Mew is blessed with base 100 stats across the board and access to every TM in the game,making its utility and coverage almost unmatched. As such, Mew can fulfill almost any role its team requires it to. While its stats are nothing to scoff at, they're not particularly noteworthy either, leaving it in the shadow of at least one Pokemon in any role it wishes to fill. Mewtwo in particular is a direct upgrade in most cases. However, one can use both on offense oriented teams as a way to slightly circumvent Species Clause and bring two almost identical Pokemon.
name: Lum Explosion Lead
move 1: Thunder Wave
move 2: Thunder
move 3: Fire Blast / Taunt
move 4: Explosion
item: Lum Berry
EVs: 252 HP / 80 Def / 104 SpA / 52 SpD / 20 Spe
This Mew can function as a potent anti-lead, having a good match-up against the majority of the metagame. Thunder Wave allows it to paralyze common leads such as Kyogre, Latios, and Latias. 104 Special Attack EVs allow Mew to 3HKO Kyogre with Thunder. Fire Blast puts Groudon in range of Explosion, while also beating Steel-types that might want to switch in to take the Explosion. Explosion completely removes anything that doesn't resist it, paving the way for one of your sweepers in the back such as Mewtwo and Deoxys-A. 80 Defense EVs allow it to dodge 2HKO from standard Groudon and the OHKO from Deoxys-A's Shadow Ball, while 52 Special Defense EVs allow it to avoid being 2HKOed by Latios's Dragon Claw and OHKOed by offensive Kyogre's Hydro Pump. 20 Speed allows Mew to outspeed Deoxys-D and most defensive Kyogre and Groudon. Lum Berry helps deal with paralysis from Thunder Wave,Thunder, and Body Slam. Taunt is an option to shut-down aforementioned Deoxys-D and attempts to set up from Curse Snorlax and Swords Dance Groudon without needing to use Explosion.
Mew's sole purpose as a lead is to free up Mewtwo in the back. They form a potent core where the former Explodes and the latter uses Selfdestruct to effectively remove at least two Pokemon from the opponent's side. Even if Mewtwo isn't running Selfdestruct, it appreciates Mew overwhelming its checks regardless. Offensive Normal-types such as Snorlax and Slaking are also extremely appreciative of Mew beating Steel-types with Fire Blast or chipping them with Explosion. Groudon enjoys its checks in Latios, Latias, and Kyogre being paralyzed by Thunder Wave or Thunder or even being OHKOed by Explosion, allowing it to win the weather war and opt for Earthquake more freely. Choice Band Deoxys-A also appreciates Mew using Fire Blast against Steel-types or Exploding in front of them or Snorlax, as it can then lock itself into Shadow Ball or Extreme Speed.
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Explosion
move 4: Earthquake / Brick Break
item: Lum Berry
EVs: 36 HP / 252 Atk / 220 Spe
This set utilizes Swords Dance to turn Mew into a decent wallbreaker. Shadow Ball hits the very common Psychic-types of the metagame like Latios, Latias, Lugia, and Deoxys-D. Explosion will assuredly blow away almost anything that doesn't resist Normal. Earthquake gives great coverage, taking care of all the Steel-types that resist Mew's Shadow Ball. Brick Break is a reliable compromise that both hits both the Normal-types like Snorlax and Blissey and the Steel-types like Forretress and Metagross at the cost of dealing less damage to the latter. 220 Speed EVs with a Jolly nature allow Mew to outspeed Modest nature Eon twins and max Speed Rayquaza. Lum Berry is employed to avoid status conditions from either direct status moves or as secondary effects from moves such as Body Slam and Ice Beam.
As this set is usually not seen in the lead slot, a Mewtwo lead can cover most of Mew's checks by overwhelming them with its powerful coverage, taking advantage of the significant overlap in their checks. Snorlax is a good partner, as Mew can weaken Steel-types and take on Ho-Oh for Snorlax while also forming a good pivot core with it that can take physical Deoxys-A's best moves in Superpower and Shadow Ball. Choice Band Heracross and Deoxys-A are amazing partners, sharing their checks in defensive Kyogre, Groudon, and Ho-Oh and overwhelming them so that one the breakers can sweep the opposing team.
Rock Slide can be run on the Swords Dance set over Earthquake to allow Mew to beat Ho-Oh at the cost of Mew being unable to hit Steel-types for any meaningful amounts of damage. Soft-boiled on the same set can replace one of coverage options so that Mew can get more Swords Dances in, but the coverage is usually better. A set without an item utilizing Thief is a neat idea to cripple Latios and Latias as well as Kyogre and Groudon, but simply attacking them and then clicking Explosion covers more options. Ice Beam is a good way to chip Groudon, Latios, and Latias but it means missing out on a lot of the utility the other moves provide. Hypnosis can take a Pokemon out of commission but its horrible accuracy and direct competition with Thunder Wave mostly makes it undesirable.
Checks and Counters
**Ho-Oh**: Mew's offensive stats are not good enough to break through Ho-Oh, which can avoid the 2HKO from Thunder and force Mew to Explode in quite a telegraphed manner. It cannot take on said Explosion if it's been chipped, however.
**Snorlax**: Snorlax has enough bulk to take on any special attack Mew throws its way and often runs Protect to scout for Explosion. However, a bad prediction can mean it gets OHKOed by Explosion.
**Ghost-types**: Albeit rare, Ghost-types such as Dusclops or Gengar can take on Mew's special attacks and ignore Explosion, but they do not appreciate being paralyzed.
**Heracross**: Heracross can outspeed Mew and OHKO it with Megahorn while dodging the OHKO from Fire Blast, but it can't take an Explosion head-on.
**Sun teams**: Groudon can actually survive any 1 hit that Mew throws its way and the usual backbones of sun teams can easily handle Mew's moveset and always carry a mon that can sponge the potentially incoming Explosion.
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