Jynx

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Forewarn
Tells which of the opponent's moves has the highest Base Power.
Dry Skin
The wielder absorbs Water-type moves and has a weakness to Fire-type moves. Heals in rain and is damaged by sun.
Type Tier
Ice / Psychic NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
50
122 136 199 218
Def
35
95 106 169 185
SpA
115
239 266 329 361
SpD
95
203 226 289 317
Spe
95
203 226 289 317

Overview

Jynx has an excellent base 115 Special Attack stat and decent Speed and Special Defense stats of 95. From this information, Jynx may look like a great sweeper, but she is held back by a horrible base 35 Defense stat. This makes her extremely vulnerable to almost any physical attack coming her way, especially to the common Sucker Punch to which she has an unfortunate weakness. Her low HP stat doesn't help her either. On top of that, Jynx has always been overshadowed by other Psychic-type Pokemon such as Alakazam, even with her great Special Attack stat, and this generation is no different. UU's newest additions bring about even more Psychic-type Pokemon that outclass Jynx in some way, including Mew and Azelf. Both are faster than Jynx, while Mew is bulkier, and Azelf hits much harder. Jynx is weak to Stealth Rock as well, but she has some things up her sleeve that the aforementioned Pokemon don't: Lovely Kiss, a sleep-inducing move. With Lovely Kiss, Jynx has a much easier time setting up Nasty Plot or Calm Mind while her opponent is sleeping, making her a great late-game sweeper.

Jynx also received a new ability this generation: Dry Skin. With Dry Skin, Jynx receives an immunity to Water-type moves, recovering HP if hit by one. This makes her a great counter to Slowbro and some variants of Suicune, easily stopping their attempts at doing much back to her with Taunt. Dry Skin also restores HP in rain, which is great for Jynx. Even the ability's debilitating effects don't matter much, since many Fire-type moves already KO Jynx, and sun is uncommon in UU.

Name Item Ability Nature

Nasty Plot

Leftovers / Life Orb Dry Skin Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Ice Beam
~ Psyshock / Focus Blast
~ Lovely Kiss / Substitute
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set is all about boosting Jynx's Special Attack with Nasty Plot. Get Jynx onto the field, either when one of your Pokemon has fainted, or come in on a resisted or weak special move. With Lovely Kiss, setting up becomes much easier. Substitute serves a similar purpose, protecting Jynx from damage and status. Ice Beam is Jynx's main STAB move, hitting hard off of Jynx's great Special Attack. Psyshock is a reliable secondary STAB move that takes care of special walls. Focus Blast hits Steel-type Pokemon, which resist Jynx's STAB moves.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Calm Mind

Leftovers Dry Skin Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Ice Beam / Psyshock
~ Taunt / Substitute
~ Lovely Kiss
200 HP / 56 SpA / 252 Spe

Unlike the Nasty Plot set, Jynx now takes on a more defensive role with Calm Mind. After one boost, weaker special moves from Pokemon such as Milotic won't break through one Substitute, and after several boosts, Jynx can survive even the most powerful special moves that aren't of the Fire-type. Lovely Kiss puts slower Pokemon and switch-ins to sleep, granting Jynx an easier time setting up. As an attacking option, Ice Beam is the preferred choice, as no Pokemon is immune to it, but Psyshock hits most special walls much harder than Ice Beam and takes care of the many Fighting-type Pokemon in the tier. With Taunt, this set also makes a great counter to most specially oriented Water-type Pokemon in the tier, such as Suicune, Slowbro, and Milotic, as they can't do much back at Jynx without their status moves.

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Other Options

Jynx has a wide movepool but can't really use all she has access to. Signal Beam can be used to hit Dark-type Pokemon for super effective damage. Jynx also has the combination of Mean Look and Perish Song, but she doesn't have the defenses to pull it off. Jynx also has access to Trick Room and Rain Dance, as well as other support moves such as Wish, Heal Bell, Toxic, Sweet Kiss, Reflect, and Light Screen, but other Pokemon pull those off more effectively. If you want to gamble a little for more power, Blizzard can be used, but it's not recommended. Jynx also has a wide physical movepool, but her Attack stat is very bad and she can only boost it with Meditate.

Checks and Counters

Every physical Pokemon that can outspeed Jynx can counter her, as her terrible Defense stat makes her vulnerable to almost any physical move. Mew with a positive Speed nature always outspeeds Jynx, and can hit hard with Shadow Ball or Shadow Claw. Houndoom with Sucker Punch will easily KO Jynx, and can also use its Fire-type moves to finish her off. Jynx is no match for Weavile either, as she is extremely weak to Pursuit. Cobalion resists Ice Beam and can KO Jynx with its STAB Fighting- or Steel-type moves.