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Old April 27th, 2012 (7:39 AM). Edited April 27th, 2012 by PlatinumDude.
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Volt Switch allows you to scout your opponent's team by hitting the opponent for a reasonable amount of damage before switching to another Pokemon. If you have a feeling Jolteon is up against an unfavorable match-up, you can use Volt Switch and, well, switch to an appropriate check/counter. However, if your opponent brings in a Ground Pokemon at the time you use Volt Switch, then Volt Switch fizzles because Ground Pokemon are immune to Electric, forcing you to switch manually. But still, Volt Switch is always the main option for a sweeping Jolteon.

Charge Beam, on the other hand, doesn't go well with Choice items. If you use a move while you have a Choice item, then you're stuck with that move unless you switch, and that's not a good thing when you're using Charge Beam (you'll be stuck spamming a base power 50 move, and if you switch, you lose all the Special Attack boosts you accumulated through Charge Beam). Jolteon is also a bit frail to set up Charge Beam effectively. True, it can use Substitute to help ease set up, but it comes at the cost of a coverage move, or its best STABs (Thunderbolt, Volt Switch).

And @above Salamence set: Aerial Ace is a poor STAB because of its low base power. If you want a Scarf + Moxie set, use this:
-Outrage
-Dragon Claw
-Fire Blast/Brick Break
-Earthquake/Brick Break
Nature: Adamant/Jolly/Naughty/Naive
EVs: 4 HP/252 Atk/252 Spe or 252 Atk/4 SAtk 252 Spe
Item: Choice Scarf
Ability: Moxie

Edit: most people use Spikes over Stealth Rock because most of the Pokemon who use it have enough bulk to get in multiple layers at a time before being forced to recover (if applicable) or fight back. With 3 layers, Spikes does the same amount of damage to grounded Pokemon (Pokemon that aren't Flying or grounded ones that don't have the Levitate or Magic Guard abilities) as a Pokemon that takes 2x damage from Stealth Rock (25%). But then again, Stealth Rock hits all types; the damage done to that Pokemon depends on its type(s), plus you only need 1 layer up. So, it's all up to personal preference on what hazard you use.
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