Alolan Forms – Early VGC 17 Analysis & Sample Sets

The transition to the seventh generation of Pokémon came with some fresh takes on Pokémon from generation 1 in the form of Alolan variants. Each of these forms was given new typing, along with new abilities and some changes in stats. There are 10 of them all together, and in this article we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at 8 of the most viable ones in the context of the new VGC 17 format.

Index:
Marowak
Ninetales
Raichu
Muk
Exeggutor
Sandslash
Persian
Golem
The Leftovers

Marowak

alolan marowak

Fire/Ghost

BST: 60/80/110/50/80/45

Alolan Marowak has quickly established itself as one of the most popular and powerful Pokémon in VGC 17. With solid defensive stats and typing, as well as access to its signature item; Thick Club to double its attack, it’s easy to see why. Its typing and ability; Lightningrod make it a great partner for the likes of Celesteela, who can complement the synergy with Wide Guard to defend Marowak from the likes of Earthquake and Rock Slide. Though Marowak is lacking in speed, this is not necessarily a huge issue, as it allows it to function both in and out of Trick Room. Flare Blitz and Shadow Bone are the STAB options of choice, allowing Marowak to hit common Pokémon like Celesteela and Tapu Lele respectively. As far as coverage options, Bonemerang tends to be favoured as, unlike Earthquake, it is not weakened by Grassy Terrain nor blocked by Wide Guard.

Unfortunately, Alolan Marowak is one of the most common counters to itself, which can lead to ugly speed-tie situations. It can also lead to ‘speed creeping’ – adding extra EVs to speed for the sole purpose of outspeeding other Marowak. Ideally, a good team shouldn’t rely on this, and instead should have speed control options and/or other Pokémon that can beat opposing Marowak.

Popular partners for Alolan Marowak include Celesteela, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Xurkitree, though it’s important to bear in mind that Lightningrod also redirects friendly electric-type moves, with the exception of Discharge.

Set 1:

Marowak-Alola @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 172 Atk / 4 Def / 68 SpD / 12 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Flare Blitz
– Shadow Bone
– Bonemerang
– Protect

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

172+ Atk Thick Club Alolan Marowak Flare Blitz vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Celesteela: 216-254 (105.8 – 124.5%) — guaranteed OHKO

172+ Atk Thick Club Alolan Marowak Shadow Bone vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Tapu Lele: 186-222 (105 – 125.4%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Alolan Marowak in Psychic Terrain: 141-166 (84.4 – 99.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252+ SpA Life Orb Xurkitree Hidden Power Ground vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Alolan Marowak: 133-159 (79.6 – 95.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO

This is a standard set designed for a non-Trick Room team. It features a minor speed creep, though again it is not recommended to invest too much more than this for the sole purpose of outspeeding other Marowak. The special defence investment allows Marowak to survive a Psychic from max special attack Tapu Lele. As the damage calcs show, its attack is enough to let it KO any variant of Tapu Lele or Celesteela, no matter how heavily invested they are in defence.

Set 2:

Marowak-Alola @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 188 Atk / 68 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Flare Blitz
– Shadow Bone
– Bonemerang
– Protect

This set is a Trick Room variant with minimum speed. It functions much the same as the normal version, and can be brought even if a Trick Room setter is not.

Ninetales

alolan ninetales

Ice/Fairy

BST: 73/67/75/81/100/109

The main selling point of Alolan Ninetales is its access to the ability Snow Warning, which in turn grants it the ability to use Aurora Veil, a newly introduced and highly powerful move that halves damage taken for ally Pokémon for 5 turns, but can only be used when hail is active. It is also helped by its access to the ever useful move Icy Wind, whose distribution is extremely thin in VGC 17, as illustrated by our graphic guide to useful moves and abilities in VGC 17. As far as attacking options, Blizzard (with 100% accuracy granted by the the hail brought about by Snow Warning), Ice Beam, Freeze Dry, Moonblast, and Dazzling Gleam are all viable options. Ninetales also gets access to useful support moves such as Encore and Disable should you have room for them on its moveset.

With good speed and solid special defence, Ninetales is let down by its underwhelming damage output and poor defensive typing. It matches up poorly against the likes of Marowak, who resists both of Ninetales’s STAB options, as well as Celesteela who can negate its Icy Wind and Blizzard with Wide Guard, and Tapu Lele whose high special defence allows it to take Ninetales’s attacks with ease. With that said, the power of Aurora Veil alone makes Alolan Ninetales a Pokémon worth considering, and will likely feature in the VGC 17 metagame.

