OU Serperior (Revamp) (QC 3/3) (GP 2/2)

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[OVERVIEW]

Serperior's ability to spam Leaf Storm and receive a Special Attack boost due to Contrary makes it a fantastic cleaner for offensively inclined teams that require its ability to handle various threats such as Zygarde, Clefable, and Tapu Bulu. A good matchup against Sticky Web teams due to Contrary and the ability to overpower balance staples such as Clefable and Toxapex makes Serperior excellent against a good portion of the meta. Serperior is also able to take advantage of its switch-ins through the use of Substitute, allowing it to safely use Glare to cripple offensive threats, or Leech Seed to annoy passive Pokemon, limiting its defensive counterplay. Additionally, an amazing Speed tier lets Serperior outspeed many relevant offensive threats such as Mega Latios, Kartana, and Mega Medicham. However, its mediocre bulk means it's a Grass-type that is unable to check Ash-Greninja and switch into strong attacks, and a bad Special Attack stat also means Serperior struggles to deal damage right away.

[SET]
name: Substitute Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Fire
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Glare
item: Leftovers
ability: Contrary
nature: Timid
evs: 56 HP / 200 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Hidden Power Fire allows Serperior to hit sturdy Grass-resistant Pokemon such as Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. Substitute takes advantage of passive threats that rely on status or are too weak to break it in one turn, such as Toxapex and Rotom-W. Glare is used to cripple switch-ins such as Tornadus-T and Heatran and also to paralyze offensive threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Latios, and Volcarona. Leech Seed can be used over Glare to allow Serperior to wear down and eventually beat its checks such as Heatran, Zapdos, and Assault Vest Magearna.

Set Details
========

56 HP investment prevents Serperior's Substitute from being broken by Rotom-W's Hydro Pump and Ferrothorn's Power Whip, while the remaining EVs are placed into Speed and Special Attack.

Usage Tips
========

Due to its mediocre bulk, avoid switching Serperior into strong attacks, as they will leave it heavily weakened. Thus, Serperior should attempt to safely get on the field against threats it has a good matchup against, such as Zygarde and Ferrothorn. Make sure to conserve Leaf Storm's limited PP. Attempt to use Glare against Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of its targets such as Kyurem-B, Tornadus-T, and Heatran can either OHKO Serperior or deal heavy damage to it if they don't get fully paralyzed. Similarly to Glare, if using Leech Seed, predict switch-ins and use Leech Seed as they come in; afterwards, use Substitute repeatedly to let Leech Seed wear down the target while keeping Serperior safe from damage and status. Certain Pokemon that Serperior otherwise handles well can run status moves to cripple it, such as Zygarde with its own Glare and Clefable with Thunder Wave, so try to scout for those moves with Substitute and avoid status as a whole, since it prevents Serperior from properly wallbreaking. Serperior can be used early in the match to weaken defensive walls for teammates, but it can also be conserved to be an effective late-game cleaner, so make sure to use it wisely.

Team Options
========

Offense staples such as Magearna, Zygarde, and Mega Medicham are prime partners for Serperior, as they pressure Heatran and help Serperior break down teams, especially in tandem with Glare support. Ribombee is also a good partner, as Serperior punishes Defog due to Contrary and can deal with Rapid Spin Excadrill by using Substitute to avoid Toxic. U-turn and Volt Switch users such as Tapu Koko, Choice Scarf Greninja, and Assault Vest Magearna can get Serperior on the field safely against passive walls such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. All three examples also help against Ash-Greninja thanks to their Dark resistance. Wallbreakers such as Mega Mawile, Mega Medicham, and Ash-Greninja all enjoy their checks getting paralyzed in order to break through them more easily. In addition, both Greninja formes can utilize Spikes and also keep up the pressure against Tornadus-T and Heatran. Heatran itself is an ideal partner, as it's able to draw in Water-types that Serperior can take advantage of such as Gastrodon, Rotom-W, and Tapu Fini while being able to threaten Steel-types that Serperior struggles with like Celesteela and Magearna. Water-type teammates such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are appreciated, as they handle Ash-Greninja while easing the matchup versus certain Fire-types such as Heatran, Volcarona, and Mega Charizard Y.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Dropping Hidden Power Fire and running a Glare + Leech Seed set is a possible option, although it leaves Serperior incapable of dealing with sturdy Grass-resistant Pokemon such as Tangrowth, Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. It also comes with PP problems and reliance on Leech Seed for damage to save PP. A Defog + Synthesis set is able to remove hazards against the likes of Clefable, Ferrothorn, and Toxapex while keeping itself healthy. This set is unable to handle Heatran, however, which therefore is able to keep up its hazards.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Pressure Users**: Moltres sports a positive type advantage versus Serperior and PP stalls its Leaf Storms. Zapdos is a shakier check, but Heat Wave does over half and Zapdos can spam Roost enough to use up all of Serperior's Leaf Storms, although Leech Seed variants can give it some trouble. Even Suicune behind a Substitute is able to PP stall Serperior by repeatedly using Protect and Substitute.

