Jolteon

Volt Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by an Electric-type attack.
Type Tier
Electric OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
65
149 166 229 251
Def
60
140 156 219 240
SpA
110
230 256 319 350
SpD
95
203 226 289 317
Spe
130
266 296 359 394
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Overview

Jolteon has blisteringly good Speed and great Special Attack, although he is often overlooked due to being easily stopped and having a weakness to Earthquake. However, if you play to his strengths, he can be a very effective sweeper, even in today's metagame.

Jolteon can pull off a variety of different sets, ranging from an all-out sweeper to a slightly less offensive team support set, or anything in between. With access to one of the fastest Baton Passes, as well as one of the strongest Electric-type attacks in OU, Jolteon can be very effective if he is used correctly.

Name Item Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Shadow Ball
~ Baton Pass
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Ice
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolteon's high Speed and good Special Attack allow him to utilize a Choice Specs set effectively. With maximum EV investment and Choice Specs, Thunderbolt can OHKO max HP / Max SpD Calm Togekiss 80% of the time with Stealth Rock. Hidden Power Grass is used to OHKO the likes of Swampert and Mamoswine, since Thunderbolt can always 2HKO Specially Defensive Dragonite.

Baton Pass may seem like an odd move for a Choice sweeper, but combined with Jolteon's high Speed, it makes for an effective scouting maneuver. Being able to switch Jolteon out for free and bring in an appropriate response to your opponent's switch-in is very helpful. This will help ease prediction the next time Jolteon switches in, which is vital considering Jolteon's frailty.

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Name Item Nature

Charge Beam

Life Orb Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Charge Beam
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Ice
~ Shadow Ball
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolteon can abuse Charge Beam to raise his Special Attack 63% of the time when he uses the move. Life Orb, if he gets a Special Attack boost, makes him stronger and more versatile than the Choice Specs set with the ability to change attacks. Despite this, you shouldn't be spamming Charge Beam haphazardly, since Jolteon is only aiming to grab one boost. This set is very much like a normal Life Orb attacker; when you bring Jolteon in on a revenge kill, that's the best time to use Charge Beam. Thunderbolt is your main STAB attack, so you shouldn't be using Charge Beam all of the time.

Life Orb is what defines this set, since after a Charge Beam boost, Jolteon will have a 1.95x boost to all of his attacks. The recoil isn't much of a problem either, since in OU, Jolteon is outsped only by Ninjask and random Choice Scarf users, while he ties with other Jolteon and Aerodactyl. Hidden Power Grass is the main option since the likes of Mamoswine and Swampert will provide the most trouble. After a Charge Beam boost, Shadow Ball will 2HKO Gliscor and Flygon, although you must watch out for Earthquake on Choice Scarf Flygon, since he outspeeds you.

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Name Item Nature

Baton Pass

Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Baton Pass
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Grass
~ Thunderbolt
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Jolteon is the second fastest user of the Substitute + Baton Pass strategy, and he can provide great support to many sweepers, since the buffer of a Substitute gives them a better chance to set up. Thunderbolt is the mandatory STAB attack of choice. Hidden Power Ice is chosen for exceptional coverage with Thunderbolt and because with a Substitute, you will have a better chance of removing Flygon and Gliscor before Baton Passing. In addition to this, the standard targets of Hidden Power Grass, Swampert and Mamoswine, aren't OHKOed without a boost.

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Name Item Nature

Yawn

Life Orb / Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Yawn
~ Protect / Substitute
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Ice
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Although a respectable force in OU, Jolteon is often quickly shut down by Blissey, or other Pokemon who resist or are immune to his attacks. This set aims to avoid being put in an awkward position by forcing the opponent to fight Jolteon with their secondary checks. The strategy is simple, force a switch using Jolteon's offensive presence and use Yawn on the switch-in. Normally, this will be a faster, Choice Scarf-equipped Pokemon aiming to gain momentum or KO Jolteon. Use Protect after Yawn to block any attacks. If, instead of Protect, you are using Substitute, only use it if Jolteon is faster than your opponent's Pokemon. If Jolteon is slower, switch out. Substitute is particularly useful if your opponent switches a second time to avoid falling asleep from Yawn. If your opponent stays in, however, they will fall asleep and be easily taken advantage of by Jolteon or one of your other Pokemon. Teams only tend to carry one solid check for Jolteon, so if said check gets slept, Jolteon's usefulness increases tenfold.

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Other Options

Wish, Agility, and Charge Beam are all options Jolteon can Baton Pass, but Jolteon is severely outclassed when attempting to pass each of these. Jolteon also has Roar, but its negative priority coupled with Jolteon's frailty makes it an unattractive option. Yawn can be used to support the team and help with passing Substitutes, but it is hard to find room for it. Jolteon can even run its own Substitute + 3 Attacks set, although this has lackluster power and is easy to work around without Charge Beam. Thunder can be used in tandem with a Rain Dance team, since Jolteon learns Rain Dance and has an Electric-type immunity. In terms of EVs, Jolteon can afford to slip down to 392 Speed, since that puts it above +1 Adamant Gyarados, although the leftover EVs aren't better placed anywhere else. Jolteon can run 232 Speed EVs to hit a stat of 374, outspeeding everyone who isn't Choice Scarfed bar Weavile and Aerodactyl, but again, there isn't much use for the extra EVs.

Checks and Counters

The Baton Pass set is difficult to counter directly since it will just Baton Pass at the first sign of danger; however, the sweeper sets are easier to stop. It depends on which Hidden Power Jolteon is carrying - Hidden Power Ice means Swampert and Mamoswine can stop him with ease, while Hidden Power Grass means Flygon and Gliscor will have no problems. Any Jolteon without Signal Beam or Shadow Ball is stopped by Celebi. Electivire can switch into Jolteon easily, and if he grabs a Motor Drive boost, can outspeed and threaten him with Earthquake. Porygon2 can Trace Volt Absorb and stall Jolteon out, as can Gardevoir, although she must be wary of Shadow Ball.

Jolteon himself—or any other Electric-type, for that matter—can easily wall Jolteon, as can any dedicated special wall. Jolteon also has very poor defenses, so even neutral attacks from faster Choice Scarf users will maim him.