Budew

Natural Cure
Cures status on switching out.
Poison Point
Enemies' contact moves have a 30% chance of poisoning them.
Type Tier
Grass / Poison LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 20 23 -
Atk
30
8 9 12 13
Def
35
9 10 13 14
SpA
50
9 11 14 15
SpD
70
11 13 16 17
Spe
55
10 12 15 16
  • Little Cup

Overview

When one looks at Budew, the first thing that comes to mind is how cute it is with its endearing sleepy eyes and adorable petite stature. But take one look at its stats, and that love quickly turns into disappointment. However, with great assets such as Spikes, Stun Spore, Leaf Storm, and Natural Cure, backed up by an efficient stat distribution, Budew can make quite a splash in Little Cup. Although it does suffer from frailty issues, Budew can be somewhat decent if it is backed up by good teammates and used correctly.

Name Item Ability Nature

Spikes

Oran Berry Natural Cure Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Spikes
~ Energy Ball / Sludge Bomb
~ Stun Spore
~ Rest
196 HP / 76 Def / 36 SpA / 196 SpD

Budew is one of the select few Pokemon in Little Cup that can set up Spikes. Unlike some of the other Spikers in Little Cup, Budew possesses good typing and bulk, as well as decent Speed, which allows it to set up effectively. Budew's access to Natural Cure allows it to adopt a sort of Spike-and-run strategy; it does this by Spiking as much as it can, Resting off any damage, and then switching out, recovering from sleep automatically due to Natural Cure. However, Budew isn't limited solely to providing entry hazard support: it also has access to Stun Spore and sports resistances to common attacking types in Little Cup, such as Water and Fighting. Using these tools, Budew can easily spread paralysis throughout the opposing team and deal good damage with either of its STAB moves of choice.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Natural Cure Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ground / Shadow Ball
~ Sleep Powder / Rest
36 HP / 200 SpA / 240 Spe

Although Budew's Special Attack stat may seem low, its good Speed when Scarfed and access to the ridiculously strong 140 Base Power Leaf Storm allow it to function quite effectively as a Choice Scarf user. Thanks to its helpful resistances to Fighting- and Water-type attacks, Budew can find many opportunities to switch in and fire off full-powered Leaf Storms. Sleep Powder makes countering Budew even more difficult, as it lets Budew easily put one of its counters out of commission. Budew's access to Natural Cure helps it not only to remove status ailments, but also to fully recover its HP with Rest while waking up immediately after it switches out.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Budew doesn't really have many other options besides the ones listed above. A Life Orb set with three attacks and Rest is an option, but Budew's frailty usually lets it down. Synthesis is an option over Rest on the Spikes set, but it is usually a bad idea since it only heals 25% of Budew's health in rain, which is fairly common in Little Cup. Although Budew also has access to Swords Dance, it lacks the Attack stat and the physical movepool to abuse it.

Checks and Counters

Although Budew is easily countered, it is still fairly hard to switch into due to its access to Stun Spore and Sleep Powder. However, if you can avoid the potential status ailments, Fire-types like Ponyta and Houndour can easily take care of Budew with their STAB attacks, despite taking a hefty amount of damage from Sludge Bomb. Gligar with Aerial Ace also counters Budew easily.

Diglett is Budew's worst nightmare if it manages to switch in while Budew is using Rest. Due to its ability, Arena Trap, Diglett can prevent Budew from switching out, effectively making it a sitting duck. Munchlax doesn't mind paralysis and can easily tank most of Budew's attacks while KOing Budew with its STAB move of choice. Offensively oriented Water-types that pack Ice Beam also cause Budew trouble, but are hit super effectively by Budew's STAB and therefore are not notable threats. Strong Psychic-type attacks from the likes of Abra and friends utterly destroy Budew; however, most Psychic-type Pokemon abhor paralysis and are OHKOed or 2HKOed by either of Budew's STABs. Grimer and Croagunk resist both of Budew's STABs and can heavily damage it if they pack super effective coverage moves like Fire Punch and Ice Punch.