Foongus

Effect Spore
30% chance to paralyze, poison, or sleep when struck by a contact move.
Regenerator
Wielder heals 1/3 of its maximum HP on switching out.
Type Tier
Grass / Poison LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
69
- 23 26 -
Atk
55
10 12 15 16
Def
45
9 11 14 15
SpA
55
10 12 15 16
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
15
7 8 11 12

Overview

With a figure that resembles Mr. Potato Head and stats that aren't very appealing in any certain way, Foongus looks like another Pokemon that serves no use competitively. This is far from the truth; Foongus stands tall as one of the best defensive pivots in Little Cup. A resistance to Fighting- and Water-type attacks allow it to fend off many of the most popular threats in Little Cup, such as Mienfoo and Chinchou, and separate itself from other Grass / Poison types through its access to Spore and its Dream World Ability, Regenerator. This allows it to potentially incapacitate a Pokemon for the rest of the match, while also gaining recovery each time it switches out.

It's not all easy for Foongus though: its defenses are lackluster, it has little offensive presence, and it has no reliable recovery outside of Synthesis, which means Foongus will often have to rely on Regenerator to gain back any HP. Foongus is countered by many common threats in the tier, and can be beaten easily if it is kept in too long. Despite this, Foongus is a reliable defensive pivot that can find its way onto many teams.

Name Item Ability Nature

Utility Pivot

Eviolite Regenerator Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Spore
~ Giga Drain
~ Stun Spore
~ Clear Smog / Sludge Bomb
124 HP / 156 Def / 76 SpA / 76 SpD / 76 Spe

This is Foongus's best set, and the only one it should be using if you choose to have it on your team. It offers good support against sand teams and can absorb Fighting- and Water-type attacks. Spore is the main selling point; put something to sleep and hope that it switches out. If they switch out, Stun Spore is a good option to cripple yet another threat, which puts two-sixths of your opponent's team at a disadvantage. Stun Spore also has the helpful utility of catching Insomnia Murkrow on the switch. Giga Drain is a decent STAB, and it also helps Foongus recover HP against threats like Chinchou and Hippopotas, which is valuable because Foongus has no decent way to heal itself outside of Regenerator. Clear Smog stops annoying setup sweepers such as Scraggy and Dwebble. However, if you feel your team handles these threats well, Sludge Bomb becomes a stronger alternative, which hits Grass-types such as Deerling or Shroomish for much more damage.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Foongus has a movepool the size of its nose, so there are very few viable options. Hidden Power Fire can be used to stop Ferroseed, but Bronzor is only 4HKOed. It also hits Magnemite, but you'd be better off switching out against it. If Croagunk troubles your team, you can use Hidden Power Flying. Again, Toxic can be used if your team appreciates the poison, but Stun Spore outclasses it. If you're using either a rain or sun team, you can give it Rain Dance or Sunny Day. Otherwise, stick to the above set.

Check and Counters

Because Foongus almost always puts something to sleep with Spore, switching in can be difficult. However, once Sleep Clause is active, many Pokemon can come in and threaten Foongus out. Natu is the best counter, as it can come in on both status moves and throw them back with Magic Bounce, resists Giga Drain, and heal Sludge Bomb damage with Roost or threaten with Psychic or Hidden Power Flying. Murkrow with Insomnia can come in on a Spore and OHKO with Drill Peck or Brave Bird. Houndour can run Early Bird to aid against Spore and OHKO with any Fire-type move. Deerling can handle both Spore and Stun Spore, but must be wary of Sludge Bomb. Pawniard can use Foongus as setup fodder but must watch for paralysis. Munchlax usually has Rest to avoid any status. Lickitung plays mostly the same way except it has Heal Bell and better recovery. Snover can OHKO with Blizzard, and Taillow can do the same with Brave Bird. Ferroseed and Bronzor both take little to nothing from Foongus besides status; the former sets up entry hazards, while the latter has Psychic and can set up Stealth Rock. Substitute users such as Misdreavus and Gastly can generally stop and threaten Foongus as it doesn't have the power to break their Substitutes easily. Almost anything that has a way to avoid the dual status can defeat Foongus easily.