Vikavolt, The Stag Beetle Pokémon. It zips around, on sharp lookout for an opening. It concentrates electrical energy within its large jaws and uses it to zap its enemies. It produces electricity via an electrical organ in its abdomen. It overwhelms bird Pokémon with shocking beams of electrical energy. Vikavolt flusters opponents with acrobatic flying maneuvers. This creates an opening for it to deliver an electric beam attack.
With Levitate and unique typing, Vikavolt is a powerful and unique pivot in lower tier formats due to its ability to check the plethora of powerful Grass threats and abuse its Ground immunity. This is complemented with Vikavolt's monstrous 145 base Special Attack and good enough coverage to apply pressure to a lot of threats, which can quickly become an annoyance if you lack Fire- or Rock-type moves to deal with it. While its movepool isn't too exceptional besides its STAB moves and Grass-type moves, it has just enough coverage to really punish foes, and access to Roost with actually decent bulk make it a surprisingly durable pivot. However, being so slow with only decent bulk is never a good thing in the long run, especially with an awkward set of resistances, so it's hard to make use of Vikavolt outside of niche or lower tier formats.
Levitate - Grants Ground type immunity - Never a bad ability but it doesn't necessarily complement Vikavolt's stat spread or typing. However, without Levitate Vikavolt would lose out on a very handy niche so it does provide useful utility nonetheless.
Volt Switch allows Vikavolt to chunk a threat as it tags out into a better Pokemon and creates momentum. Bug Buzz is the primary STAB move of the set and with Buginium Z it can remove a threat quite easily. Energy Ball is just enough coverage so Vikavolt isn't walled by the likes of Steelix and can beat other Ground-types such as Golem and Rhyperior. Roost rounds it out as a way to recover but Thunderbolt can be used as if the recovery is too much of a momentum sink for you. Hidden Power Fire can also be an option for Steel-types, or Hidden Power Ice if you're trying to lure a Landorus-T in Battle Spot.
Modest nature is taken over Quiet nature so that it can actually use its Speed to outpace some of the slower defensive foes and threaten them effectively. With 152 EVs Vikavolt outspeeds base 50 Speed Pokemon such as Vileplume and Diancie, which is a somewhat common benchmark for defensive foes. However, this benchmark may not be relevant if playing at more standard levels of play, so this can be shifted to HP or Defense if you're trying to use it somewhere like Battle Spot. As mentioned before, Buginium Z gives Vikavolt a powerful nuke, though Electrium Z can also work if using Thunderbolt. If a Z-Move isn't an option then Leftovers or Sitrus Berry can give it some extra longevity, with the latter item being better suited to Battle Spot.
Other Options & Partners
Choice Specs - With Choice Specs Vikavolt becomes a terrifying threat while playing the same role but with more Volt Switch spamming. EVs remain the same as well as moves as Vikavolt has just enough coverage with Energy Ball, naturally with Thunderbolt over Roost.
Diancie - With its high Special Defense, Diancie is a solid answer as it can eat an Energy Ball and KO Vikavolt back with its Rock STABs.
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