Bisharp

Defiant
Boosts Attack by two stages for every stat drop.
Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Pressure
Enemy attacks lose one extra PP. Increases wild encounter rate.
Type Tier
Dark / Steel UU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 140 172 -
Atk
125
130 145 177 194
Def
100
108 120 152 167
SpA
60
72 80 112 123
SpD
70
81 90 122 134
Spe
70
81 90 122 134

Overview

Bisharp's great offensive STAB attacks and priority in the form of Sucker Punch makes it a potent threat to most teams in VGC 2011. However, its typing is a double-edged sword. While it gives Bisharp resistances to many common attacking types, Bisharp is also weak to extremely common attacks such as Heat Wave, Mach Punch, and Earthquake. Overall, Bisharp is a dangerous offensive threat which every team should be capable of dealing with.

Name Item Ability Nature

Standard

Focus Sash Defiant / Inner Focus Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Sucker Punch
~ Iron Head
~ Brick Break / Night Slash
~ Protect
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe

Bisharp can be a valuable asset to many teams. Its STAB Sucker Punch does massive damage to the common frail Tailwind attackers, as well as Ghost-type Pokemon such as Chandelure. Iron Head and Brick Break round out coverage, while Protect stops Fake Out and Mach Punch. Night Slash is a great move on Bisharp, hitting nearly every Trick Room Pokemon for super effective damage, while being able to damage Pokemon who are using support moves, unlike Sucker Punch. Either ability is viable. Defiant raises Bisharp's Attack when facing Stoutland or Krookodile, as well as preventing strategies such as Tickle or Charm from working. Inner Focus does have its uses, however, especially if the opponent mispredicts Bisharp's ability and tries to use Fake Out.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Swords Dance can work well with a Focus Sash and Sucker Punch, and can be especially effective when partnered with a Rage Powder user such as Amoonguss. Low Sweep can really help against Hydreigon and Krookodile, 2HKOing with the Speed drop. If another Pokemon on your team is already holding a Focus Sash, a type-resist berry can also work. Occa Berry or Shuca Berry are the best options, allowing Bisharp to survive a super effective Heat Wave or Earthquake, because even a Chople Berry can't always keep Bisharp alive after Conkeldurr's Drain Punch or Hammer Arm. Substitute can work instead of Protect, as it eases prediction for Sucker Punch and gains a large advantage against Trick Room teams.

Checks and Counters

Conkeldurr can make short work of Bisharp, 2HKOing it with Mach Punch. Mispredicting is Bisharp's downfall, as deciding whether to use Sucker Punch or another attack can decide the outcome of a game. Bisharp can't do much to Amoonguss, who can easily Spore in return.