....I'll be your knight! - Squall Leonhart
Silvally-Steel's the only specially bulky Defogger in NU that can pivot. It can also handle one of the more common Stealth Rock setters in Diancie and the rare Gigalith, discouraging them from setting entry hazards. It's also able to eat up STAB moves from common special wallbreakers like Exploud, Indeedee-F, and Dragalge. Unfortunately, Silvally-Steel lacks any form of recovery and must rely on Wish passers like Vaporeon and Sylveon for this. Additionally, Silvally-Steel often finds itself pivoting out of many defensive threats like Mudsdale, Vaporeon, and Guzzlord and thus can struggle to find opportunities to use Defog.
move 1: Defog
move 2: Multi-Attack
move 3: Flamethrower
move 4: Parting Shot / U-turn
item: Steel Memory
ability: RKS System
evs: 252 HP / 192 SpD / 64 Spe
Defog is best used once Pokemon like Mudsdale and Rhydon are out of commission, since both of them reliably set Stealth Rock on Silvally-Steel. Flamethrower hits opposing Steel-types like Copperajah, Doublade, and Escavalier, as well as Rotom-C, for decent damage. Parting Shot lets Silvally-Steel pivot on Silvally-Ground, Mudsdale, and Copperajah to bring in a wallbreaker and force them out. Alternatively, U-turn stops Magic Bounce Xatu from blocking Silvally-Steel's pivoting and gaining momentum. The given EV spread with a Jolly nature allows Silvally-Steel to outspeed Jolly Tyrantrum.
Since Silvally-Steel lacks any kind of recovery, Wish-passing partners like Vaporeon and Sylveon are appreciated to give it more longevity. Talonflame, Ninjask, and Heliolisk form a VoltTurn core with Silvally-Steel to lure in and pivot on Diancie. Fighting-types like Choice Scarf Passimian and Toxicroak offensively pressure Silvally-Steel with their respective STAB moves. Therefore, having a partner like Vileplume or Garbodor to eat up said moves is appreciated. Wallbreakers like Starmie and Machamp can take advantage of Mudsdale and Copperajah by coming in via Silvally-Steel's pivots. Conversely, special wallbreakers with Fire- or Fighting-type coverage, like Exploud and Choice Specs Dragalge, can be problematic for Silvally-Steel if they predict it switching in. A teammate like Diancie or Vaporeon can give you more leverage when switching around their attacks.
An alternate EV spread of 252 HP / 216 SpD / 40 Spe to outspeed Timid Exploud works as well at the expense of Speed. Silvally-Steel can forgo Flamethrower for Rock Slide to nail Talonflame and Salazzle, but it loses out on hitting opposing Steel-types. Silvally-Steel can also run another utility move like Toxic or Thunder Wave to cripple opposing teams.
Checks and Counters
**Fire-types**: Talonflame, Salazzle, and Arcanine force Silvally-Steel out with their STAB moves.
**Stealth Rock Setters**: Common Stealth Rock setters like Mudsdale and Rhydon can keep setting up Stealth Rock with little to no issue while also pressuring Silvally-Steel offensively.
**Fighting-types**: Passimian and Toxicroak are among the Fighting-types that offensively pressure Silvally-Steel with their respective STAB moves. Even against slower Fighting-types like Machamp and Sirfetch'd, Silvally-Steel can do little but pivot out with Parting Shot unless they're sufficiently weakened.
**Fire-type and Fighting-type Coverage**: Special wallbreakers like Exploud, Indeedee-F, and Choice Specs Dragalge can carry super effective coverage to nail Silvally-Steel.
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