SNAAAAAKE! SNAAAAAKE! OOOOOOHHH A SNAKE! context [pimg]525[/pimg] I am Serperior to you... [Overview] - Looks like a king, or some other high authority figure - One of 5 fully evolved starters in NU (Charizard, Meganium, BW) - Bulky with 75/95/95 defenses - God speed 113 (10th fastest in NU) - Limited but useful movepool ~Leech Seed, Giga Drain, Taunt, Glare, Safeguard, Dragon Tail, Reflect, Light Screen, Calm Mind and Coil to name a few - Movepool still leaves a lot to be desired... [SET] name: Err'yday I'm Shufflin' (ParaShuffler) move 1: Substitute move 2: Glare move 3: Dragon Tail move 4: Giga Drain item: Leftovers nature: Timid evs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 112 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - The most annoying set in NU atm - Substitute to evade status and Dragon Tailing from Lickilicky - Glare to paralyze your opponents switch-ins - Dragon Tail to shuffle the mons around - Giga Drain for recovery - Doesn't worry about moveset coverage, as pokemon that can check serperior will have to break the sub in order to harm it, Just to get shuffled out by Dragon Tail [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - 252 HP for maximum overall bulk - 144 Def for respectable physical investment - 112 Spe for outspeeding +base 95's (ESPECIALLY HAUNTER) - works spectacularly with hazards support, as shuffling constantly racks up damage on the opponent, Garbador for spikes/ tspikes. Golem, Armaldo, Regirock for Stealth Rocks - Cannot run any other moves or else the set will not function - Is also great with Stall-Oriented teams, and can still work effectively if one or two checks are still alive. - Doesn't neccessarily need support, but pokemon that are able to deal with serp's many checks will make Serp's job a hell of a lot easier ~Magmortar and Flareon nail the Grass-types that try to feed on a free switch-in ~Golem and Regirock nab the Flyers, Braviary, Swellow and the occasional Rotom-S - this set can actually make cleaning up a lot easier, too. Allowing other mons to easily punch through weakened and paralyzed opponents later in the match after Serp is done Pseudo-Walling. [SET] name: CM move 1: Calm Mind move 2: Substitute / Taunt move 3: Giga Drain move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Rock item: Life Orb / Leftovers nature: Modest / Timid evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - Calm Mind to increase both Special Defense and Special Attack - Substitute to grant immunity to status, avoid being Dragon Tailed out by Lickilicky. - Blocks status and brings Serperior down below 33% (aka Overgrow activating) - Taunt to block opponent from phazing via Roar or trying to status Serperior (Serp is insanely fast so it can taunt before being statused except for like Electrode or prankster mons) - Giga Drain for Recovery and STAB - Hidden Power Ice for dem Tangela, Amoonguss, Altaria, Torterra, Sawsbuck who otherwise get an easy switch-in. - Hidden Power Rock for Charizard, Braviary, Swellow, Magmortar, Butterfree, Rapidash and others - Is definitely not the easiest to set up, but pays off greatly when done [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - Max Speed in order to outspeed the majority of NU, including important threats like Tauros, Haunter, Sawsbuck and Rapidash - 252 SpA ev's to hit as hard as possible - 4 HP for bulk - Is not just a mon that can just be thrown out and expected to easily set up, it needs a lot of support. - Wartortle, Lapras, Magmortar and Miltank can cover for Serps Ice and Fire weaknesses while Regirock and Golem can cover Flying. Garbador and Probopass can cover for the Poison weakness. - Needs a few CM boosts in order to wall most of its special attacking checks, but its sheer speed allows it to set up subs in order to predict ahead of the opponent. - to cover the checks opened up by the other hidden power: Magmortar and Flareon work good with HP Rock Serp while Regirock and Cinccino can cover for HP Ice. [SET] name: SubSeed move 1: Substitute move 2: Leech Seed move 3: Giga Drain move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Rock item: Leftovers nature: Timid evs: 68 HP / 252 SpA / 188 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - Really annoying stall set - Come in on something harmless, Substitute - Leech Seed gets health back on top of leftovers (nearly 20% a turn) - Giga Drain for