer a more powerful STAB move, but it loses the super effective hit on Dragon-types.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs and nature are fairly simple; a Timid nature with 252 Speed EVs give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Moltres, while 252 Special Attack EVs help it deal as much damage as possible. HP EVs aren't recommended as Rotom-S will restore a larger percentage of its health when its HP is low. Furthermore, the lower Rotom-S's HP, the more damage Pain Split inflicts upon the opponent. If you want to invest in anything other than Special Attack or Speed, D(d)efenses are the way to go.</p>

    <p>Since this set doesn't have Leftovers, Stealth Rock is of a greater concern. Kabutops, Claydol, and Sandslash are helpful teammates to remove it from the field, while Taunters, such as g(G)ligar, can stop it being set up in the first place. Entry hazards support is always helpful for an offensive Pokemon, making teammates such as Crustle, Ferroseed, and Uxie, good choices. Electric-types, such as Magneton, wall this set cold, making Clefable, Golurk, and Gligar. great teammates. Electivire can also take on Electric-types and gain a boost from Motor Drive, but requires top-notch prediction to be effective. Hard-hitters, such as Entei and Moltres, appreciate the opponent's team being weak(e)ned, and make it significantly easier to pull off a final sweep.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-S's movepool isn't very impressive, but there are a few viable options left. Sunny Day or Rain Dance can be used to support its teammates, and Rain Dance pairs nicely with Thunder. A dual screen set is plausible, but there are better users of the strategy. Toxic can be used to wear down its counters, but Will-O-Wisp is usually superior. Discharge can be used over Thunderbolt or Volt Switch if you prefer the higher paralysis rate, but it's slightly weaker and may miss out on KOs. Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit Quagsire super effectively, but it doesn't provide any additional coverage outside of that. Shadow Ball hits Claydol and Ghost-types harder than any of its other moves, but it provides no extra coverage. Rest and Sleep Talk could work in theory, but its Stealth Rock weakness severely hampers it.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Lanturn and Magneton are two of the best counters to Rotom-S; they both resist Rotom-S's STAB and have access to powerful STAB moves of their own. Lightningrod Manectric is another great choice as it gains a boost from Rotom-S's Electric-type attacks and it resists Air Slash. Munchlax and Clefable can take on unboosted Rotom-S, but face problems with the SubSplit set. Specially defensive Grass-types, such as Ferroseed and Roselia, can wall sets without Air Slash, but they can't do much to Rotom-S in return. Quagsire and Rhydon beat sets without Hidden Power Grass, but neither of them appreciate a burn from Will-O-Wisp. Pokemon with Rock Blast can defeat sets with Substitute; Rhydon, Cinccino, and Crustle are great choices. Altaria can take on most sets without Hidden Power Ice, while Natural Cure and Roost keep it healthy and free from status. Heal Bell users can cure paralysis or a burn, making Miltank, Clefable, and Altaria, a decent check(s). Keeping Stealth Rock on the field will wear down Rotom-S, so Ghost-types, such as Cofu(a)grigus (comma) can be used to block Rapid Spin attempts.</p> ​


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    [Overview]

    <p>Sporting a double immunity to Ground-type moves, great defensive typing, and above average stats, Rotom-S is definitely a threat to watch out for in RU. A combination of Rotom-S's solid Special Attack and Speed make it a deadly sweeper, while access to Trick, Will-O-Wisp, and Pain Split turn it into a great team supporter. Despite its double immunity to Ground-type moves—even a triple immunity with Air Balloon—Rotom-S does have its weaknesses: losing 25% of its health to Stealth Rock doesn't help it as a sweeper nor supporter, and common weaknesses to Rock and Ice make it much harder to compete. Even without its precious Ghost typing, Rotom-S is a formidable threat, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Burn Support
    move 1: Will-O-Wisp
    move 2: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 3: Air Slash / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Substitute
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to utilize Rotom-S's good defensive stats and usable support movepool to cripple the opponent. The idea is to burn physical attackers, Volt Switch to a counter, and proceed to KO the opponent. Although it doesn't have perfect accuracy, Will-O-Wisp is Rotom-S's best utility move, and paired with Pain Split or Substitute, Rotom-S becomes a decent wall. Volt Switch turns Rotom-S into a useful scout, but Thunderbolt can be used if you prefer more power. Air Slash provides reliable STAB and hits Bulk Up Gallade super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Ice gains perfect type coverage alongside its Electric-type STAB. Pain Split is a semi-reliable recovery move, and it helps Rotom-S take on specially defensive walls such as Clefable. Substitute helps Rotom-S avoid status from the likes of Tangrowth and Gligar, and provides protection from physical attacks such as Stone Edge.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>136 Speed EVs and a Bold nature give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral natured Honchkrow and below. This includes the majority of RU's walls, slow sweepers, and anything crippled by paralysis. Maximum HP EVs provide optimal bulk and stability, while the remaining EVs are placed into Defense for additional bulk. A physically defensive spread is preferred as Rotom-S can take on the likes of Honchkrow, Braviary, and Golurk with ease. A specially defensive spread is viable, allowing Rotom-S to take on Lilligant and friends, but it's inferior to the physical spread as it loses the ability to take on powerful attackers, such as Aggron.</p>

