Arceus-Psychic

Multitype
Type changes depending on the held plate. Prevents item loss.
Type Tier
Psychic Uber
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 381 444 -
Atk
120
248 276 339 372
Def
120
248 276 339 372
SpA
120
248 276 339 372
SpD
120
248 276 339 372
Spe
120
248 276 339 372
  • Uber

Overview

Once upon a glorious first generation, Psychic-types were the dominant force of the metagame, with virtually zero weaknesses, and a powerful STAB that made all cower in fear. Truly, had Psychic Arceus chosen to reveal Himself at that time, He would have been the mightiest among gods. But alas, it was not to be, for Psychic Arceus appears instead in a time when His own devious Dark- and Steel-type creations run rampant, placing His very survival in jeopardy. Competition from other Psychic-types also threatens to overshadow the prowess of Psychic Arceus; the mighty Mewtwo, born of the technologies of mere mortals, actually completely beats Arceus on the offensive front; while Lugia, the harbinger of tempests and halcyon winds alike, surpasses even its creator in defensive ability. Psychic Arceus is unquestionably formidable, but whether He can make an impact against so many others remains to be seen.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Mind Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Judgment
~ Focus Blast / Shadow Ball
~ Recover
100 HP / 100 Def / 100 SpA / 100 SpD / 100 Spe

Psychic Arceus, like every other Arceus forme, can be an excellent Calm Mind user. Funnily enough, this ultimately comes back to bite him, as he is often considered outclassed by Dark and Ghost Arceus, both of whom sport significantly better STAB, as well as Steel Arceus, who has a better defensive typing and can beat Blissey one-on-one. Additionally, Latias, Latios, Kyogre, Mewtwo, Lugia, and Giratina-O are also usually referred to as "better" Calm Mind users, for their own reasons. This draws much from Psychic Arceus's appeal, but he's still completely viable.

Judgment is the same great, effectively 120 Base Power STAB move that all Arceus formes share. Following it, Focus Blast covers Steel- and Dark-types, hitting both super effectively, but leaves Psychic Arceus open to opposing Psychic-types. Conversely, Shadow Ball will hit Psychic-types super effectively, but leave Arceus open to Steel- and Dark-types. Finally, Recover is what sets Arceus apart from most other Calm Mind users—who can only rely on Rest for healing—by giving him a reliable recovery move with which he can take advantage of his bulk.

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Other Options

If it wasn't made clear enough, Psychic Arceus is heavily outclassed in many roles. In fact, the only reason a Calm Mind set is there is because every analysis needs at least one set. Despite being overshadowed, however, Psychic Arceus can pull off Swords Dance and RestTalk sets successfully; just know that Pokemon such as Ghost Arceus, Dark Arceus, Garchomp, Rayquaza, Groudon, and Lucario; and Steel Arceus, Ghost Arceus, Giratina-O, and Kyogre; respectively, are probably better candidates for the job.

Checks and Counters

Most Calm Mind users give Psychic Arceus a hard time, as his poor STAB and typing allow many to beat him in a Calm Mind war with a simple type advantage. Latias and Lugia, in particular, give him the most trouble, as their huge Special Defense stats, resistances to both Psychic and Fighting, and access to Recover allow them to take everything Psychic Arceus can throw at them and eventually come out on top. Non-Calm Mind Lugia can also deal with Psychic Arceus by taking a hit and phazing him out with Whirlwind. Choice Band Scizor can take most boosted attacks (besides Flamethrower / Fire Blast), U-turn out, and leave Psychic Arceus weak enough to be KOed by most things. Darkrai outspeeds Psychic Arceus, and can put him to sleep with Dark Void or smack him with Dark Pulse before he can do anything. Wobbuffet can Encore Calm Mind or even Mirror Coat Shadow Ball to beat Psychic Arceus. Specially defensive Tyranitar can take a +1 Focus Blast if it has to, and then weaken Psychic Arceus with STAB Crunch.