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Zapdos @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Static / Pressure (either is fine, i use static on cart since it happens to be the one i have)
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt / Discharge
- Roost
- Heat Wave
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Despite Salamence's lessened usage and Mimikyu's new access to a more powerful Z-move, I still find myself using this particular mon as my favorite glue mon, you really cannot find a better mon to repeatedly come in on Gyarados/Ferrothorn and act as a soft check to blaziken and be an earthquake immune for teams that sorely need it... and even as a mon that can square up with a drumming azu with ease!

Zapdos's naturally good speed allows it to even outspeed 252 speed Jolly azu (121>112), and i'm not sure if webs azu is a thing in 3v3 considering I have seen it exactly zero times, but it's immune to webs so it will virtually always go before the rabbit.

Both slashed options for Electric STAB can fell an Azumarill with 50% health from Z-Belly Drum, but Sitrus can be disposed of with a combination of Discharge and one Rocky Helmet damage, or one straight Thunderbolt. The potential have a 51% chance to paralyze in a turn as they use a contact move is VERY nice indeed, don't simply take the move that takes azu the best, there really are more mons in this meta. If you use Pressure, the decision may become more clear towards Thunderbolt, though:

0 SpA Zapdos Thunderbolt vs. 196 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill: 150-176 (75 - 88%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Zapdos Discharge vs. 196 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill: 134-158 (67 - 79%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

90/85 may seem like insufficient bulk to get the job done vs 896 attack STAB aqua jet, but it gets the job done if Azumarill uses the 1 move it can use to go before Zapdos.
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Aqua Jet vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 135-160 (68.5 - 81.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Any other move after BD is suicide, as Zapdos will kill you first.

I wouldn't say that Choice Band is taken *comfortably*, but it can take a Play Rough on the chin and farm Rocky Helmet damage with Roost (two RH hits to make your Electric STAB kill):

252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 114-135 (57.8 - 68.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Splashable as hell, and happens to beat this mon. The best mon I ever traded for was my wonderful Static Bold HP Ice Zapdos, it's so damn useful in so many situations on so many teams. Try it out!
 
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ToxaFLEX (Toxapex) @ Black Sludge / Icium Z
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Toxic
- Recover
- Haze

Toxapex can flex all over Azumarill thanks to it's fantastic bulk. Once Azumarill sets up Belly Drum all you have to do is click Haze and it loses all it's boosts. Then you just stall it out with Toxic and bam! Azumarill is fainted. The only move you have to watch out for is Knock Off, but if you run Icium then it won't have a chance of OHKOing you.

Calcs
252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 25-30 (15.9 - 19.1%) -- possible 8HKO after Black Sludge recovery
252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 24-29 (15.2 - 18.4%) -- possible 8HKO after Black Sludge recovery
252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 37-44 (23.5 - 28%) -- possible 5HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 102-120 (64.9 - 76.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 96-113 (61.1 - 71.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Superpower vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 90-106 (57.3 - 67.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
(If Icium) +6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 98-116 (62.4 - 73.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
(If Black Sludge) +6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 146-172 (92.9 - 109.5%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO
 
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Metagross @ Metagrossite
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- Zen Headbutt
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch

Mega Metagross has a good bulk and a great typing against Azumarill. It can take a +6 Aqua Jet and its coverage options are interesting for Azumarill's teammates.

252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head / Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 117-138 (56.5 - 66.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head / Zen Headbutt vs. 228 HP / 12 Def Azumarill: 114-135 (55.8 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Mega Metagross: 94-112 (60.6 - 72.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Aqua Jet vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Mega Metagross: 118-141 (76.1 - 90.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 

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Metagross @ Metagrossite
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- Zen Headbutt
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch

Mega Metagross has a good bulk and a great typing against Azumarill. It can take a +6 Aqua Jet and its coverage options are interesting for Azumarill's teammates.

252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head / Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 117-138 (56.5 - 66.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head / Zen Headbutt vs. 228 HP / 12 Def Azumarill: 114-135 (55.8 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Mega Metagross: 94-112 (60.6 - 72.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Aqua Jet vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Mega Metagross: 118-141 (76.1 - 90.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Thunder Punch vs. 228 HP / 12 Def Azumarill: 144-170 (70.5 - 83.3%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO (after Belly Drum + Sitrus Berry)

You really don't want to include that on that set?
 
