Jirachi's set versatility thanks to its wide movepool, great utility options in Healing Wish, and amazing ability makes it a potent force in UU. Its ability Serene Grace doubles the secondary effects of its moves, allowing it to have a high chance to flinch slower opponents like Kommo-o with Iron Head or cripple switch-ins like Moltres with Body Slam paralysis. Jirachi's above average bulk and great defensive typing also allows it to check top threats like Nihilego, Togekiss, and Hatterene. Jirachi can fulfill a wide variety of roles on teams with its set versatility. It can act as a potent revenge killer with Choice Scarf, outspeeding and eliminating threats like Lycanroc-D and Nihilego, while also providing its team great utility with Healing Wish. It can act as an entry hazard setter while providing its team with additional utility in Healing Wish as well or even Thunder Wave. However, Jirachi's reliance on Leftovers for recovery makes it susceptible to Knock Off from Nihilego and Tangrowth, causing it to get overloaded checking Pokemon like Salamence and Hatterene if it loses its Leftovers. Jirachi also struggles against tier staples like Moltres and Aegislash. Jirachi has only average offensive stats, making it very reliant on Iron Head flinches to make progress against Pokemon it does not have adequate coverage for, with common defensive staples like Buzzwole and Amoonguss walling it.
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Iron Head
move 2: U-turn
move 3: Ice Punch / Thunder Punch
move 4: Healing Wish
item: Choice Scarf
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Iron Head is Jirachi's primary attack, being able to OHKO Pokemon like Nihilego and Lycanroc-D while also dealing heavy damage to Pokemon like Hatterene. In conjunction with Serene Grace, Jirachi can possibly flinch through Pokemon like Kommo-o and Primarina. U-turn allows Jirachi to gain momentum off of switch-ins like Aegislash and Buzzwole as well as Pokemon it may not have coverage for like Gyarados or Salamence. Ice Punch allows Jirachi to be able to threaten Flying-types like Salamence and Thundurus. Thunder Punch can be run to revenge kill +1 Gyarados as well as hit Pokemon like Pelipper, Keldeo, and Tentacruel super effectively. Zen Headbutt lets Jirachi nail Pokemon like Amoonguss, Keldeo, and Kommo-o super effectively. However, this usually leaves Jirachi open to potent sweepers like Aegislash and Salamence. Jirachi can utilize Healing Wish as a last ditch move in the late-game to fully heal a teammate, giving them a second chance to sweep an enemy team or defensively answer an offensive threat. Trick allows Jirachi to cripple defensive Pokemon like Chansey and Galarian Slowbro, but this compromises Jirachi's ability to revenge kill Pokemon like Lycanroc-D and Zarude. When equipped with a Choice Scarf, Jirachi is able to perform as a potent revenge killer, outspeeding threats like Lycanroc-D, Azelf, and setup sweepers like Clangrous Soul Kommo-o at +1.
Choice Scarf Jirachi fits on both balance and bulky offense teams that appreciate it revenge killing threats like Lycanroc-D as well as defensively checking Pokemon like Nihilego. Since Jirachi struggles to beat Aegislash, Zarude makes an excellent partner for it, being able to completely blank SubToxic Aegislash and threaten Rotom-W for it. It also can absorb status and Knock Off for Jirachi as well. Amoonguss can also act as a Knock Off absorber and check Pokemon like Choice Scarf Zarude for Jirachi. Wallbreakers like Choice Specs Primarina, Lycanroc-D, and Entei can be brought in via U-turn on its answers like Moltres and Tangrowth to wallbreak easily. Lycanroc-D in particular can also deal with threats Jirachi struggles to beat like Thundurus and Galarian Moltres. They all also can be patched up from Healing Wish support from Jirachi, allowing them to wallbreak again if they get too low health. Pokemon like Rotom-H can form a solid VoltTurn core with Jirachi, being able to bring each other in on their answers. Rotom-H helps check Celesteela, Aegislash, and Amoonguss while Jirachi can revenge kill threats like Nihilego and Lycanroc-D for it. Rotom-H can also provide Defog support to remove entry hazards from the field that would otherwise wear Jirachi down. Entry hazard support from Pokemon like Nihilego and Krookodile help Jirachi wear down Pokemon like Primarina and Hatterene easier. Nihilego can also check threats like Moltres and Thundurus, while Krookodile acts as a Ghost-type resist and can revenge kill Pokemon like Aegislash. Assault Vest Tangrowth can check Water-types like Keldeo and Rotom-W for Jirachi.
name: Stealth Rock
move 1: Iron Head
move 2: U-turn
move 3: Stealth Rock
move 4: Healing Wish / Body Slam
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 252 HP / 64 SpD / 192 Spe
U-turn allows Jirachi to generate momentum off of switch-ins like Aegislash and Moltres. Stealth Rock lets Jirachi support its team with entry hazards, and it can easily get them up against Pokemon it forces out like Nihilego and Mamoswine. Jirachi can utilize Healing Wish as a last ditch move in the late-game to fully heal a teammate, giving them a second chance to sweep an enemy team or defensively answer an offensive threat. Body Slam acts as a decent method of spreading status on switch-ins to Jirachi like Moltres and Seismitoad, crippling them throughout the game. Thunder Wave can be used to cripple Moltres without risking a Flame Body burn as well as have better consistency for threats like Keldeo, but Jirachi will be unable to cripple Ground-types like Krookodile and Nidoking, making Body Slam preferred. Thunder is another option that Jirachi can utilize to spread paralysis while also nailing Pelipper and Keldeo, but its shaky accuracy makes it harder to justify compared to Body Slam or Thunder Wave on teams without rain. Psychic can be used to 2HKO Keldeo, Amoonguss, Buzzwole, and Nidoking. 192 Speed EVs with a Jolly Nature lets Jirachi outspeed Krookodile, with the rest put in special defense to better answer threats like Nihilego and Salamence.
