Tangrowth

Chlorophyll
Speed doubles in sun.
Leaf Guard
Prevents status effects in sun.
Regenerator
Wielder heals 1/3 of its maximum HP on switching out.
Type Tier
Grass RU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
100
- 26 29 -
Atk
100
14 16 19 20
Def
125
17 19 22 24
SpA
110
15 17 20 22
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
50
9 11 14 15

Overview

With defensive stats that surpass the likes of Skarmory, Tangrowth is among the sturdiest physical walls in the game. With the introduction of Dream World abilities, Tangrowth received a fantastic ability in Regenerator, further increasing its defensive capabilities. It is no slouch offensively either, boasting above-average Attack and Special Attack, boosting moves such as Swords Dance and Growth, and a fairly extensive movepool. Tangrowth is burdened with a terrible Speed stat however, and this can make sweeping with Tangrowth incredibly hard, even with a boost from Chlorophyll. While sweeping may be out of the question, Tangrowth excels in what it was made to do in RU: tank.

Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Leftovers Regenerator Bold / Relaxed
Moveset EVs
~ Sleep Powder
~ Giga Drain / Power Whip
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Leech Seed
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA

This is Tangrowth's standard defensive set, functioning as a very effective tank that can switch in and out multiple times thanks to Regenerator. Sleep Powder is invaluable on almost every team, and Tangrowth makes great use of it with the number of switches it forces. As Tangrowth has solid offensive stats, it has two main options for its choice of STAB move. Giga Drain is a great choice because it provides extra healing which, in conjunction with Regenerator, greatly improves Tangrowth's longevity. It is also 100% accurate and can break Aggron's Substitutes among others. Giga Drain also lets Tangrowth beat physical attackers such as Feraligatr, Hitmonlee, and Medicham without losing too much health overall, and then be able to switch out to a teammate and be back to nearly full health. Power Whip, on the other hand, is slightly less accurate but will hit harder in general. Cryogonal and Slowking are hit much harder by Power Whip, and it will break 252/252 +SpD Gallade's Substitutes, unlike Giga Drain. Hidden Power Fire provides good coverage with a STAB Grass-type move, hitting opposing Grass-types that think they can switch into Tangrowth for decent damage, as well as Klinklang. It also stops Ferroseed from setting up Spikes on Tangrowth. Leech Seed is a fantastic move for Tangrowth, letting it wear down the opponent and recover HP simultaneously, not to mention it works fantastically in conjunction with Giga Drain. Leech Seed should also be Tangrowth's go-to move after Sleep Clause has been activated with Sleep Powder. The extra healing from Leech Seed on a Fire- or Steel-type opponent such as Entei makes it that much easier for a teammate, such as Alomomola, to take out the opponent.

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

Offensive

Choice Specs / Life Orb Regenerator Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Focus Blast
~ Hidden Power Rock
~ Sleep Powder
112 HP / 252 SpA / 144 Spe

Though primarily used as a physically bulky tank, Tangrowth also has excellent attacking stats, and in conjunction with Regenerator, it can make a great offensive Pokemon. STAB Leaf Storm coming off 110 base Special Attack is incredibly powerful, and will put large dents into even those that resist it. Focus Blast can destroy the Steel-types that would otherwise be able to take Leaf Storm reliably, such as Ferroseed. Hidden Power Rock provides good coverage with the other two moves, hitting Fire-types and particularly Moltres that can otherwise switch in easily. Sleep Powder is highly useful on this set, as it allows Tangrowth to essentially remove one of its counters from the game. Sleep Powder can be used even with Choice Specs, as Tangrowth will likely be switching out immediately after using it anyway, and switching out really only helps Tangrowth by regaining more health.

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Other Options

Chlorophyll is a really useful ability, patching up Tangrowth's subpar Speed while in the sun. Tangrowth has the distinct advantage of being a lot bulkier than the other sun sweepers, and it also gets Growth to bolster its excellent mixed stats. However, it really struggles to sweep even with the Speed boost, as many common Choice Scarf users, such as Manectric and Galvantula, will outspeed and KO it. Tangrowth's support movepool is fairly extensive, and other options such as Knock Off and Stun Spore can be used to disrupt the opposing team. A possible double powder set with Sleep Powder and Stun Spore can be very effective. Alternatively, Tangrowth can use Reflect to support its teammates. A Swords Dance set could be effective, but Tangrowth's poor Speed leaves a lot to be desired. Access to Sunny Day means Tangrowth could make a decent Sunny Day setter, especially with Sleep Powder. However, it shares a number of weaknesses with the main sun sweepers, and Uxie generally does a better job, being able to use Yawn and U-turn.

Checks and Counters

The best way to defeat Tangrowth is to prey on its much weaker Special Defense stat. Moltres and Charizard can easily switch in and KO Tangrowth, provided they avoid Sleep Powder. Despite not being specially-based, Entei can do the same with its Choice Band-boosted Flare Blitz and also cripple Tangrowth's defensive partner, Slowking, with Toxic. Accelgor is a great switch-in as well, resisting Grass-type moves and threatening Tangrowth with a powerful Bug Buzz. Certain defensive Pokemon can easily put a full stop to Tangrowth, particularly Roselia and Clefable, which are able to take any attack from Tangrowth (except Choice Specs Hidden Power Fire in Roselia's case). Weezing is an effective check to the defensive sets, but cannot stand up to repeated Leaf Storms from an offensive set. Pokemon with the Sap Sipper ability also carve out a particular niche in beating Tangrowth, and both Bouffalant and Sawsbuck do this with great efficiency.