feel this this ndw set is done much better by this guy:
Arceus-Ghost @ Spooky Plate
Ability: Speed Boost
Tera Type: Ghost
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 252 SpA / 252 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Tail Glow
- Secret Sword
- Strength Sap
self-improof without teraing and has a lot more defensive utility, shrugging off knock thanks to its spooky plate being unknockable and having a better matchup vs. regenvest ting-lu thanks to sword. sap's also good for any physical attacker that wants to 1v1 you. great cleaner btw.
Unfortunately, you give up a lot of Power, and the thing I like least about Secret Sword, is that oftentimes the Pokémon it hits super effectively tend to have a higher Def than SpD, so it ends up doing less:
+3 252+ SpA Arceus-Ghost Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 252 Def Ting-Lu: 326-384 (63.4 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Arceus-Ghost Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 252 Def Ting-Lu: 132-156 (25.6 - 30.3%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
It could literally survive and then Spectral Thief, and potentially even survive a second hit.
Compare this to Judgment (Fist Plate), which has almost 50% more base power, hits Steels, Ting-Lu, and many others off their weaker SpD, and allows its move to be less type predictable.
+3 252+ SpA Fist Plate Arceus-Ghost Judgment vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Assault Vest Ting-Lu: 376-444 (73.1 - 86.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Still deals more on average, even with Assault Vest.
*Obviously you wouldn’t give Ghost Arceus Fist Plate, but my point remains, and is even more relevant on Dawn-Wings Bc the whole goal is to lure in Imposter, and hit off the strongest Ghost SpA sweeper that can Tera (in the metagame).
The other thing is Imposter users wouldn’t bother sending it in against your Arceus Bc it does not lure them in. They know it will have Judgment Spooky Plate.
When you use Dawn-Wings, especially after it uses Astral, they think “I can outspeed their sweeper with my Scarf Imposter, and 1HKO with a 4x effective move”, only to get blocked by a Tera into Normal and then lose their Chansey as they take Astral.
Now they are down 1 Pokémon, and they still don’t know what type your Judgment Plate is bc unlike Arceus, it is definitely not Ghost, but could be something else.
Lastly, Boomburst becomes 210 base power, with absolutely zero drawbacks. It hits most Pokémon harder as a neutral move than many super effective moves, and you still keep STAB on Ghost moves.
Judgment Fist Plate is basically like having a STAB Aura Sphere / Secret Sword due to the 1.5X power difference.
The more damage the opponent takes the easier the sweep.
Look at Regigigas:
+3 252+ SpA Fist Plate Arceus-Ghost Judgment vs. 252 HP / 252 SpD Regigigas: 500-590 (117.9 - 139.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+3 252+ SpA Arceus-Ghost Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 252 Def Regigigas: 356-420 (83.9 - 99%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+3 252+ SpA Fist Plate Arceus-Ghost Judgment vs. 252 HP / 252 SpD Zamazenta-Crowned: 422-498 (108.7 - 128.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+3 252+ SpA Arceus-Ghost Secret Sword vs. 252 HP / 252 Def Zamazenta-Crowned: 300-354 (77.3 - 91.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
These Pokemon commonly carry Spectral Thief, and because no one expects Fist Plate since Judgement is less predictable, they would be willing to send them in against Dawn-Wings assuming that it would use the much weaker Secret Sword and survive.
Wrong! Judgement even on Arceus is strong enough to 1HKO them, and that makes it obvious the higher SpA Dawn Wings functions as a great lure to the very Pokemon it sweeps.
I don’t want to risk Spectral Thief, Bc if I have to block Spectral Thief by Tera in Normal, I risk taking damage from their Normal and Fighting STAB moves. I like to save Tera only for Imposter, or if I absolutely need STAB on Boomburst for bigger damage than Astral.
This allows me to 1HKO the 2nd biggest wall in the game…
+3 252 SpA Necrozma-Dawn-Wings Boomburst vs. 252 HP / 252 SpD Zygarde-Complete: 535-631 (84.1 - 99.2%) -- 75% chance to OHKO after 1 layer of Spikes
(As a Normal Type after Tera).