[Overview] It's just a revamp, so a lot of the old analysis will be included with some minor tweaking here and there. Xatu Excellent ability in Magic Bounce allows it to ward off non attacking move such as stealth rock making it act like a pseudo-spinner Great support move pool allows xatu to take full advantage of its ability and utilize its strengths Acceptable typing, giving it 4x resistance to fighting attacks makes xatu a decent check to choiced fighting type attackers Decent speed and attacking stats makes sure xatu isn't complete set up and can dish out a little bit of damage Reliable healing move in roost allows xatu to maintain longevity throughout the match Quite frail even with investment 65/70/70 is awful and even with max investment it has a hard time taking repeated attacks Often competes with espeon for a team slot, as espeon is a more offensive alternative Pursuit weakness is awful. Tyranitar and scizor can come in and either KO it or trap it. Often used as set up bait, having attack stats doesn't stop bulky substitute mons from doing a number on it [SET] name: Totem Pole (Standard) move 1: Thunder Wave / Toxic move 2: U-turn move 3: Roost move 4: Heat Wave / Reflect item: Leftovers ability: Magic Bounce nature: Bold evs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD [SET COMMENTS] Standard set, bounce backs hazards, destroy hazards setters, heals and spread status Heatwave destroys common hazard setters such as ferrothorn and forretress but should only be used if xatu is on a sun team Roost provides reliable healing through out the match and insures xatu does its job U-turn allows xatu to maintain momentum for its team and can escape a pursuit mon Toxic breaks down walls that can't do shit to xatu Thunder wave cripples speedy sweepers attempting to set up on it Reflect allows xatu to escape from tyranitar's or scizor's pursuit [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] Ev's more focused on defense Focus on defense becuase that's were xatu's best resistances comes in Bold nature for a more powerful heatwave Toss up between status moves depends on what your team needs most Offensive moves fall in the same category as above Ninetails is a great partner as it allows a more powerful heatwave Fits well on sun team in general Works well in conjunction with terrakion Heatran doesn't give a shit about any of it's moves Night shade can be used to provide consistent damage through out the match Xatu can invest 56 speed evs in order to outrun Adamant breloom if your team is desperate for a counter [OTHER OPTIONS] Xatu can run a dual screens set with reflect/light screen/u-turn/tailwind. It's the only viable DS user with tailwind giving it a niche but it's generally outclassed and faces stiff competition with other psychic types like azelf, gothitelle, espeon, or deoxys-d Xatu can use HP fire for more accuracy, but the power level is just so off putting. HP fighting could be used to dent tyranitar and heatran but those are two things you wouldn't want to stay into, to begin with Wish could help teammates but with only a 65 base HP it's not gonna help out too much Foul play and giga drain are two alternative attacking options, but there generally isn't room for either Feather dance could be used to weaken physical attackers, but it's a gimmick at best Haze allows xatu to nullify stat boost making it a great option A scarf or specs set can be used with trick for the surprise factory but generally has no use outside of that Finally swagger and confuse ray can be used in conjunction with T-wave to be extra annoying [CHECKS AND COUNTERS] Tyranitar can take anything xatu attempts and either destroy it with stab attacks or pursuit trap it Alternatively, scizor can do the same hing but must watch out for heat wave Thunderus-T is immune to t-wave and can set up on xatu or destroy it Landorus-T just like thunderus can set up and kill it, but it has to watch out for toxic. If xatu lacks heat wave steel types make pretty good counters Most notable steel type is heatran who's immune to heat wave and can wear xatu out.