Looking at Genesect's stats and movepool, at first glance you'd think this thing had potential to go physical, special, or mixed. Sadly, that turned out not to be the case; Genesect only really works as a predominantly physical attacker with some mixed capability. Here's the only special set I could dredge up (slightly modified, I think it was a rain-based set originally?), and it's mostly inferior to the usual set in every way:
Genesect @ Chill Drive / Choice Scarf
EVs/Nature: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe, Timid
- Bug Buzz
- Flash Cannon
- Techno Blast (Ice) / Ice Beam
Well, here it is...and admittedly it's not much. This Genesect set really, really misses the utility that the physical versions get from U-Turn and the ability to score OHKOs with Explosion in bad situations. Sure, Bug Buzz is a little more powerful than U-Turn and hits through Substitute, and Flash Cannon still threatens Xerneas just as much as Iron Head, but it's just not the same. That said, it does have some remote usefulness; you get the always-useful Electric/Ice coverage here, and damage calcs show that the Techno Blast on this set will often get a 2HKO on anything that's weak to it, even if you miss out on the Download boost. Speaking of which, that's the real importance to this set; all those pokes that EV'd to avoid the Download boost in favor of physical Genesect have inadvertently harmed themselves. It should be noted that if you still want the speed, you can take Ice Beam over Techno Blast and get your Choice Scarf Boost, but you'll end up Choice-locked and with a weaker move at that.
I dunno, this set seems pretty inferior to the usual set so I can't really recommend it over that one. It might have worked better on a rain team pre-ORAS to get 100% accurate Thunders and mitigated Fire-type moves, but that's not going to fly anymore with Primal Groudon around. I'd question whether this thing is even OO-worthy, but I thought I'd bring it up so we might have something to discuss.
Edit: Turns out that this set does have one more thing going for it: in AG, this Techno Blast at +1 will just score a guaranteed OHKO on Mega Rayquaza, even through Delta Stream.
Last edited by generic villager #5; 30th October 2016 at 11:18 PM.
The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math.