Numel

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Simple
Doubles the effect of status boosts and drops.
Type Tier
Fire / Ground LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
60
10 12 15 16
Def
40
9 10 13 14
SpA
65
11 13 16 17
SpD
45
9 11 14 15
Spe
35
9 10 13 14
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Overview

Numel has decent offensive stats, which are just enough to allow it to function well as a mixed attacker. Thanks to a unique ability, Simple, it can also become quite the terrifying sweeper as the receiver in a Baton Pass chain. It also has access to Howl, which doubles its Attack thanks to Simple. However, while Numel is no slouch offensively, it does have low defenses, meaning it is quite easy to knock out. It is also weak to Water- and Ground-type attacks, which are incredibly common in the LC tier. Nonetheless, Numel, when given the correct support, can be beneficial to your team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Oblivious Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Overheat
~ Fire Blast
~ Earth Power
~ Hidden Power Electric
240 SpA / 236 Spe

Numel is not the fastest Pokemon around, but it reaches 14 Speed, meaning that with a Choice Scarf, it will outspeed every Pokemon in the tier who are not holding a Choice Scarf themselves. Overheat is its most powerful STAB attack, and it should be used early-game to hurt and scout your opponent's switch-ins, even those who resist it. Fire Blast provides consistency, and is very useful for sweeping late-game when most of the opposing Pokemon are at low health. Earth Power provides secondary STAB, and hits Rock-type Pokemon that resist Fire Blast super effectively. Finally, Hidden Power Electric allows Numel to hit Mantyke for super effective damage, and also provides good general coverage alongside the other moves.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Oblivious / Simple Quiet
Moveset IVs
~ Fire Blast / Overheat
~ Earthquake
~ Hidden Power Electric
~ Return
0 Spe
EVs
36 HP / 196 Atk / 36 Def / 240 SpA

With a Quiet nature and 0 Speed IVs, Numel hits 7 Speed, outspeeding almost every Pokemon in the tier under Trick Room. Fire Blast is its main STAB attack, and will hurt any Pokemon who does not resist it or not named Munchlax. Overheat is an even more powerful and accurate option, and is useful if you don't plan on keeping Numel in for too long. Earthquake is another powerful STAB move, and it gets great coverage alongside Fire Blast, resisted only by Mantyke and Wingull in the tier, both of which are weak to Hidden Power Electric hits. Finally, Return offers good neutral coverage, and hits most Pokemon who resist Fire Blast.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Howl

Life Orb Simple Naughty / Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Howl
~ Earthquake
~ Rock Slide
~ Overheat
196 Atk / 236 Spe

Simple multiplies any stat boosts or drops by two, meaning Howl is equivalent to a Swords Dance boost. After Howl is used, Numel reaches 30 Attack, ready to destroy every opposing Pokemon; unfortunately, Numel will usually be let down by its mediocre Speed. To make matters worse, Numel does not receive a physical Fire-type attack. Lucky for Numel, it does have a saving grace in STAB Earthquake, and when combined with Numel's other moves and the power boost provided by Howl, Numel can deal good damge to most of the Pokemon of the LC tier, even if the opposing Pokemon resists it. Rock Slide combined with Earthquake forms the infamous QuakeEdge combo, hitting all Pokemon in LC for neutral damage except for Bronzor. The last slot, which is left to Overheat, allows Numel to hit Bronzor for super effective damage.

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Other Options

Double-Edge is an option over Return to allow Numel to hit harder at the cost of recoil. If no Pokemon on your team have Stealth Rock, Numel can carry it over one of its coverage moves. Numel also has access to Yawn and Will-O-Wisp, but Numel's defenses are too low to make use of those moves. Finally, Lava Plume can be used for burning incoming switch-ins, though in such a fast paced metagame, Numel will almost always appreciate the extra power more.

Checks and Counters

Numel is quite frail, so any Pokemon with a somewhat decent offensive stat can take on Numel. Pokemon such as Chinchou and Mantyke can easily switch into anything but Earth Power or Hidden Power Electric respectively, and begin firing off powerful STAB Hydro Pump. Water-types with Aqua Jet can easily come in on a Fire-type attack and take out Numel before it can attack. Gligar can easily switch in on a Ground-type attack, outspeed Numel, and OHKO it with Earthquake.