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[Final] Rotom-C

Discussion in 'Gen 5 LU Analyses' started by Xdevo, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Xdevo

    Xdevo Phrasing Super Moderator Tour Director Super Moderator Tour Director

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    ==Overview==

    Rotom-C is one of the premier Pokemon in LU. With its great bulk, Special Attack, and Speed, Rotom-C finds itself having a lot of different niches, but with only one that really stands out: revenge killing. Its interesting typing lends itself very well to its jobs, giving it access to the key momentum move Volt Switch and to a number of resists. Volt Switch gives Rotom-C the ability to gain momentum for any team, while the secondary Grass-typing and Leaf Storm deter any Ground-type switches. Rotom-C can also run a very effective pivot set, using Will-O-Wisp to cripple opposing Physical attackers and using Volt Switch to stay ahead of anything that would give Rotom-C trouble.

    Rotom-C does have its faults The Electric- and Grass-typing leaves Rotom-C walled by opposing Grass-types, alongside this, all of Rotom-C's main STAB moves come with a downside. Leaf Storm lowers Special Attack; Volt Switch forces Rotom-C to switch out of play, and Hidden Powers are very weak. Rotom-C also has a number of key weaknesses, Fire, Bug, and Ice are all annoying weaknesses to have in LU.
    ==Sets==

    ===Choice===
    {{set|name=Choice
    |pkmn=Rotom-C
    |nature=Timid
    |item=Choice Scarf |item2=Choice Specs
    |ability= Levitate
    |ev=4 HP / 252 SpAtk / 252 Spd
    |move1=Leaf Storm
    |move2=Volt Switch
    |move3=Trick |move31=Thunderbolt
    |move4=Hidden Power Ice |move41=Thunderbolt}}

    This is Rotom-C's most common set; it makes a reliable revenge killer, and is one of the best scouts in LU. Volt Switch can allow Rotom-C to force anything weak to the move out, and punish anything that isn't immune to it. For those few things that are immune to Electric, Leaf Storm hits all of them at least neutrally. It also has a lot of power, hitting anything that doesn't resist it quite hard. Trick can cripple most walls, and any of the Evoilite users such as Roselia or Ferroseed. Thunderbolt will allow Rotom-C to stay in to revenge kill something and has a tad more power. Hidden Power Ice hits the other Grass-types in LU, along with Druddigon. Hidden Power Fire can be used to hit the same Grass-types especially Ferroseed, but misses Druddigon.

    Choice Specs can be used to become a powerful wallbreaker. The extra power can destroy a number of strong cores, even things that resist Rotom-C's attacks. Rotom-C will use its great bulk and immunity to Ground attacks to find a free switch and launch a powerful attack, hurting even bulky resists. This set can help out other sweepers with similar counters, as most things can't take both Rotom-C and another special sweeper. Trick is less helpful with Choice Specs do to the extra power to destroy walls without losing the item, but it still useful to ease prediction.

    Both Specs and the Scarf set appreciate powerful Fire-type partners to take the Grass-type Pokemon that resist all of Rotom-C's STAB moves. Moltres, Entei, and Magmortar all make great partners that can eliminate the Grass-types, while Rotom-C can wear down the Water-types. Other Pokemon with Volt Switch or U-turn can be used to (alongside a hazard user) rack up a lot of damage, while gaining momentum. Pokemon that appreciate free switches from Volt Switch are good partners. Omastar, Ludicolo, and Sub Moltres are all great examples.

    ===Bulky===
    {{set|name=Bulky
    |pkmn=Rotom-C
    |nature=Timid
    |item=Leftovers
    |ability= Levitate
    |ev= 252 HP / 156 Def / 100 Spd
    |move1=Leaf Storm
    |move2=Volt Switch |move21= Thunderbolt
    |move3=Pain Split
    |move4=Will-O-Wisp|move41=Thunder Wave}}

    Rotom-C can also use its great bulk and interesting typing to become a useful tank and pivot. Leaf Storm is still fairly powerful without an investment in Special Attack, and serves as the main attacking option for this set. Volt Switch allows Rotom-C to scout potential switches and to pivot to something more suited to deal with the situation. Thunderbolt is a standard attack with good power and reliability. Pain Split is the only healing move that Rotom-C has, but can still help keep the lawnmower alive against some of LU's bulkier Pokemon. Will-O-Wisp can cripple physical attackers and helps to bolster Rotom-C's defense. Will-O-Wisp can also wear down walls with passive damage. Thunder Wave can slow down opposing Pokemon and help sweepers avoid a revenge kill.

