" As rain is falling from the sky, your pride shall fall down your corpse "
Hi guys, girls, Neptune reject and everything in-between! So, I like D.Serperior design. I really think it is a good team addition to Rain, although overlapping types with Kingdra isn’t fun. Gosh my intro keeps getting worst every day. So, as I say,
Be warned, since there is no competitive usage stats avaliable, I do not have any reliable ways to accurately predict the metagame. This analysis is theoretical and does not entirely reflect a Pokémon’s viability.
Typing, Stats, Ability & Movepool
Ability: Multiscale/Drizzle (DW)
Good typing, nice movepool and Drizzle makes it the primary Rain setter in OU. Well, maybe because not many people prefer using Politoad… Honestly, I think the question deserves to be asked. D.Serperior’s stats are bad, let’s face it. It got a very good speed and nice Def and SpD, but low HP and offenses makes it somewhat passive. Politoad and Delta Serperior aren’t that different in terms of viability in my opinion, so let’s focus on things that D.Serperior does better.
Dragon is a very nice complement to D.Serperior’s typing. It turn Grass and Electric into a neutrality instead of the weakness that Rain often stacks. Double Fire resist and rain mean Delta Serperior is one of the best switch in to Mega Typhlosion in the game.
Delta Serperior also has a great movepool. Support moves includes Defog, Whirlpool, Coil, Glare, Dragon Tail, Toxic, Safeguard and it even have reliable recovery in Slack Off!
Delta Serperior @ Damp Rock
EVs: 252 Hp / 4 Def / 252 Spe
-Defog / U-Turn
-Slack Off / U-Turn
This is Serperior’s standard set. Setup Rain, paralyse things and allow your rain abuser to wreak havoc. Scald also burn the opponent, which is always good except if you are running a livewire central team. In this case, Surf is better if you don’t want to accidentally burn an opponent that you wanted to paralyse.
Wanabe Zygard (Sub Coil)
Delta Serperior @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 Hp / 4 Def / 252 Spe
I honestly don’t think this is that good, but it is certainly annoying as heck. If you ever played the first half of Gen 7 or played early DLC 2 Gen 8, you probably know how annoying is Zygard (please ban this ). Here, you are mostly here for annoy the opponent by using Substitute, Glare and Coil.
Dragon STAB could be used instead of Scald, but it leaves Delta Serperior incapable of crippling its Switch-In and is blocked by Fairy types, who are more common than Water immune. However, it notably hit Toxicroak. U-Turn is also a good way to turn your Pokémon into a strong pivot.
- Electric types cover water types that often blocks Delta Serperior. They also frequently run Livewire under rain, move that is increasingly stronger under rain. Also, Thunder.
- Rain Abuser are nearly mandatory teammates for Delta Serperior. Mega Delta Typhlosion, Mega Swampert, Delta Dragonite and Keldeo are notable ones.
- Steel types checks fairy for D.Serperior. Ferrothorn, Mega Delta Tyhlosion and Mega Scizor are very good inside rain team.
- Fairy types like Azumarill and Delta Raichu covers Dragon Types offensively for Delta Serperior.
- Flying types like Tornadus-T can spam Hurricane without drawbacks. The former is also a great pivot for rain team and cover grass types who generally annoy Rain.
- Since Delta Serperior will often be switching in, it need hazards removal when cor carrying Defog. Zapdos, Latios and Delta Blaziken are notable hazards setter, with Zapdos enjoying Thunder and possibly Weather Ball (didn’t checked, but I think it leans that in Insurgence too).
Checks and counters
- Water Immune Pokémon kina blocks Delta Serperior and are often problematic for Rain teams in general. However, they don’t like Glare. Toxicroak can be annoying, especially the Bulky Substitute variant.
- In the same vein, Substitute users like Mega Crawdaunt or Mega Gyarados are good checks because they blocks Glare and Scal Burns
- As D.Serp need its speed, Livewire can be a problem.
- Fairy types are problematic as they OHKO it easy.
- Opposing Dragons too, although most don’t like Scald burns. Special attacking dragons as Kingdra or Kyurem-B (although this one is more of a mixed attacker) are good example.
- I’m not shure about that, but Clefable seems the biggest counter. If burned on Scald, Glare doesn’t affect anymore and Clafable then proceed to set up Calm Mind, Wish, Set Rocks or just good old Moonblast.
Rain has some GREAT abusers here in Ins.OU. And thus, with the role compression it offers as a Defogger over Politoad, Delta Serperior is a great Pokémon in OU. It does suffers from passivity and prevent rain from using Kingdra becasue of overlapping typing, but we can rest assured. Rain has more toy to play with.
Hey, that’s werd. In most of my favorite meta, Rain is strong. Heh.
- Mega Cryogonal
- Delta Blaziken
- Mega Charizard X