Roserade has found its place in RU as a Spiker that is able to stand up to the top Electric-types Raikou and Xurkitree. Once it switches in, its good STAB combination can be difficult for teams without a particularly bulky Steel- or Poison-type to handle. Its Spikes support is greatly appreciated by wallbreakers and setup sweepers, as it helps to wear down their conventional checks. Additionally, Natural Cure Roserade is one of the best switch-ins to bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune, being able to negate Scald burns. However, Roserade's low Defense and average Speed are easily exploited by physical attackers such as Barraskewda, Choice Scarf Mienshao, and Choice Scarf Heracross. While Roserade's main opportunities to switch in are against Pokemon such as Raikou, Xurkitree, and Milotic, these Pokemon can easily pivot out with Volt Switch or Flip Turn. Roserade is also pressured by common Flying-types such as Crobat and Noivern, which KO it with their STAB moves immediately or after a bit of prior damage.
move 1: Spikes
move 2: Giga Drain / Leaf Storm
move 3: Sludge Bomb
move 4: Synthesis / Sleep Powder
item: Heavy-Duty Boots / Black Sludge
ability: Natural Cure
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Giga Drain keeps Roserade healthy without pressuring it to constantly use Synthesis. On the other hand, Leaf Storm pressures checks such as Metagross and Stakataka with Spikes up while also OHKOing offensive threats such as Xurkitree and Mienshao with Spikes on the field. Synthesis allows Roserade to more reliably check Raikou and Xurkitree. On the other hand, Sleep Powder is able to net free turns for teammate wallbreakers or setup sweepers. Heavy-Duty Boots keeps entry hazards from pressuring Roserade into repeatedly using Synthesis. However, on teams with sufficient entry hazard control, Black Sludge can be considered to provide Roserade with extra recovery, which can help it take attacks more comfortably.
Roserade is unable to hit most Steel-types, including Metagross and Registeel, for any meaningful damage. Therefore, Fighting-type wallbreakers such as Mienshao and Heracross make for good partners. They also greatly appreciate Roserade's Spikes support and ability to handle bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Suicune. Late-game sweepers such as Sharpedo and Tyrantrum also appreciate Roserade's Spikes support weakening their checks. In order to increase the effectiveness of Spikes, Knock Off users such as Incineroar and Heracross are necessary to remove Heavy-Duty Boots. Rock- and Steel-types such as Diancie, Stakataka, and Registeel check Flying-types, which threaten to easily KO Roserade and remove Spikes with Defog. Fire-types such as Darmanitan and Entei are a huge nuisance to Roserade, so bulky Water-types such as Milotic, Gastrodon, and Seismitoad complement it nicely. Gastrodon's and Seismitoad's ability to check Electric-types alleviates pressure from Roserade and prevents it from getting too worn down throughout the course of the game, especially if it chooses to run Sleep Powder over Synthesis.
Life Orb can be used with Leaf Storm to provide greater damage output and a chance to OHKO threats such as Volcanion and Necrozma while also doing more damage against Steel-types such as Cobalion, Metagross and Steelix. However, this comes at the cost of being more vulnerable to Electric-types due to Life Orb recoil. Grass Knot is an alternative Grass-type STAB move that provides consistent damage against Pokemon such as Stakataka, Suicune, and Raikou. However, it does not provide recovery like Giga Drain and does not have as much damage potential as Leaf Storm. Shadow Ball hits some of Roserade's conventional checks in Chandelure, Doublade, and Metagross, while Extrasensory hits Poison-types such as Crobat, Dragalge, Salazzle, and Toxtricity. However, they require Roserade to give up an important utility move.
Checks and Counters
**Assault Vest Reuniclus**: Assault Vest Reuniclus is able to switch into Roserade's attacks with impunity. However, it is susceptible to being worn down by Roserade's Spikes and poison from Sludge Bomb, and it has to watch out for Sleep Powder.
**Steel-types**: Steel-types such as Metagross and Registeel can switch into Roserade's attacks fairly freely and are immune to Sludge Bomb. However, they are prone to getting worn down by Spikes, have to watch out for Sleep Powder, and have no form of reliable recovery to offset any damage taken.
**Fast Flying-types**: Fast Flying-types such as Crobat and Noivern can be huge nuisances to Roserade, as they outspeed it and can threaten it with STAB moves. However, Noivern is unable to switch in directly, as Sludge Bomb does a lot of damage and can poison it.
**Fire-types**: Fire-types such as Chandelure and Darmanitan threaten Roserade massively with their Fire-type STAB moves, while it is unable to OHKO them. However, they cannot act as direct switch-ins, as Sludge Bomb does decent damage and can limit their effectiveness in the long run with poison.
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