    <p>Rapid Spin support increases Rotom-S's survivability, making it an excellent addition to your team. Kabutops can provide Rapid Spin support, remove Rock- and Ice-types that threaten Rotom-S, and it appreciates the removal of Fighting- and Grass-types. Pokemon who also appreciate the removal of those threats are excellent teammates. As such, Aggron is an amazing sweeper after its counters have been removed, capable of tearing through whole teams. Omastar and Sharpedo also appreciate the removal of both Grass- and Fighting-types and have great type synergy with Rotom-S. Ground-types, such as Golurk, can take care of Lanturn and Magneton that can wall Rotom-S, while Samurott can deal with Fire-types that are immune to Will-O-Wisp, such as Entei.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Air Slash
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Rotom-S's obligatory Choice set; a Choice Scarf is used to raise Rotom-S's Speed, while Choice Specs is used to raise its Special Attack. This set performs well against the common Tangrowth and Slowking core in RU, but unfortunately Rotom-S's Stealth Rock weakness combined with constant switching makes it difficult to survive. Volt Switch is the primary move to gain momentum and ease prediction, but Thunderbolt can be used for additional power. Air Slash provides secondary STAB and a means to hit Grass-types super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Grass deals with Quagsire and Rhydon. Trick is used in the final slot to cripple walls, such as Clefable, but Thunderbolt can be used along with Volt Switch in the first slot to deal additional damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is pretty self explanatory; maximum Speed and Special Attack investment means Rotom-S has enough Speed to outrun most Pokemon in RU while retaining a decent amount of power to hit the opponent. A Timid nature should be used with Choice Specs, while a Modest nature is recommended with a Choice Scarf. A Modest nature can be used with Choice Specs, but this leaves Rotom-S vulnerable to speedy Pokemon such as Gallade and Kabutops. Hidden Power Ice can be used over Hidden Power Grass, but it doesn't provide any substantial coverage.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates Rapid Spin support more than the others due to its constant switching. Kabutops is an excellent Rapid Spin user as it can switch into Ice- and Rock-type moves aimed at Rotom-S. Claydol is another fine choice as it can take care of Rock-types and set up Stealth Rock. This set also forces a lot of switches, making entry hazard support another great addition. Crustle and Ferroseed are two of the best entry hazard setters, while Uxie, Roselia, and Scolipede receive honorable mentions. Grass-types, such as Lilligant and Tangrowth, can take on Lanturn with their STAB moves, while Golurk can power its way through Magneton and other Electric-types. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water- and Grass-types make excellent teammates. Sharpedo appreciates the removal of Ferroseed and Tangrowth, while Moltres can scorch its way through teams that lack a Water-type.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Charge Beam
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Charge Beam
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Timid
    evs: 64 HP/ 232 SpA / 212 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The idea behind this set is to create a Substitute on a switch, raise Rotom-S's Special Attack with Charge Beam, and attempt a sweep. While this set is outclassed by its other appliance formes, Rotom-S can boast a better defensive typing and the ability to take on dangerous threats such as Honchkrow. Substitute gives Rotom-S a safety net against status and powerful attacks, while Charge Beam is Rotom-S's boosting move. Thunderbolt provides reliable STAB, and combined with Hidden Power Ice it creates psuedo-BoltBeam coverage, hitting everything in the tier except Magneton and Lanturn for neutral damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>212 Speed EVs and a Timid nature allow Rotom-S to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Lilligant. This allows Rotom-S to set up a Substitute as Lilligant attempts to use Sleep Powder or KO Moltres before it can attack. Air Slash and Hidden Power Fighting can be used in place of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice; make sure you move 4 EVs from Special Attack into Speed if you do so, as Hidden Power Fighting lowers Rotom's Speed IV.</p>

