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Time for the next Pokémon of the Week and this week we go to Kalos
|MOVESET NAME||THE FAIRY QUEEN|
|EFFORT VALUE DISTRIBUTION|
|252 EVS||SPECIAL ATTACK|
|252 EVS||SPECIAL DEFENSE|
|In this moveset, Sylveon uses Xerneas’s Fairy Aura as well as its own Hidden Ability, Pixilate, to unleash powerful Fairy-type moves. Ironically, its sole Fairy-type STAB is Hyper Beam, which starts as a Normal-type move until Pixilate boosts its power and converts it into a Fairy-type move. Once it uses Hyper Beam, however, it won’t be able to move for a turn, so it requires Xerneas’s protection during that brief expanse of time. Sylveon does not solely rely on Hyper Beam for its moveset, however, as it uses Mystical Fire to counter Steel-types and lower its opponent’s Special Attack, Calm Mind to raise its Special Attack and Special Defense, and Baton Pass to transfer its boosts to other members of its team. |
Sylveon has a Calm Nature as well as 252 EVs in its Special Defense because the moveset primarily focuses on maximizing Sylveon’s Special Defense. After all, Mystical Fire and Calm Mind already reduce the damage dealt by special attacks. Moreover, Sylveon moves slowly compared to most Pokemon, so it needs to be able to absorb hits before counterattacking. Sylveon’s special attacks are reinforced through the incorporation of 252 EVs into its Special Attack as well as the boost from the Life Orb. In order to stave off Life Orb’s drawback of draining Sylveon’s HP and promote Sylveon’s vitality in general, the last four EVs will remain in its HP. Finally, Sylveon refrains from Dynamaxing in this moveset because Xerneas is a faster Dynamax alternative and it would lose the ability to boost and transfer its stats through Calm Mind and Baton Pass.
I think that your moveset is pretty interesting in that it lulls players who know Sylveon's Defense stat is terrible into a false sense of security. Do you think that Cute Charm would be better as Sylveon's Ability for this set as it further restricts the capabilities of physical attackers (assuming that Hyper Voice is replaced with an actual Fairy-type move to compensate for the loss of Pixilate)?When you Wish upon a Fae
Nature: Bold (+Def -Att)
EVs: (HP 252) (Def 252) (Sp. Def 4)
I feel Cute Charm is far too unreliable. There are Physical moves that don't make contact (Earthquake, Rock Slide, Gunk Shot, etc.), and Attract is a very weak status. Yes it still has the 50% of not attacking unlike Confusion, but it is easily blanked by same gendered Pokémon and pokémon that don't have a gender. And you or your opponent switching out will end Attract as well (which, since this is a Wish set, is pretty likely that Sylveon is going to switch out)I think that your moveset is pretty interesting in that it lulls players who know Sylveon's Defense stat is terrible into a false sense of security. Do you think that Cute Charm would be better as Sylveon's Ability for this set as it further restricts the capabilities of physical attackers (assuming that Hyper Voice is replaced with an actual Fairy-type move to compensate for the loss of Pixilate)?
Yeah not much to say here. With its Hidden Ability, there is no reason to run Fairy STAB when Pixilate-boosted Hyper Voice is strictly better.
Really the only other possible option is running a Baton Pass set, along with Stored Power over Psyshock to take advantage of the starched boosts (though this may be illegal depending upon the format)