Azelf, The Willpower Pokémon. Known as "The Being of Willpower". It sleeps at the bottom of a lake to keep the world in balance. When it flew, people gained the determination to do things. It was the birth of willpower. This Pokémon is said to have endowed humans with the determination needed to face any of life's difficulties.
Azelf is the powerhouse pixie. Amazing Speed, amazing Attack, amazing Special Attack. It makes a great lead and a great late game sweeper. Everything about it screams offensive beast. A highly recommended Pokémon for offensive teams.
Levitate: a free switch in to any Ground attack, which is great for Azelf due to its low bulk.
Taunt is perfect for a fast Pokémon like Azelf. It stops bulky Pokémon setting up Stealth Rock, which is great for any team. Stealth Rock is amazing and should be on every team. Fire Blast destroys any Steel type not named Heatran, but Grass Knot ruins Swampert, both of which are popular leads. Explosion adds the final blow and can potentially save your team from a big threat.
- Nasty Plot
Nasty Plot boosts Azelf's already amazing Special Attack to huge levels. Psychic is STAB and works well with the other moves. Flamethrower ruins any Steel types that want to try and take a Psychic. Grass Knot helps murder bulky waters, and it also murders Tyranitar. Hidden Power [Fighting] is another option for coverage and hitting Tyranitar really hard.
Dual Screen lead
Dual Screens makes for an amazing offensive team lead, as it makes even the weakest Pokémon defensively potent. Explosion is amazing and works as a suicide move to kill… most things. Taunt stops Stealth Rock and set up moves, and what not. Azelf's reason for existing is setting up Dual Screens and then dying, ideally through Explosion.
Explosion is obvious, but don't use it at the wrong time. Psychic is a powerhouse move, especially when combined with Life Orb. Flamethrower handles any Steel types, with Grass Knot killing bulky Waters and hurting Tyranitar pretty badly. Hidden Power [Fighting] is an option of beating Heatran and Tyranitar down.
Psychic is power. No other way to describe it really. Flamethrower handles Steel types. Grass Knot beats down bulky Waters and sorts out Tyranitar. Trick can ruin a Pokémon if used at the right time. Explosion is… fairly obvious.
Choice Scarf makes Azelf a more effective revenge killer, but Choice Specs is all about power.
EVs and Nature:
Dual Screen Lead
Thunderbolt, Hidden Power [Ice], Shadow Ball, Rain Dance, Sunny Day, Knock Off, Physical
Thunderbolt can deal obscene damage to Gyarados.
Hidden Power [Ice] ruins any of the OU Dragons.
Shadow Ball deals with Cresselia if it is ever used in OU, as well as other Psychic types..
Rain Dance could be used if you wanted to support the rest of your team.
Sunny Day is usable to support the rest of your team.
Knock Off is a good choice for supporting the team.
Physical sets can be used with Choice Band and Choice Scarf with Fire Punch, Zen Headbutt, Ice Punch, U-turn, Explosion.
Spiritomb completely ruins Azelf. It is immune to Psychic and Explosion, and hits back with priority STAB Shadow Sneak or Sucker Punch. Anything that can take Special hits well can take Azelf on, such as Blissey, Cresselia, Metagross, Registeel, Pokémon like that. Scizor can destroy Azelf if it predicts wrongly as it will take any of Scizor's moves to the face and die. Tyranitar beasts through Azelf, especially with Pursuit. Dark Pokémon in general are good switch ins. Also, status completely shuts down Azelf, especially Thunder Wave. If you can predict the move that Azelf uses upon switching in, it will have a hard time taking a hit due to its low defenses and majorly offensive nature in general.
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