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For those who don't know Volt-Turn is a strategies used on many teams in the OU tier. It can be used to break both physical and special walls but most importantly giving you momentum, allowing you to switch into a Pokemon advantageous to you and disadvantageous to your opponent.

Arguably the best Volt-Turn pair is Scizor and Rotom-W. They happen to cover each others weaknesses plus get stab on their respected moves.

So any good U-turners/Volt Switchers (or even better pairs) then answer below.
Include needed information like sets and descriptions if need be.
Don't say Rotom-W or Scizor.

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You mean like, say, U-Turning a Mienshao out to a Zoroark in order to take a Psychic hit?
Yeah your question was very vague and how you described it suggested you do not know the core strategy to Volt-Turn. Pokemon do not need to cover their weaknesses in Volt-turn though sharing a typing isn't exactly advantageous. Its all about momentum and trying to be at the advantage therefore controlling the match most of the battle. It can be used as Pokemon are switching to keep up the momentum. It just so happens Rotom and Scizor cover each others weaknesses, though that said they rarely ever need to cover each other in that sense.

Volt Switch is a playing style so I edited your question. As it was to vague.
That was a nice edit. I wish i could upvote the edit :D
I'm being lazy and not writing out a full answer but magnezone and gliscor make a decent volt-turn core if played right as they  cover each others weaknesses (magnezone takes ice and water, glisvor takes fighting, ground and fire) and hit on the physical and special side, but like Redshifts answer mamoswine has a field day with it. Magnezone and any of the kami trio also work if you want more offense and Less bulk
Mamoswine has a field day with (virtually) everything >.>
Magnezone doesn't take water hits as well as you'd imagine, especially when facing rain teams or Keldeo.
Well just for trollz you could run Sturdy Magnezone :P But seriously Keldeo would probably use Secret Sword > Hydro Pump on a Magnezone
A non-Scarf Keldeo is well faster than a Magnezone (unless it's scarfed), so Magnezone could not take hit on a switch in.
*Sturdy Custap Magnezone
O..M..G just logged on about to ask this exact same question xD
Plenty of pokes, including jellicent, tornadus, and starmie can handle keldeo. Also, you're right this core isn't the best, rotom/scizor is better, but I couldn't think of another decent one for ou at the moment

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Landorus-T + Jirachi

Landorus-T @ Leftovers
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Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 244 HP / 64 Atk / 200 Def
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock
- U-turn
- Hidden Power [Ice]/Stone Edge

Jirachi @ Leftovers
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Trait: Serene Grace
EVs: 252 HP / 236 SDef / 20 Spd
Careful Nature
- Thunder Wave
- Iron Head
- U-turn
- Wish

Off the bat you may notice that Jirachi and Landorus-T do not synergize perfectly. Deal with it. They have decent synergy, Jirachi taking Ice Beams and stuff like a boss, while Landorus can switch in on ground moves all day. Strong Water and Fire type moves do kill this core off somewhat and Mamoswine trolls it insanely hard, but that's what team mates are for and besides that the core works pretty well. Jirachi is quite the multi-tasker, spreading paralyzation, passing Wish support to weakened allies, and trolling so hard by paraflinching, while Landorus makes use of Intimidate to significantly boost his physical bulk, giving him the role of taking most physical moves for the core. Landorus also sets rocks and can still hit very hard despite his low attack investment.

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Uber Volt Turn

Zekrom @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Teravolt
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Adamant
- Fusion Bolt
- Dragon Claw
- Outrage
- Volt Switch

Genesect @ Choice Scarf/ Expert Belt
Ability: Download
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Modest/ Timid
- Bug Buzz
- Ice Beam
- Flame Thrower
- U-Turn

So this duo sees Zekrom taking Water, Fire and Electric hits, while Genesect takes the Dragon and Ice hits while being fully able to deal super-effective damage back to the those types.

There's that awkward Ground synergy, as Genesect has a x1 neutrality and not very good defences, but that's what flying types/ Levitiate Pokemon are for.

UU Volt Turn

Victini @ Choice Scarf/ Band
Ability: Victory Star
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Adamant/ Jolly
- V-Create
- Zen Headbutt
- Bolt Strike
- U-Turn

Rotom-C @ Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Calm
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 4 Speed
- Will-O-Wisp
- Volt Switch
- Leaf Storm
- Pain Split

This pair sees Victini take Fire and Ice hits while Rotom-C takes the Water and Ground hits. There's plenty of gaps here - Bug is still x1 for Victini, and Poison is x2 for Rotom-C while Rock is x1 but Leaf Storm will be super effective. There's no Dark or Ghost coverage, but still, I'll assume that these aren't the only Pokemon on your team.