    <p>As this set attempts to dish out as much damage as possible, entry hazard support is recommended. Ferroseed can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Spikes, while Qwilfish can switch into Ice-type moves, set up Toxic Spikes, and soften physical attacks with Intimidate. Other supporters include Roselia, Crustle, and Scolipede. Rapid Spin support is helpful as well; Kabutops and Sandslash can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Stealth Rock, while Rotom-S can cover their Grass-type weakness. Golurk and Lilligant are helpful teammates as they can deal with the numerous Electric-types, such as Magneton and Lanturn, that wall Rotom-S. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water-types are recommended as well; Fire-types, such as Moltres, and Ground-types, such as Golurk, are good examples.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Air Slash
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set acts as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot. The idea is to create Substitutes until Rotom-S's HP is low, then utilize Pain Split to restore its health, in turn weakening the opponent. This works especially well against walls, such as Clefable, as Rotom-S can weaken them into KO range of one of its attacks and finish them off. Another advantage of this set is Rotom-S's great typing and ability to force switches, making it easy to create Substitutes and score free damage. The moveset is pretty self-explanatory; Substitute and Pain Split are used to safeguard Rotom-S from status, weaken the opponent, and keep Rotom-S healthy, while Thunderbolt and Ice Beam provide excellent type-coverage. Air Slash can be used over Hidden Power Ice if you prefer a more powerful STAB move, but it loses the super effective hit on Dragon-types.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs and nature are fairly simple; a Timid nature with 252 Speed EVs give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Moltres, while 252 Special Attack EVs help it deal as much damage as possible. HP EVs aren't recommended as Rotom-S will restore a larger percentage of its health when its HP is low. Furthermore, the lower Rotom-S's HP, the more damage Pain Split inflicts upon the opponent. If you want to invest in anything other than Special Attack or Speed, defenses are the way to go.</p>

    <p>Since this set doesn't have Leftovers, Stealth Rock is of a greater concern. Kabutops, Claydol, and Sandslash are helpful teammates to remove it from the field, while Taunters, such as Gligar, can stop it being set up in the first place. Entry hazards support is always helpful for an offensive Pokemon, making teammates such as Crustle, Ferroseed, and Uxie, good choices. Electric-types, such as Magneton, wall this set cold, making Clefable, Golurk, and Gligar great teammates. Electivire can also take on Electric-types and gain a boost from Motor Drive, but requires top-notch prediction to be effective. Hard hitters, such as Entei and Moltres, appreciate the opponent's team being weakened, and make it significantly easier to pull off a final sweep.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-S's movepool isn't very impressive, but there are a few viable options left. Sunny Day or Rain Dance can be used to support its teammates, and Rain Dance pairs nicely with Thunder. A dual screen set is plausible, but there are better users of the strategy. Toxic can be used to wear down its counters, but Will-O-Wisp is usually superior. Discharge can be used over Thunderbolt or Volt Switch if you prefer the higher paralysis rate, but it's slightly weaker and may miss out on KOs. Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit Quagsire super effectively, but it doesn't provide any additional coverage outside of that. Shadow Ball hits Claydol and Ghost-types harder than any of its other moves, but it provides no extra coverage. Rest and Sleep Talk could work in theory, but its Stealth Rock weakness severely hampers it.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Lanturn and Magneton are two of the best counters to Rotom-S; they both resist Rotom-S's STAB and have access to powerful STAB moves of their own. Lightningrod Manectric is another great choice as it gains a boost from Rotom-S's Electric-type attacks and resists Air Slash. Munchlax and Clefable can take on unboosted Rotom-S, but face problems with the SubSplit set. Specially defensive Grass-types, such as Ferroseed and Roselia, can wall sets without Air Slash, but they can't do much to Rotom-S in return. Quagsire and Rhydon beat sets without Hidden Power Grass, but neither of them appreciate a burn from Will-O-Wisp. Pokemon with Rock Blast can defeat sets with Substitute; Rhydon, Cinccino, and Crustle are great choices. Altaria can take on most sets without Hidden Power Ice, while Natural Cure and Roost keep it healthy and free from status. Heal Bell users can cure paralysis or a burn, making Miltank, Clefable, and Altaria decent checks. Keeping Stealth Rock on the field will wear down Rotom-S, so Ghost-types, such as Cofagrigus, can be used to block Rapid Spin attempts.</p>​


