Galvantula With the gen shift to XY Game Freak brought in a fourth entry hazard in the form of Sticky Web. This hazard doesn't cause damage but instead causes any pokemon affected to take a -1 level in its speed stat. It's extremely useful when backed up by fast, powerful sweepers which tend not to boost Speed (and consequently are weak to Scarf users or very fast pokemon like Alakazam), such as Garchomp or Thundurus. Unfortunately it has very narrow distribution, mainly spider-themed pokemon, so if you want to try out a Sticky Web team there are few viable users. Galvantula is arguably the best user. It's the fastest and hits the hardest, at least in its mediocre company. Without Sticky Web however Galvantula shouldn't be considered for an OU team, as there are far better options out there for special sweeping. Pros: -Sticky Web access is the thing you want Galvantula for. Pretty self-explanatory. -Great speed stat (108) and a solid SP Attack (97). Nothing special but it hits frail pokemon, or those with a type disadvantage, for solid damage. -Reasonable offensive coverage, so it can hit hard after setting up its Web. -He gets a very accurate Thunder which can be used to hit the majority of Defog users hard, something no other Sticky Web user can do. Cons -Next to no survivability. Most games you will only get Web up once. Shuckle is a better option if you think you need to set up repeatedly. -Doesn't match up well with several common leads (team preview makes this worse) and is vulnerable to Taunt, as Focus Sash is basically mandatory. -Pretty much the definition of suicide lead, and is mainly dead weight after setting up Sticky Web. -It can't do anything to stop other leads setting up, for example Stealth Rock Azelf. -Sticky Web activates the common Bisharp's Defiant so make sure you pack a good counter to it, or kill it before setting up. Set: Sticky Web Galvantula (M) @ Focus Sash Trait: Compoundeyes EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) - Sticky Web - Thunder - Bug Buzz - Energy Ball/HP Ice/Thunder Wave This is the only set you will ever see, certainly on an OU Galvantula. Last gen the LO set saw popularity in lower tiers but this is the standout in gen 6. Sticky Web is a given. If you aren't using Sticky Web, don't use Galvantula. Thunder gets a really good accuracy boost with Compoundeyes and Bug Buzz is a second good STAB that can hit Deoxys, Absol and a couple of other lead-style pokemon for SE damage. The fourth move is pure filler. Energy Ball can hit Gastrodon, and Unaware Quagsire which will probably wall your set-up sweepers. HP Ice hits lead Landorus, Gliscor, and dragons. Thunder Wave cripples fast pokemon like Genesect. It's all about what team support you want. Other Options: Thunderbolt, Light Screen, Toxic, Hidden Power [Fire, Ground etc], Volt Switch, Giga Drain. Thunderbolt can be used if you're desperate for 100% accuracy, but 99 times out of 100 Thunder is the better option. Pick a different ability if you run Thunderbolt. Galvantula gets Light Screen but this is normally an inferior support option to others. Toxic is viable on pretty much any pokemon as a filler move. Other types of Hidden Power are also in with a shout... if you can remove a problematic pokemon you're sorted. Ground for Heatran Fire for Scizor/Genesect, etc. Volt Switch can be used to do damage and save Galvantula for a second (or subsequent) Sticky Web set up. Giga Drain is weaker than Energy Ball but still takes a huge chunk (if not a KO) on Gastrodon and Quagsire, while recovering HP at the same time. Partners: Anything that can take advantage of Sticky Web, which are mostly powerful sweepers in the speed bracket between 100 and 115 (because they outspeed literally every pokemon in the game after it is hit by Sticky Web). Garchomp is a solid choice because it can Swords Dance, and beats Landorus naturally. Landorus itsself is good, with Gravity providing an interesting gimmick to beat flying types. Mega Charizard Y overcomes its speed issue. Slow DD users (Adamant Dragonite, Scrafty), or Bulky Volcarona are other good options. Generally pokemon with average to decent speed which struggle to sweep whole teams when faced with something slightly faster (Charizard Y), or very fast choiced pokemon like Choice Scarf Terrakion (Salamence, Dragonite etc). Checks and Counters: The best counter in the game is Excadrill. It hits it hard with Earthquake and can remove webs with Rapid Spin, while taking nothing from Thunder and very little from Bug Buzz. The only moderately threatening move is HP Fire or Ground which can't 2HKO without extra power anyway. Countering this pokemon as such about whether you want to stop Sticky Webs going up or simply kill Galvantula. Most Defog users are weak to Thunder so should be used with caution - Gliscor is a notable exception but is hit very hard by HP Ice. Espeon and Xatu can switch in and reflect hazards but have a poor matchup against Galvantula's STAB moves which are seen on every set. Lightningrod Zapdos (if ever released) will be a hard counter with Heat Wave and Defog. In terms of true counters special walls stop Galvantula in its tracks. Blissey and Chansey are the obvious ones, but Snorlax, Heatran and Gastrodon do a good job too (although the latter two should steer clear of HP Ground and Energy Ball respectively). From there you can proceed to wear Galvantula down and spin or defog its webs later. Gliscor resists both STAB moves but is pulverised by HP Ice. Final comments The thing that sets Galvantula apart from the other main Sticky Web user (Smeargle) is its ability to hit hard off the bat and defeat pokemon that can stop Sticky Web. Bug Buzz hits Espeon hard on the switch in, also hitting Mega Absol, while Thunder beats Xatu. Bug Buzz is also the 'safe' option when you suspect Deoxys leads may throw out a Magic Coat to steal your hazard move. Smeargle on the other hand can use Spore and Stealth Rock for further support options. Galvantula is a one-use pokemon, as in you only use it for Sticky Web. It's not absolutely dreadful like Wigglytuff or whatever, but it's far from top class. Give it the appropriate Sticky Web abusers as backup and you will be rewarded. Finally, remember that Flying types or those with Levitate avoid Sticky Web, so make sure you aren't dead weight against pokemon like Thundurus and Charizard (among others). Draft of a pretty basic analysis (first, so I went simple, I plan on doing more). Thoughts? Anything I can add or change?