Entei

Pressure
Enemy attacks lose one extra PP. Increases wild encounter rate.
Type Tier
Fire NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
115
- 371 434 -
Atk
115
239 266 329 361
Def
85
185 206 269 295
SpA
90
194 216 279 306
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
100
212 236 299 328
  • Underused

Overview

Like many Fire-types, Entei is a Pokemon who boasts great all-round stats, but has them distributed rather poorly. The fact that its movepool is horrible doesn't help it either. Even with the release of Movie 10's event moves, Entei still faces tough competition from Arcanine. However, while Entei appears to be shallow, it still can fill niches that no other Pokemon can. It is the only Pokemon in UU outside of Dunsparce and Drifblim who can set up 101 HP Substitutes and use Calm Mind, making it a deadly special sweeper, while its access to Stone Edge differentiates Entei from Arcanine as a physical attacker. Overall, it is still a force to be reckoned with, so one must never write off Entei too hastily.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Life Orb / Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Flare Blitz
~ Stone Edge
~ ExtremeSpeed
~ Hidden Power Grass
252 Atk / 4 SpA / 252 Spe

This set aims to take advantage of Entei's excellent Attack stat and powerful STAB Flare Blitz. At first glance, Arcanine might seem like a better choice for this role, but Entei has higher Attack and Speed than Adamant Arcanine. Entei also has Stone Edge as a coverage move to nail opposing Fire-types for super effective damage, allowing it to OHKO a large portion of its common switch-ins. Entei's ExtremeSpeed is very powerful, and makes a great late-game sweeping tool. Hidden Power Grass rounds off Entei's coverage by hitting Rhyperior, Kabutops, and Omastar for heavy damage. Entei also has excellent bulk for a Fire-type, meaning it can switch in quite easily on resisted or neutral hits.

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Name Item Nature

SubCM

Leftovers Timid
Moveset IVs
~ Substitute
~ Calm Mind
~ Flamethrower / Fire Blast
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Electric
2 Atk / 30 SpA
EVs
136 HP / 156 SpA / 216 Spe

Apart from Dunsparce (who is subpar) and Drifblim (who doesn’t need 101 HP Substitutes), Entei remains the only Pokemon available in UU who can both set up 101 HP Substitutes and effectively use Calm Mind. This allows it set up multiple Calm Minds on Chansey, UU’s premier special wall. The idea is very simple: come in on a Pokemon whom Entei can force out, create a Substitute as the opponent switches out, and proceed to set up with Calm Mind. With boosted Special Defense, Entei can even set up on bulky Water-types, with the exceptions of Haze Milotic and Azumarill, by continuing to boost its stats using Calm Mind, setting up Substitute, then eventually taking them down. The Hidden Power of choice allows Entei to hit bulky Water-types for super effective damage. Without a good counter, this set can be especially hard for stall teams to face since Entei can use its bulk to continuously accumulate boosts while the opponent watches in vain.

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Name Item Nature

Sunny Day

Life Orb / Heat Rock Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Sunny Day
~ Fire Blast / Flamethrower
~ Solarbeam
~ Calm Mind
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set combines Entei's access to Calm Mind and the advantages sunny weather brings to Fire-types. The idea is to switch Entei into a Pokemon it can force out, then set up a Calm Mind. If the opponent switches in a bulky Water-type, such as Milotic, Entei should then use Sunny Day to weaken Water-type attacks. In the sun, Milotic's Surf only does 23.18% - 28.03% to +1 Entei, while +1 Solarbeam will easily 2HKO Milotic in return. With the opponent's bulky Water-type destroyed, Entei can then continue to devastate the opponent's team with Calm Mind- and sun-boosted STAB attacks, making Entei extremely hard to wall without the use of Flash Fire Pokemon; in the sun, Entei's +1 Fire Blast is so powerful that it can even 2HKO Chansey after Stealth Rock damage.

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Name Item Nature

Mixed Calm Mind

Life Orb Timid
Moveset IVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Fire Blast / Flamethrower
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Stone Edge
30 HP / 30 Atk / 30 SpA
EVs
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set aims to take full advantage of Entei's great Speed stat, usable Special Attack stat, and access to Calm Mind. While one might compare Entei to Ninetales (who can utilize Nasty Plot and Energy Ball), Entei has much better bulk and access to Stone Edge, allowing it to deal with Fire-types. Even with an Attack-reducing nature, Stone Edge is still powerful enough to KO most Fire-types. As for Arcanine, if it has Intimidate, Entei should just Calm Mind up and attack it with boosted Fire-type attacks; if it has Flash Fire, Stone Edge will always score a 2HKO. Hidden Power Grass allows Entei to hurt Water- and Rock-types who resist Entei's STAB attacks and take little damage from Stone Edge.

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Name Item Nature

Mono-Attacker

Leftovers Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Lava Plume / Flamethrower
~ Calm Mind
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

This set takes full advantage of Entei's excellent bulk and access to Calm Mind to become a sturdy mono-attacker. While this set is not very efficient against offensive teams, it is an excellent "win-condition" sweeper who can sweep opposing stall teams should its counter go down. With Calm Mind, Entei can eventually boost its Special Attack to the point where it is powerful enough to sweep, while RestTalk stops status afflictions, especially Toxic, from taking it down. Lava Plume complements this set perfectly, as it can potentially burn physical attackers who could bypass Entei's Special Defense boosts, crippling them and rendering them next-to-useless. Entei's ability, Pressure, also helps this set greatly, as it allows Entei to PP stall opposing Pokemon should the occasion arise.

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Other Options

Entei's movepool is small, so it does not have many other options at its disposal. It is one of the select few Pokemon who have access to Eruption, so running a Choice Specs or Choice Scarf set is not a bad idea, although Typhlosion is better at this in nearly every aspect, boasting the same Speed but higher Special Attack and a wider movepool. Will-O-Wisp is an option that can be used to cripple various Pokemon. Roar can be used as a decent pseudo-hazing move, while Reflect is also available to boost Entei's Defense.

Checks and Counters

Haze Milotic is easily Entei's number one counter. With Haze, it can remove Calm Mind boosts and threaten Entei with a full-powered STAB Surf. It also has enough bulk to take whatever attack physical Entei tries to throw at it. Azumarill can take on most specially-based sets Entei runs by bypassing Calm Mind, while Slowbro utterly walls any physical set. Blastoise can also switch into most Entei, and specially-based sets can easily be Roared away in a pinch. Clefable shuts down most special Entei with Encore and its good special bulk, while Chansey walls the mixed set and the Sunny Day set to an extent. Pokemon with Flash Fire can defeat any special attacking set that lacks Stone Edge. Depending on the Hidden Power used, Substitute + Calm Mind Entei will run into trouble against either Rhyperior and Lanturn if it is running Hidden Power Electric, or Fire-types if it is using Hidden Power Grass.