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[Rotation Battle] Pokémon of the Week

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  1. Whereabouts Unknown

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    Welcome to our thread for analysis about Pokémon in Safari's own Rotation Battle system! This is a great resource for players looking to find out which Pokémon are good for what kind of roles in Rotation Battles.

    While the thread is named "of the Week", for a time we will be updating this thread more frequently than that to get things started.

    If you would like to guest write an episode of PotW for this thread, please contact myself (Miki Sayaka) on the server. If you can't catch me online, shoot me a message with /mail! A bonus reward is available for guest writers. You may choose between 20 Rare Candy and 1 Mega Stone for each article written.

    Without further ado, let's get started here!

    Pokémon Roles:
    Pokémon in rotation can function on a team in a few different roles. Here are some examples:
    • Sweepers are Pokémon you only use when they roll moves that boost important stats (often Speed, or an attacking stat) or attacks that can cleanly hit any of the opponent's Pokémon for high damage. They usually have a reliable movepool, heavy with STAB, so that they can quickly knock out targets after a boost.
    • Nukes are the similar to Sweepers in that they are primarily offensively oriented, but differ in that their goal is to simply attack, disregarding their own stat changes. They often use recoil and exhaust moves to great effect, and are often fast, frail, and hard hitting. As a result they should only be used when they roll a powerful enough move to make the risk worth it. They are inherently risky.
    • Support Pokémon are Pokémon used on "waiting turns," or turns that you don't have any particularly good moves on any of your attacking Pokémon. A good support Pokémon can absorb attacks and statuses, and boost their own stats or nerf opposing Pokémon's stats with bonuses from Captivate, Fake Tears, etc. Bonuses in Reflect or Light Screen can also make these Pokémon more effective at providing openings for their teammates.
    • Walls are Pokémon that are designed to win by eventuality. A good wall has solid defensive typing along with good defensive stats and some recovery bonuses. Because they are so hard to bring down, they can chip away at frail Pokémon in lengthy brawls, healing faster than they take damage and nerfing stats faster than they can be boosted. A perfect wall can defeat a team in a 1v3 battle if you are patient enough.
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    Pokémon of the Week #1: Zapdos
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    Overview: Zapdos is an excellently versatile Pokémon that can function as an sweeper, support Pokémon, or even wall, depending on what boosts you get. Its typing is great offensively and it has two good attacking stats to boot, while its defenses are nicely rounded, and it only has two weaknesses while being resistant to 5 and immune to 1 types. All of these factors make Zapdos nearly indispensable in any 640 BST and under event or quest, such as Normal-Hard celebrity.

    Pros:
    • Maximizes move power cap on both of its STAB types with Zap Cannon and Sky Attack.
    • Comfortable STAB density, meaning it can use its strong Electric- and Flying- type moves frequently.
    • Has 2 critical bonuses and 1 recoil bonus, helping it maintain offensive pressure.
    • Well rounded stats means it can function well under several conditions. It isn't rendered useless by Celebrity's Power Trick, Single Special Stat, Shuffled Stats, Topsy Turvy, Category Type Split, etc.
    • Offensive coverage with its STABs allows it to hit almost everything neutrally.
    • In PVP, it's incredibly hard to counter, while in turn it, it can keep popular mons like Suicune, Shaymin, Metagross, and Garchomp in check with its STAB effectiveness on the former 2 as well as resistances and immunities.
    Cons:
    • Its only "great" stat is Special Attack. If it is nerfed in that stat, or facing a persistent Light Screen, its offensive abilities can be hurt significantly, because its unboosted Attack leaves something to be desired.
    • Its defenses are adequate but not great. It will fall to repeated neutral attacks, and although it has 1 recovery bonus, you will need to boost both of its defenses if you want to use it as a wall.
    Roles (How to Use):
    • Sweeper: Against a team unresistant to its STAB, Zapdos can rain terror with its unboosted Special Attack STAB. With 1 speed boost, it becomes hard to outspeed, making it into a deadly weapon. With 2 boosts, its Attack stat can be quite formidable too.
    • Support: Its great resistance/immunity spread makes it a great support mon for a frail attacker. Paired with a powerful attacker like Melmetal or Mega Blaziken, Zapdos can be used on turns waiting for its teammates rolls its strong moves, absorbing Ground/Fighting/Flying moves aimed at its more frail teammates. Its hard to OHKO a Zapdos, so it can dish out nerfs, heal itself, and boost its stats while waiting for its teammate to go on offense. And of course, a boosted Zapdos can easily fill other roles, leaving your options open.
    • Wall: Zapdos isn't really meant to be a wall, but it can find itself in this role and you want to be prepared to take advantage of it. With boosts to both of its defenses, it can brush off neutral attacks, and most dangerous Pokémon with strong Ice or Rock moves do not have a high density of them (Ice moves usually pair with Water, while Rock usually pairs with Ground), meaning you can keep your Zapdos near max health to survive a rare Blizzard/Stone Edge and then heal it back off.
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (640 and under): S+
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (Unlimited BST): B+
    Celebrity Region Rankings (Normal and Hard only):
    • Kanto: S++ (Misty, Erika, Bruno, Agatha)
    • Johto: S+ (Falkner, Bugsy, Chuck, Bruno, Koga)
    • Hoenn: S (Brawly, Winona, Wallace)
    • Unova: A+ (Burgh, Cress, Skyla, Marshal)
    • Galar: A+ (Nessa, Milo, Bea)
    PVP Counters: Tyranitar.

