Stunfisk

Static
30% chance to paralyze when struck by a contact move.
Limber
Prevents paralysis.
Sand Veil
Evasion increases by 25% in a sandstorm.
Type Tier
Ground / Electric NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
109
- 359 422 -
Atk
66
151 168 231 254
Def
84
183 204 267 293
SpA
81
178 198 261 287
SpD
99
210 234 297 326
Spe
32
90 100 163 179
  • Neverused

Overview

Joke or gimmick characters can be found in nearly every video game, and Pokemon is no exception. Ever since the dawn of RBY, Pokemon such as Farfetch'd, Unown, and Castform were stamped with a "gimmick" label on their foreheads and flung to the lowest possible tier, never to see the light of usage. Game Freak has not grown merciful over time, as BW introduced even more joke Pokemon, and it would appear that Stunfisk is one of them.

However, Stunfisk is different because it has two special qualities to distinguish itself from other gimmick Pokemon: 109 / 84 / 99 defenses and a unique Electric / Ground typing. As Stunfisk slowly fought its way up the usage ladder, players started to notice that Stunfisk could easily sponge blows from NU powerhouses and bite back with moves such as Discharge, Scald, and Earth Power. Stunfisk even surprised a few players by proving that it could run an effective lure with Choice Specs. Unfortunately, there are still many obstacles that prevent it from becoming the king of NU. Stunfisk has weaknesses to Ground-, Water-, Grass-, and Ice-type attacks, all of which are common in NU, and also also has trouble breaking through Regice, Altaria, and other special walls. However, as long as Stunfisk has teammates that can cover its weaknesses and dent these special walls, Stunfisk is sure to leave a lasting impression on both you and your opponent.

Name Item Ability Nature

Defensive

Leftovers Static Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Discharge
~ Earth Power
~ Scald
~ Stealth Rock / Toxic
252 HP / 192 Def / 64 SpD

Despite its initial appearance, Stunfisk's great defensive stats and its Electric / Ground typing makes it a lovely check to Pokemon such as Braviary, and also a brilliant Stealth Rock setter. Stunfisk can also inflict many status conditions, such as paralysis, on foes. First off is its Static ability, which works well against physical attackers, and is also one reason why this set is more geared towards physical defense rather than special defense. Discharge is a great way to inflict even more paralysis, especially on special attackers or frequent users of Earthquake. While not technically a status condition, Earth Power's chance to lower the foe's Special Defense, combined with STAB and decent coverage, makes it an excellent move to use. Scald is chosen because it can hit Ground-type Pokemon and comes with a high burn rate. The only downside to using Scald is that physical attackers are more likely to already be paralyzed due to Static. This is by no means a bad thing, but there can be times where you would rather have the foe burned instead of paralyzed. If paralysis and burn are not enough for you, then fear not! Toxic allows Stunfisk to inflict yet another status condition, and is its best option against defensive Pokemon who can shrug off Stunfisk's attacks. However, Stealth Rock is usually more useful, unless something else on your team is using it already.

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Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk

Leftovers Static Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Discharge
~ Earth Power / Scald
252 HP / 192 Def / 64 SpD

Stunfisk is one the lucky few BW Pokemon that can use Sleep Talk. The combination of Rest and Sleep Talk gives Stunfisk a reliable method of recovery, allowing it to sponge even more hits than the defensive set. Rest also removes any nasty status conditions, essentially making them a non-issue. Meanwhile, Stunfisk can use Sleep Talk to fire off attacks while resting. Discharge is a fairly strong Electric-type STAB move that allows Stunfisk to spread paralysis. Earth Power is a nice option in the fourth slot due to STAB and arguably better coverage. Scald can be used instead for its high burn rate, which makes Stunfisk even more difficult to take down.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Static Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Earth Power
~ Surf
~ Sludge Wave / Hidden Power Ice
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpA

Stunfisk is often seen as a defensive Pokemon with an adequate, but certainly not stellar, base Special Attack, so many players will usually send in either a wall or frail sweeper to dispatch it. However, what your opponents did not realize was that Stunfisk becomes a dangerous lure with Choice Specs? Did your opponent send out Regirock to wall Stunfisk? Choice Specs Stunfisk can OHKO or 2HKO these Pokemon and more with its STAB Thunderbolt and Earth Power, both of which can deal heavy damage to any Pokemon that do not resist it or pack a lot of Special Defense. Surf hits Rotom-S and is a nice way to dispatch Ground-type Pokemon that try to switch into a Thunderbolt. The last two options are for coverage. Sludge Wave may seem like an odd move to use because Poison-type attacks have poor coverage. However, Sludge Wave is Stunfisk's strongest attack against Grass-type Pokemon. Hidden Power Ice deals less damage to Grass-type Pokemon, but is noteworthy for having a high chance to 2HKO defensive Altaria. Just remember that unless your opponent is a complete idiot, he or she will not fall for the same lure twice, so make sure that Stunfisk's initial attack counts.

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Other Options

Outside of Rest, the only other recovery move that Stunfisk can use is Pain Split. The only problem with Pain Split is that Stunfisk has a high base HP stat, so it may not recover a lot of health if the move is used against a Pokemon with a lower base HP stat. You should avoid using Thunder Wave because Stunfisk already has a high chance of inflicting paralysis with Static (and Discharge), making Thunder Wave a waste of a moveslot. The same thing applies for Yawn: while putting foes to sleep sounds heavenly, Toxic is arguably more important due to its ability to cripple walls. Stunfisk could theoretically do well with a Curse set, since it has wonderful physical moves such as Bounce, Earthquake, Stone Edge, and Payback. However, Stunfisk's abysmal base 66 Attack stat means that it will require a lot of boosts to break through walls.

Checks and Counters

Grass-types, Grass-types, GRASS-TYPES. Defensive and RestTalk Stunfisk can barely dent these Pokemon, while they can quickly defeat Stunfisk with their STAB super effective Grass-type attacks. These Grass-type Pokemon need to be careful around Choice Specs Stunfisk, but can come in safely after it's locked itself into an ineffective move or KOed a foe because Stunfisk has a terrible Speed stat—even Torterra can outspeed it! Substitute + Calm Mind users can use Substitute to evade Toxic and use Calm Mind until Stunfisk's attacks bounce right off. Pokemon who typically invest EVs in Special Defense, such as Altaria, Articuno, Regice, Regirock, and Meganium can shrug off blows from the first two sets and either set up or phaze Stunfisk out. However, Choice Specs Stunfisk can easily 2HKO these Pokemon with the exception of Regice. Finally, Stunfisk will fold under repeated attacks from powerful sweepers. Gardevoir, Sawk, Swellow, and other powerhouses can quickly dispatch Stunfisk before it even has time to react.