**Fire-types**: Although all of OU's viable Fire-types are annoyed by Glare or Leech Seed, they're all able to handle Serperior decently well. Heatran, Blacephalon, and Mega Charizard Y can throw off super effective attacks, while Volcarona, Victini, and Mega Charizard X can use Serperior as setup fodder.

**Dragon-types**: Kyurem-B, Mega Latios, Mega Latias, and Hydreigon can all pivot into Serperior and deal heavy damage with their respective STAB moves or Ice-type coverage while keeping themselves healthy with Roost, although none enjoy being hit by Glare.

**Grass-types**: Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Tangrowth are all able to handle Serperior with their access to Sludge Bomb, as well as Clear Smog in Amoonguss's case. Mega Venusaur also has a neutrality to Hidden Power Fire due to Thick Fat, and Amoonguss and Tangrowth both utilize Regenerator, which makes them harder to chip down.

**Steel-types**: Celesteela and all Magearna sets have the potential to beat Serperior one-on-one, although Glare can help Serperior muscle past them in conjunction with boosted Hidden Power Fires.

**Chansey**: Massive special bulk, access to reliable recovery, and Natural Cure healing off status makes Chansey somewhat of an obstacle, although it dislikes Leech Seed + Substitute in tandem with boosted Leaf Storms.

**Faster Pokemon and Priority**: Faster offensive Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Lopunny can put a quick end to Serperior's sweep, although Glare can alleviate this problem. Serperior is also vulnerable to strong priority from the likes of Mega Mawile, Choice Band Zygarde, and Mega Pinsir.


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Felixx, 401973]]
- Quality checked by: [[lyd, 303291], [Jordy, 395754], [Indigo Plateau, 216712]]
- Grammar checked by: [[GMars, 273636], [The Dutch Plumberjack, 232216]]
 
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[Overview]
A good match up versus Sticky Web teams due to Contrary and the ability to overpower Balance builds means Serperior is excellent against a good portion of the meta.
  • Be a little clearer on this point. Not many readers can figure out how Serperior threatens Balance on their own.
Its mediocre bulk means it's a Grass-type that is unable to check Ash-Greninja and makes it's harder to fit on teams
  • I mean, I don't think this is a huge issue, you can just pair it with a Water-type like Thapex or Gastro and you'll be fine, this feels a bit exaggerated.
[Moves]
Glare is used to paralyze speed boosting threats such as Volcarona and Mega Charizard X, and possibly generate free turns against defensive walls and pivots such as Toxapex, Tornadus-T, and Heatran.
  • I'd mention would-be offensive checks like Mega Alakazam and Mega Latios before Volcarona and possibly axe Mega Charizard X, not as relevant in comparison.
[Usage Tips]
Thus, Serperior should attempt to safely get on the field against threats it has a good match-up with, such as Zygarde and Kartana.
  • I'm not so sure about Kartana. Choice Scarf just cleanly 2HKOes and Serperior can't really take Choice Band Knock Off or Smart Strike after some damage.
  • Mention how to gauge when to use Seperior earlier on in the game and when save it for later. In general try to expand on Usage Tips a bit more.
Attempt to Glare Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of Glare's targets can either OHKO it or deal heavy damage if they don't get fully paralyzed.
  • Give a couple examples.
  • Talk a bit about Leech Seed on the switch for Heatran and what not.
[Team Options]
  • This section is aight, but I feel like it's too offense oriented as of now, try to sprinkle some more Balance partners in there, specifically Water-types that can cover that Ash-Greninja thing you said in Overview.
[Other Options]
  • Mention Glare + Leech Seed here too.
1/3 good job!
 
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[Moves]

  • Substitute takes advantage of passive threats that rely on status or are too weak to break it in one turn, such as against Toxapex and Rotom-W, it can also be used against a paralyzed target to hopefully acquire free turns.
Also mention that it can potentially create a free turn to Glare Heatran and faster Pokemon such as Mega Alakazam and Tornadus-T.

  • Glare is used to paralyze offensive threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Latios, and Volcarona, and possibly generate free turns against defensive walls and pivots such as Toxapex, Tornadus-T, and Heatran.
Reword this to talk about how it fucks with "answers" like Tornadus-T and Heatran first, then talk about paralyzing offensive threats.

[Set Details]

  • 56 HP investment allows Serperior's Substitute to never get broken by Rotom-W's Hydro Pump and Ferrothorn's Power Whip. Maximum Speed investment with a Timid nature takes advantage of Serperior's incredible speed tier, and the rest of the EVs are thrown into Special Attack.
Mention Pokemon that the investment lets it outspeed.

[Usage Tips]

  • Attempt to Glare Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of Glare's targets such Kyurem-B and Tornadus-T can either OHKO it or deal heavy damage if they don't get fully paralyzed.
Mention Heatran here aswell.

[Team Options]

  • Hyper Offense staples such as Bisharp and Mimikyu are prime partners for Serperior, as both can help clean and break down teams, while also weakening Heatran, especially in tandem with Glare support.
Bisharp and Mimikyu are very rarely seen on HO teams anymore, far from staples. Pokemon such as Ribombee, Magearna, Zygarde, and Mega Medicham would be better examples here. Specifically when mentioning Ribombee you should talk about how Serperior punishes Defog.