    Written by Miki Sayaka

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    Pokémon of the Week #2: Hydreigon
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    Overview: Hydreigon is your classic offensive powerhouse kind of Pokémon in Rotation Battles. Its main job is landing nukes on susceptible Pokémon with its wide pool of powerful attacking types. It can reach exhaust moves in several types, notably, Fire, Dragon, Fighting, and Rock. Its Dark typing is a valuable resource offensively, where it can threaten Psychic- and Ghost- types, and defensively. If you are looking for a solid Dark type attacking Pokémon that doesn't cost a Mega Stone for your Celebrity run, this is one of your best choices.

    Pros:
    • Bonuses in Exhaust, Critical, and Recoil help it offensively.
    • Dragon and Dark are both great blanket offense types, with the only problem to the pair of them being Fairy types, which you can target with Hydreigon's limited although present Steel movepool.
    • Having two attack stats above 100 means it can consistently lay on hurt. It also means it can afford to use an exhaust move and suffer -2/-3 in one of its attacking stats and still be functional as an attacker with the other as a fallback.
    • It's reasonably bulky, and its only major weakness (Fairy) is the least common attacking type.
    • In Inverted battles, Hydreigon remains a potent attacker because Dark and Dragon are perhaps even more excellent attacking types in Inver than in normal.
    Cons:
    • Fairy moves will end Hydreigon immediately, and they are common on some of the things you would like to use Hydreigon to fight, such as Psychics.
    • It has a very messy movepool, which makes it unreliable. It cannot be guaranteed to roll a good Dragon or Dark move when you need it. Saturation by Electric, Bug, Steel, Ghost and Water holds it back from being a consistent threat.
    Roles (How to Use):
    • Nuke: Hydreigon basically is click and destroy Pokémon. You will have it in your pocket for most of the game, and only bring it out when it has 135 Special Dragon exhaust, or 95 Physical Dark recoil, and hope to take down something with it. It doesn't need boosts to be a threat.
    • Sweeper: Although, you could give Hydreigon some nice boosts if the opportunity arises. Speed boosts are appreciated, since Hydreigon lives by the sword and dies by the sword. Boosts in either attack stat can make its attacks unsurvivable by non-Fairies. Some nice Def/Special Def boosts can also help protect it from stray hits in case it needs to duke it out with a particularly bulky Pokémon. Hydreigon isn't defensively sturdy, but it can definitely soak up resisted hits, and it has many resistances to utilize.
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (640 and under): A-
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (Unlimited BST): C
    Celebrity Region Rankings (Normal and Hard only):
    • Kanto: A+ (Surge, Sabrina, Agatha, Blue)
    • Johto: A+ (Falkner, Bugsy (inver), Morty, Will, Karen)
    • Hoenn: B+ (Tate & Liza, Wattson, Wallace, Phoebe)
    • Unova: B+ (C/C/C, Elesa, Roxie, Caitlin, Grimsley)
    • Galar: A- (Nessa, Milo, Allister)
    PVP Counters: Mega Gardevoir, Suicune, Mega Altaria, Magearna

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    Pokémon of the Week #3: Magearna
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    Overview: Magearna's incredible typing makes it one of the best Pokémon in Rotation Battles, period. It's not without drawbacks, but if its typing and excellent BST were not mitigated by something, it would simply be uncomparable and in a tier of its own. Its movepool leaves a lot to be desired. Only having 3 Fairy moves is a huge problem. It learns an equal amount of Fighting and Grass, and a greater amount of Electric moves. Not to mention its movepool is saturated with often unwanted Psychic moves, which equal in number its preferred Steel STAB. It's also lacking in the bonuses department, struggling without any help in getting critical hits or recovery moves. All of this manages to keep a Fairy/Steel type with great even defenses and amazing special attack from being more than a "god tier" Pokémon.

