Quality Control Cresselia (QC 1/2) Written

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[OVERVIEW]

Cresselia finds success in the Doubles metagame thanks to its absurd bulk and a powerful slow setup set with a Terrain Seed and Calm Mind, which sweeps unprepared teams with how difficult it is to take down. In addition, it also has access to various utility options to aid teammates, allowing for some flexibility. Its only real shortcoming lies in its offensive output, with a somewhat poor attacking movepool and mediocre Special Attack stat. As a result, the Calm Mind set is nigh useless in taking down fairly common threats that wall it like Mega Metagross and Incineroar and is generally unimpressive for damage output without multiple boosts. Utility sets are also left reliant on allies to retain momentum. Still, Cresslia's bulk often forces opponents to spend multiple turns trying to take it down, giving said partners a bit more time to do their job.

[SET]
name: Calm Mind
move 1: Psyshock
move 2: Icy Wind
move 3: Calm Mind
move 4: Moonlight
item: Electric Seed / Grassy Seed
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 16 Def / 68 SpA / 52 SpD / 120 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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Psyshock offers this set a way to take advantage of Calm Mind boosts and is chosen over Psychic for hitting Chansey, Calm Mind Tapu Fini, and Seed Zapdos. Icy Wind can deal decent damage to Ice-weak targets, especially when boosted, but it's primarily used for speed control; allies become more likely to move first and Cresselia gets to recover with Moonlight more safely before slowed foes attack it. Calm Mind offers defensive utility while also making Cresselia offensively threatening. Moonlight keeps Cresselia healthy and is especially useful in sun thanks to its boosted healing.

Set Details
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Either an Electric Seed or Grassy Seed boosts Cresselia's Defense alongside its boosted Special Defense thanks to Calm Mind. With the given spread, Cresselia gains the ability to outrun Tornadus and Mega Metagross after hitting them with Icy Wind, which also 2HKOes uninvested Mega Salamence. Defensively, Cresselia is guaranteed to take max Attack Tapu Bulu's Wood Hammer in Grassy Terrain, even if it scores a critical hit, with the remaining 52 EVs in Special Defense.

Usage Tips
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There are a few key checks that can stop Cresselia in its tracks, primarily Toxic users like Chansey, phazers like Whirlwind Zapdos, and Taunt Pokemon like Tapu Koko that can also carry Nature's Madness. Be sure to scout foes' movesets before setting Cresselia up, as it often has trouble setting up a second time in a match due to losing its Seed boost and often being weakened or statused. On that note, avoid sending Cresselia in when its Seed will activate unless you're planning to leave it on the field for the long haul. This includes the opponent potentially setting the associated Terrain as well, so be vigilant. If Cresselia isn't able to act as a wincon, Icy Wind can still be useful to its teammates, so don't necessarily throw it out just because its setup fails. With the amount of pressure opponents often have to exert to take Cresselia down, make sure you keep it healthy enough to withstand double targeting.

Team Options
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Mega Charizard Y stands out as one of the best teammates for Calm Mind Cresselia thanks to its ability to check Steel-types, which resist both of Cresselia's attacks. In addition, it also provides a boost to the efficacy of Moonlight. Other offensive answers to Steel-types like Volcanion, Aegislash, and Zygarde can also be useful. Cresselia also needs a Terrain setter for its corresponding Seed, so it looks to Tapu Koko and Tapu Bulu for this. Tapu Koko offers Taunt to prevent opposing Whirlwind, Taunt, or Toxic, making it especially valuable. Incineroar and Tyranitar are two of the most common threats that both wall Cresselia and threaten it offensively, so bringing checks to them such as Landorus-T and Scrafty is incredibly important. Wallbreakers with a middling Speed tier like Kyurem-B and Fightinium Kartana benefit from Icy Wind support and open up teams to being cleaned by a boosted Cresselia. Using either Fake Out support or redirection from either Amoonguss or Volcarona can ease setup, but Cresselia rarely needs it, so it's more of a nice thing to have than a priority for the team Cress finds itself on. Avoid adding too many passive teammates, Cresselia can't do much damage while it's setting up and will require the rest of its team to keep up the offensive pressure.

[SET]
name: Trick Room Utility
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Trick Room
move 3: Psychic / Ally Switch
move 4: Helping Hand / Ally Switch
item: Wiki Berry
ability: Levitate
nature: Sassy
evs: 252 HP / 164 Def / 28 SpA / 64 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
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A variety of popular threats like Landorus-T, Zygarde, and Mega Salamence are extremely susceptible to Ice-type attacks, so Ice Beam acts as Cresselia's primary attack. Trick Room provides support for slower teammates. Psychic is beneficial for teams that need Cresselia to have a way of damaging Ice-resistant threats like Volcanion and Kyurem-B, but Ice Beam already covers most foes that Psychic would hit super effectively, with only Mega Venusaur taking significantly more from Psychic than Ice Beam. Helping Hand provides Cresselia with a way to increase its team's offensive pressure, as it rarely exerts much on its own. Ally Switch offers another form of support by allowing Cresselia to take a frailer teammate's place, with its great bulk, immunity to Ground, and resistance to Psychic and Fighting often coming in handy for taking these incoming attacks.

