AAA Polteageist [DONE]

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[SET]
name: Shell Smash
move 1: Shell Smash
move 2: Stored Power
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Self-Destruct / Strength Sap / Giga Drain
item: Focus Sash
ability: Queenly Majesty
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Queenly Majesty Polteageist is a niche but dangerous setup sweeper: After a Shell Smash, it outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame and avoids being revenge killed by the metagame's common priority users such as Barraskewda, Dhelmise, and Triage Tapu Lele. Stored Power is its strongest attack after Shell Smash, powering through neutral foes like Tapu Fini and defensive Garchomp. Shadow Ball is the STAB move of choice and complements Stored Power to hit common Psychic-types such as Mew, Tapu Lele, and RegenVest Jirachi. Self-Destruct severely weakens Polteageist's specially defensive and Dark-type checks like Blissey and Zarude to open up a sweep for a fellow teammate and give them free entry into the field afterwards, which is crucial to keep up offensive momentum. Strength Sap can be used to reinstate Polteageist's Focus Sash or defeat weak physical attackers like Ferrothorn and defensive Landorus-T one-on-one. Giga Drain is its strongest option against Tapu Fini and RegenVest Swampert and can, in rare cases, restore it to full health for Focus Sash, but otherwise has limited use. Focus Sash allows for safe setup at full health, even against powerful attackers like Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko.

Polteageist generally fits on hyper offense teams, so Pokemon commonly seen on these archetypes also make great teammates. Dedicated leads like Aerodactyl and Azelf can reliably set up Stealth Rock to chip down foes into Polteageist's KO range and deny opposing entry hazards with Taunt to preserve Polteageist's Focus Sash. Polteageist also appreciates further entry hazard control from teammates such as Regieleki and Choice Scarf Latios with their Rapid Spin and Defog, respectively. Volcarona enjoys Polteageist weakening common specially defensive Pokemon like Garchomp, Blissey, and RegenVest Swampert with boosted Stored Power + Self-Destruct. Polteagiest is utterly unable to make progress against Prankster Toxapex and Unaware Mandibuzz, even if they are heavily damaged; dedicated lures like Galvanize Kommo-o and teammates that can overwhelm them like Swords Dance Garchomp are necessary teammates. Wallbreakers like Sheer Force Tapu Lele, Swords Dance Garchomp, and Belly Drum or Galvanize Kommo-o can open up holes early-game for Polteageist to sweep more easily; they also either overwhelm or threaten all of Polteageist's checks in Blissey, Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, and Dark-types like Hydreigon. Polteagiest can also still be outsped by fast Choice Scarf users such as Azelf, so careful scouting is required before setting up.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Substitute can be used to safely set up against Blissey, though it synergizes poorly with Focus Sash. Instead of Queenly Majesty, Polteageist can opt for Adaptability or Magic Guard + Life Orb to further boost its offensive presence, but this makes it easier to revenge kill; thus, it requires further amount of support such as Psychic Terrain from Azelf to protect it from priority attacks, which can also amplify Polteageist's Stored Power. Will-O-Wisp is an option to cripple physical attackers, which lets Polteageist's teammates set up easier.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Dark-types**: Mandibuzz, Zarude, and Hydreigon can shrug off all of Polteageist's attacks and threaten significant damage to it with their STAB attacks. The former two can even grab momentum in the process via U-turn.

**Prankster Toxapex**: Toxapex's Prankster-boosted Haze limits Polteageist's sweeping attempts and makes sure it won't take significant damage from an otherwise boosted Stored Power. Haze's higher amount of PP means it can't be PP-stalled by Shell Smash either.

**Specially Defensive Steel-types**: Ferrothorn and Bulletproof Heatran can survive Poltegeist's boosted attacks comfortably and threaten it with Knock Off and Fire-type STAB moves, respectively. However, the former has to be cautious of Strength Sap variants, which can muscle past it eventually.

**Blissey and Chansey**: The combination of their remarkable special bulk, typing, and reliable recovery let them consistently stop Polteageist from sweeping. Unaware variants of Chansey can be even harder to break through. However, both of them need Toxic to beat Polteageist.

**Chip Damage**: Without Strength Sap or Giga Drain, Polteageist is unable to restore its Focus Sash after taking entry hazard damage, making it harder to set up and easier to revenge kill.

