Roserade

Natural Cure
Cures status on switching out.
Poison Point
Enemies' contact moves have a 30% chance of poisoning them.
Type Tier
Grass / Poison OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 261 324 -
Atk
70
158 176 239 262
Def
55
131 146 209 229
SpA
125
257 286 349 383
SpD
105
221 246 309 339
Spe
90
194 216 279 306
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Overview

Roserade is, hands down, one of the best Toxic Spikes users in OU. She can easily dispense Toxic Spikes in the lead position thanks to Sleep Powder, which allows her to neuter opposing leads, and her decent Speed stat. While Roserade is usually seen as a Toxic Spikes user, she can also be employed as an exceptional offensive Pokemon. She has access to two powerful STAB moves in Leaf Storm and Sludge Bomb, and as a result of this, can successfully run both a Life Orb and a Choice Scarf set. On top of this, she is also an excellent Spikes user, and can use a SubSeeding strategy to stall out the opposing team.

However, there exist some downsides to using Roserade. She is very frail on the physical side, so most powerful physical attacks will KO her. Priority moves, such as ExtremeSpeed and Bullet Punch, will often spell doom for Roserade. Additionally, her Grass/Poison STAB combination is resisted by many common Pokemon, such as Heatran, Scizor, and Jirachi, and so she must rely on a Hidden Power type to cover all of these threats. Despite these downsides, however, Roserade is a solid choice on any OU team looking for a versatile entry hazard supporter or special sweeper.

Name Item Ability Nature

Toxic Spikes Lead

Focus Sash Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Toxic Spikes
~ Sleep Powder
~ Leaf Storm / Grass Knot / Energy Ball
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Thanks to her decent Speed and access to Sleep Powder, Roserade serves as an excellent lead with her ability to shut down many common leads and proceed to set up on them. She works best against slow, bulky leads who are unable to defend themselves from Sleep Powder.

As previously mentioned, Sleep Powder is extremely important on Roserade, as it allows her to sleep and set up on common leads, such as Swampert and Metagross. Toxic Spikes is a great support move, and Roserade can set layers up reliably. The third moveslot is for Roserade's STAB move of choice. Leaf Storm is preferred for its sheer power, but Grass Knot can be used instead if the Special Attack drop Leaf Storm causes is unattractive. If the inconsistency of both moves is unappealing to you, then Energy Ball is a fairly decent replacement, albeit much less powerful than Leaf Storm. In the final moveslot, Roserade has her choice of Hidden Power to use. Hidden Power Fire is the primary option as it allows Roserade to hit Skarmory and Forretress leads who will otherwise easily set up on her. Hidden Power Ice is a good option as well for its ability to OHKO Gliscor and Dragonite, who will often switch in on Roserade hoping to set up with Dragon Dance.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Spikes

Leftovers Natural Cure Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Spikes
~ Grass Knot / Energy Ball
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice
~ Stun Spore / Rest / Leech Seed
252 HP / 120 Def / 136 SpD

While Roserade is a great Toxic Spikes user, she can also set up Spikes, and thanks to her good base 105 Special Defense and ability to heavily damage many common Rapid Spin users, she is an exceptional and often overlooked user of the move. Her sky-high Special Attack sets her apart from other Spikes users like Skarmory, as does her decent special bulk.

