Fell in Love with Moongeist Beam – Ryuna’s VGC2019 Report

Fell in Love with Moongeist Beam – Ryuna’s VGC2019 Report

Hi, I’m Ryuna. I am the administrator of multi-purpose competitive Pokémon website RyunaDB, and I am working hard to enjoy competitive Pokémon with other people in diverse ways. My most favorite Pokémon is Lunala, the mascot of Pokémon Moon. Therefore, I used Lunala in every events I’ve attended to inform its beauty and strength.

In this report, I’ll talk about how I used Lunala in VGC2019 and its outcome.

2018 WCS Friendly (Internet Competition) – Lunala + Groudon

One of Lunala’s biggest strength is its versatility of its ability Shadow Shield. I searched for team concepts to maximize it, and decided to benchmark Japanese player Asami’s team without Protect, which achieved high rating at Battle Spot Doubles. I liked the theory of increasing versatility by various coverage moves instead of Protect, and taking unpredictable measures for Tailwind and Trick Room.

The Team

Lunala @ Lunalium Z
Ability: Shadow Shield
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Moongeist Beam
– Psyshock
– Focus Blast
– Tailwind

Groudon @ Red Orb
Ability: Drought
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Eruption
– Flamethrower
– Earth Power
– Dragon Pulse

Lopunny @ Lopunnite
Ability: Limber
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Fake Out
– Giga Impact
– High Jump Kick
– Circle Throw

Porygon-Z @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Adaptability
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Hyper Beam
– Tri Attack
– Ice Beam
– Trick

Mimikyu @ Focus Sash
Ability: Disguise
Level: 50
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Play Rough
– Shadow Claw
– Shadow Sneak
– Swords Dance

Snorlax @ Choice Band
Ability: Thick Fat
Level: 50
EVs: 92 HP / 156 Atk / 252 Def / 4 SpD / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Self-Destruct
– Return
– High Horsepower
– Superpower

Since the competition was held in September 2018, there wasn’t any metagame. I think I had advantages because lots of people thought my team was a Trick Room team. I reached 1700 rating with this team.

Korean League Season 1 (Sun Series) – Lunala + Kyogre

Sun Series was bright, and I started thinking how can I use Lunala well. My first pick was Trick Room. My eyes were at Trick Room Lunala and Banded Groudon, and I liked the point that Groudon hits Incineroar hard, which hinders Lunala. However, Groudon-Lunala duo encountered limitations at some time, and eventually I changed to the popular Kyogre-Lunala duo. Looking back now, using Groudon at the event would have been unique and nice, which is a little sad.

The Team

Lunala @ Electric Seed
Ability: Shadow Shield
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 204 SpA / 52 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Moongeist Beam
– Psyshock
– Trick Room
– Tailwind

  • 252+ SpA Life Orb Ludicolo Scald vs. 252 HP / 52 SpD Shadow Shield Lunala in Rain: 51-61 (20.9 – 25%)
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 52 SpD Lunala in Rain: 157-186 (64.3 – 76.2%)

It utilizes both Trick Room and Tailwind. It’s not bad looking back now, but I regretted putting Tailwind right after the event.

Kyogre @ Mystic Water
Ability: Drizzle
Level: 50
EVs: 188 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 60 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Water Spout
– Thunder
– Ice Beam
– Protect

The mediocre Speed is the outcome of putting Tailwind in the team, which is the most unfortunate part.

Incineroar @ Figy Berry
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 236 HP / 252 Atk / 20 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Fake Out
– Flare Blitz
– U-turn
– Knock Off

Since the team heavily relies on speed control, I gave it max attack in order to deal as much damage as possible during the given turns.

Tapu Koko @ Assault Vest
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 36 HP / 36 Def / 28 SpA / 252 SpD / 156 Spe
Timid Nature
– Electroweb
– Volt Switch
– Grass Knot
– Sky Drop

Koko is here for Lunala’s Electric Seed activation. Since Lunala + Koko lead was popular at the time, it’s unfortunate that most opponents could read my behavior.

Stakataka @ Safety Goggles
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 68 Atk / 196 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Gyro Ball
– Rock Slide
– Trick Room
– Protect

Stakataka does its job at Yveltal matchups with Rock Slide.

