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Wash Rotom Best Moveset & Build

Wash Rotom Icon
Total Base Stats520
Type Electric IconWater Icon

Best Build For Wash Rotom

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed ↑ / Attack ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
Best Moveset
Thunderbolt / Volt Switch / Shadow Ball / Hydro Pump
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Wash Rotom Strengths

Wash Rotom's great Electric/Water typing gives it only one weakness. With good defensive stats & 105 Special Attack, it can withstand hits and also has the incredible ability Levitate. In doubles, this Pokemon pairs well with Excadrill.

Powerful Volt Switch

A Choice Specs Volt Switch deals a surprising amount of damage and can leave a serious dent for your follow-up Pokemon to benefit from. You can deal unexpectedly large hits to your opponents, since they won't be sure if you're Specs or Scarf build from the preview screen.

Deals Well With Ground Types

Most players are inclined to swap in a Ground type to dodge Electric moves, but Wash Rotom makes this more difficult with its access to Hydro Pump. Anticipate a potential Ground-type switch in with your powerful STAB Water move.

Choice Scarf Is Also Possible

Consider running a Scarf to guarantee that you get the jump on enemies. Scarf Builds work well with Trick and Will-o-Wisp as well, as they can lock down opposing attackers.

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Wash Rotom - Best Moves

Choice Specs Build

Recommended Moves

Volt Switch
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Useful move for swapping out in unfavorable matchups.
Shadow Ball
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Worth having simply for the type coverage.
Hydro Pump
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A powerful STAB move that threatens many Pokemon like Excadrill with a one-shot.
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A safe, high damage STAB move.

Other Viable Moves

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Higher damage, but lower accuracy. A bit risky unless you're running a rain team.
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Burns the target. Useful to have in general, but doesn't fit well with a Choice build. Consider a different item.
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Swaps items with the opponent. Useful for limiting a Pokemon's movements. Use it on targets that need to set up.

Wash Rotom - Best Item to Hold

Choice ScarfAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Speed by 150%
Useful for the unpredictability of getting a one hit KO on a normally faster Pokemon.
Choice SpecsAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Special Attack by 150%
Boosts damage significantly but is risky.
Life OrbBoosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.
Can boost damage output while still allowing you to use Will-o-Wisp.
LeftoversUseful for a tanky Rotom with a Defensive nature. Can act as a wall against certain threats.

Wash Rotom Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Wash Rotom

Ferrothorn IconFerrothorn Pros
- Can halve Electric / Water damage
- Deal massive damage with Power Whip
- Will-o-Wisp can counter Choice Band Ferrothorns
Rillaboom IconRillaboom Pros
- Can halve Electric / Water damage
- Drum Beating can lower Speed
- Be wary of Will-o-Wisp & Trick
Excadrill IconExcadrill Pros
- Mold Breaker can negate Levitation and 1-shot with Earthquake
- Speed build + Choice Band can over Speed opponent
- Can negate Volt Switch
- Be aware of Hydro Pump used in anticipating a swap
- HP + Defense Wash Rotom requires 2 Earthquakes
- Mold Breaker means you can't use Sand Rush
Haxorus IconHaxorus Pros
- Mold Breaker allows Earthquake to hit
- Speed build + Choice Scarf can out-speed Rotom
- Choice Band needed to 1 shot
Lanturn IconLanturn Pros
- Halves Water moves & Volt Absorb negates all Electric damage
- Lacks versatility, rarely used

How To Play Against Wash Rotom

Use Grass Type Moves

Grass moves are Wash Rotom's only real weakness, so it's recommended to have a grass type handy for these purposes, as they can also halve the damage of Rotom's Water and Electric moves.

Mold Breaker Is Highly Effective

Using the ability Mold Breaker allows you to connect Earthquake and deal massive damage. However, be aware of the enemy Hydro Pump when using Excadrill for this.

Wash Rotom - Best Nature And EVs

Wash Rotom - Recommended Natures

TimidSpeed↑ / Attack↓
A good bet for ensuring you go first in some key matchups (like vs. Gyarados)
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Attack↓
Focuses on offensive capabilities.
BoldDefense↑ / Attackf↓
For a tanky build that can also handle Ferrothorn.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

The speed EVs will be necessary to outspeed major threats like Gyarados.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Wash Rotom - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Rotom at the Lake of Outrage during Rainy weather
2Hatch Eggs (breed with a Ditto) until you get a High IV Rotom
3Breed that Rotom until you get one with a Timid Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Special Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Shadow Ball, and Hydro Pump
7Equip Choice Specs
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Rotom

Catching the Pre-Evolution Base Pokemon

The first step to Breeding Wash Rotom will be to catch one. This can be a bit tricky. Head to the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area during rainy weather to find it, but note that it is quite rare. It might be a good idea to try trading for it.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Kozan 2

Seems like he can't learn hydro pump

Anonymous 1

thanks, helped on deciding the nature! Went timid

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