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Cycle 15 Slates:
Posting Deadline: August 24th 11:59 PM EDT Voting Deadline: August 26th 11:59 PM EDT
You may use either Lycanroc form but only choose one.
Reminder that you can only submit one Theorymon for each Pokemon. Also remember to check the rules thoroughly - I will not allow any submissions that break them to go through the voting round. Good luck!
This is a pretty simple change, granting Alolan Raichu a much much better Special Attack stat to work with. When holding a Choice Specs, Alolan Raichu can pick up a few notable KOs/2HKOs for Electric teams, as seen here:
252+ SpA Choice Specs Raichu-Alola Psyshock vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Volcarona: 295-348 (94.8 - 111.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
252+ SpA Choice Specs Raichu-Alola Psychic vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Charizard-Mega-X: 268-316 (90.2 - 106.3%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Raichu-Alola Thunderbolt vs. 248 HP / 248+ SpD Assault Vest Muk-Alola in Electric Terrain: 171-202 (41.4 - 48.9%) -- 78.5% chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock
252+ SpA Choice Specs Raichu-Alola Psyshock vs. 248 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Chansey: 277-327 (39.4 - 46.5%) -- 30.5% chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock
These calcs wouldn't normally be possible with Life Orb, but it's still a notable item choice thanks to being able to switch up between moves, especially in the Ground matchup.
Part Steel typing + Adaptability + Earthquake
Typing: Rock / Steel
Lycanroc @ Choice Band / Life Orb
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly / Adamant Nature
- Stone Edge
- Fire Fang
Pretty much the only reason for its Steel typing was to allow it to be used on Steel, which greatly appreciates having an extra wincon in the Fire matchup, being able to revenge kill quite a number of threats on Fire when paired up with Adaptability. it also additionally does some heavy damage against Flying and Poison, which Steel tends to struggle breaking through. I basically placed Earthquake on there simply because of it being amazing coverage that Lycanroc lacked. Here are some calcs:
252 Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Accelerock vs. 0 HP / 0- Def Victini: 272-320 (79.7 - 93.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
252 Atk Life Orb Adaptability Lycanroc Accelerock vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Volcarona: 593-707 (190.6 - 227.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Accelerock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Charizard-Mega-X: 244-288 (82.1 - 96.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Heatran: 314-370 (97.2 - 114.5%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 224 HP / 252+ Def Skarmory: 170-202 (51.9 - 61.7%) -- 96.1% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 16 Def Zapdos: 676-796 (176 - 207.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 240 Def Mantine: 600-708 (160.4 - 189.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Celesteela: 320-378 (80.4 - 94.9%) -- 50% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 176-208 (57.8 - 68.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock and Black Sludge recovery
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 212+ Def Venusaur-Mega: 212-250 (58.2 - 68.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Accelerock vs. 248 HP / 164 Def Crobat: 264-312 (70.7 - 83.6%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
For Rock teams, it isn't really a significant asset. At the very least it takes neutral from Mega Scizor's Bullet Punch and can KO back with a Banded Fire Fang after rocks, as well as revenge kill Belly Drum Azumarill once screens are down:
252+ Atk Choice Band Lycanroc Fire Fang vs. 248 HP / 48 Def Scizor-Mega: 312-368 (90.9 - 107.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
252+ Atk Choice Band Adaptability Lycanroc Accelerock vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 158-188 (46.3 - 55.1%) -- 64.5% chance to 2HKO
Part Steel typing + Flash Cannon + 10 Special Defense
This makes pretty much no sense thematically but at this point it hardly matters. These changes can grant Dragon teams a possible wincon against Fairy once Tapu Bulu and Azumarill have been removed. After a single Calm Mind(which it has no problems getting up against Clefable or Klefki), Mega Diancie is unable to 2HKO it with Earth Power. It also additionally does well as a switch in to some threats on Ice such as Alolan Ninetales and Specs Lapras. I went with a more specially defensive set since it would have a hard time getting set up against a few notable physical attackers either way. Here are a few calcs:
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Drampa in Electric Terrain: 83-99 (23 - 27.5%) -- possible 5HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Diancie-Mega Earth Power vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Drampa: 164-194 (45.5 - 53.8%) -- 3.9% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
0 SpA Clefable Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Drampa: 70-84 (19.4 - 23.3%) -- possible 6HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Ninetales-Alola Blizzard vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Drampa: 93-111 (25.8 - 30.8%) -- guaranteed 4HKO after hail damage and Leftovers recovery
252+ SpA Choice Specs Lapras Freeze-Dry vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Drampa: 102-120 (28.3 - 33.3%) -- 91.4% chance to 4HKO after Leftovers recovery
For Steel, all it really does is give it an extra Fire switch in with some reliable sustain. I suppose it could also make use of Drampa's insane coverage to possibly run a BoltBeam set, but even then it still won't benefit much from it.
