Delcatty

Cute Charm
Can infatuate Pokemon of opposite gender when struck.
Normalize
All moves used by the wielder are Normal-type.
Wonder Skin
Reduces the accuracy of a status move to 50%.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 281 344 -
Atk
65
149 166 229 251
Def
65
149 166 229 251
SpA
55
131 146 209 229
SpD
55
131 146 209 229
Spe
70
158 176 239 262
  • Neverused

Overview

Delcatty is just one of those Pokemon with few redeeming qualities over other Pokemon. Delcatty's stats are in the big picture awful, with only its Speed and HP stats being close to decent. Delcatty has a good support movepool, however, with moves such as Wish, Heal Bell, and, most importantly, Thunder Wave. Delcatty's Normalize ability turns Thunder Wave into a Normal-type move, allowing it to hit Ground-types without relying on the rather inaccurate Stun Spore. However, with only this redeeming quality, Delcatty faces stiff competition from the metagame's biggest supporters, such as Lickilicky, Alomomola, Miltank, and even Audino and Togetic. Nevertheless, if your team needs cleric and Wish support, as well as a reliable way to paralyze Ground-types, Delcatty is worth considering.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Focus Sash / Leftovers Normalize Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Thunder Wave
~ Wish
~ Heal Bell
~ Return
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe

This is Delcatty's best way to do any good in battle. With Normalize, Delcatty can paralyze any Ground-type in the tier, making it more reliable than Pokemon such as Vileplume resorting to the inaccurate Stun Spore. Wish and Heal Bell allow Delcatty to serve another purpose, by providing cleric and Wish support to its teammates. Return gives it a way to deal some damage, however little it may be, while avoiding being completely shut down by Taunt.

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Other Options

Pretty much every other option Delcatty has at its disposal is either just outclassed or just really bad. If you really struggle to find a spot for a second weather supporter on your weather team, and need a cleric or Wish-passer that can shut down Ground-types, Delcatty can utilize either Sunny Day or Rain Dance in the last slot. Besides Thunder Wave and Toxic, Delcatty has access to another status move in Sing, but its unreliable accuracy is off-putting. If you really, really want to take an offensive approach with Delcatty, use either Calm Mind or Work Up. It has a great special movepool and decent physical moves at disposal, but Delcatty is incredibly weak, so keep that in mind. Also, if you do go on the offensive with Delcatty, use its Dream World ability Wonder Skin instead of Normalize. Delcatty also has access to Baton Pass, which it can use to pass Calm Mind and Work Up boosts to its teammates, but it's highly outclassed by Pokemon such as Togetic and Ninjask in this role.

Checks and Counters

As Delcatty has awful defenses and absolutely no offensive presence, it's not hard to counter it. Haunter and Misdreavus completely stop Delcatty, as they are immune to Normalize Thunder Wave and Return, and are able to outright KO or shut it down with Will-O-Wisp and Taunt. Fighting-types, such as Sawk and Scraggy, are almost equally good answers to Delcatty due to their threatening STAB moves, but they need to be careful of switching in on Thunder Wave. As mentioned above, Taunt shuts down Delcatty completely. Mandibuzz, Serperior, and Golbat are good examples of fast and bulky Taunt users that can also easily tank repeated weak Returns coming off Delcatty's abysmal Attack stat. Guts and Quick Feet abusers, such as Ursaring, Throh, and Gurdurr, can come in on Thunder Wave and take advantage of the boost it provides through their respective abilities. Switching in Swellow on Thunder Wave is highly counterproductive though. In the long run, any strong STAB attack from Pokemon such as Swellow, Exeggutor, or Gorebyss, can easily OHKO Delcatty.