Xatu

Synchronize
When statused, the enemy is also statused. Can pass nature to wild Pokémon.
Early Bird
Reduces sleep time by 50%.
Type Tier
Psychic / Flying NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 23 26 -
Atk
75
12 14 17 18
Def
70
11 13 16 17
SpA
95
14 16 19 20
SpD
70
11 13 16 17
Spe
95
14 16 19 20
  • Underused

Overview

Although this strange mystical bird seems outclassed, she has a few perks over fellow Psychic-types like Alakazam and Uxie. High Speed and Special Attack, along with a decent offensive movepool, turn Xatu into a respectable sweeper. Her typing gives her a 4x resistance to Fighting-type attacks, making her a decent supporter as well. Xatu's movepool includes great supporting options, such as Wish, Roost, Haze, and Light Screen; she even has access to Baton Pass to escape Pursuit users and/or pass Calm Mind and Substitute. While Xatu seems like an impeccable Pokemon, her weakness to Stealth Rock and Pursuit make it harder to switch her in, and she requires good prediction against Dark- and Ghost-types. All in all, Xatu will make a great addition to your team, just make sure she uses a set that isn't outclassed by anything else in UU.

Name Item Ability Nature

Wish Passer

Leftovers Synchronize Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Wish
~ U-turn
~ Psychic
~ Protect / Reflect / Light Screen
252 HP / 32 Def / 224 Spe

Xatu is the Jirachi of UU, having access to Wish, U-turn, and STAB Psychic. The idea behind this set is to support Xatu's teammates with Wish and possibly one of the dual screens, then U-turn to another Pokemon who can take advantage of them. Psychic is used for STAB, hitting the likes of Venusaur and Hariyama super effectively. Protect is used in the last slot as it guarantees that Xatu will restore her health with Wish, all the while gaining Leftovers recovery. If you decide to use a screen in the last slot, you may consider Light Clay as Xatu's item to prolong the screen.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Dual Screens

Light Clay Synchronize Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Wish
~ U-turn
252 HP / 32 Def / 224 Spe

Xatu is the only Pokemon in UU with access to Light Screen, Reflect, U-turn, and Wish all on the same moveset, making her an ideal dual screener. To make the most of this set, switch into a weak or resisted attack and proceed to set up dual screens, then use either Wish to support Xatu's teammates, or U-turn to escape the battle. Xatu's restistances to Grass- and Fighting-type attacks is very helpful, as is her immunity to Ground-type attacks. Light Clay is the most useful item for this set as it prolongs Xatu's dual screens and gives her teammates more time to set up.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Leftovers Synchronize Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Baton Pass
~ Roost
~ Psychic
252 HP / 32 Def / 224 Spe

Xatu also has access to Baton Pass through Pokemon XD, turning her into a great Calm Mind passer. Her high Speed, access to Roost (which also temporarily removes Xatu's Electric-, Ice-, and Rock-type weakness), and her decent defenses also help. Psychic is useful as it provides good STAB, and gives Xatu something to do in case she gets Taunted. Substitute isn't really important to this set's success as Synchronize will (or should) discourage status users. The main idea of this set is to switch into a resisted attack, set up a boost or two with Calm Mind, and then escape with Baton Pass before the opponent has chance to hit Xatu.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Calm Mind

Life Orb Synchronize Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Psychic
~ Heat Wave
~ Roost / Hidden Power Ground
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set uses Calm Mind to boost Xatu's already decent Special Attack, turning her into a dangerous sweeper. Psychic is used for STAB, Heat Wave hits Steel-, Bug-, and Grass-types, and Roost is to recover any HP lost from Life Orb, Stealth Rock, and other extraneous damage. Hidden Power Ground is an option in the last slot as it takes care of Houndoom, Skuntank, and Drapion, who are dangerous threats and wall the rest of this set. The basic premise behind this set is to switch into an opponent who can't deal a lot of damage to Xatu and proceed with Calm Mind; her good typing gives her the opportunity to set up on most Grass-types and the occasional Choiced Fighting-type that lacks a super effective attack.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Scarf / Choice Specs Synchronize Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Psychic
~ Heat Wave
~ Hidden Power Ground
~ Trick / Shadow Ball
32 HP / 252 SpA / 224 Spe

Xatu's good movepool and decent Special Attack make her an ideal user of Choice items, which can turn her into a great revenge killer. Psychic is used for STAB, severely damaging Fighting- and Poison-types, Heat Wave hits Steel-types like Registeel, and Hidden Power Ground hits Drapion, Skuntank, and Houndoom super effectively. Hidden Power Flying can be used for secondary STAB, hitting Grass- and Bug-types harder than Heat Wave, it also provides good neutral coverage. The last slot is reserved for Trick or Shadow Ball; Trick can cripple a troublesome wall and aid a teammate's setup, while Shadow Ball allows Xatu to hit Ghost- and Psychic-types super effectively. Be careful when firing off Psychic with a Choice item, as this gives Dark-types an easy switch in, and makes Xatu incredibly vulnerable to Pursuit and Sucker Punch.

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Other Options

Xatu may utilize Sucker Punch or Quick Attack for priority, which work well with her usable Attack stat. FeatherDance can be used on a more defensive set to weaken physical attackers, though Reflect is normally better as its effect isn't removed upon the foe switching out. Grass Knot deals more damage to heavy Pokemon like Milotic and Rhyperior, while Night Shade can be used for consistent damage against any opponent (bar Normal-types). Psycho Shift is a nifty option to bounce status conditions, such as burn and poison, back onto the opponent. This can be useful in some scenarios, such as burning Fighting-types with a self-inflicted burn from Flame Orb, but it is highly situational and none too reliable. Finally, Substitute and Pain Split can be used on a makeshift SubSplit set, though Xatu's weaknesses to Stealth Rock and common attacking types make it difficult to pull off.

Checks and Counters

Spiritomb is probably Xatu's biggest counter, its high Special Defense, immunity to Psychic-type moves, and STAB Pursuit and Sucker Punch make it very difficult to beat. In fact, most Dark-types give Xatu trouble; Houndoom can switch into Psychic and Heat Wave and has access to STAB Dark-type moves, while Drapion can Speed tie with Xatu and threaten her with Night Slash or Pursuit. Chansey and Clefable are both great counters, having huge HP and high Special Defense, a good support movepool, and reliable recovery in Wish and Softboiled. Registeel is another great counter, taking little damage from anything that isn't a boosted Heat Wave, and it has the ability to cripple Xatu with Thunder Wave, hit her with Ice Punch, or set up Stealth Rock to make switching in more difficult. Other specially defensive Water-types can take on Xatu with ease; Milotic, Slowking, and Lanturn have good defenses, high HP, and Ice Beam to hit Xatu super effectively. Basically anything with good Special Defense and a super effective attack can take on Xatu, just beware of Trick and boosted attacks.