Misdreavus

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Ghost NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
60
10 12 15 16
Def
60
10 12 15 16
SpA
85
13 15 18 19
SpD
85
13 15 18 19
Spe
85
13 15 18 19

Overview

Misdreavus has been the best Ghost-type in Little Cup for as long as it has been LC legal, with 19 Speed, excellent Special Attack, great bulk, and very few flaws. By running Will-O-Wisp and Pain Split, Misdreavus can serve as a defensive backbone, countering most Fighting-types, burning physical attackers with Will-O-Wisp, and tanking special attacks easily with its 60 / 85 special bulk. If it instead chooses to run Nasty Plot, Misdreavus becomes a potent offensive threat with very few counters. Overall, Misdreavus can play a valuable role on almost any team, especially with the prevalence of Fighting-types for it to switch into in Little Cup.

Name Item Nature

Offensive

Eviolite / Life Orb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Fighting / Thunderbolt
~ Nasty Plot
~ Will-O-Wisp / Substitute
240 SpA / 240 Spe

This set forgoes investing heavily in defenses to instead threaten teams with Misdreavus's excellent Special Attack and high Speed. Shadow Ball is Misdreavus's consistent STAB, hitting Psychic- and Ghost-types super effectively. Hidden Power Fighting complements Shadow Ball well with perfect coverage; while Thunderbolt does not provide coverage as well as Hidden Power Fighting, it is more powerful and hits crucial threats like Murkrow and Staryu harder. Nasty Plot boosts Misdreavus's Special Attack to dangerous levels, allowing it to KO most Pokemon in Little Cup in one or two hits. However, Nasty Plot only receives the third moveslot because it is not completely necessary for Misdreavus to pose an offensive threat; it is perfectly viable to run another support or coverage move over Nasty Plot. Will-O-Wisp gives Misdreavus the ability to support its team by burning physical attackers. Weakening its opponents' Attack also helps Misdreavus find opportunities to set up Nasty Plot. Substitute, on the other hand, allows Misdreavus to block status and eases prediction against Sucker Punch users. Eviolite gives Misdreavus staying power, while Life Orb allows Misdreavus to hit hard off the bat. However, with the boost from Nasty Plot, Life Orb is unnecessary, and its recoil is undesirable when combined with Substitute.

Misdreavus can easily set up on a lot of weaker Pokemon, especially defensive special attackers such as Bronzor and Lileep; burned Pokemon such as Croagunk are also setup fodder for Misdreavus. However, this set is not as bulky as defensive Misdreavus, so while it can still provide useful synergy and good natural bulk, teams looking for a more durable pivot should be running the bulkier set instead.

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Name Item Nature

Defensive

Eviolite Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Will-O-Wisp
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Pain Split / Heal Bell
36 HP / 120 Def / 80 SpD / 240 Spe

This set takes advantage of Misdreavus's excellent special bulk and ability to wall physical attacks with the help of Will-O-Wisp. Misdreavus can easily wall many threats in the tier, including the multitude of Fighting-types bar Scraggy and Timburr running Payback. Will-O-Wisp allows Misdreavus to burn physical attackers, cutting their Attack in half to make it much easier to weather their assaults. Will-O-Wisp is also useful for Misdreavus to hit Pokemon such as Porygon that would otherwise wall it; the extra residual damage proves useful in wearing them down. Shadow Ball is reliable STAB, hitting Abra and other Psychic-types hard. Misdreavus can also take a hit from opposing unboosted Misdreavus and Shadow Ball back in a pinch. Hidden Power Fighting provides perfect coverage with Shadow Ball, heavily damaging Steel-types such as Ferroseed and Pawniard. It is recommended to burn Pawniard with Will-O-Wisp first to avoid and weaken Sucker Punch, however. The last moveslot depends on what support is available to Misdreavus from its teammates; Pain Split is useful to grant Misdreavus greater longevity, but is unnecessary with Wish support. Heal Bell, on the other hand, prevents status from crippling Misdreavus and its teammates. However, there are other Heal Bell users available in Little Cup, such as Chinchou, should you opt not to run Heal Bell on Misdreavus.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Fighting / Thunderbolt
~ Destiny Bond
~ Trick
240 SpA / 240 Spe

