Shadow Tag
Prevents switching.
Type Tier
Psychic Uber
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
- 26 29 -
7 8 12 13
9 11 14 15
7 8 12 13
9 11 14 15
7 8 12 13


When looking at Wynaut, you'll probably be asking yourself why this cute little creature was banished to the forbidden land of Ubers. With terrible stats and the fact that Wobbuffet completely and utterly outclasses it, really the only reason Wynaut is banned from standard play is its access to the taboo combo of Shadow Tag and Encore. However, it does have a minor perk over its big brother Wobbuffet in that it has lower defensive stats, allowing it to activate Custap Berry faster, which, in and of itself, is a gimmick. When it comes down to it, Wobbuffet is always the better option on a serious team, but then again, why not use Wynaut?

Name Item Nature

Why not? (Custap Destiny Bond)

Custap Berry Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Destiny Bond
~ Counter
~ Mirror Coat
~ Encore
152 HP / 180 Def / 176 SpD

The idea behind this set is to bring Wynaut in on your opponent's revenge killer after a kill, preferably one with a Choice Scarf, and trap it with Shadow Tag. Once they're trapped, Wynaut can then appropriately use Counter or Mirror Coat to KO the opponent, and if all goes accordingly, leave itself with low enough HP for Custap Berry to activate the next turn. This will allow Wynaut to go first the next turn and take the next Pokemon down with Destiny Bond unless they use a priority move. Wynaut can also Encore a support move from a wall and give a sweeper on your team a free turn, much like Wobbuffet.

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Other Options

Wynaut only has eight moves in his movepool, therefore it really doesn't have any other options to run. Safeguard and Tickle are both done better by Wobbuffet.

Checks and Counters

Apart from Shed Shell, U-turn, or Baton Pass, Wynaut cannot be countered since there is no way for you to switch out. Essentially, use the same methods of dealing with Wobbuffet to defeat Wynaut. Taunt stops Wynaut cold, and putting it to sleep or Tricking a Choice item onto it will cripple it. Generally, you'll end up losing a Pokemon to Wynaut simply because it catches you off-guard. The easiest way to take Wynaut out before it uses Destiny Bond on the second Pokemon is to send in a Pokemon with access to priority.