[OVERVIEW] Vikavolt's amazing Bug / Electric Typing let it check prominent Fighting, Grass, Dark, and Ground-types such as Rotom-Mow, Steelix, Hitmonlee, and Sneasel. Monstrous 145 base Special Attack blessed with such dual STAB combination and a coverage move in Energy Ball makes it a very threatening wallbreaker. Access to slow Volt Switch together with a good natural bulk and Roost make it a good pivot that lasts through matches. Even if it can take advantage of slow Volt Switches, its low Speed lets it take hits almost everytime before it could do a move, making it less potent against a huge number of offensive threats, namely wallbreakers like Emboar and Machamp. Stealth Rock weakness heavily reduce Vikavolt's defensive and, limiting its use of Volt Switch and lets more threats net a 2HKO, if not an OHKO on Vikavolt [SET] Name: Tank Move 1: Bug Buzz Move 2: Volt Switch Move 3: Energy Ball Move 4: Roost Item: Leftovers Ability: Levitate Nature: Modest EVs: 252 HP / 136 SpA / 44 SpD / 76 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Moves ======== Bug Buzz is Vikavolt's main Go-to STAB move for dishing out good damage on even neutral targets. Volt Switch is used to pivot out and safely deliver its teammates in, and serves as Vikavolt's main Electric-type STAB move. Energy Ball rounds up Vikavolt's coverage well, hitting the likes of Steelix for better damage, and punishes other Ground-types like Seismitoad and Rhydon very hard, if not netting a KO. Roost gives Vikavolt a reliable form of recovery, letting it replenish HP from Stealth Rock damage and repeatedly tanked hits. Hidden Power Ground over Energy Ball lets Vikavolt hit Togedemaru hard while not giving up much coverage, and still lets it hit the likes of Steelix and Fire-types such as Emboar for good damage. Set Details ======== 252 HP and 44 Special Defense lets Vikavolt always tank two Leaf Storms after Stealth Rock damage, factoring Leftovers recovery. 76 Speed is used to outrun Brave Incineroar and neutral base 50s such as Vileplume, Regirock, and Piloswine. The remaining EVs are put into Special Attack to let Vikavolt hit harder. Usage Tips ======== Take advantage of Vikavolt's resistances and immunity to grab momentum and safely bring in teammates. Vikavolt's Defensive capabilities work to the fullest when Stealth Rock isn't up, so removing it or preventing it from getting up is a necessity. Being slow makes Vikavolt vulnerable to all sorts of hits. Only stay in on relatively weaker and or resisted hits such as Seismitoad's Scald and Steelix's Heavy Slam to prevent it from being easily circumvented by Pokemon it's supposed to check when it has been crippled badly. Team Options ======== Fire resists are needed to patch up Vikavolt's Fire-type weakness, especially bulky Rock, Dragon and Water-types. Pokemon such as Seismitoad, Rhydon, Lanturn Guzzlord andwork well for this role, as they also appreciate the Grass and or Fighting type resistance of Vikavolt. Lanturn deserves a special mention, as it also forms a VoltTurn core from Vikavolt aside from having amazing defensive synergy with it. Other users of U-Turn or Parting shot pairs well with Vikavolt such as Incineroar, Xatu, and Persian-Alola. Hazard removal is very important for Vikavolt to blast more powerful hits consistently. Rapid Spin users such as Hitmontop and Cryogonal, and Defog users such as Golbat provide a good form of hazard control. Magic Bounce support from Xatu is also appreciated by Vikavolt. Faster frailer Pokemon that functions better when escorted by slow Volt Switch also make good teammates like Medicham and Sneasel to maximize their wallbreaking potential. Pokemon that can cover for Vikavolt's weaknesses or break through Pokemon that give it issues also make for good teammates; Houndoom can switch into Fire-types moves aimed at Vikavolt, whereas Virizion threatens Rock-types and Steelix. [SET] name : Choice Specs move 1: Thunderbolt move 2: Bug Buzz move 3: Volt Switch move 4: Energy Ball item: Choice Specs ability: Levitate nature: Modest evs: 176 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 76 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Moves ======== Thunderbolt is Vikavolt's main Electric-type STAB move, at worst 2HKOing nearly everything that doesn't resist. Bug Buzz complements Thunderbolt well, hitting Grass, Dragon, and Electric types for good damage, such as Vileplume, Drampa, and other Vikavolt. Volt Switch is used to capitalize Vikavolt's ability to force switches, letting it pivot around walls and preserve momentum, and providing safer switch-ins for teammates. Energy Ball rounds the coverage well together with its STAB moves, warding off the bulky Ground and Rock-types, OHKOing the likes of Rhydon and Seismitoad, OHKOing Piloswine after Stealth Rock damage, and 2HKOing Steelix. Set Details ======== 252 Special Attack with Modest nature is used to hit as hard as possible, coupled with Choice Specs to bolster Vikavolt's Special Attack and maximize damage output. 