Overview: * Good STAB moves * Dark / Knock Off buff * Offensive on both sides * Middling defense * Below average speed for a sweeper * Still sweeps * Situational abilities at best * Wants the 5th moveslot * Eevee ears Standard: Shiftry (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Chlorophyll EVs: 4 HP / 252 ATK / 252 Spd Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) - Knock Off - Sucker Punch - Seed Bomb - Swords Dance / Fake Out * Life Orb power boost is necessary to secure some KOs. * Adamant still outspeeds Timid Specs Exploud by 1, although Knock Off alone will not OHKO (it will KO with a fake out beforehand or entry damage) * Spam Knock Off whenever you get the chance, as it also cripples counters. * Sucker Punch faster things, which there are quite a bit of. * Seed Bomb any fairies/fighting types that come in to resist you. * All of its abilities are largely useless, but Chlorophyll will help you against sun teams. * Swords Dance boosts Sucker Punch to OHKOing everything. * Fake Out eases prediction and is useful where Sucker Punch otherwise isn't, also Fake Out + Sucker Punch deals a lot. * Pay attention to faster low HP Sucker Punch users, you don't want your Sucker Punch to fail. Other Options * Leaf Storm for wrecking physical counters and Defog are 2 other great options in the fourth slot, change its nature to naughty/lonely if you use Leaf Storm. * Subseed if you wanted to. * Nasty Plot for a special set such as off its 90 Sp Atk, bear in mind you lose the priority and item removing qualities that make Shiftry such a threat. * Explosion * Power Up Punch is usable over Swords Dance. * You could run pickpocket and hope that you get your own item knocked off and then later steal, but this is still a worse form of Magician. Counters * The main counter is Chesnaught, who takes pitiful damage from any of its attacks and can setup spikes or just slap it with a Hammer Arm. * Anything faster (of which there are a lot of things) with Substitute generally ruins you. * Most dark type resists such as Granbull / Aromatisse / Scrafty can come in and setup/OHKO. * Bear in mind switch in counters are more then likely going to run into a knock off unless Shiftry is setting up. * Fletchinder can come in and doesn't care about knock off (because they are usually itemless) then kill/setup/burn it. * Dies to any moderate unresisted STAB attack, especially after Life Orb recoil.