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Has anyone made doom desire + regidrago work?
Hey,

Jirachi in general isn't that great in the current metagame because of Pokemon like Spectrier, Melmetal, and Zapdos holding it back, furthermore it gained new enemies in Landorus-Therian, Swampert and other bulky ground-types like Tankchomp, which can combat Jirachi just fine with chipping it down or forcing it out.

Doom Desire + Regidrago looks great on paper, but usually fairy-types such as Clefable are paired up with bulky Pokemon such as Melmetal, Slowbro, and Slowking. Also Magearna is really high in usage right now and it can just Volt Switch out to an appropiate partner to take the Doom Desire for it. It also acts like a fullstop to Regidrago itself.

I think Doom Desire Jirachi + Regidrago does sound better on paper than it is in practice since no one uses this combo on the ladder because of the factors I explained above.

Hopefully that helped :)
 
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Regarding Team Builder, why can't the player decide whether they want the minimum or maximum amount of PP per move? For example, Trump Card's PP is set to 5 but, in the game, it could reach 8. In contrast, every other move in PS is max PP.
 
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Given the fact that Trump Card works best with lower PP, and Showdown applies the max PP to all moves automatically, why can't the user decide whether they want the minimum (5 in Trump Cards case), or the max of 8? This should also apply to every move in all tiers/generations.

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More of a question for here as it is PS related rather than OU specific.
 
Best way to run Volcanion at the moment ?

Im running Specs on rain and while the power is unmatched (2hkoing Blissey with a special move feels good) sometimes it feels inconsistent.
 

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Best way to run Volcanion at the moment ?
Its Heavy-Duty Boots set is the most consistent imo

Volcanion @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Fire Blast
- Steam Eruption
- Sludge Wave
- Defog

Boots made it a lot more viable, and being able to come in on hazards and Scald makes it very valuable. Also STAB Fire+Water coverage is very nice.
 
I've been seeing a surprising amount of unaware HDB Clef (like on 4 or 5 different teams, and that's only the ones I have noticed either via boosts not making a difference or toxic/burn getting them) on reasonably high ladder (1700+) on non-stall teams. Is this a coincidence or is unaware Clef actually worth running over magic guard on non-stall teams?
 

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I've been seeing a surprising amount of unaware HDB Clef (like on 4 or 5 different teams, and that's only the ones I have noticed either via boosts not making a difference or toxic/burn getting them) on reasonably high ladder (1700+) on non-stall teams. Is this a coincidence or is unaware Clef actually worth running over magic guard on non-stall teams?
It's really not worth running on non-Stall teams stall, but people have been doing it to try out the new compatibility and as a glue Pokemon anyway. It is not something to 100% ignore now, but it's still really poor on balance.
 

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I've been seeing a surprising amount of unaware HDB Clef (like on 4 or 5 different teams, and that's only the ones I have noticed either via boosts not making a difference or toxic/burn getting them) on reasonably high ladder (1700+) on non-stall teams. Is this a coincidence or is unaware Clef actually worth running over magic guard on non-stall teams?
To add to what finch said, yeah it really isn’t. Reason being is that a big part of the reason why Clefable is so good being the fact that you are not really wearing it down, whereas you always are with Unaware Clef with status or sandstorm. This also means that it also can’t run Leftovers, and while I don’t think it’s a bad thing I don’t think it’s a good enough trade off to justify using it over Magic Guard on balance or really non stall in general.
 
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Is offensive Clef decent. It has Magic Guard so it doesn’t take Life Orb recoil. I know Alakazam is better for power but Clef has more bulk and an Immunity to dragons.
 

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Is offensive Clef decent. It has Magic Guard so it doesn’t take Life Orb recoil. I know Alakazam is better for power but Clef has more bulk and an Immunity to dragons.
Clefable does run Life Orb on Calm Mind sets but those run a physically defensive spread for better overall bulk after a calm mind boost. Clefable rarely runs an all out specially attacking set with Special Attack EV because it’s outclassed often by other mons i.e. Nidoking.
 

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Is offensive Clef decent. It has Magic Guard so it doesn’t take Life Orb recoil. I know Alakazam is better for power but Clef has more bulk and an Immunity to dragons.
While it certainly can, I feel that its unique defensive attributes shine a lot more in a metagame filled with powerful Fighting-type wallbreakers such as Pheromosa and Urshifu-SS. You are correct in the sense that it does have more longevity as a merit of its natural bulk and typing, however, Clefable's offensive stats are ultimately fairly middling, and it wants to make use of 2 moveslots to both set up and remain healthy as well. As a result of this, as bb skarm said, as a wallbreaker, Pokemon with more immediate power (and STABs in certain cases) tend to shine considerably better.

If you wanted to make an offensive Clefable set work, it would need heavy defensive investment so it could take on threats and find more reliable set-up opportunities. Moonblast / Flamethrower / Soft-Boiled / CM tends to be the ideal moveset, but even this can require several turns before it can become threatening, and several Pokemon can scare it out in the process.
 

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Any reason why Galarian Slowking isn't on the preliminary Viability list? Just not worth using at all?
Because Galarian Slowking isn't really a viable Pokemon to really be considered on teams in the metagame unfortunately. Its typing is very exploitable defensively and can easily be taken advantage of by very prevalent Pokemon such as Spectrier, Latios, Garchomp, Landorus-T, Heatran and Nidoking and it cannot really play around this huge weakness because of its horrid Speed, making it outclassed by pretty much every other wallbreaker in the metagame outside of Regenerator.

The closest thing of a niche you could use it for is as a special tank with AV and Regenerator that checks stuff like Clefable and Toxapex fairly well, however it doesn't really check much consistently and even those can just Knock Off its AV and make it much less effective. its also really hard to fit this Pokemon on teams in general since regular Slowking, despite having a different niche, is a generally better Pokemon than Galarian Slowking as its better typing and access to Teleport make it easier to fit onto teams.
 
What would you say is the best ev spread for a mixed work up blaziken? Im running work up/solarbeam/close combat/fire blast with power herb but unsure how to split the evs.
 

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