Milotic has always been a trusty Pokemon for me. I always used a Milotic in every Pokemon game I played, except in X&Y where there weren't Feebas to catch.
And every time I needed her help, Milotic always saved me. Her movepool, albeit shallow, was more than enough in-game. But in-game =/= competitive gameplay.
Milotic has always been a great Pokemon. Great stats, exceptionally bulky on the special side and okay movepool to work with. But, in terms of a pure-Water-type Pokemon, she falls short to Suicune and its better stats and Vaporeon and its massive HP stat for massive Wishes.
I will not say otherwise, Astronautical made me want to start VGC, maybe unwillingly. I'm dying to use a Milotic competitively because as I know Milotic is outclassed in its category in singles, she might shine in doubles. I know very little about doubles but I'm sure Vaporeon is a big-no here, and I've never really had any experience with Suicune.
After some time of searching, I found out a moveset with which Milotic may not be overshadowed by any Pokemon since she sports stellar special bulk.
Enter Assault Vest Milotic!
Milotic (F) @ Assault Vest
EVs: 252 HP / 212 Def / 36 SpA / 4 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk / 30 SpA
- Ice Beam
- Icy Wind
- Hidden Power [Grass]
This is the Milotic set I'm planning to use. I normally know Milotic for her ability to support the team, but I'm taking a different approach this time. Both Ice Beam and Icy Wind are important in my opinion, as the former beats Mega-Salamence consistently, and the latter gives speed control. Scald nets nifty burns, is STAB and I have serious issues with Hydro Pump. Hidden Power Grass rounds off the coverage of this set.
But, will this set work? As I'm a beginner at doubles, I want to know if Milotic is worth the pain it is to train in ORAS specifically. If it's worth IV breeding a Feebas, maximize its beauty and undergoing some hassle to get this Milotic. I'm ready to do it because Milotic is certainly a Pokemon I love using anywhere.
So, Is Milotic worth it for Battle Spot Doubles (VGC15) on ORAS?