Petilil

Chlorophyll
Speed doubles in sun.
Own Tempo
Prevents confusion.
Leaf Guard
Prevents status effects in sun.
Type Tier
Grass LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
35
9 10 13 14
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
70
11 13 16 17
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
30
8 9 12 13
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Overview

Petilil is one of the newly introduced Pokemon this generation. It possesses a great Special Attack stat, a good movepool, and when used in the sun, Chlorophyll grants it an amazing Speed stat. Petilil's typing also gives it a useful resistance to common Water- and Ground-type moves. Furthermore, it is one of the very few Pokemon in the LC metagame that have access to a sleep-inducing move. Alas, Petilil's only downfall is its bad defenses. Overall, Petilil is a lethal sweeper and certainly deserves a slot on any Sunny Day team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Sunny Day Sweeper

Eviolite / Life Orb Chlorophyll Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Sunny Day
~ SolarBeam / Giga Drain
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Sleep Powder / Growth
36 Def / 200 SpA / 36 SpD / 200 Spe

The goal of this set is to set up Sunny Day and proceed to sweep with Petilil's high Special Attack. Petilil hits 26 Speed with Chlorophyll, which allows it to beat every unboosted Pokemon in the metagame and a handful of Choice Scarf users, such as Cranidos and Growlithe. SolarBeam and Giga Drain are powerful STAB options: SolarBeam is a very powerful STAB move that should only be used in the sun, while Giga Drain is a weaker move that can be used in any weather condition to recover some HP. Hidden Power Fire benefits from Sunny Day and provides great coverage along with Petilil's Grass-type STAB. The fourth slot is a choice between utility and power. Sleep Powder puts the opponent to sleep, whereas Growth boosts Petilil's Special Attack stat by two stages in sunlight.

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Other Options

Although it's a little gimmicky, Petilil can run Synthesis to heal 2/3 of its health in the sun. Stun Spore provides additional team support by paralyzing an opponent, but Sleep Powder is generally better. Leaf Storm is Petilil's most powerful STAB move, and it hits Hippopotas that switch into a predicted SolarBeam. Petilil can also run Healing Wish to heal a teammate at the cost of its life. Energy Ball is a stronger STAB alternative to Giga Drain. Hidden Power Ice can be used to hit troublesome Dragon-types such as Dratini. Lastly, Petilil can run a SubSeed set, but other Grass-types, such as Oddish, generally outclass it.

Checks and Counters

Choice Scarf Snover is the best counter to Petilil. It can come in, change the weather to hail, outpace Petilil, and OHKO it with Blizzard. Although they have to be wary of Sleep Powder, Fire-types, such as Houndour, are good counters as they resist both of Petilil's common attacking moves and can hit back with a super effective STAB move. Dratini is another check to Petilil as it resists both of Petilil's offensive moves and doesn't care about Sleep Powder, thanks to Shed Skin. If Petilil isn't carrying Hidden Power Fire, Ferroseed becomes a solid counter. Ferroseed takes very little damage from any of Petilil's moves, and uses Petilil as setup fodder. Lastly, Hippopotas can be a problem if you decide to use SolarBeam over Giga Drain on Petilil.