Venonat

Compoundeyes
Increases accuracy by 30%. Increases the chance of finding items on wild Pokémon.
Tinted Lens
Doubles damage on resisted hits.
Type Tier
Bug / Poison LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
55
10 12 15 16
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
45
9 11 14 15
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Overview

Venonat is not intended to be the star of the show or the centerpiece of a team. However, he is, with proper support, a very valuable niche Pokemon who can help a team immensely by providing paralysis, sleep support, or Speed boosts for his teammates. Venonat does have some useful resistances, most notably quadruple resistances to Fighting- and Grass-type attacksIf you manage to get Venonat in safely, the threat of Sleep Powder gives you the opportunity to swing the momentum back in your team's favor. Venonat may not have stellar stats, but he must be played around carefully since he can easily cripple multiple Pokemon with status.

Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Focus Sash / Oran Berry Compoundeyes Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Sleep Powder
~ Baton Pass
~ Agility
~ Sludge Bomb / Psychic / Protect
196 HP / 36 Def / 36 SpA / 236 Spe

Venonat's main role on a team is to pass Speed boosts to a slower sweeper. Compoundeyes is a great asset for Venonat, giving his Sleep Powder an almost perfect accuracy of 97.5%. Putting an opponent to sleep allows him to get an Agility in for free and sometimes even get the recipient of the Speed boost in without harm. The final slot provides Venonat with a reliable attack in case he is hit by Taunt.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Tinted Lens Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Sleep Powder
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Psychic
~ Hidden Power Ice / Hidden Power Fire
36 HP / 36 Def / 196 SpA / 196 Spe

Venonat is not exactly an offensive powerhouse, but a Choice Scarf set is a viable alternative since he possesses the ability to stop sweepers with a fast Sleep Powder. This set can be used as a lead to give you an advantage from the get-go or to take care of a sweeper later in the game with Sleep Powder or Sludge Bomb. If you're using Venonat as a lead, Compoundeyes is the preferred ability in order to neutralize the opponent's Pokemon 97.5% of the time.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Double Powder

Oran Berry / Focus Sash Compoundeyes Jolly / Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Sleep Powder
~ Stun Spore
~ Bug Bite
~ Baton Pass / Hidden Power Fire
196 HP / 76 Atk / 236 Spe

Thanks to Compoundeyes, Venonat's Stun Spore's and Sleep Powder's accuracy skyrockets to 97.5%, making Venonat an ideal double powder user. Taking advantage of this, Venonat can attempt to cripple the opponent by using the successful double powder strategy: sleep one opponent and paralyze another when he switches in.

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Other Options

Signal Beam can be used on attacking sets as a secondary STAB attack, but its Base Power is less than desired. An accurate Disable can stop Choice users in their tracks and force them to switch or Struggle; however, Venonat, bar Choice Scarf variants, is too slow to use it effectively. Toxic Spikes and Morning Sun could be used, but Venonat's poor defenses make the moves' usefulness questionable. Also, Venonat generally has better things to do than heal his HP. Zen Headbutt can replace Psychic if you decide to go down the physical route.

Checks and Counters

Shuppet and Mankey get in for free if Venonat uses Sleep Powder since they are immune to sleep. Aron, Bronzor, and Shieldon resist most of Venonat's attacking arsenal; however, they are slow and run the risk of being put to sleep. Munchlax also stops the sweeping version cold, and a RestTalk set shuts down every Venonat variant that there is. You can use a Pokemon with Roar to phaze Venonat away on the turn he Baton Passes, wasting his efforts. Focus Sash versions are picked off by priority users such as Bullet Punch Machop, Aqua Jet Squirtle and Kabuto, and Fake Out users. Venonat is rather slow and frail, so switching in a Fire- or Flying-type who is faster than him before he uses Agility will scare him away. Taunt shuts down most of Venonat's support sets.