**Faster Revenge Killers**: Surge Surfer Xurkitree as well as Choice Scarf users like Azelf and Latios can reliably outspeed even a boosted Polteageist. If its Focus Sash is no longer intact, they can also comfortably OHKO it. However, none of them can safely switch into Polteageist.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[royalfluxh, 493260]]
- Quality checked by: [[UT, 523866], [Isaiah, 375662]]
- Grammar checked by: [[UT, 523866], [Isaiah, 375662]]
 
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[SET]
name: Shell Smash
move 1: Shell Smash
move 2: Stored Power
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Self-Destruct / Strength Sap / Giga Drain
item: Focus Sash
ability: Dazzling
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Polteageist is a niche but dangerous setup sweeper on hyper offense teams thanks to Shell Smash. After a single turn of setup, it outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame, including fast foes like Barraskewda, Talonflame, and Latios Tapu Koko. Stored Power is its strongest attack after a Shell Smash, which lets it power powering through neutral foes like Tapu Fini and defensive Garchomp. STAB Shadow Ball complements Stored Power to hit common Psychic-types such as Mew, Tapu Lele, and Assault Vest RegenVest Jirachi. Self-Destruct severely damages Polteageist's specially defensive or and Dark-type checks like Blissey or and Zarude to open up a sweep for a fellow teammate and giving one of them give them free entry into the field afterwards, which is crucial to keep up offensive momentum. Strength Sap can be used to heal off any chip damage to make use of Focus Sash more reliably and allows it to beat weak physical attackers like Ferrothorn and defensive Landorus-T one-on-one. Giga Drain also recovers its health from any chip damage to keep Focus Sash intact, albeit less reliably, but lets Polteageist net a OHKO against Assault Vest Swampert after Stealth Rock is its strongest option against Tapu Fini and RegenVest Swampert and can in rare cases restore it to full health for Focus Sash, but otherwise has limited use. Dazzling prevents it from being revenge killed by the metagame's common priority users such as Barraskewda, Dhelmise, Mamoswine, and Triage Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele, and Kommo-O Barraskewda, Dhelmise, and Triage Tapu Lele generally try and keep lists short, one from each category. Also, Triage Kommo-o loses cause Ghost anyway. Focus Sash improves Poltegeist's ability to set up by compensating for its pitiful bulk, especially when it's compromised further with Shell Smash defense drops allows for safe setup at full health, even against powerful attackers like Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko.

Polteageist generally fits on hyper offense teams, so Pokemon commonly seen on these archetypes also make great teammates. Dedicated leads like Aerodactyl and Azelf can reliably set up Stealth Rock to chip down foes into Polteageist's KO range, and, most importantly, deny opposing entry hazards with Taunt to preserve Polteageist's Focus Sash. Polteageist also appreciates further entry hazard control from teammates such as Regieleki and Choice Scarf Latios with their Rapid Spin and Defog, respectively. Volcarona enjoys Polteageist's ability to force damage to common RegenVest Pokemon like Swampert (especially if running Giga Drain), Garchomp, and Silvally-Dragon, or lure in and highly damage Blissey with a boosted Self-Destruct. Polteagiest is utterly unable to make progress against Prankster Toxapex and Unaware Mandibuzz, even if they are heavily damaged. Dedicated lures like Galvanize Kommo-o and teammates that can overwhelm them as well like Swords Dance Garchomp and necessary teammates. Wallbreakers like Sheer Force Tapu Lele, Swords Dance Terrakion and Garchomp, and Belly Drum or Galvanize Kommo-o can open up holes early-game for Polteageist to sweep easier; they also either overwhelm or threaten all of Polteageist's checks in Blissey, Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, and Dark-types like Mandibuzz and Hydreigon. Polteagiest can also still be outsped by fast Choice Scarf users such as Azelf, so careful scouting is required before setting up. Kommo-o in particular is an exceptional partner as it can run a Galvanize set to lure in and KO Mandibuzz and Prankster Toxapex for Polteageist.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Substitute can be used to safely set up against Blissey, though it synergizes poorly with Focus Sash. Instead of Dazzling, Polteageist can opt for Adaptability or Magic Guard + Life Orb to further boost its offensive presence, but this makes it easier to revenge kill; thus, it requires further amount of support such as Psychic Terrain from Azelf to protect it from priority attacks, which can also amplify Polteageist's Stored Power.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Dark-types**: Mandibuzz, Zarude, and Hydreigon can shrug off all of Polteageist's attacks and threatens significant damage to it with their STAB attacks. The former two can even grab momentum in the process via U-turn.

