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Nasty Plot

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

Description

Boosts the user's Special Attack by two stages.

Competitive Use

Nasty Plot is one of the best setup moves for a special attacking sweeper. Despite not being a TM, it still has reasonable distribution, and so is a commonly seen move in most competitive matches, with good users everywhere, from Ubers to NU. In Ubers, Darkrai is the most commonly seen thanks to its incredibly high Special Attack, Speed, typing, and movepool, not to mention its access to Dark Void. In OU, Thundurus-T is a notable user thanks to its colossal Special Attack, good typing, decent Speed, and movepool. Nasty Plot Lucario is also viable, largely due to the surprise factor that comes with it, as Swords Dance Lucario is far more common. The lower tiers have many users of Nasty Plot, including Azelf, Mismagius, Togekiss, and Houndoom for UU; Slowking and Jynx for RU; and Raichu, Beheeyem, and Simipour in NU. It's a move that most special attackers would die for.

Related Moves

Tail Glow boosts the user's Special Attack by 3 stages, but unfortunately has much worse distribution.

Calm Mind boosts the user's Special Attack and Special Defense by 1 stage each.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Aipom Normal LC Run Away / Pickup / Skill Link 55 70 55 40 55 85 360
Ambipom Normal UU Technician / Pickup / Skill Link 75 100 66 60 66 115 482
Azelf Psychic UU Levitate 75 125 70 125 70 115 580
Beheeyem Psychic NU Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 75 75 75 125 95 40 485
Cacnea Grass LC Sand Veil / Water Absorb 50 85 40 85 40 35 335
Cacturne Grass / Dark NU Sand Veil / Water Absorb 70 115 60 115 60 55 475
Chatot Normal / Flying NU Keen Eye / Tangled Feet / Big Pecks 76 65 45 92 42 91 411
Chimchar Fire LC Blaze / Iron Fist 44 58 44 58 44 61 309
Cofagrigus Ghost UU Mummy 58 50 145 95 105 30 483
Croagunk Poison / Fighting LC Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
Crobat Poison / Flying UU Inner Focus / Infiltrator 85 90 80 70 80 130 535
Darkrai Dark Uber Bad Dreams 70 90 90 135 90 125 600
Drowzee Psychic LC Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
Elgyem Psychic LC Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 55 55 55 85 55 30 335
Golbat Poison / Flying NU Inner Focus / Infiltrator 75 80 70 65 75 90 455
Honchkrow Dark / Flying UU Insomnia / Super Luck / Moxie 100 125 52 105 52 71 505
Houndoom Dark / Fire UU Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 75 90 50 110 80 95 500
Houndour Dark / Fire LC Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 45 60 30 80 50 65 330
Hypno Psychic NU Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
Infernape Fire / Fighting OU Blaze / Iron Fist 76 104 71 104 71 108 534
Jynx Ice / Psychic NU Oblivious / Forewarn / Dry Skin 65 50 35 115 95 95 455
Kecleon Normal NU Color Change 60 90 70 60 120 40 440
Liepard Dark NU Limber / Unburden / Prankster 64 88 50 88 50 106 446
Lucario Fighting / Steel OU Steadfast / Inner Focus / Justified 70 110 70 115 70 90 525
Mandibuzz Dark / Flying NU Big Pecks / Overcoat / Weak Armor 110 65 105 55 95 80 510
Meowth Normal LC Pickup / Technician / Unnerve 40 45 35 40 40 90 290
Mew Psychic UU Synchronize 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Mime Jr. Psychic LC Soundproof / Filter / Technician 20 25 45 70 90 60 310
Minun Electric NU Minus 60 40 50 75 85 95 405
Misdreavus Ghost NU Levitate 60 60 60 85 85 85 435
Mismagius Ghost UU Levitate 60 60 60 105 105 105 495
Mr. Mime Psychic NU Soundproof / Filter / Technician 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
Ninetales Fire OU Flash Fire / Drought 73 76 75 81 100 100 505
Panpour Water LC Gluttony / Torrent 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
Pansage Grass LC Gluttony / Overgrow 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
Pansear Fire LC Gluttony / Blaze 50 53 48 53 48 64 316
Persian Normal NU Limber / Technician / Unnerve 65 70 60 65 65 115 440
Pichu Electric LC Static / Lightningrod 20 40 15 35 35 60 205
Pikachu Electric NU Static / Lightningrod 35 55 30 50 40 90 300
Plusle Electric NU Plus 60 50 40 85 75 95 405
Porygon-Z Normal UU Adaptability / Download / Analytic 85 80 70 135 75 90 535
Purrloin Dark LC Limber / Unburden / Prankster 41 50 37 50 37 66 281
Raichu Electric NU Static / Lightningrod 60 90 55 90 80 100 475
Riolu Fighting LC Steadfast / Inner Focus / Prankster 40 70 40 35 40 60 285
Sableye Dark / Ghost UU Keen Eye / Stall / Prankster 50 75 75 65 65 50 380
Seedot Grass LC Chlorophyll / Early Bird / Pickpocket 40 40 50 30 30 30 220
Shiftry Grass / Dark NU Chlorophyll / Early Bird / Pickpocket 90 100 60 90 60 80 480
Simipour Water NU Gluttony / Torrent 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
Simisage Grass NU Gluttony / Overgrow 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
Simisear Fire NU Gluttony / Blaze 75 98 63 98 63 101 498
Slowking Water / Psychic RU Oblivious / Own Tempo / Regenerator 95 75 80 100 110 30 490
Smoochum Ice / Psychic LC Oblivious / Forewarn / Hydration 45 30 15 85 65 65 305
Spiritomb Ghost / Dark RU Pressure / Infiltrator 50 92 108 92 108 35 485
Thundurus Electric / Flying Uber Prankster / Defiant 79 115 70 125 80 111 580
Togekiss Normal / Flying UU Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck 85 50 95 120 115 80 545
Togepi Normal LC Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck 35 20 65 40 65 20 245
Togetic Normal / Flying NU Hustle / Serene Grace / Super Luck 55 40 85 80 105 40 405
Toxicroak Poison / Fighting OU Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 83 106 65 86 65 85 490
Vullaby Dark / Flying LC Big Pecks / Overcoat / Weak Armor 70 55 75 45 65 60 370
Weavile Dark / Ice UU Pressure / Pickpocket 70 120 65 45 85 125 510
Yamask Ghost LC Mummy 38 30 85 55 65 30 303
Zoroark Dark UU Illusion 60 105 60 120 60 105 510
Zorua Dark LC Illusion 40 65 40 80 40 65 330
Zubat Poison / Flying LC Inner Focus / Infiltrator 40 45 35 30 40 55 245