Tapu Lele @ Choice Specs
Ability: Psychic Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 92 Def / 100 SpA / 60 SpD / 4 Spe
Serious Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Psyshock
– Psychic
– Moonblast
– Dazzling Gleam

  • 252 Atk Black Glasses Dark Aura Yveltal Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 92 Def Tapu Lele: 151-178 (85.3 – 100.5%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO
  • 252+ SpA Kyogre Water Spout (150 BP) vs. 252 HP / 60 SpD Tapu Lele in Rain: 148-175 (83.6 – 98.8%) — guaranteed 2HKO

In my opinion, this is the most versatile Lele set in Sun Series.

Although I liked Lunala and Lele sets, I was knocked out with a swiss record of 3-3. I regretted a lot because I changed my mind to Kyogre at the last minute, after practicing with Groudon team. However, though I heard this later, I was happy because Jeongeun Lee achieved Moon Series Top 4 based on this team!

Korean League Season 2 (Moon Series) – Lunala + Xerneas

Moon series period passed without consciousness. It was hard to focus on Pokémon because of personal issues, and I practiced less. I started practicing the popular Lunala + Xerneas core days before the event, and decided to use Aaron Traylor’s team. At the event, I tried hard but was knocked out with swiss record of 3-3.

Korean League Season 3 (Ultra Series) – Lunala + Kyogre

When Ultra Series started, I started building a hard Trick Room team featuring Groudon-Lunala core. Typically, hard Trick Room teams struggle against Incineroar cycling and Yveltal pressure, so I needed an answer against those two. One day, I got the answer I was looking for: Wigglytuff. With Ally Switch, Wigglytuff can tank Ghost or Dark type moves that would otherwise threaten a KO on Lunala. It could also check Incineroar cycling via competitive. To top things out, I swapped Groudon for Kyogre and added Mega Mawile for the RayOgre match up. I continued to make minor changes to the team while testing on battlespot..

The Team

Lunala @ Lunalium Z
Ability: Shadow Shield
Level: 50
EVs: 228 HP / 28 Def / 252 SpA
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Moongeist Beam
– Psyshock
– Trick Room
– Protect

  • 252+ Atk Choice Band Mega Rayquaza Crunch vs. 228 HP / 28 Def Shadow Shield Lunala: 204-240 (84.6 – 99.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Protect is a must have for the integrity of the team.

Kyogre-Primal @ Blue Orb
Ability: Primordial Sea
Level: 50
EVs: 204 HP / 204 Def / 100 SpA
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Water Spout
– Origin Pulse
– Ice Beam
– Protect

Ice Beam is interchangeable with Thunder, depending on the state of the metagame.

Wigglytuff @ Life Orb
Ability: Competitive
Level: 50
EVs: 44 Def / 252 SpA / 212 SpD
Quiet Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
– Dazzling Gleam
– Flamethrower
– Ally Switch
– Protect

  • 252+ Atk Primal Groudon Precipice Blades vs. 0 HP / 44 Def Wigglytuff: 181-214 (84.1 – 99.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO
  • 252+ SpA Primal Kyogre Origin Pulse vs. 0 HP / 212 SpD Wigglytuff in Heavy Rain: 184-217 (85.5 – 100.9%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO

I chose Flamethrower for the Ferrothorn match up.

Mawile @ Mawilite
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 196 Atk / 60 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Play Rough
– Iron Head
– Sucker Punch
– Protect

  • +2 252 SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Dazzling Gleam vs. 252 HP / 60 SpD Mega Mawile: 66-78 (42 – 49.6%) — guaranteed 3HKO

Mawile does its job against Kyogre teams.

Stakataka @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 44 Atk / 220 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
– Gyro Ball
– Skill Swap
– Safeguard
– Trick Room

  • 252+ SpA Primal Groudon Earth Power vs. 244 HP / 220+ SpD Shuca Berry Stakataka: 138-164 (82.6 – 98.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Stakataka is used against Groudon teams. Safeguard functions as a surprise Amoonguss check.

Tapu Koko @ Focus Sash
Ability: Electric Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Wild Charge 
– U-turn 
– Sky Drop
– Protect

Koko supports Lunala with Sky Drop when I can’t lead with Wigglytuff. Its also another check for Amoonguss.

I reached 1830 on battle spot with this team and was #1 in Korea for a little while. I took this team to the Korean League Tournament since the team thrives in BO1s. However, I was paired with the dreaded Kyogre-Ferrothorn matchup on round 1 of swiss and was knocked out with a swiss record of 3-3. I was pretty bummed out at the end especially since I brought the wrong pokemon in one of my matches. But later on, I saw that a lot of people were trying out and enjoying my team and it cheered me up a bit.

