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Delta Vespiquen Analysis


#1

Delta Vespiquen (DVespiquen) can be played as multiple roles, just like Charizard. It also has wonderful typing of Fire/Steel that makes it only have 3 weaknesses and 10 resistances. It should be used in UU or below as Heatran outclasses it in OU.

Shift Gear

DVespiquen @ Leftovers Ability: Levitate EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe Jolly Nature

  • Flare Blitz
  • Iron Head
  • Shift Gear
  • Roost / Wild Charge / Drill Run

Shift Gear makes it oversped entire non-Mega and unboosted UU in USUM while no UU Mega can OHKO DVespiquen. +1 Flare Blitz heavily damages any Pokemon uninvested in HP or defense. Iron Head can OHKO Mega Aerodactyl and Mega Beedrill. Boosted Iron Head OHKOes Mega Absol. Roost to recover any recoil from Flare Blitz. +1 Wild Charge can be used to 2HKO some water Pokemon like Mega Blastoise or Empoleon. Drill Run can be chosen to dent Fire-type switch-ins. Note that Banded Azumarill Aqua Jet is only deal 99% at most and no Mach Punch can OHKO DVespiquen.

Other option is to use Life Orb to make some 3HKO into 2HKO, but the recoil is too much for DVespiquen to handle.

Special Attacker

DVespiquen @ Life Orb Ability: Speed Boost EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe Timid Nature

  • Fire Blast / Flamethrower
  • Flash Cannon / Thunderbolt
  • Calm Mind / Protect / Substitute / Magnet Rise / Roost
  • Calm Mind / Protect / Substitute / Magnet Rise / Roost

A very straightforward set which emphasizes on dealing immediate damage. Fire Blast for power or Flamethrower for consistency. Flash Cannon is a strong STAB to hit rocks that resist fire. Thunderbolt can be used instead to hit waters like Alomomola. Calm Mind is used on opponent’s switch. Protect can be used to stall for Speed Boost while Substitute can do the same including status protection, but no increased priority and reduces HP. Magnet Rise if your team has no ground immunities or Roost to recover HP.

Other Options

DVespiquen can also use a bulkier option as it has a decent 70/102/102 defenses. Moveset includes Stealth Rock, Toxic, Protect, Lava Plume, Roost, or Thunder Wave.

Check and Counters

  1. Bulky Waters. Alomomola can withstand any attacks from physical variants and heavily counters it with Rock Helmet and Scald. Swampert and Quagsire counter any vespiquen without Energy Ball.
  2. Fighting types. Special variants are countered by Assault Vest Conkeldurr / Machamp. Physical variants are checked by Fast fighting types such as Mienshao.
  3. Fire types. Drill Run or Earth Power on the switch is needed to stop Darmanitan or Infernape.

Suggestions are welcomed!


#2

Neither of these sets are good at all. UU is infested with bulky Water types which easily eat up even boosted Wild Charge.

+1 252+ Atk Delta Vespiquen Wild Charge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Suicune: 180-214 (37.3 - 44.3%) – 100% chance to 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

252+ SpA Life Orb Delta Vespiquen Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Suicune: 213-252 (44.1 - 52.2%) – guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

+1 252+ Atk Delta Vespiquen Wild Charge vs. 240 HP / 244+ Def Tentacruel: 262-310 (60.7 - 71.9%) – guaranteed 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery (This looks good, but considering the fact that it needs a boost in the first place to even 2HKO a Pokemon with its weaker defense with a decent supereffective move it really isn’t)

252+ SpA Life Orb Delta Vespiquen Thunderbolt vs. 240 HP / 0 SpD Tentacruel: 205-244 (47.5 - 56.6%) – 35.5% chance to 2HKO after Black Sludge recovery

Being able to kill Mega Beedrill and Mega Absol means nothong. They are both extremely frail. Even at +2, it’s still slower than most Scarfers, which means that it isn’t a reliable sweeper at all. Even if it can live hits, it can’t even kill the Scarfers back. You’re better off using Infernape as a setup sweeper because it can also boost in either stat, it can use Swords Dance or Nasty Plot instead of Shift Gear and Calm Mind, it has higher attack stats, and has priority. While Infernape can be walled by some of the same things as D Vespiquen depending on its set, it has the power and coverage to actually deal with those Pokemon. There are far too many good offensive Fire types in UU for D Vespiquen to stand out amongst them as an attacker.


#3

I think DVespiquen would be a lot better as a wall, since its attacking stats are so poor. It has reliable recovery, Levitate, and Heatran’s typing.