Pineco

Sturdy
If the wielder is at full HP, it will survive any attack. OHKO moves will fail.
Overcoat
Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
Type Tier
Bug LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 21 24 -
Atk
65
11 13 16 17
Def
90
13 15 18 19
SpA
35
9 10 13 14
SpD
35
9 10 13 14
Spe
15
7 8 11 12

Overview

Pineco sports great defenses and respectable HP, which allows it to take advantage of its vast support movepool. Pineco can lay down all three entry hazards and spin opposing entry hazards away, which is an asset to most teams. While Explosion's nerf makes it a less attractive option for Pineco, an improved Sturdy effectively gives Pineco a free Focus Sash and allows it to do its job more effectively. With new competition from Ferroseed, Pineco might seem outclassed, but it has an advantage in the form of Rapid Spin, as well as resistances to the Fighting- and Ground-type attacks that plague the metagame.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Eviolite / Oran Berry Sturdy Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Rapid Spin
~ Stealth Rock / Spikes
~ Payback / Protect
~ Bug Bite
196 HP / 76 Atk / 196 Def

This set takes advantage of Pineco's great physical bulk and support movepool. Pineco can easily switch in on a physical attack, and then proceed to set up entry hazards or spin them away. Stealth Rock is the primary choice of hazard because it strips common Rock-weak Pokemon, such as Snover and Ponyta, of 25% of their HP. Spikes can be used instead of Stealth Rock, as Stealth Rock is a common move and can probably be set up by another member of your team. Rapid Spin is a valuable asset to Pineco's movepool as it gets rid of entry hazards the opponent has set up, which is useful for supporting the aforementioned Rock-weak Pokemon should you carry them on your own team. Payback hits Ghost-type Pokemon, such as Gastly, for super effective damage, and prevents them from completely walling Pineco. Protect is an option for scouting the opponent's attacks, and can potentially thwart attempts to Trick it a Choice item. It is also useful for gaining an additional turn of damage from hail, sandstorm, or poison. However, be wary of Pokemon with access to setup moves, as they can take advantage of Protect. Finally, Bug Bite steals Oran Berries, which are commonly used in Little Cup; by doing so, Pineco can replenish its HP and continue to support the team. Keep in mind that with the advent of Eviolite, Oran Berries are not as common as they once were.

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Other Options

Reflect and Light Screen are options to make Pineco a dual screener, but Natu and Bronzor do this better. Bulldoze can be used over Payback to damage Fire-type Pokemon and lower their Speed stat, but it needs to be used as they switch in, since they can threaten to KO Pineco with a super effective Fire-type attack. If it runs Bulldoze, Pineco is walled by Levitating Ghost-type Pokemon such as Gastly, which can set up and attempt to sweep. Pineco has access to Gravity, which could be used when combined with Spikes and Toxic Spikes to damage previously immune Pokemon.

Checks and Counters

Ghost-type Pokemon such as Gastly and Frillish block Pineco's Rapid Spin, while also boasting a resistance to its STAB attack. Strong physical attackers such as Aron can dispose of Pineco with powerful moves such as Head Smash, but won't be able to prevent it from setting up Stealth Rock or using Rapid Spin, thanks to Sturdy. Pineco can be used as setup bait by Pokemon such as Scraggy and Pawniard, as its attacks cannot damage them in the slightest. Cottonee, with its priority Taunt, can shut down Pineco, as it relies on setting up entry hazards. However, Cottonee cannot hope to go head-to-head against Pineco, as Pineco can attack Cottonee with a super effective Bug Bite and use Rapid Spin to get rid of Leech Seed. Natu can reflect Pineco's entry hazards back onto the user's side with its Magic Bounce ability; the best Pineco can do is to Rapid Spin those hazards away and switch to an appropriate counter.