[Overview] Though it may not be your first choice as a lead Pokemon, Uxie's movepool and great defense stats can make it viable for RU, setting itself apart from other Stealth Rock users. It has access to many utility moves, allowing it to be an effective, yet underutilized pivot and stealth rock setter. Uxie has access to Thunder Wave and Yawn, which cripples the opponent more while switching out against Pokemon with typing advantages with U-Turn or sacrifice itself with Memento. The pivot/utility Pokemon also has a niche in setting fields/weather like Rain Dance. Unlike other Rain Dance setters, it has the great bulk to set it. Uxie also has immunity to ground type Pokemon thanks to Levitate, which is nice facing the many other SR users that are ground types. However, Uxie's offensive presence means that it can't be relied on as a decent attacker. Also, it has no reliable recovery whatsoever, which can cause more issues towards its role as a utility. It can also be susceptible to Taunt, shutting down its utility roles. Even with Mental Herb, it might get suspected to getting taunted twice, which can shut down another one of its utility roles. Finally, it can become setup bait for many Pokemon in the tier. [SET] name: Support move 1: Stealth Rock move 2: Psychic move 3: Yawn/Thunder Wave move 4: U-Turn item: Leftovers ability: Levitate nature: Bold evs: 252 HP / 108 Def / 148 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Moves ======== Stealth Rock is a good move for Uxie, since it has the bulk to carry it out against the opponent's field. Psychic is Uxie's main damaging move, allowing Uxie to damage Kommo-o and Chesnaught more easily. Thunder Wave can be utilized to cripple faster Pokemon that can threaten Uxie, like Zoroark or Sharpedo, or any other fast Pokemon, like Swellow and Feraligatr. Yawn can be used to make opposing Pokemon like entry hazard removers and Pokemon like entry hazard removers and Pokemon with SE like Heracross and Pangoro have tendencies to switch out, giving Uxie a chance to use U-Turn to grab momentum to switch to Pokemon of your advantages. U-Turn can be used to switch out from threats like dark types while dealing some damage to them at the same time, but be aware of slower Pursuit users still being able to damage to it. Set Details ======== 148 speed EVs are used to outspeed max speed Hoopa and Cloyster, either crippling them with Thunder Wave or threatening them with Yawn. Max HP and 108 defense EVs, alongside a Bold nature, could be set to take on the many physical attackers in the tier. Leftovers is recommended for Uxie, as it is the only form of recovery it has. Levitate, the only ability of Uxie, is useful, as it can attempt to pivot through or cripple Pokemon without having to take damage or get slowed down from entry hazards other than Stealth Rock. Usage Tips ======== Uxie's great bulk allows it to be able to switch in against the many other leads that can't do much to Uxie, being able to either cripple them with Thunder Wave or threaten them with Yawn, giving it more chances to use Stealth Rock. If Uxie has Yawn, it is a good idea to attempt to use it against Rapin Spinners from the likes of Donphan and Dhelmise or Defoggers from the likes of Mantine and Gligar. Keep in mind that since Uxie has no reliable recovery, you should think twice before constantly switching it in mindlessly. Team Options ======== When planning to use Uxie as a mid game pivot/utility, you can have fighting types like Chesnaught, Heracross, and Kommo-o attempt to filter out dark types from the likes of Umbreon and Sharpedo. Other offensive orientated Pokemon like Swellow and Glalie-M can appreciate a free switch from a slow U-Turn. Uxie can look forward to Escavalier to filter out Magic Bounce Espeon and trap it with Pursuit. If a Rain Dance moveset is chosen, water types like Kabutops and Omastar appreciate the support from Rain Dance. If Uxie has Memento, setup sweepers like Linoone and Flygon may appreciate the lowering of their opponent's attack and special attack stats. [STRATEGY COMMENTS] Other Options ============= Uxie can use Psyshock instead of Psychic, to damage Pokemon like Dragalge and Roserade more easily. The lead Pokemon can have Memento to sacrifice itself after setting up Stealth Rock and helping setup sweepers to endure hits from the opponent. Darkinium Z can be paired with Memento to sacrifice itself to lower the opponent's attack stats while healing a switched in teammate. Uxie may have a dual screens role along with packing Light Clay, but Bronzong's better suited at that job. It can also serve as a field setter, having a role for setting up Trick Room. Mental Herb is recommended for this set, almost guaranteeing that it'll set up Trick Room due to its decent natural bulk. However, Mental Herb takes away Uxie's only form of recovery, significantly taking away its bulk. Running minimum speed for the set is preferred. Toxic gives Uxie the ability to attempt to either wear down bulkier opponents or set sweepers on a timer. Colbur Berry can be equipped to negate damage from dark type moves like Pursuit, but it'll remove its only form of recovery. Knock Off is an option for Uxie, removing items that other Pokemon might need, such as Torkoal's Heat Rock, Gligar's Eviolite, or Registeel's Leftovers, but it's not easy trying to fit that into movesets. Heal Bell gives Uxie a role to heal its Pokemon while then U-Turning. Dazzling Gleam can be used to damage dark types, including Pangoro, which Uxie can OHKO. However, the lack of STAB, along with the mediocre special attack stat, can't help Uxie do much against some other dark types. Checks and Counters =================== Dark Types: Pangoro, Zoroark, Sharpedo, and Honchkrow threaten to 2HKO Uxie with their dark type STAB moves, plus are immune to psychic type moves, but note that they can be crippled by Thunder Wave or be threatened to be put to sleep by Yawn. However, Sharpedo and Zoroark, being pretty frail, may not appreciate U-Turn that much. Umbreon can wall Uxie, even if it has Signal Beam or Dazzling Gleam, as Uxie does little to it whatsoever. Ghost Types: Hoopa, Doublade, and Dhelmise can give trouble to Uxie, as Uxie can't do much damage to them, plus the first two can attempt to set up on it. However, Uxie can attempt to cripple them with Thunder Wave or threaten them with Yawn. Bug Types: Escavalier can threaten to OHKO Uxie with Megahorn, even without Choice Band. A +1 Durant can rip through Uxie with X-Scissor almost all the time. Taunt Users: Though uncommon, fast Taunt leads like Froslass, Archeops, and Aerodactyl can shut down Uxie's non-damaging moves and proceed to set up entry hazards while Uxie either attempts to do damage or switch out. Other Taunt users like Comfey can Taunt it at ease and set up on it.