name: Utility (Grass)
move 1: Stun Spore
move 2: Encore
move 3: Knock Off
move 4: Moonblast
item: Heavy-Duty Boots / Pixie Plate
evs: 48 HP / 252 SpA / 208 Spe
The utility provided by Stun Spore, Knock Off, and Encore makes Whimsicott a staple on Grass teams. Stun Spore functions as speed control, paralyzing fast, threatening foes such as Tornadus-T and Choice Scarf Heatran. Encore punishes setup sweepers like Volcarona, Scizor, and Dragonite and status moves from threats like SubRoost Kyurem. Knock Off provides a huge amount of utility, allowing Whimsicott to remove key items from foes like Dragalge, Toxapex, and Celesteela. Moonblast threatens Dark-types that are immune to Prankster, such as Hydreigon and Zarude; it also threatens Dragon- and Fighting-types like Kyurem, Kommo-o, and Bewear. The given EV spread allows Whimsicott to outspeed Choice Specs Gengar and Latios in order to remove their items. The rest of Whimsicott's EVs are spread over Special Attack and HP to make Moonblast as powerful as possible while helping Whimsicott's decent natural bulk. Whimsicott can also opt for an EV spread of 208 HP / 92 SpA / 208 Spe in order to switch into Bulk Up Corviknight's Brave Bird. Heavy-Duty Boots is the preferred item, as Grass teams often lack entry hazard control; however, Pixie Plate can be used to boost the power of Whimsicott's Moonblast, giving it a greater offensive presence.
All of Whimsicott's teammates appreciate its ability to prevent setup sweepers like Volcarona, Clefable, and SubRoost Kyurem from brutalizing the team. Choice Band Rillaboom is a phenomenal teammate for Whimsicott, as it can deal with walls like Toxapex for Whimsicott. In return, Whimsicott can take on Dark- and Dragon-type Pokemon for Rillaboom, such as Galarian Moltres and Kommo-o. Bulk Up Zarude is an excellent teammate for Whimsicott, as Whimsicott can Encore foes like Volcarona which can lead to setup opportunities. Whimsicott can also paralyze foes like Spectrier and Choice Scarf Gengar, allowing Zarude to OHKO them with Darkest Lariat. Ferrothorn not only checks terrifying Ice-types like Weavile and Kyurem for Whimsicott, but it provides Spikes support to make it easier for Whimsicott to defeat foes like Cobalion. Cradily checks special attackers, such as Nidoking, Galarian Slowking, and Choice Scarf Blacephalon, and sets Stealth Rock to wear down foes like Galarian Zapdos so that Whimsicott can KO them. Amoonguss is also a good teammate, as it can absorb Toxic Spikes for the team; it also provides the team with a physical wall capable of dealing with Tapu Bulu and Dragapult.
Whimsicott can run a Substitute + Leech Seed set, but this set is generally inconsistent due to the opponent's ability to simply switch out. Choice Band and Choice Specs can be run on Whimsicott to cripple walls like Celesteela and Toxapex with Switcheroo and break past foes like Gengar and Galarian Moltres more easily. Infiltrator Whimsicott can get past Kyurem and Hydreigon's substitutes, but this isn't recommended; without Prankster + Encore, Whimsicott cannot lock Speed-boosting sweepers like Volcarona and Dragonite into their setup moves. U-turn can also be run on the utility set over Knock Off or Encore to preserve momentum. Whimsicott can run Sunny Day with Chlorophyll Venusaur as a partner, but this doesn't follow the ideal Grass team structure.
- Written by: [[Aqua Jet, 531302]]
- Grass analysis by: [[Aqua Jet, 531302]]
- Quality checked by: [[Neko, 542526], [Felines, 290520]]
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