  • Wallbreakers such as Mega Mawile, Kartana, Tapu Lele are able to pressure Serperior's Fire-, Steel-, and Grass-type checks effectively, allowing it to have a better chance to sweep late-game.
Mention Mega Medicham and Mega Scizor aswell, also talk about how these Pokemon like Tornadus-T and Heatran paralyzed, which Serperior usually manages to bait in.

Add Ash-Greninja and Greninja aswell for their ability to set Spikes and keep pressure on Heatran and Tornadus-T.

[Other Options]

  • Giga Drain can be used as a secondary STAB move, as it has perfect accuracy, more PP, and restores HP, although Serperior is already strapped for moveslots. Dragon Pulse can be used to hit Mega Latios and Mega Latias, as both can take boosted Leaf Storms and retaliate with Ice Beam, but faces the same moveslot problems.
  • Grassium Z can be run to provide a one-time nuke, but losing Leftovers means Serperior gets worn down much more easily.
Delete these, 3 attacks Serperior and Serperior without Leftovers (if not scarfed) are unviable

  • Dropping Hidden Power Fire and running a Glare + Leech Seed set is another possible option, although running a mono-Leaf Storm Serperior comes with coverage problems depending on the opponents team composition.
Mention how it makes Serperior incapable of breaking through Ferrothorn, one of the biggest balance staples(and thus making it incapable of breaking most common balances). It also comes with PP problems.

[Checks and Counters]

**Grass-types**: Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Tangrowth are all able to handle Serperior with their access Sludge Bomb, Amoonguss even being able to run Clear Smog to remove its Leaf Storm boosts. Mega Venusaur also has a neutrality to Hidden Power Fire due to Thick Fat, and Amoonguss and Tangrowth both utilize Regenerator to not get chipped down.
Reword this to say "which makes them harder to chip down", instead of "to not get chipped down".

**Faster Pokemon and Priority**: Faster offensive Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Lopunny can put a quick end to Serperior's sweep. Serperior is also vulnerable to strong priority from the likes of Mega Mawile, Choice Band Zygarde, and Mega Pinsir.
Mention Glare somewhat alleviating this issue.

2/3
, nice job.
 
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For scarf serp:

Serperior @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Contrary
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Leaf Storm
- Glare
- Defog
- Knock Off

This set revolves around only sweeping with Leaf Storm of course, but trying to catch other switch ins off guard when revenge killing in the mid game. Glare of course can also be great for crippling other scarfs that are slower that Serp, which can be killer with the right team match ups. Defog is great as again its speed can confirm a Defog off when needed, especially against Sticky Web teams, where Contrary also grants a speed boost. Lastly, Knock Off can be used for getting rid of Chancey's Eviolite. Chancey is a very common switch in to Serp, even more so than Heatran as many Heatran players do fear a Glare plus SubSeed. Chancy at least has Natural Cure, so it can soak a Glare. Knock Off is also great for getting rid of those scarf users if needed, and can remove leftovers on a Heatran or Celesteela. If anything, HP Fire / Ground can also be used as bait, but scarf Serp teams again purely revolve around Leaf Storm sweeping; all other move pool options are meant to maximize its potential with debilitating its switch ins.
 

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"Grass Snek"
[OVERVIEW]

Serperior's ability to spam Leaf Storms makes it a fantastic cleaner for offensively inclined teams that require its ability to handle various threats such as Zygarde, Toxapex, and Ferrothorn. (remove Toxapex from here because Toxic still screws you over on the switch) A good match-up versus Sticky Web teams due to Contrary and being able to overpower Balance staples such as Clefable (add Toxapex here instead) means Serperior is excellent against a good portion of the meta. Serperior is also able to annoy its switch-ins through the use of Glare or Leech Seed, limiting its defensive counterplay. Additionally, an amazing Speed tier lets Serperior outspeed a lot of relevant offensive threats such as Mega Latios, Kartana, and Mega Medicham. However, its mediocre bulk means it's a Grass-type that is unable to check Ash-Greninja and switch into strong attacks, and a bad Special Attack stat also means Serperior struggles to deal damage right away.

Mention Substitute being annoying for passive Pokemon that can't break it in one hit and annoying for offensive Pokemon too in conjuction with Glare

[SET]
name: Substitute Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Fire
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Glare
item: Leftovers
ability: Contrary
nature: Timid
evs: 56 HP / 200 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Add: “When paired with Contrary, Leaf Storm’s high Base Power allows Serperior to sharply raise its Special Attack and beat Pokemon it otherwise wouldn’t, such as x, y, and z.” (this wouldn’t be fluff imo because Serp is the only viable OU mon with Contrary & its a major part of its niche) Hidden Power Fire allows Serperior to hit sturdy Grass resists such as Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. Substitute takes advantage of passive threats that rely on status or are too weak to break it in one turn, such as Toxapex and Rotom-W. Glare is used cripple switch-ins such as Tornadus-T and Heatran and also paralyze offensive threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Latios, and Volcarona. Leech Seed can be used over Glare to allow Serperior to wear down and eventually beat its checks such as Heatran, Zapdos, and Assault Vest Magearna.

