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Calyrex-S @ Life Orb
Ability: As One
Modest Nature
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe
- Astral Barrage
- Psychic
- Giga Drain
- ???
For the last move should I get like Pollen Puff for Dark types or Will-O-Wisp / Leech Seed as support?

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Also, instead of psychic, use psyshock

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Four or three attacking moves Calyrex-Shadow is bad.

Either go for some set-up such as Nasty Plot.
Why Psychic over Psyshock? Psyshock deals with Bulky special walls like Chansey/Blissey.
Some options:
Pollen Puff + Nasty Plot > Leaf Storm > Giga Drain

| Checks and Counters |
| Arceus-Dark 77.998 (90.35±3.09) |
| (23.2% KOed / 67.1% switched out)|
| Tyranitar 70.043 (85.70±3.91) |
| (50.7% KOed / 35.0% switched out)|
| Yveltal 66.524 (79.51±3.25) |
| (33.9% KOed / 45.6% switched out)

Nasty Plot + Life Orb + Pollen Puff deals with Arceus-Dark and Tyranitar which completely wall it. Leaf Storm can also be chosen to handle Tyranitar, but Buginium Crystal is much better, and has higher damage output than Life Orb boosted Pollen Puff.

  • +2 252 SpA Life Orb Calyrex-Shadow Pollen Puff vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Arceus-Dark: 387-458 (87.1 - 103.1%) -- 18.8% chance to OHKO
  • +2 252 SpA Life Orb Calyrex-Shadow Pollen Puff vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Tyranitar in Sand: 294-346 (72.7 - 85.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
    VS Buginium crystal
  • +2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Savage Spin-Out (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Tyranitar in Sand: 438-516 (108.4 - 127.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
  • +2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Savage Spin-Out (175 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Arceus-Dark: 578-682 (130.1 - 153.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Draining Kiss is a bit weak, but it counters Dark types like Yveltal that can give Calyrex extreme problems.

It's very weak, +3 not even OHKOing Specially defensive Yveltal. As such, against Yveltal your best option is to lure in Sucker Punch and use Substitute, and bringing in damage.

Pollen Puff
Pollen Puff is pretty good as coverage, but it's usually outclassed by Draining Kiss, as Yveltal, one of the few viable Dark types in AG, isn't weak to Bug. Psychic types can be covered by Astral Barrage, and Grass types are few and far between in AG.

Really? Draining Kiss is always inferior to Pollen Puff in National dex AG, since it has support Arceus-formes and Pursuit Tyranitar which is main concern, and Yveltal is mostly Dynamaxer which good players don't tend to throw-in to Calyrex-Shadow. Even try Fairium Crystal Twinkle Tackle, but Savage Spin-out is always better.

  • +2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Savage Spin-Out (175 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Yveltal: 463-545 (117.8 - 138.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO

VS Twinkle Tackle
- +2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Twinkle Tackle (100 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Yveltal: 530-624 (134.8 - 158.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
Yes, but what against even bulkier Tyranitar and Arceus-Dark?
- +2 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Twinkle Tackle (100 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Tyranitar in Sand: 250-296 (61.8 - 73.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Last slot, use something of your wish. If wanting to protect from Sucker Punch, go for Substitute. If want to Baton Pass boosts, which is really funny x] use Baton Pass. It might be looking like meme, but it surely works.
Some replays.
No. 1
No. 2
Baton Pass is fun and broken. I beat #1 and #2 player on National Dex AG ladder using it.
Here's the set:
Calyrex-Shadow @ Buginium Z
Ability: As One (Spectrier)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Baton Pass / Substitute
- Astral Barrage
- Pollen Puff

Hope this helps.

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Nasty Plot
Nasty Plot boosts your Special Attack, and it's commonly run on Calyrex-S. It turns it into even more of a monster than it already is.

Draining Kiss
Draining Kiss is a bit weak, but it counters Dark types like Yveltal that can give Calyrex extreme problems.

Pollen Puff
Pollen Puff is pretty good as coverage, but it's usually outclassed by Draining Kiss, as Yveltal, one of the few viable Dark types in AG, isn't weak to Bug. Psychic types can be covered by Astral Barrage, and Grass types are few and far between in AG.

Leech Seed
Leech Seed is a good way to potentially cripple an opponent, but it isn't used as often as the other moves I've mentioned.

Hope I helped!

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AG uses Arceus Dark more than Yveltal to wall Calyrex-S.
Really? It’s the only format I ever really play, and yet I don’t actually ever see Arceus Dark.
| Checks and Counters |
| Arceus-Dark 77.998 (90.35±3.09) |
| (23.2% KOed / 67.1% switched out)|
| Tyranitar 70.043 (85.70±3.91) |
| (50.7% KOed / 35.0% switched out)|
| Yveltal 66.524 (79.51±3.25) |
| (33.9% KOed / 45.6% switched out)
This is highest ladder, 1700. Are you playing in this ladder around?
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You should use Pollen Puff
•Pollen Puff can take out dark type threats (besides yveltal) for super effective damage.
•Leech Seed isn’t viable with it’s low bulk when you can just OHKO nearly everything with your strong attacks. This is also the case for Will-O-Wisp
•Pollen Puff can hit Mewtwo and Gothitelle for super effective damage

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