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Rotom-W (Analysis)

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  1. BTzz

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    <p>Rotom-W is one of the most useful Pokemon in the DW metagame. Its superb defensive typing, coupled with solid 50 / 107 / 107 defenses, allows Rotom-W to do an admirable job of checking prominent threats such as Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W also makes an excellent Choice Scarf user as it is able to check some of the most dangerous threats in the tier, such as +1 Dragonite, Garchomp, and Thundurus. Additionally, with Drizzle Politoed in the mix, Rotom-W can pose a major offensive threat with its dual STABs. All in all, Rotom-W is a fantastic Pokemon in the DW metagame that can take on a variety of important roles for any team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Rotom-W can outrun and KO dangerous threats in the DW metagame, such as Thundurus, +1 Dragonite, and Garchomp. Volt Switch enables Rotom-W to function as a scout; Rotom-W is a particularly effective user of the move due to its immunity to both forms of Spikes. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move that hits hard when boosted by rain, KOing Ground-type foes hoping to switch into Rotom-W's Electric-type attacks. Hidden Power Fire is specifically for Ferrothorn, which resists both of Rotom-W's STABs. Hidden Power Ice, on the other hand, offers a reliable method of revenge killing +1 Dragonite and Salamence. Trick rounds out the set, allowing Rotom-W to cripple common switch-ins such as Ferrothorn, Gastrodon, and Blissey, while possibly obtaining Leftovers to capitalize on Rotom-W's great bulk. However, Thunderbolt is a viable alternative due to its superior power and ability to consistently break Substitutes of Pokemon such as Chandelure and Gyarados.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature and 252 Speed EVs enable Rotom-W to outrun +2 Gorebyss and Modest Choice Scarf Genesect. Two moves to consider in the third slot are Signal Beam and Hidden Power Grass, as the former OHKOes Celebi while the latter disposes of Gastrodon, but the overall coverage these two attacks provide is outclassed by Hidden Power Fire or Ice. Finally, Rotom-W can use Thunder over Thunderbolt if it has rain support.</p>

    <p>Scizor makes an excellent partner to Rotom-W, forming a VoltTurn chain that can deal with the majority of each other's counters. Genesect can perform a similar role as Scizor, but Chansey walls both it and Rotom-W. Rotom-W appreciates Rapid Spin support, as Stealth Rock can limit the number of times Rotom-W can use Volt Switch. Rapid Spin Excadrill pairs up well with Rotom-W, as Rotom-W can counter Gliscor and Skarmory, two of Excadrill's biggest obstacles. Excadrill can also OHKO a large portion of special walls for Rotom-W. Choice Scarf Rotom-W loves rain support to compensate for its lack of boosting item or move. Drizzle Politoed is the best way to supply Rotom-W with rain; a Choice variant in particular can break down walls for Rotom-W.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W thrives with entry hazard support, as it secures more KOs while putting the opponent under pressure with Volt Switch. Stealth Rock also breaks Dragonite's Multiscale, allowing Rotom-W to OHKO Dragon Dance Dragonite with Hidden Power Ice. Stealth Rock also puts Thundurus in range where Rotom-W can OHKO with Rotom-W's Volt Switch. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with both hazard and Rapid Spin support, while Rotom-W can switch into Fire-type attacks aimed at Forretress. Finally, Wish support can preserve Rotom-W's excellent bulk and let it repeatedly switch into threats. Rotom-W shares greats synergy with Jirachi, which can provide Wishes large enough to heal Rotom-W.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to deal damage to the opponent's team over a long period of time while having enough bulk to serve as a defensive pivot, essentially combining Rotom-W's offensive, defensive, and support capabilities. Volt Switch allows Rotom-W to scout for counters, and as this is a slower set, teammates can switch in safely after Rotom-W uses it. Thunderbolt is an option as it makes this set a hard counter to Substitute + Dragon Dance Gyarados. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move that disposes of the Ground-types Rotom-W can easily switch into, such as Landorus and Excadrill. Rotom-W can generally handle Hydro Pump's imperfect accuracy due to its great bulk.</p>

    <p>Hidden Power Fire is notable for KOing Ferrothorn outright, while Hidden Power Ice is handy for hitting Dragonite, Salamence, and Garchomp. Hidden Power Ice is also useful for hitting Landorus and Gliscor more reliably than Hydro Pump. Pain Split provides a reliable source of recovery, as Pokemon with huge HP stats, such as Blissey, commonly switch into Rotom-W. Will-O-Wisp is another option, as it enables Rotom-W to cripple Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs maximize Rotom-W's physical bulk so that it can comfortably take on Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W can use an alternate EV spread of 40 HP / 252 SpA / 216 Spe, which maximizes its attacking power and enables it to outspeed neutral-natured Gyarados, Mamoswine, Dragonite, and uninvested Latias, with the remaining EVs put into HP for added bulk. This set is a lot more flexible in terms of move selection as it isn't locked into one move like the Choice Scarf set. Expert Belt allows Rotom-W to feign a Choice item while using Volt Switch, but Rotom-W will miss the recovery. Hidden Power Grass hits Gastrodon, which is immune to both of Rotom-W's STABs. Thunder Wave can be used in the third slot; reminiscent to Tinkerbell Celebi, it makes Rotom-W a more self-sufficient sweeper as it can outspeed most paralyzed threats and hit them with a powerful attack. Rotom-W can use Toxic over Will-O-Wish, but the latter is generally more useful, crippling Pokemon such Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.</p>

