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Bulk Up

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Fighting - - 20 0 - User

Description

Boosts user's Attack and Defense by one stage.

Competitive Use

Bulk Up has become increasingly common this generation, and this is largely because of the arrival of excellent new abusers, as well as the buff to Drain Punch. Generally, the idea is to boost the weaker defensive stat, making your Pokemon very bulky on both sides, but also providing an offensive presence, rather than merely waiting for the opponent to get a critical hit. Any Fighting-type Pokemon with decent Special Defense can become very difficult to take down after having used Bulk Up, especially with Drain Punch for recovery and priority moves for faster, frailer, and more powerful opponents. Examples include Conkeldurr, Scrafty, Gallade, and Toxicroak. Though there is no particular reason to suppose that Fighting-types are automatically the best users of the move other than for STAB on Drain Punch, Bulk Up is distributed almost solely among Fighting-types, and at present there are few other viable users outside of Ubers, where Bulk Up Dialga and Palkia are occasionally seen. Indeed, there are certainly far more viable users of Curse, a move which should be seen as generally inferior.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Beartic Ice NU Snow Cloak / Swift Swim 95 110 80 70 80 50 485
Blaziken Fire / Fighting Uber Blaze / Speed Boost 80 120 70 110 70 80 530
Braviary Normal / Flying NU Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Defiant 100 123 75 57 75 80 510
Breloom Grass / Fighting OU Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Technician 60 130 80 60 60 70 460
Buizel Water LC Swift Swim / Water Veil 55 65 35 60 30 85 330
Chimchar Fire LC Blaze / Iron Fist 44 58 44 58 44 61 309
Combusken Fire / Fighting NU Blaze / Speed Boost 60 85 60 85 60 55 405
Conkeldurr Fighting OU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 105 140 95 55 65 45 505
Croagunk Poison / Fighting LC Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
Darmanitan Fire UU Sheer Force / Zen Mode 105 140 55 30 55 95 480
Darmanitan-Z Fire / Psychic Limbo Sheer Force / Zen Mode 105 30 105 140 105 55 540
Dialga Steel / Dragon Uber Pressure / Telepathy 100 120 120 150 100 90 680
Emboar Fire / Fighting RU Blaze / Reckless 110 123 65 100 65 65 528
Floatzel Water NU Swift Swim / Water Veil 85 105 55 85 50 115 495
Gallade Psychic / Fighting RU Steadfast / Justified 68 125 65 65 115 80 518
Granbull Normal NU Intimidate / Quick Feet / Rattled 90 120 75 60 60 45 450
Groudon Ground Uber Drought 100 150 140 100 90 90 670
Gurdurr Fighting NU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 85 105 85 40 50 40 405
Hariyama Fighting RU Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 144 120 60 40 60 50 474
Hitmonchan Fighting RU Keen Eye / Iron Fist / Inner Focus 50 105 79 35 110 76 455
Hitmonlee Fighting RU Limber / Reckless / Unburden 50 120 53 35 110 87 455
Hitmontop Fighting UU Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast 50 95 95 35 110 70 455
Infernape Fire / Fighting OU Blaze / Iron Fist 76 104 71 104 71 108 534
Krookodile Ground / Dark UU Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 95 117 70 65 70 92 509
Landorus Ground / Flying Uber Sand Force / Sheer Force 89 125 90 115 80 101 600
Lucario Fighting / Steel OU Steadfast / Inner Focus / Justified 70 110 70 115 70 90 525
Machamp Fighting UU Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 90 130 80 65 85 55 505
Machoke Fighting NU Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 80 100 70 50 60 45 405
Machop Fighting LC Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 70 80 50 35 35 35 305
Makuhita Fighting LC Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 72 60 30 20 30 25 237
Mankey Fighting LC Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
Medicham Fighting / Psychic RU Pure Power / Telepathy 60 60 75 60 75 80 410
Mew Psychic UU Synchronize 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Mewtwo Psychic Uber Pressure / Unnerve 106 110 90 154 90 130 680
Mienfoo Fighting LC Inner Focus / Regenerator / Reckless 45 85 50 55 50 65 350
Mienshao Fighting UU Inner Focus / Regenerator / Reckless 65 125 60 95 60 105 510
Palkia Water / Dragon Uber Pressure / Telepathy 90 120 100 150 120 100 680
Pinsir Bug NU Hyper Cutter / Mold Breaker / Moxie 65 125 100 55 70 85 500
Poliwrath Water / Fighting RU Water Absorb / Damp / Swift Swim 90 85 95 70 90 70 500
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
Rayquaza Dragon / Flying Uber Air Lock 105 150 90 150 90 95 680
Riolu Fighting LC Steadfast / Inner Focus / Prankster 40 70 40 35 40 60 285
Rufflet Normal / Flying LC Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Hustle 70 83 50 37 50 60 350
Sawk Fighting NU Sturdy / Inner Focus / Mold Breaker 75 125 75 30 75 85 465
Scrafty Dark / Fighting UU Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 65 90 115 45 115 58 488
Scraggy Dark / Fighting LC Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 50 75 70 35 70 48 348
Slaking Normal NU Truant 150 160 100 95 65 100 670
Slakoth Normal LC Truant 60 60 60 35 35 30 280
Snubbull Normal LC Intimidate / Run Away / Rattled 60 80 50 40 40 30 300
Teddiursa Normal LC Pickup / Quick Feet / Honey Gather 60 80 50 50 50 40 330
Throh Fighting NU Guts / Inner Focus / Mold Breaker 120 100 85 30 85 45 465
Thundurus Electric / Flying Uber Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Timburr Fighting LC Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 75 80 55 25 35 35 305
Tornadus Flying UU Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Toxicroak Poison / Fighting OU Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 83 106 65 86 65 85 490
Tyrogue Fighting LC Guts / Steadfast / Vital Spirit 35 35 35 35 35 35 210
Ursaring Normal NU Guts / Quick Feet / Unnerve 90 130 75 75 75 55 500
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440