Frillish

Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Cursed Body
The wielder has a 30% chance to disable any move that hits it.
Damp
Prevents the use of Selfdestruct or Explosion. Prevents Aftermath from doing damage.
Type Tier
Water / Ghost LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 251 314 -
Atk
40
104 116 179 196
Def
50
122 136 199 218
SpA
65
149 166 229 251
SpD
85
185 206 269 295
Spe
40
104 116 179 196

Overview

Frillish might not have as outstanding bulk as some of the other walls in the tier, but its unique typing and good movepool make it a solid defensive support Pokemon for nearly any team. Its Ghost / Water typing gives it six useful resistances and two immunities, which make it a good answer to many of the tier's physical attackers. It has access to a wide array of support moves, such as Will-O-Wisp, Taunt, and even the coveted Recover, which makes it an even longer-lasting wall. Frillish is also great when it comes to attacking, as it can utilize its base 65 Special Attack and access to moves such as Scald, Water Spout, Hydro Pump, Ice Beam, Giga Drain, and Shadow Ball to run an effective Choice Scarf set. However, Frillish does not lack flaws. Its Ghost typing is a double-edged sword, making it weak to Dark- and Ghost-type attacks, which many top-tier Pokemon often carry. Frillish also has trouble handling opposing walls, especially Water-types, such as Chinchou, and Grass-types, such as Foongus and Shroomish. Still, because of its resistances and supporting movepool, Frillish is a solid contender for a slot on any team that needs support and a physical wall.

Name Item Ability Nature

Defensive

Eviolite Cursed Body Calm / Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Surf / Scald
~ Shadow Ball
~ Will-O-Wisp / Toxic
~ Recover
236 HP / 196 Def / 76 SpD

Using its unique spread of resistances, above-average Special Defense, and fair HP and Defense, Frillish can utilize a physically defensive set to wall a good portion of the LC metagame. Frillish's main advantage over other bulky Water-types is its unique typing, which gives it two immunities and six resistances. This lets it counter a multitude of common threats, such as Mienfoo and Larvesta. Not only is it quite bulky, but it also has a lot of support and attacking options it can use to aid its teammates. It can use Surf to hit opponents hard, especially Ground-, Fire-, and Rock-types. Scald is another option, as it works nicely, giving Frillish the choice to burn or Toxic its foe. However, it does not hit as hard as Surf. Frillish also learns Shadow Ball, which hits Psychic- and Ghost-types for even more damage than Surf. It can also be used to hit Dragon-, Water-, and Grass-types neutrally, something that Surf does not. Frillish's third slot should be used for support. It has access to both Will-O-Wisp and Toxic, the former crippling physical attackers, the latter providing steady damage that wears down walls. Finally, Recover lets Frillish regain any health lost while it sponges hits and makes it last much longer.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Water Absorb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hydro Pump
~ Shadow Ball
~ Ice Beam
~ Giga Drain / Water Spout / Trick
76 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

Although Frillish's Special Attack might not make it seem as formidable offensively as powerhouses such as Misdreavus, Frillish does get access to a variety of powerful attacks and can utilize its decent Special Attack in an offensive Choice Scarf set. It has just enough Speed to be able to outspeed every non-boosted opponent while holding a Choice Scarf, making it an ideal revenge killer and sweeper. Frillish's coverage is fantastic, letting it hit a wide variety of opponents for super effective damage, which makes up for its lack of outstanding Special Attack. Hydro Pump is Frillish's main STAB attack, boasting a massive 180 Base Power after STAB. However, if Hydro Pump's unreliable accuracy is not desired, Water Spout can be used instead. It hits even harder initially, though its power drops rapidly when Frillish sustains damage, so it is not as reliable power-wise. Shadow Ball is Frillish's second STAB attack, hitting opponents for a fair amount of damage. Ice Beam is Frillish's main coverage move, hitting the Grass- and Dragon-types that resist Water Spout for super effective damage. Giga Drain rounds off the set with extra coverage, not only hitting Water-types for a lot of damage but also letting Frillish heal itself and power up its Water Spout for later use. Trick can also be used in the last slot, as it cripples defensive walls that try to switch in and wall Frillish.

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Other Options

Frillish can also run an offensive Life Orb set, but due to its low Speed and common weaknesses, such a set does not work very well. Hidden Power Fire can be used as an attacking option for Frillish to hit Steel-types, most notably, Ferroseed.

Checks and Counters

Ferroseed is the best counter to Frillish. It isn't hit super effectively by anything other than the rare Hidden Power Fire, and can set up on or just KO Frillish. Other Grass-types, such as Lileep and Shroomish, can also check Frillish. Shroomish is especially good at walling Toxic Frillish, as Poison Heal lets it recover its health. Lileep is immune to Frillish's Water-type attacks and can Giga Drain it to death. Foongus can Spore Frillish and whittle it down with Giga Drain as well. Snover is a nice check, as the hail it brings can steadily damage Frillish and its Giga Drain can 2HKO. However, take note that, because of Frillish's Cursed Body ability, Choiced Pokemon that can not OHKO it might be forced to switch out. Specially bulky Pokemon, such as Lickitung or Porygon, can also wall Frillish. Porygon's Trace ability lets it switch into Choice Scarf Frillish's Water-type STAB and recover its HP. Water-types, such as Chinchou, are also great checks, as they can often sponge a Giga Drain or two. Chinchou can KO with Electric-type attacks and use Heal Bell to keep its teammates free of status induced by Frillish. Offensively, Ghost- and Dark-types can check Frillish. Misdreavus has enough special bulk to tank any hit and OHKO back with Shadow Ball. Murkrow doesn't like Ice Beam or a full-powered Water Spout but can switch in on anything else and OHKO with Sucker Punch. Scraggy can easily defeat Frillish's defensive set, as it can shrug off status with Shed Skin and set up or KO with Crunch. Pokemon with Knock Off, such as Mienfoo and Vullaby, can also severely cripple Frillish, as Frillish relies a lot on its item for boosts in bulk and Speed.