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Syclant has good mixed offensive stats, a good movepool, and a fantastic Speed stat that lets it outpace most Pokemon in the metagame like Mega Crucibelle and Speed tie with Tornadus-T which allows it to be either a special setup sweeper or a physical attacker. Its Ice / Bug typing works great offensively, allowing it to hit huge threats in the tier such as Mega Latios and Landorus-T with its super effective STAB attacks. Syclant also makes great use of its Ground-type coverage attacks to lure in and KO Pokemon that resist its dual STAB moves, such as Heatran, Mega Crucibelle, and Toxapex. U-turn goes nicely with Syclant's high Speed, as it is able to pressure most of its switch-ins while gaining momentum for the team. Its unique ability Mountaineer gives it a useful Stealth Rock immunity, whereas access to the priority move Ice Shard allows its Choice Band set to take care of weakened or frail sweepers like Shell Smash Necturna. It has access to Spikes, which can be put down to pressure Pokemon and limit how many times they can switch, and has a setup option in Tail Glow, which allows it to sweep. However, Syclant has thin defenses that leave it vulnerable to priority moves from Mega Scizor and Mega Mawile, and it cannot switch well into most attacks. It also has a poor defensive typing that leaves it with many crippling weaknesses to Pokemon like Tornadus-T, Celesteela, and Choice Scarf Jumbao. Furthermore, Syclant can easily be revenge killed by faster Pokemon like Greninja, Tapu Koko, Mega Alakazam, and Choice Scarf users like Kitsunoh and Volkraken. Syclant has a hard time against Arghonaut, as it can take any of Syclant's attacks and wall it. It also faces competition from Greninja due to its higher Speed, wider movepool, and ability Protean.
name: Choice Band
move 1: U-turn
move 2: Icicle Crash
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Ice Shard
item: Choice Band
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Syclant's Earthquake enables it to hit Poison- and Fire-types like Toxapex and Heatran super effectively. Ice Shard is mainly used to OHKO boosted Shell Smash Necturna, as well as to hit weakened Pokemon late-game that are in range of its Ice Shard. Superpower can be run over Earthquake to allow Syclant to hit Chansey and maintain coverage for Heatran, but this leaves Syclant walled by Toxapex.
Choice Band allows Syclant to maximize U-turn's damage as it pivots out and allows it to OHKO a boosted Necturna with Ice Shard. A Jolly nature is key for outspeeding Pokemon like Mega Latias and Mega Crucibelle. Mountaineer is the preferred ability to prevent Syclant from taking Stealth Rock damage.
Use U-turn early-game if Syclant cannot take care of the Pokemon in front of it to see what the opponent's answer to Syclant is. U-turn is its main way of getting damage off and gaining momentum for the team that Pokemon from Syclant threatens like Colossoil and Mega Latios. It also should use U-turn on Arghonaut to get in a Pokemon that threatens it to prevent Arghonaut from setting up Spikes. Try to get Syclant in on a predicted switch, a Pokemon fainting, or from a pivot Pokemon like Krilowatt or Tornadus-T because Syclant cannot take attacks well. However, Syclant can switch into weaker attacks like specially defensive Pajantom's Spirit Shackle in a pinch. Use Earthquake on a predicted switch to Heatran or Toxapex. Make sure that there are no Spikes on the field, as these will slowly wear down Syclant. Taking care of priority move users like Mega Mawile and Colossoil should be prioritized because they can severely weaken or KO Syclant due to its poor defenses.
Teams that want a Choice Scarf user that does not outspeed Necturna, such as Mangezone, like Choice Band Syclant for its ability to cover it. Entry hazards from Ferrothorn and Clefable are nice because they allow Syclant to further pressure switch-ins and limit how many times a foe can switch. Ash-Greninja appreciates the pressure Syclant places on Jumbao, Tangrowth, and Toxapex. Fire-types like Volkraken and Heatran help with troubling Steel-types like Celesteela and Ferrothorn. Psychic-type wallbreakers like Mega Alakazam, Tapu Lele, and Mega Medicham appreciate Syclant's ability to force switches and bring them in with U-turn. Mega Alakazam and Tapu Lele also appreciate the fact that Syclant forces damage on Steel-type checks. U-turn and Volt Switch users like Mega Crucibelle, Tornadus-T, and Krilowatt can help get Syclant in safely and form a powerful offensive core with it. These three Pokemon can take care of Pokemon that Syclant struggles with like Tapu Koko and Celesteela. Spinners and Defoggers like Tomohawk and Tornadus-T are also good to pair with Syclant to get rid of Spikes for it.
name: Offensive Spikes
move 1: Ice Beam
move 2: Earthquake / Earth Power
move 3: U-turn
move 4: Spikes
item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
evs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Syclant can take care of Fire- and Poison-types like Heatran and Toxapex with Earthquake. Earth Power can be used over Earthquake to get KOs that Earthquake cannot, such as against Naviathan and Mega Mawile.
