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Note: A similar looking question has been asked, but it's for a different format.

The format here is NATIONAL DEX(Gen 8)

Here's the rest of my team:

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

Xurkitree @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Energy Ball
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Volt Switch

Victini @ Normalium Z
Ability: Victory Star
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Celebrate
- Stored Power
- Searing Shot
- Energy Ball

Lopunny-Mega @ Lopunnite
Ability: Limber
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Fake Out
- Quick Attack
- High Jump Kick
- Ice Punch

Aegislash @ Spell Tag
Ability: Stance Change
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- King's Shield
- Swords Dance
- Iron Head
- Shadow Sneak

Here are my sets for Tapu Bulu and Rillaboom:

Rillaboom @ Choice Band
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Grassy Glide
- High Horsepower
- U-turn
- Wood Hammer

Tapu Bulu @ Choice Band
Ability: Grassy Surge
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Wood Hammer
- Superpower
- Stone Edge
- Horn Leech

Feel free to suggest changes to my sets also.

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I first checked the Viability Rankings, which say Rillaboom is in A-, while Tapu Bulu doesn't show at all. After doing so, I posted on this thread, where the user Solaros and Lunaris replied.

Is Rillaboom or Tapu Bulu more viable in the format? If I'm reading the viability rankings correctly, Rillaboom seems superior, but why is this? Thanks.

The VR doesn’t lie, Rillaboom overshadows Tapu Bulu thanks to its better Speed, Grassy Glide, Knock Off, and U-turn. This makes it better as an offensive pivot that can do a ton of stuff (knocking items, revenging Ash-Greninja, hitting stupid hard with Wood Hammer) before U-turning out. Its better Speed lets it run Adamant while still outspeeding Heatran, another huge bonus.

Hope I helped!

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