GG Rayquaza [WIP]

Clastia

formerly Clasmia
Rayquaza is a great God thanks to its insane base 150 offensive stats, its above average speed for a God at 95, and its good 105 HP. It also has two of the best moves in the game with Dragon Ascent and V-Create. To top this all off, it gets Extreme Speed, which allows Rayquaza to finish off decently weakened threats like Weavile and Tapu Koko. However, Rayquaza is not without its flaws. Its weakness to Stealth Rock, 95 base Speed, and 4 moveslot syndrome leaves a lot to desire. It is also weak to many common revenge killers in Tapu Lele, Persian-Alola and more.

[SET]
name: Choice Band
move 1: Dragon Ascent
move 2: V-Create
move 3: Extreme Speed
move 4: Earthquake / Dragon Claw
item: Choice Band
ability: Air Lock
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Choice Band Rayquaza is one of the strongest breakers in the tier. Dragon Ascent is Rayquaza's main STAB of choice, having the ability to OHKO non-resists up to opposing Rayquaza in bulk with ease. V-Create allows Rayquaza to break Pokemon that resist Dragon Ascent such as Necrozma-DM, Corviknight, some Stealth Rock-chipped Skarmory, and often Zamazenta-C, while Extreme Speed deals a lot of damage in its own right while being able to finish off chipped Pokemon like Weavile, Tapu Lele outside of Psychic Terrain, and Raichu-Alola. Earthquake has similar coverage to V-Create while not lowering stats and being able to deal Super-effective damage to Rock-types like Tyranitar along with OHKOing Tapu Koko on the switch and Heatran without Air Balloon, although it is a lot weaker. Dragon Claw is an alternative to Earthquake that allows Rayquaza to break Rotom-Heat and the uncommon Specially Defensive Rotom-Wash, plus bulkier Dragon-types such as Garchomp, Giratina, and Kyurem-Black.

Choice Band Rayquaza fits best on Bulky Offense and Balance teams that can get it in safely often, so teammates like Rotom-Wash, Tapu Koko, and Landorus-Therian are appreciated. Defog support from Rotom-Wash, Corviknight, and similar is required for maximum effectiveness. Rayquaza struggles to break resists to its main coverage moves in the likes of Rotom-Wash, Persian-Alola and on non-Earthquake sets bulky Heatran, so answers to those like Tapu Koko, Zygarde-10%, and Kartana make for good teammates. Revenge Killers like Tapu Lele, Tapu Koko and Weavile shut down Rayquaza, so defensive answers like Ferrothorn, Corviknight and Landorus-Therian all help a large amount. Rayquaza's high offenses means that it greatly allows receivers like Tapu Koko, Moltres-Galar, Zygarde-10%, and Rillaboom to have a much better time at breaking or sweeping. Its good 105 HP stat also makes it a good donor for the likes of Rotom-Wash, Landorus-Therian, and more, while its 95 base Speed works as a good booster for naturally slow breakers like Volcanion and Bisharp.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Dragon Ascent
move 2: V-Create / Earthquake
move 3: Scale Shot / Extreme Speed
move 4: Swords Dance
item: Life Orb / Heavy-Duty Boots / Focus Sash
ability: Air Lock
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Paragraph 1:
- role that the Pokemon plays
- coverage moves that affect its role
- EV spread in one sentence or less

Paragraph 2:
- brief example of teammates that benefit from the Pokemon's presence
- brief example of foes that the Pokemon is vulnerable to + teammates to help cover them

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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An Adamant nature can be ran on the Choice Band set to break 150 HP Skarmory more effectively along with having a slight chance to 2HKO lower HP Rotom-Wash, but being unable to outspeed base 90 Pokemon such as Groudon generally hurts its viability more. Scale Shot is an option on Choice Band sets in the fourth slot; however, this is inconsistent and is only useful for breaking Lunala from full and having a slight possibility to sometimes break lower HP Rotom-Wash. Dragon Dance with V-Create and either Extreme Speed or Earthquake is an option with Life Orb, but is noticeably weaker than Swords Dance and only benefits from the lack of need to use Scale Shot on non-Extreme Speed sets and is otherwise outclassed. A mixed set with 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe, a Life Orb, and a Naive nature paired with Draco Meteor, Extreme Speed, and either V-Create or Earthquake is an option to target regular physically defensive switch-ins to Rayquaza; however, this lacks longevity and the lack of damage from Draco Meteor otherwise makes this set incredibly inconsistent.

Checks and Counters
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**Stealth Rock**: Rayquaza is best run with an offensive item, so will always take massive damage upon entry if Stealth Rock is left up.

**Revenge Killers**: Revenge Killers like Weavile, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Koko can outspeed and OHKO Rayquaza. In particular, Tapu Lele outspeeds Rayquaza and shuts down both of its main sets thanks to its Fairy typing and Psychic Terrain.

**Physically Bulky Resists**: Physically bulky resists like Rotom-Wash, Skarmory, and Persian-Alola make it difficult for Rayquaza to make progress as they can easily shrug off the attacks that Rayquaza fires at them. Skarmory and similar do have to be careful of V-Create, however.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Clastia, 545372]]
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