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the Ttar set is cute and all but it's as good as dead against the next thing that comes out, so i'm going with Fire Fist Ace's Chansey because it is guaranteed to be healthy after walling PZ to death so it has a better chance of being able to do more work.
 
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Victim of the Week 40 - Serperior

Up next we have the Regal Pokemon, Serperior! Serperior has an incredible ability in Contrary, allowing it to boost while using Leaf Storm. Base 113 speed and access to Glare, Reflect and Leech Seed make it a niche support option for certain teams. While its movepool is lacking, Contrary's snowball potential often makes up for it. So, how do you deal with this mon?


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Salamence @ Salamencite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 244 HP / 4 Atk / 4 Def / 228 SpD / 28 Spe
Careful Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Facade
- Earthquake
- Roost

SpD Mence just wall Serperior. Mence can use it as a setup fodder, Roost on it and PP stall the All-Out variant, don't care about Glare with Facade and OHKO Solid Snake at +1.

+1 4 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Facade vs. 116 HP / 220 Def Serperior: 168-198 (101.8 - 120%) -- guaranteed OHKO
4 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Facade vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 138-164 (92 - 109.3%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO
+1 4 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Facade vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 206-246 (137.3 - 164%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+6 252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 244 HP / 228+ SpD Mega Salamence: 61-72 (30.3 - 35.8%) -- 39.2% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Hidden Power Ice vs. 244 HP / 228+ SpD Mega Salamence: 80-96 (39.8 - 47.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Dragon Pulse vs. 244 HP / 228+ SpD Mega Salamence: 56-66 (27.8 - 32.8%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
 
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Venusaur-Mega @ Venusaurite
Ability: Chlorophyll
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 236 Def / 20 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sludge Bomb
- Sleep Powder
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Synthesis

perhaps not the absoulute best mvenu set for this particular scenario, but a good splashable mvenu set regardless, serperior requires a life orb or zmove, as well as dragon pulse, to get even close to 2shotting it at +2:
+2 252 SpA Serperior Dragon Pulse vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Venusaur-Mega: 58-69 (31 - 36.8%) -- 73.3% chance to 3HKO
venusaur resists the vast majority of hidden power coverages it can carry, ice and fire are shrugged off thanks to its inability to control its impulses to eat, and rock/ground just hits neutrally so it's no big deal

whereas venusaur 2shots even defensive variants handily...
0 SpA Venusaur-Mega Sludge Bomb vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 126-150 (69.2 - 82.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 
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Salazzle @ Black Sludge
Ability: Corrosion
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Toxic
- Encore
- Disable
- Substitute

Why bother with Serperior when our girl Salazzle is on the scene?

With the combination of amazing typing (against Serperior) and a very nice speed tier Salazzle can exploit the 4x grass resistance to either switch in to a predicted leaf storm, reflect, synthesis, or any move that is not named Glare, Hidden Power Ground, or taunt and encore Serperior and then use any other move Salazzle has, which will mainly depends on whether or not you expect a switch, or if serp is already boosted. For the former either sub or toxic and for the latter disable is usually the best play.

Calcs:
+6 0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 85-101 (48.5 - 57.7%) -- 59% chance to 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+4 0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 64-76 (36.5 - 43.4%) -- 99.7% chance to 3HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+2 0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 43-51 (24.5 - 29.1%) -- guaranteed 5HKO after Black Sludge recovery
0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 21-25 (12 - 14.2%) -- possibly the worst move ever

dang looking up salazzle on google images gets lewd very fast
 


Muk-Alola @ Assault Vest
Ability: Poison Touch
Level: 50
EVs: 212 HP / 76 Atk / 220 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Poison Jab / Gunk Shot
- Knock Off
- Shadow Sneak
- Pursuit / Clear Smog / Rock Slide

Are you tired of a certain Grass snake boosting and destroying your team? Make it taste the poisonous rainbow! Muk can come in even on a +6 Serperior and KO it with Poison Jab + Shadow Sneak / Gunk Shot alone. Pursuit lets Muk weaken its target even if they switch out, Clear Smog takes away their boosts and Rock Slide does more damage to Volcarona and Mega Charizard Y

252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 21-25 (10.1 - 12%) -- possible 9HKO
+6 252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 84-99 (40.5 - 47.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

+6 252 SpA Serperior Dragon Pulse vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 73-87 (35.2 - 42%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

76+ Atk Muk-Alola Poison Jab vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 116-140 (77.3 - 93.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
76+ Atk Muk-Alola Shadow Sneak vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 20-24 (13.3 - 16%) -- possible 7HKO
76+ Atk Muk-Alola Gunk Shot vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 174-206 (116 - 137.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

76+ Atk Muk-Alola Poison Jab vs. 116 HP / 220 Def Serperior: 96-114 (58.1 - 69%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
76+ Atk Muk-Alola Gunk Shot vs. 116 HP / 220 Def Serperior: 140-168 (84.8 - 101.8%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
 

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Altaria @ Altarianite
Ability: Cloud Nine
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
- Hyper Voice
- Roost
- Substitute / Fire Blast
- Toxic / Fire Blast

Stallbreaky Mega Altaria. Walls every conceivable coverage type that Serperior would think to use and just wears it down without losing too much health itself. It needs to be at +6 to 2HKO with Leaf Storm, and Altaria is able to win out with Hyper Voice before that happens. Fire Blast + Hyper Voice guarantees a 2HKO on offensive Serp. This set is walled hard by Heatran but I'll take that over being walled by Ferrothorn ^_^ Slashes are pretty interchangeable, SubToxic is a cute set but I find Fire Blast is just more useful, bc Fire coverage really is such a draw in this meta.
 
