Monday, December 7, 2015

VGC Milotic Analysis



Hey everyone. If your wondering why this took so long, I had no Wi-Fi at my house for a few days, which meant I couldn't get content out here. But now, I have that amazing Wi-Fi so I can post content now.  Thanks to the person (sorry I don't remember your name) who posted on my Liepard analysis requesting this. Today, we'll be talking about the water snake that shows true elegance all the time, Milotic. Milotic is a very cool Pokemon that gained popularity in the middle of the 2015 season due it's ability Competitive that made it an effective answer to Landorus-T and other Intimidate users like Scrafty and Arcanine.  With good bulk, solid offenses, and the right moves for the job, Milotic becomes a powerful Pokemon. Now, let's see what Milotic's stats are to see how strong it really is.

STATS
95 HP - Solid. 95 means that you'll be taking some good hits so you can help your team out even more.
60 Attack - Not worth using. The lack of good moves with a sub-par stat means that you'll be losing in the long run.
79 Defense - Not the best. You won't be taking the most physical hits and will faint pretty quickly, which isn't as strong as it can be for a bulky water type like Milotic.
100 Sp. Attack - Solid. It''s really strong, but combined with Competitive activating at the right times, you won't need to invest to much into this stat to do some major hits, while leaving more EV's for your other stats.
125 Sp. Defense - Amazing. Expect to be taking some big and powerful hits. Combined with its HP and Defense stat, Milotic will be taking some big hits and dishing out some big hits.
81 Speed - While not the best, with access to moves like Icy Wind and the speed control options from the other 5 members makes this a better stat than it may appear to be.

Overall, Milotic has some amazing stats. Now, let's see what moves it can use that are viable.

VIABLE MOVES

  1. Recover
  2. Hydro Pump
  3. Toxic
  4. Ice Beam
  5. Protect
  6. Scald (100% Burn)
  7. Swagger (Best move in VGC)
  8. Magic Coat
  9. Icy Wind
  10. Dragon Tail (When you wanna force your opponent into a massive switch game)
  11. Hypnosis
Milotic has some pretty limited coverage, but with access to powerful moves, Milotic will shape up to be a threat, if you can cover that weak defense stat, weakness to Electric and Grass types/moves, Milotic will be safe. Now let;s show some sets from this season since that's the best I can do for how players managed to use Milotic and did well.

Dreykopff's 2015 Milotic
Rapunzel (Milotic) (F) @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Competitive
Level: 50
EVs: 12 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 236 Spe
Timid Nature
– Scald
– Ice Beam
– Hydro Pump
– Hypnosis

This a Milotic that Dreykopff used at the beginning of the 2015 season. Let's see what he had to say about it. "Set. And here it is, the very special something of this team: Choice Scarf Milotic. On paper, Milotic would protect Kangaskhan from threats that I expected. Apart from that, I took the popular Choice Scarf Politoed as inspiration, which I think is mostly inferior but still has fulfilled its job usually. About the moves: Scald is your reliable weak STAB, Hydro Pump is needed to OHKO 4/0 Terrakion and possibly other Pokémon weak to it, and Ice Beam to hit and preferably OHKO the various Ice-weak Pokémon out there. For the last slot, one could run pretty much anything. Icy Wind, a Hidden Power, Safeguard, or whatever. I chose Hypnosis because I didn’t see more value in any of the other options, so I might as well try to bail myself out of difficult situations with random unexpected Sleep. It has worked wonderfully, for in the rare cases that I’ve entered it, it has yet to miss single time. Other than that, a really beautiful thing about a non-attacking move like Hypnosis is that you can use it to punish Sucker Punches hard, as they don’t even use up the first turn of Sleep when they in fact attempt it.

Numbers. I used Timid because Modest would be too slow for outspeeding a few threats. I put Milotic a few points above Adamant Scarf Landorus in order to prevent it from U-turning out as it would like, and to maybe even snipe something else around that benchmark. In hindsight, that additional Speed creeping possibly wasn’t the best decision. I didn’t go all max Speed though because a Milotic like that really doesn’t enjoy taking physical attacks at all, so this is some alibi of shifting damage rolls a bit. The specially defensive side is looking better: Charizard still can’t OHKO with Solarbeam, and the worst thing that can happen from weaker STAB Thunderbolts is the stupid 10% Paralysis chance. Finally, max Special Attack is needed to not miss important OHKOs. Etc. While I have’t seen Milotic and opposing Intimidates on the field simultaneously as often as I would have liked, it still did its job as a simple Choice Scarf user. Those tend to never be outstanding, but helping lock up win conditions is good in my book." - Dreykopff
Guru Fernandez's 2015 Milotic
Milotic (Murmaider) @ Leftovers
Ability: Competitive
EVs: 236 HP/156 Def/100 SpA/12 SpD/4 Spe
Bold Nature
-Scald
-Icy Wind
-Safeguard
-Protect
This is the Milotic that Guru used to get 5th at a Premier Challenge. Let's see what he had to say about this snake. "Milotic is named after Dethklok’s song “Murmaider.” Basically it describes a brutal mermaid, so it’s my go to name for Gyarados and Milotic.
Milotic adds several good things to the team so far. In terms of synergy, another fire resistance is added to aid Metagross while also adding an ice resistance for Hydreigon, all while adding two weakness which are already covered. Perhaps the most important thing Milotic brings is the Competitive ability, punishing the Intimidates Metagross was sure to attract.
Scald is pretty standard for any supporting water type, adding in the game-changing Burn chance. Icy Wind was chosen over Ice Beam to serve as my team’s first line of speed control, although I would miss the power of Ice Beam for destroying Landorus.  Milotic’s movepool is rather shallow but it does have some pretty good options in the support department. In this case, I went with Safeguard, a move most wouldn’t expect from Milotic. I loved the move because it greatly reduced my risk of losing due to some random paralysis or confusion, and it also protected Metagross from burns. Overall, Milotic gave much-needed support to my two heavy hitters.
With 236 HP/156 DEF / 12 SpD investment, there was very little that could outright OHKO it, as it can survive a thunderbolt from Zapdos and Manetric, Mega-Khan’s Double Edge, and Hydreigon’s Specs Draco Meteor. While great in the bulk department, I wanted it to have a least some sting behind its attacks so I just allocated 100 SpA EVs.  The remaining 4 went into speed." - Guru Fernandez
Other successful Milotic
 Xenoblade Hero's Top 8 UK Regionals and Top 64 UK Nationals - Link
Mewmart's Top 32 Singapore Nationals - Link
MangoSol's Top 4 2015 Madison Regionals and 11th 2015 US Nationals - Link
EektheGeek's Top 8 Seniors 2015 US Nationals - Link
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