Spikes is a great support move, wearing down opposing teams to the point where teammates can sweep. Grass Knot is the primary choice for Roserade's STAB option, but Energy Ball works just as well if the inconsistency of Grass Knot is unappealing to you. Hidden Power Fire is used in the third slot for hitting Steel-types who will commonly switch in on Roserade, such as Scizor and Skarmory, but Hidden Power Ice is a viable alternative if you wish to be able to hit Dragon-types such as Dragonite, who will otherwise set up on Roserade. It should be noted, however, that if you choose to use Hidden Power Ice you are losing out on the ability to hit Forretress, who will delight in switching in on Roserade, spinning away her Spikes, and then setting up Spikes of his own. In the last moveslot, you have several decent options to choose from. Stun Spore is the primary choice, as it allows Roserade to afflict Pokemon switching into her with crippling paralysis; it also comes with the neat ability to paralyze Ground-types, like Flygon, who are immune to most paralysis-inducing moves. If Stun Spore isn't your cup of tea, Rest can be used instead, as it allows Roserade to fully recover her health, switch out, and come back in later with no status effects thanks to Natural Cure. Leech Seed can also be used if you want Roserade to further stall out opposing Pokemon while setting up Spikes; it also allows Roserade to stall Blissey, who otherwise walls her absolutely.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Ground
~ Sleep Powder
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Thanks to Roserade's amazing Special Attack and decent Speed, she is able to utilize a Choice Scarf set to great effect. The main selling point over other Choice Scarf users is her access to a blazing fast Sleep Powder, allowing her to outpace and cripple any Pokemon in the game (bar other Choice Scarf users).

Leaf Storm is the main option in the first moveslot because of its immense power. Energy Ball is a less powerful, but more reliable, option for the more conservative player. Sludge Bomb is used in the second slot as it gives Roserade an effective means of hitting the Pokemon who take little damage from Leaf Storm, such as Celebi and Dragonite. However, be wary when you're using Sludge Bomb, as it is a risky move on a Choice Pokemon; opposing Steel-types will be able to switch in and set up on Roserade with their immunity to Poison-type attacks. Hidden Power Ice is the primary option in the third moveslot as it allows Roserade to outspeed and OHKO Dragonite and Gliscor; Dragonite in particular is a threat to this set as he can freely come in on Leaf Storm, so it helps to have a means of revenge killing him before a Dragon Dance. Hidden Power Ground is viable solely for hitting Heatran, who will otherwise be able to freely switch in on Roserade throughout the entire match and wreak havoc. Sleep Powder is the best move in the final moveslot as it allows Roserade to outspeed and cripple almost any threat, which helps her team immensely in the long run.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ground
~ Sleep Powder / Spikes / Toxic Spikes
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set aims to take advantage of Roserade's high Special Attack and above-average Speed by turning her into a full-blown special sweeper. While this set may appear to be outclassed by Life Orb Sceptile, Roserade has higher Special Attack and the advantage of being able to run a great support move in tandem with her attacking options, whether it be Sleep Powder, Spikes, or Toxic Spikes. Any one of these support moves works excellently on this set, and you can use any option you like depending on your team’s needs, making Roserade stand out from other all-out-attacking Life Orb users.

Leaf Storm is the best option in the first moveslot for the immense power that it packs, but Energy Ball can be used instead if you want a more consistent move. Sludge Bomb is used in the second slot as a secondary source of STAB that allows Roserade to severely damage Shaymin and other Roserade. It also allows Roserade to 2HKO offensive Dragonite. The third slot is for Roserade's choice of Hidden Power; Hidden Power Fire is the best option for hitting Steel-types such as Skarmory and Forretress who otherwise completely wall Roserade, while Hidden Power Ground can be used instead as a means of hitting Heatran, who is immune to Sludge Bomb and has a 4x resistance to Leaf Storm. The final moveslot is what sets Roserade apart from other Life Orb attackers: the ability to successfully use a support move. The choice of move depends solely on your team's needs, and as such, there is no "better" option. Sleep Powder is listed as the first option as it allows Roserade to cripple any Pokemon switching into her (bar RestTalkers and status absorbers). However, Spikes or Toxic Spikes can be used if your team can abuse the entry hazard support. Using Spikes and Leaf Storm on the same set is illegal, so keep that in mind when deciding what moves to use.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubSeed

Leftovers Natural Cure Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Leech Seed
~ Sludge Bomb / Energy Ball
~ Spikes
236 HP / 160 SpD / 112 Spe

This is a more stall-oriented Roserade set that combines her ability to successfully use Spikes with her ability to take resisted special attacks like a champ. Roserade's main advantage over other SubSeeders is her access to Spikes, her Poison-type STAB in Sludge Bomb, and her base 105 Special Defense.