When equipped with a Choice Scarf, Misdreavus becomes a powerful and extremely speedy revenge killer. Choice Scarf allows Misdreavus to outspeed even Sandshrew in sand, as well as +2 Tirtouga and Clamperl. Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting or Thunderbolt give Misdreavus the coverage to revenge such threats as Murkrow, Clamperl, Tirtouga, Gastly, and weakened Scraggy and Misdreavus. Due to Misdreavus's high Speed with a Choice Scarf, Destiny Bond allows it to get an almost guaranteed kill once it has reached the end of its usefulness. It can also be used to revenge sweepers that cannot be finished off with its offensive moves, but a Choice-locked Destiny Bond can give your opponent free turns to set up if they predict correctly. Trick allows Misdreavus to cripple defensive Pokemon such as Porygon and Lileep that would otherwise wall it and lets Misdreavus function as an all out offensive attacker.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Levitate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Trick
~ Nasty Plot / Thunderbolt
240 SpA / 240 Spe

The combination of Choice Specs and Nasty Plot might seem like a weird idea at first, but when used in conjunction with Trick, it is a very reliable and surprising way to quickly disorient your opponent and let Misdreavus grab a Nasty Plot boost. This set works based off of the fact that most of Misdreavus's counters hate being Tricked Choice Specs. Shadow Ball is Misdreavus's main attacking option. It's a reliable STAB move that has perfect accuracy and is very powerful with a Choice Specs attached. Hidden Power Fighting is then used to give perfect coverage alongside Shadow Ball, hitting Dark- and Steel-types for super effective damage. However, Misdreavus can also reliably Trick its Choice Specs away to an unsuspecting opponent, crippling it for the rest of the match. Then, they will either be locked into a move that Misdreavus can set up on, or they will be forced to switch. Either way, Misdreavus will have a window of opportunity to set up with Nasty Plot, boosting its Special Attack to frightening levels. However, if Nasty Plot is unwanted, Thunderbolt can be used, easily OHKOing Murkrow and hitting Vullaby hard.

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Other Options

Misdreavus has a ton of support options, such as Taunt, Will-O-Wisp, Pain Split, Substitute, Heal Bell, and Memento, which can be mixed together to provide the support Misdreavus's team needs. A set of Calm Mind, Rest, Sleep Talk, and Shadow Ball is an option, but is not very good due to BW's sleep mechanics; just use Nasty Plot if you want to boost Misdreavus's Special Attack. RestTalk sets in general offer Misdreavus its only recovery outside of Pain Split, but even relying on Wish support is preferable. In using Misdreavus on your team, keep in mind that, thanks to its excellent stats and typing, it will probably do a good job regardless of the moves you put on it!

Checks and Counters

Misdreavus has very few counters. Stunky is one of the only Pokemon that can switch into Misdreavus without being 2HKOed and still be able to threaten it, but Stunky is crippled by Will-O-Wisp and is mediocre in the current metagame anyway. Porygon is probably the best check to Misdreavus; while it is 2HKOed by +2 Hidden Power Fighting, Porygon can Thunder Wave Misdreavus to cripple it and wear it down with Shadow Ball. Houndour can check Misdreavus with Sucker Punch and resists Shadow Ball, but fears Hidden Power Fighting. Murkrow can switch into anything but Will-O-Wisp and Thunderbolt and threaten a OHKO with Sucker Punch or a 2HKO with Brave Bird. Vullaby is bulkier than Murkrow and can Whirlwind Misdreavus away. Lileep is very specially defensive and can Toxic Misdreavus to wear it down; however, Lileep is too weak to do much damage in any other fashion. However, it is not always necessary to pack a dedicated counter to Misdreavus. Most teams that have Misdreavus rely on it to take attacks from common Fighting-types and other threats in the tier, but as Misdreavus lacks recovery, it can often be worn down by Stealth Rock, U-Turns, Hail, or Sandstorm until it eventually reaches low enough health to be picked off by Choice Scarf users or priority. Pokemon such as Knock Off Mienfoo can lure in Misdreavus and Knock Off its Eviolite to help wear it down; every bit of chip damage against Misdreavus will help to defeat it.