Sableye

Keen Eye
Pokémon's accuracy cannot be lowered.
Stall
This Pokémon moves last.
Type Tier
Dark / Ghost NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 241 304 -
Atk
75
167 186 249 273
Def
75
167 186 249 273
SpA
65
149 166 229 251
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
50
122 136 199 218
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Overview

As a Pokemon without any type weaknesses, you'd think Sableye would stand out as a god among simpletons. Unfortunately, the real deity of Pokemon, Arceus, was none too kind to our little gem gremlin; a quick look at its base stats and abilities will tell you exactly why that is. Without a single stat above base 75, two horrible abilities that do nothing to help it, and a movepool that somehow lacks Pursuit, Sableye is left utterly outclassed by its Ghost / Dark compatriot, Spiritomb. If ever there was a Pokemon in need of an evolution, it's this one. If you're planning to use Sableye on your team, it's probably best if you choose Spiritomb instead.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Keen Eye Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Will-O-Wisp
~ Taunt / Toxic
~ Seismic Toss / Night Shade
~ Recover
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

Sableye's awesome typing screams for a defensive set, and thanks to its highest stat being Defense and its respectable support movepool, Sableye can effectively pull it off. Sableye's goal with this set is to spread burn with Will-O-Wisp and stop the opponent from Rapid Spinning your team's entry hazards off the field. Sableye's typing grants it immunities to Fighting-, Normal-, and Psychic-type attacks, making it a natural candidate for burning many of the physical Fighting- and Normal-type attackers in the UU tier, such as Hitmonlee, Hitmontop, and Tauros. Taunt stops set-up attackers and turns Sableye into an effective stallbreaker. Will-O-Wisp and Taunt together allows Sableye to beat most slow RestTalk Pokemon one-on-one, particularly Curse Regirock and Curse Registeel. Toxic is an alternative to Taunt that weakens many of Sableye's switch-ins, such as Arcanine, Houndoom, and Spiritomb. Seismic Toss and Night Shade are for consistent damage, and make sure that Sableye isn't totally helpless against opposing Taunt users. Seismic Toss is the recommended attack, as it hits Normal-types who Sableye should be attempting to counter; on the other hand, Night Shade hits Ghost-types who are common switch-ins into Sableye, as most times Sableye won't be running a threatening attacking move. Finally, the last slot is given to Recover, which allows Sableye to outstall Rest-less Spiritomb if using Toxic, and it is generally helpful for a defensive Pokemon to have reliable recovery anyway.

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Other Options

Sableye's movepool is surprisingly wide, though it lacks the base stats to use most of its moves effectively. Sableye has access to Calm Mind and Nasty Plot for boosting sets, though they focus on Sableye's weaker special stats. Sableye can make use of a Choice Scarf or Choice Band set with Trick, though unfortunately, without Pursuit, it's horribly outclassed by Spiritomb. A lead set consisting of Fake Out / Payback / Shadow Sneak / Taunt with a Focus Sash can be run, but Sableye is just too slow to use it effectively. Moonlight is an alternative healing option to Recover, though it should only be considered if using Sableye on a Sunny Day team. Finally, Sableye has access to the elusive Gravity, though Dusclops and Clefable are better users of this move due to their superior bulk.

Checks and Counters

Milotic is the perfect counter to Sableye, as it can take advantage of the burn from Will-O-Wisp with its ability, Marvel Scale, and easily breaks down Sableye by hitting it in its weaker Special Defense stat with Surf. Rest-less Milotic should be wary of Toxic, however. Steel-types, such as Registeel, Steelix, and Aggron, are immune to Toxic, and Choice Band Aggron can easily stomp Sableye into the dust even when crippled by a burn. Guts Hariyama, Swellow, and Ursaring easily defeat Sableye thanks to the Attack boost they gain from Will-O-Wisp and Toxic. Basically any strong special attacker that you would consider running in UU, such as Venusaur, Moltres, and Sceptile, can OHKO or 2HKO any Sableye without much trouble.