Rufflet

Keen Eye
The wielder's accuracy cannot be lowered.
Sheer Force
Increases power of moves with secondary effects by 30%, but removes the effects.
Hustle
Physical moves do 50% more damage at the cost of 20% accuracy. Increases wild encounter rate with higher level Pokemon.
Type Tier
Normal / Flying LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 145 177 -
Atk
83
92 103 135 148
Def
50
63 70 102 112
SpA
37
51 57 89 97
SpD
50
63 70 102 112
Spe
60
72 80 112 123
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Overview

Meet Rufflet, the cute little furry eaglet. Sporting a high base 83 Attack stat and decent base 60 Speed, Rufflet can cause quite a bit of havoc if used correctly. Its movepool, while not large, is big enough for it to pose an offensive threat to any team. Rufflet also has the defensive stats to take the odd hit or two while scouting or setting up. Unfortunately, Rufflet's Flying typing gives it undesirable weaknesses to common Electric-, Rock-, and Ice-type attacks, as well as Stealth Rock, which limit its offensive capabilities. Its Speed, although decent, leaves it outsped by threats such as Chinchou and Archen, who can bring down Rufflet in a flash with their STAB attacks. Rufflet might also have a hard time dealing major damage to the opponent because of its lack of strong, reliable STAB moves. Despite these flaws, Rufflet isn't to be underestimated, as with the right support, it can run through entire teams with ease.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Keen Eye / Sheer Force Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Pluck
~ Return
~ U-turn
~ Superpower / Rock Slide
252 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe

With 16 Speed and access to U-turn, Rufflet can run a Choice Scarf set very well. Pluck and Return are Rufflet's best STAB moves, allowing it to hit a wide range of threats very hard. STAB Pluck is also a boon in a metagame in which Fighting-types such as Timburr and Mienfoo see a lot of usage. Superpower is Rufflet's way of hitting Rock- and Steel-types that would easily wall the rest of its moves. Rock Slide can be used instead of Superpower to hit Flying-types harder than Rufflet's other moves, as it is boosted by Sheer Force. It also ensures that Archen, who otherwise walls Rufflet, doesn't pose a big threat. U-turn is a given for any Choice Scarf set, giving Rufflet the ability to scout your opponent's switch-in.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Bulk Up

Eviolite / Oran Berry Keen Eye Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Bulk Up
~ Return
~ Pluck
~ Roost / Substitute
36 HP / 12 Atk / 36 Def / 196 SpD / 196 Spe

Rufflet can also run a Bulk Up set pretty well. The idea is to switch into a weak physical attacker such as Ferroseed and set up with Bulk Up. Roost lets Rufflet shrug off any damage it accumulates as it sets up, and lets Rufflet heal itself so it can continue to set up or attack. Substitute can also be used, as it makes it easier for Rufflet to set up, and protects it from nasty status as well as attacks that could otherwise KO it, meaning Rufflet won't be stopped by faster Pokemon. Return is Rufflet's main STAB attack, hitting anything that doesn't resist it very hard after a Bulk Up. Pluck is Rufflet's secondary STAB move, giving it some form of super effective coverage. It also allows Rufflet to cripple Pokemon that rely upon Oran Berry to avoid certain 2HKOs.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Rufflet does have a few other options. A Life Orb set might look viable on paper, as Rufflet likes having the freedom to switch moves while maintaining its decent coverage. However, Rufflet's lack of Speed and generally weak attacks makes this a poor choice. A Choice Band set can be used to hit very hard, but once again, Rufflet can easily be walled and set up on. Rufflet also has access to Work Up and special attacks such as Air Slash and Heat Wave, but its terrible base 37 Special Attack stat makes this a bad idea.

Checks and Counters

Rufflet is not at all hard to counter because of its poor coverage options. Bronzor is the bane of Rufflet's existence, as it laughs at all of Rufflet's attacks, including Superpower, and can retaliate with a powerful STAB Gyro Ball. Similarly, Rock-types such as Roggenrola and Onix can sponge choice-locked Rufflet's attacks with ease and OHKO it with their STAB Rock-type attacks. Faster Choice Scarf users such as Gastly, Abra, and Chinchou can outspeed and dispose of Rufflet easily with their STAB attacks. Although uncommon, Archen only dislikes taking a Rock Slide, and can outspeed and OHKO Rufflet with its own Rock Slide. Cottonee can render the Bulk Up set useless with Encore if it switches in safely. Wooper also makes a fine check to the Bulk Up set, as it ignores Rufflet's stat boosts thanks to Unaware and can severely weaken it with Waterfall.

Unreleased

Rufflet gets a gift from the Dream World in the form of Hustle, which strengthens its offensive clout and makes it a dangerous Choice Scarf user on par with the likes of Darumaka.