Gen 3 Magneton (Ubers) (WIP)

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[Overview]
The Ubers metagame revolves heavily on keeping constant offensive pressure on the opponent, and Spikes are one of the best ways of punishing the opposition for switching in and out. Skarmory and Forretress are by far the best setters due to their high Defense and plethora of notable resistances. However, Magneton can take advantage of these Pokemon due to their Steel-typing and awful Special Defense stats, utilizing Magnet Pull to trap and remove them from play.

[SET]
name: Steel Trapper
move 1: Thunderbolt / Thunder
move 2: Hidden Power Fire
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Substitute / Protect
item: Leftovers
ability: Magnet Pull
nature: Modest
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
-Thunderbolt is Magneton's most reliable STAB option... (hits skarmory)
-Thunder
-Hidden Power Fire
-Toxic
-Substitute
-Protect

[ADDITIONAL SET COMMENTS]
-Leftovers
-Magneton’s main niche lies in Magnet Pull, as it allows to trap and remove Steel-types such as Forretress and Skarmory, and to a lesser extent Metagross and Jirachi.
-Modest nature + Special Attack investment
-Speed investment outspeeds common metagame threats such as Kyogre, non-SubSalac Groudon, Choice Band Rayquaza, and Deoxys-D, as well as certain Steel-types such as Forretress, Skarmory, and Metagross before it gets an Agility boost. Against the former set of non-Steel-types, this Speed investment allows Magneton to intoxicate the foe on the switch, Protect to rack up extra recoil, and possibly pick Pokemon off with either Thunderbolt or Hidden Power Fire.
-Usage Tip Thingies
-Team Option Thingies

[Other Options]
-Hidden Power Water can be utilized alongside Thunder with Drizzle support from Kyogre. However, seeing as Groudon is one of Magneton's best checks and Drought replaces the rain as it switches in, cutting the power of Hidden Power Water in half, this option is unreliable.
-Hidden Power Ice
-Thunder Wave
-Metal Sound can be effective at breaking Steel-types with higher base Special Defense stats such as Jirachi. However, against the majority of targets, those opposing Pokemon can just switch out after their Special Defense has been lowered.

[Checks and Counters]
-Groudon
-Snorlax is a general blanket check to special attackers such as Magneton and can either set up with Curse or threaten Magneton out with Earthquake.
-Other Earthquake users such as Bulk Up Mewtwo and Choice Band Rayquaza also easily outspeed and KO Magneton. However, they don't particularly want to switch into Thunderbolt, Thunder Wave, and in the case of Rayquaza, Hidden Power Ice.
-Blissey is easily able to soak up any and all Thunderbolts and Hidden Power Fires cast its way, self-alleviate its status with either Aromatherapy or Natural Cure, and restore its health with Soft-Boiled. Blissey can also break Magneton's Substitutes with either Seismic Toss or a Calm Mind-boosted Flamethrower.
-Refresh variants of Latios and Latias resist both Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Fire, can self-alleviate their status, and can use Magneton as setup bait with either Dragon Dance or Calm Mind, respectively.
 
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