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Burliest Bear
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PostSubject: Serperior season!   Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:46 pm

So, as most of us know by now... Serperior's Hidden Ability, Contrary, has finally been released!

"Serperior," you query, "why, isn't that the smug snake starter found in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire editions? What makes him so special? Why would I want a Contrary Pokemon?"



(Yes, this smug mug.)



Because, my little locusts, of one move - Leaf Storm. 130 Base Power, 90 percent accurate Grass type move that lowers the user's special attack two stages when it hits - unless the user is Contrary, in which case Serperior's special attack goes UP two stages (boom, Boom, BOOM - ya dig?)

And it's special attack takes that encouragement very, very well. Running with a Base Stat Total of an unusual 528 points, the snake's spread looks something like this:


HP:           75
Attack: 75
Defense: 95
Sp.Atk: 75
Sp.Def: 95
Speed: 113 (eat dust, Garchomps!)


Unfortunately... The rest of this glorious 'mon's moves are fairly lackluster, leaving it with a fairly shallow move pool. My favored set runs:

Leaf Storm, Giga Drain, Glare (egg move by breeding Arbok/Seviper) and Hidden Power Rock (guaranteed OHKO with Stealth Rocks or one Leaf Storm on Charizard or Talonflame.)

Life Orb seems to be the best choice in items, though Choice Specs remain a temptation.

There's several other sets to run, and ORAS tutor moves Dragon Pulse and Synthesis, along with another egg move, Mirror Coat (priority -1, returns double special attack damage received - great with Focus Sash) from Glaceon. But, in terms of combat potential, the focus remains on Leaf Storm + Contrary, and moves to supplement it - as well as the right teammates. Keep in mind, Serperior's still squishy, despite its appreciable bulk, and sometimes Glare is the best parting shot you can make. (Especially if they have Sucker Punch.)

Try starting off with anything that has Sticky Web - Serperior will outspeed all but a few of the fastest (Gengar remains a major threat with its Levitate) even before you drop their speed. Afterwards, it's just unfair. Talonflame remains the single greatest danger to Serperior if the web is in place, so having a major physical wall (Slowbro or Gliscor are just unfair to T-flame), as well as possibly having a Stealth Rock setter is a must for this common threat. Bulky Charizard X also is a major threat to Serperior's sweeps, and cannot be taken out safely unless Serperior is +4.


I know there are a few other sets out there... Ideas?


Also... Nominate someone to receive a shiny baby Snivy, styled to their choice! No, you cannot pick yourself.

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PostSubject: Re: Serperior season!   Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:19 pm

First off garchomp is 102 speed, 11 less than serp
Second lefties is better as it adds longevity to your serp massacres
Third I nominate taka because I want to make him finally feel loved Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Serperior season!   Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:37 pm

Giga Drain ftw. And the 'let TAKA feel loved' nomination is accepted!

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PostSubject: Re: Serperior season!   Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:19 pm

I would like to nominate Whirlpool, for being the only other person who nominated someone.

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