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Aggron-Mega @ Aggronite
Ability: Filter
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 44 Atk / 212 Def
Impish Nature
- Curse
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Heavy Slam

Mega Aggron does its job surprisingly well against both sets of Azumarill as Choice band does absolutely (calcs below) and it can just Curse up and utilize Rest to restore its health. Heavy Slam on the other hand can easily take care of Azumarill 2HKO'ing it.


252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Waterfall vs. 252 HP / 212+ Def Aggron-Mega: 51-60 (28.8 - 33.8%) -- 0.4% chance to 3HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Waterfall vs. +1 252 HP / 212+ Def Aggron-Mega: 33-40 (18.6 - 22.5%) -- possible 5HKO

44 Atk Aggron-Mega Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 112-133 (54.1 - 64.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 44 Atk Aggron-Mega Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 169-199 (81.6 - 96.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO



+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 212+ Def Aggron-Mega: 75-88 (42.3 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. +1 252 HP / 212+ Def Aggron-Mega: 50-59 (28.2 - 33.3%) -- 0% chance to 3HKO

44 Atk Aggron-Mega Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 112-133 (54.1 - 64.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 44 Atk Aggron-Mega Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 169-199 (81.6 - 96.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


Venusaur-Mega @ Venusaurite
Ability: Thick Fat
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 236 Def / 20 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Leech Seed
- Synthesis

The only thing people imagine from Azumarill is a brute force; while it is true that Azumarill is relevant as a physical attacker 99% of the time, there are some lure gimmicks from stuff like Sap Sipper perish trap variants. So I would say Mega Venusaur can deal with Azumarill with its bulk and typing. Azumarill obviously won't perish trap Vensaur while taking Sludge Bomb and can't even Toxic this thing on switch.

20 Speed is invested for Mega Venusaur to outspeed neutral nature max speed base 50's (where Azumarill's speed tier sits) so if Mega Venusaur switches into Belly Drum, the hardest hit it can take is +6 Aqua Jet which does this much:

+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Aqua Jet vs. 252 HP / 236+ Def Venusaur-Mega: 53-63 (28.3 - 33.6%) -- 0.2% chance to 3HKO
and what Mega Venusaur does in return is:
0 SpA Venusaur-Mega Sludge Bomb vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill: 146-174 (70.5 - 84%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Choice Band switch-in:

252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 236+ Def Venusaur-Mega: 45-54 (24 - 28.8%) -- 97.6% chance to 4HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off vs. 252 HP / 236+ Def Venusaur-Mega: 44-52 (23.5 - 27.8%) -- 77.5% chance to 4HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Return vs. 252 HP / 236+ Def Venusaur-Mega: 68-81 (36.3 - 43.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
(last calc is pretty irrelevant but assume this is CT)


Tapu Lele @ Choice Specs/ Psychium Z
Ability: Psychic Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Psyshock
- Hidden Power Fire

jesus it's just a stupid bunny.
This tapu cannot be hit by prioritys, so it rkill all times azumarill

252+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill in Psychic Terrain: 436-514 (107.9 - 127.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill in Psychic Terrain: 517-609 (127.9 - 150.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO


Zapdos @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Static / Pressure (either is fine, i use static on cart since it happens to be the one i have)
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt / Discharge
- Roost
- Heat Wave
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Despite Salamence's lessened usage and Mimikyu's new access to a more powerful Z-move, I still find myself using this particular mon as my favorite glue mon, you really cannot find a better mon to repeatedly come in on Gyarados/Ferrothorn and act as a soft check to blaziken and be an earthquake immune for teams that sorely need it... and even as a mon that can square up with a drumming azu with ease!

Zapdos's naturally good speed allows it to even outspeed 252 speed Jolly azu (121>112), and i'm not sure if webs azu is a thing in 3v3 considering I have seen it exactly zero times, but it's immune to webs so it will virtually always go before the rabbit.