NU Volt Turn

Emolga @ Flying Gem
Ability: Motor Drive
Nature: Adamant/ Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
- Acrobatics
- Encore
- Roost
- U-Turn/ Volt Switch

Lumineon @ Damp Rock
Ability: Swift Swim
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Atk, 4 Speed
- Rain Dance
- Surf
- Ice Beam
- U-Turn

I know that this is far from the perfect pair, but still, Emolga manages to take the Electric hits with Motor Drive, and Lumineon will take the Ice hits.

The Lumineon set doesn't have to be a Rain Dance one, but then again, what else are you going to use it for.

I put an Acrobatics set for Emolga, but a Thunder set is possible as well due to Rain Dance. U-Turn is actually preferable for Acro-Emolga because it's a physical set, and Volt Switch is useless against Ground types like Golurk (which is an ever threat in NU).

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So something I saw recently that intrigued me and infuriated me was Manectric. In UU.

I decided to share him when I saw it used on main as well (And Slip).

Manectric @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Lightningrod
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd / 4 Def
Modest Nature
- Flamethrower/Overheat
- HP Ice/Signal Beam
- Volt Switch
- Switcheroo

So this is the set I like for coverage. I chose HP Ice > Signal Beam to deal with Ground types switching in to a "predicted" Volt Switch. However Signal Beam does have more coverage in UU.

His dearly beloved partner is the Monkeyroo

Ambipom @ Normal Gem
Trait: Technician
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 SDef
Jolly Nature
- U-Turn
- Low Sweep
- Acrobatics
- Fake Out

Fake Out lead, with Acrobatics and Low Sweep giving coverage. U-Turn to Manectric. Or simply to get out.

These two pokes have wicked speed and wicked attack stats. Together and used properly they can wreck havoc. As Ambipom's only weakness is fighting and that is normally though not always physical, a switch to Manectric can activate Static.

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Lightningrod > Static; Manectric's meant to be a sweeper, and it can't be taking a lot of (or any) hits. It's got a base def & sp. def of 60, along with a HP of 70. One switch in to a STAB Fighting move from Cobalion, Mienshao, Heracross, Virizion or Machamp will OHKO it.

Also, Static only has 30% chance of activating. Just like Cursed Body - so annoying. T__T
Ok, I'll edit that, thx dant!
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my personal favorites are

Flygon @ Choice Band/Scarf
Trait: Levitate
Jolly/Adamant Nature
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 SDef
- Outrage/Dragon Claw
- Fire Punch
- U-Turn
- Earthquake
late game sweeper, and u-turning in and out to rack up damage is a constant threat.

Azelf @ Choice Band
Trait Levitate
Jolly Nature
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 SDef
- Zen Headbutt
- U-Turn
- Ice Punch
- Explosion
with an often overlooked base 125 Atk and 110 Spe it makes a great choice sweeper and its u-turn dents a lot.

I won't list victini

or mienshao

or ambipom

Rotom @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Levitate
Modest Nature
EVs: 252 Spe/ 252 SAtk/ 4 Def
- Shadow Ball
- Volt Switch
- Trick
- Hidden Power Ice/Grass
while less SAtk than its appliance formes, it has higher Spe which makes it a great Choice Scarfer. its typing is also amazing and ghost Rotom is sadly underrated.

I also find this a good Volt Turn supporter :

Hitmontop @ Expert Belt
Trait: Technician
Adamant Nature
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 HP/ 4 Def
- Mach Punch
- Rapid Spin
- Fake Out
- Sucker Punch
forces quite a few switches so its easy to spin. also Fake Out Mach Punch and Sucker Punch offer priority to help clear out a path for your sweepers

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Here are two UU Pokemon that rarely even see each other... at all.

Cobalion @ Rocky Helmet
128 Def, 128 SpA, 252 Spe
Focus Blast/Flash Cannon
Stealth Rock
Thunder Wave/Calm Mind
An interesting set that both utilizes his uncommon Volt-Switch, and has the capacity to set up on a weak or non-threatening Pokemon. Now as to Focus Blast and Flash Cannon, if you want power, go Focus Blast, but Flash Cannon also gives great coverage and still obtains STAB. Now the choice between TW and CM is simply, do you want to try to kill the opposition, or do you want to cripple them for later.

Azelf @ Expert Belt
4 HP, 252 Atk, 252 Spe
Zen Headbutt
Ice Punch
Thunder Punch
A no-brainer U-Turn set. Zen Headbutt adds some STAB. Ice Punch for the likes of ground types. And Thunder Punch for added coverage.

I know this set is not the best, but as it has been agreed, Scizor+Rotom-W is the best. They both cover each other pretty well. Cobalion takes Dark types pointed at Azelf like a baws. He also can handle a strong ghost or bug type attack without being KOed. Now as for Azelf, he has leviate which puts Cobalions ground weakness out of concern. The blue balloon can easily soak a psychic type attack but it has trouble taking fire type attakcs due to having no resistance. But overall, they are a great team

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