Monthly Battle Royal Pokemon Entry 1 – Dedenne

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So with the introduction of a new battle mode known as Battle Royal where 4 people are placed to fight each other in a free-for-all battle, I have decided to formulate possible strategies for Pokemon to undertake.

In this month’s entry, we have Dedenne; a solid Pokemon with a defensive dual typing with only 2 weaknesses, Poison and Ground. You could also use Magnet Rise, making it only prone to Poison but that would be pointless. Dedenne does not offer much offensively with its poor mono type move pool. However, it does offer a quirky combo of Cheek Pouch + Recycle, making it an environmentally friendly Pokemon.

Dedenne

Build #1
Role: SubRecycle Special Attacker ~ SMOGON Build
Type: Electric / Fairy
Ability: Cheek Pouch
Item: Petaya Berry
Nature: Timid
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Move 1: Substitute
Move 2: Recycle
Move 3: Thunderbolt
Move 4: Grass Knot

**This is your standard SubRecycle Build that tries to sweep and cover as much types as possible. Nothing too interesting here other than Recycling the berry, buff SpA with Petaya Berry and heal with Cheek Pouch.

Build #2
Role: SubRecycle Stall (Para Charge)
Type: Electric / Fairy
Ability: Cheek Pouch
Item: Petaya Berry
Nature: Timid
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Move 1: Substitute
Move 2: Recycle
Move 3: Parabolic Charge
Move 4: Toxic

**This build is a mix between defensive and offensive that covers all types other than Steel. Typically 3 Substitutes will get you low enough for Petaya Berry to trigger, raising your SpA causing you to heal for 33% of max HP with Cheek Pouch and making your Parabolic Charge heal more thanks to increase in SpA. And you attempt to keep the loop until Toxic slowly kills all opposing Pokemon.

Build #3
Role: SubRecycle Stall (Rest)
Type: Electric / Fairy
Ability: Cheek Pouch
Item: Chesto Berry
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Move 1: Substitute
Move 2: Recycle
Move 3: Rest
Move 4: Toxic

**This build does not require any skill to keep the loop up but is less aggressive and much more defensive than the Para Charge Build. Basically, Substitute and Toxic till you get low enough for Rest and Chesto Berry to wake you up. Recycle to get Chesto Berry back and do the loop again.

Build #4
Role: Weather Support
Type: Electric / Fairy
Ability: Cheek Pouch
Item: Custap Berry
Nature: Timid
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Move 1: Rain Dance / Sunny Day
Move 2: Volt Switch
Move 3: Nuzzle
Move 4: Charm

**The last build is anti-explosion thanks to Charm + Timid nature + 252 EV. This is just because I feel like a lot of people will be running a full explosion team hoping to win. It also attempts to set-up either rain or sun for the rest of your team. Nuzzle is there for the guaranteed Paralysis. And Volt Switch is for the purpose of switching out safely.

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