Drifloon

Unburden
Speed increases when an item is used or lost.
Aftermath
Deals 25% damage when KOed by contact damage.
Type Tier
Ghost / Flying LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 321 384 -
Atk
50
122 136 199 218
Def
34
93 104 167 183
SpA
60
140 156 219 240
SpD
44
111 124 187 205
Spe
70
158 176 239 262
  • Little Cup

Overview

Drifloon is Little Cup's often overlooked Ghost. As he is not as bulky as Duskull and not as strong or as fast as Gastly, Drifloon seems to be inferior. However, Drifloon's unique ability, Unburden, allows him to double his speed while gaining HP courtesy of Oran Berry or boosting his Special Attack courtesy of Petaya Berry. With a Speed boost under his belt, Drifloon can be a very threatening sweeper in Little Cup.

Name Item Ability Nature

Calm Mind

Oran Berry Unburden Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Substitute / Thunderbolt
116 HP / 8 Def / 200 SpA / 8 SpD / 120 Spe

This set attempts to fix Drifloon's low Special Attack through Calm Mind and to obtain a Speed stat of 30 while healing with Oran Berry.

Calm Mind is Drifloon's only reliable boosting option. It allows Drifloon to reach a Special Attack stat of 24 after one boost and an astounding 32 after two. Drifloon can also set up on weak special attackers and Sucker Punch users with Calm Mind. Shadow Ball is Drifloon's best STAB attack and has perfect neutral coverage when combined with Hidden Power Fighting. In the final slot, Substitute gives Drifloon an easier setup by protecting him from attacks and status. It also eases prediction during Drifloon's sweep, especially against Sucker Punch users. Substitute is also useful for reliably activating Unburden. Thunderbolt can be used to hit Stunky for massive damage and also hits Water- and Flying-types hard.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute + Will-O-Wisp

Oran Berry Unburden Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Will-O-Wisp
~ Shadow Ball
~ Thunderbolt
196 HP / 196 SpA / 116 Spe

This set takes a more defensive approach to sweeping, allowing Drifloon to burn and cripple his counters early on before sweeping a weakened team with a boost from Unburden.

Substitute allows Drifloon to both scout for counters and activate Unburden and Oran Berry. Shadow Ball is Drifloon's STAB attack of choice again. Will-O-Wisp is primarily for Munchlax and Stunky, neither of whom will enjoy a burn. Thunderbolt is the coverage move on this set because unboosted Hidden Power Fighting being very weak.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute

Petaya Berry Unburden Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Thunderbolt / Calm Mind
196 HP / 8 Def / 200 SpA / 8 SpD / 40 Spe

While this set does not have the bulk of the previous two sets, it has a much easier time setting up and sweeping in the end-game.

Substitute allows Drifloon to reduce his health by 25% each time, eventually activating Petaya Berry and Unburden at the same time. With this Drifloon reaches 24 Special Attack and 28 Speed, outrunning and hitting hard most of the metagame. Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting provide perfect neutral coverage. Thunderbolt gives Drifloon better coverage, while Calm Mind can allow Drifloon to gain additional boosts if the opportunity arises.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Attacking Lead

Focus Sash Unburden Hasty
Moveset IVs
~ Destiny Bond / Explosion
~ Shadow Ball
~ Sucker Punch
~ Thunderbolt
0 HP / 0 Def / 0 SpD
EVs
116 Atk / 196 SpA / 196 Spe

This uncommon lead set allows Drifloon to almost always get one kill, and sometimes even two or three. It uses a combination of Unburden and moves such as Destiny Bond, Explosion, and Sucker Punch.

Being a Ghost-type, Drifloon is immune to the common Fake Out. In addition, the Focus Sash protects it from Meowth's Bite and Aipom's Shadow Claw. Drifloon can then Destiny Bond or Explode to take out the lead. Additionally, Drifloon can sometimes take out leads on its own using Shadow Ball, Sucker Punch, or Thunderbolt. An example is Kabuto, who is KOed by Thunderbolt followed by Sucker Punch. Drifloon can then get another kill using Unburden and Destiny Bond or Explosion.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf Lead

Choice Scarf Unburden Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Trick
~ Destiny Bond / Explosion
~ Sucker Punch
~ Shadow Ball
116 HP / 4 Def / 196 SpA / 4 SpD / 116 Spe

This set attempts to take out two or more Pokemon on the opposition's side by using Trick to cripple the lead and Destiny Bond or Explosion with Unburden to get a KO.

Trick allows Drifloon to lock the opposing Pokemon into a move, hopefully a support move. Tricking also activates Unburden, giving Drifloon 30 Speed. With this high speed stat, Drifloon can take out a Pokemon with Destiny Bond or Explosion. Sucker Punch and Shadow Ball are there in case using Destiny Bond or Explosion is not necessary. Sucker Punch guards against the priority that is omnipresent in Little Cup.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance

Damp Rock Aftermath Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Explosion
~ Weather Ball
~ Thunder / Shadow Ball
196 Atk / 116 SpA / 196 Spe

Drifloon is one of the few Pokemon in LC who can set up Rain Dance, take advantage of the rain, and then explode. The EVs of the set are tailored for that purpose, maximizing Drifloon's offensive capabilities. 17 Speed allows Drifloon to outspeed all non-Scarf Snover and almost all non-Scarf Chinchou, two major hindrances to most dedicated rain teams; it can then proceed to OHKO them both with Explosion.

While it would be better to not waste Rain Dance turns attacking with Drifloon, this set's attacks allow it to take advantage of the rain itself when you don't want Drifloon to explode right away. Weather Ball becomes a very powerful move in the rain, while Thunder provides decent coverage alongside it, especially with Explosion in the mix. Shadow Ball can be used instead of Thunder to hit Dratini, Paras, Chinchou, and all the other Pokemon that resist the combination of Weather Ball and Thunder a bit harder. It's also super effective against Gastly and opposing Drifloon, which may come in to absorb Drifloon's Explosion. Be wary, though; unless you hit it on the switch, most Gastly will outspeed and OHKO Drifloon first.

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Other Options

Aside from the listed options, Drifloon has few other notable moves. Charge Beam is an alternate option to boost Drifloon's Special Attack. Hidden Power Ground can be used to hit Stunky hard, but leaves Drifloon very weak to Munchlax. Baton Pass can be used to send Drifloon's boosts to other sweepers. Be aware that the Unburden boost cannot be Baton Passed, however. Thunder Wave can be used on a double status set with Hypnosis or Will-O-Wisp.

Checks and Counters

Once Drifloon is set up, it is very hard to stop. Munchlax does a good job at stopping Drifloon, but can be shut down by a boosted Hidden Power Fighting or a Will-o-wisp. Stunky does the same and threatens Drifloon with Sucker Punch, but again loses to the SubWisp set. In general, Sucker Punch users greatly endanger Drifloon. If Drifloon does not have a Substitute or an Unburden boost, Drifloon can be easily outsped and KOed by Pokemon like Gastly and Staryu.

Both lead sets have problems with Snover, as previously stated. The second lead set also is stopped by Buneary. In general, things that can avoid taking Destiny Bond with Toxic or Will-O-Wisp do a good job at countering the lead sets.