Buizel

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Water Veil
Prevents burn.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 22 25 -
Atk
65
11 13 16 17
Def
35
9 10 13 14
SpA
60
10 12 15 16
SpD
30
8 9 12 13
Spe
85
13 15 18 19
  • Little Cup

Overview

Buizel's stats are better than most Pokemon, and its Water typing makes it weak to only Grass- and Electric-type attacks. Buizel pairs those stats with a great movepool that lets it get past many Little Cup Pokemon. Unfortunately for the sea weasel, every advantage comes with a downside; in this case, the downside is its terribly low defenses. Buizel is best used in the rain, as one of its abilities, Swift Swim, doubles its Speed when the skies are open. With its great ability to sweep and 38 Speed in the rain, Buizel can be a great addition to a team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Water Veil Jolly
Moveset IVs
~ Aqua Tail
~ Return
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Aqua Jet
30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
EVs
236 Atk / 240 Spe

Aqua Tail, Buizel's strongest physical STAB attack, can 2HKO many more Pokemon than Waterfall, namely Scraggy and bulky Mienfoo. Aqua Jet gives Buizel a STAB priority attack that can revenge kill most Pokemon, but Buizel must watch out for Lileep and its ability, Storm Drain, as it will often switch in to absorb the attack. Return has the ability to 2HKO Eviolite Staryu, but comes up short against Eviolite Chinchou at full HP. Buizel running a Jolly nature can 2HKO Ferroseed with Hidden Power Fire without a Life Orb. If you decide not to use Hidden Power Fire, it frees up 36 EVs that could go into Buizel's lacking Special Defense stat. A Swords Dance pass is very appreciated, as it makes Buizel a much bigger threat.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Water Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall / Aqua Tail
~ Return
~ Switcheroo / Brick Break
~ Aqua Jet / Switcheroo
236 Atk / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

Waterfall can now 2HKO Scraggy and bulky Mienfoo with the boost from the Choice Band, but Aqua Tail's extra power is always appreciated as both Fighting-types have Drain Punch. Return 3HKOs Chinchou, even the RestTalk set, which usually only has Scald as its attacking move. Buizel must watch out for Thunder Wave, though. Brick Break usually 2HKOs Eviolite Ferroseed and Lileep. Switcheroo can cripple counters to Buizel, such as Slowpoke, Lileep, Staryu, and Chinchou, all of which are special sweepers. It will even beat Scraggy and Mienfoo, as it can lock them into an undesired move and take away their Eviolite.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Passer

Eviolite Swift Swim Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Baton Pass
~ Bulk Up
~ Agility
~ Waterfall
76 HP / 196 SpD / 236 Spe

This set is excellent for Baton Passing boosts to a potential physical sweeper. Bulk Up provides not only boosts to Attack, but also to Defense, which can be essential in a Baton Pass chain. Agility provides boosts to Speed, which is mandatory in a Baton Pass team and useful if you only want to set up a sweeper. Waterfall is in the last spot so that Buizel can actually deal damage to the opposing Pokemon. In this set, Buizel reaches 19 Speed, outspeeding almost every non-scarfed Pokemon.

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Other Options

Toxic can be used in the Life Orb set but not the Choice Band set, as it already has Switcheroo to harm its walls. Buizel can run Quick Attack to revenge kill anything at low health, but Aqua Jet does more damage except against Lileep, Frillish, and other Pokemon that resist Water-type attacks. Buizel could run Mud-Slap to lower an opponent's accuracy so that it can't hit it, but it is generally luck-based, weak, and it doesn't hit Flying-types.

Checks and Counters

Chinchou counters Buizel hard with a STAB Thunderbolt, and Slowpoke walls all of Buizel's attacks and can then cripple it with Toxic or Thunder Wave. Without a Choice Band, Buizel is countered by Lileep, taking huge damage from its Energy Ball. Ferroseed can Leech Seed Buizel and alternate between Protect and Spikes, even if it is against the Choice Band set. Choice Scarf Magnemite can OHKO Buizel with a STAB Thunderbolt.