Skeledirge @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Tera Type: Fighting
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
- Torch Song
- Slack Off
- Hex / Shadow Ball
- Will-o-Wisp / Earth Power / Roar
A very cool new Pokemon. Torch Song is STAB and boosts Skeledirge's Special Attack stat by 1. 16 PP makes it quite spammable too. Slack Off is recovery, which is necessary for almost every defensive Pokemon. Shadow Ball is the reliable Ghost type STAB, but Hex can be used on Will-O-Wisp or Roar sets. Earth Power lets it do damage to Pokemon like Garganacl, Chi-Yu, Great Tusk, Tyranitar, and Toxapex. Will-O-Wisp makes it absurdly bulky on the physical side, wears the opps down, and makes Hex stronger. Roar can be a cool tech on hazard stack teams, by accumulating hazard damage and potentially making Hex stronger if Toxic Spikes are on the field. Fighting Tera is so that it can better deal with Dark and Rock type moves, and so that it wont be such a big deal if its boots are knocked off.
Good teammates for Skeledirge
The best core this gen, able to set up hazards with Glimmora and block all forms of hazard removal (other than Tidy Up on Maushold) with Gholdengo. This makes Skeledirge more able to get KOs, all while having excellent defensive utility at the same time. Pretty neat.
Booster Energy Iron Valiant is a nice sponge for Knock Off, and beats stuff like Baxcalibur, Roaring Moon, and Ting-Lu (the latter two of which completely destroy non Will-o-hex variants).
Cool specially defensive support. Skeledirge can switch into Fighting moves and U-turns (and a lot of physical moves in general) while the pink blobs can help take special hits for Skeledirge, are immune to Ghost type moves, and can make Hex more easy to use, as they pack Thunder Wave
Great Tusk is a helpful teammate for Skeledirge, as it has helpful Rapid Spin support for if Skeledirge loses its Boots, and it has a nice matchup against Tyranitar, Garganacl, and Chi-Yu. Scarf sets can revenge kill things that have been weakened by Skeledirge, and the Knock Off support is always nice.
Very fast and has STAB on Knock Off and U-turn, coming off of a 110 attack stat. Meowscarada is helpful offensive utility
You can use other Pokemon with it, like Garganacl, Ting-Lu, Dondozo, Clodsire, and Orthoworm but i'm kind of in a rush while writing this.
Great physical wall that is not at all passive, Unaware with reliable recovery is really nice. A solid A or A+ Pokemon, probably will still be good when Heatran comes back.