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    [Overview]

    <p>Sporting a double immunity to Ground-type moves, a great defensive typing, and above average stats, Rotom-S is definitely a threat to watch out for in RU. A combination of Rotom-S's solid Special Attack and Speed make it a deadly sweeper, while access to Trick, Will-O-Wisp, and Pain Split turn it into a great team supporter. Despite its double immunity to Ground-type moves—even a triple immunity with Air Balloon—Rotom-S does have its weaknesses: losing 25% of its health to Stealth Rock doesn't help it as a sweeper nor supporter, and common weaknesses to Rock and Ice make it much harder to compete. Even without its precious Ghost typing, Rotom-S is a formidable threat, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Burn Support
    move 1: Will-O-Wisp
    move 2: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 3: Air Slash / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Substitute
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to utilize Rotom-S's good defensive stats and usable support movepool to cripple the opponent. The idea is to burn physical attackers, Volt Switch to a counter, and proceed to KO the opponent. Although it doesn't have perfect accuracy, Will-O-Wisp is Rotom-S's best utility move, and paired with Pain Split or Substitute, Rotom-S becomes a decent wall. Volt Switch turns Rotom-S into a useful scout, but Thunderbolt can be used if you prefer more power. Air Slash provides reliable STAB and hits Bulk Up Gallade super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Ice gains perfect type coverage alongside its Electric-type STAB. Pain Split is a semi-reliable recovery move, and it helps Rotom-S take on specially defensive walls such as Clefable. Substitute helps Rotom-S avoid status from the likes of Tangrowth and Gligar, and provides protection from physical attacks such as Stone Edge.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>136 Speed EVs and a Bold nature give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral -natured Honchkrow and below. This includes the majority of RU's walls, slow sweepers, and anything crippled by paralysis. Maximum HP EVs provide optimal bulk and stability, while the remaining EVs are placed into Defense for additional bulk. A physically defensive spread is preferred as Rotom-S can take on the likes of Honchkrow, Braviary, and Golurk with ease. A specially defensive spread is viable, allowing Rotom-S to take on Lilligant and friends, but it's inferior to the physical spread as it loses the ability to take on powerful physical attackers, such as Aggron.</p>

