AG Giratina (QC: 0/2)


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name: Defensive
move 1: Defog
move 2: Toxic
move 3: Will-O-Wisp
move 4: Rest
item: Leftovers
ability: Pressure
nature: Relaxed
evs: 248 HP / 220 Def / 40 SpD
IVs: 0 Spe

Giratina is a great support Pokemon due to its great bulk, access to Will-O-Wisp and Toxic to cripple the opposing team with status, and Defog that goes great with its ability pressure to allows it get rid of entry hazards PP. Defog allows Giratina to get rid of entry hazards that could greatly hinder its teammates from chip damage or getting poisoned from Toxic Spikes. Toxic is used to put Pokemon such as Ho-Oh and Yveltal on a timer. Will-O-Wisp is used to hinder physical attackers such as Nercozma-DM, Zacian-C, and Groudon. Rest is used to allow Giratina to stay healthy throughout the match, however it needs to time using Rest because this will make it free setup bait for Rayquaza, Zacian-C, and Zekrom. 248 HP EVs with 220 defensive EVs and an Relaxed nature allows it to tank attacks from Zacian-C and Excadrill, and a +1 Dragon Dance from Rayquaza and hinder these with Will-O-Wisp. 40 Special Defensive EVs allows Giratina to take one Ice Beam from full from Choice Specs Kyorge and put on a timer with Toxic. 0 Speed IVs allows Giratina to Defog after Nercozma-DM uses Stealth Rock.

Giratina best fits on bulky balance or stall teams. Giratina appricates Steel-types like Ferrothorn and Nercozma-DM due to both of them taking care of Xerneas while Nercozma-DM can come in on Zacian-C's attacks. Giratina struggles with Ghost-types such as Lunala and Calyrex-S, so Chansey, Blissey and Yveltal make good partners that can come in on their attacks. Chansey and Blissey can also use Heal Bell to get rid of Giratina's sleep from using Rest. Quarsire is an excellent check to Zygarde-C, as it can use Haze to get rid of boosts, and tank its boosted attacks because of Unaware. Tyranitar is also a good Pokemon to pair with Giratina because it can come in on Special Attackers like Calyrex-S, Ethernus, and Yveltal that Giratina cannot take well. Lugia also makes a great partner for Giratina that can take on defensive Zygarde-C with Ice Beam and use Whirlwind to phase it out.

Other Options

Dragon Tail or Roar can be used to allow Giratina to phaze out Pokemon for chip damage or get rid of boosts from set up sweepers such as defensive Zygarde-C, however, this means dropping either Will-O-Wisp or Toxic.

Checks and Counters

**Super-effective attackers**: Pokemon like Zacian-C, Calyrx-S, and Life Orb Yvetal, and Xerneas can outpace and heavily dent or OHKO Giratina with their super-effective attacks. Setup sweepers that use Substitute like Zekrom and Zygarde-C can avoid Giratina's status moves and take care of it.

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