The wall that never dies
-Substitute/Stealth Rock/Toxic/Seismic Toss/Earth Power
Item Attached: Iron Plate
EVs and Nature: 252 HP/108 Defense/108 Special Defense/40 Special Attack; Bold (+ Defense, - Attack)/Calm (+ Special Defense, - Attack)
Been a while since I last posted, and this time the gimmick is...a set that was carefully thought over and could be more than a gimmick in the near future. Arceus can fill many roles, with the Extremespeed-abuser being its best known and most used. However, this set is designed to stall and wall and blunt offensive teams. Cosmic Power is the key to this set, boosting both defensive stats by one stage with each use. Not too common, often overlooked in favor of Bulk Up or Calm Mind (depending on the Pokemon) for the offensive boost, but Arceus' base 120 offensive stats make the sacrifice worthwhile. After a couple boosts, I would imagine that most of the Uber tier will be hard-pressed to damage you without playing the boosting game too. Recover...is self-explanitory; instantly recover 50% of your HP and because a wall without recovery never lasts. Judgement is so you're not Taunt bait; good power, STAB, good accuracy, good PP, you can get by with this as your only offensive move. The last slot is filler; Substitute protects from statuses, Stealth Rock gives you entry hazards, Toxic breaks down other walls/counters, Seismic Toss gives you a set 100 damage, and Earth Power gives coverage.
You are at this point asking yourself "okay so why give Arceus an Iron Plate?" After thinking it over, here's why. First, it makes you immune to Toxic, a necessity for any wall. And if you're not running Substitute then you will have no other way to stop it. Two, it frees up that final slot for a more useful move; although you do get Refresh, Steel-typed walls don't usually have to worry about paralysis or burn. Three, Steel resists most of the attacks used in the Uber tier. Yes you are weak to Aura Sphere, Earthquake, and Fire attacks (and Groudon stops this set hard) but resisting most everything else is too hard to ignore. And that brings me to my fourth and final point; when X & Y come out, this set WILL stop Xerneas cold. Xerneas, the first Fairy-typed Uber, is going to run virtually unchecked amongst all the Dragons and Dark types in the Uber tier, only able to be stopped by Poison and Steel types...and as of now, the only Steel type Uber is hit neutral by Fairy attacks thanks to being half-Dragon. Not only will this Arceus resist Xerneas' Geomancy but will also be able to strike back for super effective damage. That is also why I foresee this set bordering less on 'potential gimmick' and 'deserving of mainstream.' If any other set will be as capable/better at stopping Xerneas once the sixth gen battling scene gets underway, I have yet to see it.
EVs are to maximize bulk & boost your defenses with the remainder going to boost your Judgement (and potential filler).
Other options: Oh where to start? Earth Power and Seismic Toss are usable coverage fillers but Arceus has so many more. Psyshock/Psychic, Ice Beam, Thunder/bolt, Shadow Ball, Flamethrower/Fire Blast/Heat Wave, Focus Blast (have I mentioned the crap accuracy & PP with this one yet?), Energy Ball/Grass Knot/Giga Drain, Charge Beam (mostly to give you an offensive boost), Surf, Dark Pulse, Dragon Pulse, you won't hit every type for super effective damage with Steel-Judgement + 1 offensive coverage so pick what you need to cover and make sure your team can handle the gaps. If you want to run a physical coverage then Earthquake, Dragon Claw, Shadow Claw, Brick Break, Stone Edge, X-Scissor, and Waterfall can work. Just move the leftover EVs to Speed and take note that you won't be able to run a nature that will boost your defensive stats because you will be using ALL your stats roughly equally.
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