Ninetales partners well with a wide array of Pokémon as it can support them well with Aurora Veil and Icy Wind. It partners best with Pokémon that can take on the likes of Marowak and Celesteela, such as Krookodile and a friendly Marowak.

Ninetales-Alola @ Light Clay/Focus Sash
Ability: Snow Warning
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 28 Def / 212 SpA / 12 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Blizzard/Freeze Dry
– Icy Wind
– Aurora Veil
– Protect/Encore

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

212 SpA Alolan Ninetales Blizzard vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Bulu: 102-122 (57.6 – 68.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO after hail damage and Grassy Terrain recovery

212 SpA Alolan Ninetales Blizzard vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Krookodile: 132-156 (77.1 – 91.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO after hail damage

Defensive:

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 4 HP / 12 SpD Alolan Ninetales in Psychic Terrain: 126-148 (84.5 – 99.3%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Tapu Koko Wild Charge vs. 4 HP / 28 Def Alolan Ninetales in Electric Terrain: 129-153 (86.5 – 102.6%) — 12.5% chance to OHKO

This set has a primary goal of setting up Aurora Veil, with follow-up damage from Blizzard or speed control from Icy Wind secondary objectives. The most important attacks to survive are those coming from Pokémon faster than Ninetales, as they are the ones that can prevent it from setting up an Aurora Veil. Light Clay is the preferred item, as it allows Aurora Veil to last for 8 turns rather than 5, though Focus Sash is an alternative that can be used should Salazzle or Life Orb Wild Charge Tapu Koko become too common, as either can outspeed and OHKO Ninetales.

Raichu

alolan raichu

Electric/Psychic

BST: 60/85/50/95/85/110

Raichu’s base stats are relatively underwhelming on paper, with its good speed and passable special attack being its main selling points. It sets itself apart from other electric types with its ability; Surge Surfer, doubling its speed in electric terrain. This allows it to outspeed all relevant Choice Scarf users, as well as the majority of the format even if they have a Tailwind up. In order to best utilise this ability, Alolan Raichu should be paired with Tapu Koko, whose ability automatically sets up electric terrain. However this requirement does force the player to use two electric types, which seems far from ideal in a format rife with Alolan Marowak, Garchomp, and Krookodile.

Alolan Raichu gets access to STAB Thunderbolt and Psychic, and has useful supportive tools in the form of Fake Out, Nuzzle and Encore. Its unique z-move; Stoked Sparksurfer has a base power of 175 (the same as a z-move Thunderbolt) and a 100% chance of paralysing the target. Though one would hope that their z-move doesn’t leave the opponent’s Pokémon standing, the ability to paralyse an opposing Pokémon through a Protect is not something to overlook.

Good partners for Alolan Raichu include Tapu Koko, and Pokémon that threaten the Marowaks and ground-types of the format, such as Pelipper and Gyarados.

Raichu-Alola @ Aloraichium Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
Level: 50
EVs: 60 HP / 12 Def / 252 SpA / 36 SpD / 148 Spe
Modest Nature
– Thunderbolt
– Psychic
– Fake Out
– Encore

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

252+ SpA Alolan Raichu Stoked Sparksurfer (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Lele in Electric Terrain: 177-208 (100 – 117.5%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ SpA Alolan Raichu Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Celesteela in Electric Terrain: 204-242 (100 – 118.6%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

252 SpA Alolan Ninetales Blizzard vs. 60 HP / 36 SpD Alolan Raichu: 57-67 (39.8 – 46.8%) — guaranteed 3HKO after hail damage

With electric terrain up, Raichu’s electric-type z-move becomes extremely powerful. Its Surge Surfer ability allows it to run a modest nature whilst still outspeeding any relevant Choice Scarf users. The speed investement allows Raichu to outspeed timid Xurkitree, modest Tapu Lele and adamant Arcanine even when electric terrain is not active. Note that in the first calc, Tapu Koko would have to be switched in after the Tapu Lele being targeted, as otherwise, the electric terrain would be overwritten by psychic terrain. The defensive spread has a HP stat that minimises damage from weather such as hail, and ensures that Raichu can take two Blizzards from Ninetales, even with hail damage. Fake Out and Encore are the support moves of choice, though either can be replaced by Protect.

