Amoonguss

Effect Spore
30% chance to paralyze, poison, or sleep when struck by a contact move.
Regenerator
Wielder heals 1/3 of its maximum HP on switching out.
Type Tier
Grass / Poison RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
114
- 369 432 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
70
158 176 239 262
SpA
85
185 206 269 295
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
30
86 96 159 174

Overview

A combination of great mixed bulk, Regenerator, and Spore make Amoonguss both a key player in many teams and one of the most used Pokemon in the NU metagame. Its bulk and access to crippling status moves—including the coveted Spore—allow it to take on many prominent threats such as Samurott, Cinccino (provided Amoonguss has Rocky Helmet), Choice Scarf Sawk, and Pinsir. Amoonguss's access to Regenerator allows it to fit on a wider variety of teams than the former bulky Grass-types of choice, Tangela and Vileplume, forcing both into obscurity. Spore—with BW's sleep mechanics—is capable of putting a Pokemon out of commission for the entire match, making it a godsend for a defensive Pokemon such as Amoonguss. Base 85 Special Attack, while not outstanding, is passable and allows Amoonguss to do decent damage with just its STAB moves; it is also just strong enough to warrant the use of a Life Orb set. However, Amoonguss's defenses aren't impenetrable, and it is weak to many common threats in NU, particularly Emboar. Amoonguss's Speed is also absolutely pathetic, leaving it outsped by even the likes of Regirock and Golem. Moreover, once Spore is used, Amoonguss can have a hard time accomplishing much else. Despite these flaws, Amoonguss is one of the best defensive Pokemon in the tier and should be considered for a spot on every NU team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Pivot

Leftovers / Rocky Helmet Regenerator Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Spore
~ Giga Drain
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Synthesis / Stun Spore
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

This is the most commonly seen Amoonguss set in NU, and with good reason. It checks a wide variety of common threats, is an amazing pivot with Regenerator, and forces opponents to play carefully with its mere presence, lest one of their Pokemon fall victim to crippling status. Spore is the crux of the set, capable of either crippling an opposing Pokemon or luring sleep fodder into switching into one of Amoonguss's moderately powerful attacks. Giga Drain is an irreplaceable STAB move, as it is not only capable of dealing a lot of damage to Golem, Golurk, and Samurott but also of healing Amoonguss in the process. Sludge Bomb is a powerful secondary STAB move, getting a super effective hit on Grass-types that would otherwise wall Amoonguss entirely, particularly Sawsbuck, which is immune to everything else in its moveset. Sludge Bomb also hits a lot of Pokemon that resist Giga Drain, such as Rotom-S, Emboar, and Swellow, for neutral damage. Synthesis and Stun Spore are both great options in the last moveslot. Synthesis lets Amoonguss recover without switching out, which can come in handy in a pinch. On the other hand, Stun Spore allows Amoonguss to remain a threat after Spore has been used; paralysis can be amazing for an offensive team.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Offensive

Life Orb Regenerator Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Spore
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Giga Drain
~ Hidden Power Ground / Stun Spore
216 HP / 156 Def / 124 SpA / 16 SpD

Amoonguss's base 85 Special Attack hits surprisingly hard when invested and boosted by Life Orb. Spore is a staple on all Amoonguss sets, as it almost always guarantees that a Pokemon will be crippled for the rest of the match. Sludge Bomb is the primary STAB attack, as it is very strong and has solid neutral coverage in the tier, hitting many Pokemon that would normally switch into a defensive set with little fear, such as Emboar and Magmar, extremely hard. Giga Drain complements Sludge Bomb's coverage, hitting Ground- and Rock-types super effectively, and it also recovers lost HP and offsets Life Orb recoil all at the same time. Additionally, this set's Giga Drain is also noticeably stronger than that of a more defensive set, capable of OHKOing Marowak and Samurott. Hidden Power Ground allows Amoonguss to hit Steel-types, such as Klang, and 2HKOes offensive Skuntank, both of which would otherwise set up on it. Stun Spore's use is generally outweighed by Hidden Power Ground's, but paralysis helps cripple faster threats, allowing Amoonguss to both outspeed said threats, and support one's team.

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Other Options

Amoonguss can use Choice Specs instead of Life Orb on the offensive set, but the inability to switch attacks limits its offensive presence. Body Slam is an option to spread paralysis while doing damage, but the damage is largely negligible, and the paralysis chance unreliable. Foul Play is a very interesting move; it hits some Pokemon with high Attack stats harder than Amoonguss would be able to hit them otherwise. Unfortunately, many Pokemon with high Attack stats also resist Dark-type moves, making it an inferior option. Growth can be used to boost Amoonguss's Special Attack, but Amoonguss doesn't have the offensive presence or the Speed to sweep. Amoonguss makes a surprisingly good weather setter; it can use Rain Dance or Sunny Day very well, its bulk and Regenerator often allowing it to set up weather multiple times in a match. Toxic is nifty to hit Pokemon on stall teams, but Amoonguss would much rather use Spore or Stun Spore against most targets. Worry Seed is a cool move to incapacitate Pokemon that rely on their ability, such as Duosion, but most of the time won't accomplish much because the opponent can just switch out.

Checks and Counters

Magmar is Amoonguss's best check, as it has Vital Spirit to be immune to Spore, Eviolite to take the more defensive set's Sludge Bombs, and STAB Fire Blast to handle Amoonguss; however, Magmar does not appreciate the offensive set's Sludge Bomb, nor does it like being paralyzed or poisoned. Hypno and Electabuzz cannot be slept, courtesy of their abilities, but, like Magmar, are impeded by Amoonguss's other moves. Sap Sipper absorbs Stun Spore, Giga Drain, and Spore, so Pokemon such as Miltank, Sawsbuck, or even Zebstrika and Girafarig, can stand up to Amoonguss. Due to Spore, the best course of action when facing an Amoonguss is often to sacrifice your least useful Pokemon as sleep fodder, then work from there. Bulky Substitute users, such as Lickilicky, Klang, and Braviary, can set up on the pivot set with ease. Arbok sets up on all of Amoonguss's sets without Hidden Power Ground courtesy of its resistance to Amoonguss's STABs and its ability, Shed Skin, which gives it a pseudo-immunity to status. After Spore has been used, Fire-types, such as Emboar, Charizard, Torkoal, and Rapidash, check Amoonguss quite well. Flying-types, such as Braviary, Rotom-S, and Swellow, also do quite well if they can avoid Spore. Ice-types, such as Glaceon, Regice, and Articuno, although also vulnerable to Spore, destroy Amoonguss with their STAB, particularly if they use Substitute to protect themselves from status. Even Psychic-types, such as Beheeyem, Gardevoir, and Musharna, can defeat Amoonguss after it has used Spore, though they can't risk switching into it. Amoonguss is actually very difficult to counter, as very few Pokemon can switch into Spore; however, once Amoonguss uses the move it becomes quite easy to take advantage of. Due to Regenerator, it is almost impossible to wear down Amoonguss over the course of the match, so if you want to defeat it, you'll have to take it out in one strong hit!