National Dex Keldeo [QC 0/2]

name: SubCM
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Scald
move 4: Secret Sword
item: Leftovers
ability: Justified
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Keldeo is a solid setup sweeper that uses its good Speed and typing to turn common offensive threats and walls into setup fodder, such as Weavile, Ash-Greninja, Mega Scizor, and Slowbro. Water and Fighting is a decent STAB combo that lets it force out walls such as Chansey, Ferrothorn, and Gliscor effortlessly, with Chansey being even less safe than usual due to Secret Sword targeting the Defense stat. It outspeeds threats that would otherwise revenge kill it, including Victini and Kyurem, making it incredibly dangerous for offensive teams. Keldeo can further take advantage of this and use Substitute to safely Calm Mind or throw off an attack, all while avoiding debilitating status from Pokemon like Landorus-T and Heatran. After a Calm Mind boost, it threatens massive damage versus foes such as Garchomp and Ferrothorn. The special defense boost also prevents Clefable from 2HKOing with Moonblast after Leftovers recovery, which lets Keldeo retaliate with a boosted Scald. Its bulk is also solid for what it does, as this in conjunction with its typing means it can switch in on Pokemon like Heatran and Gliscor repeatedly and force them out to freely Substitute. This, in conjunction with Leftovers, means it has solid defensive utility and can check threats over the course of a game effectively. Scald burns heavily cripple Tapu Lele and Corviknight, making it easier to wear them down over the course of a game. Corviknight, in particular, is especially annoyed by Scald burns, as it lets Keldeo avoid a 2HKO from Brave Bird and prevents unboosted Body Press from breaking Substitute.

Keldeo fits well on bulky offense teams looking for a flexible wincon with great defensive utility. Ferrothorn is a fantastic partner for its ability to adequately deal with Tapu Fini and Slowbro. It can also set Spikes, which bolsters Keldeo's damage output and makes it even more difficult to switch into. Assault Vest Tapu Lele appreciates Steel-types being taken care of, and can use Future Sight to force Toxapex and the aforementioned Steel-types in for Keldeo to break through them. Heatran wears down Tapu Fini, Toxapex, and Clefable for Keldeo and appreciates Ground-types being heavily pressured. Heatran can also make use of Stealth Rock or Toxic to wear down Tapu Fini and Mega Latias, respectively.

Other Options

Taunt may be used over Substitute to prevent Toxapex from using Toxic to wear Keldeo down or Haze to remove its boosts. However, this makes it much easier to revenge kill. Choice Specs gives Keldeo powerful wallbreaking potential, making it more immediately threatening against the likes of Clefable and Zapdos. While this set is strong, it is much easier to play around, as Pokemon like Slowbro and Rotom-W can scout much more easily against it.

Checks and Counters

**Faster Threats and Choice Scarf Users**: Common Choice Scarf users, like Tapu Lele and Kartana, easily revenge kill Keldeo after it KOs something. Even if Keldeo is behind Substitute, Tapu Lele isn't OHKOed by +1 Scald, meaning it can take a hit and hit back harder with Psyshock. Pokemon like Serperior, Tapu Koko, and Mega Latias are naturally faster than Keldeo, and deter it from setting up freely.

**Bulky Water-types**: Toxapex, Tapu Fini, and Rotom-W are all annoying for Keldeo to deal with; Toxapex can use Haze to get rid of any accumulated boosts and resists both of its STABs, Tapu Fini can use Taunt to stop it from using Calm Mind and also resists both its STABs, and Rotom-W can break substitute with Volt Switch and pivot into a faster threat like Tapu Lele to take care of Keldeo.

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