Gen 3 Voltorb (NU) GP: (0/2)

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[Overview]
Voltorb carves a niche for itself by being the absolute fastest Pokemon in the tier with its blazing base 100 Speed. Voltorb also has a plethora of utility options such as Rain Dance, Light Screen, Taunt, and Explosion that differentiates itself from other fast Electric-types such as Pikachu and Plusle. However, because rain hyper offense is an uncommon team archetype, the utility Voltorb brings to the table generally isn't worth it. Voltorb suffers from being outclassed by the aforementioned Electric-types due to its extreme frailty and it not being particularly strong.

[SET]
name: Suicide Rain Lead
move 1: Rain Dance
move 2: Thunder
move 3: Light Screen / Taunt
move 4: Explosion
item: Silk Scarf
ability: Static
nature: Naive
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Rain Dance provides utility for full rain teams by setting up their chosen weather. Thunder is Voltorb's strongest STAB attack and makes use of Rain Dance to ensure its perfect accuracy and nails opposing Water- and Flying-types such as Dewgong and Pidgeot. Light Screen is yet another utility move in Voltorb’s arsenal that improves the matchup against certain opposing leads such as Glalie and Magby. Taunt stops common opposing leads such as Glalie and Venomoth from using Spikes and Sleep Powder, respectively. Explosion allows Voltorb to conserve precious turns of rain so that a Swift Swim teammate such as Huntail can attempt to sweep.

[ADDITIONAL SET COMMENTS]
Maximum Speed EVs allow Voltorb to outspeed the entire metagame, while maximum Attack EVs allow for the strongest Explosion possible. Because Voltorb also has Thunder and acts as a suicide lead, running a Naive nature is more optimal than running a Jolly one. Static fairly situational, but is infinitely more useful than Soundproof and can potentially paralyze an opposing lead so that once Voltorb explodes and a Swift Swim user such as Huntail comes in, the paralysis may generate free turns. Silk Scarf increases the power of Voltorb's Explosion, severely denting opposing leads such as Glalie and Hitmonchan. Offensive Pokemon that have access to Swift Swim such as Huntail, Relicanth, and Seaking are mandatory teammates for Voltorb as they need rain being up to function and sweep. While opposing Sunny Day users such as Bellossom and Tangela are extremely threatening for rain teams and they can easily leave Voltorb's Explosion, Voltorb can prevent them from setting up Sunny Day and countersweeping the turn it uses Explosion.

[Other Options]
Leftovers promotes Voltorb’s longevity, but longevity isn’t necessary for a suicide lead such as Voltorb, and Silk Scarf is important to boost its Explosion. Magnet is another, more offensive held item option that boosts Voltorb’s Thunder. Again, Voltorb’s primary purpose is setting up Rain Dance and exploding, and it would miss the power boost to Explosion greatly. Hidden Power Water makes use of the rain. Hidden Power Grass nails Whiscash but doesn’t really hit much else. Whiscash as a lead is also extremely uncommon, and even if Whiscash tries to switch into Voltorb, Voltorb can just explode the following turn. Thunderbolt has a more reliable accuracy than Thunder outside of rain, but because Voltorb’s primary function is to set up rain, Thunder is more often than not a better option. Thunder Wave is another utility option the generates free turns for Voltorb's teammates similar to its Static ability. However, Voltorb usually doesn't have room in its moveslot to use it.

[Checks and Counters]
Because Voltorb is faster than every other Pokemon and is bulky enough to take an Adamant Choice Band-boosted STAB Mach Punch from Hitmonchan, which is the strongest priority move in the metagame, Voltorb has no true counters because it is absolutely guaranteed to set up Rain Dance when used in the lead position. However, Voltorb communicates strongly that the opponent is facing full rain offense, which in itself is a weakness to using Voltorb, as the element of surprise is completely lost. Ghost-types such as Haunter and Sableye can even immediately switch into Voltorb Turn 2 and be immune to its Explosion. Furthermore, several Pokemon can check the team archetype of full rain. Opposing Huntail may win the speed tie and countersweep Voltorb's team, RestTalk Dewgong checks Huntail and Seaking, Bellossom can eat an Ice Beam although it doesn't necessarily want to and countersweep with Sunny Day, and Tangela sets up on Relicanth and similarly countersweeps with Sunny Day.
 
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(amcheck obviously)

Directly slash Taunt with Light Screen.

ASC is more than the current equivalent of "set details", it encapsulates usage tips as well. I'd explain a bit under ASC how Voltorb leads, sets rain, and explodes to maximize rain turns. Sunny Day sweepers / leads are actually an issue as both Tangela and most Bellossom survive Explosion from full and can counter setup Sunny Day, and as they are always slower than Voltorb, they will always end up on top and be able to outspeed and OHKO Voltorb after. Mention that Voltorb can also block opposing Sunny Day with Explosion as the turn ends when Voltorb faints.

