Leavanny

Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Chlorophyll
Speed doubles in sun.
Overcoat
Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
Type Tier
Bug / Grass NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
103
217 242 305 335
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
92
198 220 283 311

Overview

Leavanny is another odd Pokemon introduced in BW. With a somewhat unique Grass and Bug typing, a strange base 92 Speed, Chlorophyll, Swords Dance, and a decent Attack stat, Leavanny can do a lot of damage if it's supported properly. Next to Sawsbuck and Leafeon, Leavanny is the fastest Chlorophyll user in the RU tier, as it outspeeds Lilligant in the sun, and OHKOes it with STAB Bug-type attacks. Unfortunately, Leavanny has some undesirable traits that cannot go unnoticed; its typing leaves it with two dual weaknesses to Fire- and Flying-type moves, both of which are common in the RU tier. Leavanny also has a weakness to Stealth Rock, which strips it of 25% of its health upon switching in. It has an extremely barren movepool that only contains its STAB moves and weak auxiliary moves that offer no additional coverage, such as Shadow Claw and Aerial Ace. In addition, Leavanny's damage output is rather underwhelming before a Swords Dance boost, and because of its poor defenses, Leavanny will often find it difficult to set up. However, Leavanny also sports some useful resistances, such as a 4x resistance to both Grass- and Ground-type attacks, and a resistance to Electric-, Fighting-, and Water-type attacks. Although it may not seem like the best choice for a sun team, or any team for that matter, Leavanny has its perks and may even surprise you in battle.

Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Chlorophyll Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Leaf Blade
~ X-Scissor
~ Return / Baton Pass
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Access to Swords Dance and Chlorophyll is the only thing that makes Leavanny viable in RU, as otherwise, it is majorly outclassed. Leavanny has a decent base 103 Attack stat, giving it plenty of power to fire off its potent dual STAB moves. Leaf Blade is Leavanny's most powerful move, as it hits the many Water-, Ground-, and Rock-types in RU, such as Omastar, Kabutops, and Rhydon, for super effective damage, and it has a high critical hit rate to boot. X-Scissor is a nice complement that also gains STAB, and hits the numerous Psychic-, Dark-, and Grass-type Pokemon, such as Tangrowth, Sceptile, Uxie, Absol, and Lilligant, for super effective damage. Return is slashed in the final moveslot because it's one of Leavanny's only remaining attacking options, and it has no other way to hit Fire-types. Most Steel-types wall Leavanny regardless of its moveset. However, should you not need Return for whatever reason, Baton Pass is a useful move to give any boosts Leavanny has gained to an incoming sweeper.

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Other Options

As previously mentioned, Leavanny's options are limited, and most of them aren't useful and are better done by other Pokemon. Leavanny has access to some useful support options, including Reflect, Light Screen, GrassWhistle, and Sunny Day. Dual screens is done better by Pokemon such as Uxie, GrassWhistle can be useful to completely halt the opponent, but has terrible accuracy, and Sunny Day is best set up by Leavanny's teammates, as it already has to worry about setting up Swords Dance. Offensively, Leavanny has a few other options such as Shadow Claw, Aerial Ace, and Poison Jab, but again, none of them are useful or provide further type coverage. Leavanny can pull off a full Baton Pass set with Swords Dance, Agility, and Calm Mind, but this is done better by dedicated Baton Pass users such as Smeargle.

Checks and Counters

Steel-types such as Magneton and Steelix are Leavanny's worst nightmare, as they take a pittance from any of Leavanny's attacks and can hit it hard with Hidden Power Fire and Gyro Ball, respectively. Bulky Fire-types such as Moltres and Entei are also great counters, as they can take a boosted Return and easily KO Leavanny with their powerful STAB Fire-type attacks, which will usually be boosted by the sun. Outside of the sun, Leavanny is much easier to deal with, so rain teams pose a significant threat to it. Any status cripples Leavanny, as Toxic whittles down its health, Thunder Wave and Will-O-Wisp make Leavanny near-useless, and sleep will incapacitate it completely.