Clefable

Cute Charm
Can infatuate Pokemon of opposite gender when struck.
Magic Guard
Prevents indirect damage.
Unaware
Ignores stat boosts and debuffs on other Pokemon other than Speed.
Type Tier
Normal RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 331 394 -
Atk
70
158 176 239 262
Def
73
163 182 245 269
SpA
85
185 206 269 295
SpD
90
194 216 279 306
Spe
60
140 156 219 240

Overview

Clefable, who was one of the most versatile Pokemon in DPP UU, makes a comeback, this time in RU. Clefable possesses respectable special bulk, along with reliable healing and an amazing ability in Magic Guard. She also has great support moves in her arsenal, such as Wish, Heal Bell, and Stealth Rock. All these traits make her a great special wall, Wish passer, cleric, and hazard setter. Magic Guard gives her immunity to any form of passive damage, which greatly hinders any other wall's effectiveness. To top it all off, Clefable has a very wide attacking movepool, allowing her to surprise many checks and counters. She can pack quite a punch, as Magic Guard gives her the ability to use Life Orb and moves such as Double-Edge without any recoil. Finally, when holding a Toxic Orb, Clefable can act as a great status absorber and also use a very powerful Facade.

However as with everything, Clefable has her flaws. The lack of useful resistances—Normal-types only have one immunity, to Ghost-type moves—hurts her, as she often finds it difficult to wall very strong special attacks. Another drawback is her somewhat low physical bulk and weakness to Fighting-type moves, which makes her very vulnerable to strong physical attackers, Fighting-type Pokemon in particular. All in all, Clefable is a great Pokemon who will provide valuable team support throughout the match if you use her correctly.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Magic Guard Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Wish
~ Protect / Softboiled
~ Seismic Toss
~ Heal Bell / Stealth Rock / Encore
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

Boasting very nice HP and Special Defense stats, Clefable is capable of walling many strong special attackers in RU, such as Manectric, Rotom-C, and Galvantula. Magic Guard further enhances her walling capabilities, allowing her to avoid damage from entry hazards or damaging status, which trouble many other walls. With a good HP stat, she can pass big 197 HP Wishes, healing many offensive Pokemon almost completely, and most defensive Pokemon for at least half of their HP. Protect is used to scout Choice-locked moves from the likes of Entei, Sceptile, and Manectric, gives Clefable one free turn of Leftovers healing, and most importantly, makes sure that she can reliably heal with Wish. If you prefer having instant recovery and want to avoid giving free turns to your opponent, Softboiled is always an option. Seismic Toss is the attacking move of choice due to its consistent power and Clefable's sub-par offensive stats. Lastly, a support move of your choice can be chosen. Heal Bell makes Clefable a reliable cleric, allowing her to heal her teammates of any troublesome status, Stealth Rock helps any team, and Encore is great for preventing sweepers from setting up against Clefable.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Life Orb Magic Guard Brave
Moveset EVs
~ Double-Edge
~ Grass Knot / Flamethrower
~ Stealth Rock / Wish
~ Softboiled / Protect
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpA

This set can catch the opponent off guard with its underrated power. With Magic Guard, Clefable can abuse a recoil-free Double-Edge and use Life Orb while still maintaining a great deal of bulk. Double-Edge is the main attraction of this set, 2HKOing many Pokemon in RU. To illustrate, almost all Pokemon that do not resist Double-Edge are OHKOed or 2HKOed. Grass Knot covers most Rock-types, such as Omastar and Kabutops, and even some heavy Steel-types, particularly Steelix and Aggron, while Flamethrower OHKOes or 2HKOes most Steel-types, namely Steelix, Ferroseed, and Klinklang. Stealth Rock should be chosen if you don't have any other Pokemon to set it up, and Wish can be used for extra healing support. In the last slot, Softboiled pairs well with Stealth Rock to give Clefable instant recovery, while Protect matches well with Wish, allowing Clefable to heal reliably.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Wallbreaker

Life Orb Magic Guard Brave
Moveset EVs
~ Double-Edge
~ Grass Knot
~ Fire Blast
~ Softboiled
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SpA

With surprisingly good power and coverage, this set can surprise anyone who thinks that Clefable is a harmless wall. Double-Edge is her nuke, OHKOing and 2HKOing many Pokemon. Additionally, Life Orb and Double-Edge recoil are canceled out by Magic Guard, which gives Clefable a distinct advantage over other wallbreakers. Grass Knot provides coverage against Rock-types that resist Double-Edge, Fire Blast roasts Steel-types, and Softboiled gives Clefable a way to heal and continue to batter your opponent with powerful attacks.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Calm Mind

Life Orb Magic Guard Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Thunderbolt
~ Ice Beam
~ Softboiled
252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Spe

This set makes Clefable a formidable bulky sweeper that both hits hard and is difficult to take down thanks to Softboiled and Magic Guard. Calm Mind is the most important move on this set, raising her Special Attack and Special Defense to high levels. Thunderbolt and Ice Beam take the second and third slots because of the almost-unresisted coverage they provide together in RU. The only Pokemon that resist this combination in RU are Magneton and Lanturn, both of which are setup fodder. Finally, Softboiled goes in the last slot to make Clefable nearly impossible to bring down from the special side after a few boosts, prolonging her sweep.

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Other Options

Clefable has a very wide movepool full of interesting options. She can run a Belly Drum + Softboiled set with two attacks, most likely Double-Edge and either Drain Punch or Fire Punch, but most of the time, she will be forced out by faster Pokemon that can OHKO her after she uses Belly Drum. A defensive set with Flame Orb and Trick can be utilized to cripple physical attackers eager to switch into Clefable, while making her a good status absorber. Finally, Clefable receives many other support moves such as Gravity, Knock Off, Light Screen, Cosmic Power, and Sing, as well as the attacking options Body Slam, Focus Blast, Psychic, and Charge Beam, but these moves are usually inferior to the main options. Gravity is generally a gimmick move, Knock Off, Light Screen, Body Slam, Psychic, and Focus Blast are situational, and Sing is inaccurate. Cosmic Power could be used in a set with Charge Beam and Softboiled to boost both Clefable's defenses and Special Attack, making it unkillable after a few boosts without strong physical Fighting-type attacks, but takes too much time to set-up and gets forced out easily.

Checks and Counters

Any strong physical attacker will force Clefable out. For example, Hitmonlee, Gallade, and Hitmonchan can all take hits from her all day long and either set up or outright KO her. However, they must watch out for Thunder Wave, Toxic, or Life Orb Double-Edge. Most Ghost-types, especially bulky ones such as Dusknoir, are also good checks, as they are immune to Clefable's primary attacks and can set up on her. Qwilfish fares well against every set bar Calm Mind variants, but must avoid Thunderbolt. Finally, Ferroseed is a good check that can set up on any Clefable lacking a Fire-type move except the Calm Mind set.