**Prankster Toxapex**: Toxapex's Prankster-boosted Haze limits Polteageist's sweeping attempts and makes sure it won't take significant damage from an otherwise boosted Stored Power. Haze's higher amount of PP means it can't be PP-stalled by Shell Smash either.

**Specially Defensive Steel-types**: Ferrothorn and Bulletproof Heatran can survive Poltegeist's boosted attacks comfortably and threaten it with Knock Off and Toxic, respectively. However, the former has to be cautious of Strength Sap variants, which can muscle past it eventually.

**Blissey and Chansey**: The combination of their remarkable special bulk, typing, and reliable recovery lets them consistently stop Polteageist from sweeping. Unaware variants of Chansey can be even harder to break through. However, both of them needs Toxic to beat Polteageist.

**Chip Damage**: Without Strength Sap or Giga Drain, any chip damage such as from entry hazards and Toxic will nullify Polteageist's Focus Sash and hence make it either harder to set up or easier to revenge kill.

**Faster Revenge Killers**: Choice Scarf users like Azelf, Cinderace, and Latios as well as Surge Surfer Xurkitree can reliably outspeed even a boosted Polteageist. If its Focus Sash is no longer intact, they can also comfortably OHKO it. However, none of them can safely switch into Polteageist.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[royalfluxh, 493260]]
- Quality checked by: [[UT, 523866], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]

QC 1/2! You're so good.

 

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[SET]
name: Shell Smash
move 1: Shell Smash
move 2: Stored Power
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Self-Destruct / Strength Sap / Giga Drain
item: Focus Sash
ability: Dazzling Queenly Majesty (fixed that for you)
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Polteageist is a niche but dangerous setup sweeper on hyper offense teams thanks to Shell Smash. After a single turn of setup, it outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame, including fast foes like Barraskewda, Talonflame, and Tapu Koko. Stored Power is its strongest attack after Shell Smash, powering through neutral foes like Tapu Fini and defensive Garchomp. STAB Shadow Ball complements Stored Power to hit common Psychic-types such as Mew, Tapu Lele, and RegenVest Jirachi. Self-Destruct severely damages Polteageist's specially defensive and Dark-type checks like Blissey and Zarude to open up a sweep for a fellow teammate and give them free entry into the field afterwards, which is crucial to keep up offensive momentum. Strength Sap can be used to heal off any chip damage to make use of Focus Sash more reliably and allows it to beat weak physical attackers like Ferrothorn and defensive Landorus-T one-on-one. Giga Drain is its strongest option against Tapu Fini and RegenVest Swampert and can, in rare cases, restore it to full health for Focus Sash, but otherwise has limited use. Dazzling Queenly Majesty prevents it from being revenge killed by the metagame's common priority users such as Barraskewda, Dhelmise, and Triage Tapu Lele. Focus Sash allows for safe setup at full health, even against powerful attackers like Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko.

Polteageist generally fits on hyper offense teams, so Pokemon commonly seen on these archetypes also make great teammates. Dedicated leads like Aerodactyl and Azelf can reliably set up Stealth Rock to chip down foes into Polteageist's KO range, and, most importantly, deny opposing entry hazards with Taunt to preserve Polteageist's Focus Sash. Polteageist also appreciates further entry hazard control from teammates such as Regieleki and Choice Scarf Latios with their Rapid Spin and Defog, respectively. Volcarona enjoys Polteageist's ability to force damage to common RegenVest Pokemon like Swampert (especially if running Giga Drain), Garchomp, and Silvally-Dragon, or lure in and highly damage Blissey with a boosted Self-Destruct. weaken common specially defensive Pokemon like Garchomp, Blissey, and RegenVest Swampert with boosted Stored Power + Self-Destruct. (Regenvest dragonvally isn't a common mon anymore, and polt weakens all of the other things you mentioned w/ the same sequence.) Polteagiest is utterly unable to make progress against Prankster Toxapex and Unaware Mandibuzz, even if they are heavily damaged. Dedicated lures like Galvanize Kommo-o and teammates that can overwhelm them as well like Swords Dance Garchomp and necessary teammates. Wallbreakers like Sheer Force Tapu Lele, Swords Dance Terrakion and (Neither a common SD mon nor an HO staple) Garchomp, and Belly Drum or Galvanize Kommo-o can open up holes early-game for Polteageist to sweep easier; they also either overwhelm or threaten all of Polteageist's checks in Blissey, Psychic-resistant Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, and Dark-types like Mandibuzz and Hydreigon. Polteagiest can also still be outsped by fast Choice Scarf users such as Azelf, so careful scouting is required before setting up.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Substitute can be used to safely set up against Blissey, though it synergizes poorly with Focus Sash. Instead of Dazzling Queenly Majesty, Polteageist can opt for Adaptability or Magic Guard + Life Orb to further boost its offensive presence, but this makes it easier to revenge kill; thus, it requires further amount of support such as Psychic Terrain from Azelf to protect it from priority attacks, which can also amplify Polteageist's Stored Power. (Might be worth mentioning will o wisp to cripple physical attackers for the rest of its team)