Set Details
========

56 HP investment allows Serperior's Substitute to never get broken by Rotom-W's Hydro Pump and Ferrothorn's Power Whip, while the remaining EVs are placed into Speed and Special Attack.

Usage Tips
========

Due to its mediocre bulk, avoid switching Serperior into strong attacks, as it will leave it heavily weakened. Thus, Serperior should attempt to safely get on the field against threats it has a good match-up with, such as Zygarde and Ferrothorn. Make sure to conserve Leaf Storm's limited PP. Attempt to Glare Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of Glare's targets such Kyurem-B, Tornadus-T, and Heatran can either OHKO it or deal heavy damage if they don't get fully paralyzed. Similar to Glare, if using Leech Seed, predict switch-ins and use Leech Seed as they come in, afterwards use Substitute repeatedly to wear down the target and keep Serperior safe from damage and status. Serperior can be used early in the match to weaken defensive walls for teammates, but it can also be conserved to be an effective late game cleaner, so make sure to choose wisely.

Mention avoiding status here as a point, as paralysis (even poison to a lesser extent) really screws with Serperior's good Speed + niche. Give examples like Glare from Zygarde / TWave from Clef etc.

Team Options
========

Hyper Offense (Change to just offense, starting team options with HO can imply it’s mostly ever seen on this archetype) staples such as Magearna, Zygarde, and Mega Medicham are prime partners for Serperior, as they pressure Heatran and help it break down teams, especially in tandem with Glare support. Ribombee is also a good partner, as Serperior punishes Defog due to Contrary and it can deal with Rapid Spin Excadrill by using Substitute to avoid Toxic. U-turn and Volt Switch users such as Tapu Koko, Choice Scarf Greninja, and Assault Vest Magearna can get Serperior on the field safely against passive walls such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. All three examples also provide a Dark resist that helps with Ash-Greninja. Wallbreakers such as Mega Mawile, Mega Medicham, and Mega Scizor (Ash-Greninja or even Alakazam > Scizor fits better here because Serp paralyzes Grass- and Steel- types for them, even when para'd Scizor still struggles with Heatran Celesteela etc) all enjoy their checks getting paralyzed, while both Greninja forms can utilize Spikes and also keep up the pressure against Tornadus-T and Heatran. Heatran itself is an ideal partner as it's able to draw-in Water-types that Serperior can take advantage of such as Gastrodon, Rotom-W, and Tapu Fini. (Mention Heatran's ability to threaten Steel-types that Serperior struggles with like Magearna and Celesteela too) Water-type teammates such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are appreciated as they handle Ash-Greninja while easing the match-up versus certain Fire-types. (Mention specific examples like Heatran and Volcarona here)

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Dropping Hidden Power Fire and running a Glare + Leech Seed set is a possible option, although it leaves you incapable of dealing with sturdy Grass resists such as Ferrothorn and M-Scizor. (add Celesteela and Tangrowth here too) It also comes with PP problems and reliance on Leech Seed for damage to save PP. Serperior can also viably run a Choice Scarf set, the moveset being Leaf Storm and HP Fire, plus two filler moves of either Dragon Pulse, Giga Drain, Knock Off, Defog, or Glare. (remove this sentence for now unless otherwise told bc Scarf is getting a set) Defog + Synthesis is able to remove hazards against the likes of Clefable, Ferrothorn, and Toxapex, while keeping itself healthy. This set is unable to handle Heatran, however, so it's able to keep up its hazards.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Pressure Users**: Moltres sports a positive type advantage versus Serperior and PP stalls its Leaf Storms. Zapdos is a shakier check but Heatwave does over half and can Roost spam enough to use up all of Serperior's Leaf Storms, although Leech Seed variants can give it some trouble. Even Suicune behind a Substitute is able to PP stall Serperior by repeatedly using Protect and the aforementioned Substitute.

**Fire-types**: Although all of OU's viable Fire-types are annoyed by Glare or Leech Seed, they're all able to handle Serperior decently well. Heatran, Blacephalon, and Mega Charizard Y can throw off super effective attacks, while Volcarona, Victini, and Mega Charizard X can use Serperior as setup fodder.

**Dragon-types**: Kyurem-B, Mega Latios, and Mega Latias can all pivot into Serperior and deal heavy damage with their respective Ice-type moves while keeping themselves healthy with Roost, although none enjoy being Glared. (Mention Hydreigon too)

**Grass-types**: Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Tangrowth are all able to handle Serperior with their access Sludge Bomb, and Clear Smog in Amoonguss's case. Mega Venusaur also has a neutrality to Hidden Power Fire due to Thick Fat, and Amoonguss and Tangrowth both utilize Regenerator which makes them harder to chip down.

**Faster Pokemon and Priority**: Faster offensive Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Lopunny can put a quick end to Serperior's sweep, although Glare can alleviate this problem. Serperior is also vulnerable to strong priority from the likes of Mega Mawile, Choice Band Zygarde, and Mega Pinsir.

