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 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
114
- 189 221 -
Atk
85
94 105 137 150
Def
70
81 90 122 134
SpA
85
94 105 137 150
SpD
80
90 100 132 145
Spe
30
45 50 82 90

Overview

Amoonguss's base stats and moveset allow it to pull off its supportive role to the fullest. It's one of the few Pokemon in the game to have access to Spore, which is great for removing a threatening Pokemon by putting it to sleep. Its abysmal Speed makes it a force to be reckoned with under Trick Room; moreover, it receives Rage Powder, which allows its partner to set up Trick Room safely. All of Amoonguss's advantages makes it a perfect support Pokemon in doubles, and it should never be overlooked.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Sitrus Berry / Mental Herb Effect Spore Calm / Sassy
Moveset EVs
~ Spore
~ Rage Powder
~ Giga Drain
~ Protect / Sludge Bomb
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This set brings out Amoonguss's full potential as a team player and a defensive Pokemon. Spore is a staple on Amoonguss, as it allows Amoonguss to instantly put a threatening foe to sleep, rendering it helpless for several turns. Rage Powder, which redirects any attack aimed at Amoonguss's partner back to itself, is another non-negotiable move, as it is especially helpful for allowing Amoonguss's teammate to set up safely. Giga Drain is Amoonguss's STAB move of choice; not only does it prevent Amoonguss from becoming dead weight if Taunted, it also ensures that Amoonguss's health is as high as possible. Protect is generally a useful move in doubles, as it allows Amoonguss to avoid a possible attack from either opponent. Sludge Bomb is a stronger STAB move and stops Amoonguss from being walled by opposing Grass-types and Pokemon with the Sap Sipper ability. Sitrus Berry capitalizes on Amoonguss's bulk, restoring Amoongus's health when it drops below half. Mental Herb prevents Taunt's effects for one turn and guarantees that Amoonguss will pull off one Spore.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Stun Spore can be used alongside Spore for double status, but it is usually an inferior choice considering its shaky accuracy. Toxic shuts down most other support Pokemon, but it's usually an inferior option because Amoonguss is usually better off shutting down it's opponents completely with Spore. Synthesis instantly regains a significant portion of Amoonguss's health, but with the prevalence of rain, sandstorm, and hail, it is discouraged. Hidden Power Ice is a possible options over Protect as it hits Flying- and Dragon-types for super effective damage, such as Zapdos and Latios.

Checks and Counters

If Amoonguss is lacking Mental Herb, Taunt shuts it down completely by preventing it from using Spore and Rage Powder. Amoonguss is threatened by most users of Flying Gem Acrobatics, and must carry a Coba Berry to avoid being OHKOed. Powerful Fire-types, such as Chandelure, Infernape, and Heatran, can deal a lot of damage to Amoonguss with their STAB attacks, but this can be remedied by providing Amoonguss with rain support. Physical Psychic-types, such as Metagross and Gallade, can hurt Amoonguss badly with Zen Headbutt, and can even Trick it a Choice item to shut it down. Pokemon with the Sap Sipper ability can also be problematic as they are unaffected by Spore and Giga Drain, receiving an Attack boost when hit by them.

Unreleased

Amoonguss can't make much use of its Dream World ability, Regenerator, in doubles; Regenerator is only useful if the user switches in and out a lot, which rarely happens in the doubles environment.