I'd have to see the mechanics of sniper in gen 6.
Remember, crit moves are now 1.5 more power, which means Frost Breath now has 90 BP.Frost Breath seems very good also. With 60 BP, it's effectively a 120 BP move that hits through defensive boosts. Ice offense really got buffed this gen.
I actually like bounce xerneas more than unaware because it doesn't really have the ridiculous unaware stats like cress does. The only issue with fairy/fire is fire types like heatran and ho-oh. Ho-oh is immune to earth power too though. On the subject of Ho-Oh, it is really good right now. It can switch into xerneas and aegislash with ease and nuke stuff with stabs and hi jump kick. Carbink can take it on unless it has wood hammer, but can't do anything back. Decreased spore means you are a lot safer running life orb as well.I was wondering since xerneas is a fairy type it's immune to dragon so it would be immune to dragon tail not only that with magic bounce it would be immune to whirlwind. So then only parting shot would be able to phaze making it a very effective magic bouncer. Not to mention with that it can easily run a set up sweeper set or just a utility set. I've been using xerneas as a magic bouncer with pretty decent success. Also fairy+ fire coverage is op af
What about Yveltal? It's not as strong as Rayquaza (base 130 vs base 150), but it is bulkier than Quaza, isn't weak to Dragon-type moves, and has more speed outside of Flying-type attacks. Dark STAB is also nifty for hitting Giratina and Aegiblade with the same move. Maybe a set of Flying STAB / Dark STAB / Roost / Rapid Spin | Tailwind or something like that?I believe Rayquaza is far better for Gale Wings than Ho-Oh, more power on both offensive sides, not so weak to SR, faster when using non-flying moves, it just isn't as tank as Ho-Oh, but in such a case the Toxic Orb + Magic Guard set would be better.
R.I.P. in piece Prankster GroudonWow, not expecting that. Now grounded Steels with Magic Bounce will become much more common.
Of course there's still Poison Heal Landorous with Dragon Tail/Earthquake/Spore/Filler, but overall that's a punch on Grounds and a bless on Magic Bouncers.
Its a shame really, but the highest special attack on a normal type is 135 from a porygon-z (Not counting megas) and is walled by magic bounce ghost types (even more reason Aegislash will be used as a bouncer)On the flip side, Prankster special normals might be a thing, although they will definitely not be as good as Prankster Groudon.