Shiftry

Chlorophyll
Speed doubles in sun.
Early Bird
Reduces sleep time.
Pickpocket
The wielder immediately steals an item from an attacker using a contact move.
Type Tier
Grass / Dark NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 25 28 -
Atk
100
14 16 19 20
Def
60
10 12 15 16
SpA
90
13 15 18 19
SpD
60
10 12 15 16
Spe
80
12 14 17 18

Overview

Many players instantly turn to Darkrai when looking for a fast Dark-type sweeper to use in Ubers, but teams carrying Groudon have another option they can consider. Shiftry isn't powerful by Uber standards, but it has Chlorophyll, which is a great ability in Ubers, as well as an excellent offensive typing for the metagame. Though it can augment its sub par Special Attack through Nasty Plot, due to its frailty it needs to select when it goes for the boost very carefully. Shiftry needs the support of its teammates to work well, but it can certainly pay off when played correctly.

Name Item Ability Nature

Special Sweeper

Life Orb Chlorophyll Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Grass Knot
~ Dark Pulse
~ Focus Blast / Hidden Power Fire
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Shiftry is a very capable late game cleaner, capable of finishing off the opponent's team if it has been weakened significantly. Nasty Plot makes walling Shiftry very difficult. Due to Shiftry's frailty, however, it can only boost up when an opponent is expected to switch, or against a weak resisted move, such as Ferrothorn's Power Whip. Grass Knot hits for 120 Base Power against many Uber Pokemon, most notably against Kyogre, one of the biggest threats to dedicated sun teams. Dark Pulse hits a fair number of Uber Pokemon for super effective damage, the most prominent being Mewtwo and Giratina-O. The chance to flinch can also come in handy given Shiftry's high Speed stat in the sun. Focus Blast provides valuable coverage against Ferrothorn, Dialga, and Arceus, but Hidden Power Fire nails Ferrothorn and Scizor while lacking the drawback of shaky accuracy.

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Other Options

Shiftry has higher base Attack than Special Attack, but Seed Bomb is a far weaker STAB move than Grass Knot, and Sucker Punch, while better than Dark Pulse in some cases, has some drawbacks. ExtremeSpeed, a common move in Ubers, bypasses Sucker Punch with its +2 priority and usually OHKOes the frail Shiftry. Sucker Punch also leaves Shiftry unable to touch certain walls, such as Giratina, who can burn Shiftry with Will-O-Wisp without fear. Leaf Storm is a slightly more powerful STAB move than Grass Knot, and can be used on a 4-attacks set. Icy Wind decreases the opponent's Speed, but, unlike Hidden Power Ice, requires Stealth Rock to be up in order to OHKO Rayquaza. Tailwind doubles Shiftry's Speed, as well as that of its teammates, but Shiftry might as well use Nasty Plot if it has a turn to use Tailwind.

Checks and Counters

Ho-Oh is the biggest counter to this set due to its insane special bulk and STAB Sacred Fire. Kyogre robs Shiftry of its precious sunlight with Drizzle, and a Choice Scarf set can outspeed and OHKO Shiftry. Chansey and Blissey both wall Shiftry effortlessly, and neither are even OHKOed by a +2 Low Kick. Priority also makes short work of Shiftry. Arceus and Rayquaza can massacre Shiftry with ExtremeSpeed, and the latter even outspeeds Shiftry due to Air Lock. Scizor can pick Shiftry off with Bullet Punch and only fears Hidden Power Fire. More niche priority users, such Ice Shard Mamoswine and Vacuum Wave Toxicroak, also get the job done. Shiftry is not blisteringly fast in the sun either. Very fast Choice Scarf Pokemon, such as Terrakion, Darkrai, and Shaymin-S, can all outspeed and revenge kill it. Blaziken easily threatens Shiftry and doesn't take too much damage from any of Shiftry's moves bar Focus Blast. It can also outspeed Shiftry after two turns thanks to Speed Boost.