    <p>Politoed is a good partner as it boosts Rotom-W's Water-type attacks and has the ability to burn foes with Scald, letting Rotom-W forgo Will-O-Wisp for another move. Metagross forms an excellent defensive core alongside Rotom-W, as they cover all of each other's weaknesses, while Metagross can Pursuit trap Celebi, Latias, and Latios so that Rotom-W is free to fire off its powerful STAB attacks. The likes of Calm Mind Latias and Keldeo can also capitalize on Rotom-W's ability to spread burn. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with hazard and Rapid Spin support so that it secures more KOs and is free to Volt Switch to its heart's desire. With Stealth Rock down, Rotom-W can OHKO 4/0 Dragonite with Hidden Power Ice (Dragonite might have Lum Berry, so Will-O-Wisp isn't always the best option), and with Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes, Rotom-W can OHKO standard Magnezone with Hydro Pump. Rotom-W can also KO Jellicent, letting Forretress safely use Rapid Spin. Excadrill is also a good candidate to provide Rapid Spin, as Rotom-W can beat a large portion of Excadrill's switch-ins.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Hydro Pump
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    nature: Modest
    evs: 68 HP / 216 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike its other sets, SubSpit Rotom-W plays the role of an all-out sweeper and aims to beat some of Rotom-W's conventional counters through the use of Substitute and Pain Split. Rotom-W makes an exceptional user of the SubSplit combination with its excellent typing and low base HP, meaning it gains huge amounts of health back when it uses Pain Split against walls such as Blissey. The key to this Rotom-W beating Blissey and Gastrodon is Toxic Spikes support, though Gastrodon can also simply be Toxiced as it lacks Natural Cure. With Toxic Spikes down, Blissey and Gastrodon will be put on a timer by Toxic and Rotom-W's arsenal of Pain Split and strong attacks. Rotom-W's great typing and defensive stats mean its Substitutes are relatively difficult to break. Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt hit incredibly hard as they receive boosts from STAB, Life Orb, and possibly even rain.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread maximizes Rotom-W's potency as a sweeper, while the HP EVs help Rotom-W maintain its Substitute against rain-boosted Scalds from Gastrodon and other bulky Water-types. Rotom-W prefers a Modest nature for more power; Timid can be used, but Rotom-W outspeeds nothing significant with it barring opposing Rotom-W. Life Orb is the primary item for more power; however, Leftovers is a viable option if you're worried about the omnipresent sand wearing Rotom-W down too quickly. If Rotom-W has rain support, it can use Thunder over Thunderbolt for more power and a 30% paralysis rate.</p>

    <p>As previously stated, this set is much more effective with Toxic Spikes and rain support; Tentacruel can provide Toxic Spikes and Rapid Spin support, and is generally a good fit on rain teams. Politoed is an obligatory partner; a variant with Toxic is preferred to hit Gastrodon, but Choice Specs Politoed is also a good option as Rotom-W can take out Blissey and Gastrodon with proper support. Politoed also eliminates residual damage from sand or hail, which Rotom-W always appreciates. This variant of Rotom-W still has trouble with Latias and Celebi, so Scizor makes a good partner to eliminate them with Pursuit or its Bug-type attacks. If you can't fit Toxic Spikes on your team, Breloom can dispose of Blissey and Gastrodon with its STAB attacks. Breloom and Rotom-W also share good type synergy, covering up a majority of each other's weaknesses. Finally, hazards can prove useful for securing more KOs. For instance, with Stealth Rock down, Rotom-W can OHKO 252/252+ Politoed with a Life Orb-boosted Thunder, preventing Politoed from using Perish Song to ruin Rotom-W's sweep. Skarmory can lay down Spikes or Stealth Rock while covering Rotom-W's Grass-type weakness; furthermore, Rotom-W covers Skarmory's Fire-type weakness.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-W can use Choice Specs to allow teammates to switch in safely after Volt Switch, but it generally hits hard enough, and needs the Speed to revenge kill set-up sweepers. Rest + Chesto Berry is an option, but Rotom-W can stay healthy with Pain Spit, as walls with high HP commonly switch into it. Furthermore, status isn't usually a problem because of Volt Switch. Rotom-W can revisit its staple Substitute + Charge Beam set from DPP, but this set is still walled by typical Rotom-W counters, namely Gastrodon and Celebi, while Volt Switch has much more utility. Rotom-W can function as an effective dual screens lead as opponents usually won't Taunt it, expecting an offensive variant. However, barring the surprise factor, Deoxys-S is a better option due to its superior Speed.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W can utilize Rain Dance to boost its own Water-type STAB while improving Thunder to 100% accuracy. In the same vein, it can also use Sunny Day to boost Hidden Power Fire in order to beat Ferrothorn. Sunny Day Rotom-W is a great fit on sun teams, as it provides backup sun and scares off Tyranitar and Politoed with its STAB moves. Shadow Ball hits Celebi and Latias harder than a super effective Hidden Power, but it won't OHKO them, and certain Hidden Power types are more useful as they enable Rotom-W to get past some of its greatest obstacles. Finally, Rindo Berry is a option to cover up Rotom-W's only weakness, namely to Grass-type moves, but Rotom-W can't do much to Grass-types in return.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As Rotom-W is primarily a special attacker, Chansey and Blissey will naturally give it problems. The pink blobs can even check the SubSplit set if they pack Seismic Toss. Rotom-W struggles most with bulky Grass-types, such as Celebi, Ferrothorn, Breloom, and Venusaur, as they resist both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks while striking back with STAB super effective Grass-type attacks. A Pokemon commonly paired up with Venusaur, Ninetales, can also switch into Rotom-W, neutralize its Water-type attacks, and hit it with a super effective SolarBeam. Latias and Latios are excellent checks to Rotom-W, as the former shrugs off super effective Hidden Powers and Shadow Ball after one Calm Mind, while the latter is able to KO Rotom-W with a powerful Draco Meteor. Gastrodon is one of the few Pokemon immune to both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks, but the worst it can do to Rotom-W is Toxic. Finally, Choice Scarf users such as Terrakion and Serperior can prey on Rotom-W's mediocre Speed by revenge killing it.</p>
  2. gec

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    Should be Water.
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    Got it, thanks.
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    [Overview]
    • I really wish people would stop talking about what Pokemon X got from BW. The generation is over a year old now. This needs a complete overhaul. You need to talk about its overall roles in the metagame, not its basic characteristics.
    Choice Scarf Rotom-W
    • Slashes should be:
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Powe Fire
    move 4: Thunderbolt / Trick

    Volt Switch is essential for momentum and should be the first option. Hydro Pump is the preferred offensive STAB for its good offensive coverage, and HP Ice helps with Dnite / Garchomp and is more useful in a revenge-killing capacity than HP Fire. Thunderbolt is an option for a strong Electric-type STAB, while Trick could be used to cripple walls.
    • AC: Thunder for rain teams. Try to pad the first paragraph out a bit. It's too short atm.
    • AC: Genesect is a much more metagame-relevant partner than Scizor.
    • AC: Stress SR support for building up damage off Volt Switch and breaking Dragonite's Multiscale.
    • AC: Rain support.
    Tank Rotom-W
    • EV spread needs to be bulkier, more like Bold 252 HP /252 Def
    • Slash Will-O-Wisp before Pain Split as well.
    • AC: Toxic, Thunder Wave
    SubSplit Rotom-W
    • Slash Leftovers
    • AC: Rain support.
    Other Options
    • Ok.
    Checks and Counters
    • Ok.
    Once these changes are made:
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    Ty for the approval Tobes. Implemented everything.