Mention Chansey because of access to Recovery + Natural Cure but say that Leech Seed + Substitute can annoy it

Mention Steel-types like Celesteela and Magearna as they can beat Serperior 1v1, but note that Serperior can beat annoy them with Glare and stall them out with HP Fire


[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Felixx, 401973]]
- Quality checked by: [[lyd, 303291], [Jordy, 395754], []]
- Grammar checked by: [x, x]
check is in the quote!!
good work, let's get this to GP asap
QC 3/3
 
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"Grass Snek"​

[OVERVIEW]

Serperior's ability to spam Leaf Storm and receive a Special Attack boost due to Contrary makes it a fantastic cleaner for offensively inclined teams that require its ability to handle various threats such as Zygarde, Clefable, and Tapu Bulu. A good match-up versusagainst Sticky Web teams due to Contrary and being ablethe ability to overpower Bbalance staples such as Clefable and Toxapex meansmakes Serperior is excellent against a good portion of the meta. Serperior is also able to take advantage of its switch-ins through the use of Substitute, allowing it to safely use Glare to cripple offensive threats, or Leech Seed to annoy passive Pokemon, limiting its defensive counterplay. Additionally, an amazing Speed tier lets Serperior outspeed a lot ofmany relevant offensive threats such as Mega Latios, Kartana, and Mega Medicham. However, its mediocre bulk means it's a Grass-type that is unable to check Ash-Greninja and switch into strong attacks, and a bad Special Attack stat also means Serperior struggles to deal damage right away.

[SET]
name: Substitute Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Fire
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Glare
item: Leftovers
ability: Contrary
nature: Timid
evs: 56 HP / 200 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Hidden Power Fire allows Serperior to hit sturdy Grass resists such as Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. Substitute takes advantage of passive threats that rely on status or are too weak to break it in one turn, such as Toxapex and Rotom-W. Glare is used cripple switch-ins such as Tornadus-T and Heatran and also paralyze offensive threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Latios, and Volcarona. Leech Seed can be used over Glare to allow Serperior to wear down and eventually beat its checks such as Heatran, Zapdos, and Assault Vest Magearna.

Set Details
========

56 HP investment allows Serperior's Substitute to never getbe broken by Rotom-W's Hydro Pump and Ferrothorn's Power Whip, while the remaining EVs are placed into Speed and Special Attack.

Usage Tips
========

Due to its mediocre bulk, avoid switching Serperior into strong attacks, as it will leave it heavily weakened. Thus, Serperior should attempt to safely get on the field against threats it has a good match-up withagainst, such as Zygarde and Ferrothorn. Make sure to conserve Leaf Storm's limited PP. Attempt to Glare Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of Glare's targets such as Kyurem-B, Tornadus-T, and Heatran can either OHKO it or deal heavy damage if they don't getbecome fully paralyzed. Similar to Glare, if using Leech Seed, predict switch-ins and use Leech Seed as they come in,; afterwards, use Substitute repeatedly to wear down the target and keep Serperior safe from damage and status. Certain Pokemon that Serperior otherwise handles well can run status moves to cripple it, such as Zygarde with it'sits own Glare and Clefable with Thunder Wave, so try to scout for it with Substitute and avoid status as a whole, since it prevents Serperior from properly (redundant) wallbreaking. Serperior can be used early in the match to weaken defensive walls for teammates, but it can also be conserved to be an effective late game cleaner, so make sure to chooseuse it wisely.

Team Options
========

Offense staples such as Magearna, Zygarde, and Mega Medicham are prime partners for Serperior, as they pressure Heatran and help it break down teams, especially in tandem with Glare support. Ribombee is also a good partner, as Serperior punishes Defog due to Contrary, and it can deal with Rapid Spin Excadrill by using Substitute to avoid Toxic. U-turn and Volt Switch users such as Tapu Koko, Choice Scarf Greninja, and Assault Vest Magearna can get Serperior on the field safely against passive walls such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. All three examples also provide a Dark resist that helps with Ash-Greninja. Wallbreakers such as Mega Mawile, Mega Medicham, and Ash-Greninja all enjoy their checks getting paralyzed in order to break through them easier. In addition, both Greninja forms can utilize Spikes and also keep up the pressure against Tornadus-T and Heatran. Heatran itself is an ideal partner as it's able to draw-in Water-types that Serperior can take advantage of such as Gastrodon, Rotom-W, and Tapu Fini, while being able to threaten Steel-types that Serperior struggles with like Celesteela and Magearna. Water-type teammates such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are appreciated as they handle Ash-Greninja while easing the match-up versus certain Fire-types such as Heatran, Volcarona, and Mega Charizard Y.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Dropping Hidden Power Fire and running a Glare + Leech Seed set is a possible option, although it leaves youSerperior incapable of dealing with sturdy Grass resists such as Tangrowth, Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and M-Scizor. It also comes with PP problems and reliance on Leech Seed for damage to save PP. Defog + Synthesis is able to remove hazards against the likes of Clefable, Ferrothorn, and Toxapex, while keeping itself healthy. This set is unable to handle Heatran, however, so it's able to keep up its hazards.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Pressure Users**: Moltres sports a positive type advantage versus Serperior and PP stalls its Leaf Storms. Zapdos is a shakier check, but HeatwaveHeat Wave does over half damage, and Zapdos can Roost spam enough to use up all of Serperior's Leaf Storms, although Leech Seed variants can give it some trouble. Even Suicune behind a Substitute is able to PP stall Serperior by repeatedly using Protect and the aforementioned Substitute.

