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I like the special coverage and also it surprises the opponent, I know I don't have dragon ascent's power though.

Rayquaza @ Life Orb

EVs: 4 HP/252 SpAtt/252 Speed.
Nature: Timid.

Air Slash
Draco Meteor
Surf
Thunderbolt.

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I think it could definitely work. One problem with it though is that it lacks the speed boost from Dragon Dance, so maybe a Choice Scarf would do better.

Obviously, Geomancy Xerneas is taking it out, but Geomancy Xerneas takes everything out.

I do agree, the surprise factor of Special Rayquaza will catch opponents off guard. Usually Rayquaza likes to use D-Dance a few times before attacking, so when your opponent prepares for set up, just hit them as hard as you can. I quite like that strategy, it works well against Defog users.

I also like the set. I think it would work quite well against Pokémon common in Ubers, like Yveltal, which likes to carry Sucker Punch and Special moves, so usually the EVs are split into Attack, SpAtk, and Spe, meaning that it won’t have bulk investment a lot. Based on that information, here are the calcs:

252 SpA Rayquaza Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Yveltal: 224-264 (56.9 - 67.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

So, it can 2HKO Yveltal, with full investment in SpAtk. Not too bad, if you ask me. Of course, Sucker Punch it really dangerous, 2HKOing Rayquaza with priority (well, my personal set for Yveltal does that):

48 Atk Life Orb Dark Aura Yveltal Sucker Punch vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Rayquaza: 187-222 (53.1 - 63%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

So, that’s just a comparison between Yveltal, a common threat in Ubers, and Special Rayquaza. I think, personally, you should run a Scarf and Modest, for the extra power and speed.

So, overall, I think that set will work in Ubers, definitely, just maybe tweak it a bit. I think that Special Rayquaza is very underrated, there are reasons for that, but I think it could work just as well as a Physical variant.

Hope this helps! :)

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252+ SpA Primal Kyogre Ice Beam vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Yache Berry Rayquaza: 158-186 (87.2 - 102.7%) -- 18.8% chance to OHKO
I’ve never been OHKOed, cool.
252 SpA Primal Kyogre Ice Beam vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Yache Berry Rayquaza: 142-168 (78.8 - 93.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO Run that against timid?
I'm not worried about Yvetal, who often runs Mild nature. Kyogre is more of a threat.
252 SpA Rayquaza Surf vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Primal Groudon: 184-220 (104.5 - 125%) -- guaranteed OHKO This is wy groudon is not a threat.