    <p>Rapid Spin support increases Rotom-S's survivability, making it an excellent addition to your team. Kabutops can provide Rapid Spin support, remove Rock- and Ice-types that threaten Rotom-S, and it appreciates the removal of Fighting- and Grass-types. Pokemon who also appreciate the removal of those threats are excellent teammates. As such, Aggron is an amazing partner to Rotom-S, as it is a formidable sweeper after its counters have been removed, capable of tearing through whole teams. Omastar and Sharpedo also appreciate the removal of both Grass- and Fighting-types and have great type synergy with Rotom-S. Ground-types, such as Golurk, can take care of Lanturn and Magneton that can wall Rotom-S, while Samurott can deal with Fire-types that are immune to Will-O-Wisp, such as Entei.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Air Slash
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Rotom-S's obligatory Choice set; a Choice Scarf is used to raise Rotom-S's Speed, while Choice Specs is used to raise its Special Attack. This set performs well against the common Tangrowth and Slowking core in RU, but unfortunately Rotom-S's Stealth Rock weakness combined with constant switching makes it difficult to survive. Volt Switch is the primary move to gain momentum and ease prediction, but Thunderbolt can be used for additional power. Air Slash provides secondary STAB and a means to hit Grass-types super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Grass deals with Quagsire and Rhydon. Trick is used in the final slot to cripple walls, such as Clefable, but Thunderbolt can be used along with Volt Switch in the first slot to deal additional damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is pretty self explanatory; maximum Speed and Special Attack investment means Rotom-S has enough Speed to outrun most Pokemon in RU while retaining a decent amount of power to hit the opponent. A Timid nature should be used with Choice Specs, while a Modest nature is recommended with a Choice Scarf. A Modest nature can be used with Choice Specs, but this leaves Rotom-S vulnerable to speedy Pokemon such as Gallade and Kabutops. Hidden Power Ice can be used over Hidden Power Grass, but it doesn't provide any substantial coverage.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates Rapid Spin support more than the others due to its constant switching. Kabutops is an excellent Rapid Spin user as it can switch into Ice- and Rock-type moves aimed at Rotom-S. Claydol is another fine choice as it can take care of Rock-types and set up Stealth Rock. This set also forces a lot of switches, making entry hazard support another great addition. Crustle and Ferroseed are two of the best entry hazard setters, while Uxie, Roselia, and Scolipede receive honorable mentions. Grass-types, such as Lilligant and Tangrowth, can take on Lanturn with their STAB moves, while Golurk can power its way through Magneton and other Electric-types. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water- and Grass-types make excellent teammates. Sharpedo appreciates the removal of Ferroseed and Tangrowth, while Moltres can scorch its way through teams that lack a Water-type.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Charge Beam
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Charge Beam
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Timid
    evs: 64 HP/ 232 SpA / 212 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The idea behind this set is to create a Substitute on a switch, raise Rotom-S's Special Attack with Charge Beam, and attempt a sweep. While this set is outclassed by its other appliance formes, Rotom-S can boast a better defensive typing and the ability to take on dangerous threats such as Honchkrow. Substitute gives Rotom-S a safety net against status and powerful attacks, while Charge Beam is Rotom-S's boosting move. Thunderbolt provides reliable STAB, and combined with Hidden Power Ice it creates psuedo-BoltBeam coverage, hitting everything in the tier except Magneton and Lanturn for neutral damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>212 Speed EVs and a Timid nature allow Rotom-S to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Lilligant and Moltres. This allows Rotom-S to set up a Substitute as Lilligant attempts to use Sleep Powder or KO Moltres before it can attack. Air Slash and Hidden Power Fighting can be used in place of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice; make sure you move 4 EVs from Special Attack into Speed if you do so, as Hidden Power Fighting lowers Rotom's Speed IV.</p>

    <p>As this set attempts to dish out as much damage as possible, entry hazard support is recommended. Ferroseed can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Spikes, while Qwilfish can switch into Ice-type moves, set up Toxic Spikes, and soften physical attacks with Intimidate. Other supporters include Roselia, Crustle, and Scolipede. Rapid Spin support is helpful as well; Kabutops and Sandslash can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Stealth Rock, while Rotom-S can cover their Grass-type weakness. Golurk and Lilligant are helpful teammates as they can deal with the numerous Electric-types, such as Magneton and Lanturn, that wall Rotom-S. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water-types are recommended as well; Fire-types, such as Moltres, and Ground-types, such as Golurk, are good examples.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Air Slash
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set acts as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot. The idea is to create Substitutes until Rotom-S's HP is low, then utilize Pain Split to restore its health, in turn weakening the opponent. This works especially well against walls, such as Clefable, as Rotom-S can weaken them into KO range of one of its attacks and finish them off. Another advantage of this set is Rotom-S's great typing and ability to force switches, making it easy to create Substitutes and score free damage. The moveset is pretty self-explanatory; Substitute and Pain Split are used to safeguard Rotom-S from status, weaken the opponent, and keep Rotom-S healthy, while Thunderbolt and Ice Beam provide excellent type-coverage. Air Slash can be used over Hidden Power Ice if you prefer a more powerful STAB move, but it loses the super effective hit on Dragon-types.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs and nature are fairly simple; a Timid nature with 252 Speed EVs give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Moltres, while 252 Special Attack EVs help it deal as much damage as possible. HP EVs aren't recommended as Rotom-S will restore a larger percentage of its health when its HP is low. Furthermore, the lower Rotom-S's HP, the more damage Pain Split inflicts upon the opponent. If you want to invest in anything other than Special Attack or Speed, defenses are the way to go.</p>

