Project SV OU: The Next Best Thing (Week 11: Iron Moth) (Votings Open)

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The voting phase for week 2 is now over. The winner is Ryomathekillers with Mixed Rain Abuser! Congrats; your set has been added to the Hall of Fame in the OP.
Personal entry just for fun:

Dragonite @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
Tera type: Dragon
- Dragon Dance
- Outrage
- Extreme Speed
- Fire Punch

The lack of fairies in the tier means Banded Tera Dragon Outrage can rip through teams. It fulfills a similar role as DD Baxcalibur but with a stronger priority move and access to Fire Punch.


Week 3: Volcarona

:sv/Volcarona:

Volcarona is perhaps the most prominent special set-up sweeper in OU. Its solid coverage is bolstered by Terastalling, which notably can change its lackluster defensive typing. It has received attention on the past several tier surveys due to its incredible offensive presence. What will be The Next Best Thing?

Banned sets:
Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 248 HP / 108 Def / 152 Spe
Tera Type: Grass
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Fiery Dance
- Morning Sun
- Will-O-Wisp / Giga Drain


Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Tera Type: Ground / Grass / Fairy
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Flamethrower / Fiery Dance
- Bug Buzz / Giga Drain
- Tera Blast / Substitute / Giga Drain



Submissions Deadline: Sunday May 7, 11:59 PM PST

Voting Deadline: Wednesday May 10, 11:59 PM PST​
 
Choice Band

Volcarona @ Choice Band
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Electric
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Wild Charge
- Zen Headbutt
- Leech Life
  • 252+ Atk Choice Band Tera Electric Volcarona Wild Charge vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Toxapex: 206-246 (67.9 - 81.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
  • 252+ Atk Choice Band Volcarona Leech Life vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Ting-Lu: 218-258 (42.4 - 50.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
  • 252+ Atk Choice Band Volcarona Zen Headbutt vs. 248 HP / 8 Def Clodsire: 262-310 (56.5 - 66.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
  • 252+ Atk Choice Band Tera Electric Volcarona Wild Charge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Azumarill: 356-420 (88.1 - 103.9%) -- 25% chance to OHKO
  • 252+ Atk Choice Band Tera Electric Volcarona Wild Charge vs. 248 HP / 8 Def Slowking: 354-416 (90 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
use this to lure whatever for whoever
you can use it on a pincurchin eterrain team for funnier wild charge calcs
also a lot of these calcs are boosted further by rocks/spikes if you use this on hazard stack
 
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Reserving Hurricane Volcarona

Choice Specs Volcarona

Volcarona @ Choice Specs
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: ??? it depends on your team
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- U-turn
- Bug Buzz
- Fire Blast
- Tera Blast

The idea behind this set is to use the offensive prowess of this Bug in order to weaken the opposite team. I think that the Tera-type mechanic makes this set more viabile despite the 4x SR weakness because it gives STAB even on your 3rd attacking moveslot.
The advantage of this set is flexibility and unpredictability, which is provided by the Tera type although you have to Terastallise with this set.
U-turn is mandatory in every Choice-item set to keep the momentum.
Fire Blast is picked over Flamethrower to wish to reach some KOs after entry hazards.
The loss of HDB is important, but with most Tera types you lower the damage from entry hazards, so I think it is a fine trade-off.

Some calcs:
252 SpA Choice Specs Tera Flying Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 284-336 (55.2 - 65.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Tera Psychic Volcarona Tera Blast vs. 252 HP / 64 SpD Toxapex: 284-336 (93.4 - 110.5%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Tera Ice Volcarona Fire Blast vs. 56 HP / 0 SpD Iron Hands: 381-448 (82.2 - 96.7%) -- 25% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Choice Specs Tera Ice Volcarona Tera Blast vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Hippowdon: 356-422 (84.7 - 100.4%) -- 43.8% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock

The EVs spread is a classic special offensive one with a Spe-enhancing nature.
 
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Rain volcarona

Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Flying
EVs: 72 HP / 252 SpA / 184 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Hurricane
- Giga Drain
- Psychic

The realest of rain sweepers. Tera flying for real power. Giga drain to keep it healthy. Psychic cause toxapex is a whore. Tera flying to give STAB on hurricane. EVs outspeed Pult at +1 and the rest in bulk. It needs the power to OHKO a few things like Great Tusk before you tera. Overall it's a great set that deserves to be seen. Tera flying also allows it to really set up in front of Tusk and others.
 
