Due to Hustle and a decent natural Attack stat, Raticate’s definitely not something you want to mess with, and Swords Dance takes an already ascended Attack stat to even further levels, making Z Crunch a fantastic nuke and hard for a number of Pokemon to stomach.
This is the epitome of supportive pivot. Thanks to Fur Coat, a useful support movepool, and a fantastic speed tier, Alolan Persian becomes a great blanket check to physical attackers such as Archeops, Golurk, Zangoose, etc. Foul Play makes up for Persian's middling offensive stats and punishes SDs from the likes of Lycanroc and Pinsir. Parting Shot is the highlight of this set as it can weaken hits from the opposing mons and make pivoting in to scary special attackers that may come in to try and check Persian much easier. Z Parting Shot adds even more utility giving Persian the option of fully restoring a weakened teammate whenever it wants. Taunt + Toxic are mostly filler but they wear down and prevents things like Type: Null and Sableye from recovering.
Skuntank @ Darkinium Z
EVs: 252 SpA / 108 SpD / 148 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dark Pulse
- Acid Spray
- Defog / Fire Blast
This is both a utility and a nuke z move. You can use z-memento to bring back pokemon that you played a bit to recklessly when you no longer need skuntank. The darkinium z is a useful nuke against things that think you are too passive and they can come in on, such as drampa.
252+ SpA Skuntank Dark Pulse vs. 104 HP / 0 SpD Drampa: 105-124 (32.5 - 38.3%) -- 98.2% chance to 3HKO
252+ SpA Skuntank Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 104 HP / 0 SpD Drampa: 210-247 (65 - 76.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Okay, so you are playing your Pokemon match against your arch rival and they brought Weezing and, acting all smug like they are prone to do, they switch it in on your Shiftry to take the Knock off or Leaf Storm and then BAMMMM! You take that smug grin right off of his grubby face because he just got LURED by your special Shiftry. In all honestly though, Shiftry is a nice Lure because it isn't used as much and when it is many people expect physical Dark STAB if not fully physical. The Z-Dark Pulse lets you take on many a physical walls like non-Colbur berry Mesprit and Musharna, Weezing, Gourgeist-S, and just bulky defensive Pokemon by bopping them with your 160 BP Dark move. The plot thickens even more so when your opponent may attempt to revenge kill your Shiftry and you bop it with the surprise Sucker Punch, which is more unexpected thanks to the special set. Knock Off can be ran to still be able to abuse the utility it provides by getting rid of Eviolites. Also, the bonus of running a physical Dark STAB is being able to potentially use them as the Z move to hit Specially Defensive Pokemon in a pinch. At the end of the day, it can still provide the supportive role of Defog hazards for your team, how swell of it to do so.
Quite a few Pokemon that can come in on Lilligant and force it out such as Drampa, Magmortar, sometimes even opposing Lilligant, Weezing to some extent, AV Hitmonchan, AV Eelektross and others don't appreciate switching in on a Breakneck Blitz after a Special Attack boost or two.
+1 252 SpA Lilligant Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 128 HP / 0 SpD Drampa: 314-370 (95.4 - 112.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
+1 252 SpA Lilligant Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 64 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Magmortar: 202-238 (65.7 - 77.5%) -- 18.8% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
+1 252 SpA Lilligant Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Lilligant: 366-431 (130.2 - 153.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 252 SpA Lilligant Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Weezing: 389-458 (116.8 - 137.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 252 SpA Lilligant Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 208 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Hitmonchan: 179-211 (61 - 72%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock (this into giga drain kills)
+1 252 SpA Lilligant Breakneck Blitz (200 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Eelektross: 233-275 (62.2 - 73.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock (same goes for this) /hide
Pinsir @ Normalium Z
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
- Me First
- Stone Edge
Pinsir has a wonderful new tool in its belt in the form of Z-Me First which functions the same as Me First except that the copied move turns into its corresponding Z move and Pinsir gains +2 Speed in the process. The result is a potentially powerful nuke, which can result in a +1 boost in Attack thanks to Moxie, and then the utility of gaining the +2 Speed and becoming the fastest Bug ever, allowing for an easy sweep of a weakened team.
Leafeon @ Normalium Z
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Leaf Blade
- Knock Off
- Swords Dance
SD Leafeon holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite mons last gen (second only to Dodrio, Rip in peace) and this gen, while it hasn't gotten much attention, it still benefits a ton from Z moves. +2 Breakneck Blitz can muscle through would be checks like Skuntank, Tangela (after Eviolite is Knocked Off), Magmortar, Lilligant as well as others.
Normalium Z Lovely Kiss Jynx is one of the most (if not the most) threatening sweepers in the PU tier at the moment. Z Lovely Kiss puts your opponent to sleep as well as boosting your speed to +1. You can abuse your sleeping opponent by setting up a Nasty Plot and the +1 Speed means you can speed tie Scarf Primeape and outspeed Specs Pyroar, Archeops, and Zebstrika. Normalium Z gives Jynx more cleaning opportunities that Sash Jynx would not have.
Miltank (F) @ Normalium Z
Ability: Thick Fat
EVs: 32 HP / 252 Atk / 224 Spe
- Milk Drink
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic / Heal Bell
I am a huge fan of this LURE that lures in magmortars with focus blasts and hitmonchan, and ohkos both of them with Z-Double-Edge.
252+ Atk Miltank Breakneck Blitz (190 BP) vs. 208 HP / 0 Def Hitmonchan: 298-352 (101.7 - 120.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Miltank Breakneck Blitz (190 BP) vs. 64 HP / 0 Def Magmortar: 340-402 (110.7 - 130.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO