move 1: Substitute
move 2: Scald
move 3: Moonblast
move 4: Psychic
item: Metronome / Leftovers
evs: 248 HP / 124 SpA / 136 Spe
Substitute gives Primarina many free turns to attack and build up its Metronome boost throughout a game, as it can easily look for opportunities to set one up on more passive Pokemon such as Toxapex and Seismitoad that would look to cripple it with status conditions. Primarina also gets Substitute opportunities after forcing out common Pokemon that it checks, such as Hydreigon, Kommo-o, and Keldeo. Metronome is the preferred item, as it allows Primarina to overwhelm the aforementioned bulky Water-types much more easily while also enabling it to more effectively pressure Pokemon such as Clefable and Corviknight; however, Leftovers is a viable alternative if more longevity is desired. The given Speed investment allows Primarina to outpace maximum Speed Conkeldurr.
Primarina greatly appreciates VoltTurn support so it can come in safely much more often. Because of this, Pokemon such as Corviknight, Mandibuzz, Dragapult, and Rotom-H make great teammates. Corviknight in particular is useful, as it will often force in Pokemon such as Toxapex and Seismitoad,(AC) which Primarina can take advantage of to set up a Substitute. Primarina also greatly appreciates teammates that can provide it with increased longevity due to how quickly it can be worn down. As a result, Wish users such as Clefable, as well as Healing Wish users like Jirachi, make for excellent teammates. Clefable can also provide Primarina with free switches into Pokemon Primarina can take advantage of, such as Toxapex, Corviknight, and opposing Clefable, thanks to Teleport.
name: Choice Specs
move 1: Hydro Pump
move 2: Moonblast
move 3: Psychic
move 4: Scald
item: Choice Specs
evs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Choice Specs turns Primarina into an even more potent wallbreaker with an incredible STAB combination that can be incredibly difficult to pivot around. The additional power of Choice Specs allows Primarina to break through Pokemon such as Gastrodon and Toxapex much more easily. Psychic is necessary, as it prevents Primarina from being completely walled by Toxapex. Scald is used because it offers Primarina a more consistent Water-type STAB attack. A Modest nature with maximum Special Attack investment allows Primarina to be as powerful as possible, while maximum Speed investment allows Primarina to force Speed ties with Aegislash.
Primarina is best used alongside Pokemon such as Keldeo and Dragapult that greatly appreciate its ability to pressure and overwhelm Pokemon that check them, such as Gastrodon and Mandibuzz, respectively. Dragapult can also aid Primarina by giving it free switches with U-turn. Other VoltTurn users also make for great teammates; Pokemon such as Rotom-H can also lure in Ground-types such as Hippowdon, Seismitoad, and Gastrodon, which can be taken advantage of by aggressively double switching into Primarina. Ferrothorn also makes for a great teammate, as it can provide Primarina with Spikes support, which makes it even more difficult to switch into.
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