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Analyzing Delta Amoonguss

D. Amoonguss is a pretty interesting Pokemon, let’s get right into it!

Typing: Ghost / Dark - Pretty good typing overall - It is immune to Normal, Fighting, and Psychic, and has a resistance to Poison. However, it has a Weakness to Fairy which is pretty common in the metagame.

Base Stats:
HP: 114
Atk: 85
Def: 70
SpA: 85
SpD: 80
Spd: 30
Pretty bad overall. Its attacks and defenses are mediocre and its speed is low (which could also be good as it is a good trick room setter). Only good thing really is its HP stat.

Abilities:

  1. Prankster: Gives priority to status moves - Pretty amazing ability overall, its fantastic
  2. Intimidate: Lowers opponents attack by one - Pretty good ability overall to nerf physical attacks, great in doubles

Movepool:

For status moves, this thing gets almost everything. It gets Destiny Bond, Fake Tears, Rain Dance, Taunt, Rest/Sleep Talk, New Moon, Will-O-Wisp, Thunder Wave, Swagger, Pain Split and Tailwind. It also gets Light Screen and Reflect.

For attacking moves, it gets BoltBeam, Energy Ball, Gyro Ball, Snarl, and Foul Play. Knock Off is also pretty useful.

Overall its movepool makes it a pokemon capable of OU or UU. Let’s get into the sets.

SwagPlay Set

Delta Amoonguss @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
Calm Nature
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

  • Swagger
  • Substitute
  • Foul Play
  • Thunder Wave / Double Team
    Set Notes: Really annoying set to deal with due to Priority substitute being set up after swagger, which leads into foul play or thunder wave.
Rest Talk

Delta Amoonguss @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
Calm Nature
252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD

  • Rest
  • Sleep Talk
  • Foul Play
  • Shadow Ball / Dark Pulse / Dark Matter
    Set Notes: Another annoying set, Rest heals HP and Sleep Talk gives priority to Foul Play and Shadow Ball.
ScreenSetter

Delta Amoonguss @ Light Clay
Ability: Prankster
Calm Nature
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

  • Light Screen
  • Reflect
  • Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave / Foul Play / Tailwind
  • Taunt / Destiny Bond
    Set Notes: Basically set up screens for the team, then switch out or set status. It could also set up Tailwinds for speed control.
SupportMon

Delta Amoonguss @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
Calm Nature
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

  • Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave
  • Destiny Bond / Taunt
  • Knock Off / Foul Play
  • Pain Split
    Set Notes: Pretty self explanatory, spread status and stay alive.
WeatherSetter

Delta Amoonguss @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
Calm Nature
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

  • New Moon / Rain Dance
  • Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave
  • Taunt
  • Destiny Bond
    Set Notes: Set up weather then go from there, pretty simplistic. Knock Off or Foul Play could also be used on this set.
Other Ideas

The key ideas in most sets with D. Amoonguss is:

  • Setting status through Will-O-Wisp or Thunder Wave or Taunting / Trapping / Knocking off items
    OR
  • Setting up for the team (Weather, Screens, Tailwind, etc.)
    OR
  • Using Destiny Bond to eliminate opponents

The sets might need some work, lmk if yall have any ideas.