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Blacephalon (Knallkopf) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 168 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 84 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Heat Wave
- Mind Blown
- Shadow Ball
- Psyshock

Will outspeed most legal Pokemon due to the Choice Scarf. Preferably for doubles, since Mind Blown gets OP really fast, especially with Beast Boost.

Additionally use Sunny Day or Helping Hand on your dedicated support Pokemon.

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Why such a awkward Ev spread?
What's awkward in it? I'm pretty sure the Spe EVs + Choice Scarf are meant to outspeed most mons in the tier, Max SpA with Modest is for power, and the rest are just for some bulk, which isn't that bad.
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Blacephalon @ Leftovers
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 248 HP / 124 Spe / 120 Def / 16 SpA
Timid Nature
- Flamethrower
- Shadow ball
- Psyshock / Light screen
- Hidden Power [Grass]
Flamethrower for STAB and nice damage. Shadow Ball hits hard with STAB. Use Psyshock to kill them who has more SpD than Def. Light Screen for support. And HP Grass for coverage of its 3 weaknesses.

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This set is pretty cool, especially for the triple coverage with hp grass. However, Blacephalon has pretty stupid defenses so running a bulky set would be pointless in my opinion. Plus, many offensive pokemon like naganadel can outspeed it and OHKO with draco meteor.
Thanks. I was a noob when I made this set, every of my set's EVs was bulky.
I guess you were into stalling opponents until they forfeit! If you want to do that, try chansey with an eviolite. Watch out for physical attackers:)
I still have a question: If you were trying to make a bulky Blacephalon, why give it mostly attacking moves? Like, say, Reflect?
why no one use its signature move?
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Blacephalon @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Modest Nature
- Fire Blast
- Shadow Ball
- Psychic
- Trick

Fire Blast for nice damage and STAB. Shadow Ball for STAB. Psychic for coverage. Trick Choice Scarf for an encore.

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I would run fire blast/flamethrower over mind blown. If you want to use mind blown, use both and  run it over psychic, as fire ghost is pretty good coverage on its own.
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Blacephalon @ Choice Specs
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Bature
- Mind Blown / Fire Blast
- Shadow Ball
- Psyshock
- Trick

Simple enough. Only choice to be made with this is do you choose the raw power & HP loss with Mind Blown or just go with the standard Fire Blast? Other than that, this thing doesn't have to many options.

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Nice set, but you could also consider flamethrower as a STAB option?
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Blacephalon @ Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Timid Nature / Modest Nature
- Mind Blown / Flamethrower
- Shadow Ball
- Hidden Power [Grass]
- Trick

Mind blown is good for heavy damage with STAB at the cost of HP while Flamethrower does normal damage without HP loss. Shadow Ball is just STAB. Hidden Power [Grass] is for good coverage against 3 of its weaknesses. Trick is to lock your opponent into one move.

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Blacephalon @ Choice Specs
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Special Attack / 252 Speed
Timid Nature
- Mind Blown / Heat Wave (Both STAB, Good Power)
- Shadow Ball (STAB, Good Power)
- Psyshock
- Trick

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This looks like a good move-set with the ability to force your opponents with into one move. I think this is good and I am going to use it, but I am going to change the item to flame orb to burn the opponent as well as lower their attack, as Blacephlon has pretty low defense in the first place ;D
Hmm, probably Flamethrower or Fire Blast over Heat Wave
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All out special attacker, anyone?

Blacephalon @Leftovers
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
- Flamethrower
- Shadow Ball
- Psychic
- Dark Pulse

Anything the last three moves won't hit, Flamethrower kills.

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But this blacephalon may outspeed by choice greninja .
Doesen’t Greninja already outspeed Blacephalon without a Choice Scarf? If you meant Choice Specs, then never mind.
Why both Shadow Ball and Dark Pulse? They cover the same things and It gets STAB from Shadow Ball.
@Noot yes shadow ball and dark pulse are garbage together I would rather run scarf + timid. It already has a 150+ special attack I don't understand purpose of leftovers on fast sweepers if you don't want scarf you can run life orb
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Blacephalon @ Life Orb
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 Spe / 252 SpA / 4 HP
Timid Nature
- Mind Blown
- Flamethrower
- Shadow Ball
- Hidden Power [Electric]

Flamethrower is for mind blown incase if it runs out of PP

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It's not really a good idea to use two moves of the same type unless it's something like First Impression. Mind Blown might seem appealing because of its high power, but it's not as useful as just Flamethrower which has a little more PP. Instead of Mind Blown, try using a Choice Item and Trick instead to give the Choice Item to the opponent when they are not expecting it. Have a nice day :)
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Ah, my Life Orb Mind Blown Blacephalon. So fun to use. Hopefully this set will blow your mind!

Blacephalon @ Life Orb
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Mind Blown
- Flamethrower
- Psyshock
- Shadow Ball

The idea of this set is to blow up stuff. I mean, that might sound stupid, but let me tell you: It is NOT fun to take a Mind Blown from a Beast Boosted Blacephalon. Anyways, Flamethrower is for reliable fire STAB, Psyshock is for special walls like Primal Kyogre, Blissey, and Ho-Oh. Shadow Ball is for reliable Ghost type STAB.

The EVs on this set are to make Blacephalon as hit as fast and hard as possible. A Life Orb is run over Choice Specs because you do NOT want to get choice-locked into Mind Blown. Beast Boost is good because it makes Blacephalon even more deadly after a KO. Finally, a Timid Nature is used for many reasons. First of all, Blacephalon has saved my butt countless times because of that extra speed. Second of all, with Mind Blown, you really don't need any more power.

Two words. Mind. Blown.

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Blacephalon @ Focus Sash
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
- Flame Charge
- Shadow Ball
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Fire Blast / Flamethrower / Mind Blown

Start with Flame Charge to get up your speed. Rest of the moves are coverage+STAB.
Mind blown is usable as at 1 HP it doesn't have much life in it anyways.
This set allows it to hit hard while outspeeding in exchange for it's lifespan.
But beware of Bonemarang from Alolan Marowak.

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Blacephalon Bully Set -
Tricky (Blacephalon) @ Shell Bell
Ability: Beast Boost
Shiny: Optional
EVs: 132 HP / 20 Def / 212 SpA / 24 SpD / 120 Spe
Modest Nature
- Mind Blown
- Calm Mind
- Shadow Ball
- Stored Power

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