Psyspam Volc

Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Swarm
Tera Type: Bug
EVs: 252 SpA /252 Spe /4 HP
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Flamethrower
- Bug Buzz
- Psychic
On psychic terrain teams, what do main pokemon such as Polteageist and Armarogue struggle with?Bulky specially defensive pokemons like Slowking and dark types like roaring moon,hydreigon,Ting Lu and Tera dark clodsire.Even booster energy iron valiant can outspeed polteagiest at +2 and kill it. Also if even a single hazard is up,then the polteagiest or sometimes focus sash baxcalibur struggles to setup freely and it becomes really difficult to win the game.Volcarona helps solve all of that problems on its own.With boots,you don't care about hazards and dark types don't like facing Bug Buzz from it.Also what pokemons does psychic terrain teams have a great match-up against, Skeldirge(can get chipped down lot),Great tusk,Dragonite (gets out of multiscale range) and Thunder wave rotom wash.Volcarona can't setup on all of these pokemons but with psychic terrain polteagiest and armarogue,these pokemon can get killed allowing volc to setup on other pokemon freely.Tera bug and swarm means that bug Buzz is going to deal a lot of damage to even resists.
Here are some calcs :

252 SpA Tera Bug Volcarona(In swarm range) Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Tera Dark Clodsire: 292-348 (62.9 - 75%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

+1 252 SpA Tera Bug Volcarona(In swarm range) Bug Buzz vs. 144 HP / 0 SpD Dragonite: 152-179 (42.3 - 49.8%)

+1 252 SpA Tera Bug Volcarona(In swarm range)Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Vessel of Ruin Ting-Lu: 380-448 (73.9 - 87.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252 SpA Volcarona Flamethrower vs. 248 HP / 8 SpD Unaware Tera Fairy Skeledirge: 190-225 (46.2 - 54.7%) -- 61.3% chance to 2HKO
 
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Defensive volc

:Sv/volcarona:
Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Fairy
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
- Morning Sun
- U-turn
- Will-O-Wisp
- Fiery Dance / Whirlwind


Volc has great versatility, and is great at spreading burns. With reliable recovery, flame body, WoW u turn and Whirlwind, I knew this thing has potential as a decent status spreader and glue Mon. Being a decent check to :iron valiant: is also favourable in this set.


Edit: why am I still doing trashy defensive sets for the next big thing lol
 
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Throat Spray Volcarona.


Volcarona @ Throat Spray
Ability: Swarm
Tera Type: Bug
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Quiver Dance
- Fire Blast
- Bug Buzz
-Endure

We all know what volc does currently, terras, sets up and sweeps with quiver dance and fiery dance or just annoys you by burning your physical checks while it once again quiver dances on you. What if instead of Fiery dance and Quiver dance as the set up moves, we instead maximised the power between volcs two main stabs?

Utilising Throat spray Volc gets a special attack increase 100% of the time, in a pinch where you need the special boost while still remaining an offensive presence, where you need to break through sub and whatnot vs annoying mons like Hydreigon. The truth is that volc at +1 is scary, volc at +2 is brutal and honestly? Realistically once you get to +3 the entire enemy team will likely fold in lategame scenarios.

Fire Blast is there to maximise damage output, the real fun of the set imo comes from bug buzz and endure. Many players these days expect volc to not even have a bug stab let alone lean into it, utilising endure Volc is guaranteed to get into Swarm range and alongside the Throat spray and quiver dance you can have a pretty realistic set up where you have a +2 special attack,+1 speed and +1spdf and swarm. Even just at +1 the Swarm+Endure combo is notable allowing volc to do things it otherwise couldn't such as always OHKO Baxcalibur ( +1 252 SpA Swarm Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Baxcalibur: 382-451 (102.9 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO) and OHKOing Curse Garg and Ironpress Garg with rocks.

+1 252 SpA Swarm Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 100 SpD Garganacl: 333-393 (82.4 - 97.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
+1 252 SpA Swarm Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Garganacl: 262-309 (64.8 - 76.4%) -- 50% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock

(a pretty funny calc but this also happens, +1 252 SpA Swarm Volcarona Bug Buzz vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Unaware Dondozo: 321-378 (63.6 - 75%) -- , 0 Atk Dondozo Liquidation vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Volcarona: 260-308 (83.6 - 99%))

What this means is that with Throat spray, Non-unaware mons expecting a fiery dance who can otherwise live abilities at +1 from Volc should be scared shitless.

