Vespiquen

Pressure
Enemy attacks lose one extra PP. Increases wild encounter rate.
Unnerve
Prevents the foe from consuming its held Berry item.
Type Tier
Bug / Flying NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 23 26 -
Atk
80
12 14 17 18
Def
102
14 16 19 20
SpA
80
12 14 17 18
SpD
102
14 16 19 20
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
  • Neverused

Overview

Vespiquen is a rather unfortunate case. She was blessed with solid defensive stats, resistances to Fighting and Grass, and an immunity to Ground, but she also packs five unfortunate weaknesses. Rock, the most prominent of those weaknesses, is without a doubt the worst, causing the queen bee to lose half of her health if she switches in while Stealth Rock is up. Thankfully, Roost can make up for that loss of HP, and support options such as Toxic and the ability Pressure help her find a niche. She certainly demands all the respect that a queen would deserve, but keep in mind that she is ultimately just a bee, which is not the most threatening of foes.

Name Item Ability Nature

SubRoost

Leftovers Pressure Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Roost
~ Substitute
~ Toxic
~ Attack Order
248 HP / 96 SpD / 164 Spe

This is the definitive set for Vespiquen. Roost is the most important move, as its health regeneration helps to make up for her crippling weakness to Stealth Rock. Substitute keeps her safe from status and weak attacks. Between these two moves, she can stall for ages. Toxic takes advantage of her stalling capabilities, slowly wearing down the foe as they fail to KO her and her Substitutes. Pressure is also a wonderful ability for a staller; with it, her foe can only attack with Stone Edge 4 times before their PP is used up. Attack Order rounds out the set, giving her the power to take out a worn down opponent and making sure she is not completely shut down by Taunt.

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Other Options

There are not many other options for Vespiquen. Protect is a great move for stalling if you already have Toxic support, but at that point stalling will be the only thing Vespiquen can do for your team. Confuse Ray is an option to help stall as well, but it is almost always inferior to Toxic and is somewhat unreliable. U-turn is useful for scouting, but Vespiquen isn't exactly known for keeping up offensive momentum and her weakness to Stealth Rock makes switching in repeatedly a poor choice. Struggle Bug will fail to kill pretty much anything, but lowering the opponent's Special Attack can help her tank hits even better. Defend Order can be used to boost her defenses, but she has trouble finding a moveslot for it. Finally, an offensive set using Hone Claws is an option; however, there are more threatening Pokemon that are better suited for such a role.

Checks and Counters

The best way to counter Vespiquen is to get Stealth Rock up and force her to switch repeatedly. Any powerful physical Rock attacker, especially Rampardos, is bound to scare her off. Tough Fire-types, such as Charizard and Rapidash, can easily dethrone the queen as well. Steel- and Poison-types are immune to Toxic and resist Attack Order, making them ideal counters. Lairon and Bastiodon, in particular, can wall her all day and threaten back with STAB Rock-type moves. Weezing also tanks anything that Vespiquen can throw at it, and it usually carries Fire- or Electric-type attacks. Finally, Swellow grows more powerful if poisoned, resists Bug attacks, and has Brave Bird to quickly finish her off.