Both slashed options for Electric STAB can fell an Azumarill with 50% health from Z-Belly Drum, but Sitrus can be disposed of with a combination of Discharge and one Rocky Helmet damage, or one straight Thunderbolt. The potential have a 51% chance to paralyze in a turn as they use a contact move is VERY nice indeed, don't simply take the move that takes azu the best, there really are more mons in this meta. If you use Pressure, the decision may become more clear towards Thunderbolt, though:

0 SpA Zapdos Thunderbolt vs. 196 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill: 150-176 (75 - 88%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Zapdos Discharge vs. 196 HP / 0 SpD Azumarill: 134-158 (67 - 79%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

90/85 may seem like insufficient bulk to get the job done vs 896 attack STAB aqua jet, but it gets the job done if Azumarill uses the 1 move it can use to go before Zapdos.
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Aqua Jet vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 135-160 (68.5 - 81.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Any other move after BD is suicide, as Zapdos will kill you first.

I wouldn't say that Choice Band is taken *comfortably*, but it can take a Play Rough on the chin and farm Rocky Helmet damage with Roost (two RH hits to make your Electric STAB kill):

252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 114-135 (57.8 - 68.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Splashable as hell, and happens to beat this mon. The best mon I ever traded for was my wonderful Static Bold HP Ice Zapdos, it's so damn useful in so many situations on so many teams. Try it out!


ToxaFLEX (Toxapex) @ Black Sludge / Icium Z
Ability: Regenerator
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Toxic
- Recover
- Haze

Toxapex can flex all over Azumarill thanks to it's fantastic bulk. Once Azumarill sets up Belly Drum all you have to do is click Haze and it loses all it's boosts. Then you just stall it out with Toxic and bam! Azumarill is fainted. The only move you have to watch out for is Knock Off, but if you run Icium then it won't have a chance of OHKOing you.

Calcs
252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 25-30 (15.9 - 19.1%) -- possible 8HKO after Black Sludge recovery
252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 24-29 (15.2 - 18.4%) -- possible 8HKO after Black Sludge recovery
252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 37-44 (23.5 - 28%) -- possible 5HKO after Black Sludge recovery
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Play Rough vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 102-120 (64.9 - 76.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 96-113 (61.1 - 71.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Superpower vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 90-106 (57.3 - 67.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
(If Icium) +6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 98-116 (62.4 - 73.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
(If Black Sludge) +6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Toxapex: 146-172 (92.9 - 109.5%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO


Metagross @ Metagrossite
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- Zen Headbutt
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch

Mega Metagross has a good bulk and a great typing against Azumarill. It can take a +6 Aqua Jet and its coverage options are interesting for Azumarill's teammates.

252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head / Zen Headbutt vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Azumarill: 117-138 (56.5 - 66.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Tough Claws Mega Metagross Iron Head / Zen Headbutt vs. 228 HP / 12 Def Azumarill: 114-135 (55.8 - 66.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Choice Band Huge Power Azumarill Liquidation vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Mega Metagross: 94-112 (60.6 - 72.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+6 252+ Atk Huge Power Azumarill Aqua Jet vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Mega Metagross: 118-141 (76.1 - 90.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 

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The Squash's Toxapex.
Hard to really add much else to the discussion that hasn't already been said other than that the combination of BD + Knock Off isn't super common so Toxapex should be able to eat any one hit from Azu and Haze safely.
 
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Victim of the Week 46 - Mega Rayquaza




And now for something completely different, we'll cover a very Special threat. Rayquaza is a one of a kind Mega Evolution, needing only to have Dragon Ascent as one of its moves in order to mega evolve, which leaves its item slot free. Thanks to that, Rayquaza can hit very hard with its 180 offensive stats coupled with a Life Orb, or it can run a Focus Sash in order to survive a srong attack from full health. 105/100/100 defenses are not to be taken lighly either, and the Strong Winds summoned by Delta Stream cancels the Flying-type weakesses, making it even harder to check. So, how do you deal with this mon?

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Mega Fat Murkrow (Yveltal) @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Dark Aura
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 244 Def / 12 Spe
Impish Nature
IVs: 0 SpA
- Roost
- Foul Play
- Sucker Punch
- Taunt

This set is probably one of my favorite sets to use in UBERS and AG whenever I rarely get a chance to play those tiers. Yveltal is able to Taunt opposing Rayquaza in case it decides it wants to Dragon Dance. It Survives a Dragon Ascent and can do a decent amount of damage with Sucker Punch and Rocky Helmet. Not only this but If you do predict the Dragon Dance you can easily OHKO with Foul Play. At +1 Dragon Ascent doesn't even KO so it ends up working perfectly for whatever you end up choosing. This is the perfect set Rayquaza in my opinion and its easily put on other teams. I wouldn't say it's splashable but I'd say it makes for some pretty good glue!