Muk

alolan muk

Poison/Dark

BST: 105/105/75/65/100/50

Alolan Muk’s typing shows promise within the VGC 17 format, as it allows it to match up well against both Alolan Marowak and the Tapu quartet. It also has access to Knock Off, which with the absence of move tutors from Sun & Moon is not a widely distributed move. However, Muk does require an attack boosting item to reliably KO 252 HP 0 Def variants of both Marowak and Tapu Lele with Knock Off and Poison Jab respectively. It’s moveset will typically feature Knock Off and Poison Jab or Gunk Shot as primary STAB moves, with the latter less favourable due to its unreliable accuracy. In terms of supportive/coverage moves, Muk can use Shadow Sneak, Assurance, Snarl, Stone Edge, Rock Tomb, Brick Break, Crunch, Disable, and Taunt. In terms of abilites, Muk is given access to a new ability in the form of Power of Alchemy; which allows it to gain the ability of a friendly Pokémon that faints alongside it. It competes with Poison Touch and Gluttony, both of which have some viability, though the latter won’t be useful on a set that doesn’t use a Berry, such as the one listed below. Power of Alchemy’s usefulness depends largely on Muk’s teammates’ abilities, as the likes of Lightningrod and Beast Boost are potentially very useful to take on.

Muk also gets access to Minimize, a controversial move that has been touted as having potential in the format due to new timer rules. However, this is not a strategy to be recommended, as it is an unpleasant experience for both the user and opponent, and often relies heavily on luck.

Good partners for Muk include Tapu Bulu, whose grassy terrain somewhat protects Muk from Earthquakes, and Celesteela, who is generally a strong pick and benefits from Muk’s ability to deal with Marowak.

Muk-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Power of Alchemy/Poison Touch
Level: 50
EVs: 140 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Def / 52 SpD / 20 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Poison Jab
– Knock Off
– Shadow Sneak/Assurance
– Protect

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

252+ Atk Life Orb Muk Poison Jab vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 213-252 (120.3 – 142.3%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Muk Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Alolan Marowak: 190-226 (113.7 – 135.3%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 140 HP / 52 SpD Muk: 84-100 (42.4 – 50.5%) — 1.6% chance to 2HKO

252 Atk Life Orb Tapu Koko Wild Charge vs. 140 HP / 44 Def Muk in Electric Terrain: 165-195 (83.3 – 98.4%) — guaranteed 2HKO

This set allows Muk to pick up guaranteed KOs even on bulkier variants of Tapu Lele and Alolan Marowak. It’s worth noting that when Muk survives an attack with less than 10% HP remaining, such as (some damage rolls of) Life Orb Tapu Koko’s Wild Charge, it will faint to its own Life Orb recoil when it hits back. Also worth noting is that the very fast variants of Marowak (those with 72 EVs or more invested in speed) will outspeed this variant of Muk, and more speed should be invested should this become commonplace, as Marowak’s Bonemerang is enough to KO this spread.

Exeggutor

alolan exeggutor

Grass/Dragon

BST: 95/105/85/125/75/45

Alolan Exeggutor benefits from high attacking stats, but is held back by mediocre defences and defensive typing. It does get access to Trick Room and the ability Harvest, a combination shared only with Trevenant. In contrast with Trevenant, Alolan Exeggutor has similar defensive stats, with higher offensive stats and lower speed and worse defensive typing. Given its solid distribution of stats and versatile movepool, Exeggutor has a number of options. It is mostly outclassed by Tapu Bulu as a physical attacker outside of Trick Room however, and is most viable if used as a Trick Room setter.

Exeggutor is best paired with slow Pokémon that deal well with the likes of Celesteela and Marowak, such as Araquanid and a friendly Marowak. It also benefits from redirection support to help it set up Trick Room, either in the form of a Follow Me user, or a Pokémon with z-move Destiny Bond.

Set 1:

Exeggutor-Alola @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Harvest
Level: 50
EVs: 236 HP / 52 Def / 220 SpA
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Draco Meteor
– Leaf Storm
– Trick Room
– Protect/Giga Drain/Sleep Powder

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

220+ SpA Alolan Exeggutor Leaf Storm vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Tapu Koko: 147-174 (100.6 – 119.1%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

252+ Atk Thick Club Alolan Marowak Flare Blitz vs. 236 HP / 52 Def Alolan Exeggutor: 175-207 (87.5 – 103.5%) — 18.8% chance to OHKO

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 236 HP / 0 SpD Alolan Exeggutor: 228-270 (114 – 135%) — guaranteed OHKO

This set is an offensive Trick Room setter. Given its minimal investment in defences, it likely requires support to reliably set up Trick Room. Tapu Lele is able to OHKO this set with Moonblast, whilst negating any Fake Outs with its psychic terrain, so redirection in the form of Follow Me or z-move Destiny Bond is likely to be a more reliable supportive option than Fake Out. Draco Meteor and Leaf Storm provide the primary offence, with Giga Drain an option for consistent damage. The HP EVs bring its HP stat to a multiple of four, resulting in optimal recovery from each Sitrus Berry.