Checks and Counters
===================

**Dark-types**: Mandibuzz, Zarude, and Hydreigon can shrug off all of Polteageist's attacks and threatens significant damage to it with their STAB attacks. The former two can even grab momentum in the process via U-turn.

**Prankster Toxapex**: Toxapex's Prankster-boosted Haze limits Polteageist's sweeping attempts and makes sure it won't take significant damage from an otherwise boosted Stored Power. Haze's higher amount of PP means it can't be PP-stalled by Shell Smash either.

**Specially Defensive Psychic-resistant Steel-types**: Ferrothorn and Bulletproof Heatran can survive Poltegeist's boosted attacks comfortably and threaten it with Knock Off and Toxic Fire-type STAB moves, respectively. However, the former has to be cautious of Strength Sap variants, which can muscle past it eventually.

**Blissey and Chansey**: The combination of their remarkable special bulk, typing, and reliable recovery lets them consistently stop Polteageist from sweeping. Unaware variants of Chansey can be even harder to break through. However, both of them needs need Toxic to beat Polteageist.

**Chip Damage**: Without Strength Sap or Giga Drain, any chip damage such as from entry hazards and Toxic (If it gets poisoned, it can never get to 100% again regardless) Polteageist is unable to restore its Focus Sash after taking entry hazard damage, making it harder to set up and easier to revenge kill. will nullify Polteageist's Focus Sash and hence make it either harder to set up or easier to revenge kill.

**Faster Revenge Killers**: Surge Surfer Xurkitree as well as Choice Scarf users like Azelf, Cinderace, (scarf isn't really a set) and Latios as well as Surge Surfer Xurkitree can reliably outspeed even a boosted Polteageist. If its Focus Sash is no longer intact, they can also comfortably OHKO it. However, none of them can safely switch into Polteageist.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[royalfluxh, 493260]]
- Quality checked by: [[UT, 523866], [Isaiah, 375662]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
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Just cleaned up some non-meta references, QC 2/2
 
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[SET]
name: Shell Smash
move 1: Shell Smash
move 2: Stored Power
move 3: Shadow Ball
move 4: Self-Destruct / Strength Sap / Giga Drain
item: Focus Sash
ability: Queenly Majesty
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Queenly Majesty Polteageist is a niche but dangerous setup sweeper:(Colon) on hyper offense teams thanks to Shell Smash. After a single turn of setup Shell Smash, it outspeeds the entire unboosted metagame and avoids being revenge killed by the metagame's common priority users such as Barraskewda, Dhelmise, and Triage Tapu Lele. (The main focus isn't actually shell smash--which is a standard set to begin with--but rather QM + smash), including fast foes like Barraskewda, Talonflame, and Tapu Koko. Stored Power is its strongest attack after Shell Smash, powering through neutral foes like Tapu Fini and defensive Garchomp. STAB Shadow Ball is the STAB move of choice and complements Stored Power to hit common Psychic-types such as Mew, Tapu Lele, and RegenVest Jirachi. Self-Destruct severely damages weakens Polteageist's specially defensive and Dark-type checks like Blissey and Zarude to open up a sweep for a fellow teammate and give them free entry into the field afterwards, which is crucial to keep up offensive momentum. Strength Sap can be used to heal off any chip damage to make use of reinstate Polteageist's Focus Sash more reliably and allows it to beat or defeat weak physical attackers like Ferrothorn and defensive Landorus-T one-on-one. Giga Drain is its strongest option against Tapu Fini and RegenVest Swampert and can, in rare cases, restore it to full health for Focus Sash, but otherwise has limited use. Queenly Majesty prevents it from being revenge killed by the metagame's common priority users such as Barraskewda, Dhelmise, and Triage Tapu Lele. Focus Sash allows for safe setup at full health, even against powerful attackers like Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko.