Korean League Final Season (Ultra Series) – Lunala + Groudon

After flopping at the last tournament with a hard Trick Room team, I decided to try out a more standard team at the next event. Groudon and Xerneas were the first pokemon that came to mind when I thought of pokemon that’s typically paired with Lunala. However, at one point, it occurred to me that I’ve never tried out Groudon at an event, decided to give Groudon a go.

This restricted duo was so weak to yveltal that it ironically made choosing the four unrestricted pokemon easy; all I had to do was pick pokemon that would check Yveltal. Even after forming the structure of the team, I continued to tweak the moveset as I tested the team on battle spot and Showdown.

The Team

Lunala @ Lunalium Z
Ability: Shadow Shield
Level: 50
EVs: 116 HP / 252 SpA / 140 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
– Moongeist Beam
– Psyshock
– Icy Wind
– Trick Room

  • Outspeeds max speed Smeargle

I chose Icy Wind over Tailwind to keep up speed control even when taunted.

Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 100 Atk / 156 SpD
Adamant Nature
IVs: 15 Spe
– Precipice Blades
– Fire Punch
– Substitute
– Protect

  • 252+ SpA Primal Groudon Earth Power vs. 252 HP / 156 SpD Primal Groudon: 174-206 (84 – 99.5%) — guaranteed 2HKO
  • Speed stat 102

I used Substitute to keep up the momentum after speed control.

Incineroar @ Assault Vest
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 84 Atk / 108 Def / 4 SpD / 68 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Flare Blitz
– Throat Chop
– Fake Out
– U-turn

  • -1 252 Atk Mega Rayquaza Dragon Ascent vs. 244 HP / 108 Def Incineroar: 84-100 (41.7 – 49.7%) — guaranteed 3HKO

The Speed EVs are in place to win Fake Out dittos and to ensure I get speed control.

Salamence-Mega @ Salamencite
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 100 HP / 108 Atk / 4 Def / 196 SpD / 100 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Double-Edge
– Tailwind
– Roar
– Protect

  • 108 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Double-Edge vs. -1 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Rayquaza: 181-214 (100 – 118.2%) — guaranteed OHKO
  • 252+ SpA Primal Groudon Eruption (150 BP) vs. 100 HP / 196 SpD Mega Salamence in Harsh Sun: 78-92 (42.6 – 50.2%) — 0.4% chance to 2HKO
  • Outspeeds max speed Mega Kangaskhan

Bulk investment improves survivability against Restricted Pokémon; it can comfortably switch into attacks from Groudon and Rayquaza.

Tapu Fini @ Wiki Berry
Ability: Misty Surge
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 68 Def / 196 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk / 22 Spe
– Icy Wind
– Swagger
– Heal Pulse
– Light Screen

  • +2 252+ SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 244 HP / 196+ SpD Tapu Fini: 150-177 (85.2 – 100.5%) — 6.3% chance to OHKO
  • Speed stat 101

Fini is a point faster than my Groudon in Trick Room, allowing for swagger combos.

Stakataka @ Shuca Berry
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 44 Atk / 220 SpD
Sassy Nature
IVs: 2 Spe
– Gyro Ball
– Trick Room
– Wide Guard
– Skill Swap

  • 252+ SpA Primal Groudon Earth Power vs. 244 HP / 220+ SpD Shuca Berry Stakataka: 138-164 (82.6 – 98.2%) — guaranteed 2HKO

Stakataka can stop Trick Room Kyogres with Skill Swap and Wide Guard.

I didn’t really expect to cut due to the lack of practice, but I still got the best result out of my 2019 season: 4-2 in swiss rounds, 23rd place overall.

Closing Words

Japanese player Naoto Mizobuchi‘s worlds team used the same pokemon as my Final Season team. I rooted for him during the tournament, and I was so happy that he finally became a world champion. Although Lunala wasn’t really a 1st Tier pokemon throughout Ultra Series, it proved its strength by winning worlds!

VGC2019 was a season where I got to enjoy using my favorite Pokémon, but on the other hand it was also a season where I got to know a lot about my weaknesses. I want work on these weaknesses to put my best foot forward for VGC2020. And of course, I also want to work on RyunaDB to strive for a more globally renowned website! Finally, I want to give big thanks to all the people who helped me, especially Jihyeon Ryu, Kyungho Park, and Nash!

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