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Ummm, it pretty much explains itself. I guess on a team I would want a special and a physical. So far for my team, I'm thinking a physical and special wall in one poke, (already have), physical and special sweepers (different), 1 wall breaker, a hazard setter and a defogger

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the answers to this are obviously going to change over time, but I'm fine with having the best current sweepers and having it updated or new answers given over time
ohhhhh sorry on your question it said 2 wallbreakers.
ok thanks PK
But since its only gen 8 and OU, its probably only gonna change once the crown tundra comes in, or if a new dlc is announced, ya know, then too. Or a remake comes in
Would you like Mixed Sweeper suggestions?

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Special Sweepers:

Dragapult @ Choice Specs
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Draco Meteor
- U-turn
- Shadow Ball
- Fire Blast

Choice Specs are for boosted power. Infiltrator is to ignore screens and subs. Timid is for a Speed boost since Specs already boost its Special Attack. Draco Meteor is STAB. U-Turn is pivoting. Shadow Ball is STAB. Fire Blast nails Ferrothorn and Scizor.

Gengar @ Focus Sash
Ability: Cursed Body
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Sludge Wave
- Shadow Ball
- Focus Blast

A Focus Sash allows you to get a Nasty Plot off. Timid is for extra Speed since Nasty Plot boosts its Special Attack. Nasty Plot is to hit harder. Sludge Wave is STAB, and so is Shadow Ball. Focus Blast + Shadow Ball provides great neutral coverage.

Rain Sweeper:

Kingdra @ Choice Specs
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Draco Meteor
- Surf
- Hurricane
- Flip Turn

Choice Specs and Modest are for boosted power, since Swift Swim in the rain makes it pretty fasr. Draco Meteor is STAB, as well as Surf. Hurricane has 100% accuracy in the rain. Flip Turn is STAB used for pivoting.

Physical Sweepers:

Rillaboom @ Grassy Seed
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Acrobatics
- Grassy Glide
- U-turn

Grassy Seed boosts its Defense the first time it switches in due to Grassy Surge. Jolly increases its Speed, since it has Swords Dance for its Attack anyway. Swords Dance is for, as stated, boosting Attack. Acrobatics has double its power after the Grassy Seed is consumed. Grassy Glide is STAB with priority in Grassy Terrain. U-turn is for pivoting.

Azumarill @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Huge Power
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Belly Drum
- Aqua Jet
- Knock Off
- Play Rough

My favorite on this list, for sure. Azumarill is, in my opinion (but probably not to others), the best sweeper. Sitrus Berry is for healing Belly Drum recoil. Huge Power doubles its Attack. Adamant boosts its Attack, since you'll mostly be spamming Aqua Jet anyway. Belly Drum maxes out its Attack, which works great with Huge Power. Aqua Jet is priority STAB. Knock Off removes items. Play Rough is Fairy STAB.

Excadrill @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Rapid Spin
- Rock Slide
- Iron Head

Basic Mold Breaker Excadrill set. Choice Scarf is for boosted Speed. Mold Breaker allows it to spam E-quake and hit Rotom-H. Earthquake is STAB. Rapid Spin removes hazards and boosts its Speed even more. Rock Slide is for coverage. Iron Head is STAB.

Hope this helps! :)

Note: I didn't list EVERY sweeper that's viable in Gen 8 OU, just the ones that I think work the best.

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Kyogre had some good ones but I want to add two because I see them a lot

Urshifu @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Unseen Fist
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Wicked Blow (powerful stab with crit)
- Close Combat (powerful stab again)
- Iron Head (fairy coverage, very important)
- U-Turn (pivot)
Outspeed and koes.

Volcarona @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Flame Body
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Bug Buzz (strong stab)
- Quiver Dance (setup)
- Fiery Dance (stab plus high sp atk raise chance)
- Psychic(coverage and kills toxapex which would otherwise wall this set)
After a few quiver dances it can sweep almost everything, and it's fast enough that it can outspeed a good amount of scarf users at +1 speed.

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Wait was U-Turn supposed to be on Urshifu? Because Volcarona has 5 moves
Oh yea it was must have glitched
Personally I say giga drain over psychic on volcarona as it covers weakness and recovery although it means all volcarona moves are resisted by fire
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Another 2 good Sweeper will be Hawlucha and Toxtricity
Hawlucha's ability was Unburden, which helps it sweep with it's good attack and 110 Pow Acrobatics without item.
A good set will be:

Hawlucha @ Grassy Seed
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Acrobatics
- Swords Dance
- Close Combat
- Throat Chop

This set will be paired with a Grassy Surge Rillaboom, and active it's Grassy Seed than sweep.
Acrobatics and Close Combat was stab with one 110 and another one 120. Sword dance for a nice boost on attack and make it sweep more well and because of grassy seed, the defense boost make it hold some hit from the other psychical Pokemon.

Toxtricity was another successful sweeper due to it's great SpA and Punk Rock ability make it to access do a super high power Boomburst and Overdrive.
A good set will be:

Toxtricity @ Throat Spray
Ability: Punk Rock
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Overdrive
- Boomburst
- Sludge Wave
- Volt Switch

Throat Spray will makes it's SpA grow by one stage which was so nice, and boomburst, overdrive and Sludge wave are all was it's main stabseems they all has high power.

Hope it helps!

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Special Sweepers

There's no doubt Hydreigon isn't a great sweeper. It's got a wide special movepool and 125 base Special Attack. And it has an immunity to the ever-present Earthquake with Levitate. If you want Life Orb on the below set, I recommend replacing Surf with Nasty Plot.

Hydreigon @ Choice Specs/Life Orb
252 SpA and Spe, 4 SpD
Timid nature
-Draco Meteor/Dragon Pulse
-Flash Cannon
-Dark Pulse
-Surf/Nasty Plot/Flamethrower

Another viable option is Alakazam. It's astounding Speed and Special Attack make it a really fun Pokémon to use. It has a great ability in Magic Guard, which allows it to run Life Orb with no drawbacks, take no damage from entry hazards, and be immune to Toxic or Burn damage. It is, however, very frail.

Alakazam @ Life Orb
252 SpA and Spe, 4 SpD
Timid nature
Magic Guard
-Nasty Plot
-Shadow Ball
-Dazzling Gleam/Energy Ball

Physical Sweepers

Zeraora is another popular option. It has a fantastic signature move in Plasma Fists, and some other solid coverage options. It's lightning fast (get it?) And can hit for good damage.

Zeraora @ Choice Band/Life Orb
252 in At and Spe, 4 SpD
Adamant nature
Volt Absorb
-Plasma Fists
-Play Rough
-Close Combat/Knock Off

And lastly, there's Rillaboom. Rillaboom has seen a lot of usage since it's HA was introduced. It doesn't have a bad movepool either; but it's pretty weak on the Special side. I recommend switching Knock Off with Swords Dance if you use a Life Orb.

Rillaboom @ Choice Band/Life Orb
252 in At and Spe, 4 in HP
Jolly nature
Grassy Surge
-Drain Punch
-High Horsepower
-Grassy Glide
-Knock Off/Swords Dance

Hope I helped!

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One of the best sweepers is Dragapult.
It can run physical or special. I’ll put a set for both
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EVs:252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
•Draco Meteor
•Shadow Ball
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EVs:252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
•Dragon Darts
•Phantom Force
•Psychic Fangs

dracovish is banned from ou
Oh right
Special dragapult personally I don't think is a sweeper. I mean, it has to switch out every time it uses Draco meteor, so it can't stay in and destroy