Beartic

Snow Cloak
Evasion increases 25% in hail.
Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Type Tier
Ice NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 331 394 -
Atk
110
230 256 319 350
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
50
122 136 199 218

Overview

How much more badass can you get when you're a polar bear? Unlike its aesthetically-pleasing NU friend Charizard, Beartic can actually function in the treacherous waters of the Uber tier. While it might look like just another crappy addition to the game, Beartic has a couple of tricks up its furry sleeves: Swift Swim combined with Ice-type STAB, as well as access to Encore and Swords Dance for setup opportunities. This means that, unlike other Swift Swim sweepers, Beartic can steamroll through Grass Arceus, Lugia, and Giratina without much trouble at all. However, even with the Speed boost from Swift Swim, Beartic's Speed is still pretty unimpressive, leaving it unable to outspeed Choice Scarf users that most other Swift Swim sweepers have absolutely no trouble outspeeding. Additionally, just like most other Ice-type Pokemon, Beartic is weak to Stealth Rock, and even with Encore, it finds itself difficult to set up. Also, while Beartic's Ice typing gives excellent super effective coverage, its attacks are still relatively weak against Pokemon they hit neutrally, as its STAB attacks are not boosted in the rain like those of other Swift Swim sweepers. Despite these flaws, no team can ignore the strengths that Beartic brings to the table unless they want to learn the hard way.

Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Swift Swim Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Icicle Crash
~ Low Kick / Superpower
~ Encore
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

With max Speed and Swift Swim, Beartic reaches 396 Speed in the rain, just outspeeding Mewtwo. While nothing spectacular, it is just fast enough to run a sweeping set. With a Swords Dance boost, Beartic becomes extremely powerful, especially when backed by physical Ice-type STAB, smiting many of the Uber physical walls with super effective damage. After a Swords Dance, Icicle Crash OHKOes physically defensive Giratina after Stealth Rock damage. Low Kick hits most Pokemon that resist Icicle Crash, easily OHKOing Steel Arceus. Superpower is an option over Low Kick to OHKO Jirachi and Manaphy (two Pokemon that resist Icicle Crash and take a pittance from Low Kick) after Spikes, but Low Kick is generally more consistent. Superpower always OHKOes Darkrai without a boost, regardless of Stealth Rock, but if Stealth Rock is up, Low Kick gets the job done most of the time anyway. In the last slot, Encore is easily the best option, as it gives Beartic setup opportunities from support and setup moves, such as Calm Mind.

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Other Options

Aqua Jet can be used to revenge kill Blaziken and Deoxys-A, but that is pretty much where its usefulness ends. Stone Edge can be used to OHKO Ho-Oh without a boost, but is useless otherwise. Bulk Up can be used to make Beartic relatively resilient to physical attacks, but Swords Dance is better in general. Taunt can allow Beartic to set up on Skarmory without being forced out, as well as dealing with Multiscale Lugia a lot better. Other potential sets that Beartic can run are SubPunch and Endure + Flail, but these are rather gimmicky and there is generally no reason to run them over the Swords Dance set.

Checks and Counters

Scizor is probably the best Beartic counter. It is bulky and light enough to take unboosted Low Kicks and Superpowers, while easily wiping out Beartic with Bullet Punch. It also has Roost to heal off any damage that Beartic does to it. If Forretress carries Gyro Ball, it can also easily KO Beartic while taking little from Icicle Crash and Low Kick. Fighting Arceus can take a boosted Icicle Crash and Low Kick and OHKO with Judgment. Likewise, bulky Ghost Arceus can take anything that Beartic uses and OHKO with Focus Blast or burn Beartic with Will-O-Wisp. Physically defensive Kyogre can take a boosted Low Kick and OHKO with Surf or Scald. If Beartic uses Low Kick, Manaphy and Jirachi wall Beartic and KOs with rain boosted Surf or Iron Head. Metagross can take a +2 Low Kick and OHKO Beartic with Meteor Mash. Tentacruel resists both Icicle Crash and Low Kick and deals a lot of damage with Scald, but is generally losing if Scald fails to burn, as +2 Icicle Crash does over 65% to standard Tentacruel.

Most Choice Scarf users with base 90 Speed or more using a positive nature can revenge kill Beartic. Deoxys-A and Deoxys-S can also naturally outspeed it. Faster priority can also take down Beartic. Apart from the aforementioned Bullet Punch from Scizor, Extreme Killer Arceus and Rayquaza can deal heavy damage to Beartic with ExtremeSpeed. Otherwise, if you can take away the rain, Beartic becomes near useless most of the time. As long as it does not switch into Icicle Crash more than once, Groudon with 12 or more Speed EVs can always outspeed Beartic and KO with Stone Edge or a Fire-type move. Tyranitar that invest enough in Speed can also KO Beartic with Stone Edge or Fire Blast, as long as they avoid Low Kick.