Tropius

Chlorophyll
Speed doubles in sun.
Solar Power
Loses HP in sun. Special Attack increases 50%.
Type Tier
Grass / Flying NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
99
- 174 206 -
Atk
68
79 88 120 132
Def
83
92 103 135 148
SpA
72
82 92 124 136
SpD
87
96 107 139 152
Spe
51
63 71 103 113
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Overview

Tropius isn't a great Pokemon; its offensive stats aren't very good, and its Speed is poor. Tropius's defenses are decent, but they're undermined by its terrible defensive typing, being vulnerable to Stealth Rock and weak to Fire-, Flying-, Poison-, and especially Ice-type attacks. However, Tropius can be a force to be reckoned with in UU, as it has access to many good attacking and support options. Tropius resists Fighting-type moves, is immune to Earthquake, and has two great abilities to abuse Sunny Day with in Solar Power and Chlorophyll. All in all, Tropius isn't fantastic, but it can a good choice on teams that benefit from its particular traits.

Name Item Ability Nature

Physically Defensive

Leftovers Chlorophyll Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Roost
~ Toxic
~ Energy Ball
~ Air Slash / Whirlwind
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

Tropius's defenses are actually very good, making Tropius quite difficult to KO even with some super effective attacks. Roost is used to recover HP while also removing some of Tropius's weaknesses temporarily. Toxic is a fantastic support option, and this Tropius can use it effectively thanks to its bulk. Energy Ball and Air Slash are good offensive options, and give Tropius something do to should it get Taunted, but Whirlwind is a very useful phazing move that can keep Tropius from being set up on by the likes of RestTalk abusers.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Chlorophyll Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Leaf Blade
~ Aerial Ace / Roost
~ Earthquake
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With Swords Dance, Tropius becomes a fearsome sweeper if Sunny Day is up. Leaf Blade's power after a Swords Dance is awesome, OHKOing almost every Pokemon that doesn't resist it. After a Swords Dance, Aerial Ace always OHKOes Scyther and destroys most Venusaur and Meganium after Stealth Rock damage. Roost is also a viable option to recover HP thanks to Tropius's great bulk. Earthquake OHKOes Magneton and Aggron, and 2HKOes Steelix after a boost.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Solar Power

Life Orb / Choice Specs Solar Power Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Leaf Storm
~ SolarBeam / Energy Ball
~ Air Slash
~ Hidden Power Fire
8 Def / 252 SpA / 248 Spe

If Sunny Day is up, this Tropius's Special Attack raises to 546 with Choice Specs (600 with a Modest Nature). Leaf Storm will OHKO a lot of Pokemon, such as Milotic, Lanturn, Slowking, Regirock, and Slowbro. SolarBeam is a great attack on a Sunny Day Sweeper, and it's more reliable than Leaf Storm. However, if the sun fades, Energy Ball is much better since it doesn't require a charging turn. Air Slash is a good secondary STAB, and it's great against Grass-types such as Venusaur and Tangrowth, almost always OHKOing them with the Solar Power boost. It's also your best bet against Flash Fire Pokemon such as Houndoom and Arcanine. In the sun, Hidden Power Fire 2HKOs 252/252 Registeel and Regice after Stealth Rock damage with a Life Orb boost.

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Other Options

Tropius has a few additional moves that it can run, but they are generally worse than the options that have been listed. One of these moves is Dragon Dance, which is a great move that Tropius can't use properly. Dragon Dance Tropius can't use any good STAB attacks, as Leaf Blade and Dragon Dance are illegal together, so you would then have to rely on Razor Leaf and Aerial Ace, which aren't strong enough. Apart from Sky Attack, Fly is the strongest STAB attack that Dragon Dance Tropius can use.

Return can be used on physical sets because it's your best bet against Swellow, Weezing, Altaria, and Moltres. Outrage is an okay option, but Tropius doesn't like getting locked into one attack that it doesn't even pick up STAB on. You can use Synthesis instead of Roost in sun for the added healing, but it doesn't remove any of Tropius's critical weaknesses. A set consisting of Curse, Leaf Blade, Earthquake, and Aerial Ace / Roost can work, especially under Trick Room, but other Pokemon like Registeel and Regirock tend to fare better given their lack of dangerous weaknesses. Growth can also be used in the Solar Power set to boost Tropius's Special Attack, but Tropius is too slow to use it effectively. Tropius can also set up Sunny Day by himself, but that isn't recommended because Tropius really needs the attacking coverage to succeed in any of its roles.

Checks and Counters

Weezing counters Tropius pretty well, thanks to its resistance to Grass-type attacks and immunity to Earthquake and Toxic. It can also attack with Fire Blast and STAB Sludge Bomb, or burn physical-based Tropius with Will-O-Wisp. Fire-types can switch into a Grass-type attack and hit Tropius with super effective attacks. Moltres is also immune to Earthquake, and can defeat Tropius with STAB Air Slash and Fire Blast. Other Fire-type Pokemon, such as Typhlosion, Houndoom, and Magmortar, can switch in a predicted Grass-type attack and kill Tropius, but they must be wary of Earthquake. Altaria is bulky enough to take many hits, and can Roar Tropius away from its Substitute or Swords Dance boosts, and then Roost off any damage from Tropius's attacks. Muk is a great counter to special Tropius, as it resists Grass-type attacks, and can attack with STAB Gunk Shot or Fire Punch.

Stealth Rock is also very harmful for Tropius, as losing 25% HP when it switches in is something that breaks Tropius defensive capabilities wholly. Many of the following Pokemon that check Tropius can also set up Stealth Rock, too. Steel- and Poison-type Pokemon such as Registeel, Steelix, Bastiodon, Muk, Venusaur, and Swalot are almost immune to the defensive set because they take very little damage from Tropius's attacks and are immune to Toxic. Venusaur is also immune to Leech Seed and can attack Tropius with a super effective Sludge Bomb. Swalot's ability, Liquid Ooze, ruins Leech Seed as well. Glaceon is also a good counter because it can take a hit and OHKO Tropius with STAB Ice Beam. Clefable is also great, as defensive Tropius literally can't do anything to it. Tropius also hates status, especially poison, so if you have a bulky Toxic inducer not named Quagsire nor Gastrodon, you'll win. As Tropius's offensive stats are lackluster, especially without any investment, many Pokemon can survive its attacks and return fire with gusto.