Volbeat is like Ninjask, it's useless anywhere but in the lead, where it can be effective but is easily killed off by priority, taunted or phazed
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I like running Work Up + Baton Pass on my Umbreon. She can take the hits, and can set up any kind of sweeper I need. Not too shabby.
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Smeargle is probably the best Baton Passer out there. I use one and it works 90% of the time (only ruined if their lead has priority or is Ttar/Lum Dragonite).
Smeargle @ Focus Sash
Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Spd / 4 Def
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Shell Smash
- Baton Pass
- Magic Coat / Confuse Ray
The trick is to Shell Smash first. You have a sash to fall back on so it should be alright. After you Shell Smash, you can outspeed most Pokémon and can use Spore. If they decide to switch out to a priority Pokémon, the switch in will get Spore'd. You can then Baton Pass safely knowing that you have an extra turn to do whatever you want (since you already set up Shell Smash). Magic Coat reflects status moves like Stealth Rocks, Spikes, and Taunts which is awesome. But Confuse Ray may work too and could sometimes help you get away will Shell Smash/Baton Pass if you're lucky enough.
Gorebyss with Swift Swim is good as long as it's raining and it's holding a White Herb
PIMPNITE and Haydunn on Youtube have some sweeps with one Pokemon and a whole bunch of Baton Passers, so check them out.
I'd have to say the best baton pass lead is Ninjask.
252 HP/252 Speed
Pretty much you get the momentum going. Let's say you've got a Vaporeon, and your enemy sends out, say a crobat. There is no way that Vaporeon can outrun it, right? Afterwards, Crobat can just taunt and use super fang until it's in the KO range of Brave Bird. However, if Ninjask can use Sub/Protect to get to +6 and baton pass, Vaporeon would be able to outrun all taunt users besides Whimiscott and Sableye and baton pass to Espeon. Also, it makes sure moves like Acid Armor and Calm Mind work right before your enemy attacks, weakening their moves.
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Ninjask already has speed boost, so:
Ability: Speed Boost