name: Offensive Pivot
move 1: Acrobatics
move 2: Roost
move 3: U-turn / Volt Switch / Hidden Power Fighting
move 4: Taunt / Encore / Knock Off
item: Flying Gem
ability: Motor Drive
evs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
With amazing Speed alongside a solid offensive and utility movepool, Emolga is a premier pivot. Acrobatics synergizes well with Flying Gem to deal massive damage to most neutral targets. U-turn steers Emolga away from bad matchups, such as Solrock and Lairon, as well as Ground-types—which block Volt Switch—like Graveler and Hippopotas. Volt Switch can be picked to evade Rocky Helmet damage from the aforementioned Solrock and chip foes a bit more. Hidden Power Fighting heavily damages Lairon, Pawniard, and Graveler, but it forces Emolga to run 30 Speed IVs, making it slower than opposing Emolga. Emolga’s last moveslot is quite flexible: Taunt stops walls like Clefairy, Wormadam-S, and Frillish from using their utility moves, Encore locks Pokemon like Arbok and Grumpig into their setup moves, and Knock Off cripples Eviolite-reliant walls like Frillish and Staryu, as well as removing Leftovers from Pokemon like Wormadam-S. Motor Drive gives Emolga an Electric immunity and additional Speed from Electric-type attacks, like opposing Volt Switch, potentially letting it beat other Emolga.
Emolga is an excellent facilitator for VoltTurn teams and pairs well with other pivots like Persian, Mienfoo, and Pelipper. Emolga’s pivoting also allows for offensive threats like Simisear, Grumpig, and Arbok to hit the field more safely. In turn, Emolga appreciates having Rock-type checks removed or severely weakened by teammates like Meganium, Staryu, and Ivysaur. Special attackers like Grumpig and Walrein can help scare off physical walls like Solrock and Hippopotas, which would otherwise comfortably switch into Acrobatics. Stealth Rock support from Pokemon like Solrock, Clefairy, and Wormadam-S is also helpful, since it makes Emolga even more difficult to switch into over the course of a game. Bulky Pokemon to stomach hits from faster threats like Persian and Choice Scarf Simisear, like Hippopotas and bulky Grumpig, can help with Emolga's longevity.
Metronome over Flying Gem and special sets are plausible for breaking through physical walls like Hippopotas and Vullaby, though Emolga will sorely miss Acrobatics's power. Static can punish contact moves like U-turn, though Emolga's frailty prevents it from taking physical attacks unless it resists them. A Naive nature more easily lets Emolga take on Pawniard and Lairon with Knock Off and Hidden Power Fighting, but it sacrifices some special bulk.
Checks and Counters
**Faster Pokemon**: Persian outspeeds Emolga and forces it out with STAB moves, and it can gain momentum on Emolga with U-turn. Choice Scarf users like Grumpig, Kingler, and Simisear can surprise Emolga and take it out with their STAB moves.
**Rock-types and Steel-types**: Without Hidden Power Fighting, Emolga struggles against Rock-types like Solrock, Lairon, and Graveler, all of which can set up Stealth Rock against it, forcing Emolga to use Roost more often. Solrock is especially notable because it is neutral to Hidden Power Fighting, and it can rack up Rocky Helmet damage if Emolga pivots out with U-turn. Pawniard can tank Acrobatics comfortably and threaten Emolga back with a STAB Sucker Punch, but it must be wary of Hidden Power Fighting.
**Physical Walls**: Physical walls like Hippopotas and defensive Shelgon can stomach two Acrobatics and can 2HKO Emolga back with their own attacks. Neither enjoys Knock Off, however.
**Bulky Attackers**: While Pokemon like Muk, Walrein, and Exploud cannot switch in directly, they can take any one hit from Emolga and threaten to OHKO it back, especially if Emolga has used up its Flying Gem.
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