Mesprit has an amazing movepool, including the great attacking combination of BoltBeam and many support options such as Stealth Rock. It differentiates itself from Uxie with superior offensive stats and an improved physical and special movepool along with slightly higher base HP, but also has a lower base Speed. However, Mesprit's lack of a reliable recovery move outside of Rest is its major downfall.
This set is designed to set up Stealth Rock as quickly as possible. Tricking a Choice Scarf can cripple bulky leads like Uxie and lets Mesprit deal with defensive stat-uppers later in the game. U-turn allows Mesprit to escape the battle if it cannot handle the situation and is backed by enough power to break many Substitutes in the metagame.
Stealth Rock is one of the deadliest support moves in the game; with Mesprit setting up Stealth Rock, opponents like Moltres and Altaria lose large amounts of health upon switching in. Trick allows Mesprit to cripple walls such as Registeel and Chansey by giving them a useless Choice Scarf. U-turn lets Mesprit escape from battle while hitting Dark-types as well as opposing Psychic-types super effectively. Finally, Zen Headbutt gives Mesprit a solid STAB attack and allows it to hit Venusaur and Blaziken, two of UU's biggest offensive threats.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
The main goal of this set is to set up Stealth Rock and U-turn to another teammate. Stealth Rock allows Mesprit to support its team, making users of Focus Sash useless while also stripping Moltres of 50% of its health. U-turn allows Mesprit to escape battle and bring in a counter to the opponent's Pokémon, while also doing large amounts of damage to Dark- and Psychic-types. STAB Psychic allows Mesprit to hit opponents for decent power coming from base 105 Special Attack. Grass Knot allows Mesprit to OHKO the standard Rhyperior, assuming it stays in to set up.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
This set is played differently from the previous set. The goal is to cripple an opponent's Pokémon or support your own teammates with Reflect. Stealth Rock is probably Mesprit's best support option as it can make the difference between an OHKO and a 2HKO for Mesprit's sweeper teammates. This set is to be played more offensively than the above set, hitting many of UU's more powerful threats, such as Venusaur and Blaziken, with Psychic. Ice Beam and Thunderbolt are both good options to give great type coverage and hit threats such as Altaria (Ice Beam) and Moltres (Thunderbolt) harder.
Thunder Wave allows Mesprit to cripple fast sweepers like Drapion and Houndoom, Reflect allows it to weaken oncoming physical moves, and Knock Off allows it to remove opponent's items, which could potentially make them less of a threat. Stealth Rock allows you to damage Pokémon switching in and ruin Focus Sash users.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Mesprit is a great Pokemon to set up weather for dangerous sweepers due to its decent Speed stat and good bulk. At first glance, Mesprit may seem completely outclassed by Uxie, who has a higher Speed stat along with more bulk. However, Mesprit has access to Healing Wish, while Uxie doesn't, making Mesprit a good weather supporter. Rain Dance and Sunny Day are the most important moves of the set, as they allow Pokemon with Swift Swim and Chlorophyll to sweep much more easily. Offensively, Psychic is a good STAB move to hurt the opponent. Zen Headbutt is also a good option, since it can break Mismagius's Substitutes and prevent it from setting up Calm Mind or Nasty Plot. Both of these moves destroy Toxicroak, a real problem for Rain Dance sweepers. Grass Knot allows Mesprit to hit Rhyperior, Donphan, and Milotic hard. Mesprit can also provide Stealth Rock support, which can help your sweepers clean up easier. If Zen Headbutt is used, then U-turn is also a good option, as it allows Mesprit to escape from common Taunt users, such as Alakazam, while breaking their Focus Sashes along the way. The last move is Healing Wish, which allows Mesprit to completely heal a weakened Pokemon at the cost of Mesprit's life and give that sweeper more chances to sweep through the opponent's team.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
With great defenses and a Speed stat of 148, Mesprit is a natural candidate for the role of setting up Trick Room. However, what really sets Mesprit apart from other Trick Room users, such as Uxie, is its ability to sweep under this effect as well. While Mesprit performs better on teams completely based around Trick Room, as it's is durable enough to set it up multiple times throughout the match, it can be used on all kinds of teams in need of a defensive pivot and mid- to late-game sweeper.
Ice Beam and Thunderbolt create the BoltBeam combo, which hits a good part of the metagame for super-effective damage and is only resisted by Magneton, Lanturn, and Shedinja in UU. Psychic rounds off this set's coverage as a solid STAB move that hits Poison- and Fighting-types for super effective damage while also being a great weapon against Pokemon that are hit for neutral damage by the aforementioned BoltBeam combination, such as Rotom and Arcanine. However, because this set does a very good job at supporting other teammates, one can forgo Psychic and use U-turn in order to allow Mesprit to act as a scout and help other sweepers come in unscathed.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
With its high Special Attack and decent Speed, Mesprit makes a great candidate for a Calm Mind set. Psychic and Ice Beam give near-perfect type coverage, hitting most Pokémon in UU for neutral damage. Substitute grants Mesprit safety from status moves while Hidden Power Ground lets it hit the Steel-types that resist both Psychic and Ice. If using Substitute, Leftovers becomes the preferred hold item, since the HP loss from Substitute and Life Orb recoil will greatly decrease Mesprit's chances of sweeping.
