Meganium

Overgrow
Boosts power of Grass-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Leaf Guard
Prevents status effects in sun.
Type Tier
Grass NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 301 364 -
Atk
82
180 200 263 289
Def
100
212 236 299 328
SpA
83
181 202 265 291
SpD
100
212 236 299 328
Spe
80
176 196 259 284

Overview

Meganium is your basic bread-and-butter Grass-type Pokemon with nothing too out of the ordinary. A fairly balanced stat spread and decent support movepool make it a versatile Pokemon that can be catered to fit your team's needs. Unlike the many other Grass-types that Meganium faces stiff competition from, such as Torterra and Vileplume, its base 80 Speed and overall bulk make it a fast, decent check against a number of threats, such as Ludicolo, Golurk, and Exeggutor. Despite these qualities, however, Meganium's mono-Grass typing leaves it with weaknesses to types commonly seen within the metagame, specifically Fire-, Ice-, and Bug-types, and vulnerable to all forms of entry hazards. Furthermore, Meganium is easily threatened by many of NU's top threats, such as Braviary, Scolipede, Jynx, and Charizard, which can make it struggle to consistently support its team.

Name Item Nature

Support

Leftovers Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Aromatherapy
~ Synthesis / Leech Seed
~ Giga Drain
~ Dragon Tail
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

With its respectable bulk and Speed, Meganium makes a great addition to a team in need of cleric and phazing support. Aromatherapy is its primary support move, curing its team and itself of harmful status effects. Synthesis is used to replenish Meganium's HP and ensure longevity, but Leech Seed can be used if you prefer passive healing and the ability to potentially heal a teammate should Meganium switch out. Giga Drain is Meganium's STAB move of choice, hitting for reasonable damage and restoring some of its health simultaneously. Finally, Dragon Tail separates Meganium from its fellow Grass-types and turns it into an efficient phazer.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

A dedicated dual screens set with Light Clay can be used, but it's outclassed by Serperior due to its higher Speed and Taunt. A RestTalk set is an option, but it's unreliable, and Synthesis and Aromatherapy work well enough for recovery and removing status ailments, respectively. A SubSeed set can be used, but Meganium would need to sacrifice a lot of its bulk in exchange for Speed to make it worthwhile. Counter is an interesting choice to surprise unsuspecting physical attackers. Sunny Day support with SolarBeam and Hidden Power Fire is also a possibility. In terms of offensive options, Body Slam can be used for the 30% chance of paralyzing an opponent, and Petal Dance is a stronger Grass-type attack; however, it's not recommended on defensive sets due to its effect. Meganium has access to Swords Dance and can use moves such as Seed Bomb, Earthquake, and Return, but it's more or less outclassed by Sawsbuck and Cacturne as a physical attacker. Finally, a Choice Specs set could be used, but Meganium doesn't pack the offensive presence to make this viable and thus prefers to stay defensive.

Checks and Counters

Strong Pokemon with powerful super effective attacks generally work well to deal with Meganium, as it has many common weaknesses. Charizard, Jynx, Scolipede, Braviary, Swellow, and Haunter are some examples of Pokemon that completely crush it. The majority of Substitute-using Pokemon, including Misdreavus, Scolipede, and Braviary, can set up against Meganium as it struggles to break their bulwark in one hit with Giga Drain or Dragon Tail. Sap Sipper Pokemon, such as Sawsbuck and Miltank, can absorb Leech Seed and Giga Drain and proceed to set up against Meganium. Mantine and Regice can tank Meganium's hits with impunity, thanks to their high Special Defense, and can hit back with their super effective STAB Air Slash and Ice Beam, respectively. Audino, Lickilicky, and Probopass also work well with their high Special Defense and can PP stall Meganium out of Aromatherapy by constantly crippling it with status. Finally, Vileplume is immune to Leech Seed and the potential Toxic and can hit Meganium hard with its STAB Sludge Bomb.

Unreleased

Meganium receives Leaf Guard from the Dream World. While it's better than Overgrow on a defensive Pokemon, it is useless unless Meganium has Sunny Day support, as there are no permanent sun inducers in NU. Furthermore, Meganium commonly carries Aromatherapy, which makes Leaf Guard largely pointless.