Ursaring

Guts
Attack is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
Quick Feet
Speed is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
Unnerve
Prevents the foe from consuming its held Berry item.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 321 384 -
Atk
130
266 296 359 394
Def
75
167 186 249 273
SpA
75
167 186 249 273
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
55
131 146 209 229

Overview

Ursaring might look bad at first glance, but he rarely disappoints on the battlefield. Thanks to his access to the combination of Swords Dance and Guts, the ferocious bear has enough power to tear his victims limb from limb. Moreover, he has perfect coverage with just three moves, and boasts two great abilities that complement his role as a physical sweeper perfectly. However, his lack of Speed and bulk severely hampers his effectiveness, so it may seem as though Ursaring is forced into a niche. He's often compared to Swellow, a fellow Guts Pokemon who has higher Speed and access to dual STABs, which may make Ursaring seem inferior. Lastly, with a variety of Fighting-types in the tier, Ursaring often has a hard time finding an opportunity to switch in. Overall, Ursaring is a mixed bag, and when played to his strengths, has no problem sweeping teams.

Name Item Ability Nature

Quick Feet

Toxic Orb Quick Feet Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Facade
~ Close Combat
~ Crunch
~ Swords Dance / Protect
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This set combines Ursaring's access to a great ability, Quick Feet, with his amazing Attack stat. Thanks to these two attributes, he is both quick and strong. Facade is Ursaring's main STAB move, which deals huge amounts of damage when coupled with Toxic Orb. Close Combat hits Steel- and Rock-type Pokemon who resist his Normal-type STAB moves for super effective damage. Crunch nails Ghost-types who are immune to the rest of the moves on this set. With a Swords Dance under his belt and the Speed boost from Quick Feet, not much can stand in Ursaring's way. However, due to poor defenses, he can't always get off a Swords Dance, so Protect is an acceptable alternative to ensure that his Toxic Orb activates.

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Other Options

Ursaring has a plethora of other options, but a majority of them are not viable simply because they are outclassed or provide no useful coverage. He is capable of using many boosting moves, such as Belly Drum and Work Up, but they are all outclassed by Swords Dance. Ursaring has access to other Fighting-type moves, namely Hammer Arm, Low Kick, and Superpower, but they are all inferior to Close Combat. Ursaring has perfect coverage in three moves, so many of his other options, such as the elemental punches, Stone Edge, and Seed Bomb, are not needed. Though slightly weaker, Night Slash could be used over Crunch if you feel very lucky about Ursaring's critical-hit ratio.

Checks and Counters

Ursaring is very frail, so most priority attacks will either KO him or deal heavy damage. Hitmonlee can deliver a swift, powerful Mach Punch to deal heavy damage, and a Sucker Punch from Absol also dices up Ursaring. Even with a Quick Feet boost, Ursaring is still relatively slow, so any base 108 Speed Pokemon or higher can outspeed and KO him. Almost any Pokemon with a Choice Scarf and Speed investment can outspeed him as well, and end the bear's rampage. Sceptile and Choice Scarf Rotom-F are good examples of this, as they can outspeed and KO him with their powerful STAB attacks. Take note, however, that most Pokemon who are fast enough to outspeed Ursaring are generally too frail to survive a STAB Facade, and most Pokemon who are bulky enough to survive an attack are often too weak to deal very much damage to Ursaring; in most cases, if Ursaring sets up, you will lose at least one Pokemon.