Rotom

Wash Rotom, The Plasma Pokémon. Its electric-like body can enter some kinds of machines and take control in order to make mischief. Research continues on this Pokémon, which could be the power source of a unique motor. Its body is composed of plasma. It is known to infiltrate electronic devices and wreak havoc.

Overview

Easily the best Rotom form since 5th gen brought out the unique types. Rotom-W is stupidly good. It used to be third best, but Electric/Water is such a good typing, especially with Levitate. 5 resistances, 1 immunity and 1 weakness is really beast. Rotom-W has great resistances, incredible offensive potential, and has the best unique move out of all of the forms, in my opinion. It is also arguably the best Rotom-A to use weather; the only other competition being Rotom-F.

Abilities

Levitate: Adds an immunity to a type that would have been a weakness.

Wash away the competition

- Thunder / Thunderbolt / Volt Switch
- Hydro Pump
- Hidden Power [Ice] / Hidden Power [Fire] / Pain Split / Will-O-Wisp
- Trick
Item Attached: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
Ability: Levitate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) / Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

Choice set. You're probably bored of reading them by now, so I'll make this quick and painless. Thunder can abuse rain amazingly, especially with Drizzle Politoed existing. Thunderbolt is for if you aren't running rain. Volt Switch is a STAB special U-turn, which is boss. Hydro Pump is Rotom-W's unique attack, and it is a good one. Without rain it is powerful and pretty accurate, but with rain, it has stupidly high base power. Hidden Power [Ice] gives you a way to revenge kill Dragons, but Hidden Power [Fire] is a much better choice outside of rain as it can destroy Ferrothorn. Pain Split heals you when you no longer have a Choice item. Will-O-Wisp deals steady damage and cripples Attack. Trick ruins most things if you time it well.

Bulky Wash

- Hydro Pump
- Thunderbolt / Discharge
- Pain Split
- Will-O-Wisp
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 168 Def / 88 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

Rotom-W has a lot of resistances and only one weakness. It makes for a great bulky Pokémon. Hydro Pump is obvious; it hits like a truck and provides useful coverage. Thunderbolt would be your main attacking move, but Discharge is useful for paralysis. Pain Split keeps you healthy, and Will-O-Wisp burns whatever it hits.

Screens

- Light Screen
- Thunderbolt / Thunder / Volt Switch
- Hydro Pump
- Reflect
Item Attached: Light Clay
Ability: Levitate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Yeah, changing up the order. WILD TIMES AHEAD OF US! Same thing as every other dual screener. Light Screen doubles Special Defence for you and your team. Thunderbolt is strong and reliable. Thunder is only to be used if you are running rain. Volt Switch scouts like a beast. Hydro Pump is this form's unique move, and it should be on practically every single set. Reflect doubles your Defence.

ResTalk

- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Discharge / Thunder
- Hydro Pump
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 168 Def / 88 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

Rest keeps your health up to max. Sleep Talk stops you being dead weight. Discharge can paralyse. Thunder to be used only in rain. Hydro Pump is God. Simple.

Submarine? Yeah, that's a good name

- Substitute
- Will-O-Wisp / Pain Split
- Thunderbolt / Thunder
- Hydro Pump
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 168 Def / 88 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

Substitute protects you from status and damage. It's great, especially when you have one weakness to a rarely used offensive type. Will-O-Wisp burns and stuff. Pain Split keeps your health up, which is nice when you are using 25% to create a Substitute.

EVs & Natures

Wash away the competition
Drop Speed for HP if you want. I wouldn't want to.

Bulky Wash
Outruns Scizor so you can smack it with Hydro Pump or Will-O-Wisp before it Superpowers or U-turns.

Screens
Run max Special Attack if you want, but HP is more useful.

ResTalk
Drop some Defence for more Speed, but eh...

Submarine? Yeah, that's a good name
You would want a more offensive spread if you are running Pain Split. 252/252 would be fine.

Other Options

Charge, Charge Beam, Dark Pulse, Electro Ball, Shadow Ball, Signal Beam, Thunder Wave, Toxic
Charge increases Special Defence and the power of your next Electric move.
Charge Beam Rotom-W is too easily walled for my liking. Ferrothorn is too popular. It could still work though.
Dark Pulse can flinch and adds coverage.
Electro Ball is based on how high your Speed is compared to your opponent. Could be useful on a Choice Scarf set, but otherwise it is useless.
Rain Dance makes Rotom-W self sufficient, and very good if you can't get access to DrizzleToed.
Shadow Ball is Dark Pulse but in Ghost form. Since it no longer gets STAB, it's hardly useful.
Signal Beam works sort of like Shadow Ball and Dark Pulse, but it hurts Tyranitar. It also destroys Grass Pokémon, who would be your main issue considering they resist both STABs and are your only weakness.
Thunder Wave is one of the best status moves, but it isn't too useful on this form.
Toxic is another status you can abuse.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Resistant to Blizzard, Heat Wave, Surf, and immune to Earthquake. Doesn't take much from Discharge and Rock Slide. Handy. It works well on a rain themed doubles team thanks to how easily it can abuse weather. Otherwise, it is as good as the others.

Partners

Politoed gives you infinite rain, which really makes Rotom-W powerful. Scizor does a good job of removing Rotom-W's counters. Infernape can also remove most counters. You basically want to remove Grass Pokémon as soon as possible. Heatran, Skarmory, Latios and Latias, just resist Grass and be able to fight back. Make sure to have good type synergy with Rotom-W as well, so they resist each of their weaknesses. Ideally being able to take on other Pokémon that resist your STABs like Dragons is handy as well.

Countering Wash Rotom

Standard special blocks do well. Chansey, Blissey, Ferrothorn, Latias, Latios, Gastrodon, Quagsire, Lanturn, Hydreigon, Celebi, there's a fair few choices. These Pokémon all resist or can take hits from Rotom-W's most common moves. However, under rain, most of these Pokémon are actually 2HKOed by the Choice Specs set. Yeah, rain is devastating. Revenge killing Rotom-W is pretty difficult considering its only weakness is Grass. Its moves do have plenty of immunities though. Water Absorb is a fairly common ability, and add Dry Skin and Storm Drain on top of that and you have a good few Pokémon who straight out absorb Hydro Pump. Resisting Electric is a lot easier; all Ground types are immune to Electric moves, and you also have Motor Drive, Lightningrod and Volt Absorb. Rotom-W is easily the best of the Rotom appliances. It's a shame really, I think I like its design the least. However, this doesn't stop it being crazy effective. Water/Electric is a great typing, and Levitate just makes it better. A defensive tank, an offensive powerhouse, a weather abuser, and a great support Pokémon with Trick and status, do not underestimate Rotom-W when facing it or overlook it when building a team.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Not in Game.

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Not in Game.

Colosseum/XD:
Not in Game

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Old Chateau
Change Form in Eterna Galactic Building.

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Trade from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum.
Change Form in Silph Co.

Black/White:
Trade in Route 15
Transfer from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
Change Form in Shopping Mall Nine

Animé Appearences

Wash Rotom has made a single appearance in the animé where it and its multiple forms terrorised Ash & Co. in a mansion

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
573 Get Your Rotom Running Yokan & Rotom Pics
588 Not Aired Mysterious Creatures: Pokémon Pics
789 To Catch a Rotom! Rotom VS Professor Oak! Pics
791 Butterfree and Me! Ash and Butterfree! Until the Day We Meet Again!! Pics
803 Dream Continues! My Dream: Pokémon Master! Pics
806 A Battle of Aerial Mobility! Froakie VS Fletchling! Air Maneuver Battle!! Pics

 
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