Set 2:

Exeggutor-Alola @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Harvest
Level: 50
EVs: 236 HP / 220 Atk / 52 Def
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Dragon Hammer
– Wood Hammer
– Trick Room
– Protect/Swords Dance/Sleep Powder

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

220+ Atk Alolan Exeggutor Dragon Hammer vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Garchomp: 150-176 (81.9 – 96.1%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Defensive:

252+ Atk Thick Club Alolan Marowak Flare Blitz vs. 236 HP / 52 Def Alolan Exeggutor: 175-207 (87.5 – 103.5%) — 18.8% chance to OHKO

Another offensive Trick Room setter, this time a physical variant. As illustrated by the damage calcs, the damage output is somewhat underwhelming, though it can be boosted by Swords Dance if desired.

Set 3:

Exeggutor-Alola @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Harvest
Level: 50
EVs: 236 HP / 52 Def / 4 SpA / 212 SpD
Sassy Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Leaf Storm
– Draco Meteor
– Trick Room
– Leech Seed/Sleep Powder/Giga Drain/Protect

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

4 SpA Alolan Exeggutor Draco Meteor vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Arcanine: 108-127 (65 – 76.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Defensive:

252 SpA Life Orb Nihilego Sludge Bomb vs. 236 HP / 212+ SpD Alolan Exeggutor: 174-211 (87 – 105.5%) — 25% chance to OHKO

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 236 HP / 212+ SpD Alolan Exeggutor: 162-192 (81 – 96%) — guaranteed 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery

This is a more defensive Trick Room setter, with enough special defense investment to take a Sludge Bomb from Life Orb Nihilego 75% of the time, and Moonblast from Tapu Lele 100% of the time. The defence EVs allow it to survive Marowak’s Flare Blitz with the remaining EVs put into special attack to increase the probability that Draco Meteor will 2HKO Arcanine after the special attack drop. By doing this, 4 EVs are wasted, as the remaining 4 EVs are required neither in attack nor speed.

Sandslash

alolan sandslash

Ice/Steel

BST: 75/100/120/25/65/65

Sandslash’s underwhelming stats are given a boost in the form of its ability; Slush Rush, which doubles its speed when in hail. This is best utilised alongside the ability Snow Warning, which in this format is best used by Alolan Ninetales. This does unfortunately require the use of multiple ice-type Pokémon, which results in common weaknesses among members of the team. Though it can technically use Aurora Veil since it functions primarily in hail, this is best left to Ninetales as it is the more supportive of the duo and can use Aurora Veil even if Sandslash is not brought. Though it suffers from 4x weaknesses to both fighting and fire type moves, the notable lack of Mach Punch users (and even good fighting-type Pokémon in general) in the format such as Breloom prevents Sandslash from being entirely unusable.

Good partners for Sandslash include Alolan Ninetales, and Pokémon that can switch in on fighting and fire-type moves with some degree of comfort, as well as challenge the likes of Marowak and Celesteela, such as Gyarados.

Sandslash-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Slush Rush
Level: 50
EVs: 68 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 60 SpD / 124 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Iron Head
– Icicle Crash
– Shadow Claw/Leech Life/Earquake/Bulldoze
– Protect

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Sandslash Icicle Crash vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 151-182 (85.3 – 102.8%) — 18.8% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Sandslash Iron Head vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 205-244 (115.8 – 137.8%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Sandslash Shadow Claw vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Alolan Marowak: 88-107 (52.6 – 64%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Defensive:

252+ SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 68 HP / 60 SpD Alolan Sandslash: 135-160 (84.9 – 100.6%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO

With a Life Orb, Sandslash gains the ability to comfortably KO even the bulkier variants of Tapu Lele. Its damage output is still far from groundbreaking, but accompanied by the damage provided by Ninetales’s Blizzard it is enough to significantly pressure many opposing leads, and can punish opponents who don’t lead safely. Shadow Claw allows Sandslash to 2HKO Marowak, and is probably the best of the coverage options. The HP EVs minimise Life Orb recoil and the speed EVs ensure it outspeeds Pokémon with base 130 speed when hail is active.