+1 252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Dragon Ascent vs. 252 HP / 244+ Def Yveltal: 191-226 (81.9 - 96.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Dragon Ascent vs. 252 HP / 244+ Def Yveltal: 129-152 (55.3 - 65.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Foul Play vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 138-163 (76.6 - 90.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Foul Play vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 205-243 (113.8 - 135%) -- guaranteed OHKO
0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 67-79 (37.2 - 43.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
 
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Mimikyu @ Life Orb / Pixie Plate
Ability: Disguise
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Play Rough
- Shadow Sneak
- Swords Dance / Substitute / Pain Split
- Curse / Drain Punch

Mimi actually needs a boosting item because unboosted Play Rough + Sneak gives a 91-107.7% spread (I'm not good at probability but that doesn't look in your favour) and Ray can just switch out and make you waste your Z move on something stupid like Ferrothorn or Celesteela and then you will probably get unlucky when the Ray comes back in and miss the KO with regular Play Rough + Sneak. Curse is cool for annoying those bulky mons that support Ray and works well on the standard SD set or with either Sub/Pain Split. Drain Punch is neat for hurting Steels.
 

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Magearna @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Soul-Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
Quiet Nature
- Fleur Cannon
- Thunderbolt / Flash Cannon
- Ice Beam / Shadow Ball
- Trick Room

Okay, thisdoesn't deal with V-Create very well, but that won't be as common on cart. It Does, however, live EQ + Espeed, which is a huge plus. Needless to say, it can still OHKO Ray in return. Trick Room massively cucks it as well.

174+ SpA Magearna Fleur Cannon vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Rayquaza-Mega: 230-272 (127.7 - 151.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+1 252 Atk Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Shuca Berry Magearna: 96-114 (51.3 - 60.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Rayquaza-Mega Dragon Ascent vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Magearna: 87-102 (46.5 - 54.5%) -- 62.9% chance to 2HKO
 
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Reserving Necrozma-DM.

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Necrozma-Dusk Mane @ Solganium Z
Ability: Prism Armor
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 HP
Brave Nature
- Swords Dance
- Sunsteel Strike
- Earthquake
- Trick Room

Thanks to Prism Armor Necrozma-DM can set up TR to screw up Raquaza's sweep. Swords Dance allows you to sweep, Solgalnium Z upgrades Sunsteel Strike into Searing Sunraze Smash

Calcs: 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 414-487 (117.9 - 138.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 220-261 (55.2 - 65.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 331-390 (83.1 - 97.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 255-300 (64 - 75.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Mimikyu Shadow Claw vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 310-365 (77.8 - 91.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Sunsteel Strike vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Gengar-Mega: 249-294 (95 - 112.2%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Gengar-Mega Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 225-265 (56.5 - 66.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Kyogre-Primal: 450-531 (111.3 - 131.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Groudon-Primal: 192-226 (92.7 - 109.1%) -- 50% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Groudon-Primal Precipice Blades vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 175-207 (85.7 - 101.4%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Life Orb Dark Aura Yveltal Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 181-216 (88.7 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Sunsteel Strike vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Yveltal: 225-265 (111.9 - 131.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Life Orb Dark Aura Yveltal Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 140-166 (68.6 - 81.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Yveltal: 225-265 (111.9 - 131.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Slowbro-Mega: 129-152 (63.8 - 75.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Lunala Moongeist Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 136-162 (66.6 - 79.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Shadow Shield Lunala: 236-278 (110.7 - 130.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Technician Marshadow Shadow Sneak vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 82-96 (40.1 - 47%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Marshadow Spectral Thief vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 119-142 (58.3 - 69.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 
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Dialga @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Pressure
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Stealth Rock
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast
- Thunder / Flash Cannon / Filler

Standard SR lead Dialga in Ubers. Because of the fact that Mega Rayquaza's brute force is unmatched by any other Pokemon and it has like infinite coverage, one of the only reliable counterplay is getting a 'mon that is able to handle DD / Mixed Mega Rayquaza (which I don't believe to be realistically possible) by virtue of being fat, or being able to live a hit and KOing back. The only way Mega Rayquaza can OHKO Dialga is using V-create or Outrage at +1 with Life Orb, which is very counterproductive to its sweep and leaves it vulnerable to revenge killing.

