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This is a strategy guide for using Wash Rotom in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Wash Rotom, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Wash Rotom

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Electric Type Water Type
Abilities
Levitate Gives immunity to Ground type moves.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
50 65 107 105 107 86

Best Nature for Wash Rotom

Best Natures
Timid
+Spd, -Atk
Modest
+SpAtk, -Atk
Bold
+Def, -Atk

Strategies for Wash Rotom

Scarf Build

Nature Modest
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 220 / HP 28 / Def. 4 / Sp.Def. 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Thunderbolt
Volt Switch
Hydro Pump
Trick

With a Choice Scarf, Wash Rotom overcomes its middling Speed. It can also use Trick to force tanks to hold the Choice Scarf and diminish their effectiveness.

Volt Switch will allow Wash Rotom to switch out easily, allowing it to serve as a springboard to keep moving forward in a switch-heavy battle.

Other Viable Moves

Shadow Ball A useful counter for Bisharp. A capable attack against a variety of opponents.
Will-o-Wisp It doesn't work well in a Choice Item set, but Will-o-Wisp is always useful for cutting down a Physical Attacker's effectiveness.

Physical Defense Build

Nature Bold
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Hydro Pump
Thunderbolt
Volt Switch
Will-o-Wisp

This build takes advantage of Wash Rotom's high Base Defense and good type combination to make it a Physical tank. The Sitrus Berry can remedy its low HP, allowing it to play the waiting game and keep watch on an opponent's strategy.

How to Use Wash Rotom Effectively

Rounds out the team

Wash Rotom has a solid balance of Base Stats and a good type combination, and learns a variety of useful Status Moves. While being a great attacker itself, it can also bear the brunt of opponents' attacks - the variety of possibilities for Wash Rotom keep it a mainstay in competitive play.

Handles a variety of situations with Volt Switch

The move Volt Switch allows Wash Rotom to attack while also switching into a better suited ally. This allows Wash Rotom to respond more easily to a variety of threats posed by its opponents, and allows it to serve as a lubricant for easy access to useful Pokemon in your party.

Counters for Wash Rotom

Pokemon who can nullify Volt Switch

Pokemon who are immune to Electric-type attacks can render Volt Switch unusable, significantly limiting Wash Rotom's potential. However, Ground-type Pokemon will immediately be ousted by Hydro Pump, so it's recommended to use a Pokemon with a resistance to Water-type moves as well.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Lanturn ImageLanturn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its ability Volt Absorb provides immunity to Electric-type attacks
・It can learn Volt Switch itself to turn the tables
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Ground typing provides immunity to Electric-type attacks
・Its ability Water Absorb provides immunity to Water-type attacks
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Ground typing provides immunity to Electric-type attacks
・Its ability Storm Drain provides immunity to Water-type attacks

Grass-type Pokemon

Grass-type Pokemon can not only deal super effective damage to Wash Rotom, but they can also take its attacks with 1/2x or less damage.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its effectiveness can't be diminished with Will-o-Wisp
・Its high Defense make it a welcome addition to any team
Best Ranked Battle Build for Ferrothorn
Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Has a good balance of Base Stats
・Can use the powerful attack Drum Beating
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