Beautifly

Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Type Tier
Bug / Flying NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 135 167 -
Atk
70
81 90 122 134
Def
50
63 70 102 112
SpA
90
99 110 142 156
SpD
50
63 70 102 112
Spe
65
76 85 117 128
  • Neverused

Overview

Game Freak's remake of Butterfree makes another appearance in the fifth generation of Pokemon. Notably, BW gave Beautifly a huge buff in the form of Quiver Dance, which, despite being an excellent boosting move, was sadly also given to almost every other Bug-type in NU. Beautifly sports an outstanding special movepool coming off of a base 90 Special Attack, which is pretty much the only good thing going for it.

Name Item Ability Nature

Quiver Dance

Life Orb Rivalry Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Quiver Dance
~ Bug Buzz
~ Psychic
~ Hidden Power Fighting / Hidden Power Rock
252 SpA / 12 SpD / 244 Spe

Given that Beautifly lacks bulk, even with maximum investment, the best thing going for the little butterfly is an all-out offensive Quiver Dance set. Quiver Dance is the standard set-up move for Beautifly and is really the only way it can manage to kill something. Bug Buzz is its standard STAB attack, and after a Quiver Dance boost, it can send any of the overabundant Psychic- and Dark-types in NU packing. Psychic achieves good neutral coverage with Bug Buzz by letting Beautifly check Fighting-types, and gives it a powerful neutral hit on Fire-types, who resist Bug Buzz. The final moveslot comes down to preference; Hidden Power Fighting checks Steel-types that otherwise wall Beautifly cold, such as Probopass and Bastiodon, while Hidden Power Rock nails Flying- and other Bug-types, most importantly Swellow, Fearow, Pinsir, and Butterfree.

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Other Options

Beautifly has a wide variety of moves it is able to use besides what is mentioned in the set. Roost can be used to reliably recover HP, but takes away from Beautifly's coverage and also will likely be useless if your opponent decides to just keep on attacking. Stun Spore can be used in order to paralyze switch-ins, such as Swellow, Regirock, and Probopass, and then switch out to a check, clearing the way for a later sweep. Shadow Ball can be used to hit Misdreavus super effectively, but there's no real need to take away key coverage just for Misdreavus.

Checks and Counters

Even with support, quite a few Pokemon can switch in and either wall Beautifly cold or just flat out kill it. Probopass, Regirock, Lairon, and Bastiodon can come in without fear if Beautifly lacks Hidden Power Fighting. Camerupt, Lickilicky, and Misdreavus can easily wall Beautifly, but Lickilicky has to be wary of Hidden Power Fighting. Swellow can outspeed Beautifly even after a Quiver Dance and OHKO with Facade or scare it out and U-turn to a check of your chosen switch-in.