[OVERVIEW] Vikavolt's amazing Bug / Electric typing lets it check prominent Fighting-, Grass-, Dark-, and Ground-types such as Rotom-C, Steelix, Hitmonlee, and Malamar. With such type combination, and a monstrous base 145 Special Attack, and a coverage move in Energy Ball, Vikavolt is a very threatening wallbreaker in the tier. Its access to slow Volt Switch together with good natural bulk and Roost make it a good pivot that lasts through matches. However, even if it can take advantage of slow Volt Switches, its low Speed lets it take hits almost every time before it could do a move, making it less potent against a huge number of offensive threats, mainly wallbreakers like Emboar and Vanilluxe. In addition, Stealth Rock weakness heavily reduces Vikavolt's defensive potential, and, limits 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 STAB move for dishing out good damage even on neutral targets. Volt Switch is used to pivot out and safely bring Vikavolt's teammates in and serves as Vikavolt's main Electric-type STAB move. Energy Ball rounds out 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. Using 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 EVs let Vikavolt always tank two Leaf Storms from Sceptile after Stealth Rock damage, factoring in 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. Even when it's acting as a tank, Vikavolt's raw power still makes it fire off powerful hits. Utilizing Vikavolt early on the game to threaten bulkier cores such as the Golbat and Slowbro ones gives its teammates better opportunities to clean up later. Being slow makes Vikavolt vulnerable to all sorts of hits; only stay in on weaker 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, most notably bulky Rock-, Dragon-, and Water-types. Pokemon such as Seismitoad, Rhydon, Lanturn, Guzzlord work well for this role, as they also appreciate Grass and or Fighting type resistance of Vikavolt resistances. U-turn users and other Volt Switch users that synergize well with Vikavolt such as Incineroar, Xatu, and Lanturn are also good picks. Faster frailer Pokemon that function better when brought in by slow Volt Switch to maximize their wallbreaking potential, like Medicham and Sneasel, also make good teammates. Pokemon that can cover 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 it. Bug Buzz complements Thunderbolt well, hitting Grass-, Dragon-, and Electric-types for good damage, such as Vileplume, Drampa, and opposing Vikavolt. Volt Switch is used to capitalize Vikavolt's ability to force switches, letting it pivot around walls, preserve momentum, and providing safer switch-ins for teammates. Energy Ball rounds Vikavolt's coverage well, to ward off 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 EVs with Modest nature and Choice Specs are used to hit as hard as possible. 76 Speed is used to outrun Brave Incineroar and neutral-natured base 50s such as Vileplume, Regirock, and Piloswine. The 176 remaining EVs are put into HP to increase Vikavolt's bulk. Usage Tips ======== Vikavolt's typing let it threaten the more common Grass- and Water-type cores, such as Slowbro + Virizion, making it ideal to tear cores apart earlier on in the game, letting the late-game cleaners finish off the game in 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 that do little to no harm on Vikavolt to start dishing out powerful hits. Albeit dealing high damage on even resisted hits, this set is still prediction reliant, as Vikavolt can lose momentum to Pokemon such as Emboar and Ground-types that can take advantage of Choice-locked Bug Buzz and Electric-type STAB moves. Use your best prediction and weigh the situation on choosing the best possible move, such as using Energy Ball and Bug Buzz early-game to wear down checks or beat Electric-immune Pokemon, or playing mind games with Volt Switch for gaining momentum. Team Options ============ Switch-ins 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 can also set Stealth Rocks to wear down checks more easily and break possible Sturdy or Focus Sashes for Vikavolt. A Fire-type would work great as well, appreciating Vikavolt eliminating bulky Water-types in return, although most of them share a Stealth Rock weakness with Vikavolt. Examples of these are Delphox, Houndoom, and Emboar. VoltTurn partners that pair well with Vikavolt such as include Lanturn, Xatu, and Incineroar are good options for teammates. Faster Pokemon work well to cover 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- and Water-type cores punished, such as Double Dance Rhydon, work well with Vikavolt. [STRATEGY COMMENTS] Other Options ============= Discharge can be used in the tank set to spread paralysis and offers as a decently powerful Electric-type STAB move, and it lets Vikavolt combat Flying-types like Bulk Up Braviary and Vivillon. Toxic can also be used on the tank set to cripple some switch-ins like Aromatisse and Cryogonal, although it's hard to fit into Vikavolt's set. Flash Cannon can be used in the offensive set to deal more damage to other Fairy- and Ice-types like Mega Audino and Cryogonal, although Energy Ball or Hidden Power Ground usually offers better coverage. A spread of 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpA using Choice Specs or Life Orb with a Quiet nature and 0 Speed IVs can be used if Vikavolt is 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 or Buginium Z 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 or OHKOed by offensive threats. **Fire-types**: Most relevant Fire-types like Houndoom, Delphox, and especially Emboar, which can take Bug Buzz well, easily outspeed and OHKO Vikavolt it with their respective Fire-type STAB moves. **Faster Attackers**: Due to Vikavolt's low speed, faster attackers can take advantage of it. However, some Pokemon such as Vanilluxe need it to have taken prior damage to beat it reliably, as only a few of them such as Emboar can OHKO Vikavolt right off the bat and (missing "others"? can't really make sense of this bit) either end up getting KOed back or taking Volt Switch. **Steel-types**: The few relevant Steel-types in the tier such as Togedemaru and Steelix give Vikavolt a hard time, with the former being a hard counter to non-Hidden Power Ground variants and the latter cripples it with Toxic, though it dislikes taking Bug Buzz or Energy ball in return.