Surf & Absorb Bulb/Storm Drain and co. or Discharge and Cell Battery/Lightningrod and co.
This is a rather easy combo to run, and one if done right can have superb effectiveness. The strategy consists of one Pokemon possessing a move that hits all other Pokemon on the field and can have some beneficial affect for the partner. Its partner, either due to its ability or held item, either gains offensive ability or health as a result.
Surf is a spread move with hefty power and perfect accuracy, making it good on its own. However if used on a Pokemon carrying an absorb bulb, which boosts special attack one stage when hit with a water move, or that has the abilities water absorb, dry skin or storm drain. A partnership akin to this allows one to spam powerful surfs while also allowing for set-up in the fast paced doubles metagame.
- Politoed (with surf and drizzle), and Swift Swim Kingdra with Absorb Bulb
- Politoed (with surf and drizzle), and Swift Swim Ludicolo with Absorb Bulb
- Any surf user with Gastrodon (storm drain)
- Any surf user (preferably drizzle politoed) with Dry Skin Toxicroak
Like surf, discharge is a strong spread move, but it also comes with a good chance of paralysis. Cell Battery serves as the electrical equivalent of Absorb Bulb, with Electric resistant Pokemon holding cell battery as well as non-ground type Pokemon with Motor Drive, Volt Absorb or Lightningrod.
Notable Pairings or Potential Pokemon
- Rotom (all forms)
In general, straegies using surf ten to be more effective, as the move gains further power in rain, regularly supplied by politoed, and in general allows for a little more type diversity (though you may throw a ground type partner in with your discharge abuser if need be.