Unfezant

Big Pecks
The wielder's Defense cannot be lowered.
Super Luck
Critical hit rate is boosted by one stage.
Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Type Tier
Normal / Flying NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 155 187 -
Atk
105
112 125 157 172
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
65
76 85 117 128
SpD
55
67 75 107 117
Spe
93
101 113 145 159

Overview

Unfezant is yet another Normal / Flying type Pokemon found early in the game; unfortunately, this one leaves much to be desired. It has horrible defenses, necessitating the use of a Focus Sash, while its acceptable Attack stat is ruined by its poor offensive movepool. In the regular metagame, this doesn't add up to much; in the fast-paced VGC metagame, however, it's almost useless. Thankfully, it does have some usable traits such as access Tailwind and Hypnosis and a good Speed stat. Because Tornadus and Whimsicott mostly outclass Unfezant in this regard, however, it would be best to avoid using Unfezant at all costs.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Focus Sash Super Luck Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Tailwind
~ Hypnosis
~ Protect
~ Return / Pluck
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Although its Attack stat suggests otherwise, Unfezant's role in VGC is best oriented towards supporting its teammates. Tailwind bolsters its allies' Speed, allowing them to take down its opponents. Although Tornadus and Whimsicott set up Tailwind better with their Prankster ability, Unfezant also has access to Hypnosis. This can cripple one of its opponents if Hypnosis hits, though this isn't guaranteed due to the move's horrible accuracy. Protect keeps it safe from Fake Out leads, as well helping to scout opponents' attacks. Finally, the last slot is reserved for the obligatory STAB attacking move. While Return does more and consistent damage, Pluck is super effective against the multitude of Fighting-types, as well as Amoonguss, which are common sights in the VGC metagame. Additionally, Pluck has a chance of stealing an opponent's resist berry if they carry it to withstand certain super effective attacks.

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Other Options

Let's be honest: Unfezant's above moveset stretches its options as it is. Taunt is a possible support option, but then Tornadus and Whimsicott completely outclass it in this aspect. While Sunny Day and Rain Dance are options to use over Tailwind, Unfezant itself cannot benefit from this. Sky Attack in conjunction with a Power Herb gives it a powerful Flying-type attack to use, and can possibly be used in an offensive set with Return, Steel Wing, and U-turn. Other than these options, there isn't much left for Unfezant.

Checks and Counters

Any Pokemon with enough Defense or Speed that doesn't mind Taunt can be considered a counter. This includes the majority of the metagame, if not all of it. Thundurus and Terrakion, for example, outspeed and easily defeat Unfezant with little effort. Additionally, rival Tailwind users such as Whimsicott and Tornadus can Prankster Taunt Unfezant, preventing it from using its own Tailwind or Taunt.