Politoed

Damp
Prevents the use of Selfdestruct or Explosion. Prevents Aftermath from doing damage.
Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Type Tier
Water NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 321 384 -
Atk
75
167 186 249 273
Def
75
167 186 249 273
SpA
90
194 216 279 306
SpD
100
212 236 299 328
Spe
70
158 176 239 262
  • Underused

Overview

Politoed is often overlooked in UU, as it is faced with competition for a team slot from its bulky Water rivals Milotic, Slowbro, and Blastoise. What Politoed does have and what sets it apart from its rivals are its ability, Water Absorb, and useful support moves, including Encore, Haze, and Hypnosis. Politoed also has excellent Special Defense, high HP, and a decent typing, and can even pose as a powerful offensive threat thanks to its impressive Special Attack and good offensive movepool. The downside to using Politoed are its below-average Speed and lack of recovery outside of Rest and Water Absorb. However, if you provide it with adequate support and play to its strengths, Politoed can become quite an effective addition to your team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Water Absorb Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Surf
~ Encore
~ Toxic
~ Ice Beam / Protect / Refresh
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This set takes advantage of Politoed's great defenses and dangerous support moves by using a combination of Encore and Toxic to mess with the opponent's strategy. Although Politoed isn't the fastest Encore user, it has enough Speed to outrun common walls and slower set-up sweepers, such as Spiritomb, Clefable, and Registeel, and Toxic them to inflict residual damage on your opponent's Pokemon. Surf is the essential STAB move, and allows Politoed to retain some usefulness after it is struck by Taunt, while Ice Beam is used to damage Grass-types such as Venusaur, who resist Surf and are immune to Toxic. Protect can also be used in the fourth slot in place of Ice Beam, which stalls the opponent and increases their torture to Toxic while also bying Politoed time to recover damage with Leftovers. Finally, Refresh is helpful, as it can remove damaging status such as poison or burn.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Water Absorb Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Surf / Hydro Pump
~ Ice Beam
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Focus Blast / Psychic
84 HP / 252 SpA / 172 Spe

This set is played offensively, using Politoed's base 90 Special Attack and Choice Specs to cause a lot of damage. Surf and Hydro Pump are both reliable STAB moves, so the choice between them ultimately comes down to whether you would rather have power or accuracy. Hydro Pump will always score a 2HKO on defensive Clefable, while Surf misses out. Ice Beam is used to hit Grass-types such as Venusaur, while Hidden Power Grass is used to smash Water-types, especially Lanturn, Quagsire, and Milotic. In the last slot, Focus Blast can 2HKO Registeel and Clefable, while Psychic deals more damage to Poison- and Fighting-types, specifically Toxicroak.

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Other Options

Politoed can remedy its lack of recovery with a RestTalk strategy, though it's unreliable, and Politoed lacks the sheer bulk to pull it off. Perish Song is an interesting option for Politoed, as it forces many switches, racking up damage from entry hazards and acting as a win condition against the opponent's last Pokemon. Whirlpool can be used alongside Perish Song to trap the opponent, but it's accuracy and reliablity becomes an issue, as you have no guarantee it'll last the three turns you need. Haze is another great choice to erase any stat boosts the opponent has accumulated, and it isn't hard to pull off due to Politoed's good defensive stats. Politoed also has a few physical options; it has access to Belly Drum, though it lacks the Speed to use it effectively, and it also lacks a secondary STAB, making Poliwrath a better user of this move. It might be tempting to run a completely physical set of Earthquake, Waterfall, Return, and Bounce, but again, Politoed lacks a secondary STAB, and its Attack isn't particularly impressive.

Checks and Counters

Due to Politoed's special nature, Chansey and Clefable can take on most sets with their huge HP, good Special Defense, and access to recovery moves. Lanturn is another good counter, as it can switch into most attacks and threaten Politoed with Thunderbolt, though Toxic and Hidden Power Grass are troublesome. Uxie and Mismagius can set up against special sets, as Politoed is unable to hit them super effectively; they can also inflict status on Politoed with Thunder Wave or Toxic. Grass-types such as Venusaur and Sceptile can take on Politoed, with their resistance to Water-type attacks, powerful STAB moves, and Leech Seed to drain Politoed's HP; Venusaur even has Sleep Powder to shut Politoed down temporarily.