Woobat

Unaware
Ignores stat boosts and debuffs on other Pokemon other than Speed.
Klutz
The wielder both is unaffected by and will not utilize held items.
Simple
Doubles all status boosts and drops.
Type Tier
Psychic / Flying LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 22 25 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
43
9 10 14 15
SpA
55
10 12 15 16
SpD
43
9 10 14 15
Spe
72
11 13 16 17
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Overview

At first glance, Woobat is yet another mediocre Psychic-type special attacker. However, Woobat's Dream World ability, Simple, sets it apart from the rest, allowing it to double both its Special Attack and Special Defense after a single Calm Mind. This ability to quickly set up, combined with Woobat's decent Special Attack and good Speed, gives Woobat the potential to ravage opposing teams after a single free turn. Unfortunately, Woobat is incredibly frail even with the help of Eviolite, being 2HKOed by most unresisted physical attacks. Support from its teammates to take on strong physical attackers is needed so Woobat can shine.

Name Item Ability Nature

Calm Mind

Eviolite Simple Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Psychic
~ Air Slash / Roost
~ Heat Wave
76 HP / 236 SpA / 12 SpD / 180 Spe

This set aims to exploit Woobat's only niche, Simple and Calm Mind, which allows Woobat to double its Special Attack and Special Defense in one turn. Thanks to its good Speed and decent Special Attack, Woobat can take advantage of Calm Mind's Special Defense boost to find opportunities to set up against weaker Pokemon that use special attacks, such as RestTalk Chinchou and Slowpoke. Psychic is a strong, reliable STAB move, hitting the numerous Fighting-types in LC super effectively. Psychic is a superior choice over Stored Power thanks to its reliability; it's still almost as powerful as Stored Power after one Calm Mind and Woobat is more likely to need to attack immediately than to find an opportunity to Calm Mind twice. Air Slash is Woobat's secondary STAB, useful for hitting Scraggy super effectively, hitting Murkrow neutrally, and coming through from time to time with its handy flinch chance. Although Woobat has poor defenses, Roost can help to improve its survivability, especially when setting up against weaker special attackers. Heat Wave improves Woobat's coverage greatly, heavily damaging the Steel-types, such as Ferroseed, Bronzor, Magnemite, and Pawniard, which would otherwise take little damage from Woobat.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Every Woobat set should run Calm Mind and Simple; it is simply the best niche it has in LC. Taunt can be used to prevent Lileep and Bronzor from badly poisoning Woobat with Toxic. An all-out attacking set is possible thanks to Woobat's movepool, but it is outclassed by Abra, which is more powerful, faster, and has Magic Guard. Woobat can also run a Choice Specs set with Psychic, U-turn, Air Slash, and Heat Wave but its frailty and the disadvantages of locking Woobat into Psychic would make that set mediocre. Amnesia allows Woobat to hit +4 Special Defense in a single turn, but it is almost never as useful as Calm Mind.

Checks and Counters

Woobat's checks mainly consist of physical attackers, which are either faster than Woobat or have access to priority moves. Murkrow possesses both of these qualities, and its high Attack allows it to OHKO even Eviolite Woobat easily. Pawniard can switch in on most of Woobat's attacks and hurt it badly with Sucker Punch, although it must be wary of Heat Wave. Ponyta has good Special Defense and can outspeed Woobat to ravage it with Flare Blitz. Other strong physical attackers, such Drilbur and Elekid, perform similarly well against Woobat. Lileep can switch into all of Woobat's moveset and use Toxic to stall it out; Bronzor can survive a Heat Wave and do the same.