Meloetta's Normal / Psychic typing allows it to shine offensively and defensively in 1v1. It's also blessed with good bulk allowing it to sponge strong hits such as Outrage from Mega Charizard X, Blast Burn from Mega Charizard Y, and Dark Pulse from Greninja. Meloetta also has access to Hyper beam, Uproar and Psyshock which are the main STAB moves, and has a plethora of coverage moves such as Dazzling Gleam, Shadow Ball, Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Fire, to widen the number of Pokemon it beats. However, Meloetta's speed is lackluster so it is vulnerable to faster Pokemon, specially the ones that run Substitute to block Hyper Beam, such as Mega Charizard X. The abundance of Steel- and Rock-type Pokemon such as Archeops, Mega Mawile, and Mega Metagross also hinders Meloetta as they resist its STAB moves and tank its coverage moves. Meloetta also has to picks its checks and counters depending on its teammates because it cannot afford sufficient moves to beat everything it can.
name: Specs Meloetta
move 1: Hyper Beam
move 2: Psyshock
move 3: Trick / Uproar / Focus Blast / Hidden Power [Fire]
move 4: Trick / Uproar / Focus Blast / Hidden Power [Fire]
item: Choice Specs
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 252 HP / 12 Def / 244 SpA
Hyperbeam is the go-to nuke as it can easily OHKO many offensive threats such as Kyurem-Black, Porygon-Z, and Mega Charizard X. Psyshock is used deal with Terrakion, Mega Venusaur, and Chansey when if runs Trick with Psyshock. Trick also helps it cripple Porygon2. Meloetta can utilize Uproar to defeat Pokemon that uses Substitute such as Whimsicott, and Serperior. Uproar is also a safe option against Endure users like Manaphy, usually specially defensive Pokemon like Mega Venusaur, and against frail offensive Pokemon such as Greninja. Focus Blast allows Meloetta to hit Mega Tyranitar and Heatran. Hidden Power Fire allows Meloetta to defeat Scizor, Ferrothorn and Genesect. Choice Specs is used to maximize Meloetta offensive capabilities and nail the OHKO on the aforementioned Pokemon.
252 HP combined with 12 Def allow Meloetta to lives Hyper Beam from Choice Scarf Porygon-Z, Adamant Mega Charizard X Outrage, Bug Buzz from Choice Scarf Genesect, and Dark Pulse from Choice Specs Greninja. Meanwhile, 244 SpA and a Modest nature allows Meloetta to maximize its offensive potential and defeat the aforementioned Pokemon. If you're running Hidden Power Fire and wish to beat Choice Specs Genesect alternative EVs of 252 HP / 152 SpA / 104 SpD will allow Meloetta to live a Choice Spec Bug Buzz and OHKO back with Hidden Power Fire.
Strategy & Support
Faster Pokemon might run Substitute, or slower Pokemon can run endure, if you suspect it and have Uproar, it is the safest option. Notable Pokemon that run Substitute are Greninja and Mega Charizard X, meanwhile Pokemon that can run endure are Manaphy and Porygon-Z. Meloetta usually fail to defeat specially defensive Pokemon like Mega Charizard X and Kyurem-Black so analyzing your matchup at team preview will help, these Pokemon don't always run Special Defense unless their partners are weak to specially offensive Pokemon, other bulky offensive pokemon can also tank special hit notably Dragonite, Hoopa-U and Mega Gyarados so offensive Pokemon that can power through most of these threats such as Mega Tyranitar, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Pinsir helps Meloetta. Meloetta also suffers against opposing Steel-, and Rock-type Pokemon that can sponge any hit such as Mega Mawile, Mega Metagross, and Crustle so defensive Pokemon such as Mega Slowbro, Mega Sableye, and Mega Venusaur also helps. Be careful that the aforementioned Pokemon does not beat all 3 and the final Pokemon on the team should be able to beat the threat that is left. These defensive Pokemon can also take on the aforementioned bulky offensive Pokemon. Fast Hard-hitters such as Mega Lopunny and Mega Pinsir are also a threat for Meloetta, so physically bulky Pokemon such as Defensive Mega Charizard X and Diancie, or faster Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Terrakion helps Meloetta fend these threats off.
On the Choice Specs set Meloetta can utilize Dazzling Gleam to deal with Mega Sableye but it has to be wary of Calm Mind and Snarl. Meloetta may also carry Shadow Ball if it wishes to defeat Aegislash. A Choice Scarf set with 252 Speed and Special Attack and a Timid nature with Hyper Beam, Psychic, Thunderbolt/Focus Blast, Trick can be used to deal with fast heavy hitters such as Mega Pinsir, Greninja, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Gyarados if using Thunderbolt while keeping positive matchups against other Pokemon like Porygon-Z, and Heatran if using Focus Blast.
Checks and Counters
**Bulky Steel-type Pokemon**: Most Steel-type Pokemon have no problem tanking any coverage move from Meloetta since they have a resistant secondary typing, so Pokemon such as Mega Metagross, Mega Mawile, and Jirachi easily defeat Meloetta.
**Bulky Rock-type Pokemon**: Some Bulky Rock-type Pokemon have no problem taking on Meloetta even if it has Focus Blast, these Pokemon includes Choice Band Archeops, Rhyperior, and Mega Diancie.
**Offensive Bulky Pokemon**: A lot of Fast bulky Pokemon can take on Meloetta easily as they can sponge any hit and retaliate back with either one or two hits, these Pokemon include Dragonite, and Hoopa-Unbound.
**Fast Hard hitters**: A lot of Pokemon are fast enough to outspeed Meloetta and pack a lot of power to OHKO it, these Pokemon include Mega Lopunny, Mega Pinsir, and Choice Specs Porygon-Z.
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