**Fire-types**: Although all of OU's viable Fire-types are annoyed by Glare or Leech Seed, they're all able to handle Serperior decently well. Heatran, Blacephalon, and Mega Charizard Y can throw off super effective attacks, while Volcarona, Victini, and Mega Charizard X can use Serperior as setup fodder.

**Dragon-types**: Kyurem-B, Mega Latios, Mega Latias, and Hydreigon can all pivot into Serperior and deal heavy damage with their respective STAB moves or Ice-type coverage while keeping themselves healthy with Roost, although none enjoy being Glared.

**Grass-types**: Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Tangrowth are all able to handle Serperior with their access to Sludge Bomb, andor Clear Smog in Amoonguss's case. Mega Venusaur also has a neutrality to Hidden Power Fire due to Thick Fat, and Amoonguss and Tangrowth both utilize Regenerator, which makes them harder to chip down.

**Steel-types**: Celesteela and all Magearna sets can beat Serperior 1v1one on one, although Glare can help Serperior beat them in conjunction with boosted Hidden Power Fires.

**Chansey**: Massive special bulk, access to reliable recovery, and Natural Cure healing off status makes Chansey somewhat of (redundant) an obstacle, although it dislikes Leech Seed + Substitute in tandem with boosted Leaf Storms.

**Faster Pokemon and Priority**: Faster offensive Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Lopunny can put a quick end to Serperior's sweep, although Glare can alleviate this problem. Serperior is also vulnerable to strong priority from the likes of Mega Mawile, Choice Band Zygarde, and Mega Pinsir.
 
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[OVERVIEW]

Serperior's ability to spam Leaf Storm and receive a Special Attack boost due to Contrary makes it a fantastic cleaner for offensively inclined teams that require its ability to handle various threats such as Zygarde, Clefable, and Tapu Bulu. A good matchup (RH) against Sticky Web teams due to Contrary and the ability to overpower balance staples such as Clefable and Toxapex makes Serperior excellent against a good portion of the meta. Serperior is also able to take advantage of its switch-ins through the use of Substitute, allowing it to safely use Glare to cripple offensive threats, or Leech Seed to annoy passive Pokemon, limiting its defensive counterplay. Additionally, an amazing Speed tier lets Serperior outspeed many relevant offensive threats such as Mega Latios, Kartana, and Mega Medicham. However, its mediocre bulk means it's a Grass-type that is unable to check Ash-Greninja and switch into strong attacks, and a bad Special Attack stat also means Serperior struggles to deal damage right away.

[SET]
name: Substitute Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Fire
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Glare
item: Leftovers
ability: Contrary
nature: Timid
evs: 56 HP / 200 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Hidden Power Fire allows Serperior to hit sturdy Grass resists Grass-resistant Pokemon such as Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. Substitute takes advantage of passive threats that rely on status or are too weak to break it in one turn, such as Toxapex and Rotom-W. Glare is used to cripple switch-ins such as Tornadus-T and Heatran and also to paralyze offensive threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Latios, and Volcarona. Leech Seed can be used over Glare to allow Serperior to wear down and eventually beat its checks such as Heatran, Zapdos, and Assault Vest Magearna.

Set Details
========

56 HP investment allows prevents Serperior's Substitute to never get from being broken by Rotom-W's Hydro Pump and Ferrothorn's Power Whip, while the remaining EVs are placed into Speed and Special Attack.

Usage Tips
========

Due to its mediocre bulk, avoid switching Serperior into strong attacks, as it they will leave it heavily weakened. Thus, Serperior should attempt to safely get on the field against threats it has a good matchup (RH) against, such as Zygarde and Ferrothorn. Make sure to conserve Leaf Storm's limited PP. Attempt to use Glare against Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of Glare's targets such as Kyurem-B, Tornadus-T, and Heatran can either OHKO it or deal heavy damage to it if they don't get fully paralyzed. Similar to Glare, if using Leech Seed, predict switch-ins and use Leech Seed as they come in; afterwards, (Added Semicolon and Comma) use Substitute repeatedly to let Leech Seed wear down the target and while keeping Serperior safe from damage and status. Certain Pokemon that Serperior otherwise handles well can run status moves to cripple it, such as Zygarde with its own Glare and Clefable with Thunder Wave, so try to scout for it those moves with Substitute and avoid status as a whole, since it prevents Serperior from properly wallbreaking. Serperior can be used early in the match to weaken defensive walls for teammates, but it can also be conserved to be an effective late-game (AH) cleaner, so make sure to use it wisely.