    This is ready for GP checks now :)
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    [Overview]

    <p>Rotom-W is one of the most useful Pokemon in the DW metagame. Its superb defensive typing, coupled with solid Base 50/ 107 / 107 defenses, meanallows Rotom-W canto do an admirable job of checking prominent threats such as Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W also makes an excellent Choice Scarf user in DW,as it is able to check some of the most dangerous threats in the DW tier,(comma) such as +1 Dragonite, Garchomp,(comma) and Thundurus. Additionally, with Drizzle Politoed in the mix, Rotom-W can pose a major offensive threat with its dual STABs. All in all, Rotom-W is an fantastic Pokemon in the DW metagame, that which can take on a variety of important roles for any team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Rotom-W can outrun and KO dangerous threats in the DW metagame such as Thundurus, +1 Dragonite, and +1 Blaziken, KOing all of them. Volt Switch enables Rotom-W to function as a scout,(remove comma) and is especially effective on Rotom-W withdue to its immunity to both forms of Spikes. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move, hitting very hard when boosted by rain and KOing foes hopping to switch into Rotom-W's Electric-type attacks. Hidden Power Fire is namely for Ferrothorn, whoich resists both of Rotom-W's STABs. Hidden Power Ice,(comma) on the other hand, offers a reliable method of revenge killing +1 Dragonite and Salamence. Trick rounds out the set, allowing Rotom-W to cripple common switch-(hyphen)ins such as Ferrothorn, Gastrodon,(comma) and Blissey, while possibly obtaining Leftovers to capitalize on Rotom-W's great bulk. However, Thunderbolt should be considered though, foris a viable alternative due to its superior power,(remove comma) and ability to constaistently break Substitutes of Pokemon such as Chandelure orand Gyarados.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature along withnd 252 Speed EVs enable Rotom-W to notably outspeed +2 Gorebyss and Modest Choice Scarf Genesect. Two moves to consider in the third slot are Signal Beam and Hidden Power Grass, as the former OHKOinges Celebi while the latter disposes of Gastrodon, but the overall coverage these two attacks provide,(remove comma) is outclassed by Hidden Power Fire or Ice. Thunder can be usedRotom-W can use Thunder over Thunderbolt,(remove comma) if you haveit has rain support (, which also boosts Rotom-W's Water-type attacks)the power of Hydro Pump.</p>

    <p>Scizor makes an excellent partner to Rotom-W, forming a VoltTurn chain that can deal with a majority of each other's counters. Genesect can perform Scizor's role, but the two are both walled by Chanseythe same role as Scizor, but Chansey walls both it and Rotom-W. Rotom-W appreciates Rapid Spin support,(comma) as Stealth Rock can limit the amountnumber of times Rotom-W can use Volt Switch. Excadrill pairs up well with Rotom-W as a Rapid Spin users, as Rotom-W can counter Gliscor and Skarmory, two of Excadrill's biggest obstacles. Excadrill can also OHKO a large portion of special walls for Rotom-W. Rotom-W loves rain support to compensate for its lack of boosting item or move. Drizzle Politoed is the best way to supply Rotom-W with rain; a Choice variant in particular can be use to break down walls for Rotom-W.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W can thrive offs with entry hazard support, securingas it secures more KOs while putting the opponent under pressure whileith Volt Switching. (Any specific examples of KOs it secures? We're trying to phase out people just saying "hazard support" without providing specific examples because literally every Pokemon likes hazard support.) Stealth Rock also breaks Dragonite's Multiscale, allowing Rotom-W to revenge kill Dragon Dance Dragonite. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with both hazards and Rapid Spin support,(comma) while Rotom-W can switch into Fire-type attacks aimed at Ferrothornorretress. Finally, Wish support can preserve Rotom-W's excellent bulk for switching into threats. Rotom-W shares greats synergy with Jirachi and it, which can provide Wishes sufficient Wishes for Rotom-W's HP stat.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to doeal damage to the opponent'(apostrophe)s team over a long period of time,(remove comma) while having enough bulk to serve as a defensive pivot, essentially combining Rotom-W's offensive, defensive,(comma) and support capabilities. Volt Switch allows Rotom-W to scout for counters, and as this is a slower set, teammates can switch in safely after Rotom-W uses it. Thunderbolt is an option as it makes this set a hard counter to Substitute + Dragon Dance Gyarados. Hydro Pump serves as secondary STAB,(remove comma) move that disposes of Ground-types that Rotom-W can switch into, such as Landorus and Excadrill. Rotom-W can generally handle Hydro Pump's imperfect accuracy due to its great bulk. Pain Split provides a reliable source of recovery, as Pokemon with huge Base HP stats such as Blissey commonly switch into Rotom-W.* However, Will-O-Wisp is an option however, as it enables Rotom-W to cripple Tyranitar and Ferrothorn. Hidden Power Fire is notable for KOing Ferrothorn outright, while Hidden Power Ice is handy for hitting Dragonite, Salamence,(comma) and Garchomp. Hidden Power Ice is also useful for hitting Landorus and Gliscor more reliably than Hydro Pump.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs maximize Rotom-W's physical bulk,(remove comma) so that it can comfortably take on Excadrill and Landorus. ARotom-W can use an alternate EV spread of 40 HP / 252 SpA / 216 Spe can be used. These EVs maximize Rotom-W's attacking power, while 216 Speed EVs, which maximizes its attacking power and enables it to outspeed neutral-(hyphen)natured Gyarados, Mamoswine, Dragonite,(comma) and 0 Speed Latias. The rest i, with the remaining EVs put into HP for added bulk. This set is a lot more flexible in regards toterms of move selection as it isn't restricted to using one move at a timlocked into one move like the Choice Scarf set. Expert Belt can be usedallows Rotom-W to feign a Choice item while using Volt Switch, but Rotom-W will miss the recovery. Hidden Power Grass hits Gastrodon, whoich is immune to both of Rotom-W's STABs. Thunder Wave can be used in the third slot; reminiscent to Tinkerbell Celebi, Thunder Wave makes Rotom-W a more self-(hyphen)sufficient sweepers as it can outspeed most paralyzed threats and hit them with a powerful attack. ToxicRotom-W can be used Toxic over Will-O-Wisph, but Will-O-Wispthe latter is generally more useful, crippling Pokemon such Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.(period)</p>

