Unown

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Psychic NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
48
- 123 155 -
Atk
72
82 92 124 136
Def
48
61 68 100 110
SpA
72
82 92 124 136
SpD
48
61 68 100 110
Spe
48
61 68 100 110
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Overview

Some may prefer Alakazam as their Psychic-type of choice, probably thanks to its magnificent moustache, or perhaps the slow and ugly Reuniclus. However, Unown does the job of a Psychic-type just as well this generation as always. To be blunt, it is unknown why one would choose not to use Unown. Unchanged from DPP, it deals with most of the OU threats that would otherwise roam free—unless it gets hit first, of course.

Name Item Nature

The Most Almighty Unown

Choice Specs Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fighting / Hidden Power Psychic
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This is Unown's master moveset, perfect and beautiful in its design. Unown is the most versatile of all Pokemon; it can choose from any of the three suggested Hidden Powers to counter the great powerhouses of OU. The damage calculations below showcase its might against the puny Dragon-types and other plebeians weak to Hidden Power Ice:

  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Ice vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Tornadus: 76.25 - 90.3%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Ice vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Haxorus: 77.55 - 91.83%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Ice vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Breloom: 97.72 - 115.15%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Salamence: 104.56 - 123.85%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Gliscor: 122.03 - 144.63%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Ice vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-T: 129.15 - 152.97%

It can even OHKO Dragonite after Stealth Rock damage! Unown becomes so powerful that it is also able to crush many other dangerous OU threats, swiftly dispatching them to the depths of Hell they should have never left, should it choose Hidden Power Fighting:

  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Fighting vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Magnezone: 65.95 - 78.01%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Fighting vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Mamoswine: 71.46 - 84.21%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Fighting vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Tyranitar: 99.41 - 118.12%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Fighting vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Magikarp: 145.05 - 170.87%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Fighting vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Cloyster: 147.71 - 174.27%

But that's not all! The third option, being the powerful STAB Psychic-type Hidden Power, will tear to shreds other important opposing forces, such as:

  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Venusaur: 84.38 - 100.33%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Keldeo: 86.06 - 102.16%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Terrakion: 86.06 - 102.16%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Conkeldurr: 87.43 - 103.38%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 0 HP / 0- SpD Cloyster: 110.78 - 130.7%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Gengar: 123.66 - 146.56%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 12 HP / 0 SpD Breloom: 146.21 - 172.72%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Magikarp: 217.58 - 256.04%
  • 252+ SpA Choice Specs Unown Hidden Power Psychic vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Toxicroak: 235.06 - 277.92%

After all, who doesn't want almighty and powerful sweepers like Magikarp OHKOed? Unown is a solid staple in any team and it will not deceive you. The ability to OHKO Toxicroak with its superior Psychic-type powers will come in handy when you have to face the troublesome rain teams that plague the current metagame. All of the OU powerhouses will, ultimately, fall to Unown's might.

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Name Item Nature

The Swift Death

Choice Scarf Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fighting / Hidden Power Psychic / Hidden Power Electric
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Whilst this set does not grant the incredible damage Choice Specs Unown can deal, being the speediest in the current metagame—faster than those living in the modern world—is key to success. The most powerful Unown can outspeed several foes with a Timid nature such as Jolly Gliscor, Jolly 176 Speed Jirachi, and Adamant Salamence. Should you choose to take the more powerful choice and try a Modest nature instead, almighty Unown can still outspeed Jolly Gyarados, Timid Heatran, Jolly Breloom and Jolly Cloyster, allowing it to utterly destroy these enemies with the Hidden Power of choice.

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Other Options

You can literally run any type of Hidden Power! Unown has an option for every type and its power knows no limits—other than being hit by any other opposing Pokemon, of course. Unown wouldn't want to learn any other moves anyway, because it does not need them. Hidden Power is all it needs to wreak havoc, cause despair, and spread fear amongst the opposing team. Using stronger moves such as the boring Fire Blast, Hydro Pump, or Draco Meteor would make Unown a little girl who can't fight and likes to risk a miss that could cost you a game. Unown is no gambler.

Checks and Counters

Literally nothing can counter or check almighty Unown, as it is a force to be reckoned with by all teams. Well, nothing unless you face that rare opposing Pokemon that's either faster, has a damaging move, resists its Hidden Power type, has an existent Special Defense stat, has a priority move, or is just not Unown.