This set works best on bulky offense teams that appreciate Jirachi's supportive capabilities. Salamence is an excellent partner for Jirachi, being able to pressure Pokemon like Moltres, Buzzwole, and Tangrowth for it. In return, Jirachi helps take on Fairy- and Rock-types like Hatterene, Togekiss, and Nihilego that force out Salamence. Amoonguss can act as a Knock Off absorber for Jirachi and help check threats like Choice Scarf Krookodile and Keldeo for it in return. Wallbreakers like Choice Specs Primarina and Thundurus-T appreciate U-turn support from Jirachi to get them in against Pokemon like Moltres and Celesteela. They also appreciate Jirachi providing entry hazard support to soften up checks to them like Assault Vest Galarian Slowbro and Tangrowth. Jirachi can form a VoltTurn core with Pokemon like Rotom-H and Rotom-W, as they can help answer Jirachi's weakness to Fire-types like Moltres and deal with threats to it like Celesteela. They can also provide Defog support to prevent Jirachi from being worn down by Spikes. Pokemon like Kommo-o and Nidoking appreciate Jirachi being able to cripple revenge killers like Keldeo and Salamence with Thunder Wave. In return, these Pokemon can break through threats like Tangrowth and Aegislash for Jirachi. Late-game sweepers like Meteor Beam Nihilego and Dragon Dance Salamence appreciate Jirachi providing support with Healing Wish to them, and in return can break through Pokemon like Moltres and Tangrowth for it.
Jirachi can run a SubToxic set to wear down switch-ins like Rotom-W and Tangrowth with a combination of Toxic chip and Iron Head flinches, but this set requires lots of team support with removing Rocky Helmets and dealing with threats like Tentacruel and Zarude that completely wall this set. Additionally, Jirachi faces lots competition from Aegislash due to it having better defensive stats while making progress with King Shield on its SubToxic set, leading it to be forgone on most teams. Jirachi can utilize a special attacking set with Meteor Beam to lure and remove common switch-ins like Moltres and Rotom-H. However, this set is done far better by Necrozma due to its better offenses. Jirachi can utilize a mixed set to hit both physically and specially defensive Pokemon, being able to KO Buzzwole and Kommo-o with Psychic while nailing Pokemon like Hatterene with Iron Head, but it lacks in power compared to other offensive Psychic-types like Necrozma and Azelf. Jirachi can also run Calm Mind or Cosmic Power sets with Stored Power and a Weakness Policy to accumulate many boosts and sweep. However, these sets struggle to bypass Aegislash and can be ineffective without many boosts.
Checks and Counters
**Fire-types**: Fire-types such as Rotom-H, Moltres, and Chandelure all take very little from Jirachi's attacks and can threaten it out with their powerful STAB attacks. Jirachi especially dislikes a burn from Moltres' Flame Body. However, none of them like Jirachi using Trick to remove their Heavy-Duty Boots.
**Steel-types**: Celesteela takes very little from Jirachi's attacks and can wear it down with Leech Seed + Flamethrower. Aegislash walls Jirachi and can use it as set up fodder or force it out thanks to its secondary Ghost STAB. Cobalion can set Stealth Rock in front of Jirachi and can chip it with Rocky Helmet recoil, though it dislikes a Thunder Wave.
**Water-types**: Bulky Water-types like Rotom-W and Seismitoad take very little from Jirachi's attacks and can cripple it with Will-O-Wisp or Knock Off respectively. Volcanion quad resists Jirachi's Iron Head thanks to its typing and can force it out. However, none of these like being poisoned by Jirachi's SubToxic set. Keldeo can outspeed non Choice Scarf variants and deal heavy damage with Hydro Pump.
**Dark-types and Dark-type Coverage**: Dark-types like Zarude, Krookodile, and Galarian Moltres can all threaten Jirachi and force it out with their STAB attacks. Both Zarude and Choice Scarf Krookodile can revenge kill non Choice Scarf Jirachi, with Choice Scarf Zarude outspeeding Choice Scarf Variants as well. RestTalk Galarian Moltres can use Jirachi as setup fodder. Umbreon isn't bothered by Iron Head and can either wear it down with Foul Play or use it to pass a Wish to its teammates. Furthermore, Pokemon carrying Knock Off like Tangrowth and Thundurus can hinder Jirachi by removing its Leftovers.
**Residual Damage and Status**: Due to Jirachi lacking reliable recovery, it is prone to getting worn down by entry hazards as well as damage from attacking Rocky Helmet users like Cobalion, Buzzwole, and Amoonguss. Jirachi also hates getting burned and paralyzed from Pokemon like Moltres, Rotom-W, and Chansey, for it gets worn down easily and becomes unable to U-turn on Krookodile.
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