- The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
It's not hard to see why Smogon praises Koffing. When taking a quick look at Koffing, you'll notice its exceptional Defense stat, resistance to the plethora of Fighting-type moves, and incredible ability in Levitate. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a good movepool filled with interesting attacking and supporting options. Hower, like most Pokemon, Koffing is not without its faults. Koffing's Special Attack stat is mediocre at best, which means that powerful attackers such as Chinchou and Magnemite can take advantage of it with ease. Additionally, Koffing's low Special Defense stat lets most special attackers 2HKO it. To make matters worse, Koffing doesn't have access to reliable recovery outside of Rest, giving it difficulty sticking around for very long. However, don't let these faults deter you; when played to its strengths, namely walling most physical attackers in Little Cup, Koffing can prove to be a valuable member of your team.
This is Koffing's bread-and-butter set. Pain Split is Koffing's best form of recovery in a fast-paced metagame such as Little Cup;
stealing the opponent's HP not only lengthens Koffing life span but also allows it to weaken foes. Clear Smog distinguishes Koffing from other physical walls, as it enables Koffing to ignore stat boosts from the likes of Scraggy and Timburr, both of whom are powerful boosting sweepers in Little Cup. Will-O-Wisp allows Koffing to cripple physical attackers such as Mienfoo, as well as add residual damage to prominent Koffing switch-ins such as Chinchou. Toxic is a viable option over Will-O-Wisp for crippling walls such as Chinchou, Lileep, and Hippopotas. Fire Blast rounds off the set by giving Koffing an option to hit Steel-types, such as Ferroseed and Bronzor, that would otherwise wall Koffing with ease.
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Koffing can use a classic RestTalk set efficiently thanks to its good Eviolite-boosted stats and its good defensive typing, and an awesome ability. Rest is of course necessary on any RestTalk set to give Koffing a recovery move that cures status and fully heals HP, while Sleep Talk prevents Koffing from being completely useless while sleeping. Clear Smog is a staple on Koffing, as it prevents setup sweepers such as Scraggy and Timburr from defeating it with ease. Finally, Fire Blast roasts Steel-types such as Ferroseed that like to switch into Koffing. Sludge Bomb is a viable alternative as it gives Koffing a reliable STAB move that hits harder against Water-types than Fire Blast.
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Koffing has a pretty enormous movepool. With access to Sunny Day and Rain Dance, Koffing can act as a weather supporter. Taunt can stop Ferroseed and Shelmet from setting up Spikes. Destiny Bond is a cool surprise move that can take out key threats, but Koffing is a little too slow to use Destiny Bond effectively. Memento is nice for giving setup sweepers such as Scraggy a great opportunity to sweep. Stockpile is a interesting option, as unlike many Stockpile users, Koffing doesn't have to worry about Toxic.
Checks and Counters
Koffing is pretty easy to check; all you need to do is exploit its low Special Defense stat. Staryu, Chinchou, Misdreavus, Gastly, and nearly every other special attacker can 2HKO Koffing even if it has Special Defense investment. As Koffing doesn't have too much of an offensive presence, it's not incredibly difficult for the aforementioned Pokemon to switch into Koffing without taking much damage. Abra can even OHKO Koffing; it also doesn't fear status because of its Magic Guard ability. Ponyta is one of the few physical attackers that can defeat Koffing as it doesn't fear Will-O-Wisp and can 2HKO with a sun-boosted Flare Blitz.