Simipour

Gluttony
Consumes pinch Berries at 50% HP or less.
Torrent
Boosts power of Water-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Water NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 150 182 -
Atk
98
106 118 150 165
Def
63
74 83 115 126
SpA
98
106 118 150 165
SpD
63
74 83 115 126
Spe
101
108 121 153 168

Overview

Meet Simipour, a largely outclassed Pokemon in the VGC 2011 metagame. Simipour faces strong competition from other Water-types, mainly Samurott, who sports higher offensive and defensive stats. Simipour's movepool is decent, and includes good coverage moves, but the only trait that clearly distinguishes it from other Water-types is its Speed. Unfortunately, though, this isn't enough for Simipour to warrant use over some other Water-types. In terms of usable sets, Simipour can run a physical, special, or even a mixed set, but it cannot provide any support with moves such as Taunt, as its frailty means it won't last very long in a VGC match. All in all, Simipour is quite mediocre and should only be used over more prominent Water-types such as Samurott and Carracosta if you really require its higher Speed.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Focus Sash Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall / Aqua Tail
~ Crunch
~ Low Kick
~ Protect
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Simipour can run a physical set as its base 98 Attack isn't too bad. This set is quite straight forward: do as much damage as possible before being KOed. Waterfall is Simipour's best option for a STAB move, which hits Fire- and Ground-types, such as Volcarona and Krookodile, for super effective damage. Simipour does have access to a slightly stronger STAB, Aqua Tail, but the inaccuracy can prove to be fatal at times, so Waterfall is largely better. Crunch provides coverage against Ghost-types, mainly Jellicent, who is immune to Simipour's other moves thanks to its typing and Water Absorb. Low Kick hits Dark- and Steel-types, such as Hydreigon and Ferrothorn for super effective damage, while Protect is always useful in the VGC metagame as it allows Simipour to avoid being flinched with Fake Out and scout opponent's movesets.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Focus Sash Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Scald / Surf / Hydro Pump
~ Ice Beam
~ Grass Knot
~ Protect
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Scald is the primary option for a STAB move as it has a nifty chance to burn the opponent, which can potentially cripple physical attackers. Surf is the primary alternative to Scald; it is a little more powerful than Scald, but it doesn't have a secondary effect. Furthermore, Surf hits all Pokemon on the field, so it should only be used when the ally Pokemon is immune to Water-type attacks. The second alternative is Hydro Pump, which is more powerful than Surf, but less accurate. Ice Beam destroys Dragon-types, such as Haxorus and Hydreigon, and also hits the Grass-types that resist Simipour's STAB. Grass Knot provides coverage against Water-types, such as Jellicent, that resist both Ice Beam and Simipour's STAB. Protect allows Simipour to avoid taking damage from Fake Out, and can also be used to scout out opponents' moves.

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Other Options

Water Gem can be used over Focus Sash to boost Simipour's STAB move by 50%, but if the opposing Pokemon are faster and considerably strong, Simipour will get KOed before it even gets a chance to attack. Similarly, a Life Orb can be used for extra power, but it reduces Simipour's survivability. Fling + King's Rock can flinch a slower Pokemon once in a game if you're willing to give up Focus Sash.

The Acrobatics + Flying Gem combination is a powerful option over Crunch and Focus Sash on the physical set, but Focus Sash is an essential item most of the time. Rock Slide can be used to hit Flying-types and also has a useful flinch chance, while Brick Break is an option over Low Kick for a more reliable Fighting-type move. Blizzard can be used over Ice Beam on the special set to hit both opponents, but it only has a 49% chance of hitting both opponents. Nasty Plot is another special alternative for immediate power, but with such low defenses, Simipour won't be able to properly use it. In terms of support, Taunt is a decent option as it can be used to prevent the opponent from setting up Trick Room. It is also useful against Amoonguss, but Simipour will get heavily damaged by Giga Drain. As Simipour has decent Attack and Special Attack, a mixed set can be used to catch opponents off-guard.

Checks and Counters

Due to its low defenses, Simipour isn't hard to counter at all. Amoonguss is an exceptional counter as it can both cripple it with Spore and KO it with Giga Drain. Virizion can take anything bar Ice Beam and OHKO Simipour with its STAB move. Thundurus can take on Simipour with ease, as it can survive an unboosted Ice Beam and OHKO Simipour with Thunderbolt. Jellicent becomes a Simipour counter if Simipour isn't carrying Grass Knot or Crunch. If Jellicent is running Cursed Body, it has a decent chance of disabling either Grass Knot or Crunch. Priority completely destroys Simipour as it can break Simipour's Focus Sash on turn one and KO it on turn two. Common users of priority include Bisharp and Zoroark. In general, any Pokemon with decent offenses and access to a super effective move can destroy Simipour, as its defenses are very low.