    Pros:
    • Has access to the most powerful Fairy moves available in Rotbat thanks to Fleur Cannon.
    • Incredible defensive typing that goes with its great defenses to make it ridiculously hard to faint.
    • Good move power in most of its attacking types. Synchronoise, Focus Blast, Solar Beam Thunderbolt, and Ice Beam keep its move power high, which combines with its massive Special Attack to allow it to dish out damage consistently even without relying on STAB.
    • In Type Category Split, Magearna gets to use its Special Attack even more consistently, thanks to having a large pool of special attacking types.
    Cons:
    • Lacks any recovery move or drain move bonuses, making its walling capabilities suffer as a result. It simply cannot heal itself enough to function as a full-time wall.
    • Sloppy movepool makes it a disaster at landing a specific move type that you need. It needs a lot of support, so that it can stall long enough to roll the Fairy move it wants, in most cases.
    • Its bonus in exhaust somewhat contradicts its main role as a sweeper. It frequently ends up rolling special exhaust moves, which you don't always want early on in the battle.
    Roles (How to Use):
    • Sweeper: 130 base Special Attack is no joke. It can demolish Pokémon with neutral non-STAB moves given a boost or two to its special attack. When it gets Fairy moves to land on foe's Fighting, Dark, or Dragon types, you can rest assured they are almost always going down. Magearna would really like to have some boosts in Speed to make it an effective sweeper. Speed boosts give it the ability to strike first, and also to patch up any defense weaknesses and recover before the opponent has a chance to hit it. A Magearna with 2 or 3 speed boosts is a deadly and versatile weapon.
    • Support: In addition to being a premium sweeper, Magearna is also one of the best support Pokémon, due to its ability to absorb many different types of resisted attacks, both physical and special. It also does not mind paralysis or burn too much, and is immune to poison, meaning it can absorb statuses as well. Heck, if you're going to have a Pokémon fall asleep, Magearna is one of your safer choices as well, since it can sit on a lot of things while waiting to wake up. Its support abilities are very helpful, and it can fill in with some good attack moves as well. If you ever see Magearna roll a recovery move, USE IT. It will almost always heal more than it takes in damage in a single turn, and its healing opportunities are rare.
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (640 and under): S+
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (Unlimited BST): A+
    Celebrity Region Rankings (Normal and Hard only):
    • Kanto: S+ (Koga, Erika, Lorelei, Bruno, Agatha, Lance)
    • Johto: S++ (Whitney, Chuck, Pryce, Clair, Will, Koga, Bruno, Karen, Lance)
    • Hoenn: S (Norman, Winona, Sidney, Glacia, Drake)
    • Unova: A+ (Burgh, Cheren, Iris, Caitlin, Grimsley)
    • Galar: A+ (Opal, Raihan, Piers, Marnie, Leon)
    PVP Counters: Volcanion, Heatran

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    Pokémon of the Week #4: Sceptile
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    Overview: Mega Sceptile is a glass cannon to end all glass cannons. With its massive Special Attack and powerful Grass, Dragon, and Fighting moves, it can lay waste to entire teams, ending battles before they even began. It has a very respectable Attack stat too, along with great Speed, all at the cost of leaving it extremely frail. Its frailty along with its poor defensive typing means it can't spend a lot of time on the field. It really wants to KO mons when it attacks - if it misses its KO, it could suffer huge damage in the counterattack. Support this Pokémon with something that can stall turns while absorbing Ice, Dragon, and Flying moves aimed at Mega Sceptile. It exerts a tremendous amount of offensive pressure with its Speed and Special Attack, which makes it incredibly scary to face in PVP.

