Already in love with this 'mon and it hasn't even been released yet. Its perks include a great offensive typing which hits every Pokemon neutrally and a terrifying amount super-effectively, as well as an incredible stat distribution that gives it amazing 125/125 physical offense and decent 90/80/90 bulk. It has the movepool to fully take advantage of this, with great STAB moves in Close Combat, Spectral Thief, Drain Punch, Force Palm, and Shadow Sneak, phenomenal coverage in Acrobatics, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Poison Jab, Stone Edge and Thunder Punch, a boosting move in Bulk Up, and even utility in Will-O-Wisp and Pursuit. Marshadow does not even suffer from the four-moveset syndrome that usually plagues Pokemon with large movepools as its STAB moves give it such amazing coverage and almost always leave two moveslots open for it to use. All of this gives it amazing versatility and unpredictability, as it will more than likely be able to run several viable sets.
Marshadow @ Leftovers
EVs: 120 HP / 252 Atk / 136 Spe
- Bulk Up
- Drain Punch
- Spectral Thief
- Will-O-Wisp / Poison Jab
Due to Marshadow's decent bulk, amazing offensive typing that leaves it with open moveslots, and great Speed that allows it to invest in bulk, Marshadow seems like a perfect candidate for Bulk Up. Leftovers give Marshadow increased longevity and allow it to boost more often instead of worrying about its HP. 136 Speed EVs and a Jolly Nature allow Marshadow to outspeed base 110s and below such as Latios, Latias, Gengar, and Mega Metagross. Attack is maxed out to give Marshadow as much power as it can get, and the rest is dumped into HP to improve its bulk. Alternatively, Marshadow can run an Adamant Nature with a spread of 84 HP / 252 Atk / 172 Spe . This gives Marshadow more immediate power while still allowing it to outspeed base 100s such as Mega Gardevoir and Mega Medicham, although it comes at the cost of bulk and Speed. Drain Punch is the Fighting type STAB of choice, as it has decent power and greatly increases Marshadow's longevity, allowing it to heal off damage sustained while boosting. Spectral Thief is Marshadow's most powerful Ghost type STAB move. Will-O-Wisp is a great utility move that allows Marshadow to support its team, as well as cripple physical attackers which aids it in setting up. Alternatively, Marshadow can run Poison Jab to hit Fairy types. This is appealing as they can quickly bring an end to Marshadow's sweep by hitting its unboosted Special Defense super-effectively, and they also resist Drain Punch, its only form of recovery.