Wormadam-S

Anticipation
Alerts the Pokémon of certain dangerous moves.
Type Tier
Bug / Steel NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 261 324 -
Atk
69
156 174 237 260
Def
95
203 226 289 317
SpA
69
156 174 237 260
SpD
95
203 226 289 317
Spe
36
97 108 171 188
  • Underused

Overview

Wormadam-S has always been considered a bad Pokemon. Its stats are subpar, its movepool is shallow, and it doesn't have anything that makes it stand out from other Bug-types. Simply put, Wormadam-S is basically an inferior Forretress. Nevertheless, this Pokemon shouldn't be considered complete trash (pun intended), as it has a superb defensive typing with only a single weakness, as well as good overall defenses. These attributes mean that the pink bagworm can be a good team supporter in UU if played correctly.

Name Item Nature

Support

Leftovers Sassy
Moveset IVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Gyro Ball
~ Toxic
~ Protect
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 16 Def / 240 SpD

This is Wormadam-S at its best. Wormadam's main strategy will be to set up Stealth Rock as early as possible, and then attempt to cripple a few Pokemon before it faints. Gyro Ball is its main attacking move, as it gains STAB and is quite powerful due to Wormadam's low Speed stat. Wormadam-S has access to both Toxic and Protect, allowing it to effectively Toxic stall opposing Pokemon. Protect also has the added benefit of enabling Wormadam-S to scout for Hidden Power Fire, as Wormadam's ability, Anticipation, does not allow it to detect the type of Hidden Power.

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Other Options

There isn't much else that Wormadam-S can do, but there are a few options to choose from. It can utilize Metal Sound, Flash Cannon, Psychic, and a Hidden Power of your choice with a Modest nature to create a special attacking set, but it is usually inferior to every other special attacking Pokemon in UU in all cases. It also has access to Substitute, but with its lack of reliable recovery and a glaring weakness to Fire-type moves, it is not worth using. It is also able to set up rain in the form of Rain Dance, due to it's its great 4x resistance to Grass, which many rain teams struggle with, and can also lure in Fire-types for Pokemon like Kabutops to switch into. Skill Swap is also a viable gimmick move to use on Fire-types, because if Wormadam-S can snag Flash Fire, it will have at least a neutrality to all types.

Checks and Counters

Wormadam-S is not hard to counter. Pretty much any Fire-type is a counter to Wormadam-S, as they can switch in and easily OHKO the floating bug. Arcanine and Houndoom make short work of Wormadam-S with their Fire-type STAB moves, and can also set up on it with ease. Moltres falls in a similar category, and can even set up Substitute as Wormadam-S switches out or attempts to poison it. Altaria can also set up on Wormadam-S with impunity and proceed to sweep, but should be cautious of Toxic (though Natural Cure somewhat remedies this problem). Weezing is another good counter to the pink bagworm, as it resists all of its attacking moves and Toxic, and can OHKO with Fire Blast or Flamethrower. Wormadam-S also has to be wary of Uxie, who can set up dual screens before crippling it with Memento. Registeel, despite not being able to do much to Wormadam-S, can use it as setup fodder and boost its stats with Curse. Basically, don't try hitting it with Grass- or Poison-type attacks and avoid Toxic and you've successfully countered it.