Monotype Rotom-W (Water)

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name: Nasty Plot + Substitute (Water)
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Substitute
move 3: Thunderbolt
move 4: Hydro Pump / Dark Pulse
item: Leftovers
ability: Levitate
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Rotom-W is a decent setup sweeper on Water teams thanks to its access to Nasty Plot in tandem with Substitute. Substitute allows Rotom-W to set up on more passive Pokemon such as Toxapex, Pelipper, Mandibuzz, and Jellicent, posing a huge threat to types such as Water, Ghost, and Dark. Thunderbolt and Hydro Pump are Rotom-W's STAB moves, with Hydro Pump being especially strong under rain. Thunderbolt hits everything on Water bar Seismitoad and the uncommon Gastrodon, and Hydro Pump beats them both if they are Swift Swim and Sticky Hold, respectively. Dark Pulse is an alternative option over Hydro Pump in order to hit Pokemon such as Celebi, Seismitoad, and Ferrothorn. Generally, Rotom-W should try to look for opportunities to punch holes in the opposition early- to mid-game for other sweepers like Barraskewda and Seismitoad to sweep late-game, since Rotom-W won't be sweeping by itself most of the time. A Timid nature along with maximum Speed investment is used to outspeed Pokemon such as Gyarados and Togekiss that can be problematic to deal with otherwise.

Pelipper's Drizzle is great for boosting Rotom-W's Hydro Pump, and Pelipper can bring in Rotom-W safely with U-turn. Keldeo primarily is an amazing partner for Rotom-W because it can beat Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Hydreigon that would otherwise be problematic, while Keldeo appreciates Rotom-W's ability to beat Flying-type Pokemon such as Togekiss and Corviknight for it. Other offensive Pokemon like Seismitoad, Barraskewda, and Choice Scarf Dracovish appreciate Rotom-W's role as a early- to mid-game wallbreaker in order to sweep teams late-game. Rotom-W also appreciates said Pokemon to beat Pokemon that it can't, such as Ferrothorn, while outspeeding faster Pokemon such as Indeedee, Hydreigon, and Dragapult. Toxapex is a good partner for Rotom-W because of its access to Toxic Spikes, which helps with types such as Normal, Psychic, and Fairy. Toxapex is also great as a defensive pivot, being able to switch into attacks such as Ferrothorn's Power Whip for Rotom-W. Araquanid is a good partner for Rotom-W because of its ability to set Sticky Web and slow down faster Pokemon such as Mew, Indeedee, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir for it to outspeed. It can also threaten Celebi with Leech Life.

[SET]
name: Defensive Defog (Water)
move 1: Defog
move 2: Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave
move 3: Hydro Pump
move 4: Volt Switch
item: Leftovers
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Rotom-W's good bulk coupled with its defensive typing and access to Volt Switch makes it a good defensive pivot and Defog user on Water teams. Defog prevents the team from being overwhelmed with entry hazards, especially Spikes and Sticky Web; Levitate is especially great with Defog, as it allows Rotom-W to avoid all hazards bar Stealth Rock. Spikes is obnoxious to deal with because it chips almost all of Rotom-W's teammates down, and Sticky Web slows down offensive Pokemon such as Barraskewda, Dracovish, Keldeo, and Seismitoad, making sweeping relatively harder. Will-O-Wisp is used to cripple physical attackers such as Bisharp and Mimikyu, while Thunder Wave can be used to slow down faster Pokemon such as Gardevoir, Duraludon and Dragapult for the team. Volt Switch should be used liberally to grab momentum, whether against Pokemon Rotom-W can't outright beat such as Reuniclus and Snorlax, faster Pokemon, or forced switches. Rotom-W should generally look for opportunities to pivot into resisted attacks such as Seismitoad's Hydro Pump and Togekiss's Air Slash so it can use Defog safety and grab momentum. However, it does lack a form of reliable recovery, so be careful when switching it into stronger attacks and preserve its HP.