    <p>Since this set doesn't have Leftovers, Stealth Rock is of a greater concern. Kabutops, Claydol, and Sandslash are helpful teammates to remove it from the field, while Taunters, such as Gligar, can stop it being set up in the first place. Entry hazards support is always helpful for an offensive Pokemon, making teammates such as Crustle, Ferroseed, and Uxie, good choices. Electric-types, such as Magneton, wall this set cold, making Clefable, Golurk, and Gligar great teammates. Electivire can also take on Electric-types and gain a boost from Motor Drive, but requires top-notch prediction to be effective. Hard hitters, such as Entei and Moltres, appreciate the opponent's team being weakened, and make it significantly easier to pull off a final sweep.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-S's movepool isn't very impressive, but there are a few viable options left. Sunny Day or Rain Dance can be used to support its teammates, and Rain Dance pairs nicely with Thunder. A dual screens set is plausible, but there are better users of the strategy. Toxic can be used to wear down its counters, but Will-O-Wisp is usually superior. Discharge can be used over Thunderbolt or Volt Switch if you prefer the higher paralysis rate, but it's slightly weaker and may miss out on KOs. Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit Quagsire super effectively, but it doesn't provide any additional coverage outside of that. Shadow Ball hits Claydol and Ghost-types harder than any of its other moves, but it provides no extra coverage. Rest and Sleep Talk could work in theory, but its Stealth Rock weakness severely hampers it.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Lanturn and Magneton are two of the best counters to Rotom-S; they both resist Rotom-S's STAB and have access to powerful STAB moves of their own. Lightningrod Manectric is another great choice as it gains a boost from Rotom-S's Electric-type attacks and resists Air Slash. Munchlax and Clefable can take on unboosted Rotom-S, but face problems with the SubSplit set. Specially defensive Grass-types, such as Ferroseed and Roselia, can wall sets without Air Slash, but they can't do much to Rotom-S in return. Quagsire and Rhydon beat sets without Hidden Power Grass, but neither of them appreciate a burn from Will-O-Wisp. Pokemon with Rock Blast can defeat sets with Substitute; Rhydon, Cinccino, and Crustle are great choices. Altaria can take on most sets without Hidden Power Ice, while Natural Cure and Roost keep it healthy and free from status. Heal Bell users can cure paralysis or a burn, making Miltank, Clefable, and Altaria decent checks. Keeping Stealth Rock on the field will wear down Rotom-S, so Ghost-types, such as Cofagrigus, can be used to block Rapid Spin attempts.</p>

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    [Overview]

    <p>Sporting a double immunity to Ground-type moves, a great defensive typing, and above average stats, Rotom-S is definitely a threat to watch out for in RU. A combination of Rotom-S's solid Special Attack and Speed make it a deadly sweeper, while access to Trick, Will-O-Wisp, and Pain Split turn it into a great team supporter. Despite its double immunity to Ground-type moves—even a triple immunity with Air Balloon—Rotom-S does have its weaknesses: losing 25% of its health to Stealth Rock doesn't help it as a sweeper nor supporter, and common weaknesses to Rock and Ice make it much harder to compete. Even without its precious Ghost typing, Rotom-S is a formidable threat, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Burn Support
    move 1: Will-O-Wisp
    move 2: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 3: Air Slash / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Substitute
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 252 HP / 120 Def / 136 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set attempts to utilize Rotom-S's good defensive stats and usable support movepool to cripple the opponent. The idea is to burn physical attackers, Volt Switch to a counter, and proceed to KO the opponent. Although it doesn't have perfect accuracy, Will-O-Wisp is Rotom-S's best utility move, and paired with Pain Split or Substitute, Rotom-S becomes a decent wall. Volt Switch turns Rotom-S into a useful scout, but Thunderbolt can be used if you prefer more power. Air Slash provides reliable STAB and hits Bulk Up Gallade super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Ice gains perfect type coverage alongside its Electric-type STAB. Pain Split is a semi-reliable recovery move, and it helps Rotom-S take on specially defensive walls such as Clefable. Substitute helps Rotom-S avoid status from the likes of Tangrowth and Gligar, and provides protection from physical attacks such as Stone Edge.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>136 Speed EVs and a Bold nature give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral-natured Honchkrow and below. This includes the majority of RU's walls, slow sweepers, and anything crippled by paralysis. Maximum HP EVs provide optimal bulk and stability, while the remaining EVs are placed into Defense for additional bulk. A physically defensive spread is preferred as Rotom-S can take on the likes of Honchkrow, Braviary, and Golurk with ease. A specially defensive spread is viable, allowing Rotom-S to take on Lilligant and friends, but it's inferior to the physical spread as it loses the ability to take on powerful physical attackers, such as Aggron.</p>