A Naive nature allows Syclant to outpace Pokemon such as Mega Latios and Mega Crucibelle. Life Orb is Syclant's main item of choice to further its damage output in order to 2HKO Toxapex and Assault Vest Magearna with Earthquake and OHKO Mega Crucibelle with Earth Power. Focus Sash can be used to guarantee one layer of Spikes or to stop a boosted sweeper like Hawlucha.
Try not to directly switch in Syclant unless it is into Mega Crucibelle's Head Smash or a weaker attack like a specially defensive Pajantom's Spirit Shackle, as it is very frail. Instead, allow Syclant to come in either by a pivot Pokemon, on a predicted switch, or from a Pokemon fainting. Syclant can set up Spikes on a predicted switch because it pressures Pokemon like Mega Latios and Mega Crucibelle or when its Focus Sash is not needed to provide an emergency stop to setup sweepers like Hawlucha, Cawmodore, and a weakened Aurumoth. However, Syclant must be wary of Arghonaut, as if Syclant does not U-turn on it switching in, Arghonaut will get a free turn to recover or set its own Spikes. Use U-turn to allow Syclant to pivot out of Arghonaut as well as early-game to gain momentum and see what the opponent's check to Syclant is. Try to knock out priority users, as Syclant's poor defenses will leave it heavily damaged or KOed from the likes of Sucker Punch from Mega Mawile and Bullet Punch from Mega Scizor. It must also be wary of using U-turn when there is a Ferrothorn on the opposing team, as recoil from Life Orb and Iron Barbs wears down Syclant and breaks Focus Sash if Syclant is not running Life Orb.
Slower pivots like Landorus-T and Mega Scizor are good to pair with this Pokemon because of their slow U-turn, which allows Syclant to avoid getting damaged. Magnezone is also good for its Volt Switch, but it can also trap annoying Steel-types that Syclant struggles with like Mega Scizor and Ferrothorn. Mega Crucibelle is also a nice fast pivot Pokemon to pair with Syclant, as Mega Crucibelle can set Stealth Rock to pressure Pokemon into switching in. Stealth Rock users in general like Ferrothorn, Tomohawk, and Clefable are nice to pair with Syclant, as the chip damage pressures and limits switch-ins. Psychic-types like Tapu Lele, Mega Medicham, and Mega Alakazam can help with Ferrothorn and Celesteela, and both appreciate Syclant thanks to its U-turn and Spikes. Fire-types like Volkraken and Heatran help with Pokemon that Syclant cannot touch well like Celesteela and Mega Scizor. Electric-types like Krilowatt and Tapu Koko can form a VoltTurn core with Syclant and appreciate Spikes support.
name: Tail Glow
move 1: Tail Glow
move 2: Ice Beam
move 3: Earth Power
move 4: U-turn
item: Focus Sash / Icium Z / Groundium Z
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Earth Power hits mostly all Pokemon that would survive a +3 Ice Beam, such as Magearna, Heatran, and Toxapex. U-turn allows Syclant to pivot out from Syclant's checks to get in a Pokemon that can pressure the foe and bluff Syclant's other sets.
A Timid nature ensures that Syclant is able to outpace Pokemon like Mega Latios and Mega Crucibelle, and the Attack drop is insignificant because U-turn's damage is less important. Focus Sash makes sure that Syclant can get a guaranteed Tail Glow boost or prevents its sweep from ending. It also can be used as a safety net against setup sweepers if Syclant cannot find a chance to boost. Icium Z can be run to use Subzero Slammer as a one-time nuke to OHKO Pokemon like Celesteela and Ferrothorn at +3. Groundium Z can be used to OHKO Pokemon that Syclant usually cannot, taking out Assault Vest Magearna at +3 and Krilowatt unboosted with Tectonic Rage.
