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I find this really interesting, and one of the first uses of the new Salac Berry I have seen. I can see this being really dangerous late game, especially when the opponent assumes it will be Physical and switches in expecting a Swords Dance (I certainly did this). The only thing I see really holding this set back is the massive Cinccino usage. If you use Substitute at the wrong time Cinccino will completely wreck you, so I guess that has to be taken into account when building a team around this. Granted Cinccino won't be switching into Samurott much anyway, but once it is aware of Substitute it can play around it.DTC and I came up with this set when we were building a team together.
Sub Salac Samurott
Samurott @ Salac Berry
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
- Surf / Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- Grass Knot / Hidden Power Grass
This Samurott uses the element of surprise and great coverage to destroy its usual counters. Special Samurott can beat or at least severely injure its usual counters, such as Altaria, Alomomola, and Amoonguss. With Substitute, it can set up on weak attackers such as Wartortle and start firing off powerful attacks. Salac Berry is the crux of this set, allowing Samurott to run through unprepared teams with Torrent-boosted Surfs.
Sub Salac Samurott is best utilized with hazards, since it can be rather underwhelming without a Torrent boost. Cacturne and Garbador are both good Spikers to run alongside it since they can take Grass-type attacks aimed at it. Cacturne has the advantage of also resisting Electric while Garbador can set up on Amoonguss, which can still beat this Samurott at full HP. With Stealth Rocks and one layer of Spikes up, Samurott is guaranteed to 2HKO 252 HP / 112 SpD Bold Amoonguss on the switch. With Stealth Rocks and three layers of Spikes, this set can even 2HKO 252 HP / 252 SpD Calm Amoonguss with Ice Beam. Besides hazards, this set does not require much team support. Something that can take Cinccino's attacks such as Tangela or Probopass would be helpful since it can KO Samurott under a Sub if it doesn't have the Salac Berry boost under its belt.
4 HP EV's make it so that Salac Berry activates on the third Substitute. A Timid nature is very important and allows Samurott to beat Absol, Adamant Braviary, and other Samurott. It also gives it the ability to outsrun every unboosted Pokemon in the tier besides Electrode after Salac Berry activates.
The moves are standard for Special Samurott. Hydro Pump can be used over Surf to hit extremely hard, although it might let you down sometimes. Hidden Power Grass deserves a mention over Grass Knot since it hits light Pokemon such as Alomomola, Wartortle, and Gorebyss harder. However, a stronger hit against Lapras and other Fatmons can be useful.
Any this is a cool set, more like this please! And can we have some more actual discussion, as opposed to one or two line posts.