Ice to meet you.
Rotom-F is one of the best Choice Scarf and Choice Specs users in NU thanks to its potent offensive typing and solid Speed tier. With a Choice Scarf equipped, it can revenge kill multiple fast threats such as Charizard, Serperior, and slower Choice Scarf users like Sawk and Braviary. Rotom-F can also run a Substitute set that capitalizes on the switches it forces, pressuring foes with its STAB moves and utility movepool with options like Pain Split and Will-O-Wisp. It also has nice defensive utility, being an Electric-type immune to Ground-type moves. While Rotom-F’s STAB combination is nearly unresisted, specially bulky Pokemon like Piloswine, Miltank, and Regice can give it significant difficulty breaking through these threats. Its Stealth Rock weakness and middling Speed tier cause it to be worn down and get picked off by priority users and faster Pokemon like Kangaskhan, Gurdurr, and Choice Scarf Primeape. Rotom-F also relies on heavily on its inaccurate Blizzard to do most of its wallbreaking, making it somewhat unreliable.
name: Choice Scarf
move 1: Thunderbolt
move 2: Blizzard
move 3: Volt Switch
move 4: Trick
item: Choice Scarf
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Volt Switch gains momentum on foes Rotom-F otherwise has trouble beating, such as Miltank and Regice. If Rotom-F’s Speed is no longer needed, Trick can be used to cripple Ground-types and bulky setup sweepers like Piloswine, Duosion, and Musharna.
A Timid nature alongside a Choice Scarf allows Rotom-F to outspeed fast wallbreakers and slower Choice Scarf users like Kangaskhan, Serperior, and Choice Scarf Sawk. Levitate allows Rotom-F to situationally switch in against Ground-types like Golem, Golurk, and Torterra.
Pokemon like Golurk, Seismitoad, Camerupt and Regice create mind games for Rotom-F, as the former three can block Volt Switch while the latter easily tanks Blizzard. Respective checks that can switch into them, like Torterra, Alolomola, and Mandibuzz can ease up the pressure. Special walls like Miltank and Piloswine can also be irritating to deal with; physical wallbreakers like Sawk, Samurott, and Tauros appreciate Rotom-F providing speed control. In return, Rotom-F appreciates them breaking down walls that switch into it.
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Blizzard
move 3: Thunderbolt
move 4: Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp / Volt Switch
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Substitute capitalizes on the switches Rotom-F forces. Pain Split gives Rotom-F more longevity, which punishes Pokemon with large HP stats like Seismitoad and Piloswine. Will-O-Wisp cripples walls like Piloswine and Regirock, and Volt Switch allows Rotom-F to pivot out of bad matchups, such as against bulky setup sweepers like Duosion or against tanks like Miltank and Regice.
Leftovers gives Rotom-F additional longevity, allowing it to switch into Stealth Rock more times throughout a game.
Rotom-F appreciates speed control, as it is vulnerable to Choice Scarf users and naturally fast Pokemon like Sawk and Serperior. Pokemon like Musharna and other faster Choice Scarf Pokemon like Primeape can alleviate Rotom-F's susceptibility to being revenge killed. Teammates such as Sawk and Charizard can pressure specially bulky Pokemon like Piloswine, Miltank, and Regice.
Choice Specs amplifies Rotom-F’s wallbreaking prowess, though its average Speed tier makes it harder for it to fire off attacks. A Rest and Chesto Berry set gives it extra longevity, offsets its Stealth Rock weakness, and shrugs off status from Pokemon it'd otherwise have no trouble walling, like Seismitoad and Piloswine. Rotom-F may opt to use Hidden Power Ice for an accurate, albeit much weaker, STAB option.
Checks and Counters
**Special Walls**: Pokemon like Piloswine, Miltank, and Regice can tank Rotom-F's Blizzard and comparatively weaker Thunderbolt while threatening back with consistent damage or setting Stealth Rock.
**Ground-types**: Defensive Ground-types like Seismitoad and Camerupt sport a neutrality to Ice and can block Volt Switch, making Rotom-F's pivoting more difficult. They can then threaten it back with either Toxic or by directly attacking it. Other Ground-types carrying a Yache Berry, such as Golurk and Torterra, can also lure in and beat Rotom-F can also check it in a pinch.
**Offensive Counterplay**: Rotom-F's weakness to Stealth Rock and lack of reliable recovery makes it very vulnerable to priority attacks from the likes of Kangaskhan and Gurdurr, as well as faster attackers like Choice Scarf Primeape and Charizard over the course of a game.
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