Polteageist generally fits on hyper offense teams, so Pokemon commonly seen on these archetypes also make great teammates. Dedicated leads like Aerodactyl and Azelf can reliably set up Stealth Rock to chip down foes into Polteageist's KO range,(comma) and, most importantly, deny opposing entry hazards with Taunt to preserve Polteageist's Focus Sash. Polteageist also appreciates further entry hazard control from teammates such as Regieleki and Choice Scarf Latios with their Rapid Spin and Defog, respectively. Volcarona enjoys Polteageist weakening common specially defensive Pokemon like Garchomp, Blissey, and RegenVest Swampert with boosted Stored Power + Self-Destruct. Polteagiest is utterly unable to make progress against Prankster Toxapex and Unaware Mandibuzz, even if they are heavily damaged; dedicated lures like Galvanize Kommo-o and teammates that can overwhelm them like Swords Dance Garchomp are necessary teammates. Wallbreakers like Sheer Force Tapu Lele, Swords Dance Garchomp, and Belly Drum or Galvanize Kommo-o can open up holes early-game for Polteageist to sweep easier; they also either overwhelm or threaten all of Polteageist's checks in Blissey, Psychic-resistant Steel-types like Heatran and Ferrothorn, and Dark-types like Hydreigon. Polteagiest can also still be outsped by fast Choice Scarf users such as Azelf, so careful scouting is required before setting up.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Substitute can be used to safely set up against Blissey, though it synergizes poorly with Focus Sash. Instead of Queenly Majesty, Polteageist can opt for Adaptability or Magic Guard + Life Orb to further boost its offensive presence, but this makes it easier to revenge kill; thus, it requires further amount of support such as Psychic Terrain from Azelf to protect it from priority attacks, which can also amplify Polteageist's Stored Power. Will-O-Wisp is an option to cripple physical attackers, which lets Polteageist's teammates set up easier.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Dark-types**: Mandibuzz, Zarude, and Hydreigon can shrug off all of Polteageist's attacks and threaten significant damage to it with their STAB attacks. The former two can even grab momentum in the process via U-turn.

**Prankster Toxapex**: Toxapex's Prankster-boosted Haze limits Polteageist's sweeping attempts and makes sure it won't take significant damage from an otherwise boosted Stored Power. Haze's higher amount of PP means it can't be PP-stalled by Shell Smash either.

**Specially Defensive Psychic-resistant Steel-types**: Ferrothorn and Bulletproof Heatran can survive Poltegeist's boosted attacks comfortably and threaten it with Knock Off and Fire-type STAB moves, respectively. However, the former has to be cautious of Strength Sap variants, which can muscle past it eventually.

**Blissey and Chansey**: The combination of their remarkable special bulk, typing, and reliable recovery lets them consistently stop Polteageist from sweeping. Unaware variants of Chansey can be even harder to break through. However, both of them need Toxic to beat Polteageist.

**Chip Damage**: Without Strength Sap or Giga Drain, Polteageist is unable to restore its Focus Sash after taking entry hazard damage, making it harder to set up and easier to revenge kill.

**Faster Revenge Killers**: Surge Surfer Xurkitree as well as Choice Scarf users like Azelf and Latios can reliably outspeed even a boosted Polteageist. If its Focus Sash is no longer intact, they can also comfortably OHKO it. However, none of them can safely switch into Polteageist.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[royalfluxh, 493260]]
- Quality checked by: [[UT, 523866], [Isaiah, 375662]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1]]
 

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Please consider the above a stamped check, and credit both me and Isaiah in the GP line. I only have two additional notes:
Wallbreakers like Sheer Force Tapu Lele, Swords Dance Garchomp, and Belly Drum or Galvanize Kommo-o can open up holes early-game for Polteageist to sweep easier;
"easier" should be "more easily."
Specially Defensive Psychic-resistant Steel-types
Just make this "Specially Defensive Steel-types" its more concise and we don't really have a lot of relevant Psychic-neutral Steel-types.



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