Substitute allows Roserade to set up a safety net against critical hits and status. It also makes it much easier to stall out the opponent, as they will have to hit through Roserade's Substitute directly, giving her more time to stall them out. Leech Seed is used to allow Roserade to both stall out her opponent and gain back some of her own HP at the same time. When used in tandem with her Leftovers, Roserade will often have restored all of the health that she used in order to create a Substitute in just two turns. Sludge Bomb is the primary attacking option in the third slot as it allows Roserade to nail Grass-type switch-ins, such as Celebi, for serious damage, who would otherwise absorb Leech Seed without trouble. Energy Ball is a passable option as well, allowing Roserade to hit bulky Water-type Pokemon as well as Pokemon who are resistant to Sludge Bomb. Spikes is used in the final slot as a means of allowing Roserade to support her team while she stalls out the opposition with her SubSeeding combo. With her base 105 Special Defense, Roserade can easily set up Spikes on powerful resisted special attacks, and will often set up one to two layers, making it harder for the opponent to switch.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Weather Support

Damp Rock / Heat Rock Natural Cure Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance / Sunny Day
~ Leaf Storm / Grass Knot
~ Weather Ball / Sludge Bomb
~ Sleep Powder
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Roserade boasts great Special Attack and Speed, allowing it to outpace a large portion of Pokemon and use Rain Dance or Sunny Day before taking a hit. Sleep Powder is a big asset to Roserade's movepool, as it effectively gives Roserade a free turn for setting up and also incapacitates an opposing Pokemon for several turns, allowing fellow sweepers to switch in without risk. The second moveslot is for Roserade's STAB move of choice. Leaf Storm is preferred for its sheer power, but Grass Knot is a viable alternative if Leaf Storm's Special Attack drop is unattractive. Weather Ball greatly benefits Roserade in weather, as it is essentially either a boosted Fire- or Water-type move in sun or rain, respectively. Roserade can use either Rain Dance and Damp Rock, or Sunny Day and Heat Rock; the choice between the two depends on the kind of support that your team requires.

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Other Options

Roserade has a few other decent moves that will usually struggle to find a place on her set. Extrasensory can be used in order to hit Fighting-types, but the only Pokemon whom it will hit harder than Roserade's other moves are Machamp, Gengar, and Breloom, usually making it a wasted moveslot. Roserade also makes for a decent weather supporter due to access to both Rain Dance and Sunny Day, as well as Weather Ball, but she is extremely physically frail, and will usually only get a maximum of one opportunity to set up weather. She can also succeed on sandstorm teams, as she resists Water- and Grass-type moves and has access to a powerful Rock-type attack in Weather Ball. GrassWhistle can be used as a sleep-inducing move on sets where Sleep Powder is illegal, but its poor accuracy often makes it an undesirable choice. Roserade makes a decent cleric with Aromatherapy, but traditional clerics like Blissey and Celebi are usually better choices for such a role. Shadow Ball can be used on offensive sets, but it will usually only hit Gengar harder than Roserade's other moves, as Rotom-A is already hit for tremendous damage by Leaf Storm. Growth is an option to boost Roserade’s already-high Special Attack, but she is often too slow and physically frail to successfully sweep.

Checks and Counters

While Roserade may be an extremely powerful special attacker, she is easily walled by many common Pokemon. Any Roserade set lacking Hidden Power Fire will be completely shut down by opposing Steel-types, as they aren’t heavily damaged by any other move Roserade commonly carries. This means Pokemon like Skarmory and Forretress can easily set up on Roserade, while Pokemon like Scizor can switch in and score serious damage on her. Dragonite will set up on most Roserade sets lacking Hidden Power Ice, but must be wary of Sludge Bomb from the Life Orb set, as it will hurt them significantly. Blissey and Snorlax effortlessly wall most Roserade sets, but the SubSeed set will do a number on them due to their large HP stats. Heatran can easily switch in on Roserade and proceed to either set up or simply spam his powerful STAB Fire Blast, but must beware rare Hidden Power Ground variants. Overall, almost anyone faster than Roserade with a decently powered physical STAB move will beat her, as her Defense leaves a lot to be desired, and her Speed is average at best.