The Main weaknesses of this set are the fact you are forgoing boots, however at least in my experience Im seeing a strong usage in spikers vs rocks in most teams, and it isn't too hard to fit in mons like Tusk, corv and Hatt into teams who can all act as hazard support for volc, and on more offensive or HO teams that might use a dedicated hazard control lead there would be clear support for this set.

It acts as an alternative to using offensive volc under these circumstances or if you dont want to commit your volc to terra blast as a move slot potentially saving it for another teammate who is more reliant on it.
 
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SubSwarm Volcarona

:sv/volcarona:
Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots / Silver Powder / Petaya Berry
Ability: Swarm
Tera Type: Bug
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Substitute
- Quiver Dance
- Bug Buzz
- Fire Blast

When backed by Swarm and Tera Bug, Bug Buzz becomes incredibly powerful, even against many targets that resist Bug. For this reason, Substitute can be used to activate Swarm with relative safety. It can also give you more opportunities to boost up with Quiver Dance, which is nice.

For the held item, Heavy-Duty Boots is the obvious choice, but Silver Powder also works, since it boosts Bug Buzz even further, and hazard damage can get you into Swarm range (You should probably still have some kind of hazard control, though...). Petaya Berry also works, since it achieves a similar effect, and you're probably going to activate it when you get into Swarm range.
 
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Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots / Leftovers
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Flying / Steel
EVs: 252 Def / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Fire Spin
- Morning Sun
- Quiver Dance
- Bug buzz/ Fiery Dance / hurricane
This set's main purpose is to trap in something that has a hard time breaking through volc such as iron valiant and set up quiver dances while you're healing off any damage taken. You can run leftovers over hdb if you feel you can keep off hazards with the rest of your team, and you can choose fiery dance, hurricane, or bug buzz as your main attacking move with each having their own advantages with hurricane improving matchups against unaware mons, fiery dance having a good attacking type, and bug buzz being a stab with practically no immunities.
 
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Reserving stall volcarona (cant do it rn showdown had a stroke and went down)

Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Steel / Water
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Whirlwind / Substitute
- Fiery Dance / U-turn / Fire Spin
- Morning Sun
- Will-O-Wisp

I would have used fire spin over fiery dance but above reserved fire spin
This is a set that would replace Talonflame on stall teams that does not need defog (eg 6 boots stall), with vastly superior bulk and more offensive pressure. Fiery Dance is elected as the attack of choice, due to its ability to boost up and become stronger over time, but Fire Spin would work as an alternative (again trying to to trespass on above set), and U-Turn can work for more momentum and pivoting. Generally this is better than Talonflame's standard defensive utility set for stall teams.
 
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Reserving Tera Rock+Tera Blast, aka. "The Anti-Volc Volc."

Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Tera Type: Rock
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Fiery Dance
- Bug Buzz / Morning Sun
- Tera Blast

Offensive Volc typically struggles a bit against Dragonite, Iron Moth, Cinderace, and opposing Volcarona, although some sets can muscle past them. Tera Rock+Tera Blast gives Volcarona a way to deal high damage to both DNite and Iron Moth, and the 4x super effective hit against opposing Volcarona gives this one a great way to win a Quiver Dance war against them, possibly even sweeping outright as a result. The Rock typing has the added benefit of resisting Fire-type attacks and DNite's ESpeed at the same time.
 
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Granting a brief extension now that showdown is working again. Please remember to fill out your reserved submissions!
 
Week 3 submission phase is now over!

Please vote for one submission as this week’s winner. You may not vote for your own submission.

Week 3: Volcarona

Choice Band :Choice Band: by Jank City

Choice Specs :Choice Specs: by nameless90

Rain Volcarona :Heavy-Duty Boots: by Mood4food77

Psyspam Volcarona :Heavy-Duty Boots: by Sailorgreatest

Defensive Volcarona :Heavy-Duty Boots: by Poke nerd

Throat Spray + Endure :Throat Spray: by Ryomathekillers
Sub Swarm :Heavy-Duty Boots: by InvisibleWater

Defensive Fire Spin :Heavy-Duty Boots: by EntryHazardous

Stall Volcarona :Heavy-Duty Boots: by lolgod3

Tera Rock + Tera Blast :Heavy-Duty Boots: by Dreadfury

Bluecliqse Your reservation was never completed so no submission was added.

Voting deadline: Thursday May 11, 11:59 PM PST
 
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