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I mean, Serperior has great boosting moves, but Contrary makes them useless. Even though Leaf Storm is a great move with Contrary, that’s about the only move that it benefits from. So, what I’m asking is, is it better to stick with Overgrow and a boosting move, or Contrary and Leaf Storm?

Movesets are appreciated, but I don’t care that much.

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What game?
USUM, specifically US
And for the Battle Tree/Battle Spot

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Definitely. Serperior doesn't have good offensive stats to boot, and getting a boost and doing damage at the same time is incredibly useful, and after a single boost, with base 113 speed, you'll be sweeping whole teams (or at least be breaking them down :P)

Serperior @ Leftovers
Ability: Contrary
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Leaf Storm
- Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ground
- Substitute
- Glare

Serperior @ Leftovers
Ability: Contrary
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Substitute
- Glare
- Leech Seed
- Leaf Storm

Hope this helped!

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Thanks for the movesets! Sub Seed isn’t really my thing, I’d do something like Leech Seed, Leaf  Storm, Dragon Pulse, and Synthesis, but I do like the sets. :)
I wouldn't put Substitute actually
My set would be:
Serperior @Lum Berry
252 SpA / 4 HP / 252 Spe
Ability: Contrary
Timid Nature
-Leaf Storm
-Dragon Pulse
-Knock Off
Knock off is really useful against tanks that it can't OHKO
Synthesis is for healing because Serperior has decent bulk and can withstand a few hits
Lum Berry is for Hypnosis or Thunder Wave. Paralysis would DESTROY Serperior because it would be too slow and there's a 50% chance it can't even attack.
Dragon Pulse is there because it's a good special move and it's for coverage
Leaf Storm is obvious; it'll give Serperior a 2x SpA boost due to Contrary

Even though it can learn coil, Contrary gives it a free boost, while u need to use a turn for coil.
So, overall, Contrary Serperior is worth it.
You can also dodge status using Substitute. Doing so effectively grants you a free turn, too.
Thats true but I would save the slot for synthesis instead
it's just my preference i guess
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Contrary serperior is better than overgrow serperior. Overgrow serperior is fine if you can’t get a contrary snivy, but contrary is just better. Dealing lots of damage with a STAB leaf storm and getting your sp.attack raised by 2 stages is just incredible. Sadly, his special move pool isn’t that good. You have dragon pulse and hidden power and that’s about it. It can learn leech seed, glare, and mirror coat which can also be helpful.
Contrary serperior IS worth it

But how about the boost from Overgrow? And Calm Mind boosts both SpDef and SpAtk. Coil raises Def, Atk, and Accuracy. Does Leaf Storm beat both of those?
Yes, it does. It does damage with 130 power and STAB at the same time
As well as the 2x boost from Leaf Storm