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EV training an Empoleon and need help!

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Playing Alpha Sapphire, and I've finally gotten my team finalized. I'm building around a level 95 Empoleon (his name is Pablo and I love him) with 0 EVs (thank god for berries). He's got a calm nature (thoroughly cunning), with 926462 EXP. Stats are as follows:

HP - 265
Attack - 157
Defense - 180
Sp. Attack - 232
Sp. Defense - 218
Speed - 122

Moveset:
Surf
Ice Beam
Aqua Jet
Flash Cannon

Not sure what I should EV train for him, like I said I'm building a team around him. Any ideas on what to do and how?

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Specially Defensive Defog/Stealth Rock Support


Empoleon @ Leftovers
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 HP / 60 Def / 196 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Ice Beam
- Roar
- Stealth Rock / Defog

This set is meant to be specially bulky while also providing Defog or Stealth Rock support. The 60 Defense EVs give Empoleon some physical bulk and the rest is dumped into HP and Special Defense. Torrent is the preferred ability because the Attack boosts from Defiant are useless on this set, which lacks physical moves. Scald is a spammable STAB move with a useful chance to burn. Ice Beam provides nice coverage. Roar stops Empoleon from being setup fodder, primarily Calm Mind users such as Clefable and Suicune. Use Stealth Rock or Defog depending on whether your teams needs a hazard remover or a hazard setter.

A perfect teammate for Empoleon is a bulky Ground/Flying Pokemon such as Gliscor or Landorus because they cover each other's weaknessses very well. Empoleon is weak to Fighting, Electric and Ground, which Gliscor and Landorus are either immune to or resist. Gliscor and Landorus are weak to Water and Ice, which Empoleon resists. These Pokemon struggle with powerful Electric types with Ice coverage moves, however, such as Mega Manetric and Raikou.

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