Dialga resists Dragon Ascent, is now able to handle Earthquake thanks to Shuca Berry, and KO back using Draco Meteor. Stealth Rock greatly bothers Mega Rayquaza by limiting its setup opportunities. Fire Blast roasts fat Steel-types that are paired with Mega Rayquaza.

Shoutouts to cant say for taking Mimikyu so fast
 
I haven't seen it reserved yet, so I'm taking Sash Mamoswine Oof Extreme Speed is a thing. If anyone can make Sash Mamo work, I'm unreserving it.
Edit: oh yeah I'm also gonna take scarf xern k thx bai
 
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How are you meant to check this thing really? Best I can offer off the top of my head without getting into bulky Cloyster levels of ridiculous is this:



Tapu Lele @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Nature's Madness

Outspeeds, blocks Extreme Speed, just squeaks an OHKO with Moonblast (Timid can't do the job. seriously fuck ray). Deals with all-out attacker sets or SD but it's gg if it gets a speed boost haha. Great thing about Lele is that Psychic Terrain persists even after it is KOed, so a team member such as Sash Mamoswine can take advantage of the immunity to Ray's priority to clean up with its own priority. Lele is very conditional as an answer but it can enable you to beat it with an offensive teammate so that's got to count for something, right? If not I can always replace this nom with physdef Cloyster.

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Mega Rayquaza: 180-212 (100 - 117.7%) lol nice
 

Cloyster @ Focus Sash
Ability: Skill Link
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Shell Smash
- Icicle Spear
- Rock Blast
- Ice Shard

Cloyster is one of the best setup sweepers. Icicle Spear is a safe OHKO while breaking a possible Focus Sash on Mega Rayquaza.

252+ Atk Cloyster Icicle Spear (5 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Mega Rayquaza in Strong Winds: 180-240 (100 - 133.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Mega Rayquaza Dragon Ascent vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Cloyster: 101-121 (80.8 - 96.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Life Orb Mega Rayquaza Dragon Ascent vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Cloyster: 153-181 (122.4 - 144.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
 
I nominate Nothing. Clicking X is the best counter for this mon. Give up.

On a more serious note, (or not, because I'm actually serious about forfeiting being the best counter) I'm completely stumped. I could nominate focus sash BS like your own Rayquaza or Lele or one of the other Uber Dragons like Palkia, but anybody with a brain is going to team Rayquaza up with lol stealth rock and then you're gonna get rekt by it anyway. So I'll just nominate a pokemon that outspeeds and OHKO's. If Ray gets +1 you're done for but that's true for any so-called counter if stealth rock is up. So KEEP UP OFFENSIVE PRESSURE and make sure you don't give Ray a free setup opportunity, and if you have your own mega Rayquaza (which you probably will) just make sure that it sweeps your opponent first. If all else fails, skillfully win the speed tie. So without further ado...



spoopy (Necrozma-Dawn-Wings) @ Ultranecrozium Z
Ability: Prism Armor
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dragon Pulse
- Heat Wave
- Moongeist Beam
- Photon Geyser
Ultra Burst, outspeed and kill it with Dragon Pulse. Heat Wave is for Ferro and other steels. Moongeist Beam is the only reason to run this over Dusk Mane, and I like it because eff Mimikyu lol (no, Photon Geyser does not kill, and you can't use your Z move until the turn after you Ultra Burst). Photon Geyser is your strongest STAB attack and since you already have Ultranecrozium Z you can use your Z move. You can probably replace something with Power Gem if you hate Yveltal in particular and want to hit it on the switch in, I was thinking Photon Geyser, but I'm not gonna list it because IMO having Dragon Pulse as your only STAB is kinda weak lol.

252 SpA Neuroforce Necrozma-Ultra Dragon Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Rayquaza-Mega: 210-248 (116.6 - 137.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
Yes! It does OHKO even though Rayquaza is actually really bulky for an offensive mon.
 
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Mega Fat Murkrow (Yveltal) @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Dark Aura
Level: 50
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 252 HP / 244 Def / 12 Spe
Impish Nature
IVs: 0 SpA
- Roost
- Foul Play
- Sucker Punch
- Taunt

This set is probably one of my favorite sets to use in UBERS and AG whenever I rarely get a chance to play those tiers. Yveltal is able to Taunt opposing Rayquaza in case it decides it wants to Dragon Dance. It Survives a Dragon Ascent and can do a decent amount of damage with Sucker Punch and Rocky Helmet. Not only this but If you do predict the Dragon Dance you can easily OHKO with Foul Play. At +1 Dragon Ascent doesn't even KO so it ends up working perfectly for whatever you end up choosing. This is the perfect set Rayquaza in my opinion and its easily put on other teams. I wouldn't say it's splashable but I'd say it makes for some pretty good glue!

