Cresselia

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Psychic BL2
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 195 227 -
Atk
70
81 90 122 134
Def
120
126 140 172 189
SpA
75
85 95 127 139
SpD
130
135 150 182 200
Spe
85
94 105 137 150

Overview

Cresselia is one of the bulkiest Pokemon in all of VGC, excluding a few Ubers from VGC 2010. With her incredible bulk, Cresselia is able to take large amounts of damage with relative ease, making her a reliable user of Trick Room. With a vast movepool to complement her bulk, Cresselia becomes an amazing supporter supplying things such as dual screens, Helping Hand, and ways to lower the opponent's Speed. When it comes to the attractive combination of support versatility and high bulk, few Pokemon stand out as much as Cresselia.

Name Item Nature

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Sitrus Berry / Chesto Berry Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Icy Wind / Thunder Wave
~ Psychic
~ Light Screen / Reflect
~ Helping Hand / Rest
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This set utilizes Cresselia's excellent bulk and fantastic movepool to create a powerful support Pokemon. Each time Icy Wind hits an opponent, their Speed decreases. Thunder Wave is also another option to regulate Speed but gets no use against Pokemon such as Garchomp or Excadrill, or Pokemon with Lightningrod on the field. Psychic gives Cresselia an attacking option if she gets taunted or needs to quickly KO a weakened Pokemon. Light Screen or Reflect make great choices for helping your team's defensive capabilities. The move you use can depend on what kind of attacks your team is weak to. If you have trouble with moves such as Surf, Discharge, or other special attacks, Light Screen would be the preferred choice; if many of your Pokemon have issues with physical attacks such as Rock Slide or Earthquake, Reflect is the obvious choice. A great supporting move Cresselia can use is Helping Hand, which boosts her partner's attacks, gaining significant KOs. Rest is also an option in tandem with Chesto Berry, helping Cresselia last longer as a supporter in matches.

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Name Item Nature

Trick Room Setter

Sitrus Berry / Mental Herb Sassy / Relaxed
Moveset IVs
~ Trick Room
~ Psychic
~ Helping Hand / Safeguard
~ Light Screen / Reflect
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 60 Def / 196 SpD

In this metagame, Cresselia is no doubt the best Trick Room set-up user. Psychic helps KO worn down Pokemon and provides a nice way to deal out huge damage to the common Fighting-types. Cresselia can also remain as a supporter and maximize her team's offensive potential with Helping Hand, boosting her partner's moves such as Earthquake or Rock Slide. One of the most annoying ways people deal with Trick Room is to put all of the Pokemon to sleep. This creates a better opportunity for them to stall and KO your Pokemon while taking no damage. You can solve this problem with Safeguard. Screens also make a fine choice, as they help Pokemon set up and are usually successful in VGC. The screen to use depends on what support the team needs. If you have trouble with special attacks, Light Screen would be the screen of choice, while Reflect is the obvious choice for defending against physical attacks.

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Other Options

Cresselia is one of the few Pokemon that can use a Calm Mind set in VGC. However, flinches or full paralyses can be annoying if you're trying to set up. A Bold nature can be used in tandem with an EV spread of 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD to wall physical threats better. Psycho Shift and Toxic or Flame Orb combination is cool to try to spread around status ailments and stop physical attackers. Moonlight can be used for recovery, but with weather changing so much in this metagame, the amount recovered will vary. Lunar Dance can be used to sacrifice a weakened Cresselia to heal a weakened teammate to full health. Magic Coat can bounce back status moves that can be troublesome to your team. With a Choice item, Cresselia can utilize Trick to force opponents to use moves such as Protect. Recycle can be used if Cresselia has Sitrus Berry to provide an easy constant form of recovery. Psyshock can be used as an alternative to Psychic to hit Blissey and Chansey harder. Gravity can serve as an option for Cresselia to set up easily. However it has the downside of countering the effects of Levitate.

Checks and Counters

Fake Out and Taunt both hurt Cresselia by preventing it from supporting its teammates, by either flinching it for one turn or disabling its non-attacking moves for three turns. Strong attackers such as Tyranitar, Bisharp, and Metagross can be troublesome with their appropriate Gems. As far as special attackers go, nothing can OHKO Cresselia without a critical hit. However, opponents such as Chandelure and Volcarona can 2HKO Cresselia with Shadow Ball or Bug Buzz. Imprison users with Trick Room prevent Cresselia from setting up Trick Room. Roar also prevents Cresselia from setting up Trick Room, as it phazes Cresselia out before it can set up.