    The Speed EVs allow Rotom-C to outspeed Adamant Feraligatr and anything slower. The HP EVs are invested for maximum bulk with the rest of the EVs invested in Defense for extra bulk. More or less Speed EVs can be used to outspeed various threats in LU, though rarely will outspeeding anything faster really be worth the loss of bulk.

    ==Other Options==

    Rotom-C can run a powerful bulky Special Attacker set with Maximum Special Attack and HP. Life Orb and Expert Belt can be used to be a generic attacker with Rotom-C's goodpower. Expert Belt has the advantage of allowing Rotom-C to attract a Ground-type trying to block the Volt Switch, and then nail it with a Leaf Storm. Rotom-C can also use Trick to send other dangerous items like Lagging Tail or Iron Ball to the opponent's team. Rotom-C has some other attacking options; Signal Beam can be used to hit some Grass-types, along with Psychic-types. Discharge can be used on the defensive set to spread paralyze while still attacking. Reflect and Light Screen can be used to help other members of Rotom-C's team to set-up, or just to add some bulk to a team with a lot of weaknesses. Rotom-C can use Rest and Sleep Talk to become a rather decent wall, but suffers from the low HP and the Generation 5 Sleep Mechanics make Rest unadvisable.

    Rotom-C makes a fantastic Rain supporter, with a STAB Thunder and a useful Grass-typing to hurt things that could normally wall Rain teams. It Also removes Rotom-C's weakness to Fire, which allows Rotom-C to survive some of LU's more threatening Fire-types. This set can also use Volt Switch to gain momentum for a Rain team between using Rain Dance, or to allow Rotom-C to take the attack and get a Pokemon into play without taking a hit.

    ==Checks & Counters==

    Rotom-C is slightly difficult to counter because it will likely Volt Switch out of many would be counters, and the few Pokemon that can prevent a Volt Switch (Ground-types mostly, but also Manetric or Electivire) are either weak to Leaf Storm or not bulky enough to take it. Ferroseed and Roselia can are very good switches, they can take any attacks other than Hidden Power Fire or Trick. Cryogonal doesn't like a potential Burn, and repeated Volt Switches combined with damage from Stealth Rock can be threatening, but with Recover and amazing Special bulk will make a great check. Lickilicky, Audino, and Vileplume can all take most anything that Rotom-C can take, even though they don't like Trick.

    Sceptile can take one or two Attacks from Rotom-C, and retaliate with Acrobatics or a Hidden Power, but fears Will-O-Wisp, and a Super-Effective Hidden Power can OHKO. Druddigon can take Rotom-C's STAB moves, but a Will-O-Wisp will cripple the dragon. Rotom-C can be predicted around with Pokemon with an Electric- or Grass-type immunity (via Sap Sipper), who can force choiced Rotom-C to have switch or take a boosted attack.[/HIDE]
     
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  2. Tyki

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    More mention of HP Fire in the choice set is needed.

    Looks fine to my otherwise with me first glance.
     
  3. Scene

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    Looks great. I actually wouldn't call Ice a key weakness in LU - notably few pokes carry Ice attacks (essentially Cryo, some water types and the odd HP Ice). Maybe for OO, mention that R-C can use Thunder on the rain set, with a scouting move to boot.
     
  4. Xdevo

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    I added Hidden Power Fire, I'll mention Thunder when I mention a Rain Dance support set.
     
  5. Dr. Doom

    Dr. Doom Long time hater of stall

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    I think a Rain Dance support set should be listed as one of the main sets, not just OO. It can be great for letting Rain sweepers do their stuff like Omastar, Kabutops and Ludicolo. Rotom-C can also take advantage of the Rain itself by losing its Fire weakness and gaining a perfectly accurate Thunder.

    Other than that, looks good.
     
  6. Xdevo

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    I don't think that Rain is anywhere near popular enough in LU for a dedicated set. Rain Dance barely has 2% usage as it is, and the set is obvious enough that it doesn't need to be explained with an entire set.
     
  7. Xdevo

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    Its been Uploaded
     
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