Persian

alolan persian

Dark

BST: 65/60/60/75/65/115

With underwhelming base stats other than its speed, Persian is heavily reliant on its movepool to grant it sufficient utility. Fortunately, it does get access to a number of useful moves, including Fake Out, Feint, Taunt, Parting Shot, U-Turn, Snarl, and Quash. Though it has access to the Technician ability, it struggles to make good use of it due to its low attacking stats. Perhaps more notable is its access to Fur Coat, which halves the damage of moves that make contact with Persian.

Persian supports its teammates more than they support it, and is best paired with Pokémon that benefit from the suppression or weakening of opposing Pokémon from Fake Out and Parting Shot respectively. This includes the likes of Dragon Dance Gyarados or Pokémon with Substitute. Parting Shot also has synergy with Pokémon whose abilities activate upon switching in, such as Gyarados’s Intimidate.

Persian-Alola @ Darkinium Z
Ability: Fur Coat
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 20 Def / 44 SpA / 204 SpD / 236 Spe
Timid Nature
– Fake Out
– Dark Pulse
– Taunt
– Parting Shot

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

44 SpA Persian Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Alolan Marowak: 168-198 (100.5 – 118.5%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

252+ Atk Tapu Bulu Wood Hammer vs. 4 HP / 20 Def Fur Coat Persian in Grassy Terrain: 123-144 (87.2 – 102.1%) — 18.8% chance to OHKO

252+ SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 4 HP / 204 SpD Persian: 114-135 (80.8 – 95.7%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252+ Atk Gyarados Hydro Vortex (160 BP) vs. 4 HP / 20 Def Fur Coat Persian: 105-124 (74.4 – 87.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO

252 SpA Life Orb Nihilego Sludge Bomb vs. 4 HP / 204 SpD Persian: 107-126 (75.8 – 89.3%) — guaranteed 2HKO

This is SamVGC’s Persian set, EVd to outspeed Pokémon that speed creep the likes of Gengar and other base 110 speed Pokémon. Interestingly, Darkinium Z is not primarily used for boosting Dark Pulse damage (which is meagre at the best of times), but instead is used with Parting Shot, whose z-move variant acts as a pseudo-Healing Wish, restoring the health of the Pokémon that switches in to 100% (though it does not heal status conditions). With that said, the special attack EVs ensure that Persian is able to KO Alolan Marowak with its z-move Dark Pulse, as shown in the damage calcs.

Golem

alolan golem

Rock/Electric

BST: 80/120/130/55/65/45

Alolan Golem gains the unique combination of Rock/Electric typing, and is the first Pokémon to gain access to the ability Galvanize – which provides a 20% boost to the damage output of normal type moves, and converts them to electric type. This does give it the ability to use an electric type Explosion with 300 base power. However, with many teams featuring combinations of Lightningrod Marowak, ground-types such as Krookodile and Garchomp, and Wide Guard users such as Celesteela, this doesn’t seem ideal in the current metagame. It may catch out some teams that are less prepared for it however, and is therefore worth considering.

Golem’s niche may come in the form of its ability to beat both Celesteela and Marowak; a potent and popular combination at this early stage of the metagame. This plan fails however if the opposing Marowak outspeeds Golem, as both have the same base speeds. It also unfortunately relies on the accuracy of Stone Edge, as more accurate alternatives such as Rock Slide cannot KO Marowak, though if this is a major concern then Rockium Z can be run to provide Golem with a one-time 100% accurate rock-type nuke.

Good partners for Golem are those with speed control options, such as Tailwind or Trick Room. This includes but is not limited to Porygon2, Oranguru, Alolan Exeggutor, and Pelipper. Golem also benefits from Wide Guard support, as it is 4x weak to the ever-prevalent Earthquake. One of the best users of Wide Guard in the 2017 format is Celesteela.

Set 1:

Golem-Alola @ Passho Berry/Assault Vest
Ability: Galvanize
Level: 50
EVs: 172 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 76 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Double-Edge
– Stone Edge
– Earthquake/Explosion/Heavy Slam
– Protect/Earthquake/Explosion/Heavy Slam

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

252+ Atk Alolan Golem Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Alolan Marowak: 164-194 (98.2 – 116.1%) — 87.5% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Galvanize Alolan Golem Double-Edge vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Celesteela: 270-320 (132.3 – 156.8%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Galvanize Alolan Golem Double-Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 174-205 (98.3 – 115.8%) — 87.5% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Alolan Golem Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 178-210 (100.5 – 118.6%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

252+ Atk Gyarados Hydro Vortex (160 BP) vs. 172 HP / 4 Def Passho Berry Alolan Golem: 117-138 (66.1 – 77.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO

44+ Atk Celesteela Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. 172 HP / 4 Def Alolan Golem: 42-51 (23.7 – 28.8%) — 93.9% chance to 4HKO

This is a Golem set designed for use with Tailwind support. With Tailwind up, Golem outspeeds the likes of timid Xurkitree, jolly Gyarados, and neutral natured max speed variants of Arcanine and Tapu Lele. The Passho Berry allows Golem to survive even the z-move Waterfall from adamant Gyarados, though this may be exchanged for a damage boosting item such as Life Orb or Expert Belt should Gyarados and other water-types not be considered threatening to the given team. The rest of the EVs are dumped into attack, with the remainder put into HP. Without Tailwind up, Golem should still outspeed most variants of Marowak, with the exception of that invest heavily in speed creeping other Marowak. Earthquake, Explosion and Heavy Slam round out the coverage options, with each having its own merits. Earthquake provides Golem with a spread move to allow it to pick off multiple low HP enemies simultaneously, Explosion is a potential tool to punish under-prepared teams, and Heavy Slam allows Golem to KO the likes of Tapu Lele without taking recoil from Double-Edge or relying on the damage roll.

This set can also be run with Assault Vest to boost Golems lacklustre special defence, allowing it to take attacks such as Tapu Lele’s Psychic in psychic terrain that it would otherwise be KOd by.

Set 2:

Golem-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Galvanize
Level: 50
EVs: 188 HP / 252 Atk / 68 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Double-Edge/Return
– Stone Edge
– Heavy Slam/Explosion/Earthquake
– Protect

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Alolan Marowak: 213-252 (127.5 – 150.8%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Galvanize Alolan Golem Double-Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Celesteela: 257-304 (125.9 – 149%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Galvanize Alolan Golem Double-Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain: 153-182 (105.5 – 125.5%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 231-273 (130.5 – 154.2%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 164-195 (92.6 – 110.1%) — 62.5% chance to OHKO

-1 252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 187-221 (94.9 – 112.1%) — 68.8% chance to OHKO

Defensive:

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 188 HP / 68 SpD Alolan Golem in Psychic Terrain: 163-193 (91 – 107.8%) — 43.8% chance to OHKO

This is a Golem set designed to operate in Trick Room. The EVs are designed to maximise attack and minimise Life Orb recoil, with the remainder dumped into Golem’s weaker special defence. Note that this investment does not guarantee Golem will survive modest Tapu Lele Psychic in psychic terrain. With Life Orb, Golem’s Double-Edge does significant damage to the majority of the format, though it can be switched with Return should the recoil damage limit its longevity too severely.

Set 3:

Golem-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Magnet Pull
Level: 50
EVs: 108 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 140 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Wild Charge
– Stone Edge
– Earthquake/Heavy Slam
– Protect

Damage Calcs

Offensive:

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Wild Charge vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Celesteela: 203-242 (99.5 – 118.6%) — 93.8% chance to OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Alolan Marowak: 213-252 (127.5 – 150.8%) — guaranteed OHKO

252+ Atk Life Orb Alolan Golem Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Lele: 231-273 (130.5 – 154.2%) — guaranteed OHKO

Defensive:

4 SpA Milotic Scald vs. 108 HP / 4 SpD Alolan Golem: 128-152 (75.7 – 89.9%) — guaranteed 2HKO

This Golem is a faster variant that utilises Magnet Pull as a way of trapping opposing steel types (most notably Celesteela) into difficult situations. This does force Golem to give up its access to electric-type Double-Edge, and therefore it must use Life Orb Wild Charge to pick up the KO on 252 HP 0 defence variants of Celesteela. The EV spread allows Golem to outspeed variants of Celesteela with 4 or fewer EVs invested in speed, and provides a HP stat that minimises Life Orb recoil whilst maximising attack. Again, Heavy Slam and Earthquake are viable coverage options.

The Leftovers

alolan dugtrioalolan raticate

 

Unfortunately, these Pokémon are so niche that it’s hard to find something they do better than any other options. Hopefully these Alolan forms won’t be left without competitive success at the end of the season, if you have any ideas for how these Pokémon can be used, feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below.

One comment

  1. Do you think dugtrio could be sort of like excadrill was in 2015? With gigaliths sandstream it gets OK damage and it’s pretty fast, just outspeeds ninetales.

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