The entire Water team appreciates Rotom-W's ability to remove hazards. Pokemon such as Pelipper and Toxapex in particular hate getting chipped by Stealth Rock and Spikes, as it limits their ability to switch in and do their job well. Offensive Pokemon such as Keldeo, Crawdaunt, Dracovish, Barraskewda, and Cloyster also hate taking chip damage and struggle with Sticky Web, as they rely on their Speed stats to consistently threaten the opposing team. Rotom-W can also pivot into stronger attacks for the aforementioned offensive Pokemon and can use Volt Switch in order to grab momentum, giving them a safe switch. In return, many of these offensive Pokemon can use the safe switch in to beat Pokemon that Rotom-W can't such as Ferrothorn, Indeedee, Hydreigon, and Dragapult. Rotom-W appreciates Pokemon such as Dracovish, Pelipper, Seismitoad, and Mantine, as they are able to threaten Celebi for it. Toxapex is a good defensive Pokemon that pairs well with Rotom-W because of its ability to absorb status from Pokemon such as Drapion and Mandibuzz, and it can pivot into stronger attacks such as Roserade's Leaf Storm and Lucario's Focus Blast for Rotom-W. It can also use Haze to prevent setup sweepers such as Hydreigon and Reuniclus from getting out of hand.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Decem, 362454]]
- Water analysis by: [[Decem, 362454]]
- Quality checked by: [[Havens, 391540], [Confluxx, 408641]]
- Grammar checked by: [[ACakeWearingAHat, 388157]]
 
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-The only Water/Ground that Rotom would actually beat without their Water immune abilities would be SS Seismitoad; I could never see Gastrodon running Sticky Hold in a generation where Knock Off distribution is incredibly limited so it's probably best to restructure that point.
-It might be worth mentioning that Rotom could only take on non-DD boosted Gyarados, as any Gyarados with a DD boost is liable to get OHKOed by a potential Power Whip.

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[SET]
Nasty Plot + Substitute

Slash Dark Pulse with Hydro Pump and talk about what it accomplishes such as hitting Pokemon such as Seismitoad, Ferrothorn, and Celebi.

I'd remove the Drednaw mention as I think it's obsolete now.

Water shouldn't struggle much against Ground so I'd give another example for Toxic Spikes. Also mention Toxapex's role as a pivot thanks to its bulk.

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[SET]
Defensive Defog

When you talk about Defog and how it can remove Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Sticky Web, mention that Rotom's Levitate lets it perform this role really well since it doesn't get affected by them.

Mention how Rotom-W has no form of recovery so its HP should be preserved if its needed to check something.

Maybe add something about Celebi in the second paragraph cause it's a pretty big threat. Pelipper / Mantine are probably the most reliable checks. Sludge Wave Seismitoad can also threaten it, as well as Cloyster depending on how much Speed its running.

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[SET]
name: Nasty Plot + Substitute (Water)
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Substitute
move 3: Thunderbolt
move 4: Hydro Pump / Dark Pulse
item: Leftovers
ability: Levitate
nature: Timid
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Rotom-W is a decent setup sweeper on Water teams, (RC) thanks to its access to Nasty Plot in tandem with Substitute. Substitute allows Rotom-W to set up on more passive Pokemon such as Toxapex, Pelipper, Mandibuzz, and Jellicent, posing a huge threat to types such as Water, Ghost, and Dark. Thunderbolt and Hydro Pump are Rotom-W's STAB moves, with Hydro Pump being especially strong under rain. Thunderbolt hits everything on Water bar Seismitoad, (RC) and the uncommon Gastrodon, and Hydro Pump beats them both if they are Swift Swim and Sticky Hold, (AC) respectively. Dark Pulse is an alternative option over Hydro Pump in order to hit Pokemon such as Celebi, Seismitoad, and Ferrothorn. Generally, Rotom-W should try to look for opportunities to punch holes in the opposition early early- to mid-game for other sweepers like Barraskewda and Seismitoad to sweep late game late-game, since Rotom-W won't be sweeping by itself most of the time. A Timid nature along with maximum Speed investments investment is used to outspeed Pokemon such as Gyarados and Togekiss which that can be problematic to deal with otherwise.