    <p>Rapid Spin support increases Rotom-S's survivability, making it an excellent addition to your team. Kabutops can provide Rapid Spin support, remove Rock- and Ice-types that threaten Rotom-S, and it appreciates the removal of Fighting- and Grass-types. Pokemon who also appreciate the removal of those threats are excellent teammates. As such, Aggron is an amazing partner to Rotom-S, as it is a formidable sweeper after its counters have been removed, capable of tearing through whole teams. Omastar and Sharpedo also appreciate the removal of both Grass- and Fighting-types and have great type synergy with Rotom-S. Ground-types, such as Golurk, can take care of Lanturn and Magneton that can wall Rotom-S, while Samurott can deal with Fire-types that are immune to Will-O-Wisp, such as Entei.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Air Slash
    move 3: Hidden Power Grass
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    nature: Timid / Modest
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This is Rotom-S's obligatory Choice set; a Choice Scarf is used to raise Rotom-S's Speed, while Choice Specs is used to raise its Special Attack. This set performs well against the common Tangrowth and Slowking core in RU, but unfortunately Rotom-S's Stealth Rock weakness combined with constant switching makes it difficult to survive. Volt Switch is the primary move to gain momentum and ease prediction, but Thunderbolt can be used for additional power. Air Slash provides secondary STAB and a means to hit Grass-types super effectively, whilst Hidden Power Grass deals with Quagsire and Rhydon. Trick is used in the final slot to cripple walls, such as Clefable, but Thunderbolt can be used along with Volt Switch in the first slot to deal additional damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread is pretty self explanatory; maximum Speed and Special Attack investment means Rotom-S has enough Speed to outrun most Pokemon in RU while retaining a decent amount of power to hit the opponent. A Timid nature should be used with Choice Specs, while a Modest nature is recommended with a Choice Scarf. A Modest nature can be used with Choice Specs, but this leaves Rotom-S vulnerable to speedy Pokemon such as Gallade and Kabutops. Hidden Power Ice can be used over Hidden Power Grass, but it doesn't provide any substantial coverage.</p>

    <p>This set appreciates Rapid Spin support more than the others due to its constant switching. Kabutops is an excellent Rapid Spin user as it can switch into Ice- and Rock-type moves aimed at Rotom-S. Claydol is another fine choice as it can take care of Rock-types and set up Stealth Rock. This set also forces a lot of switches, making entry hazard support another great addition. Crustle and Ferroseed are two of the best entry hazard setters, while Uxie, Roselia, and Scolipede receive honorable mentions. Grass-types, such as Lilligant and Tangrowth, can take on Lanturn with their STAB moves, while Golurk can power its way through Magneton and other Electric-types. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water- and Grass-types make excellent teammates. Sharpedo appreciates the removal of Ferroseed and Tangrowth, while Moltres can scorch its way through teams that lack a Water-type.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Substitute + Charge Beam
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Charge Beam
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Timid
    evs: 64 HP/ 232 SpA / 212 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>The idea behind this set is to create a Substitute on a switch, raise Rotom-S's Special Attack with Charge Beam, and attempt a sweep. While this set is outclassed by its other appliance formes, Rotom-S can boast a better defensive typing and the ability to take on dangerous threats such as Honchkrow. Substitute gives Rotom-S a safety net against status and powerful attacks, while Charge Beam is Rotom-S's boosting move. Thunderbolt provides reliable STAB, and combined with Hidden Power Ice it creates psuedo-BoltBeam coverage, hitting everything in the tier except Magneton and Lanturn for neutral damage.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>212 Speed EVs and a Timid nature allow Rotom-S to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Lilligant and Moltres. This allows Rotom-S to set up a Substitute as Lilligant attempts to use Sleep Powder or KO Moltres before it can attack. Air Slash and Hidden Power Fighting can be used in place of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice; make sure you move 4 EVs from Special Attack into Speed if you do so, as Hidden Power Fighting lowers Rotom's Speed IV.</p>