even more recovery and longevity - Hidden Power Ice for dem Tangela, Amoonguss, Altaria, Torterra, Sawsbuck who otherwise get an easy switch-in. - Hidden Power Rock for Charizard, Braviary, Swellow, Magmortar, Butterfree, Rapidash and others [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - 68 HP for a decent investment and bulk - 252 SpA to hit shit hard - 188 Speed and timid nature so you outspeed +spe natured base 105's (AKA RAPIDASH) - Hidden Power reduces speed by 1 so 188 is to always outspeed - Hidden Power determines the mons Serp covers, there's no way around this - Can opt to use Taunt or Glare over a Hidden Power but it really hinders the point of using this set - Is frankly so fast that it can set up another sub before the opponent can taunt / dtail / status. Making for one annoying mon to break through. - Enjoys a more stall oriented team, can work with balanced teams, too. - Works best with a lot of hazards, Garbador for spikes / tspikes. Golem / Armaldo / Regirock for Stealth Rock. - Needs support to cover the checks opened up by the other hidden power: Magmortar and Flareon work good with HP Rock Serp while Regirock and Cinccino can cover for HP Ice. [SET] name: Dual Screens move 1: Reflect move 2: Light Screen move 3: Giga Drain move 4: Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Rock item: Light Clay nature: Timid evs: 248 HP / 72 Def / 188 Spe [SET COMMENTS] - Sets up Screens for other mons to set up easier and attempt to sweep. - Reflect and Light Screen are the crux, increasing the bulk both Serp and its teammates - Giga Drain for vital Recovery so Serp can come back and set Screens multiple times - Hidden Power Ice for dem Tangela, Amoonguss, Altaria, Torterra, Sawsbuck who otherwise get an easy switch-in. - Hidden Power Rock for Charizard, Braviary, Swellow, Magmortar, Butterfree, Rapidash and others [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] - 248 HP for a heavy investment in bulk - 72 Def for ability to take physical hits better - 188 Spe to outspeed base 105's (AGAIN RAPIDASH IS A BITCH) - Taunt can help Serperior by blocking mons who try to taunt Serp back or just set up in Serperior's face. Great for teams that worry about set up sweepers like Shell Smash Costa and RP Torterra - Glare can help Serp set up screens easier, but cuts away at its coverage - Works to help a teammate set up to sweep, so sweepers like Scraggy, Absol, Gorebyss and even Belly Drum Linoone can have an easier time preparing to sweep - Needs a lot of support in order to reliably set up screens multiple times. ~to cover the checks opened up by the other hidden power: Magmortar and Flareon work good with HP Rock Serp while Regirock and Cinccino can cover for HP Ice. [Other Options] - Coil - Taunt only set - Mean Look Trapper, Staller - Swords Dance - Synthesis, although Giga Drain is better - using a life orb to have some more power, although it cuts into Serp's recovery - Something that doesn't abuse sub - lol pretty much everything was covered [Checks & Counters] - Serperior hates faster pokemon, especially when its not behind a substitute. Zebstrika, Swellow, Cinccino, Floatzel, Sneasel and Scarfed Pokemon like Rotom-A and Rapidash can threaten sub-less Serp ~SubSeed, Dual Screens and SubCM all suffer from lack of coverage due to Serps horrible offensive movepool, leaving Serp open to a variety of different checks pending on the Hidden Power used. ~Sub Glare is much harder to check but its top threats are Scarf Haunter, SubCM Musharna and to a lesser extent other Substitute mons who can take a Dragon Tail without losing their Sub. Serperior really is at a disadvantage when faced against powerful mons that can break Serp's Subs, forcing Serp to either keep substituting fishing for a possible miss or to Glare and die so another teammate can revenge. -Amoonguss is the best overall check to Serperior. CM Serperior is really the only set that doesn't need to worry about Amoonguss. Clear Smog will always break Serperior's substitutes (sans CM serps) and Serperior can't really do anything back unless it has multiple Calm Minds under its belt. [Unreleased] - Contrary will make Serperior incredibly powerful after just one Leaf Storm - Contrary will change Serp from a defensive mon into a full offensive monster - Will definitely cause Serperior to leave the tier to Mid-OU usage, and is likely ban worthy in NU.