Team Options
========

Offense staples such as Magearna, Zygarde, and Mega Medicham are prime partners for Serperior, as they pressure Heatran and help it Serperior break down teams, especially in tandem with Glare support. Ribombee is also a good partner, as Serperior punishes Defog due to Contrary and it can deal with Rapid Spin Excadrill by using Substitute to avoid Toxic. U-turn and Volt Switch users such as Tapu Koko, Choice Scarf Greninja, and Assault Vest Magearna can get Serperior on the field safely against passive walls such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. All three examples also provide a Dark-resistant teammate that helps with against Ash-Greninja. Wallbreakers such as Mega Mawile, Mega Medicham, and Ash-Greninja all enjoy their checks getting paralyzed in order to break through them easier more easily. In addition, both Greninja forms formes can utilize Spikes and also keep up the pressure against Tornadus-T and Heatran. Heatran itself is an ideal partner, (AC) as it's able to draw in (RH) Water-types that Serperior can take advantage of such as Gastrodon, Rotom-W, and Tapu Fini, (RC) while being able to threaten Steel-types that Serperior struggles with like Celesteela and Magearna. Water-type teammates such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are appreciated, (AC) as they handle Ash-Greninja while easing the matchup (RH) versus certain Fire-types such as Heatran, Volcarona, and Mega Charizard Y.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Dropping Hidden Power Fire and running a Glare + Leech Seed set is a possible option, although it leaves Serperior incapable of dealing with sturdy Grass resists Grass-resistant Pokemon such as Tangrowth, Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and M-Scizor Mega Scizor. It also comes with PP problems and reliance on Leech Seed for damage to save PP. A Defog + Synthesis set is able to remove hazards against the likes of Clefable, Ferrothorn, and Toxapex, while keeping itself healthy. This set is unable to handle Heatran, however, so it's able to keep up its hazards.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Pressure Users**: Moltres sports a positive type advantage versus Serperior and PP stalls its Leaf Storms. Zapdos is a shakier check, (AC) but Heat Wave does over half and Zapdos can Roost spam Roost enough to use up all of Serperior's Leaf Storms, although Leech Seed variants can give it some trouble. Even Suicune behind a Substitute is able to PP stall Serperior by repeatedly using Protect and the aforementioned Substitute.

**Fire-types**: Although all of OU's viable Fire-types are annoyed by Glare or Leech Seed, they're all able to handle Serperior decently well. Heatran, Blacephalon, and Mega Charizard Y can throw off super effective attacks, while Volcarona, Victini, and Mega Charizard X can use Serperior as setup fodder.

**Dragon-types**: Kyurem-B, Mega Latios, Mega Latias, and Hydreigon can all pivot into Serperior and deal heavy damage with their respective STAB moves or Ice-type coverage while keeping themselves healthy with Roost, although none enjoy being Glared hit by Glare.

**Grass-types**: Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Tangrowth are all able to handle Serperior with their access to Sludge Bomb, and as well as Clear Smog in Amoonguss's case. Mega Venusaur also has a neutrality to Hidden Power Fire due to Thick Fat, and Amoonguss and Tangrowth both utilize Regenerator, (AC) which makes them harder to chip down.

**Steel-types**: Celesteela and all Magearna sets can have the potential to beat Serperior 1v1, although Glare can help Serperior beat muscle past (optional) them in conjunction with boosted Hidden Power Fires.

**Chansey**: Massive special bulk, access to reliable recovery, and Natural Cure healing off status makes Chansey somewhat of an obstacle, although it dislikes Leech Seed + Substitute in tandem with boosted Leaf Storms.

**Faster Pokemon and Priority**: Faster offensive Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Lopunny can put a quick end to Serperior's sweep, although Glare can alleviate this problem. Serperior is also vulnerable to strong priority from the likes of Mega Mawile, Choice Band Zygarde, and Mega Pinsir.


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[OVERVIEW]

Serperior's ability to spam Leaf Storm and receive a Special Attack boost due to Contrary makes it a fantastic cleaner for offensively inclined teams that require its ability to handle various threats such as Zygarde, Clefable, and Tapu Bulu. A good match up matchup against Sticky Web teams due to Contrary and the ability to overpower balance staples such as Clefable and Toxapex makes Serperior excellent against a good portion of the meta. Serperior is also able to take advantage of its switch-ins through the use of Substitute, allowing it to safely use Glare to cripple offensive threats, or Leech Seed to annoy passive Pokemon, limiting its defensive counterplay. Additionally, an amazing Speed tier lets Serperior outspeed many relevant offensive threats such as Mega Latios, Kartana, and Mega Medicham. However, its mediocre bulk means it's a Grass-type that is unable to check Ash-Greninja and switch into strong attacks, and a bad Special Attack stat also means Serperior struggles to deal damage right away.

[SET]
name: Substitute Attacker
move 1: Leaf Storm
move 2: Hidden Power Fire
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Glare
item: Leftovers
ability: Contrary
nature: Timid
evs: 56 HP / 200 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Hidden Power Fire allows Serperior to hit sturdy Grass-resistant Pokemon such as Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. Substitute takes advantage of passive threats that rely on status or are too weak to break it in one turn, such as Toxapex and Rotom-W. Glare is used to cripple switch-ins such as Tornadus-T and Heatran and also to paralyze offensive threats such as Mega Alakazam, Mega Latios, and Volcarona. Leech Seed can be used over Glare to allow Serperior to wear down and eventually beat its checks such as Heatran, Zapdos, and Assault Vest Magearna.

Set Details
========

56 HP investment prevents Serperior's Substitute from being broken by Rotom-W's Hydro Pump and Ferrothorn's Power Whip, while the remaining EVs are placed into Speed and Special Attack.

