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I was thinking about maxing the defensive capabilities of Drampa so it can stomach some hits. Splitting EVs between HP, Def and SpDef, natures... and blablabla.

The point is have its SpA boosted with foe's attacks and Berserk while recovering with roost. After getting as much boosts as possible just start hitting hard with its STAB moves and fire coverage. (AND recovering when in a pinch, which means an EXTRA BOOST)

In short: is Drampa gonna endure the most attacks from the common OU Pokemon? (I know it's not in OU, not asking that)

PD: wondering if substitute would activate its ability Berserk. If does, would substitute become a good move for Drampa, taking in account it haves practically zero speed?


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Drampa sucks. The reason Drampa sucks is because it has such a low speed tier and bad Defenses. Bezerk is only good if you can out-speed your opponents or take a few hits, which isn't something Drampa can do. Drampa's Defenses aren't good enough to take enough hits, even with max investment, so, combined with bad Speed, Drampa goes down quick, and substitute doesn't help that. Sure, you can heal with Roost, but it isn't very hard to knock down Drampa, especially in OU. If a Pokémon is in a lower tier than you are playing, it is there for a reason. Don't use Drampa in OU. :P

Here are a few calcs:

252 SpA Life Orb Teravolt Kyurem-Black Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Drampa: 276-328 (76.6 - 91.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

252 Atk Choice Band Kartana Sacred Sword vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Drampa: 304-358 (84.4 - 99.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Most OU threats will 2HKO Drampa and prevent it from subbing, or will figure out you are Physically Defensive/Specially Defensive and send out another Pokémon to compensate. If you split Defenses and HP, more threats will OHKO Drampa. :P

Yes, Substitute activates Bezerk if Drampa ends up with less than half HP. :P

TL:DR: Drampa+Substitute activiates Bezerk. Don't use Drampa in OU, it will not go well. You strategy may work in the PU Tier, the Tier Shift Format, or maybe the Mix and Mega Format, if you really want to use it somewhere. :P

Source: EXP

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I didn't know that Kyurem was in OU too... Thanks for the alternative formats and the calcs, though I'm more interested in the ladder. Do you mind giving more examples?
252 SpA Magearna Fleur Cannon vs. 252 HP / 56+ SpD Drampa: 392-464 (108.8 - 128.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Greninja-Ash Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 56+ SpD Drampa: 204-241 (56.6 - 66.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Tornadus-Therian Supersonic Skystrike (185 BP) vs. 252 HP / 56+ SpD Drampa: 249-294 (69.1 - 81.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 56+ SpD Drampa: 288-342 (80 - 95%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Thanks sumwun =)