    <p>As this set attempts to dish out as much damage as possible, entry hazard support is recommended. Ferroseed can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Spikes, while Qwilfish can switch into Ice-type moves, set up Toxic Spikes, and soften physical attacks with Intimidate. Other supporters include Roselia, Crustle, and Scolipede. Rapid Spin support is helpful as well; Kabutops and Sandslash can switch into Rock-type moves and set up Stealth Rock, while Rotom-S can cover their Grass-type weakness. Golurk and Lilligant are helpful teammates as they can deal with the numerous Electric-types, such as Magneton and Lanturn, that wall Rotom-S. Pokemon that appreciate the removal of bulky Water-types are recommended as well; Fire-types, such as Moltres, and Ground-types, such as Golurk, are good examples.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Thunderbolt
    move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Air Slash
    item: Life Orb
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set acts as a wallbreaker and offensive pivot. The idea is to create Substitutes until Rotom-S's HP is low, then utilize Pain Split to restore its health, in turn weakening the opponent. This works especially well against walls, such as Clefable, as Rotom-S can weaken them into KO range of one of its attacks and finish them off. Another advantage of this set is Rotom-S's great typing and ability to force switches, making it easy to create Substitutes and score free damage. The moveset is pretty self-explanatory; Substitute and Pain Split are used to safeguard Rotom-S from status, weaken the opponent, and keep Rotom-S healthy, while Thunderbolt and Ice Beam provide excellent type-coverage. Air Slash can be used over Hidden Power Ice if you prefer a more powerful STAB move, but it loses the super effective hit on Dragon-types.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EVs and nature are fairly simple; a Timid nature with 252 Speed EVs give Rotom-S enough Speed to outrun neutral base 90 Speed Pokemon, such as Moltres, while 252 Special Attack EVs help it deal as much damage as possible. HP EVs aren't recommended as Rotom-S will restore a larger percentage of its health when its HP is low. Furthermore, the lower Rotom-S's HP, the more damage Pain Split inflicts upon the opponent. If you want to invest in anything other than Special Attack or Speed, defenses are the way to go.</p>

    <p>Since this set doesn't have Leftovers, Stealth Rock is of a greater concern. Kabutops, Claydol, and Sandslash are helpful teammates to remove it from the field, while Taunters, such as Gligar, can stop it being set up in the first place. Entry hazards support is always helpful for an offensive Pokemon, making teammates such as Crustle, Ferroseed, and Uxie, good choices. Electric-types, such as Magneton, wall this set cold, making Clefable, Golurk, and Gligar great teammates. Electivire can also take on Electric-types and gain a boost from Motor Drive, but requires top-notch prediction to be effective. Hard hitters, such as Entei and Moltres, appreciate the opponent's team being weakened, and make it significantly easier to pull off a final sweep.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-S's movepool isn't very impressive, but there are a few viable options left. Sunny Day or Rain Dance can be used to support its teammates, and Rain Dance pairs nicely with Thunder. A dual screens set is plausible, but there are better users of the strategy. Toxic can be used to wear down its counters, but Will-O-Wisp is usually superior. Discharge can be used over Thunderbolt or Volt Switch if you prefer the higher paralysis rate, but it's slightly weaker and may miss out on KOs. Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit Quagsire super effectively, but it doesn't provide any additional coverage outside of that. Shadow Ball hits Claydol and Ghost-types harder than any of its other moves, but it provides no extra coverage. Rest and Sleep Talk could work in theory, but its Stealth Rock weakness severely hampers it.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Lanturn and Magneton are two of the best counters to Rotom-S; they both resist Rotom-S's STAB and have access to powerful STAB moves of their own. Lightningrod Manectric is another great choice as it gains a boost from Rotom-S's Electric-type attacks and resists Air Slash. Munchlax and Clefable can take on unboosted Rotom-S, but face problems with the SubSplit set. Specially defensive Grass-types, such as Ferroseed and Roselia, can wall sets without Air Slash, but they can't do much to Rotom-S in return. Quagsire and Rhydon beat sets without Hidden Power Grass, but neither of them appreciate a burn from Will-O-Wisp. Pokemon with Rock Blast can defeat sets with Substitute; Rhydon, Cinccino, and Crustle are great choices. Altaria can take on most sets without Hidden Power Ice, while Natural Cure and Roost keep it healthy and free from status. Heal Bell users can cure paralysis or a burn, making Miltank, Clefable, and Altaria decent checks. Keeping Stealth Rock on the field will wear down Rotom-S, so Ghost-types, such as Cofagrigus, can be used to block Rapid Spin attempts.</p>

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