Other than that well written, very straightforward Pokemon.
 

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Agree with Taunt slash. Thunder Wave should be in OO. Checks and counters looks good, just really hammer in that seeing voltorb telegraphs pretty strongly that you're facing rain, which in itself is a weakness to using voltorb as you've instantly lost the element of surprise.

Very nice otherwise, approve
 
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amcheck addition (AC)=add comma removal (comment)
[Overview]
Voltorb carves a niche for itself by being the absolute fastest Pokemon in the tier with its blazing base 100 Speed. Voltorb also has a plethora of utility options such as Rain Dance, Light Screen, Taunt, and Explosion that differentiates itself from other fast Electric-types such as Pikachu and Plusle. However, because rain hyper offense is an uncommon team archetype, the utility Voltorb brings to the table generally isn't worth it. Voltorb suffers from being outclassed by the aforementioned Electric-types due to its extreme frailty and it not being particularly strong.

[SET]
name: Suicide Rain Lead
move 1: Rain Dance
move 2: Thunder
move 3: Light Screen / Taunt
move 4: Explosion
item: Silk Scarf
ability: Static
nature: Naive
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Rain Dance provides utility for full rain teams by setting up their chosen weather. Thunder is Voltorb's strongest STAB attack and makes use of Rain Dance to ensure its perfect accuracy and nails opposing Water- and Flying-types such as Dewgong and Pidgeot. Light Screen is yet another utility move in Voltorb’s arsenal that improves the matchup against certain opposing leads such as Glalie and Magby. Taunt stops common opposing leads such as Glalie and Venomoth from using Spikes and Sleep Powder, respectively. Explosion allows Voltorb to conserve precious turns of rain so that a Swift Swim teammate such as Huntail can attempt to sweep.

[ADDITIONAL SET COMMENTS]
Maximum Speed EVs allow Voltorb to outspeed the entire metagame, while maximum Attack EVs allow for the strongest Explosion possible. Because Voltorb also has Thunder and acts as a suicide lead, running a Naive nature is more optimal than running a Jolly one. Static is fairly situational, but is infinitely more useful than Soundproof and can potentially paralyze an opposing lead so that once Voltorb explodes and a Swift Swim user such as Huntail comes in, the paralysis may generate grant (it doesn't make new turns) free turns. Silk Scarf increases the power of Voltorb's Explosion, severely denting opposing leads such as Glalie and Hitmonchan. Offensive Pokemon that have access to Swift Swim such as Huntail, Relicanth, and Seaking are mandatory teammates for Voltorb as they need rain being up to function and sweep. While opposing Sunny Day users such as Bellossom and Tangela are extremely threatening for rain teams and they can easily leave Voltorb's Explosion, Voltorb can prevent them from setting up Sunny Day and countersweeping the turn it uses Explosion.

[Other Options]
Leftovers promotes Voltorb’s longevity, but longevity isn’t necessary for a suicide lead such as Voltorb, and Silk Scarf is important to boost its Explosion. Magnet is another, more offensive held item option that boosts Voltorb’s Thunder. Again, Voltorb’s primary purpose is setting up Rain Dance and exploding, and it would miss the power boost to Explosion greatly. Hidden Power Water makes use of the rain. Hidden Power Grass nails Whiscash but doesn’t really hit much else. Whiscash as a lead is also extremely uncommon, and even if Whiscash tries to switch into Voltorb, Voltorb can just explode the following turn. Thunderbolt has a more reliable accuracy than Thunder outside of rain, but because Voltorb’s primary function is to set up rain, Thunder is more often than not a better option. Thunder Wave is another utility option the generates that may cause free turns for Voltorb's teammates(AC) similar to its Static ability. However, Voltorb usually doesn't have room in its moveslot to use it.

[Checks and Counters]
Because Voltorb is faster than every other Pokemon and is bulky enough to take an Adamant Choice Band-boosted STAB Mach Punch from Hitmonchan, which is the strongest priority move in the metagame, Voltorb has no true counters because it is absolutely guaranteed to set up Rain Dance when used in the lead position. However, Voltorb communicates strongly that the opponent is facing full rain offense, which in itself is a weakness to using Voltorb, as the element of surprise is completely lost. Ghost-types such as Haunter and Sableye can even immediately switch into Voltorb Turn 2 and be immune to its Explosion. Furthermore, several Pokemon can check the team archetype of a full rain team. Opposing Huntail may win the speed tie and countersweep Voltorb's team, RestTalk Dewgong checks Huntail and Seaking, Bellossom can eat tank an Ice Beam(AC) although it doesn't necessarily want to(AC) and countersweep with Sunny Day, and Tangela sets up on Relicanth and similarly countersweeps with Sunny Day.
 

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