Burmy

Shed Skin
30% chance to heal status every turn.
Type Tier
Bug LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 20 23 -
Atk
29
8 9 12 13
Def
45
9 11 14 15
SpA
29
8 9 12 13
SpD
45
9 11 14 15
Spe
36
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

Burmy carries on Game Freak's legacy of impeccable Bug-types. However, Burmy introduced a few new things to this line of outstanding insects. Firstly, Burmy was the first Pokemon in this group to be given Bug Bite, while less appealing Bug-types, such as Weedle, Caterpie, and Wurmple, can't do anything original and had to copy Burmy. Secondly, Burmy is the definition of unique, with three alternate formes to differentiate itself from its fellow Bug-types while not at all changing its impressive battling tactics. Unlike other inferior Bugs, Burmy has access to Shed Skin, allowing it to wall and counter Pokemon such as Slowpoke and Baltoy who rely on Toxic to deal damage and are absolutely demolished by its ferocious Bug Bite. Despite having a relatively shallow movepool, Burmy has access to all it needs with Bug Bite, Hidden Power Ice, and Tackle hitting most of Little Cup for neutral damage. Burmy has, without a doubt, knocked Caterpie, Weedle, and Wurmple right off their pedestal and the usage statistics chart for good.

Name Item Nature

Tank

Oran Berry Relaxed
Moveset EVs
~ Bug Bite
~ String Shot
~ Protect
~ Hidden Power Ice
196 HP / 204 Atk / 76 Def

Thanks to its phenomenal defenses, Burmy can tank hits from just about any Pokemon in LC. Its Bug typing leaves Burmy with only three weaknesses and useful resistances to common attacking types such as Grass. Bug Bite will be Burmy's main method of dealing damage, allowing it to always OHKO 0 HP / 0 Defense Abra. Burmy also has access to the mighty String Shot, allowing it to slow down any switch-in and eat it alive with Bug Bite. String Shot also makes Burmy a great team player, allowing it to slow down fast opponents so Burmy's slower teammates can come in and continue to wreak havoc. Protect is another excellent move and allows Burmy to scout opponent's movesets, particularly those of Taillow and Ponyta, while they fail to touch this defense fortress. Using Hidden Power Ice means Burmy is able to hit Gligar extremely hard; even with no Special Attack EVs, Burmy always 2HKOes 156 HP / 76 SpD Gligar with its powerful chill.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Burmy has access to Tackle which can be used over Bug Bite to conserve PP. This is important because Burmy's incredible stalling skills often force it to run out of PP and take nasty recoil from Struggle. Burmy also has three cool formes, so use whichever forme you think looks coolest!

Checks and Counters

Nothing really outright counters Burmy, except maybe Weedle, Ledyba, and Pidgey. If you can get them in safely and avoid String Shot, they may have a chance to take down the tanking beast. Otherwise, good luck to you.