Vigoroth

Vital Spirit
Prevents sleep. Increases wild encounters with higher level Pokemon.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 155 187 -
Atk
80
90 100 132 145
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
55
67 75 107 117
SpD
55
67 75 107 117
Spe
90
99 110 142 156
  • Neverused

Overview

While some people prefer direct, massive power at the risk of losing a turn, others prefer a reliable attacker with multiple options. Vigoroth is one of those Pokemon, having a nice base 80 stat in HP, Attack and Defense. Coupled with its decent base 90 Speed, Vigoroth becomes a powerful and bulky Pokemon that can take on multiple roles. Its Vital Spirit ability allows it to effortlessly slam down on the battlefield against sleep inducers and due to being NFE, Vigoroth becomes extremely bulky with Eviolite, especially physically. It has a nice physical movepool with a lot of options to choose from as well.

However, Vigoroth has its drawbacks, like every other Pokemon. Vigoroth's base 55 Special Attack makes its amazing special movepool of no use and even with Eviolite, its disappointing base 55 Special Defense can't withstand many special attacks. Do not be fooled by this hyperactive monkey, however, as underestimating its paired power and bulk can lead you to your own demise.

Name Item Nature

Bulk Up

Eviolite Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Bulk Up
~ Return / Body Slam
~ Earthquake / Brick Break
~ Sucker Punch / Taunt / Slack Off
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe

This set aims to set up and dish out attacks after setup. Bulk Up is the main move of the set, raising Vigoroth's Attack and Defense to great heights after a few uses of the move. Return is a reliable and very powerful STAB, but if Speed is that big of an issue, you can run Body Slam to potentially paralyze and outspeed foes. Earthquake is a powerful move that hits Rock- and Steel-types, which resist Return, for heavy damage. The same can be done by using Brick Break, but as a neutral Return is more powerful than a 2x super effective Brick Break, Earthquake is the better choice. However, you can use Brick Break in tandem with Body Slam to make up for the power loss. The last slot is a filler move. Sucker Punch hits Ghost-types, as they are immune to Return, Body Slam and Brick Break, but you can option to use Taunt or Slack Off if you go with Earthquake. Taunt allows for easy setup against walls, while Slack Off gives Vigoroth reliable recovery.

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Name Item Nature

Stallbreaker

Eviolite Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Taunt
~ Toxic
~ Slack Off
~ Return
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

While Vigoroth can easily set up and attack the opponent, it also has the defenses and the Speed to work as an excellent stallbreaker, as it has access to Taunt and Toxic. This allows Vigoroth to effectively stall out almost any slower opponent by preventing them from doing anything but attack Vigoroth without any boosts whatsoever. Taunt allows Vigoroth to prevent the opponent from recovering HP or from using any support move. Toxic, on the other hand, drains opponents' HP every turn as they attack Vigoroth, as they do not have the option to recover HP due to Taunt. Slack Off is great for Vigoroth, instantly recovering half of its HP and allowing it to take many more attacks from the opponent. In the final moveslot, Return prevents Vigoroth itself from being Taunt bait, and hits fairly hard, even when uninvested, coming off of a base 80 Attack stat.

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Name Item Nature

Substitute + Encore

Eviolite Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Encore
~ Return / Focus Punch
~ Sucker Punch
16 HP / 240 Atk / 252 Spe

This set is more defensively oriented, using Substitute to make Vigoroth an annoying Pokemon to break down when used in conjunction with Encore. Encore shuts opposing walls down and allows Vigoroth to easily wear them down with its attacking moves. Return serves as a powerful STAB move, but Focus Punch can be perfectly utilized behind a Substitute and during a successful Encore; it also gives you completely unresisted coverage in NU. Lastly, Sucker Punch allows Vigoroth to hit Ghost-types hard, as Return and Focus Punch cannot.

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Other Options

You can run a Choice Band set, but Vigoroth is very frail without Eviolite and Vigoroth's Attack is also a bit low for utilizing a Choice Band, so it's not recommended. The same goes for Choice Scarf, as Vigoroth's Attack is too low for a potential set.

Checks and Counters

Haunter can completely shut the Bulk Up attacker set down if it lacks Sucker Punch, as Haunter is immune to Earthquake courtesy of Levitate. Haunter must be very wary of Sucker Punch, however, and it usually means the bane for the poisonous phantom. Misdreavus can PP stall Sucker Punch and completely wear it down using a combination of Toxic / Will-O-Wisp and Protect. Bastiodon is an amazing counter to Vigoroth as it sports a double resistance to Return and Body Slam and takes little damage from Sucker Punch, but it's extremely susceptible to Brick Break, Focus Punch and Earthquake. Lairon can do the exact same and even hit back using its base 90 Attack, but it has the same susceptibility to these moves. Cottonee also has its chances, as it can use Cotton Guard to raise its Defense to staggering heights and Toxic Vigoroth to slowly wear it down. The only thing Vigoroth can do in return is potentially Taunt Cottonee.