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Salamence @ Salamencite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 244 HP / 4 Atk / 4 Def / 228 SpD / 28 Spe
Careful Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Facade
- Earthquake
- Roost

SpD Mence just wall Serperior. Mence can use it as a setup fodder, Roost on it and PP stall the All-Out variant, don't care about Glare with Facade and OHKO Solid Snake at +1.

+1 4 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Facade vs. 116 HP / 220 Def Serperior: 168-198 (101.8 - 120%) -- guaranteed OHKO
4 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Facade vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 138-164 (92 - 109.3%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO
+1 4 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Facade vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 206-246 (137.3 - 164%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+6 252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 244 HP / 228+ SpD Mega Salamence: 61-72 (30.3 - 35.8%) -- 39.2% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Hidden Power Ice vs. 244 HP / 228+ SpD Mega Salamence: 80-96 (39.8 - 47.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Serperior Dragon Pulse vs. 244 HP / 228+ SpD Mega Salamence: 56-66 (27.8 - 32.8%) -- guaranteed 4HKO

Venusaur-Mega @ Venusaurite
Ability: Chlorophyll
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 236 Def / 20 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sludge Bomb
- Sleep Powder
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Synthesis

perhaps not the absoulute best mvenu set for this particular scenario, but a good splashable mvenu set regardless, serperior requires a life orb or zmove, as well as dragon pulse, to get even close to 2shotting it at +2:
+2 252 SpA Serperior Dragon Pulse vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Venusaur-Mega: 58-69 (31 - 36.8%) -- 73.3% chance to 3HKO
venusaur resists the vast majority of hidden power coverages it can carry, ice and fire are shrugged off thanks to its inability to control its impulses to eat, and rock/ground just hits neutrally so it's no big deal

whereas venusaur 2shots even defensive variants handily...
0 SpA Venusaur-Mega Sludge Bomb vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Serperior: 126-150 (69.2 - 82.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Salazzle @ Black Sludge
Ability: Corrosion
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Toxic
- Encore
- Disable
- Substitute

Why bother with Serperior when our girl Salazzle is on the scene?

With the combination of amazing typing (against Serperior) and a very nice speed tier Salazzle can exploit the 4x grass resistance to either switch in to a predicted leaf storm, reflect, synthesis, or any move that is not named Glare, Hidden Power Ground, or taunt and encore Serperior and then use any other move Salazzle has, which will mainly depends on whether or not you expect a switch, or if serp is already boosted. For the former either sub or toxic and for the latter disable is usually the best play.

Calcs:
+6 0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 85-101 (48.5 - 57.7%) -- 59% chance to 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+4 0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 64-76 (36.5 - 43.4%) -- 99.7% chance to 3HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+2 0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 43-51 (24.5 - 29.1%) -- guaranteed 5HKO after Black Sludge recovery
0 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Salazzle: 21-25 (12 - 14.2%) -- possibly the worst move ever

Muk-Alola @ Assault Vest
Ability: Poison Touch
Level: 50
EVs: 212 HP / 76 Atk / 220 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Poison Jab / Gunk Shot
- Knock Off
- Shadow Sneak
- Pursuit / Clear Smog / Rock Slide

Are you tired of a certain Grass snake boosting and destroying your team? Make it taste the poisonous rainbow! Muk can come in even on a +6 Serperior and KO it with Poison Jab + Shadow Sneak / Gunk Shot alone. Pursuit lets Muk weaken its target even if they switch out, Clear Smog takes away their boosts and Rock Slide does more damage to Volcarona and Mega Charizard Y.

252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 21-25 (10.1 - 12%) -- possible 9HKO
+6 252 SpA Serperior Leaf Storm vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 84-99 (40.5 - 47.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

+6 252 SpA Serperior Dragon Pulse vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 73-87 (35.2 - 42%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

76+ Atk Muk-Alola Poison Jab vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 116-140 (77.3 - 93.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
76+ Atk Muk-Alola Shadow Sneak vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 20-24 (13.3 - 16%) -- possible 7HKO
76+ Atk Muk-Alola Gunk Shot vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Serperior: 174-206 (116 - 137.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

76+ Atk Muk-Alola Poison Jab vs. 116 HP / 220 Def Serperior: 96-114 (58.1 - 69%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
76+ Atk Muk-Alola Gunk Shot vs. 116 HP / 220 Def Serperior: 140-168 (84.8 - 101.8%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO

Altaria @ Altarianite
Ability: Cloud Nine
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
- Hyper Voice
- Roost
- Substitute / Fire Blast
- Toxic / Fire Blast

Stallbreaky Mega Altaria. Walls every conceivable coverage type that Serperior would think to use and just wears it down without losing too much health itself. It needs to be at +6 to 2HKO with Leaf Storm, and Altaria is able to win out with Hyper Voice before that happens. Fire Blast + Hyper Voice guarantees a 2HKO on offensive Serp. This set is walled hard by Heatran but I'll take that over being walled by Ferrothorn ^_^ Slashes are pretty interchangeable, SubToxic is a cute set but I find Fire Blast is just more useful, bc Fire coverage really is such a draw in this meta.
 
average fella's Mega Venusaur. Venusaur is the best because of the mons on here venusaur only really fears facing an offensive serp that has already been allowed a significant amount time to setup, which is fairly uncommon by itself, but also doesn't get hit by the coverage that serp has (mainly people that are running hidden power coverage).

Oh and it doesn't care much about paralysis unlike the other mons avalible who need speed to function in many cases.
 
ThickFatAzumarill's Alola-Muk

everyone else loses to certain meme coverages (hp ice, hp ground) but this one takes even a super effective life orb meme coverage on the chin.

+2 252 SpA Life Orb Serperior Hidden Power Ground vs. 212 HP / 220 SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola: 70-83 (33.8 - 40%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

might not have the sustain of venu but god damn does it pound serperior into the dirt