Parasect

Effect Spore
30% chance to paralyze, poison, or sleep when struck by a contact move.
Dry Skin
The wielder absorbs Water-type moves and has a weakness to Fire-type moves. Heals in rain and is damaged by sun.
Damp
Prevents the use of Selfdestruct or Explosion. Prevents Aftermath from doing damage.
Type Tier
Bug / Grass NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
95
14 16 19 20
Def
80
12 14 17 18
SpA
60
10 12 15 16
SpD
80
12 14 17 18
Spe
30
8 9 12 13

Overview

Parasect isn't particularly bulky, nor is it powerful, but what makes it unique is its great typing. With resistances to Ground-, Electric-, Fighting-, and Grass-type moves, and an immunity to Water-type moves, thanks to Dry Skin, Parasect is an excellent support Pokemon. Furthermore, Parasect has access to a 100% accurate sleep move: Spore. Spore is Parasect's most dangerous asset, enabling it to set up or support its teammates with ease. It's not all good news for Parasect though; Stealth Rock strips 25% of its health, and a crippling weakness to Fire-, Flying-, and Ice-type moves make it very easy to revenge kill. Also, Parasect is painfully slow, and the only way to remedy this is with Stun Spore or serious team support. It's a mixed bag of a Pokemon, but use it correctly and Parasect won't disappoint.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Dry Skin Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Spore
~ Leech Seed
~ Aromatherapy / Substitute / Protect
~ X-Scissor
252 HP / 172 Def / 84 SpD

Although it isn't the bulkiest Pokemon around, Parasect has a variety of useful resistances, an immunity to Water-type moves, and a 100% accurate sleep-inducing move to boot. The idea is to switch into a resisted attack, put the opponent to sleep, and proceed with Leech Seed, Aromatherapy, or Substitute. Leech Seed helps keep Parasect alive as long as possible, Aromatherapy keeps it free from status, Substitute can be used on a switch, and Protect gives Parasect an extra turn of Leech Seed and Leftovers recovery. X-Scissor gives Parasect a way to hit Grass-types that are immune to Leech Seed, and also receives a STAB boost.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Leftovers / Life Orb Dry Skin Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Spore
~ Swords Dance
~ X-Scissor / Seed Bomb
~ Brick Break / Aerial Ace
48 HP / 252 Atk / 208 Spe

Parasect isn't the fastest or the most powerful Pokemon in the tier, but one thing makes it unique: Spore. The idea is to put an opponent or counter to sleep, set up Swords Dance, and fire off boosted attacks. Parasect's resistances and immunities give it plenty of opportunities to set up, helping it nab multiple boosts. X-Scissor and Seed Bomb are both reliable STAB moves, and Brick Break and Aerial Ace provide additional coverage. Brick Break provides coverage against Steel-types that wall Parasect, whereas Aerial Ace can be used with Seed Bomb to hit opposing Grass-types, but leaves Parasect walled by Steel-types. Seed Bomb is listed as it hits Water-types super effectively, and it has better overall coverage than X-Scissor.

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Other Options

Unfortunately, Parasect's movepool is poor, and it doesn't have a lot of options left. Bug Bite is a weaker STAB move and it can steal the opponent's Berry, but outside of it's added effect, it's pretty useless. Counter is somewhat gimmicky, but if you can predict correctly, it's a nasty surprise for physical attackers. Giga Drain can be used to restore some of Parasect's HP, but it's largely inferior to Leech Seed. Finally, Growth and Hone Claws raise Parasect's stats, but it's too slow to set them up, and they're outclassed by Swords Dance for the most part.

Checks and Counters

Flying-types are the number one counter to Parasect. Braviary and Swellow can switch into anything bar Spore and tear it apart with Brave Bird. Steel-types, such as Probopass and Mawile, can switch into any of Parasect's attacking moves, cripple it with status, and wall it for an eternity. Charizard and Camerupt can switch into Parasect relatively easily and threaten it with their STAB moves; however, Camerupt is slow, and without any Speed investment, Parasect can put it to sleep. Parasect relies on physical attacks most of the time, making bulky Pokemon, such as Weezing and Regirock, good checks. Anything that can take an X-Scissor and avoid Spore can be considered a check. Murkrow is immune to Spore, thanks to Insomnia, and a STAB-boosted Brave Bird will KO Parasect with ease. Altaria can switch into any of Parasect's attacks, and thanks to Natural Cure, it will be cured of status upon switching. Magic Bounce Natu can switch into Spore and Leech Seed, but outside of its ability, it can't do much to Parasect. Vileplume is immune to Leech Seed and it can cripple Parasect with Stun Spore; in fact, most Poison-types can take on Parasect, so Skuntank, Whirlipede, Haunter, and Garbodor are good checks. Funnily enough, Parasect can be beaten with a simple Chesto or Lum Berry; Parasect relies on Spore to be effective, and without it, it's as good as dead. Taunt the mushroom and watch it fall.