76 Speed is used to outrun Brave Incineroar and neutral base 50s such as Vileplume, Regirock, and Piloswine. 176 remaining EVs are put into HP to increase Vikavolt's bulk, and letting it take up Stealth Rock 4 times instead of 3. Usage Tips ======== Vikavolt's typing let it threaten the more common Grass and Water type cores, such as Slowbro and Virizion cores, making it ideal to tear cores apart earlier on in the game, letting the late game cleaners finish off Vikavolt's aftermath. Switch in on predicted weaker and or resisted hits such as Steelix's Heavy Slam and Jellicent's Scald, or Ground-type moves and choice locked moves which do little to no harm on Vikavolt to start dishing powerful hits. Be Team Options ============ Switchins to faster Fire-type Pokemon that threaten Vikavolt out include the majority of Water and Rock-types. Rhydon and Seismitoad fit particularly well, as they could also set Stealth Rocks to wear checks easier and break possible Sturdy or sashes for Vikavolt. A Fire-type would work great as well albeit most of them shares Stealth Rock weakness. Examples of these are Delphox, Houndoom, and Emboar which appreciates bulky Water-types eliminated by Vikavolt. VoltTurn and Parting Shot support from the likes of Persian-Alola, Incineroar, Xatu, and Whimsicott is appreciated and gives Vikavolt a free switch and or the Attack or Special Attack drop which would be also benificial for Vikavolt to tank more hits and blast more on its own. Hazard removal is very important for Vikavolt to blast more powerful hits consistently. Rapid Spin users such as Hitmontop and Cryogonal, and Defog users such as Golbat provide a good form of hazard control. Magic Bounce support from Xatu is also appreciated by Vikavolt. Faster Pokemon works well to patch up Vikavolt's low speed. Pokemon such as Sceptile and Sneasel appreciate the wallbreaking capabilities of Vikavolt and the slow Volt Switch. Pokemon that appreciate Grass-Water type cores punished such as Barbaracle and Double Dance Rhydon work well with Vikavolt. [STRATEGY COMMENTS] Other Options ============= Discharge can be used in the tank set to spread paralysis and offers a decently powerful Electric-type STAB move, and it lets Vikavolt combat Flying-types like Bulk Up Braviary and Vivillon. Toxic can be used to cripple some switch-ins like Aromatisse and Cryogonal, although it hardly fits into Vikavolt's movepool. Flash Cannon can be used in the offensive set to deal more damage to other Fairy and Ice-types like Audino-Mega and Cryogonal, although Energy Ball usually offers better coverage as it hits more targets. A spread of 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpA with a Quiet nature and 0 Speed IVs can be used if Vikavolt is desired to be used as a Trick Room attacker. A set with Agility with a spread of 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe with a Timid nature paired with Life Orb can be used to turn Vikavolt into a fast late game cleaner, although it is still outsped by every Choice Scarf users bar Emboar Checks and Counters =================== **Stealth Rock**: Stealth Rock is very detrimental to Vikavolt, heavily impeding its capability to check what it needs to, leaving it 2HKOed if not OHKOed by offensive threats. **Fire-types**: Most relevant Fire-types like Houndoom, Delphox, and especially Emboar who can take Bug Buzz well, easily outspeed and OHKO Vikavolt with their respective Fire-type STAB moves. **Faster Attackers**: Due to Vikavolt's low speed, faster attackers take advantage of Vikavolt. although some Pokemon such as Vanilluxe need it to have prior damage to beat it reliably, as only few of them such as Emboar OHKO Vikavolt right of the bat and either end up getting KOed back or Volt Switched in. **Steel-types**: Few relevant Steel-types such as Togedemaru and Steelix give Vikavolt a hard time, the former being a hard counter to non Hidden Power Ground variants, and the latter cripples it with Toxic albeit disliking taking strong Bug Buzz and Energy ball.