    <p>Politoed is a good partner to Rotom-W as it boosts Rotom-W's Water-type attacks,(remove comma) and has the ability to burn foes with Scald foes so, letting Rotom-W can forgo Will-O-Wisp for another move. Metagross forms an excellent defensive core along withside Rotom-W, as they covering all of each other's weaknesses, while Metagross can Pursuit trap Celebi, Latias,(comma) and Latios so that Rotom-W is free to fire off its powerful STAB attacks. You can also capitalize on Rotom-W's ability to spreading burn by using a Calm Mind Latias or Keldeo. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with hazard and Rapid Spin support to Rotom-Wso that it secures more KOs and is free to Volt Switch to its heart's desire. (Same deal, please either provide specific examples of KOs it gets with hazards or remove this) Rotom-W can also KO Jellicent so, letting Forretress cam safely use Rapid Spin. Excadrill is also a good candidate to provide Rapid Spin,(comma) as Rotom-W can beat a large portion of Excadrill's switch-(hyphen)ins.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Hydro Pump
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    nature: Modest
    evs: 68 HP / 216 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike the previousits other sets, SubSpit Rotom-W plays the role an all-(hyphen)out sweeper,(remove comma) and aims to beat some of Rotom-W's conventional counters through the use of Substitute and Pain Split. Rotom-W makes an exceptional user of the SubSplit combination with its excellent typing,(remove comma) and low Base HP, meaning it gains huge amounts of health back when it uses Pain Split against walls such ads Blissey. The key to this Rotom-W beating Blissey and Gastrodon is Toxic Spikes (support, though in Gastrodon's case you can just use Toxic on it with another Pokemon as it lacks Natural Cure). (I didn't understand what this was getting at at all until I realized you meant Toxic it with something else lol, so clarified) With Toxic Spikes down, Blissey and Gastrodon can only recover so much while being worn down by Toxic and Rotom-W's arsenal of Pain Split + 2and strong attacks. Rotom-W's great typing and defensive stats means its Substitute isn't as easy to break as that of a Pokemon such as Gengar. Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt hit incredibly hard, boosted by as they receive boosts from STAB, Life Orb,(comma) and possibly even rain.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV Sspread maximizes Rotom-W's potency as a sweeper, while the HP EVs help Rotom-W with maintaining its Substitute against Gastrodon's, or other bulky Water-type's, rain-boosted Scalds. Arain-boosted Scalds from Gastrodon and other bulky Water-types. Rotom-W prefers a Modest nature is preferred for more power,(comma); Timid can be used, but Rotom-W outspeeds nothing significant with Timidit barring opposing Rotom-W. Life Orb is the primary item for more power,(comma); however,(comma) Leftovers can be usedis a viable option if you're worried about the omnipresent sand from wearing Rotom-W down too quickly. If Rotom-W is being played in rain, Thunder can be usedit can use Thunder over Thunderbolt for more power and a 30% paralysis rate.</p>

