Tide Goes Out
Togekiss's excellent typing, reliable recovery, and boosting potential make it a solid bulky sweeper that can also defensively check threats like Hydreigon, Salamence, and Conkeldurr, pressure Pokemon like Amoonguss and Zarude, and provide cleric support for its team. Togekiss also reliably answers bulky teams by winning the one-on-one one against common stall members like Chansey, Hippowdon, Skarmory, and Salamence with Nasty Plot + Heal Bell. However, Togekiss is troubled by plenty of faster common offensive Pokemon like Thundurus-T, Nihilego, and Excadrill, and it often needs heavy support to break through Pokemon like Celesteela and the aforementioned Nihilego. Togekiss is also reliant on its Heavy-Duty Boots to check offensive threats like Hurricane Salemence, so it should never take a Knock Off. It also suffers from four-moveslot syndrome, as it must choose between Heal Bell to clear its team's status and break through Chansey reliably, Thunder Wave to cripple checks like Nihilego, and Fire Blast to wipe out Steel-type answers like Excadrill and Celesteela.
name: Nasty Plot
move 1: Nasty Plot
move 2: Air Slash
move 3: Heal Bell / Thunder Wave
move 4: Roost
item: Heavy-Duty Boots
ability: Serene Grace
evs: 248 HP / 8 SpD / 252 Spe
With Nasty Plot + Serene Grace, Togekiss can break through bulky teams by setting up against passive Pokemon like Skarmory and defensive Salamence and flinching down defensive walls like Hippowdon, Primarina, Slowking, and even Chansey. Heal Bell handles status spreaders like Chansey, Hippowdon, and Umbreon for the team. Thunder Wave is also a notable option that heavily cripples many offensive Pokemon, such as Nihilego and Cobalion; however, the lack of Heal Bell means Togekiss can struggle to break through defensive walls with Toxic, such as Hippowdon, Chansey, and Inner Focus Umbreon. Fire Blast is an option that OHKOes or significantly damages Steel-types like Scizor, Celesteela, Excadrill and wears down neutral targets like Thundurus-T, but it fails to cripple checks such as Nihilego or break through defensive Pokemon such as Chansey. Roost increases Togekiss's longevity, letting it more effectively check offensive threats like Zarude, Hydreigon, and Zygarde-10%. Maximum Speed investment outpaces Adamant Gyarados and Rotom-W, letting Togekiss recover against Volt Switch when at lower HP levels and potentially break through Rotom-W once boosted, while maximum bulk lets Togekiss better check Salamence and Conkeldurr. Togekiss can run 172 Speed EVs with more Special Defense investment to further improve its matchup versus Salamence and Primarina; with this, Togekiss also underspeeds Rotom-W to fully recover from Volt Switch damage, but it struggles to pressure Rotom-W and can be PP stalled out of Heal Bell more easily by Toxic + Pain Split.
Togekiss fits well on bulky offense, balance, and semi-stall teams teams due to its ability to check Pokemon such as Hydreigon and Salamence, to provide cleric support to teammates, and break through opposing bulky teams. Ground-types like Hippowdon, Seismitoad, and Nidoqueen provide an Electric immunity to deal with Thundurus-T, Rotom-W, and Rotom-H, as well as much appreciated Stealth Rock support. Knock Off absorbers like Amoonguss and Cobalion help Togekiss keep its Heavy-Duty Boots, allowing it to come in freely on Stealth Rock while providing an excellent Fighting-type check in Cobalion's case. Amoonguss can also use Stun Spore support to paralyze targets like Cobalion, Nihilego, Keldeo, and Primarina for Togekiss, while Cobalion can provide Stealth Rock support and counter Nihilego. Slower offensive threats such as Nidoking, Scizor, and Primarina greatly appreciate the wallbreaking opportunities provided by Togekiss's Thunder Wave or Heal Bell-enabled stallbreaking. Semi-stall teammates such as Umbreon and Chansey appreciate Togekiss checking Conkeldurr for them and providing Heal Bell support so they can run superior moves, such as Toxic and Stealth Rock, respectively. Calm Mind Slowking appreciates Togekiss's cleric support, as it can pressure Pokemon such as Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro more freely and check Steel-types such as Jirachi and Celesteela for Togekiss.
Choice Scarf Togekiss is a solid role-compression option that outspeeds and beats faster Pokemon like Azelf and Cobalion, cripples defensive walls such as Chansey with Trick, and still provides other utility options such as Heal Bell, but its Stealth Rock weakness means it must be paired with more reliable forms of entry hazard removal. A full utility set with Heal Bell, Thunder Wave, and Roost trades Togekiss's offensive potential for a more defensive role as a cleric and speed control user. It can also choose to drop one of the two utility moves for Defog, but its bad matchup against most Stealth Rock users, such as Nihilego, makes the Defogger role better fulfilled by Togekiss's teammates, and it is better off being paired with better entry hazard removal options. Choice Specs is an option to let Togekiss lure in Pokemon such as Nihilego and Cobalion and KO them with Psyshock and Fire Blast, respectively, but it loses defensive utility without Roost, fails to break through defensive Pokemon such as Chansey without Air Slash flinches, and struggles with its Stealth Rock weakness.
Checks and Counters
**Electric-types**: Thundurus-T, Raikou, Rotom-W, and Rotom-H resist Air Slash, are immune to Thunder Wave, and take little from Fire Blast, forcing Togekiss out and making its job much harder. However, Thundurus-T doesn't want to switch into Togekiss long-term, and Rotom-W and Rotom-H can struggle to pressure Togekiss, as it can just mitigate Volt Switch damage with Roost.
**Rock-types**: Nihilego counters Togekiss by virtue of its massive Special Defense, faster Speed, and KO potential, though it hates being crippled by Thunder Wave. Lycanroc-D outspeeds Togekiss and immediately threatens it with either Stone Edge or Accelerock. Rhyperior, while uncommon, can easily counter Togekiss with Stealth Rock and the threat of its STAB moves.
**Steel-types**: Jirachi, Excadrill, and Celesteela take little damage from Air Slash and can threaten it back. Excadrill in particular is immune to Thunder Wave. Scizor and Cobalion can offensively pressure Togekiss but can't switch in reliably due to their neutrality to Flying-type moves. All of these Pokemon, however, must scout for Fire Blast from Togekiss before switching in.
**Specially Defensive Walls**: Specially defensive walls such as Chansey and Umbreon can leverage their extreme tankiness and immunity to flinching, respectively, to poison non-Heal Bell Togekiss.
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