Smoochum

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Forewarn
Tells which of the opponent's moves has the highest Base Power.
Type Tier
Ice / Psychic LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
30
8 9 12 13
Def
15
7 8 11 12
SpA
85
13 15 18 19
SpD
65
11 13 16 17
Spe
65
11 13 16 17
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Overview

On paper, Smoochum looks horrible. Terrible base stats (aside from a good Special Attack and decent Speed) along with two near-useless abilities make her an oft-overlooked Pokemon. However, Smoochum can fight back with an extremely strong Blizzard. If priority users and a few walls are taken down, Smoochum can easily sweep entire teams with Blizzard coming off a maximum of 19 Special Attack.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Forewarn Modest / Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Psychic
~ Hidden Power Ground
~ Ice Beam
240 SpA / 236 Spe

With Choice Scarf, Smoochum attempts to circumvent her horrible defenses and rip through teams with a STAB Blizzard coming off of 18 or 19 Special Attack as well as 24 or 25 Speed.

Blizzard hits amazingly hard, OHKOing everything from Gligar to Gastly. Only a few Pokemon, such as Bronzor, Munchlax, and Water-types will avoid being 2HKOed by Blizzard. Psychic is a backup STAB move, hitting Water-types that resist Blizzard for massive damage. Hidden Power Ground hits Houndour, who otherwise walls Smoochum. Finally, Ice Beam is used in case Smoochum needs to perform a revenge kill in unfavorable weather.

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Other Options

Aside from a Choice Scarf set, Smoochum has few options. It can attempt to run a Nasty Plot set with Salac Berry or Speed-passing, but it is easily killed by priority. Smoochum has a plethora of other special attacks; however, they have redundant coverage with her main moves. Smoochum can set up Trick Room and sweep effectively under it, though priority hurts it just like any other Smoochum set. Finally, Smoochum learns Fake Out and can attempt to lead with it, but has almost nothing to favor it over other Fake Out leads.

Checks and Counters

Smoochum, being the fragile Pokemon that it is, has many counters. Munchlax and Bronzor utterly laugh at any attempts from Smoochum to hurt them besides Trick. Houndour walls Smoochum outside of Hidden Power Ground, and can use Sucker Punch to pick Smoochum off; Stunky and Croagunk can do the same. All three of them also learn Pursuit, which will easily KO Smoochum if it decides to run. Weather changers like Hippopotas or Rain Dance Mantyke will make Blizzard unreliable and render Smoochum essentially useless. Finally, priority users (especially Fake Out users) will kill Smoochum quite easily.