+1 252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Dragon Ascent vs. 252 HP / 244+ Def Yveltal: 191-226 (81.9 - 96.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Dragon Ascent vs. 252 HP / 244+ Def Yveltal: 129-152 (55.3 - 65.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Foul Play vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 138-163 (76.6 - 90.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Foul Play vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 205-243 (113.8 - 135%) -- guaranteed OHKO
0 Atk Dark Aura Yveltal Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 67-79 (37.2 - 43.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO


Mimikyu @ Life Orb / Pixie Plate
Ability: Disguise
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Play Rough
- Shadow Sneak
- Swords Dance / Substitute / Pain Split
- Curse / Drain Punch

Mimi actually needs a boosting item because unboosted Play Rough + Sneak gives a 91-107.7% spread (I'm not good at probability but that doesn't look in your favour) and Ray can just switch out and make you waste your Z move on something stupid like Ferrothorn or Celesteela and then you will probably get unlucky when the Ray comes back in and miss the KO with regular Play Rough + Sneak. Curse is cool for annoying those bulky mons that support Ray and works well on the standard SD set or with either Sub/Pain Split. Drain Punch is neat for hurting Steels.


"Hopes and Dreams"
Magearna @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Soul-Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
Quiet Nature
- Fleur Cannon
- Thunderbolt / Flash Cannon
- Ice Beam / Shadow Ball
- Trick Room

Okay, thisdoesn't deal with V-Create very well, but that won't be as common on cart. It Does, however, live EQ + Espeed, which is a huge plus. Needless to say, it can still OHKO Ray in return. Trick Room massively cucks it as well.

174+ SpA Magearna Fleur Cannon vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Rayquaza-Mega: 230-272 (127.7 - 151.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+1 252 Atk Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Shuca Berry Magearna: 96-114 (51.3 - 60.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Rayquaza-Mega Dragon Ascent vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Magearna: 87-102 (46.5 - 54.5%) -- 62.9% chance to 2HKO
Necrozma-Dusk Mane @ Solganium Z
Ability: Prism Armor
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 HP
Brave Nature
- Swords Dance
- Sunsteel Strike
- Earthquake
- Trick Room

Thanks to Prism Armor Necrozma-DM can set up TR to screw up Raquaza's sweep. Swords Dance allows you to sweep, Solgalnium Z upgrades Sunsteel Strike into Searing Sunraze Smash

Calcs: 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza-Mega: 414-487 (117.9 - 138.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 220-261 (55.2 - 65.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Life Orb Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 331-390 (83.1 - 97.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Rayquaza-Mega Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 255-300 (64 - 75.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Mimikyu Shadow Claw vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 310-365 (77.8 - 91.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Sunsteel Strike vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Gengar-Mega: 249-294 (95 - 112.2%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
252 SpA Gengar-Mega Shadow Ball vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 225-265 (56.5 - 66.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Kyogre-Primal: 450-531 (111.3 - 131.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Groudon-Primal: 192-226 (92.7 - 109.1%) -- 50% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Groudon-Primal Precipice Blades vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 175-207 (85.7 - 101.4%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252+ SpA Life Orb Dark Aura Yveltal Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 181-216 (88.7 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Sunsteel Strike vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Yveltal: 225-265 (111.9 - 131.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252+ Atk Life Orb Dark Aura Yveltal Sucker Punch vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 140-166 (68.6 - 81.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Yveltal: 225-265 (111.9 - 131.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Slowbro-Mega: 129-152 (63.8 - 75.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Lunala Moongeist Beam vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 136-162 (66.6 - 79.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 252+ Atk Necrozma-Dusk-Mane Searing Sunraze Smash vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Shadow Shield Lunala: 236-278 (110.7 - 130.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Technician Marshadow Shadow Sneak vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 82-96 (40.1 - 47%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 Atk Life Orb Marshadow Spectral Thief vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 119-142 (58.3 - 69.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO


Dialga @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Pressure
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Stealth Rock
- Draco Meteor
- Fire Blast
- Thunder / Flash Cannon / Filler

Standard SR lead Dialga in Ubers. Because of the fact that Mega Rayquaza's brute force is unmatched by any other Pokemon and it has like infinite coverage, one of the only reliable counterplay is getting a 'mon that is able to handle DD / Mixed Mega Rayquaza (which I don't believe to be realistically possible) by virtue of being fat, or being able to live a hit and KOing back. The only way Mega Rayquaza can OHKO Dialga is using V-create or Outrage at +1 with Life Orb, which is very counterproductive to its sweep and leaves it vulnerable to revenge killing.

