Leafeon

Leaf Guard
Prevents status effects in sun.
Type Tier
Grass UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
110
230 256 319 350
Def
130
266 296 359 394
SpA
60
140 156 219 240
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
95
203 226 289 317
  • Underused

Overview

Leafeon's nearly unresisted coverage and auspicious stat distribution make it a very difficult Pokemon for some teams to handle. Leafeon smashes through prominent physical walls such as Slowbro, Donphan, and Milotic and only has approximately three solid counters in Registeel, Steelix, and Weezing. Unlike other UU sweepers, Leafeon doesn't suffer from one-dimensionality, as it can also run two very effective defensive sets to surprise its usual responses. After all of these factors are considered, it becomes clear that Leafeon is one of the most versatile Pokemon in the metagame.

Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Leaf Blade
~ Double-Edge
~ Synthesis / Quick Attack
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With high Speed and Attack, Leafeon is capable of sweeping an opponent's team with Swords Dance. In contrast to other Swords Dance sweepers such as Venusaur, Leafeon's niche is to obtain a Swords Dance boost on physical attackers due to its enormous base 130 Defense. Furthermore, Leafeon boasts great type coverage in its movepool; in UU, Grass- and Normal-type coverage is only resisted by Registeel, Shedinja, and Drifblim.

Leaf Blade is Leafeon's primary STAB move, and it is capable of OHKOing frequently used physical walls such as Slowbro, Milotic, and Donphan after a Swords Dance. Noteworthy physical walls that Leafeon cannot OHKO are Miltank and Steelix, but they are both 2HKOed and cannot significantly threaten Leafeon in return. Double-Edge is Leafeon's primary attacking move against Flying-, Grass-, and Fire-types, which will often try to switch into a resisted Leaf Blade. To better understand why Double-Edge is chosen over the recoilless Return, consider that it can OHKO Moltres and 252 HP Venusaur after a Swords Dance boost. It also deals around 60% to defensive Arcanine, which means that it can be OHKOed with a little residual damage and Stealth Rock in play. Additionally, Double-Edge cleanly 2HKOes specially defensive Weezing after a single boost.

The final slot comes down to two moves: Synthesis and Quick Attack. Synthesis is preferred as it allows Leafeon to offset residual damage and the recoil taken from Double-Edge and Life Orb. Given its high Speed and ability to threaten many Pokemon, Leafeon can find itself using Synthesis repeatedly. Quick Attack can be a great option to strike frail and fast Pokemon; but generally, it will not OHKO unless the target has been weakened substantially.

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Name Item Nature

Baton Pass

Leftovers Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Baton Pass
~ Swords Dance
~ Roar / Synthesis
~ Leaf Blade
132 HP / 4 Atk / 120 Def / 252 Spe

Leafeon is one of the few Pokemon who can Baton Pass effectively due to its high Speed and exceptional Defense. Swords Dance is good for Leafeon to let it hit very hard and then pass it to a better sweeper for the situation if a hard counter comes in. Roar foils phazers such as Steelix or Drapion who would otherwise attempt to phaze Leafeon's boost before it can be passed. Synthesis can replace Roar if you prefer Leafeon to heal instead of stopping enemy phazers. Leaf Blade rounds out the set with an obligatory STAB attack; even with minimal EV investment, it can do surprisingly high damage to Slowbro, Donphan, and Milotic.

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Name Item Nature

Physical Wall

Leftovers Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Wish
~ Protect
~ Leaf Blade
~ Yawn / Roar / Heal Bell
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

Leafeon can be extremely effective in the UU tier as a physical wall thanks to its convenient resistances to Grass-, Water-, and Ground-type attacks. Leafeon's staggering base 130 Defense allows it to take on a number of potent physical threats including Feraligatr, Azumarill, Dugtrio, and Torterra. The icing on the cake, though, is having a reliable recovery move, a niche that other physical walls tend to lack.

Leafeon has some useful support moves in its arsenal: Wish, Protect, Yawn, Roar, and Heal Bell. As a natural physical wall, Wish is too good to pass up on this set because it supports the entire team and acts as a reliable recovery move in conjunction with Protect. Yawn plays as a reliable scouting move, which quickly identifies the opposing team's responses to Leafeon and helps you form strategies in the long run. If Sleep Clause is in effect, Leafeon will be unable to phaze the foe with Yawn, so Roar is a good alternative. Heal Bell allows Leafeon to clean its entire team of status as needed, and can be invaluable in many situations. Leaf Blade provides Leafeon a way to dish out respectable damage to Pokemon such as Feraligatr and Azumarill, both of which are 2HKOed by Leaf Blade.

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Other Options

Leafeon has three useful support moves which were not mentioned in the above sets: Knock Off, Charm, and Tickle. Knock Off removes the foe's item, while both Charm and Tickle work to weaken physical attackers and generally force them to switch-out. Curse seems interesting, but you'll need to invest plenty of Special Defense EVs to get the best out of the set, and even then Registeel and Regirock do the job better because of their superior stat distributions for that role.

Checks and Counters

Weezing is the best Leafeon counter, as even a boosted Double-Edge will fail to OHKO it. Weezing can then strike back with Sludge Bomb or Will-O-Wisp, KOing or crippling Leafeon. Without Stealth Rock on the field, Houndoom and Arcanine can switch into Leafeon and threaten it out with their STAB attacks. Choice Scarf Moltres also breaks Leafeon successfully if it isn't switching into Stealth Rock recklessly. Should Leafeon lack Quick Attack, then faster Pokemon such as Espeon or Swellow can come in and force Leafeon to switch out with their powerful special and super effective attacks, respectively. Registeel completely walls Leafeon thanks to its pure Steel typing, and has access to Thunder Wave to neutralize Leafeon's beloved Speed. Steelix's enormous Defense stat lets it play similarly to Registeel against Leafeon, although it will still be taking respectable damage from boosted neutral Leaf Blade.