SPL being over for me, I want to share some things I've used/theorymoned during the tournament.
Ferrothorn @ Leftovers/Chople Berry/Lum Berry
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 88 Def / 168 SpD
IVs: 0 Spe
- Stealth Rock
- Gyro Ball
- Power Whip
- Knock Off
This isn't really original but I think I'm in the minority when it comes to running Seed/Spikes-less Ferrothorn. Personally, I like to use Ferro as an all-around pivot/punching bag in my Rain Offenses, and I really value its ability to ditch some damages back and prevent set-ups of all sort. That's why I like having both Power Whip and Gyro Ball at disposal. Knock Off is mainly there to remove other Ferrothorn's Leftovers, which goes a long way for Rain Offenses that try to overload it (think Starmie/Gyarados/Latios kind of Rains).
I like Chople Berry so you can stay in vs the like of Croak/Terrakion/Breloom and just smack them with Gyro Ball. If you play some aggro teams and like the games where things have to be sacrified every turn while you can't skip a beat, try this out! By the way, even Lum Berry is a cool option to stay in vs Rotom and hit it with Power Whip for good damages (putting Rotom below 50% is almost as good as killing it for Offenses); can also help vs Scald users or sleep moves.
Keldeo-Resolute @ Choice Specs
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 30 HP / 2 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD
- Hidden Power [Flying]
- Secret Sword
- Icy Wind
HP Flying is a pretty strong option to me right now. It can actually threaten Amoonguss (45-53% vs 252/228+, 2KO'd with Rocks 87.5% of the time, guaranteed in sand) but the other great benefit is hitting Toxicroak, which is more popular than ever in Rain Offenses (guaranteed KO with 1 Spikes up). I originally thought of using HP Psychic, which would have the added benefit of hitting Tentacruel, but it sadly gives you a Speed IV of 30 and tieing other Keldeos and the rarer Terrakions are much more valuable to me. If you're not a speedsexual like me, you can consider it though...
Also don't use Scald on Spec Keldeo -_-
Mienshao @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
- High Jump Kick
- Hidden Power [Ice]
Rock Slide is pretty much only for Volcarona and if your team can handle it by other means (I know, rather unlikely), that unlocks an option on your moveset. I think Toxic is pretty good because you hit very important targets like Mew or Cresselia, Pokemons that can be absolute nightmares to face for a lot of teams. A 100% accurate fighting stab is also tempting but Toxic broadens your options.
Ditto @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
IVs: 2 Atk / 30 Def
Definitely my favorite "find" of the tournament. I won't explain to you in details what Ditto does or can do, but I will explain why I chose to run it and why I think it's definitely worth your consideration. Ditto possesses two invaluable traits right now, especially for Sands:
- It can offensively check Excadrill.
- It can trap Dugtrio (which means you can keep one of your two sun answers, Heatran/Tyranitar for example, by trapping Dugtrio after it's done killing one of the two, granted you've broken the sash before).
Both traits are invaluable atm, considering usage numbers of both Excadrill and Dugtrio teams (Suns) in general. Ditto is also amazing vs set-uppers in general (can handle the ever so fearsome Volcarona) but very awkward as a cleaner, unlike the "regular" scarfers.
It can also find different usages depending on what you're facing. In my SPL game
, it was able to use clutch Heal Bells for example. In my testing games, it once won by spinning as a Tentacruel or spiking as a Ferrothorn.
If you're unfamiliar with Ditto, you gotta know it's considered as Ditto upon switching in, which means it'll take regular SR, Spikes and TSpikes damage. It can be a good thing though, as you will for example not take 50% if you come in and transform into a Volcarona. It also won't remove TSpikes by transforming into an Amoonguss/Tentacruel/Toxicroak, etc.
I'm not saying Ditto is the panacea of the tier, but I think it's definitely very interesting in the current metagame.