name: Shell Smash
move 1: Shell Smash
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Stored Power
move 4: Giga Drain
item: White Herb / Focus Sash
ability: Weak Armor
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Polteageist has a solid niche in RU as a strong Shell Smash sweeper on offense teams. However, it struggles slightly to sweep effectively because bulky Dark-types such as Zarude and Incineroar are common in RU. In addition, it is also easily revenge killed by strong priority users such as Golisopod, Durant, and Mimikyu after some chip damage or once Focus Sash is broken. Stored Power turns into a 140 Base Power move after one Shell Smash, meaning it becomes Polteageist's strongest move. Giga Drain is Polteageist's best move to deal respectable damage to Dark-types such as Obstagoon, Umbreon, and Pangoro and allows it to regain some health back, which is useful on White Herb variants. Additionally, Giga Drain deals more damage to bulky Water-types such as Milotic, Gastrodon, and Suicune, which is nice, since they can all run Haze or a phazing move like Roar. Substitute makes Polteageist harder to revenge kill and protects it from status ailments such as Klefki's Thunder Wave and Registeel's Toxic; however, it is hard to fit over another move. Memento might seem weird on a setup sweeper, but it is helpful to support another teammate if said teammate can sweep better than Polteageist. White Herb puts Polteageist's Defense and Special Defense back to normal, which means it is harder to revenge kill with a priority move and lets it take attacks from more passive Pokemon like Milotic, Galarian Weezing, and Sylveon better. However, Focus Sash guarantees Polteageist a free set up.
Polteageist works nicely on dual screen and Aurora Veil offense teams as a strong late-game sweeper. Klefki is a reliable screen setter and also provides Spikes support. Xatu supports Polteageist with Teleport and, more importantly, prevents entry hazards due to its ability Magic Bounce, which is helpful to keep Polteageist's Focus Sash intact. Vanilluxe, on the other hand, is a reliable Aurora Veil setter that also weakens some bulky Dark- and Normal-types such as Zarude, Incineroar, Umbreon, and Snorlax with either its strong Blizzard, Taunt, or Hail damage. In addition, Aurora Veil teams involve Arctozolt as a strong wallbreaker, which allows Polteageist to sweep more easily by weakening bulky Pokemon such as Registeel, Milotic, and Suicune. In general, Polteageist needs teammates that can weaken the aforementioned Dark- and Normal-types, and strong attackers such as Necrozma, Indeedee, and Mimikyu can fill this role. Necrozma in particular provides Stealth Rock support, while Indeedee's Psychic Terrain protects Polteageist against priority users and Klefki's Thunder Wave. Cobalion deserves a special mention because it handles all the bulky Dark- and Normal-types and provides Volt Switch and Stealth Rock support. Polteageist pairs well with other strong setup sweepers such as Linoone, Cloyster, and Barbaracle, since they can overwhelm opposing teams quickly together.
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