name: Calm Mind (Steel)
move 1: Calm Mind
move 2: Psychic
move 3: Thunderbolt
move 4: Moonblast / Substitute
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jirachi has an extensive selection of coverage moves such as Psychic, Thunderbolt, and Moonblast that improves a variety of matchups for Steel such as Fighting, Dark, and Water; this, paired with Calm Mind, allows it to become an effective wallbreaker against teams like Flying, Poison, and Water. Calm Mind is Jirachi's main setup move, which allows it to break through defensive Pokemon such as Mantine, Toxapex, and Corviknight thanks to Jirachi's vast array of coverage moves. Psychic is Jirachi's Psychic-type STAB and is important for Poison- and Fighting-type Pokemon like Toxapex and Conkeldurr, which can be hard for Steel-type teams to handle otherwise. Thunderbolt is useful for damaging Water- and Flying-types such as Mantine and Corviknight with super effective damage. Moonblast damages Dark-type threats such as Hydreigon, Urshifu-S, and Sableye along with Dragon-types like Hydreigon and Kommo-o. Alternatively, Substitute can be used over Moonblast to protect Jirachi from Leech Seed and Scald burns, which allows it to set up in front of more defensive Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. Energy Ball is also an option to damage Ground-type Pokemon such as Gastrodon, Seismitoad, and Rhyperior more effectively. The combination of Energy Ball and Thunderbolt can be really threatening to Water teams because it hits Gastrodon, Toxapex, Slowking, Mantine, and Rotom-W super effectively. Maximum Speed investment along with a Timid nature allows Jirachi to outspeed Hydreigon and Kyurem, while maximum Special Attack investment improves its wallbreaking capabilities.
Ferrothorn resists Water-type attacks from Pokemon such as Kingdra, Seismitoad, and Dracovish, it can also set up entry hazards to damage the opposing team and help Jirachi clean more efficiently. Ferrothorn also has access to Power Whip, which helps beat threats to Jirachi such as Seismitoad and Rhyperior if Jirachi is not running Energy Ball. Furthermore, Leech Seed support from Ferrothorn aids Jirachi in setting up with Calm Mind and extends its longevity. Corviknight and Skarmory can switch into Ground-type attacks from Excadrill and Hippowdon and gain recovery with Roost. Excadrill is nice for beating Pokemon like Skuntank and Drapion with Earthquake, which allows Jirachi to threaten the rest of the team with Psychic. Excadrill is useful for getting rid of entry hazards with Rapid Spin. Aegislash provides Fighting immunity and can utilize a broad array of sets. Swords Dance Aegislash and Bisharp help Jirachi beat Pokemon like Chansey and Ferrothorn, as well as revenge killing threats such as Dragapult, Gengar, and Alolan Raichu with Shadow Sneak and Sucker Punch, respectively. Choice Scarf Cobalion takes care of Fire-type Pokemon like Volcarona and Charizard with Stone Edge and can spread status with Thunder Wave or use Close Combat, which is nice for Normal- and Dark-type Pokemon like Heliolisk, Diggersby, and Urshifu-S. Lucario is also nice for beating Dark- and Steel-type Pokemon like Zarude and Bisharp with Nasty Plot and Vacuum Wave.
- Written by: [[Roxiee, 481576]]
- Steel analysis by: [[Roxiee, 481576]]
- Quality checked by: [[Harpp, 320110], [Decem, 362454]]
- Grammar checked by: [[Milak, 262594]]