Pidgeot

Keen Eye
Pokémon's accuracy cannot be lowered.
Tangled Feet
Evasion increases when confused.
Type Tier
Normal / Flying NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
83
- 307 370 -
Atk
80
176 196 259 284
Def
75
167 186 249 273
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
91
196 218 281 309
  • Underused

Overview

With two useless abilities and a lacking movepool, Pidgeot's effectiveness in the UU tier is pretty abysmal, especially when compared to other Normal- and Flying-types like Swellow, and to an extent, Fearow and Dodrio. Pidgeot does, however, have significantly greater bulk, access to moves like Brave Bird and U-turn, and an acceptable base Speed stat, all of which are key factors when deciding whether to use Pidgeot or not.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Tangled Feet Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Brave Bird
~ Return
~ U-turn
~ Pursuit / Quick Attack
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With a useful base 91 Speed stat, a decent base 80 Attack stat, and access to a couple of respectable physical moves including Brave Bird, U-turn, and Return, Pidgeot can effectively utilize a Choice Band, serving as both a revenge killer and a scout on a UU team.

Brave Bird and Return are staples on the set as they provide Pidgeot with reliable, strong STAB moves, though the former, unfortunately, causes recoil damage. U-turn allows Pidgeot to scout opposing Pokemon that might switch in and expect to set up on a resisted attack. Pursuit makes Pidgeot a decent check to a couple of Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokemon in the tier, while Quick Attack can be used to hit faster foes, which is useful since Pidgeot is outpaced by many Pokemon in UU.

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Other Options

Outside of using a Choice item, Pidgeot's lacking movepool doesn't hold many other viable options. You can abuse Pidgeot's bulk on a defensive set using Roost and FeatherDance, but this is highly outclassed by defensive variants of Moltres and Articuno, both of which possess better base stat layouts. Similarly, sets utilizing Tailwind, a Life Orb, or even Choice Specs can be used but these options are all terribly outclassed in UU. Also, Double-Edge can replace Return on any set, but as Brave Bird and Double-Edge are illegal together, you will have to use Aerial Ace as Pidgeot's Flying-type STAB move; this change is not recommended, as Brave Bird is an amazing move with excellent coverage that Pidgeot should not leave home without.

Checks and Counters

Any Pokemon that resists Pidgeot's main attacks and has good enough physical bulk can be called a Pidgeot counter. Pokemon like Registeel and Steelix stop Pidgeot cold with their resistances to Pidgeot's attacks and massive defensive stats. Registeel can cripple the bird with Thunder Wave and smash it with Iron Head, while Steelix can slam Stone Edges in its face. Moreover, set-up Pokemon like Aggron and Rhyperior can comfortably switch in and begin thrashing Pidgeot's team. Rotom can switch into more than half of Pidgeot's moveset with ease and OHKO it with Thunderbolt. Lastly, any defensive behemoth without a Flying weakness, like Uxie, can check Pidgeot as even without resistances to its attacks, its mediocre damage output will still fail to piece their defenses.