Venonat

Compoundeyes
Increases accuracy by 30%. Increases the chance of finding items on wild Pokemon.
Tinted Lens
Doubles damage on resisted hits.
Run Away
Increases chances of successfully escaping a random battle.
Type Tier
Bug / Poison LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
55
10 12 15 16
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
45
9 11 14 15
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Overview

Venonat is a Bug- and Poison-type Pokemon who has an excellent movepool, allowing it to Baton Pass with the help of its ability and status inflicting moves, namely Sleep Powder and Stun Spore. It also has access to Toxic Spikes. It has a mode of recovery, but it's not completely reliable, as sand is very common. While Venonat does not have the greatest stats, its movepool definitely makes up for it.

Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Passer

Eviolite / Focus Sash Compoundeyes Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Baton Pass
~ Sleep Powder
~ Signal Beam / Psychic
196 HP / 36 Def / 36 SpA / 236 Spe

This set takes advantage of Venonat's excellent movepool and its ability Compoundeyes. The main goal of this set is to put your opponent to sleep, set up an Agility, and pass it on to a slower sweeper. Signal Beam is the STAB of choice, thanks to its confusion chance, making Baton Passing easier. Since Fighting-type Pokemon are common in the metagame and Venonat 4x resists their STAB moves, it can find many opportunities to switch in, cripple them with Sleep Powder, and begin boosting with Agility. As for your item of choice, it mostly comes down to your playstyle. If you plan on setting up just one Agility and passing it on, Focus Sash is the better option. If you plan on setting up more than one Agility, Eviolite is the better option since it increases Venonat's defenses.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute + Disable

Eviolite Tinted Lens Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Disable
~ Morning Sun
~ Signal Beam
36 HP / 116 Def / 116 SpA / 156 SpD / 76 Spe

Substitute + Disable is a great combination for Venonat, as it can Substitute on the first turn to let the Substitute take damage and proceed to Disable the opponent's attack, preventing it from hitting Venonat for super effective damage. If you plan on using Substitute + Sleep Powder or Disable + Sleep Powder, Venonat becomes the perfect setup bait for Scraggy due to Sleep Clause. Mienfoo can cause problems for Venonat, as it can keep using U-turn to stall out Venonat's Morning Sun PP and eventually KO it. Signal Beam isn't the strongest move, but it has a chance to confuse the opponent, which can be quite helpful. Tinted Lens improves Signal Beam, increasing its coverage, and Morning Sun recovers 1/2 of Venonat's maximum health when used in normal weather conditions.

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Other Options

Bug Buzz can be used over Signal Beam for more power, but Venonat doesn't have the best Special Attack stat, and Signal Beam's 10% confusion chance is more important than the slight increase in power. In the Baton Pass set, Stun Spore or Morning Sun can be used over Signal Beam. As for the defensive set, Toxic Spikes is a good option, as Venonat has the ability to set them up and absorb them for stall-oriented teams. However, Toxic Spikes and Morning Sun is a illegal combination.

Checks and Counters

Pokemon immune to sleep, such as Shuppet and Mankey, can pose a threat, freely switching into Sleep Powder and taking little from a resisted Signal Beam, but they must watch out for Stun Spore. Priority can also be a problem, namely from Fake Out Mienfoo; in this scenario, Bronzor is an excellent, if not the best, teammate for Venonat. Taunt users completely shut down Venonat if it's not carrying an attacking move. Hard-hitting Flying- and Fire- type Pokemon, such as Taillow and Litwick, OHKO Venonat with Brave Bird and Fire Blast, respectively. Phazers, such as Hippopotas, can Whirlwind Venonat out while it is setting up Agility, making its effort useless.