Haxorus wins for check, and I’m breaking the tie in favor of Snorlax for Counter!
Congratulations to asmirnov and Fusion Flare for winning! I would also like to announce avarice as the new cohost, replacing Taptricity
The pony has arrived, and it’s galloping all over the tier, sporting a dashing special attack stat and a great STAB combo that leaves opposing defensive cores whinnying for mercy. How will you convince opponents to part from that watermelon sugar high?
Mantine @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature - Scald - Roost
- Defog - Toxic
is a counter to keldeo as it can comfortably switch into its hydro pumps due to the amazing ability in water absorb, furthermore
it takes a secret sword with ease and can comfortably wall keldeo due to its flying-type resisting the fighting-stab of keldeo.
to add onto that: air slash and icy wind wont do too much either and mantine can either scald keldeo and get a possible scald-burn
or toxic keldeo and put it on a timer for the rest of the battle.
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Mantine: 93-110 (24.8 - 29.4%) -- 100% chance to 4HKO
Keldeo Hydro Pump vs. Water Absorb Mantine: 0-0 (0 - 0%) -- possibly the worst move ever
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Air Slash vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Mantine: 91-108 (24.3 - 28.8%) -- 99.3% chance to 4HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Icy Wind vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Mantine: 67-79 (17.9 - 21.1%) -- possible 5HKO
smushy wushy (Reuniclus) @ Assault Vest
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
- Knock Off
- Shadow Ball
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Assault Vest Reuniclus: 144-169 (33.9 - 39.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Reuniclus: 131-155 (30.8 - 36.5%) -- 66.7% chance to 3HKO
4 SpA Reuniclus Psychic vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Keldeo: 254-302 (78.6 - 93.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Keldeo can't 2HKO you while you easily 2HKO with Psychic. Technically if you switch in on a STAB you might not be able to instantly beat it which is why you're not a true counter but Regen means you can switch to a proper resist afterwards and not worry about predictions since Keldeo is choiced. You also have the option of Knocking Off Keldeo so he can never dream about breaking Reuniclus again
rip big jelly i’ll take it ha tbh countering keldeo is just so straightforward and it feels boring soooo I came up with Sylveon as a more shaky counter:
Sylveon @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 132 SpA / 124 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hyper Voice
- Mystical Fire / Heal Bell / Filler
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Hydro Pump vs. 252 HP / 124+ SpD Sylveon: 177-208 (44.9 - 52.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Keldeo Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Sylveon: 147-174 (37.3 - 44.1%) -- 100% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
132 SpA Pixilate Sylveon Hyper Voice vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Keldeo: 308-366 (95.3 - 113.3%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
132 SpA Pixilate Sylveon Hyper Voice vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Keldeo: 308-366 (95.3 - 113.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock
Hydro Pump does not 2HKO, but only when Sylv is at full health and has Lefties. She can then proceed to stall out Hydro Pumps with Wish + Protect or KO with Hyper Voice. Note that it is only a guaranteed OHKO if watermelon sugar pony has taken chip of at least Rocks damage. The EVs can also be customized, if you don’t want to rely on lefties you can use 200 HP / 252 SpD or 252 HP / 204 SpD. Or, you can invest the remaining EVs in Defense to be equipped better versus physical threats.
Critique and feedback are welcome, I don’t think I’ve ever posted in UU forums before
Congrats to pokeisfun and Katy for winning this week with Reuni and Mantine respectively!
LOVE ME 4 ME (Sylveon) @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 16 SpA / 240 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hyper Voice
- Mystical Fire
- Calm Mind
Sylveon has always been a solid pick but this set lets it take advantage of some of its more passive answers. This variant of Calm Mind Sylveon can be rather threatening and has been gaining traction as of late! How will you check or attempt to counter it? Submissions end Sunday!
Toxtricity @ Choice Specs
Ability: Punk Rock
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Volt Switch
- Sludge Wave
Toxtricity outspeeds Sylveon and OHKO's with Sludge Wave after Stealth Rock. Slyveon has a chance to survive but it will have too low health to get a Substitute up, it's damaging moves don't do much, and using Calm Mind wouldn't help because it would still be at low enough health to matter. Modest can also be run to guarantee the OHKO on Sylveon with Stealth Rocks.
252 SpA Choice Specs Toxtricity Sludge Wave vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Sylveon: 338-402 (85.7 - 102%) -- 87.5% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock
252 SpA Choice Specs Toxtricity Sludge Wave vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Sylveon: 338-402 (85.7 - 102%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
16 SpA Sylveon Hyper Voice vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Punk Rock Toxtricity: 48-56 (16.4 - 19.2%) -- possible 6HKO
16 SpA Sylveon Mystical Fire vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Toxtricity: 79-94 (27.1 - 32.3%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Toxtricity Sludge Wave vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Sylveon: 372-440 (94.4 - 111.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock