Own Tempo
Prevents confusion.
Thick Fat
Fire- and Ice-type damage reduced 1/2.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
- 283 346 -
180 200 263 289
147 164 227 249
147 164 227 249
138 154 217 238
234 260 323 355
  • Underused


Purugly has never been successful in finding a place in the Underused tier thanks to its shallow movepool and mediocre stats. The fact that it is overshadowed by both Persian and Ambipom in almost every possible way does not bring any positives to the mixture. Nevertheless, with a Speed of 355 and access to both Fake Out and Taunt, Purugly can make a decent lead.

Name Item Ability Nature

Attacking Lead

Life Orb / Focus Sash Thick Fat Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ U-turn
~ Return / Body Slam
~ Taunt / Shadow Claw
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

With great Speed and decent offensive stats, Purugly can be utilized well as a lead. Fake Out deals early damage on the opponent, while also disabling their Focus Sash if they have one. U-turn is useful for causing some damage, and at the same time, switching Purugly out when met with something it cannot deal with. Return is the only reliable means of hitting opposing Pokemon for solid damage, nailing 2HKOes on many common sweepers such as Toxicroak, Blaziken, and Heracross. Body Slam fails to 2HKO Heracross but can be useful in possibly paralyzing other Pokemon. Taunt is what gives Purugly something to smile about. With its great Speed, Purugly can stop opposing leads from setting up entry hazards, giving your team momentum from early on in the match. Taunt is also useful for preventing bulky walls such as Chansey and Registeel from inflicting status on your team. Shadow Claw is not too favorable as it hits a very small amount of Pokemon, most of which won't be OHKOed anyway. However there are some merits to using Shadow Claw; by possessing an immunity to Ghost-type moves, Purugly can function as a check to opposing Ghost-types your team may struggle with.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Weather Support

Damp Rock / Heat Rock Thick Fat Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Sunny Day / Rain Dance
~ U-turn
~ Taunt
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Although Purugly is outclassed by Ambipom in every aspect, it still has access to great Speed and Taunt, making it a viable choice for setting up Sunny Day or Rain Dance. Fake Out is great for rendering the opponent's Focus Sash useless as well as dealing some damage. With Taunt, Purugly stops any form of entry hazard entering the field which is vital because weather based teams appreciate coming in on full health to maximize their durability. U-turn can rack up some free damage as well as scout in case your opponent switches Pokemon, making it all the more easier for your fellow teammates to sweep. Damp Rock or Heat Rock should be your primary choice to take advantage of the extended weather.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Due to Purugly's shallow movepool, there are few alternatives that it can utilize. Super Fang can be an option, breaking walls such as Clefable via the combined use of Taunt which disables them from recovering off lost damage. It is also a great way to deal with Pokemon that resist a majority of Purugly's moves (barring Ghost-types), nailing them for a 50% drop in their current HP. Aerial Ace accomplishes little apart from the fact that it can OHKO Heracross after Stealth Rock damage. For the most part, it is unfavorable as it deals less damage to Toxicroak than Return. Hypnosis has shaky accuracy, but it is the only method available to put opposing Pokemon to sleep, which can aid fellow teammates in their sweeping process.

Checks and Counters

Any Pokemon that resists Purugly's moves can be said to be a counter, namely Steelix and Aggron. Bulky walls such as Milotic and Donphan have no problem taking a hit from Purugly and hitting back for convincing damage. Similarly, bulky Fighting-types such as Hariyama and Hitmontop make mince meat out of Purugly. Spiritomb is another great counter because it can take all of Purugly's attacks very well while retaliating back with Dark Pulse/Hidden Power Fighting or Pursuit when it expects Purugly to U-turn out.