Registeel

Clear Body
Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's stats.
Type Tier
Steel UU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 24 27 -
Atk
75
12 14 17 18
Def
150
18 21 24 26
SpA
75
12 14 17 18
SpD
150
18 21 24 26
Spe
50
9 11 14 15

Overview

Registeel is one of the best support Pokemon in the UU metagame. Besides setting up Stealth Rock, it is the quintessential defensive pivot that we see so much of in the current metagame. Offensive and defensive teams alike rely on it to check a whole host of threats—many super effective attacks will barely do over 70% to it. While Registeel does have quite a few Pokemon that can switch in and do serious damage to it, no Pokemon is without its faults, and overall Registeel is one of the most solid Pokemon in UU.

Name Item Nature

Tank

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Seismic Toss
~ Thunder Wave / Toxic
~ Shadow Claw / Iron Head
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This is the set most Registeel use. It checks many common UU Pokemon, such as Mismagius, Rotom, Alakazam, and Venusaur. Registeel boasts impressive base 150 defenses, which means that it has great staying power, even with a mediocre base 80 HP. Seismic Toss is chosen as Registeel's primary attack to deal reliable damage. Thunder Wave cripples fast sweepers and makes them easier for Registeel's teammates to handle, but Toxic wears down bulkier Pokemon. The last slot comes down to Shadow Claw versus Iron Head. While Iron Head gains STAB, Steel is not a very effective attacking type, so Iron Head hits most Pokemon for less damage than Seismic Toss. Shadow Claw is a specialized option to help Registeel beat the Pokemon that are immune to Seismic Toss. In most situations, Seismic Toss will be Registeel's attack-of-choice, making Iron Head a secondary option.

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Name Item Nature

Mono-Attacker

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Iron Head
~ Curse
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This Registeel set takes a more durable approach to checking threats. With Rest and Sleep Talk, Registeel works as a good sleep absorber for your team. Curse allows it to become an offensive force after a few turns, while also increasing its defensive capabilities. Registeel's typing and pre-Curse defensive stats allow it to set up with ease on many of UU's top threats, such as Venusaur, Milotic, and Mismagius. Rest allows it to take repeated blows from heavy hitters and makes Registeel a threat throughout a game. Iron Head is chosen as Registeel's sole attack since it receives STAB and is boosted by Curse.

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Name Item Nature

Lure

Occa Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Curse
~ Iron Head
~ Explosion
~ Earthquake / Ice Punch / Counter
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

Despite being commonly seen as a defensive Pokemon, Registeel can make use of its average Attack and access to both Curse and Explosion to pose as a serious threat after a single turn of set-up. This set aims to abuse the aforementioned traits in order to act as a reliable defensive pivot, lure, and sweeper. When equipped with an Occa Berry, Registeel can draw in and remove its most common counters, such as Moltres and Arcanine, thus paving the way for one of its teammates to sweep. In the earlier stages of the match, this set is meant to be played just as the standard defensive set, acting as a special wall and check to the plethora of Normal-, Flying-, and Grass-types that roam the UU tier, such as Swellow, Scyther, and Leafeon; this is done in order to bait the opponent into a false sense of security. Once the opposing team has been sufficiently scouted for potential threats, Registeel can grab a boost with Curse and retaliate against the subsequent switch-in with the appropriate move.

Regarding the moveset, Iron Head acts as Registeel's always invaluable STAB, hitting both Ghost and Rock-types that like taking chances by switching into Registeel while expecting it to Explode, as well as Flying-types, without having to resort to Explosion. Speaking of Explosion, it's an amazing move that can cripple opposing walls like Milotic, and dispatch of Moltres and Donphan, both of which aren't hit for significant amounts of damage by any of Registeel's other moves. The choice for the last move is perhaps the most important part of this set, as it will determine how often this set will rely on taking a risk and using Explosion to defeat its counters. Earthquake is the preferred option, as it abuses Occa Berry to its fullest extent by taking care of Houndoom, Arcanine, and Blaziken. Ice Punch is another option if Registeel's main purpose is beating Torterra; however, it falls short of OHKOing bulkier versions, even after Stealth Rock damage. If neither of those options sound appealing, Counter is an interesting move that severely hurts Rhyperior, Donphan, and Torterra if they hit Registeel with Earthquake, but will be made useless if any of these Pokemon decide to use Roar or any sort of support move instead. Running a Chople Berry is another option if one's main objective is removing Fighting-types such as Hariyama, Hitmontop, and Toxicroak from play; however, none of these Pokemon can actually OHKO Registeel once it has grabbed a single Curse boost, meaning that it should only be used if Registeel's defensive capabilities are heavily relied upon by the user's team.

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Name Item Nature

Rain Dance Support

Damp Rock Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Explosion
~ Shadow Claw
~ Seismic Toss / Thunder Wave
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

While Registeel is normally used as a standard defensive pivot, it can go the utility route and set up Rain Dance. Explosion is used because it is a safe way to get in a sweeper and can cripple an opposing defensive wall, such as Milotic. Shadow Claw is used as Registeel's second attack to prevent Mismagius and Rotom from getting free Substitutes, which is a common way of dealing with Rain Dance teams. Seismic Toss is preferred in the last slot as a way to deal reliable damage. Thunder Wave can slow down an opposing sweeper, but it also tends to waste turns, something that rain teams don't like.

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Other Options

While Registeel is fairly one-dimensional, it does have a few moves that it can utilize to surprise the opponent. Charge Beam can be used in conjunction with three special moves to form a sweeping set of sorts. More Defense EVs can be used to help beat Pokemon like Kabutops, Swellow, and Scyther better, but that is often better left to Steelix. A specially-based "RegiLure" set can be employed to lure out Registeel's normal counters, outspeed them, and KO them; Flash Cannon / Hidden Power Water / Thunderbolt / Explosion with an EV spread of 64 HP / 196 SpA / 248 Spe and a Mild nature and Occa Berry is an example of such a set. Rhyperior and Donphan are both 2HKOed by Hidden Power Water, as are the Fire-types that normally switch into Registeel. Flash Cannon hits many Pokemon quite hard, and Thunderbolt can hit Water-types super effectively.

Checks and Counters

Registeel has quite a few reliable counters. Rhyperior, Donphan, and Torterra only fear Toxic, and can come in on any of Registeel's attacks and threaten a KO with STAB Earthquake. Even Ice Punch only manages 50% against Torterra, and barely scratches Donphan and Rhyperior. Fire-types such as Arcanine, Ninetales, Moltres, and Houndoom can come in on a Shadow Claw or Iron Head and proceed to threaten to KO Registeel with their STAB Fire move. Hitmonlee's STAB Close Combat OHKOes most Registeel, and he has Limber, allowing him to switch into Thunder Wave with no risk. Omastar can switch into Registeel and set up Spikes and Stealth Rock, while Seismic Toss is only a 4HKO. Dugtrio can switch in on Stealth Rock, Thunder Wave, or Shadow Claw and trap Registeel with Arena Trap; Registeel is 2HKOed by a Choice Band or Life Orb Earthquake.