Okay, first off, your entire point seems based on the statement, "Pidgeot sucks so no one should use your set or Pidgeot in general." True though that may be, with all due respect, Pidgeot is the Pokemon of the Week whether you like it or not. The goal is to find something that Pidgeot is capable of doing that doesn't leave it completely overshadowed by the Pokemon is actually has competition with, the other birds. So comments like this...
Originally Posted by Barbeller
...really don't make sense when the whole point of this project is to find a way to use a Pokemon, not just say it sucks, don't use it, and move on.
Btw, Pidgeot 2HKOs max/max Evolite Tangela, so it stays in on Pidgeot to...hit it with Giga Drain and die?
Also, Charizard and Pidgeot having different roles? Charizard can beat pretty much everything that Pidgeot can, granted in a different sort of way, as well as more.
A lot of things can also beat pretty much everything Charizard can and more. Does that mean they all have the same roles too?
It didn't take me but 5 seconds to come up with a couple of Pokmeon that Pidgeot easily handles and Charizard doesn't. First there's Flareon, who isn't 2HKOd by even Specs Charizard, while Pidgeot's Brave Bird nearly OHKOs. Scarf Magmortar can come in on Charizard, take any hit, and hit back with Thunderbolt. Pidgeot OHKOs 25% of the time with Brave Bird and no prior damage. Scarf Gardevoir has an even greater chance of being OHKOd by Pidgeot's Brave Bird, but survives even SpecsZard's Fire Blast. Even Cryogonol survives everything but a Specs Fire Blast from Zard, and even then there's a small chance of survival. As for Pidgeot? Lol, Return does no less than 111% damage.
Need I say more? They are two different Pokemon with two completely different roles. Pidgeot likes to throw around Brave Birds, Roost off damage and weak attacks, and edge its way past Rock and Steel types, a combination of roles that no other bird in NU does as effectively. Charizard is a Fire special sweeper who occasionally takes advantage of Sun for extra power. While we're at it, can we say that Terrakion outclasses Alakazam because it beats nearly everything Zam does but more?
The vast, vast, vast majority of teams can breeze past Bastiodon/Probopass - they are normally only there to get Stealth Rocks up and maybe KO something random.
Well I'll be! If it were that easy, why would anyone use Braviary anymore? If it was never a matter of getting past your usual checks and counters, wouldn't people just use Dodrio, which can run an Adamant nature and have more power and speed than Braviary? The reason Braviary is so much more popular is because it can get past what would usually hinder it with Superpower, which is a similar case to this set here.
As long as you are using your Bird as a late game sweeper, then you shouldn't have any problem. If you want something that can beat Regirock and can still fire off powerfulish attacks, then use Quagsire with curse. At least that can beat Golem, and pretty much the only thing that it looses to that Pidgeot beats is Vileplume. Completely different roles, yes, but Quagsire can kill the same things and do more.
Pretty much any Grass type in NU takes on Curse Quagsire with relative ease. Vileplume, Tangela, Amoonguss, Exeggutor, Ludicolo, Sawsbuck...how exactly is Quagsire getting past those guys? I'm sure Charizard could get past them all, so it must outclass offensive Quagsire too. Remind me, why are we comparing apples and oranges again?
That Pidgeot set might do some random stuff, but the majority of the time it's going to be outclassed by the other birds in NU. It can't even reliably beat Bastiodon or Probopass, as it could predict them wrong. If you used Hidden Power [Ground] on a Tangela, thinking it would switch, then it's going to be pretty embarassing. At least Superpower from a Braviary might do some damage.
Can't that be applied to any aspect of competitive Pokemon? Heck, your CB Terrakion may mispredict and use Close Combat hoping that your opponent may switch their Gyarados out for Ferrothorn to take a Stone Edge, only to have the opponent stay in and hit you with Waterfall.
Oh, and CB Braviary does pitiful damage to Tangela with Superpower.
By the way, Rotom-S beats Pidgeot because it can outspeed and KO with Volt-turn, wheras Charizard would abuse its Sub.
If you're that worried about Rotom-S, then just drop 8 SpA EVs and add them to speed to beat everything but Scarf Rotom-S. Besides, Rotom-S takes a ton of damage from Return to begin with (especially after Stealth Rock) so it's still just a check.
To better understand the mindset I have behind this, I invite you to look back to Granbull's POTW. When everyone first looked at Granbull, it seemed like a prime CB user with decent physical bulk with Intimidate, a great base 120 Atk stat, and a decent physical movepool. The problem was it was pretty much completely outclassed by Ursaring, who has more power, more speed, Guts (which is great with Facade), and better overall bulk once Granbull's Intimidate drop is no longer in effect. So BH mentioned the physically defensive support set. Does it seem outclassed for the most part? Sure, there's Miltank, who is faster, bulkier, has recovery, and can do almost everything Granbull can besides Super Fang. But it was still something that Granbull could use that set itself apart, mainly taking advantage of Intimidate, Super Fang, and a good Atk stat with Crunch. Was the CB set omitted? No, it's still there, and it's still viable. But the support set was given as the one set that made Granbull truly unique.
Same thing here. Pidgeot is a Normal/Flying type, and anyone who plays NU will tell you that those are notable for bird offense, which is another way of saying throwing-around-random-Brave-Birds-and-Returns-until-everything-dies. People will often carry something like Golem, Probopass, or Regirock just for that team archetype. As it is now, there are only four other bird offense Pokemon that give Pidgeot competition (lol, Farfetch'd), and only one of those is capable of using Roost and getting past the usual bird counters at the same time: Fearow. Now, you can try to make a case for how Fearow may outclass Pidgeot in that role. Heck, I could even see cases for all the other bird offense Pokemon. But coming up with other random sweepers with completely different typings and roles to say Pidgeot is outclassed is like saying cell phones outclass ceiling fans just because they're more useful more often.