    <p>As previously stated, this set functions much better with Toxic Spikes and rain support; Tentacruel can provide Toxic Spikes support and Rapid Spin support, while and is generally being a good fit on rains teams. Politoed is an obligatory partner; a variant with Toxic is preferred to gehit Gastrodon, but Choice Specs Politoed is also a good option as Rotom-W can take out Blissey and Gastrodon with proper support. Politoed also eliminates residual damage from sand or hail, which Rotom-W might find hard to manage by using Pain Split, with health lost from Life Orb and Substitute damage racking up. This variant of Rotom-W still has trouble with Latias and Celebi, so Scizor can be used amakes a good partner to eliminate them with Pursuit or its Bug-type attacks. If you can't fit Toxic Spikes on your team, Breloom can be used a partner to dispatchdispose of Blissey and Gastrodon with its respective STAB attacks. Breloom and Rotom-W also share good type synergy, covering up a majority of each other's weaknesses. Finally, hazards can prove useful for securing more KOings in general. (See comments on the previous two sets) Skarmory can lay down Spikes ofr Stealth Rock while covering Rotom-W's Grass-type weakness (; furthermore, Rotom-W covers Skarmory's Fire-type weakness).</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-W can use Choice Specs over Choice Scarf, which allows teammates to switch in safely after Volt Switch, but Rotom-W generally Rotom-W hits hard enough and needs the sSpeed to revenge kill setup sweepers.,(remove comma)Rest +with a Chesto Berry is an option, but Rotom-W can stay healthy with Pain Spit, as walls with high HP commonly switch into it. Furthermore, status isn't usually a problem withbecause of Volt Switch. Rotom-W can revisit its staple,(remove comma)Substitute + Charge Beam set from DPP, but this set is still walled by typical Rotom-W counters, while Volt Switch has much more utility. Rotom-W can function as an effective Ddual Sscreens lead as opponents usually won't Taunt Rotom-Wit, expecting an offensive variant. However, barring the surprise factor, Deoxys-S is a better option due to it's superior Speed.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W can utilize Rain Dance to boost its own Water-type STAB,(remove comma) while improving Thunder to 100% accuracy. In the same vein, Rotomit can also use Sunny Day to boost its Hidden Power Fire in order to beat Ferrothorn. Sunny Day Rotom-W is a great fit on sun teams, as it provides backup sun and scares off Tyranitar and Politoed with its STABs respectively moves. Shadow Ball hits Celebi and Latias harder than a super effective Hidden Power, but it's not enough to OHKO the afformentioned threatsm, and certain Hidden Power types enable Rotom-W to get past some of its greatest obstacles. Finally, Rindo Berry is a option,(remove comma) to cover up Rotom-W's only weakness which is Grass,to Grass-type moves, but Rotom-W can't tdo much to Grass-types in return.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As Rotom-W is primarily a special attacker, Chansey and Blissey will naturally give it problems. The pink blobs can even check the SubSplit set if they have Seismic Toss as an attack. Rotom-W struggles most with bulky Grass-types such as Celebi, Ferrothorn, Breloom,(comma) and Venusaur,(comma) as they resist both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks,(remove comma) while striking back with STAB, super effective Grass-type attacks. A Pokemon commonly paired up with Venusaur, Ninetales, can also switch into Rotom-W, neutralizing its Water-type attacks and hitting it with a super effective SolarBeam. Latias and Latios are excellent checks to Rotom-W, as the former boasting excellent bulk (shruggingshrugs off super effective Hidden Powers and Shadow Ball after one Calm Mind), while the latter beingis able to KO Rotom-W with a powerful Draco Meteor. Gastrodon is one of the few Pokemon to be immune to both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks, but the worst it can do back is Toxic. Finally, you can prey on Rotom-W's mediocre Speed by hittrevenge killing it with Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Terrakion or Serperior.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>Rotom-W is one of the most useful Pokemon in the DW metagame. Its superb defensive typing, coupled with solid 50 / 107 / 107 defenses, allows Rotom-W to do an admirable job of checking prominent threats such as Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W also makes an excellent Choice Scarf user as it is able to check some of the most dangerous threats in the tier, such as +1 Dragonite, Garchomp, and Thundurus. Additionally, with Drizzle Politoed in the mix, Rotom-W can pose a major offensive threat with its dual STABs. All in all, Rotom-W is a fantastic Pokemon in the DW metagame which can take on a variety of important roles for any team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Rotom-W can outrun and KO dangerous threats in the DW metagame such as Thundurus, +1 Dragonite, and +1 Blaziken. Volt Switch enables Rotom-W to function as a scout and is especially effective on Rotom-W due to its immunity to both forms of Spikes. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move, hitting very hard when boosted by rain and KOing foes hoping to switch into Rotom-W's Electric-type attacks. Hidden Power Fire is namely for Ferrothorn, which resists both of Rotom-W's STABs. Hidden Power Ice, on the other hand, offers a reliable method of revenge killing +1 Dragonite and Salamence. Trick rounds out the set, allowing Rotom-W to cripple common switch-ins such as Ferrothorn, Gastrodon, and Blissey, while possibly obtaining Leftovers to capitalize on Rotom-W's great bulk. However, Thunderbolt is a viable alternative due to its superior power and ability to consistently break Substitutes of Pokemon such as Chandelure and Gyarados.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature and 252 Speed EVs enable Rotom-W to notably outspeed +2 Gorebyss and Modest Choice Scarf Genesect. Two moves to consider in the third slot are Signal Beam and Hidden Power Grass, as the former OHKOes Celebi while the latter disposes of Gastrodon, but the overall coverage these two attacks provide is outclassed by Hidden Power Fire or Ice. Rotom-W can use Thunder over Thunderbolt if it has rain support, which also boosts the power of Hydro Pump.</p>

    <p>Scizor makes an excellent partner to Rotom-W, forming a VoltTurn chain that can deal with a majority of each other's counters. Genesect can perform the same role as Scizor, but Chansey walls both it and Rotom-W. Rotom-W appreciates Rapid Spin support, as Stealth Rock can limit the number of times Rotom-W can use Volt Switch. Excadrill pairs up well with Rotom-W as a Rapid Spin user, as Rotom-W can counter Gliscor and Skarmory, two of Excadrill's biggest obstacles. Excadrill can also OHKO a large portion of special walls for Rotom-W. Rotom-W loves rain support to compensate for its lack of boosting item or move. Drizzle Politoed is the best way to supply Rotom-W with rain; a Choice variant in particular can break down walls for Rotom-W.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W thrives with entry hazard support, as it secures more KOs while putting the opponent under pressure with Volt Switch. (Any specific examples of KOs it secures? We're trying to phase out people just saying "hazard support" without providing specific examples because literally every Pokemon likes hazard support.) Stealth Rock also breaks Dragonite's Multiscale, allowing Rotom-W to revenge kill Dragon Dance Dragonite. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with both hazard and Rapid Spin support, while Rotom-W can switch into Fire-type attacks aimed at Forretress. Finally, Wish support can preserve Rotom-W's excellent bulk for switching into threats. Rotom-W shares greats synergy with Jirachi, which can provide sufficient Wishes for Rotom-W's HP stat.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to deal damage to the opponent's team over a long period of time while having enough bulk to serve as a defensive pivot, essentially combining Rotom-W's offensive, defensive, and support capabilities. Volt Switch allows Rotom-W to scout for counters, and as this is a slower set, teammates can switch in safely after Rotom-W uses it. Thunderbolt is an option as it makes this set a hard counter to Substitute + Dragon Dance Gyarados. Hydro Pump serves as secondary STAB move that disposes of Ground-types that Rotom-W can switch into, such as Landorus and Excadrill. Rotom-W can generally handle Hydro Pump's imperfect accuracy due to its great bulk. Pain Split provides a reliable source of recovery, as Pokemon with huge HP stats such as Blissey commonly switch into Rotom-W. However, Will-O-Wisp is an option as it enables Rotom-W to cripple Tyranitar and Ferrothorn. Hidden Power Fire is notable for KOing Ferrothorn outright, while Hidden Power Ice is handy for hitting Dragonite, Salamence, and Garchomp. Hidden Power Ice is also useful for hitting Landorus and Gliscor more reliably than Hydro Pump.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs maximize Rotom-W's physical bulk so that it can comfortably take on Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W can use an alternate EV spread of 40 HP / 252 SpA / 216 Spe, which maximizes its attacking power and enables it to outspeed neutral-natured Gyarados, Mamoswine, Dragonite, and 0 Speed Latias, with the remaining EVs put into HP for added bulk. This set is a lot more flexible in terms of move selection as it isn't locked into one move like the Choice Scarf set. Expert Belt allows Rotom-W to feign a Choice item while using Volt Switch, but Rotom-W will miss the recovery. Hidden Power Grass hits Gastrodon, which is immune to both of Rotom-W's STABs. Thunder Wave can be used in the third slot; reminiscent to Tinkerbell Celebi, Thunder Wave makes Rotom-W a more self-sufficient sweeper as it can outspeed most paralyzed threats and hit them with a powerful attack. Rotom-W can use Toxic over Will-O-Wish, but the latter is generally more useful, crippling Pokemon such Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.</p>

