Illumise

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Tinted Lens
Doubles damage on resisted hits.
Type Tier
Bug NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
47
117 130 193 212
Def
55
131 146 209 229
SpA
73
163 182 245 269
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
85
185 206 269 295
  • Underused

Overview

While Illumise appears terrible on paper, she does have a few perks that allow her to compete in UU; her biggest advantage is Tinted Lens, which allows any resisted attacks to hit for neutral damage. While it appears that Illumise is outclassed by Venomoth, her superior movepool, which includes moves such as Encore, Wish, and Baton Pass, allows her to differentiate herself from her moth cousin. Given some team support, Illumise could be a reasonable alternative to some of the other Pokemon running around UU; just don't expect anything amazing out of her.

Name Item Ability Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb / Choice Specs Tinted Lens Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Bug Buzz
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Ground
~ Encore / U-turn
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Bug Buzz is Illumise's main STAB move, and hits most Pokemon reasonably hard, while Thunderbolt allows Illumise to hit Moltres, who resists Bug Buzz even with Tinted Lens, and Milotic for more damage. Hidden Power Ice is Illumise's most powerful attack against Altaria, while Hidden Power Ground lets Illumise hit Toxicroak and Registeel for super effective damage. The final move depends on what item Illumise is using; if Life Orb is being utilized, Encore can be used to shut down stat-boosters, while U-turn should be used in conjunction with Choice Specs to scout switch-ins.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Leftovers Tinted Lens Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Bug Buzz
~ Substitute
~ Baton Pass
~ Encore
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

This set takes advantage of Illumise's access to Encore and ability to pass Substitutes to her teammates. Illumise can switch into supporting moves such as Wish or Recover, use Encore, and then pass a Substitute to a teammate. Bug Buzz prevents Illumise from being rendered completely useless by Taunt, allowing her to dish out at least some form of damage.

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Other Options

Illumise has a decent movepool, so a few other options can be considered. Growth is useful on the special sweeper set to boost Illumise's Special Attack. Illumise has access to many modes of recovery, namely Roost and Moonlight, as well as Wish, but her lack of bulk really prevents her from abusing these to their fullest potential. If you feel like taking a chance, Silver Wind can replace Bug Buzz on the Baton Pass set, as it has a 10% chance of passing a +1 boost in every stat to the recipient.

Checks and Counters

Essentially, a Pokemon who has a good Special Defense stat and is not weak to any of Illumise's attacks can be considered a counter. Chansey and Registeel completely wall Illumise, while specially defensive Arcanine can switch in without too much hassle and roast Illumise to a crisp with Flare Blitz. Altaria can switch in, Roost off any damage taken, and proceed to set up Dragon Dance. Toxicroak resists Bug Buzz and can set up on Illumise should she lack Hidden Power Ground. Illumise is also easily revenge killed; Pokemon such as Scyther, Houndoom, and Moltres can all outspeed and OHKO Illumise with their STAB moves.