Lucky and Terrible
move 1: Giga Drain
move 2: Sludge Bomb
move 3: Strength Sap
move 4: Sleep Powder / Synthesis
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Gloom serves as a reliable defensive option in PU due to it possessing solid defenses, superb typing, and access to Strength Sap which lets it check some of PU's strongest physical attackers such as Leafeon, Stonjourner, Falinks, and Throh. Strength Sap provides valuable utility, weakening physical attackers while alloting Gloom a source of recovery. The fourth moveslot is flexible and imparts extra utility for Gloom and its teammates. Sleep Powder serves as a method of punishing switch-ins from Steel-types such as Pawniard and Mawile while Synthesis bestows a more reliable mean of recovery that does not activate Defiant from Falinks and Pawniard. Growth is a notable mention that empowers Gloom's damage output, letting it better pressure opposing Fighting-types.
Gloom finds itself on balanced teams that appreciate its general defensive utility and ability to absorb Toxic Spikes. Psychic-types such as Mr. Rime, Beheeyem, and Meowstic-F can threaten Gloom with their STAB moves; checks such as specially defensive Mawile, Pawniard, Klang, and Type: Null are appreciated. The aforementioned Steel-types synergize well with Gloom, resisting Ice- and Psychic-types that threaten it while Gloom can check opposing Fighting-types for them. Opposing Steel-types such as Mawile, Klang, and Pawniard limit Gloom's effectiveness, with Pawniard getting a Defiant boost if switching into a potential Strength Sap from Gloom. Fire- and Fighting-types such as Heatmor, Carkol, Falinks, and Throh provide measures against those Steel-types. Checks to Fire-types such as Mareanie and Palpitoad are helpful; in return, Gloom can pressure opposing Grass-types such as Leafeon and Shiinotic. Setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Silvally-Rock, Swords Dance Silvally-Ice, Nasty Plot Mr. Rime, and No Retreat Falinks appreciate Gloom putting checks such as Mawile to sleep, allowing them to set up and sweep. Silvally-Rock, Silvally-Ice, and Falinks also benefit from Gloom removing Toxic Spikes, improving their longevity. Entry hazard removal from the likes of Mr. Rime and Vibrava prevent Gloom from being worn down by residual damage.
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