Pelipper's Drizzle is great for boosting Rotom-W's Hydro Pump, and Pelipper can bring in Rotom-W safetly safely with U-turn. Keldeo primarily is an amazing partner for Rotom-W because it can beat Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Hydreigon that would otherwise be problematic, while Keldeo appreciates Rotom-W's ability to beat Flying-type Pokemon such as Togekiss and Corviknight for it. Other offensive Pokemon like Seismitoad, Barraskewda, and Choice Scarf Dracovish appreciate Rotom-W's role as a early early- to mid-game breaker wallbreaker in order to sweep teams late game late-game. Rotom-W also appreciates said Pokemon to beat Pokemon that it can't, such as Ferrothorn, while outspeeding faster Pokemon such as Indeedee, Hydreigon, and Dragapult. Toxapex is a good partner for Rotom-W because of its access to Toxic Spikes, which helps with types such as Normal, Psychic, and Fairy. Toxapex is also great as a defensive pivot, being able to switch into attacks such as Ferrothorn’s Ferrothorn's Power Whip for Rotom-W. Araquanid is a good partner for Rotom-W because if of its ability to set Sticky Web and slow down faster Pokemon such as Mew, Indeedee, and Choice Scarf Gardevoir for it to outspeed. It can also threaten Celebi with Leech Life.

[SET]
name: Defensive Defog (Water)
move 1: Defog
move 2: Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave
move 3: Hydro Pump
move 4: Volt Switch
item: Leftovers
ability: Levitate
nature: Bold
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
Rotom-W's good bulk coupled with its defensive typing and access to Volt Switch makes it a good defensive pivot and Defog user on Water teams. Defog is important as it prevents the team from being overwhelmed with entry hazards, especially Spikes and Sticky Web, (RC) while; (ASC) Levitate is especially great for with Defog, (AC) as it allows Rotom-W to avoid all hazards bar Stealth Rock. The former Spikes is obnoxious to deal with because it chips almost all of Rotom-W's teammates down, and the latter Sticky Web slows down offensive Pokemon such as Barraskewda, Dracovish, Keldeo, and Seismitoad, making sweeping relatively harder. Will-O-Wisp is used to cripple physical attackers such as Bisharp and Mimikyu, while Thunder Wave can be used to slow down faster Pokemon such as Gardevoir, Duraludon and Dragapult for the team. Volt Switch should be used liberally to grab momentum, whether its against Pokemon Rotom-W can't outright beat such as Reuniclus and Snorlax, faster Pokemon, or against forced switches. Rotom-W should generally look for opportunities to pivot into resisted attacks such as Seismitoad's Hydro Pump and Togekiss's Air Slash so it can use Defog safety and grab momentum. However, it does lack a form of reliable recovery, (AC) so be careful when switching it into stronger attacks and preserve its HP.

The entire Water team appreciates Rotom-W's ability to remove hazards. Pokemon such as Pelipper and Toxapex in particular hate getting chipped by Stealth Rock and Spikes, as it limits their ability to switch in and do their job well. Offensive Pokemon such as Keldeo, Crawdaunt, Dracovish, Barraskewda, (AC) and Cloyster also hate taking chip damage and struggles struggle with Sticky Web, as they rely on their Speed stats to consistently threaten the opposing team. Rotom-W can also pivot into stronger attacks for the aforementioned offensive Pokemon and can use Volt Switch in order to grab momentum, giving them a safe switch-in switch. In return, many of these offensive Pokemon can use the safe switch in to beat Pokemon that Rotom-W can't by itself as a result of the safe switch in such as Ferrothorn, Indeedee, Hydreigon, and Dragapult respectively. Rotom-W appreciates Pokemon such as Dracovish, Pelipper, Seismitoad, and Mantine, (AC) as they are able to threaten Celebi for it. Toxapex is a good defensive Pokemon that pairs well with Rotom-W because of its ability to absorb status from Pokemon such as Drapion and Mandibuzz, and it can pivot into stronger attacks such as Roserade's Leaf Storm and Lucario's Focus Blast for Rotom-W. It can also use Haze to prevent setup sweepers such as Hydreigon and Reuniclus from getting out of hand.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[<username1>, <userid1>]]
- <Type> analysis by: [[<username1>, <userid1>]]
- Quality checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>], [<username2>, <userid2>]]
- Grammar checked by: [[<username1>, <userid1>]]
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