Clefairy fulfills a niche as one of the few viable pure Fairy-types within the tier, lacking the weaknesses that Ribombee has to Fire and Flying while keeping the defensive utility of a Fairy-type. Its main niches over other Fairy-types like Aromatisse are its access to Knock Off, which makes common Fairy-type switch-ins like Charizard and Centiskorch bad options, and Magic Guard, which means it doesn't care about chip damage. With a wide support movepool featuring moves like Stealth Rock and Encore, along with reliable recovery, it can compress roles on certain teams effectively. However, despite these qualities, Clefairy is heavily reliant on its item to keep its bulk. It also suffers from competition with other pure Fairy-types like Aromatisse and Comfey; the former has more physical bulk and is less hindered by its item being removed, while the latter has Taunt and priority in Triage Draining Kiss. Finally, without Encore, Clefairy is liable to be taken advantage of by setup sweepers like Uxie and Doublade.
move 1: Moonblast / Seismic Toss
move 2: Softboiled
move 3: Stealth Rock / Knock Off
move 4: Encore / Thunder Wave
ability: Magic Guard
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Moonblast lets Clefairy hit foes like Thievul and Absol, while Seismic Toss deals consistent damage to targets with high Special Defense like Gigalith and Steel-types like Aggron. Knock Off cripples Pokemon heavily reliant on their items like Doublade and Charizard. Encore prevents setup and can deter recovery moves from being used. Thunder Wave cripples faster foes like Galarian Articuno and Jellicent. Running 10 Speed IVs is an option to always avoid the 2HKO from Gyro Ball Ferroseed; however, this means that Clefairy underspeeds important Pokemon like Gigalith and Quagsire. Clefairy struggles against Poison- and Steel-types like Weezing and Ferroseed, so switch-ins to them like Wishiwashi and Charizard are heavily appreciated. Wishiwashi sponges Knock Off from Gallade and Sandslash for Clefairy, while in return, Clefairy is able to take on its checks like Lanturn; as for Charizard, Clefairy switches into Rock-types like Gigalith and Regirock for it.
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