    <p>Politoed is a good partner to Rotom-W as it boosts Rotom-W's Water-type attacks and has the ability to burn foes with Scald, letting Rotom-W forgo Will-O-Wisp for another move. Metagross forms an excellent defensive core alongside Rotom-W, as they cover all of each other's weaknesses, while Metagross can Pursuit trap Celebi, Latias, and Latios so that Rotom-W is free to fire off its powerful STAB attacks. You can also capitalize on Rotom-W's ability to spread burn by using a Calm Mind Latias or Keldeo. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with hazard and Rapid Spin support so that it secures more KOs and is free to Volt Switch to its heart's desire. (Same deal, please either provide specific examples of KOs it gets with hazards or remove this) Rotom-W can also KO Jellicent, letting Forretress safely use Rapid Spin. Excadrill is also a good candidate to provide Rapid Spin, as Rotom-W can beat a large portion of Excadrill's switch-ins.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Hydro Pump
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    nature: Modest
    evs: 68 HP / 216 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike its other sets, SubSpit Rotom-W plays the role an all-out sweeper and aims to beat some of Rotom-W's conventional counters through the use of Substitute and Pain Split. Rotom-W makes an exceptional user of the SubSplit combination with its excellent typing and low Base HP, meaning it gains huge amounts of health back when it uses Pain Split against walls such as Blissey. The key to this Rotom-W beating Blissey and Gastrodon is Toxic Spikes support, though in Gastrodon's case you can just use Toxic on it with another Pokemon as it lacks Natural Cure. With Toxic Spikes down, Blissey and Gastrodon can only recover so much while being worn down by Toxic and Rotom-W's arsenal of Pain Split and strong attacks. Rotom-W's great typing and defensive stats mean its Substitute isn't as easy to break as that of a Pokemon such as Gengar. Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt hit incredibly hard as they receive boosts from STAB, Life Orb, and possibly even rain.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread maximizes Rotom-W's potency as a sweeper, while the HP EVs help Rotom-W maintain its Substitute against rain-boosted Scalds from Gastrodon and other bulky Water-types. Rotom-W prefers a Modest nature for more power; Timid can be used, but Rotom-W outspeeds nothing significant with it barring opposing Rotom-W. Life Orb is the primary item for more power; however, Leftovers is a viable option if you're worried about the omnipresent sand wearing Rotom-W down too quickly. If Rotom-W is being played in rain, it can use Thunder over Thunderbolt for more power and a 30% paralysis rate.</p>

    <p>As previously stated, this set functions much better with Toxic Spikes and rain support; Tentacruel can provide Toxic Spikes and Rapid Spin support and is generally a good fit on rains teams. Politoed is an obligatory partner; a variant with Toxic is preferred to hit Gastrodon, but Choice Specs Politoed is also a good option as Rotom-W can take out Blissey and Gastrodon with proper support. Politoed also eliminates residual damage from sand or hail, which Rotom-W might find hard to manage by using Pain Split, with health lost from Life Orb and Substitute racking up. This variant of Rotom-W still has trouble with Latias and Celebi, so Scizor makes a good partner to eliminate them with Pursuit or its Bug-type attacks. If you can't fit Toxic Spikes on your team, Breloom can dispose of Blissey and Gastrodon with its respective STAB attacks. Breloom and Rotom-W also share good type synergy, covering up a majority of each other's weaknesses. Finally, hazards can prove useful for securing more KOs in general. (See comments on the previous two sets) Skarmory can lay down Spikes or Stealth Rock while covering Rotom-W's Grass-type weakness; furthermore, Rotom-W covers Skarmory's Fire-type weakness.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-W can use Choice Specs over Choice Scarf, which allows teammates to switch in safely after Volt Switch, but Rotom-W generally hits hard enough and needs the Speed to revenge kill setup sweepers. Rest with a Chesto Berry is an option, but Rotom-W can stay healthy with Pain Spit, as walls with high HP commonly switch into it. Furthermore, status isn't usually a problem because of Volt Switch. Rotom-W can revisit its staple Substitute + Charge Beam set from DPP, but this set is still walled by typical Rotom-W counters, while Volt Switch has much more utility. Rotom-W can function as an effective dual screens lead as opponents usually won't Taunt it, expecting an offensive variant. However, barring the surprise factor, Deoxys-S is a better option due to it's superior Speed.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W can utilize Rain Dance to boost its own Water-type STAB while improving Thunder to 100% accuracy. In the same vein, it can also use Sunny Day to boost its Hidden Power Fire in order to beat Ferrothorn. Sunny Day Rotom-W is a great fit on sun teams, as it provides backup sun and scares off Tyranitar and Politoed with its STAB moves. Shadow Ball hits Celebi and Latias harder than a super effective Hidden Power, but it's not enough to OHKO them, and certain Hidden Power types enable Rotom-W to get past some of its greatest obstacles. Finally, Rindo Berry is a option to cover up Rotom-W's only weakness to Grass-type moves, but Rotom-W can't do much to Grass-types in return.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As Rotom-W is primarily a special attacker, Chansey and Blissey will naturally give it problems. The pink blobs can even check the SubSplit set if they have Seismic Toss as an attack. Rotom-W struggles most with bulky Grass-types such as Celebi, Ferrothorn, Breloom, and Venusaur, as they resist both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks while striking back with STAB, super effective Grass-type attacks. A Pokemon commonly paired up with Venusaur, Ninetales, can also switch into Rotom-W, neutralizing its Water-type attacks and hitting it with a super effective SolarBeam. Latias and Latios are excellent checks to Rotom-W, as the former shrugs off super effective Hidden Powers and Shadow Ball after one Calm Mind, while the latter is able to KO Rotom-W with a powerful Draco Meteor. Gastrodon is one of the few Pokemon immune to both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks, but the worst it can do back is Toxic. Finally, you can prey on Rotom-W's mediocre Speed by revenge killing it with Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Terrakion or Serperior.</p>


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  7. BTzz

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    Thanks for the check Stalfos, I added specific KOs with all the mentions of hazards.