Calm Mind allows Mesprit to raise its special stats to insane levels, allowing it to deal great damage to anything not named Chansey. Psychic allows you to hit Poison- and Fighting-types, Venusaur and Blaziken being the most prominent. Ice Beam hits Altaria, Torterra, and Donphan for major amounts of damage, while also giving near-perfect coverage alongside Psychic. Substitute gives Mesprit safety from status moves.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
This set sets Mesprit apart from other Psychic-types like Slowbro and Uxie; with a respectable base 105 Attack and a decent movepool, this can be a nasty surprise to those expecting special sets. Zen Headbutt gives Mesprit a reliable physical STAB move use, scoring super effective hits against the likes of Weezing and Venusaur. Trick allows Mesprit to cripple walls, such as Slowbro and Claydol, who take little damage from Mesprit's attacks. Fire Punch is listed as it allows it to deal decent damage to Tangrowth, Registeel, and Steelix. Ice Punch is noted in the final slot as it gives Mesprit more power against opponents like Altaria and Torterra, hitting both threats for 4x super effective damage.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Similar to the set above, Mesprit utilizes Choice items to raise its Speed or offensive stats. Great type coverage makes Mesprit ideal for a Choice set. Using the BoltBeam combination and Psychic allows Mesprit to hit everything besides Magneton and Shedinja in UU for neutral or super effective damage. Psychic is Mesprit's most powerful STAB move, able to deal with Pokémon such as Venusaur and Blaziken. Ice Beam is listed to give great type coverage and hit Altaria, Tangrowth, and Donphan super effectively. Thunderbolt allows you to hit Moltres and Feraligatr for super effective damage. The final slot allows Mesprit to cripple potential counters, such as Clefable and Chansey, with Trick.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Since Mesprit has such a wide movepool, there are so many viable options it can use. Charm is great for lowering a physical sweeper's Attack stat, forcing them to use weakened attacks or switch out. Magic Coat is helpful for bouncing back nasty status moves that can cripple Mesprit. Healing Wish is helpful when setting up screens as it can replenish a weakened teammate's health, although it comes at the cost of Mesprit's life. ThunderPunch is an option on the Physical Choice set as it can hit bulky Water-types, such as Slowbro, for super effective damage.
Checks and Counters
Mesprit isn't an easy Pokémon to counter due to its mixed offensive stats and great movepool; it is able to use any combination of attacks.
Chansey can counter most of Mesprit's special sets; with her mammoth HP stat and great Special Defense she is able to survive boosted special moves with ease. Chansey can also cripple Mesprit with Toxic or Thunder Wave while weakening it with Seismic Toss. Chansey needs to be careful of Trick, however, as being stuck with a Choice item can make walling much more difficult.
With good prediction, Dark-types are able to switch in on Psychic or Zen Headbutt with an immunity and threaten to damage Mesprit with powerful STAB moves. Houndoom is the best option as it's able to attack from the special side, and Mesprit rarely invests in Special Defense. It also boasts a resistance to Mesprit's Ice-type attacks, giving it more opportunities to switch in than other Dark-types.
Calm Mind Spiritomb is a solid counter to Mesprit as it has an immunity to Psychic moves, while it can set up against unSTABed moves that barely scratch Spiritomb. If Mesprit stays in, it faces a hit from a boosted Dark Pulse or becoming setup fodder. Spiritomb should be careful of Trick. Physical Spiritomb (especially Choice Band variants) is also a threat since it doesn't mind receiving a Choice item, while it threatens Mesprit with Pursuit and Sucker Punch.
Steel-types are good switch-ins because they resist Psychic and Ice Beam. Registeel is a fine option as it takes little damage from Thunderbolt or Hidden Power thanks to its high Special Defense stat. It can then set up Stealth Rock of its own and weaken Mesprit with Iron Head, cripple it with Thunder Wave, or KO it with Explosion. Magneton resists all of Mesprit's commonly used attacks, but risks getting 2HKOed by Specs Psychic and can be set up on by the Calm Mind set.
Clefable is another great counter to specially-based sets as it has a great HP stat and above average Special Defense. Access to Encore allows it to cripple Mesprit as is sets up Stealth Rock. Mesprit is unable to status Clefable due to Magic Guard, while Trick will usually leave Mesprit with a damaging Toxic Orb.
Physical sets are countered by Water-types such as Milotic and Slowbro; with their great defensive stats, they take little damage from most of Mesprit's moves. Slowbro is able to set up Calm Mind, while Milotic can cripple Mesprit with Toxic or Hypnosis. Again, both of these Pokémon must beware of Trick as they can be crippled with a useless Choice item.