    Pros:
    • Its movepool is actually quite cohesive. Grass and Dragon can be very valuable attacking types as STAB, and it also comes with a ton of Fighting + Ground type moves, allowing it to threaten Steel types that get in the way of its STAB spam.
    • It can use max power recharge moves in Fighting and Grass, and exhaust moves in Dragon.
    • Great critical, drain, and exhaust bonuses make it a functionally diverse threat. It can hit from either attack stat and crit through nerfs, drain its way back to full health easily, and continue attacking in a secondary stat after using an exhaust move in one stat.
    • Type Category Split helps Sceptile tremendously, making both its STABs guaranteed to use its 145 Special Attack.
    • It doesn't need stat boosts to be a threat.
    Cons:
    • It does not have the bulk to take full advantage of its amazing drain move bonus.
    • It would like to learn more Dragon moves. It cannot access its powerful secondary STAB nearly as often as its Grass or Fighting moves.
    • It is always at risk of dying to random sneezes, unless you can put up Reflect and Light Screen to protect it. It has a hard time getting stat boosts on its own.
    Roles (How to Use):
    • Nuke: Leaf Storm, Focus Punch, Outrage. That's all this Pokémon needs to do to annihilate teams. With 145 Speed, it can outspeed nearly every common threat in Rotbat, and completely delete them with a super-effective attack. It won't stay on the field for very many turns, but it can make the most of these turns with huge damage output.
    • Sweeper: Without using any stat boosts, Sceptile can try to cut through whole teams on its own. But if you wish to give it some boosts to Special Attack/Attack, it can cleanly demolish things without any concern of counterattack. The tricky part is getting these stat boosts at all. You may need to set up Screens, or boost Sceptile's defenses first. So many things can hurt Mega Sceptile a lot, so always be careful when you choose this Pokémon without the intention to KO.
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (640 and under): A
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (Unlimited BST): B-
    Celebrity Region Rankings (Normal and Hard only):
    • Kanto: A (Misty, Surge, Erika, Sabrina, Blaine (inver) Giovanni, Blue)
    • Johto: B (Bugsy (inver))
    • Hoenn: A+ (Wattson, Wallace, Sidney, Drake)
    • Unova: A- (Cress, Elesa, Skyla (inver), Clay, Iris, Grimsley)
    • Galar: B+ (Nessa, Raihan, Leon)
    PVP Counters: Zapdos, Magearna, Mega Altaria

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    Pokémon of the Week #5: Blaziken
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    Overview: Mega Blaziken is another glass cannon. Great dual attacking stats, powerful offensive typing, and a pretty good movepool. Its stat distribution isn't great, however, and it has quite a few weaknesses. High crit chances, as well as recoil and exhaust bonuses, cement it in its singular role as a Nuke. If it were a bit faster, it could accomplish this role more safely, but its middling defenses and speed put it in awkward place where some of the things it would like to bring down may outspeed it and KO it first.

    Pros:
    • It has Focus Punch and Blast Burn in its arsenal, meaning it can use maximum power moves in both of its STABs.
    • It has a whopping 16 Fire and 17 Fighting moves, so it will be able to use these moves very reliably.
    • Dual attacking stats let it burn out its Attack or Special Attack with a bonus frequency exhaust move (Overheat) and continue to be a threat with its other stat.
    • Critical Hit bonuses (Shadow Claw, Night Slash, Blaze Kick, Stone Edge) mean it can crit through its own nerfs as well.
    • It also has several recoil bonuses, cementing it as an offensive powerhouse.
    • It has two priority bonuses, which can help it overcome its speed issue somewhat.
    Cons:
    • It really would rather have an extra 10 or 20 points in speed at the cost of any other stat. The fact that its outsped by some possible targets, like Terrakion and Mega Metagross, and ties with Celebi and Slaking, holds it back a lot, because those Pokémon can and usually will KO it if they go first.
    • In PVP, the most popular Pokémon are its hardest counters, so it's hard to justify using it.
    Roles (How to Use):
    • Nuke: You always want to KO when you use Blaziken. Its HP remaining isn't really a concern. Let its recoil, recharge, exhaust moves rip and take something out. With 160/130 offenses, almost nothing can reliably survive its attacks. The only issue is being outsped by other offensive Pokémon. It does really well with speed control support, so if you are using Blaziken, be sure to support it and use paralyze moves and minus speed nerfs on your opponent's team with your other Pokémon.
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (640 and under): A-
    General Rotation Battle Ranking (Unlimited BST): B-
    Celebrity Region Rankings (Normal and Hard only):
    • Kanto: B (Erika, Lorelei)
    • Johto: B+ (Bugsy, Whitney, Pryce, Jasmine, Karen)
    • Hoenn: S (Norman, Sidney, Glacia, Steven)
    • Unova: A (Cilan, Cheren, Skyla (inver), Grimsley, Alder)
    • Galar: B+ ()
    PVP Counters: Zapdos, Suicune, Zygarde, Garchomp, Latias

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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2020
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