    Ready for the next one
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    [Overview]

    <p>Rotom-W is one of the most useful Pokemon in the DW metagame. Its superb defensive typing, coupled with solid 50 / 107 / 107 defenses, allows Rotom-W to do an admirable job of checking prominent threats such as Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W also makes an excellent Choice Scarf user as it is able to check some of the most dangerous threats in the tier, such as +1 Dragonite, Garchomp, and Thundurus. Additionally, with Drizzle Politoed in the mix, Rotom-W can pose a major offensive threat with its dual STABs. All in all, Rotom-W is a fantastic Pokemon in the DW metagame that can take on a variety of important roles for any team.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice Scarf
    move 1: Volt Switch
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Trick / Thunderbolt
    item: Choice Scarf
    nature: Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With a Choice Scarf equipped, Rotom-W can outrun and KO dangerous threats in the DW metagame, such as Thundurus, +1 Dragonite, and +1 Blaziken. Volt Switch enables Rotom-W to function as a scout; Rotom-W is a particularly effective user of the move due to its immunity to both forms of Spikes. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move that hits hard when boosted by rain, KOing (Ground-type?) foes hoping to switch into Rotom-W's Electric-type attacks. Hidden Power Fire is specifically for Ferrothorn, which resists both of Rotom-W's STABs. Hidden Power Ice, on the other hand, offers a reliable method of revenge killing +1 Dragonite and Salamence. Trick rounds out the set, allowing Rotom-W to cripple common switch-ins such as Ferrothorn, Gastrodon, and Blissey, while possibly obtaining Leftovers to capitalize on Rotom-W's great bulk. However, Thunderbolt is a viable alternative due to its superior power and ability to consistently break Substitutes of Pokemon such as Chandelure and Gyarados.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Timid nature and 252 Speed EVs enable Rotom-W to outrun +2 Gorebyss and Modest Choice Scarf Genesect. Two moves to consider in the third slot are Signal Beam and Hidden Power Grass, as the former OHKOes Celebi while the latter disposes of Gastrodon, but the overall coverage these two attacks provide is outclassed by Hidden Power Fire or Ice. Finally, Rotom-W can use Thunder over Thunderbolt if it has rain support.</p>

    <p>Scizor makes an excellent partner to Rotom-W, forming a VoltTurn chain that can deal with the majority of each other's counters. Genesect can perform a similar role as Scizor, but Chansey walls both it and Rotom-W. Rotom-W appreciates Rapid Spin support, as Stealth Rock can limit the number of times Rotom-W can use Volt Switch. Rapid Spin Excadrill pairs up well with Rotom-W, as Rotom-W can counter Gliscor and Skarmory, two of Excadrill's biggest obstacles. Excadrill can also OHKO a large portion of special walls for Rotom-W. Choice Scarf Rotom-W loves rain support to compensate for its lack of boosting item or move. Drizzle Politoed is the best way to supply Rotom-W with rain; a Choice variant in particular can break down walls for Rotom-W.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W thrives with entry hazard support, as it secures more KOs while putting the opponent under pressure with Volt Switch. Stealth Rock also breaks Dragonite's Multiscale, allowing Rotom-W to OHKO Dragon Dance Dragonite with Hidden Power Ice. Stealth Rock also puts Thundurus in range where Rotom-W can OHKO with Rotom-W's Volt Switch. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with both hazard and Rapid Spin support, while Rotom-W can switch into Fire-type attacks aimed at Forretress. Finally, Wish support can preserve Rotom-W's excellent bulk and let it repeatedly switch into threats. Rotom-W shares greats synergy with Jirachi, which can provide Wishes large enough to heal Rotom-W.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Tank
    move 1: Volt Switch / Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hydro Pump
    move 3: Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp
    item: Leftovers
    nature: Bold
    evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Def

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to deal damage to the opponent's team over a long period of time while having enough bulk to serve as a defensive pivot, essentially combining Rotom-W's offensive, defensive, and support capabilities. Volt Switch allows Rotom-W to scout for counters, and as this is a slower set, teammates can switch in safely after Rotom-W uses it. Thunderbolt is an option as it makes this set a hard counter to Substitute + Dragon Dance Gyarados. Hydro Pump serves as a secondary STAB move that disposes of the Ground-types Rotom-W can easily switch into, such as Landorus and Excadrill. Rotom-W can generally handle Hydro Pump's imperfect accuracy due to its great bulk.</p>

    <p>Hidden Power Fire is notable for KOing Ferrothorn outright, while Hidden Power Ice is handy for hitting Dragonite, Salamence, and Garchomp. Hidden Power Ice is also useful for hitting Landorus and Gliscor more reliably than Hydro Pump. Pain Split provides a reliable source of recovery, as Pokemon with huge HP stats, such as Blissey, commonly switch into Rotom-W. Will-O-Wisp is another option, as it enables Rotom-W to cripple Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The given EVs maximize Rotom-W's physical bulk so that it can comfortably take on Excadrill and Landorus. Rotom-W can use an alternate EV spread of 40 HP / 252 SpA / 216 Spe, which maximizes its attacking power and enables it to outspeed neutral-natured Gyarados, Mamoswine, Dragonite, and uninvested Latias, with the remaining EVs put into HP for added bulk. This set is a lot more flexible in terms of move selection as it isn't locked into one move like the Choice Scarf set. Expert Belt allows Rotom-W to feign a Choice item while using Volt Switch, but Rotom-W will miss the recovery. Hidden Power Grass hits Gastrodon, which is immune to both of Rotom-W's STABs. Thunder Wave can be used in the third slot; reminiscent to Tinkerbell Celebi, it makes Rotom-W a more self-sufficient sweeper as it can outspeed most paralyzed threats and hit them with a powerful attack. Rotom-W can use Toxic over Will-O-Wish, but the latter is generally more useful, crippling Pokemon such Tyranitar and Ferrothorn.</p>

