Castform

Forecast
Changes type according to weather.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 281 344 -
Atk
70
158 176 239 262
Def
70
158 176 239 262
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
70
158 176 239 262
  • Underused

Overview

Castform is a cute Pokemon with a unique ability; unfortunately, that is the extent of his advantageous traits.

Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb / Expert Belt Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt
~ Flamethrower / Fire Blast
~ Energy Ball / Shadow Ball
28 HP / 252 SpA / 228 Spe

This set is Castform's best chance at being competitively viable. BoltBeam forms Castform's attacking core, with a Fire-type move rounding off the coverage perfectly. Energy Ball is mostly filler, but is useful against Water / Ground-types, who are neutral to BoltBeam. Same goes for Shadow Ball, but for Ghost- and Psychic-types. With these four moves, Castform hits quite a bit of the tier super effectively, which is good since he lacks a reliable STAB attack, so anything he can't hit super effectively can quite easily shrug off any of his attempts.

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Other Options

A Choice Specs set can be used to make up for Castform's bad Special Attack stat, but even then he lacks the power, and without the ability to switch moves, he becomes even easier to wall. A physical set is a bad idea since the only viable physical attacks Castform learns are Return, Facade, and Avalanche. Thunder Wave and Toxic can cripple switch-ins, but running either will cut coverage. Weather Ball can be a great 100 Base Power STAB move if Castform is being used on a weather team, and if Sunny Day is the weather of choice, then SolarBeam becomes viable too.

Checks and Counters

If it's not hit super effectively, it counters Castform. In UU, this includes (but is most definitely not limited to): Absol, Aggron, Ambipom, Arcanine, Blaziken, Chansey, Clefable, Drapion, Hariyama, Hitmonlee, Hitmontop, Houndoom, Kangaskhan, Ludicolo, Mesprit, Miltank, Primeape, Spiritomb, Ursaring, Uxie, and Weezing. Heck, even some Pokemon that are hit super effectively can counter Castform if they're bulky enough, like Milotic, Lanturn, Mismagius, and Registeel, among others.