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Tech Tier 4
Analysis by Cherrymentat

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Grass
Weak Vs Fire
Role Tech
Base Potential
Gender Female

Pokemon Description

Vileplume’s toxic pollen triggers atrocious allergy attacks. That’s why it is advisable never to approach any attractive flowers in a jungle, however pretty they may be.

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Stats

HP 85
ATK 7
DEF 7
Sp. ATK 7
Sp. DEF 8
Speed 9
HP 507
ATK 41
DEF 115
Sp. ATK 159
Sp. DEF 192
Speed 160
Bulk 491

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

While Pokemon who can guarantee inflicting status effects are especially useful, Vileplume is balanced somewhat by having many self-buffs and only one offensive move. Due to her less-than-stellar stats, this fairly selfish kit holds back what could otherwise be a strong utility Pokemon.

One silver lining is that she’s bulky, which makes her somewhat of a backup damage sponge, especially if she can get the Def and Sp.Def boosts from X Sp. Def and "Pour it On!".

Strengths

Guaranteed Paralysis

Being able to Paralyze the enemy with no RNG factors is endlessly useful, especially for keeping particularly powerful enemies incapacitated. Paralyzed Enemies are also hit harder by Vileplume’s Sync Move.

Can’t Miss

Vileplume’s Piercing Gaze, like all Passives, is expensive but worth it - especially against Enemies who can increase their evasiveness. Piercing Gaze shores up the one weakness of Stun Spore: its 90 base Accuracy. 

Weaknesses

Self-Serving

Vileplume has far too many self-serving moves for a Pokemon with such low Sp. ATK and only one (not particularly powerful) offensive move.

Team Synergy

Status Effect Teams

Because Erika & Vileplume can guarantee inflicting Paralysis, they are perfect for Teams that gain buffs based on the enemy having status effects inflicted on them. This is more common among Psychic and Poison Type Pokemon.

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Moves

Type Grass
Category
Power
49 / 58
Accuracy 100
Target An opponent
Cost
Has a very small chance of lowering the target’s Sp. Def.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s Sp. Def.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Type Grass
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 90
Target An opponent
Cost
Leaves the target paralyzed.
Move Unlock Requirements
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Raises the user’s Sp. Atk. Drastically raises the user’s Defense.

Sync Move

Type Grass
Category
Power
200 / 240
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

Its power increases if the target is paralyzed.