Buneary

Run Away
Increases chances of successfully escaping a random battle.
Klutz
The wielder both is unaffected by and will not utilize held items.
Limber
Prevents paralysis.
Type Tier
Normal LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 22 25 -
Atk
66
11 13 16 17
Def
44
9 10 14 15
SpA
44
9 10 14 15
SpD
56
10 12 15 16
Spe
85
13 15 18 19
  • Little Cup

Overview

Sporting great Speed and Attack stats along with a formidable offensive movepool, Buneary is a contender to rival some of Little Cup's best Normal-types, such as Meowth and Aipom. Although Meowth does carry Technician and Aipom has a great Attack stat, Buneary can function just as well with moves such as Encore and Switcheroo. Although Buneary has a complete lack of resistances and immunities barring its Ghost-type immunity, it performs well offensively with a powerful STAB Return. While Run Away is useless competitively, Klutz does have its uses with Switcheroo if you are willing to "throw away" Buneary's item slot. It might face competition from its fellow offensive Normal-types, but Buneary is a sure threat to be wary of and a strong team contender.

Name Item Ability Nature

Anti-Lead

Flame Orb / Choice Scarf Klutz Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Switcheroo
~ Return
~ Encore / ThunderPunch
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Buneary can function very well as a fast lead. Fake Out is a wonderful move to break Focus Sash or Sturdy. Switcheroo is a good move to carry as it can cripple many Pokemon. Flame Orb burns the opponent, cutting its Attack stat and dealing damage over time. Choice Scarf's ability to lock opponents into one attack can be truly debilitating to many enemies, especially defensive Pokemon that rely on Eviolite. Return is Buneary's primary STAB move. It has a high Base Power and good neutral coverage, but has issues with Ghost-type Pokemon that are immune to it. Encore is useful for locking the opponent into a move—it is intended to be used with Flame Orb, as its function is rather repetitive alongside Choice Scarf Switcheroo. Locking the opponent into a move can give teammates such as Scraggy opportunities to set up. ThunderPunch provides neutral coverage against all Ghost-types excluding Golett, which is very rare.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Limber Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Return
~ Jump Kick / Drain Punch
~ ThunderPunch
~ Switcheroo / Quick Attack / Fire Punch
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Buneary has a fairly wide physical movepool with access to moves such as Ice Punch, Fire Punch, Jump Kick, and Drain Punch, giving it great potential for a Choice Band set when used in conjunction with its high Speed stat. Return is the STAB move of choice, dealing heavy damage to all but the bulkiest foes which lack a resistance. Carrying ThunderPunch allows Buneary to hit Ghost-types neutrally, which it wouldn't be able to do otherwise. Switcheroo is useful if Buneary can swap over its Choice Band to the right Pokemon, potentially crippling it; Pokemon such as Gastly are severely hindered by Choice Band. Drain Punch or Jump Kick is useful for hitting Rock- and Steel-types that resist Buneary's STAB. Drain Punch has the benefit of replenishing some of Buneary's health, while Jump Kick has a higher Base Power but unfortunately also has only 95 accuracy and deals recoil damage to Buneary when it misses.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Eviolite Limber Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Encore / Sweet Kiss
~ Circle Throw
~ Healing Wish / Heal Bell
~ Ice Punch / ThunderPunch
96 HP / 96 Def / 156 Spe

Buneary has the moves and stats to pull off a support set adequately. With access to moves such as Encore and Healing Wish, it can be a huge asset to your team. Using Encore with Circle Throw is a great combination when set up correctly. Encore has a lot of potential to force switches, which can be extremely frustrating when Circle Throw is used against the switch-ins to further scout the opposing team. When used in conjunction with entry hazards, this set can actually break through stall. When Buneary gets down to low HP, it can use Healing Wish to sacrifice itself to fully heal one of its crippled or weak teammates. Heal Bell is a useful move, as it will rid your team of all status problems. Carrying Ice Punch or ThunderPunch assures that Buneary isn't walled by Ghost-types.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Oran Berry Limber Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Baton Pass
~ Agility
~ Encore
~ Substitute / Return
236 HP / 4 Def / 236 Spe

Buneary's considerably high base Speed allows it to outspeed quite a few Pokemon, making it a decent Baton Passer; its average defenses allow it to take 1-2 hits from weaker Pokemon. The main goal of this set is to set up an Agility or two and pass it the boosts on to a slower sweeper, such as Cranidos and Solosis, to help them perform a sweep. Encore can cripple walls, while Substitute can help Buneary Baton Pass, as it blocks status and allows Buneary to survive hits it otherwise could not. Buneary can also Baton Pass a 6 HP Substitute with the listed EV spread. Return is a strong STAB move that can be used if you feel the need to use an attacking move.

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Other Options

Buneary can also run a Choice Scarf set. Even when no EVs are invested, Buneary still hits 22 Speed with a Choice Scarf, outrunning all unboosted LC Pokemon as well as many of the Choice Scarf users which usually have only 21 Speed. While Switcheroo is a great move with Choice Scarf, Buneary often finds itself outclassed in LC as a simple Choice Scarf user.

Checks and Counters

Buneary has below average defensive stats and an unfortunate weakness to common Fighting-type attacks, thus making Drain Punch users such as Scraggy great checks. Priority users of Mach Punch and Vacuum Wave are a nuisance, ignoring Buneary's great Speed and destroying the fragile bunny with super effective damage. Gastly is a good check, as it is immune to Normal-type moves and can retaliate with Hidden Power Fighting, though it must be wary as the majority of its sets will be severely disabled by a Choice Scarf or Choice Band via Switcheroo. Pawniard is a good counter, resisting Normal-type attacks and having the potential to set up a Swords Dance. It must watch out for either Flame Orb or Choice Scarf. Cottonee is also a counter to Buneary, as it has access to priority Encore and Substitute, which can force Buneary to switch out often. However, it must watch out for a Choice Scarf set, which can outspeed and KO it.