Set Details
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252 HP and 164 Defense EVs are used to ensure that Cresselia will take standard Tapu Bulu's Bloom Doom, even after incurring Stealth Rock damage. With 64 Special Defense EVs and a Sassy nature, Cresselia is also guaranteed to survive the combination of Kingdra's Muddy Water and Hydro Vortex from Hydro Pump when rain is set. A Wiki Berry offers boost healing and is especially nice for such a bulky Pokemon that is rarely taken out by attacks above its activation range. A Speed-reducing nature is used for maximum efficacy in Trick Room, and you can also minimize Cresselia's Speed IV if you want to lower its Speed farther. However, on semi-Trick Room teams, Cresselia usually prefers retaining some Speed for those times that Trick Room isn't set.

Usage Tips
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This set has limited offensive potential, so Cresselia should only attack in limited situations, like against a foe that's hit super effectively or one that an ally needs Cresselia to weaken or finish off. For the most part, stick to using Trick Room and then make a teammate more threatening with Helping Hand. However, Cresselia's bulk allows it to set Trick Room multiple times during the match and the limited number of turns available often makes switching Cresselia out a stronger play. Ally Switch, if carried, should be used primarily to protect a teammate rather than Cresselia itself; Cresselia can't do much with the additional safety that turn.

Team Options
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Tyranitar, with or without its associated Mega Crystal, is a great teammate, as it thrives under Trick Room and takes on some of Cresselia's greatest obstacles like Incineroar and Zapdos. It can even use coverage like Low Kick or Flamethrower to take on opposing Tyranitar or Genesect, respectively. Fire-types appreciate Cresselia's solid matchup against Landorus-T, Zygarde, and Mega Salamence, and they generally take on the Steel-types that often wall Cresselia, like Mega Metagross. Volcanion is particularly notable, as it also takes on Incineroar well. Other slow Pokemon that benefit from Trick Room support like Tapu Bulu or Mega Camerupt are also strong picks, especially as they offer significant damage output to make up for Cresselia's difficulty in taking foes down on its own.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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A Kee Berry acts similarly to Terrain Seeds for the Calm Mind set for teams without Tapu Koko or Tapu Bulu, but its lack of instant activation can be unideal. Cresselia has access to a variety of other support moves to fit its team best; these include Icy Wind for an alternative form of speed control, Toxic to patch up a shaky matchup against opposing Calm Mind Cresselia or Mega Latias, and Sunny Day to disrupt Rain teams and boost an ally's Fire-type attacks.

Checks and Counters
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**Dark-types**: Most Dark-types in the tier, including Tyranitar, Incineroar, and Hoopa-U, can significantly damage Cresselia and also benefit from an immunity to Psychic.

**Steel-types**: Steel-types resist the most common attacking moves found on Cresselia's sets, and some like Genesect and Aegislash can also be offensively threatening.

**Taunt**: Cresselia often relies on setup or utility moves, so Taunt users like Gothitelle and Tapu Koko can be disruptive to its success.

**Toxic**: Toxic wears Cresselia down steadily and greatly hampers the Calm Mind set's ability to sweep, so it should be wary of common users like Chansey and Porygon2.

**Phazers**: With single-use items, a boosted Calm Mind Cresselia loses much of its ability to succeed if it is forced out by Whirlwind Zapdos, Roar Suicune, or other phazers.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[talkingtree, 232101]]
- Quality checked by: [[Level 51, 118474], [name, ID]]
- Grammar checked by: [[name, ID], [name, ID]]
 
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[OVERVIEW]
  • "access to plenty of utility options to aid teammates" - completely unrelated to QC, but actually it's "plenty of" for uncountables and "many" for countables. finally i get to one-up talkingtree in something grammar related
CM
[SET COMMENTS]
  • Moves - maybe mention that Icy Wind helps Cresselia stay alive through the setup too since it can more reliably get in Moonlights before taking hits for the turn?
  • Team Options - probably mention somewhere that high-offense teammates in general help pick up the slack on the offensive front that Cresselia inevitably generates while sitting there being calm
Utility
[SET COMMENTS]
  • Moves - honestly I think Cresselia without TR and without CM is completely worthless as a "support mon". I think the general non-TR support set can be put in OO, with the moves you mention there as options over the TR slot
  • Team Options - the same comment from earlier about high-offense teammates from earlier probably holds true here as well
[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
  • OO - I'd omit both Lunar Dance and Skill Swap, especially the latter, which was really only passable when Heatran or other stuff that really needed to float was around
  • C&C - Goth before Koko on Taunt, since trapping is really devastating for a Taunted Cresselia
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I don't think I've ever used support Cresselia outside of my Mega Steelix team so I'm a little hesitant on that set's Usage Tips but it sounds reasonable to me. QC 1/2
 

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