name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Astral Barrage
move 3: Draining Kiss / Psyshock
move 4: Baton Pass / Psyshock
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash / Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: As One (Spectrier)
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Nasty Plot Calyrex-S is one of the most lethal setup sweepers in AG, threatening almost the entire metagame due to its amazing Special Attack and Speed tier, powerful STAB move in Astral Barrage, and strong ability in As One. Nasty Plot lets Calyrex-S set up on foes that it can force to switch out such as Necrozma-DM, Zacian-C, and Lunala, giving it better firepower to break through bulky walls such as Yveltal, Ho-Oh, and specially defensive Eternatus if lacking Psyshock. Draining Kiss turns into Max Starfall under Dynamax, letting Calyrex-S OHKO specially defensive Yveltal after a Nasty Plot boost, while also heavily damaging Tyranitar and outright KOing it after a boost and some chip damage. Baton Pass pairs well with Nasty Plot, since it lets Calyrex-S take advantage of switch-ins such as Yveltal and Tyranitar by pivoting out and passing its Nasty Plot boosts onto other special wallbreakers such as Life Orb Yveltal, Xerneas, and Life Orb Eternatus, making them extremely difficult to check. Psyshock is an option over either Baton Pass or Draining Kiss to nail Blissey while more immediately threatening specially defensive Eternatus. Life Orb significantly increases Calyrex-S's damage output, dealing extra damage to bulky walls such as Ho-Oh, Eternatus, and Zygarde-C and offensive threats like Zacian-C and Groudon, as well as guaranteeing an OHKO on specially defensive Yveltal with Max Starfall at +2. Focus Sash is an alternative item to withstand an attack from threats like Ditto, Sucker Punch Yveltal, and Marshadow. However, Calyrex-S has to be wary of Stealth Rock or Spikes breaking Focus Sash, which limits its utility. Heavy-Duty Boots grants Calyrex-S an immunity to entry hazards, notably Sticky Web, making it tougher to wear down compared to Life Orb. It also pairs excellently with Baton Pass, allowing Calyrex-S to switch out many times without being damaged by the aforementioned entry hazards. Maximum Speed investment with a Timid nature allows Calyrex-S to outspeed Jolly Zacian-C and Speed tie with opposing Calyrex-S.
Nasty Plot Calyrex-S's best fit is on bulky offense and hyper offense teams, as it can find the right support to weaken its extremely limited number of checks. Special wallbreakers such as Life Orb Yveltal, Xerneas, and Life Orb Eternatus can benefit from Calyrex-S's Nasty Plot boosts if it's running Baton Pass. Sucker Punch Yveltal is an especially strong partner, as it can prevent Ditto from completely destroying a team once it has copied Calyrex-S, while specially defensive sets can take boosted Astral Barrages and Imposter-proof any sets without Draining Kiss relatively easily. Teammates that can pressure Yveltal and Tyranitar for Calyrex-S such as Zacian-C, Xerneas, Marshadow, and Kyogre are appreciated in order for Calyrex-S to pressure teams even more. On hyper offense teams, Shuckle can provide Sticky Web support for Calyrex-S, which allows it to outspeed Choice Scarf Kyogre and avoid the Speed tie from opposing Calyrex-S, while Excadrill is an alternative lead that removes damaging entry hazards and Sticky Web with Rapid Spin, which is especially helpful for Focus Sash variants of Calyrex-S. Regieleki is a useful entry hazard remover with Rapid Spin as well, since it can force out threats like Yveltal and opposing Calyrex-S thanks to its Electric-type STAB moves and unmatched Speed tier.
Substitute is an option for Calyrex-S to protect itself against Sucker Punch from offensive Yveltal, scout the foe's moves, and potentially stop Ditto from taking advantage of it. However, it's hard to utilize, since other moves like Psyshock and Baton Pass are generally more useful. Colbur Berry is potentially worthwhile to survive attacks from Yveltal under Dynamax as well as Necrozma-DM's Knock Off, hitting them back with +2 Max Starfall and Astral Barrage, respectively. However, Colbur Berry is niche compared to the listed items. Leaf Storm can KO Tyranitar after a Nasty Plot boost, but it has no other use and its Special Attack drop cancels out Calyrex-S's Nasty Plot boosts, which can be unfavorable.
Checks and Counters
**Yveltal**: Yveltal is the biggest and most reliable threat to Calyrex-S; a specially defensive set can switch into Astral Barrage and Psyshock with extreme ease due to its Dark typing and reliable recovery, force Calyrex-S out with a STAB move like Knock Off, Foul Play, or Snarl, and pivot into another teammate with U-turn if Calyrex-S switches out. However, Yveltal must be very cautious if Calyrex-S has set up, since +2 Life Orb Max Starfall can OHKO it. Offensive Yveltal sets can also threaten Calyrex-S using Sucker Punch and Dynamax, but it struggles to switch in on a Astral Barrage or Draining Kiss, especially after a Nasty Plot boost. Additionally, it becomes a less reliable check to Calyrex-S if it decides to forego Roost.
**Tyranitar**: Tyranitar's Dark typing and natural special bulk enhanced by sand make it a fantastic answer to Calyrex-S, forcing it out with Foul Play and wearing it down with sand damage. However, Tyranitar's only recovery move is Rest, which an opponent can greatly take advantage of by switching out into another teammate. It should also be wary of +2 Max Starfall from Calyrex-S, as it can OHKO Tyranitar if it's slightly chipped and summons Misty Terrain to block Tyranitar's access to status moves.
**Bulky Normal-types**: Blissey and Porygon2 comfortably switch into Calyrex-S if it's lacking Psyshock. However, Blissey gets OHKOed by boosted Psyshock, and Porygon2 has to watch out for +2 Max Mindstorm.
**Revenge Killers**: Revenge killers such as Ditto, Choice Scarf Calyrex-S, Choice Scarf Kyogre, and Marshadow all pose a huge threat to Nasty Plot Calyrex-S, which is largely unable to handle them. Ditto is especially annoying for its capability to use the Special Attack boosts Calyrex amasses to run through teams itself. However, Calyrex-S can situationally beat all of these revenge killers if it's running a Focus Sash and is at full health, although this is not a reliable form of counterplay, and the rare Substitute handles Ditto.
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