    <p>Politoed is a good partner as it boosts Rotom-W's Water-type attacks and has the ability to burn foes with Scald, letting Rotom-W forgo Will-O-Wisp for another move. Metagross forms an excellent defensive core alongside Rotom-W, as they cover all of each other's weaknesses, while Metagross can Pursuit trap Celebi, Latias, and Latios so that Rotom-W is free to fire off its powerful STAB attacks. The likes of Calm Mind Latias and Keldeo can also capitalize on Rotom-W's ability to spread burn. Forretress can provide Rotom-W with hazard and Rapid Spin support so that it secures more KOs and is free to Volt Switch to its heart's desire. With Stealth Rock down, Rotom-W can OHKO 4/0 Dragonite with Hidden Power Ice (Dragonite might have Lum Berry, so Will-O-Wisp isn't always the best option), and with Stealth Rock and one layer of Spikes, Rotom-W can OHKO standard Magnezone with Hydro Pump. Rotom-W can also KO Jellicent, letting Forretress safely use Rapid Spin. Excadrill is also a good candidate to provide Rapid Spin, as Rotom-W can beat a large portion of Excadrill's switch-ins.</p>

    [SET]
    name: SubSplit
    move 1: Substitute
    move 2: Pain Split
    move 3: Hydro Pump
    move 4: Thunderbolt
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    nature: Modest
    evs: 68 HP / 216 SpA / 4 SpD / 220 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Unlike its other sets, SubSpit Rotom-W plays the role of an all-out sweeper and aims to beat some of Rotom-W's conventional counters through the use of Substitute and Pain Split. Rotom-W makes an exceptional user of the SubSplit combination with its excellent typing and low base HP, meaning it gains huge amounts of health back when it uses Pain Split against walls such as Blissey. The key to this Rotom-W beating Blissey and Gastrodon is Toxic Spikes support, though Gastrodon can also simply be Toxiced as it lacks Natural Cure. With Toxic Spikes down, Blissey and Gastrodon will be put on a timer by Toxic and Rotom-W's arsenal of Pain Split and strong attacks. Rotom-W's great typing and defensive stats mean its Substitutes are relatively difficult to break. Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt hit incredibly hard as they receive boosts from STAB, Life Orb, and possibly even rain.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The EV spread maximizes Rotom-W's potency as a sweeper, while the HP EVs help Rotom-W maintain its Substitute against rain-boosted Scalds from Gastrodon and other bulky Water-types. Rotom-W prefers a Modest nature for more power; Timid can be used, but Rotom-W outspeeds nothing significant with it barring opposing Rotom-W. Life Orb is the primary item for more power; however, Leftovers is a viable option if you're worried about the omnipresent sand wearing Rotom-W down too quickly. If Rotom-W has rain support, it can use Thunder over Thunderbolt for more power and a 30% paralysis rate.</p>

    <p>As previously stated, this set is much more effective with Toxic Spikes and rain support; Tentacruel can provide Toxic Spikes and Rapid Spin support, and is generally a good fit on rain teams. Politoed is an obligatory partner; a variant with Toxic is preferred to hit Gastrodon, but Choice Specs Politoed is also a good option as Rotom-W can take out Blissey and Gastrodon with proper support. Politoed also eliminates residual damage from sand or hail, which Rotom-W always appreciates. This variant of Rotom-W still has trouble with Latias and Celebi, so Scizor makes a good partner to eliminate them with Pursuit or its Bug-type attacks. If you can't fit Toxic Spikes on your team, Breloom can dispose of Blissey and Gastrodon with its STAB attacks. Breloom and Rotom-W also share good type synergy, covering up a majority of each other's weaknesses. Finally, hazards can prove useful for securing more KOs. For instance, with Stealth Rock down, Rotom-W can OHKO 252/252+ Politoed with a Life Orb-boosted Thunder, preventing Politoed from using Perish Song to ruin Rotom-W's sweep. Skarmory can lay down Spikes or Stealth Rock while covering Rotom-W's Grass-type weakness; furthermore, Rotom-W covers Skarmory's Fire-type weakness.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Rotom-W can use Choice Specs to allow teammates to switch in safely after Volt Switch, but it generally hits hard enough, and needs the Speed to revenge kill set-up sweepers. Rest + Chesto Berry is an option, but Rotom-W can stay healthy with Pain Spit, as walls with high HP commonly switch into it. Furthermore, status isn't usually a problem because of Volt Switch. Rotom-W can revisit its staple Substitute + Charge Beam set from DPP, but this set is still walled by typical Rotom-W counters, namely (who?), while Volt Switch has much more utility. Rotom-W can function as an effective dual screens lead as opponents usually won't Taunt it, expecting an offensive variant. However, barring the surprise factor, Deoxys-S is a better option due to its superior Speed.</p>

    <p>Rotom-W can utilize Rain Dance to boost its own Water-type STAB while improving Thunder to 100% accuracy. In the same vein, it can also use Sunny Day to boost Hidden Power Fire in order to beat Ferrothorn. Sunny Day Rotom-W is a great fit on sun teams, as it provides backup sun and scares off Tyranitar and Politoed with its STAB moves. Shadow Ball hits Celebi and Latias harder than a super effective Hidden Power, but it won't OHKO them, and certain Hidden Power types are more useful as they enable Rotom-W to get past some of its greatest obstacles. Finally, Rindo Berry is a option to cover up Rotom-W's only weakness, namely to Grass-type moves, but Rotom-W can't do much to Grass-types in return.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>As Rotom-W is primarily a special attacker, Chansey and Blissey will naturally give it problems. The pink blobs can even check the SubSplit set if they pack Seismic Toss. Rotom-W struggles most with bulky Grass-types, such as Celebi, Ferrothorn, Breloom, and Venusaur, as they resist both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks while striking back with STAB super effective Grass-type attacks. A Pokemon commonly paired up with Venusaur, Ninetales, can also switch into Rotom-W, neutralize its Water-type attacks, and hit it with a super effective SolarBeam. Latias and Latios are excellent checks to Rotom-W, as the former shrugs off super effective Hidden Powers and Shadow Ball after one Calm Mind, while the latter is able to KO Rotom-W with a powerful Draco Meteor. Gastrodon is one of the few Pokemon immune to both of Rotom-W's STAB attacks, but the worst it can do to Rotom-W is Toxic. Finally, Choice Scarf users such as Terrakion and Serperior can prey on Rotom-W's mediocre Speed by revenge killing it.</p>


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    Thanks sirndpt. This doesn't have any mentions of Blaziken, so it can be uploaded.
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