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 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 140 172 -
Atk
50
63 70 102 112
Def
35
49 55 87 95
SpA
115
121 135 167 183
SpD
95
103 115 147 161
Spe
95
103 115 147 161

Overview

Jynx has a unique niche in VGC 2012 since she can learn both Fake Out, and a sleep inducing move—Lovely Kiss. Combine this with an excellent new dream world ability that provides great synergy with rain teams, and Jynx becomes a very potent support Pokemon. When it comes to outright attacking, Jynx is no slouch either, with above average base 95 Speed, great base 115 Special Attack, and the coveted Ice-type STAB, she is able to function well as a support Pokemon. Sadly, for all of Jynx’s positive qualities, she has an equal number of negative ones on hand. With a pathetic base 35 Defense stat, she won’t endure many attacks without a Focus Sash, and will find herself the victim of an OHKO if her opponent so much as sneezes on her. Ice typing is fantastic offensively, but it brings a horrible array of weaknesses to common attacks such as Heat Wave, Bullet Punch, and the omnipresent Rock Slide. On top of all of this, she faces stiff competition from Ludicolo and Toxicroak for a slot on most rain teams. Still, given the chance, Jynx can teach any opponent just how annoying a Sleep-inducing Pokemon in a metagame without Sleep Clause can be.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Focus Sash Dry Skin Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Lovely Kiss
~ Ice Beam
~ Protect / Psychic
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Fake Out and Sleep support together is what sets Jynx apart from Ludicolo and Toxicroak. Against most teams, you’ll want to Fake Out on turn one while your partner attacks, and then proceed to put problematic Pokemon to sleep with Lovely Kiss. With Jynx’s high base Speed, she can outspeed other Fake Out Users and prevent her own partner from being hit by Fake Out. When using Jynx, it’s important to drop your inhibitions from playing other metagames and remember that VGC lacks a sleep clause. Go nuts! With base 95 Speed, Lovely Kiss can be outright devastating when it hits. The remaining portion of the set is fairly self-explanatory. Ice Beam is for STAB and, coming off of Jynx’s solid base Special Attack, it’s going to hurt. Protect is one of the most useful moves in doubles and it’s no different for Jynx. Alternatively, if you want Jynx to pack a little more punch, Psychic can be used over Protect since it gains a STAB boost.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Jynx has a few extra support attacks in its movepool for use, and among them are Fake Tears, Taunt, Rain Dance, and Perish Song. If your team really needs any of these attacks, feel free to find an empty moveslot on Jynx and use whichever one you’d like. A few other notable moves, such as Helping Hand and Icy Wind, are also available, but those are Gen IV tutor moves and are incompatible with Jynx’s Dream World ability. Nasty Plot is an option, but it’s just so hard to set up in doubles. For a more gimmicky option, Trick Room is a part of Jynx’s arsenal. It's only real use is in the surprise factor. Leftovers with Dry Skin in the rain gives Jynx a ton of health, especially in conjunction with friendly Surfs. It’s best to try using Substitute when using a set like this to provide Jynx with some sort of safety net. Jynx is very frail, though, so it's tough to make a Leftovers set worthwhile. While an Ice Gem-boosted Ice Beam sounds good on paper, the lack of a Focus Sash really hurts.

Energy Ball, Shadow Ball, Focus Blast, and Hidden Power are the extent of Jynx’s offensive movepool. If you wish, you can slash any of those over Protect on the first set and try your luck, and see if any of those attacks alleviate certain problems on your team. A Life Orb set with three attacks and either Lovely Kiss or Fake Out might seem tempting, but Jynx needs the safety a Focus Sash provides. If you decide to use Jynx on a hail team as a defense against rain teams, Blizzard is an option for a powerful spread attack.

Checks and Counters

Unlike in other metagames, where a sleep clause is in effect, Jynx isn’t suddenly easier to counter once it has put something to sleep. While trying to defeat Jynx, sleep is just something you’ll need to work around. That said, Metagross, Scizor, and Hitmontop all love to see Jynx. All three have powerful priority attacks that can bring her down to her Focus Sash. Metagross in particular doesn’t care about Ice Beam or Psychic and only fears a Lovely Kiss. Sun teams exploit Jynx’s near x4 weakness to Fire in the sun and can KO it with the weakest Fire-type move in their arsenal. Focus Sash is neutered in the sun, as Dry Skin saps HP at the end of every turn when the sun is shining. Rock Slides from nearly anything will KO Jynx or break the sash. Notable mentions of Pokemon with Rock Slide include Garchomp and Terrakion. Blissey, Chansey, and Cresselia take next to nothing from Jynx's actual attacks and can stall her out; however, they don’t enjoy taking a Lovely Kiss at all.