Dialga resists Dragon Ascent, is now able to handle Earthquake thanks to Shuca Berry, and KO back using Draco Meteor. Stealth Rock greatly bothers Mega Rayquaza by limiting its setup opportunities. Fire Blast roasts fat Steel-types that are paired with Mega Rayquaza.

Shoutouts to cant say for taking Mimikyu so fast
How are you meant to check this thing really? Best I can offer off the top of my head without getting into bulky Cloyster levels of ridiculous is this:





Tapu Lele @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Psychic
- Moonblast
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Nature's Madness

Outspeeds, blocks Extreme Speed, just squeaks an OHKO with Moonblast (Timid can't do the job. seriously fuck ray). Deals with all-out attacker sets or SD but it's gg if it gets a speed boost haha. Great thing about Lele is that Psychic Terrain persists even after it is KOed, so a team member such as Sash Mamoswine can take advantage of the immunity to Ray's priority to clean up with its own priority. Lele is very conditional as an answer but it can enable you to beat it with an offensive teammate so that's got to count for something, right? If not I can always replace this nom with physdef Cloyster.

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Mega Rayquaza: 180-212 (100 - 117.7%) lol nice


Cloyster @ Focus Sash
Ability: Skill Link
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Shell Smash
- Icicle Spear
- Rock Blast
- Ice Shard

Cloyster is one of the best setup sweepers. Icicle Spear is a safe OHKO while breaking a possible Focus Sash on Mega Rayquaza.

252+ Atk Cloyster Icicle Spear (5 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Mega Rayquaza in Strong Winds: 180-240 (100 - 133.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Life Orb Mega Rayquaza Dragon Ascent vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Cloyster: 101-121 (80.8 - 96.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252 Atk Life Orb Mega Rayquaza Dragon Ascent vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Cloyster: 153-181 (122.4 - 144.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
I nominate Nothing. Clicking X is the best counter for this mon. Give up.

On a more serious note, (or not, because I'm actually serious about forfeiting being the best counter) I'm completely stumped. I could nominate focus sash BS like your own Rayquaza or Lele or one of the other Uber Dragons like Palkia, but anybody with a brain is going to team Rayquaza up with lol stealth rock and then you're gonna get rekt by it anyway. So I'll just nominate a pokemon that outspeeds and OHKO's. If Ray gets +1 you're done for but that's true for any so-called counter if stealth rock is up. So KEEP UP OFFENSIVE PRESSURE and make sure you don't give Ray a free setup opportunity, and if you have your own mega Rayquaza (which you probably will) just make sure that it sweeps your opponent first. If all else fails, skillfully win the speed tie. So without further ado...






spoopy (Necrozma-Dawn-Wings) @ Ultranecrozium Z
Ability: Prism Armor
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dragon Pulse
- Heat Wave
- Moongeist Beam
- Photon Geyser
Ultra Burst, outspeed and kill it with Dragon Pulse. Heat Wave is for Ferro and other steels. Moongeist Beam is the only reason to run this over Dusk Mane, and I like it because eff Mimikyu lol (no, Photon Geyser does not kill, and you can't use your Z move until the turn after you Ultra Burst). Photon Geyser is your strongest STAB attack and since you already have Ultranecrozium Z you can use your Z move. You can probably replace something with Power Gem if you hate Yveltal in particular and want to hit it on the switch in, I was thinking Photon Geyser, but I'm not gonna list it because IMO having Dragon Pulse as your only STAB is kinda weak lol.

252 SpA Neuroforce Necrozma-Ultra Dragon Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Rayquaza-Mega: 210-248 (116.6 - 137.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
Yes! It does OHKO even though Rayquaza is actually really bulky for an offensive mon.
 

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