Togekiss's typing, Roost, and Nasty Plot make it a bulky wallbreaker and a check to top threats like Zarude, Krookodile, and Kommo-o. It's also an amazing stallbreaker, as it can beat Chansey with flinches thanks to Nasty Plot and Heal Bell. However, Togekiss requires heavy support to break through common Pokemon such as Rhyperior, Aegislash, and Thundurus. It hates Knock Off, as losing Heavy-Duty Boots greatly reduces its ability to check Pokemon like Buzzwole and Kommo-o with Stealth Rock up. Togekiss is outsped by a majority of offensive Pokemon such as Nidoking and Thundurus. It's also very weak before a Nasty Plot boost and is very passive against offensive teams if it lacks Thunder Wave.
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Air Slash
move 3: Heal Bell / Thunder Wave
move 4: Roost
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Spe
Nasty Plot allows Togekiss to break through bulkier teams by setting up on passive Pokemon such as Chansey, Tangrowth, and Umbreon. Heal Bell gives Togekiss and its team status removal for Toxic Aegislash, Will-O-Wisp Rotom-W, and stall staples such as Chansey and Umbreon. Thunder Wave slows down faster Pokemon such as Nihilego and stacks well with Serene Grace Air Slash. It can also act as an emergency check to Dragon Dance Salamence and Necrozma. Roost allows Togekiss to better check Krookodile, Zarude, and Buzzwole throughout a game. Maximum HP and Speed investment allows Togekiss to better check Pokemon such as Kommo-o and outspeed Buzzwole. A set with Flamethrower and a more offensive spread of 76 HP / 180 SpA / 252 Spe can be used to OHKO offensive Aegislash after a Nasty Plot boost.
Togekiss is a good pick on bulky offense and balance due to its great matchup against stall. Rhyperior and Seismitoad provide an Electric immunity to deal with Thundurus and the Rotom formes, can use Stealth Rock, and help weaken Pokemon such as Krookodile. Choice Scarf Krookodile and Aegislash can handle Pokemon such as Nihilego, Galarian Slowbro, and Lycanroc-D, while Togekiss can handle Buzzwole. Knock Off absorbers such as Amoonguss and Buzzwole can help Togekiss keep Heavy-Duty Boots, particularly against Krookodile. Buzzwole appreciates Togekiss slowing down threats such as Nihilego with Thunder Wave, and Togekiss appreciates Buzzwole breaking through Rhyperior, Celesteela, and Chansey. Fire-types like Volcanion and Entei can remove Steel-types such as Aegislash and Celesteela. Volcanion also threatens Rock-types like Rhyperior, while Entei can wear down Pokemon with Sacred Fire burns. Zygarde-10% and Mamoswine help Togekiss break through Poison-types such as Tentacruel and Nidoking. Primarina and Kommo-o greatly benefit from stall teams being worn down to enable cleanup.
Defog can be potentially run on a more defensive utility set, but Togekiss cannot threaten common Stealth Rock users such as Jirachi and Nihilego. Choice Scarf + Trick can outspeed Pokemon such as Keldeo and cripple walls such as Chansey and Umbreon. However, it is very matchup dependent and means Togekiss has to worry about Stealth Rock. Grass Knot can be used to lure in and nail Rhyperior on the offensive set, but Flamethrower is better due to hitting Steel-types such as Celesteela and Aegislash.
Checks and Counters
**Electric-types**: Thundurus, Thundurus-T, and Rotom-H resist Air Slash and are immune to Thunder Wave, turning Togekiss into setup fodder for them.
**Rock-types**: Rhyperior shrugs off Air Slash and is immune to Thunder Wave. Lycanroc-D and Nihilego can outspeed and remove Togekiss, though they must watch out for Thunder Wave.
**Steel-types**: Celesteela and Aegislash can switch into Air Slash and threaten Togekiss out with their STAB attacks. Due to their lower Speed, they can potentially lose to flinches. Faster Steel-types such as Jirachi and Cobalion only fear Thunder Wave.
**Poison-types**: Tentacruel and Nidoking can outspeed and deal heavy damage to Togekiss. Assault Vest Galarian Slowbro can take multiple hits with its high special bulk, though must be careful of repeated flinches.
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