- Speed doubles in sun.
- 30% chance to paralyze, poison, or sleep when struck by a contact move.
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
While a very capable Pokemon on its own merits, Vileplume is rather uncommon because of the competition it faces for a teamslot. Exeggutor and Victreebel outclass it offensively, and Roselia, Tangela, and Torterra give it stiff competition as a defensive Grass-type. However, Vileplume's well-balanced stats, access to Aromatherapy, and new Dream World ability in Effect Spore help it establish its own unique niche as one of the best defensive Grass / Poison-types available in BW NU. While Vileplume remains plagued by its shallow movepool and terrible Speed stat, if played to its strengths and given the proper support, it can be an amazing asset for any team that needs a reliable cleric and Toxic Spikes absorber.
Vileplume's good defensive typing and access to Aromatherapy let it play the role of a potent team supporter. Aromatherapy is obviously the main selling point for Vileplume, as the only other competent Grass-type cleric in NU is Meganium. Aromatherapy is one of the best support moves in the game, and has limitless applications for both balanced and defensive teams alike, such as freeing a powerful sweeper from an unfortunate burn or a sturdy wall from crippling poison. Vileplume also makes a great cleric because its Poison typing allows it to absorb Toxic Spikes upon entering the battlefield. Giga Drain is a great STAB move for Vileplume, as it not only packs decent power and coverage coming off of Vileplume's good base 100 Special Attack stat, but also provides recovery. Sludge Bomb is a secondary STAB move for scaring off opposing Grass-types that would otherwise wall Vileplume, including Tangela. Sludge Bomb's superior power and chance to poison also makes it a good move to throw out when predicting switches.
Vileplume has two viable options for its final move, and the choice between the two depends on what one needs Vileplume to accomplish. Moonlight provides a reliable recovery move when Giga Drain doesn't cut it; however, Sleep Powder is very tempting as it can put out a potential counter for the rest of the match due to how crippling BW's sleep mechanics are. Unfortunately, Sleep Powder is completely ineffective against Vital Spirit Magmar, Vileplume's most common switch-in, making Moonlight the superior choice most of the time. In addition, Sleep Powder has some awkward synergy issues with Effect Spore.
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This set is capable of outspeeding minimum Speed Golurk and OHKOing it with Giga Drain. Sludge Bomb is Vileplume's strongest STAB move, doing massive damage to anything that doesn't resist it and OHKOing Tangela with ease. Giga Drain gives Vileplume a form of recovery, and easily disposes of Pokemon that are weak to it such as Samurott, Carracosta, Golurk, and Golem. Sleep Powder is a safe move to use when you are in a tight situation, as the sleep status is among the most deadly status ailments in the game, effectively incapacitating the sleeping Pokemon for the rest of the match. Synthesis is the best option in the last moveslot; it gives Vileplume the reliable recovery it desperately needs, as even with Giga Drain, it can be worn down quickly between entry hazard and Life Orb damage.
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Vileplume's exceptionally barren movepool doesn't leave it with many other options. An offensive Chlorophyll set is completely outclassed by basically every other Chlorophyll user in NU, but Vileplume can make a decent Sunny Day setter with its decent bulk. Some moves are only compatible with Chlorophyll, such as Leech Seed, which can be used over Moonlight on the cleric set. Swords Dance is also worth noting as it is the only move Vileplume can use to increase its offensive power; however, Vileplume's awful Speed and type coverage make a Swords Dance set a novelty at best.
Checks and Counters
Magmar is a huge threat to any Vileplume set due to its powerful Fire Blast. In addition, its Dream World ability, Vital Spirit, allows it to switch in freely on a predicted Sleep Powder. Swellow and Braviary also pose huge problems for Vileplume; Braviary in particular is a huge threat because it can threaten Vileplume's Rock-type teammates with Superpower. Taunt users in general are also an annoyance to Vileplume, as they can prevent it from using Aromatherapy when its team needs it the most.