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Pokémon Spotlight: Ubers - Lunala

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    Introduction
    Lunala, one of the two cover legendaries of Generation 7, has already made an impact on the SM Ubers scene. It is proven to be a good wallbreaker due to its high base 137 Special Attack, and its extremely wide movepool lets it have amazing coverage. Its dual typing - Ghost and Psychic - makes it vulnerable to one of the most popular types of Sun & Moon, which is Dark. Dark-types have seen a rise in this generation because of their immunity to Prankster and the absence of Mega Diancie, until now. Lunala is also slower than Yveltal, which is another notable problem.

    On the bright side, its ability Shadow Shield was introduced in this generation, and it is really helpful, since it reduces the damage Lunala takes by half if it is at full HP, enhancing Lunala's bulk. All in all, Lunala is an interesting Pokémon to use with many different options, so let's move on to the set analyses!

    Sets

    Choice Scarf

    Lunala @ Choice Scarf
    Ability: Shadow Shield
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
    IVs: 0 Atk
    - Moongeist Beam
    - Psyshock
    - Focus Blast
    - Ice Beam / Moonblast
    Moongeist Beam is the primary Ghost STAB move of Lunala with 100 Base Power, and it can deal a nice amount of damage to the plethora of Pokémon used in Ubers. The other STAB move of Lunala, Psyshock, is used to get better damage against special walls, since the damage is based on the target's Defense and not Special Defense. Focus Blast offers great coverage, dealing super effective damage to Dark-type Pokémon that wall Lunala while helping to check Arceus-Normal. Ice Beam is used for Zygarde, Mega Salamence, and Rayquaza and helps Lunala prevent them from setting up on it while also hitting Yveltal hard. Moonblast can be used as a safer way to deal damage to Dark-type Pokémon, but the combination of Focus Blast and Ice Beam is preferred.

    Regarding the EVs, 252 on both Special Attack and Speed is pretty self explanatory for a Choice Scarf set on a specially attacking Pokémon. A Modest nature is preferred to maximize the amount of damage, while a neutral Speed nature lets Lunala hit 439 Speed, which is enough to outspeed Deoxys-A. A Timid nature could be used to outspeed Pheromosa as well, but the latter cannot really cause any problems to Lunala.


    Choice Specs

    Lunala @ Choice Specs
    Ability: Shadow Shield
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
    IVs: 0 Atk
    - Moongeist Beam
    - Psyshock
    - Focus Blast
    - Ice Beam / Thunder
    The move choices are similar to the Choice Scarf set. Moongeist Beam and Psyshock are the main STAB moves for the same reasons explained above. Focus Blast hits Arceus-Dark, 2HKOing it, and Tyranitar, 2HKOing it if Chople Berry is used, even harder. Ice Beam KOes even the bulkiest version of Zygarde and has a 25% chance to OHKO Yveltal. Choice Specs Lunala can also opt for Thunder so it can deal great damage to the likes of Ho-Oh, 2HKOing it, Primal Kyogre also 2HKOing it, and Yveltal OHKOing it.

    The EVs distribution is pretty simple. 252 EVs on both Special Attack and Speed with a Timid nature gives Lunala 322 Speed and the chance to outspeed support Arceus formes, non-maximum Speed Yveltal, and Rayquaza; it also gets to tie with opposing maximum Speed Lunala and Solgaleo. A Modest nature can be used to maximize Lunala's Special Attack, but it loses the ability to outspeed all of the above, which is more important.

    Z-Hypnosis Offensive

    Lunala @ Psychium Z
    Ability: Shadow Shield
    EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
    Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
    IVs: 0 Atk
    - Hypnosis
    - Calm Mind
    - Moongeist Beam
    - Focus Blast
    When the move Hypnosis is used along with Psychium Z, the result is wonderful. Z-Hypnosis puts the opposing Pokémon to sleep while raising Lunala's Speed by one stage. That way Lunala can put its check to sleep, providing an opportunity to set up with Calm Mind. Once set up, you have an amazing special sweeper that can blast through whole teams. The remaining two moves are straightforward: Moongeist Beam is Lunala's primary Ghost-type STAB move, and Focus Blast allows for the best available coverage against Normal- and Dark-types.

    Other Options
    Ghostium Z: This set can be used to help Lunala achieve a potential sweep with Calm Mind and three attacks, which usually are Moongeist Beam (which can be boosted with the Z-Crystal for once), Focus Blast and Ice Beam / Moonblast / Roost. The logic of this set is similar to the Z-Hypnosis one, but the aforementioned is better because sleep can give Lunala a free round to set up.

    Defensive Set: A defensive set with Will-O-Wisp, Roost, Moongeist Beam, and Calm Mind can be used, so Lunala can utilize its ability Shadow Shield. The problem with that set is that Lunala doesn't have enough natural bulk to help it pull off that role.

    Checks and Counters
    Dark-types: Arceus-Dark and Yveltal are primary checks of Lunala, since they can OHKO it with their Dark-type STAB moves. Arceus-Dark, though, cannot switch in safely because Focus Blast Choice Scarf Lunala gets a 2HKO, and the same thing happens with the Hypnosis set if Lunala gets +1 Speed, taking advantage of the sleep turns.

    Pursuit Users: Alolan Muk and Tyranitar can Pursuit trap Lunala and deal huge amounts of damage. Alolan Muk can take any kind of hit from Lunala and just use Pursuit or Knock Off, with the latter being able to OHKO Lunala after Stealth Rock damage. As mentioned above for Arceus-Dark, Tyranitar can not switch in safely if Lunala carries Focus Blast.

    Mega Gengar: Lunala can deal with Mega Gengar if either its Shadow Shield is not broken or has a Choice Scarf. In every other case, Mega Gengar can OHKO Lunala with Shadow Ball.

    Arceus-Ghost: Choice Scarf or +1 Speed Lunala can deal with Arceus-Ghost. If neither of those apply, Arceus-Ghost can OHKO Lunala with Shadow Force, even if Shadow Shield is still in effect.

    Arceus-Normal: Arceus-Normal is immune to Moongeist Beam, and it can tank a Focus Blast and deal massive damage back with Shadow Claw / Shadow Force.

    Support Arceus Formes: Support Arceus formes can Toxic stall Lunala. The Hypnosis set can deal with them while the Choice Specs set can achieve a 2HKO with Moongeist Beam if a slower Arceus support forme switches into it.


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    Lunala is master-race, js. Just imagine how great the combination of Lunala and MDiancie would be once Diancite is released. Oooh, can't wait!

    Also best of luck for POWC, MM!
     
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