Usage Tips
========

Due to its mediocre bulk, avoid switching Serperior into strong attacks, as they will leave it heavily weakened. Thus, Serperior should attempt to safely get on the field against threats it has a good matchup against, such as Zygarde and Ferrothorn. Make sure to conserve Leaf Storm's limited PP. Attempt to use Glare against Serperior's checks as they switch in, as most of Glare's its targets such as Kyurem-B, Tornadus-T, and Heatran can either OHKO it Serperior or deal heavy damage to it if they don't get fully paralyzed. Similarly to Glare, if using Leech Seed, predict switch-ins and use Leech Seed as they come in; afterwards, use Substitute repeatedly to let Leech Seed wear down the target while keeping Serperior safe from damage and status. Certain Pokemon that Serperior otherwise handles well can run status moves to cripple it, such as Zygarde with its own Glare and Clefable with Thunder Wave, so try to scout for those moves with Substitute and avoid status as a whole, since it prevents Serperior from properly wallbreaking. Serperior can be used early in the match to weaken defensive walls for teammates, but it can also be conserved to be an effective late-game cleaner, so make sure to use it wisely.

Team Options
========

Offense staples such as Magearna, Zygarde, and Mega Medicham are prime partners for Serperior, as they pressure Heatran and help Serperior break down teams, especially in tandem with Glare support. Ribombee is also a good partner, as Serperior punishes Defog due to Contrary and can deal with Rapid Spin Excadrill by using Substitute to avoid Toxic. U-turn and Volt Switch users such as Tapu Koko, Choice Scarf Greninja, and Assault Vest Magearna can get Serperior on the field safely against passive walls such as Ferrothorn and Toxapex. All three examples also provide a Dark resistant teammate that helps help against Ash-Greninja thanks to their Dark resistance. Wallbreakers such as Mega Mawile, Mega Medicham, and Ash-Greninja all enjoy their checks getting paralyzed in order to break through them more easily. In addition, both Greninja formes can utilize Spikes and also keep up the pressure against Tornadus-T and Heatran. Heatran itself is an ideal partner, as it's able to draw in Water-types that Serperior can take advantage of such as Gastrodon, Rotom-W, and Tapu Fini while being able to threaten Steel-types that Serperior struggles with like Celesteela and Magearna. Water-type teammates such as Toxapex and Gastrodon are appreciated, as they handle Ash-Greninja while easing the matchup versus certain Fire-types such as Heatran, Volcarona, and Mega Charizard Y.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Dropping Hidden Power Fire and running a Glare + Leech Seed set is a possible option, although it leaves Serperior incapable of dealing with sturdy Grass-resistant Pokemon such as Tangrowth, Ferrothorn, Celesteela, and Mega Scizor. It also comes with PP problems and reliance on Leech Seed for damage to save PP. A Defog + Synthesis set is able to remove hazards against the likes of Clefable, Ferrothorn, and Toxapex (RC) while keeping itself healthy. This set is unable to handle Heatran, however, so it's which therefore is (questionably successful attempt to resolve ambiguous it) able to keep up its hazards.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Pressure Users**: Moltres sports a positive type advantage versus Serperior and PP stalls its Leaf Storms. Zapdos is a shakier check, but Heat Wave does over half and Zapdos can spam Roost enough to use up all of Serperior's Leaf Storms, although Leech Seed variants can give it some trouble. Even Suicune behind a Substitute is able to PP stall Serperior by repeatedly using Protect and the aforementioned Substitute.

**Fire-types**: Although all of OU's viable Fire-types are annoyed by Glare or Leech Seed, they're all able to handle Serperior decently well. Heatran, Blacephalon, and Mega Charizard Y can throw off super effective attacks, while Volcarona, Victini, and Mega Charizard X can use Serperior as setup fodder.

**Dragon-types**: Kyurem-B, Mega Latios, Mega Latias, and Hydreigon can all pivot into Serperior and deal heavy damage with their respective STAB moves or Ice-type coverage while keeping themselves healthy with Roost, although none enjoy being hit by Glare.

**Grass-types**: Mega Venusaur, Amoonguss, and Assault Vest Tangrowth are all able to handle Serperior with their access to Sludge Bomb, as well as Clear Smog in Amoonguss's case. Mega Venusaur also has a neutrality to Hidden Power Fire due to Thick Fat, and Amoonguss and Tangrowth both utilize Regenerator, which makes them harder to chip down.

**Steel-types**: Celesteela and all Magearna sets have the potential to beat Serperior 1v1 one-on-one, although Glare can help Serperior muscle past them in conjunction with boosted Hidden Power Fires.

**Chansey**: Massive special bulk, access to reliable recovery, and Natural Cure healing off status makes Chansey somewhat of an obstacle, although it dislikes Leech Seed + Substitute in tandem with boosted Leaf Storms.

**Faster Pokemon and Priority**: Faster offensive Pokemon such as Tornadus-T, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Lopunny can put a quick end to Serperior's sweep, although Glare can alleviate this problem. Serperior is also vulnerable to strong priority from the likes of Mega Mawile, Choice Band Zygarde, and Mega Pinsir.


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