To preserve Syclant's Focus Sash sweeping later in the game, refrain from switching it directly into an attack. The best way to bring it is from a slow pivot like Landorus-T or Mega Scizor, on a predicted switch, or from a Pokemon fainting. Make sure Spikes and Toxic Spikes are off the field before Syclant comes in so that it can preserve its Focus Sash to set up. Syclant does not take Mega Scizor's priority attacks well and gets walled by Arghonaut, so it is best to use U-turn if they are predicted to switch in and get a teammate to take care of these Pokemon before setting up with Tail Glow and sweeping. If Syclant cannot set up because of many threats, it is best to use it to threaten Pokemon like Mega Latios and Mega Crucibelle. It can be used late-game to sweep after one Tail Glow boost, but for Focus Sash variants make sure that all but one faster threat and bulky Pokemon that check Syclant are gone. If Syclant is running a Z-Move, make sure that all faster threats and bulky checks are taken care of before attempting to sweep.
Pivots like Landorus-T, Tornadus-T, and Mega Scizor allow Syclant to come in safely thanks to their U-turn. Magnezone is also useful as a pivot thanks to Volt Switch, as well as for trapping troublesome Steel-types like Mega Scizor, Ferrothorn, and Celesteela. Electric-types like Tapu Koko and Krilowatt can form a VoltTurn core with Syclant to take care of each other's threats. Psychic-types like Mega Medicham, Tapu Lele, and Mega Alakazam can break down Steel-type Pokemon like Ferrothorn and Celesteela in order for Syclant to sweep. Offensive Pokemon like Ash-Greninja and Mega Crucibelle are good to pair with Syclant, as both appreciate its U-turn support, and Ash-Greninja can also set Spikes for Syclant so that it can pressure switch-ins even further. Spinners and Defoggers like Tomohawk, Tornadus-T, and Landorus-T can keep Spikes off the field, which Syclant appreciates.
Taunt can be used to stop Spikes users like Arghonaut or setup sweepers like Gyarados. However, this means Syclant has to drop its Ground-type coverage and can no longer take care of Fire-types like Heatran. Stone Edge can be used to hit Pokemon like Kyurem-B and Mega Charizard Y; however, this again means that Syclant has to drop Earth Power or Earthquake, which makes it miss out on hitting Pokemon like Heatran, Toxapex, Magnezone, and Kitsunoh.
Checks and Counters
**Arghonaut**: Arghonaut walls Syclant completely and ignores its Tail Glow boost thanks to its ability Unaware. If Syclant does not use U-turn against Arghonaut, Arghonaut will set its own Spikes.
**Faster Pokemon**: Faster Pokemon like Greninja, Tapu Koko, Mega Alakazam, and Weavile and Choice Scarf Pokemon like Kitsunoh, Volkraken, Tapu Lele and Jumbao outpace Syclant and can take care of it with their STAB moves.
**Priority**: Priority moves and abilities like Drain Punch from Triage Revenankh, Sucker Punch from Mega Mawile or Colossoil, and Bullet Punch from Mega Scizor can take care of Syclant after a bit of prior damage due to its frail defenses.
**Bulky Attackers**: Bulky attackers like Kyurem-B, Gyarados, Suicune, Snaelstrom, and Mega Swampert can take any attack from Syclant and set up or retaliate.
**Steel-types**: Steel-type Pokemon like Celesteela, Mega Scizor, and Ferrothorn easily wall Focus Sash Syclant and can easily take care of it with their Steel-type attacks. However, Celesteela and Ferrothorn don’t like taking Life Orb or Choice Band Syclant's Ice-type moves due to taking neutral damage from them. Assault Vest Magearna can easily tank Earth Power and OHKO Syclant, but it is threatened immensely by Earthquake.
**Fire-types**: Due to its 4x weakness to Fire-type attacks and inability to use STAB moves to deal with Fire-types, Syclant finds itself checked and revenged killed rather easily while Choice-locked. This creates mind games when Syclant decides on using an Ice-type attack or not in a match. An example of a Fire-type that stops Syclant from freely using these attacks is Volcarona, as it can easily switch into Syclant and start setting up.
**Chansey**: Chansey can wall Syclant's Focus Sash and Life Orb variants; however, Chansey has a harder time against Choice Band and Tail Glow variants of Syclant.
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