Delibird, The Delivery Pokémon. It shares its food with people who are stranded. Because Delibird is omnivorous, sometimes it gives those people bug Pokémon. It wraps food in its tail to carry it around. The Delibird with the biggest tail is the boss of the flock!
Without question, Delibird has been one of the most Meta defining Pokémon since its release in G/S/C. Being very difficult to find, Delibird rewards players who struggle on to find it with its immense power and coverage, without the wait like Larvitar and Dratini. [Delibird has a cute design, being the Santa Pokémon. However that's all Delibird really has going for it, lacking stats to do anything, as well as terrible typing and no really good abilities. Delibird's unique move also lacks any real punch, being the coin toss of doing or healing damage making it overall a bad move.]
Hustle - Physical moves deal 50% more damage at the cost of 20% accuracy, increases wild encounter rate - Being the Pokémon world's Santa Claus, Delibird has to Hustle, carrying over to its ability. This allows Delibird to intimidate other Pokémon with its speed, causing them to shake in fear making it harder for Delibird to hit. [Hustle is a strong ability, even with the 20% accuracy drop. However Delibird doesn't have the strength to break through much, even with Hustle, but this is the best option for an offensively geared set.]
An aggressive set, Delibird can make use of Hustle to plow through threats with Focus Punch. As such Substitute takes the first move slot with Focus Punch after it, allowing it to combo, guaranteeing the move going off as well as mitigating incoming damage. The last slots are open for three moves, Ice Punch being a strong physical Ice move to hit things with neutral or super effective damage, and Seed Bomb for Water and Rock threats for super effective damage, more than Freeze-Dry will. Lastly, Ice Shard is nice for picking off weakened targets that are faster than Delibird or just in general.
A support set, this focuses on Delibird's nice defensive tools. Spikes are the biggest one, being one of the few Spike setters in PU that can use items like Leftovers or Focus Sash. Destiny Bond is also really nice as it allows Delibird to take down something with it due to its high speed. Focus Sash works well with this as it will allow Delibird to get down a layer of Spikes then KO with Destiny Bond similar to Froslass. Rapid Spin is even more solid support, allowing Delibird to challenge other leads and spin away their hazards and force leads to fight Delibird. Lastly Freeze-Dry takes the final slot as a damage dealing move, being a solid STAB and a strong Ice move hitting Waters for super effective damage.
Other Options and Partners
Rapid Spin/Defog - With Delibird's quad weakness to Rock, a Rapid Spinner is mandatory. While Delibird can use Rapid Spin or Defog, leaning on it to remove hazards is generally a bad idea. Defog also can be used but if Delibird is running Spikes, it defeats the point since Defog removes Spikes.
Golem - With Delibird's weakness to both Rock and Electric, Golem is a nice partner, being one of the best Ground types in tier (PU). Golem also brings Stealth Rock which pairs nicely with Delibird's Spikes, making most Pokémon lose 25% of their health switching in (12.5% with one layer of Spikes, 12.5% if neutral to Stealth Rock).
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Delibird is very difficult to use (successfully) in high-level VGC play unfortunately. A bad defensive typing and poor stats leave Delibird horribly outclassed by many other Pokemon. It is just not powerful or reliable enough to justify taking up a valuable team slot, but if you’re feeling the Christmas spirit, Delibird can actually threaten two of the most common Pokemon in VGC 2018 in Landorus-T and Mega Salamence…if given the proper support.
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Delibird will not dominate many battles, but thanks to Hustle and a damage-boosting item, it might be able to take down an opponent or two with super-effective damage. The item choice mainly comes down to if you want the ability to Protect and have its teammate set up speed control or another support move (which Delibird may badly need), or a bit more power. Max attack and speed are needed for it to have any chance to get KOs, and Adamant or Jolly nature depends on whether you want more power, or to be able to outspeed a bit more naturally.
Ice Punch and Drill Peck are Delibird’s strongest and most consistent STAB moves. Ice Shard can pick off weakened opponents, and can actually do a massive amount of damage to Landorus-T and Mega Salamence, especially if Delibird has not been Intimidated. Protect is necessary to keep Delibird safe, but Brick Break offers coverage against steel types if using a Choice Band.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Delibird’s other two abilities can be useful to ignore Spore from Amoongus and other sleep-inducing moves, but Hustle is what gives Delibird any offensive presence at all.
Stealth Rock- Being Ice/Flying, Delibird loses half its health switching into them. Obviously, this makes Stealth Rock the most generic answer to Delibird as any team can fit it on with ease and Delibird is easy to force out, or just KO after it switches in. This is further made a problem for Delibird as it lacks access to Roost for recovery, leaving only Leftovers and Rest.
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