Drampa @ Choice Specs / Life Orb / Assault Vest
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draco Meteor
- Sludge Wave
- Fire Blast
Ok, I'll admit it... This does seem like an "extreme buff" (Draco Meteor, Contrary), but coupled with Drampa's low 36 Speed and the fact that Fairies are immune to Draco Meteor. Trick Room for Dragon is not an option (Are you going to use *giggle* Exeggutor-Alola?!), but Trick Room for Normal is still totally an option (Audino, Oranguru, the Porygons). This set could encourage the use of Trick Room Normal. I also gave it Sludge Wave for extra coverage, without the large Poison chance of Sludge Bomb.
Lorewise, Contrary would work because according to its Dex entry, it has a compassionate personality, but can completely destroy its surroundings when angered. If that's not "contrary", then I don't know what is!
Whelp... Smub took the obvious choice, so it's time to do something completely different. This Raichu-Alola becomes the other Monotype-Electric physical attacker (along side Golem-Alola and Tapu Koko). Raichu-Alola's notable niche would be that it can hit Water/Ground types with Seed Bomb, has a higher Speed in Surge Surfer, and has access to Fake Out to break Sashes.
Honestly, I don't think Raichu-Alola needs any buffs. If you've ever played Monotype-Electric, you would know Raichu-Alola is a freaking beast already, able to outpseed and KO many threats.
Lorewise, Raichu is a rat. Rats eat seeds. I bet Raichu already has a couple of seeds in its mouth just waiting to be spat out.
+ Arena Trap, + Earthquake, + Ice Fang
Lycanroc @ Life Orb
Ability: Arena Trap
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Swords Dance
- Stone Edge
- Ice Fang
Simple. It's a trapper with EdgeQuake and Ice Fang to hit Grass/Ground. Must I say more?
Lorewise, it should be able to learn Ice Fang, because it's a wolf, which are known for fanging biting. Also, most Rock types know Earthquake, so it's seems fitting for Lycanroc to have Earthquake too.
[22:57] +iLlama: somebody make a theorymon so i can end this
+Adaptability +Volt Switch +10 SpA
Drampa @ Choice Specs
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast
- Ice Beam
- Volt Switch
Adaptability makes Drampa hit like a truck with Draco Meteor, Volt Switch allows Drampa to support its teammates with slow volt switch and to pick up momentum and get into a favorable matchup. +10 SpA makes this thing even harder to wall.
252+ SpA Choice Specs Adaptability Drampa Draco Meteor vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Eviolite Chansey: 320-378 (45.5 - 53.7%) -- 41% chance to 2HKO
the calc above is not relevant to doing damage to chansey but showing you how much of a nuke it is
Giving Raichu the fated BoltBeam coverage makes it incredibly difficult to switch into, as the only pokes that resists both that are anywhere close to being viable are Magnezone and Mamoswine who gets a pseudo-resist. This allows Raichu to deal with some threats to electric such as gravity Lando-I, Gliscor and Zapdos. Grass knot allows you to hit Water+ground types who take pitiful damage from the other moves and are generally good counters to Mono Electric teams, while focus blast allows Raichu to hit the aforementioned Magnezone and Mamoswine.
252 SpA Life Orb Raichu-Alola Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 132+ SpD Zapdos: 205-242 (53.3 - 63%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock and Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Life Orb Raichu-Alola Ice Beam vs. 244 HP / 196 SpD Gliscor: 411-489 (116.7 - 138.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Life Orb Raichu-Alola Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Hydreigon: 255-302 (78.4 - 92.9%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Life Orb Raichu-Alola Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Garchomp-Mega: 494-582 (137.9 - 162.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO