Project National Dex OU: Break This Core (Week 39: Volcarona + Ogerpon-Wellspring)

K302

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Congratulations to GFGcreationz for winning this week of Break this Core!

Our new core will be Iron Crown + Darkrai!

:sv/Iron Crown: :sv/Darkrai:

How will YOU break this core? Submissions end Friday!

Iron Crown @ Assault Vest
Ability: Quark Drive
Tera Type: Dragon
EVs: 164 SpA / 252 SpD / 92 Spe
Calm Nature
IVs: 20 Atk
- Volt Switch
- Future Sight
- Focus Blast
- Tachyon Cutter

Darkrai @ Choice Specs
Ability: Bad Dreams
Tera Type: Dark
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dark Pulse
- Focus Blast
- Sludge Bomb
- Ice Beam
 

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:sv/zamazenta:
Zamazenta @ Leftovers
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Tera Type: Steel
Jolly Nature
- Body Press
- Iron Defense
- Substitute
- Crunch (it’s not necessary, but it pressures Crown more than Heavy Slam)

You preferably want to setup in front of Darkrai, as it will probably be locked into Dark Pulse and that’s pretty essy to use as setup fodder. Substitute helps against Future Sight (as does Tera Steel), which is the best way this core can handle Zamazenta. Other than that, you outrun both by a mile and crush Darkrai while 2hkoing Iron Crown at +2.
 
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Ineros

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Moltres-Galar @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Berserk
Tera Type: Steel
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Nasty Plot
- Agility
- Fiery Wrath
- Hurricane
This thing is immune to/resists Darkrai and icrown’s stab stuff except for steel. You may be thinking “ice beam Darkrai!!!!!!” But nope it just Tera steels in ur face and then you can basically almost auto win the game. Not only that, you can also luck through icrown with fiery wrath.
Calcs:
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 248-294 (77.2 - 91.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Tera Steel Moltres-Galar: 62-73 (19.3 - 22.7%) -- possible 5HKO (this means u have a chance to get the berserk boost if wanted)
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 83-98 (25.8 - 30.5%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
+1 252+ SpA Moltres-Galar Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 268-316 (95.3 - 112.4%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO (u have agility so modest is fine)
164 SpA Iron Crown Tachyon Cutter (2 hits) vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 120-144 (37.3 - 44.8%) -- approx. 3HKO (u have Tera steel asw)
+2 252+ SpA Moltres-Galar Fiery Wrath vs. 0 HP / 252 SpD Assault Vest Iron Crown: 270-320 (84.1 - 99.6%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO after 1 layer of Spikes
164 SpA Iron Crown Volt Switch vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 112-134 (34.8 - 41.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+2 252+ SpA Moltres-Galar Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 252 SpD Assault Vest Tera Dragon Iron Crown: 165-195 (51.4 - 60.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 

K302

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:sv/weavile:
Weavile @ Darkinium Z
Level: 100
Jolly Nature
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Triple Axel
- Throat Chop
- Swords Dance

step 1: dodge focus blast and swords dance
step 2: win the tie
step 3: +2 252 Atk Weavile Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Darkrai: 405-480 (144.1 - 170.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
step 4: +2 252 Atk Weavile Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Dragon Iron Crown: 493-582 (153.5 - 181.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

I have solved the metagame.
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Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Grass
EVs: 248 HP / 28 SpA / 228 SpD / 4 Spe
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Giga Drain
- Flamethrower
- Roost

Wonky EVs, I know, but they're made to outspeed Darkrai after 1 Quiver Dance boost, and the SpD EVs allow a fully healthy Volc not to be 2HKOd by Specs boosted non Tera DP. SpA EVs allow Volc to 2HKO Darkrai with Flamethrower and therefore you just set up on it. Iron Crown does absolutely nothing to it as well.
 

K302

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Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Tera Type: Grass
EVs: 248 HP / 28 SpA / 228 SpD / 4 Spe
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Giga Drain
- Flamethrower
- Roost

Wonky EVs, I know, but they're made to outspeed Darkrai after 1 Quiver Dance boost, and the SpD EVs allow a fully healthy Volc not to be 2HKOd by Specs boosted non Tera DP. SpA EVs allow Volc to 2HKO Darkrai with Flamethrower and therefore you just set up on it. Iron Crown does absolutely nothing to it as well.
:sv/weavile:
Weavile @ Darkinium Z
Level: 100
Jolly Nature
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Triple Axel
- Throat Chop
- Swords Dance

step 1: dodge focus blast and swords dance
step 2: win the tie
step 3: +2 252 Atk Weavile Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Darkrai: 405-480 (144.1 - 170.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
step 4: +2 252 Atk Weavile Black Hole Eclipse (160 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Tera Dragon Iron Crown: 493-582 (153.5 - 181.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

I have solved the metagame.
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Moltres-Galar @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Berserk
Tera Type: Steel
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Nasty Plot
- Agility
- Fiery Wrath
- Hurricane
This thing is immune to/resists Darkrai and icrown’s stab stuff except for steel. You may be thinking “ice beam Darkrai!!!!!!” But nope it just Tera steels in ur face and then you can basically almost auto win the game. Not only that, you can also luck through icrown with fiery wrath.
Calcs:
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 248-294 (77.2 - 91.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Tera Steel Moltres-Galar: 62-73 (19.3 - 22.7%) -- possible 5HKO (this means u have a chance to get the berserk boost if wanted)
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 83-98 (25.8 - 30.5%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
+1 252+ SpA Moltres-Galar Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 268-316 (95.3 - 112.4%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO (u have agility so modest is fine)
164 SpA Iron Crown Tachyon Cutter (2 hits) vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 120-144 (37.3 - 44.8%) -- approx. 3HKO (u have Tera steel asw)
+2 252+ SpA Moltres-Galar Fiery Wrath vs. 0 HP / 252 SpD Assault Vest Iron Crown: 270-320 (84.1 - 99.6%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO after 1 layer of Spikes
164 SpA Iron Crown Volt Switch vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Moltres-Galar: 112-134 (34.8 - 41.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
+2 252+ SpA Moltres-Galar Hurricane vs. 0 HP / 252 SpD Assault Vest Tera Dragon Iron Crown: 165-195 (51.4 - 60.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
:sv/zamazenta:
Zamazenta @ Leftovers
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Tera Type: Steel
Jolly Nature
- Body Press
- Iron Defense
- Substitute
- Crunch (it’s not necessary, but it pressures Crown more than Heavy Slam)

You preferably want to setup in front of Darkrai, as it will probably be locked into Dark Pulse and that’s pretty essy to use as setup fodder. Substitute helps against Future Sight (as does Tera Steel), which is the best way this core can handle Zamazenta. Other than that, you outrun both by a mile and crush Darkrai while 2hkoing Iron Crown at +2.
 

K302

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This weeks core will be Zamazenta + Darkrai!

:sv/Zamazenta: :sv/Darkrai:

How will YOU break this core? Submissions end Friday!

Darkrai @ Choice Specs
Ability: Bad Dreams
Tera Type: Dark
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dark Pulse
- Focus Blast
- Sludge Bomb
- Ice Beam

Zamazenta @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Dauntless Shield
Tera Type: Fighting
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Close Combat
- Stone Edge
- Ice Fang
- Heavy Slam
 

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:sv/iron-valiant:
Iron Valiant @ Booster Energy
Ability: Quark Drive
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Tera Type: Electric
Timid Nature
- Calm Mind
- Moonblast
- Thunderbolt
- Focus Blast

So anyway I started (Moon)blasting. Outruns and OHKOes both with the added bonus of being a one-time switch-in to either.
 
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Clodsire @ Leftovers
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Water
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Toxic
- Amnesia
- Recover
- Earthquake

Pretty simple how it works - it simply beats both of them 1v1 by recover toxic stalling

Calcs:
252 Atk Zamazenta Ice Fang vs. 248 HP / 8 Def Clodsire: 202-238 (43.6 - 51.4%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Clodsire: 218-258 (47 - 55.7%) -- 19.1% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. +2 248 HP / 252+ SpD Clodsire: 110-130 (23.7 - 28%) -- possible 5HKO after Leftovers recovery
 

Ineros

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:Volcarona:
Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Hidden Power: Ground
Tera Type: Poison
EVs: 248 HP / 200 SpD / 60 Spe
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Flamethrower
- Hidden Power [Ground]
- Roost

Ok so obviously I need to preface this by saying Tera steel is almost always better than poison but in this case poison is the glue to Volc to allow it to break this core more effectively. With Tera poison u just wall anything zama can do especially since it doesn’t have band and since you have quiver and good spdef along with roost you can also consistently check Darkrai as well.
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 248 HP / 200 SpD Volcarona: 160-190 (42.8 - 50.9%) -- 3.9% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Tera Dark Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 248 HP / 200 SpD Volcarona: 214-254 (57.3 - 68%) -- guaranteed 2HKO (Although this seems bad u just quiver here and bam it’s suddenly a 3HKO and with roost you just continue to boost spam)
252 Atk Zamazenta Stone Edge vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Tera Poison Volcarona: 147-173 (39.4 - 46.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO (Again just boost and roost spam)
+1 0 SpA Tera Poison Volcarona Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Zamazenta: 166-196 (51 - 60.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 0 SpA Tera Poison Volcarona Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 204-241 (72.5 - 85.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
 

Zamazenta @ Leftovers
Ability: Dauntless Shield
Tera Type: Poison
EVs: 252 HP / 32 SpD / 224 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Body Press
- Iron Defense
- Substitute
- Crunch (it really don't matter what move is here)

252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Dark Pulse (80 BP) vs. 252 HP / 32 SpD Zamazenta: 87-102 (22.4 - 26.2%) -- possible 5HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Focus Blast (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 32 SpD Zamazenta: 174-205 (44.8 - 52.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 Atk Zamazenta Close Combat (120 BP) vs. +1 0 HP / 0 Def Zamazenta: 109-130 (33.5 - 40%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

SpD EVs allow it to not get 2HKOd by Focus Blast and Tera Poison further enables that, but you outspeed and OHKO Rai anyways
You set up freely on Zama and just ID+BP away
 
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Tapu Koko @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Timid Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Calm Mind / U-turn
- Roost

kills both after rocks and also sets up valiant which also solos
 

K302

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Voting is up! Ends Monday!

Tapu Koko @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
Timid Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Dazzling Gleam
- Calm Mind / U-turn
- Roost

kills both after rocks and also sets up valiant which also solos

Zamazenta @ Leftovers
Ability: Dauntless Shield
Tera Type: Poison
EVs: 252 HP / 32 SpD / 224 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Body Press
- Iron Defense
- Substitute
- Crunch (it really don't matter what move is here)

252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Dark Pulse (80 BP) vs. 252 HP / 32 SpD Zamazenta: 87-102 (22.4 - 26.2%) -- possible 5HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Focus Blast (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 32 SpD Zamazenta: 174-205 (44.8 - 52.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 Atk Zamazenta Close Combat (120 BP) vs. +1 0 HP / 0 Def Zamazenta: 109-130 (33.5 - 40%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

SpD EVs allow it to not get 2HKOd by Focus Blast and Tera Poison further enables that, but you outspeed and OHKO Rai anyways
You set up freely on Zama and just ID+BP away
:Volcarona:
Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
Hidden Power: Ground
Tera Type: Poison
EVs: 248 HP / 200 SpD / 60 Spe
Timid Nature
- Quiver Dance
- Flamethrower
- Hidden Power [Ground]
- Roost

Ok so obviously I need to preface this by saying Tera steel is almost always better than poison but in this case poison is the glue to Volc to allow it to break this core more effectively. With Tera poison u just wall anything zama can do especially since it doesn’t have band and since you have quiver and good spdef along with roost you can also consistently check Darkrai as well.
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 248 HP / 200 SpD Volcarona: 160-190 (42.8 - 50.9%) -- 3.9% chance to 2HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Tera Dark Darkrai Dark Pulse vs. 248 HP / 200 SpD Volcarona: 214-254 (57.3 - 68%) -- guaranteed 2HKO (Although this seems bad u just quiver here and bam it’s suddenly a 3HKO and with roost you just continue to boost spam)
252 Atk Zamazenta Stone Edge vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Tera Poison Volcarona: 147-173 (39.4 - 46.3%) -- guaranteed 3HKO (Again just boost and roost spam)
+1 0 SpA Tera Poison Volcarona Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Zamazenta: 166-196 (51 - 60.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 0 SpA Tera Poison Volcarona Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Darkrai: 204-241 (72.5 - 85.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Clodsire @ Leftovers
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Water
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Toxic
- Amnesia
- Recover
- Earthquake

Pretty simple how it works - it simply beats both of them 1v1 by recover toxic stalling

Calcs:
252 Atk Zamazenta Ice Fang vs. 248 HP / 8 Def Clodsire: 202-238 (43.6 - 51.4%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. 248 HP / 252+ SpD Clodsire: 218-258 (47 - 55.7%) -- 19.1% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
252 SpA Choice Specs Darkrai Ice Beam vs. +2 248 HP / 252+ SpD Clodsire: 110-130 (23.7 - 28%) -- possible 5HKO after Leftovers recovery
:sv/iron-valiant:
Iron Valiant @ Booster Energy
Ability: Quark Drive
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Tera Type: Electric
Timid Nature
- Calm Mind
- Moonblast
- Thunderbolt
- Focus Blast

So anyway I started (Moon)blasting. Outruns and OHKOes both with the added bonus of being a one-time switch-in to either.
 

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