Solgaleo, The Sunne Pokémon. It is said to live in another world. The intense light it radiates from the surface of its body can make the darkest of nights light up like midday. This Pokémon is said to be a male evolution of Cosmog. At the activation of its third eye, it departs for another world.
Solgaleo brings some interesting things to Ubers, namely beating Xerneas and handling Deoxys. This makes it a strong offensive wall, sponging hits and spreading damage or status. However, Solgaleo lacks the strength to be a wall breaker and its typing holds it back, but it still is a strong threat in the tier.
Full Metal Body - Prevents other pokemon from dropping the users stats. Can’t be negated by Mold Breaker, Terravolt, or Turboblaze - Solid, this blocks switch in abilities like Intimidate as well as Sticky Web and random stat drops from secondary effects
More agressive, Solgaleo acts as a bulky attacker here, checking threats namely Xerneas and applies pressure. Sunsteel Strike is the primary move and only STAB while Toxic cripples Arceus forms that switch in on Solgaleo. Flare Blitz, Earthquake, and Stone Edge all earn the last slot based on your team. Stone Edge hurts Ho-Oh a lot, deterring the switch in as well as hits Mega Salamence and Rayquaza hard, while Earthquake really hurts Primal Groudon who otherwise doesn't care about Solgaleo’s other moves. Lastly Flare Blitz hits other Steel threats hard that also don't care about Solgaleo’s other moves.
A defensive spin, this set does much of what the offensive one does but caters to the tankier side, meaning answering Xerneas namely. Sunsteel Strike is a strong Steel STAB while Toxic answers tanky threats trying to come in. Morning Sun allows you to last longer, filling the role better. Lastly Flare Blitz or Earthquake can be used, Flare Blitz for other Steels or Earthquake for Primal Groudon
Other Options and Partners
Wild Charge - An option over Stone Edge, Earthquake, or Flare Blitz, this prevents Solgaleo from being walled by Water threats like Primal Kyogre
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Solgaleo could have been a useful legendary back in VGC 2016 as another threat against Geomancy Xerneas. Its strong physical steel attack and an immunity to Intimidate greatly threaten the deer, and Solgaleo can give Mega Rayquaza and Mega Salamence trouble if they do not carry a fire-type attack. As we saw with Mega Metagross, however, Primal Groudon and Yveltal would be troublesome for Sun’s box legendary. Another format like VGC16 may not return for a few years (if ever), but Solgaleo gives trainers another option in team-building in any formats that do allow it and other powerful legends.
A basic Solgaleo set is going to want max attack and speed to hit as hard as possible while also outspeeding as many of the other box legends. Jolly nature guarantees you outspeed the Primals and non-mega Rayquaza, but Adamant deals more damage and may be preferable if you are using some form of speed control. Life Orb boosts the damage output, guaranteeing an OHKO on all but the absolute most bulky Xerneas. Full Metal Body is great to ignore Intimidate, and being immune to speed drops from Icy Wind or Bulldoze is also helpful.
Sunsteel Strike is Solgaleo’s strongest attack, threatening fairy types like Xerneas and Tapu Lele and doing neutral damage to many other Pokemon. Zen Headbutt is strong secondary STAB, but would have had limited use is VGC 2016. Wild Charge is an option to hit Primal Kyogre and Yveltal hard. Flare Blitz hits Pokemon like Ferrothorn, Bronzong, and Scizor for super-effective damage. Protect is arguably the best move in doubles.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Steelium Z is an option for a one-time nuke, but it will soon be outclassed by Solgaleo’s signature Z crystal and move, Searing Sunraze Smash.
Mega Gengar - Mega Gengar easily beats Solgaleo, revenge trapping it with Shadow Tag and KOing with Hex.
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