- Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
- Prevents indirect damage.
- Wielder heals 1/3 of its maximum HP on switching out.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
If there's one thing that defines Reuniclus, it's Magic Guard. Magic Guard is an amazing ability, making Reuniclus completely immune to any form of passive damage. This allows Reuniclus to take on defensive teams quite easily, as they rely on passive damage such as Spikes and Toxic to take down the opposing team, while Reuniclus can set up with Calm Mind and Recover. Fast offensive teams on the other hand have trouble with a Trick Room set, that can use its low speed to advantage to "outspeed" nearly everything under Trick Room. Unfortunately Dream World isn't very kind to Reuniclus, as it adds two major threats to it: Chandelure and Genesect. However, with the right support, Reuniclus is definitely a dangerous sweeper that shouldn't be underestimated.
This is Reuniclus's bread-and-butter set, and is great at taking on defensive teams. Thanks to Magic Guard, defensive Pokemon are forced to attack Reuniclus to damage it. With this EV spread, Reuniclus is very bulky on the physical side, while Calm Mind will boost its Special Defense, making Reuniclus hard to take down. Recover adds to this, as Reuniclus can just heal off damage taken whenever it gets low on health. Because of this, Reuniclus can set up on almost anything commonly found on stall teams, and without a proper counter, it will easily take them down single-handedly.
Psychic is Reuniclus's best STAB move, as after several boosts, it hits anything that doesn't resist it very hard. Psyshock is a decent option to use instead of Psychic, as it lets it beat Calm Mind Latias, as well as other Reuniclus, but Psychic is usually the better choice as Reuniclus beats Blissey and Chansey even with Psychic. Focus Blast is the best option in the last slot, as it provides good coverage with Psychic.
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This set exchanges the ability to beat defensive teams easily for a way of threatening fast offensive teams. Reuniclus has incredibly low Speed and high Special Attack, which makes Trick Room an excellent option. In Trick Room, Reuniclus is "outsped" only by Ferrothorn, and as such, offensive teams that rely on Speed to function will have problems with this set. This set is meant to come in on something that doesn't threaten it, such as Conkeldurr or Espeon, and set up Trick Room. Reuniclus can then fire off powerful Life Orb-boosted attacks without taking any recoil.
Psychic is Reuniclus's obligatory powerful STAB attack, hitting almost anything hard that doesn't resist it. Psyshock is also a decent option though, as it lets Reuniclus 2HKO Blissey, but it doesn't have much use other than that and Psychic hits almost everything for more damage. Focus Blast provides coverage, hitting Dark- and Steel-types such as Tyranitar and Excadrill super effectively. The choice of move in the last slot can be a tough one. Hidden Power Fire OHKOes Genesect and Scizor, who otherwise force Reuniclus out by threatening it with a powerful U-turn. Shadow Ball, on the other hand, hits opposing Psychic-types such as Latios and Alakazam, as well as bulky Ghost-types such as Jellicent. If you use Hidden Power Fire, it is advised that you use Tyranitar or Scizor to trap those Psychic- and Ghost-types.
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Reuniclus can run a Trick set with Flame Orb as burn really cripples Scizor and Tyranitar who commonly switch into Reuniclus. However, the Trick Room set with Hidden Power Fire does a better job at beating Scizor and Tyranitar, as it can simply KO them and even attempt a sweep afterwards. Using Acid Armor and Calm Mind means Reuniclus will be very hard to take out, but seeing as Recover is a must on this set, Reuniclus will only have space for one attack and as such will be easily walled. Such a set is also very vulnerable to critical hits. Reuniclus can use Regenerator as an alternate ability to gain health while switching, but the main reason for using Reuniclus in the first place is Magic Guard; besides, Recover is usually enough of a recovering option.
Checks and Counters
Switching into Reuniclus can be quite difficult, as the two sets have several different counters. However, there are several Pokemon who can switch into both sets reliably. Jirachi is your best bet as it can take almost any hit easily thanks to its typing and bulk, heal off damage with Wish, and take down Reuniclus with a combination of Thunder Wave and Iron Head. Scizor also has an easy time against any Reuniclus lacking Hidden Power Fire, and can fire off a powerful U-turn or set up a Swords Dance and OHKO with Bug Bite. Sableye is rather rare, but it is immune to every attacking move on the Calm Mind set, and with enough Special Defense investment, isn't 2HKOed by Shadow Ball from the Trick Room set, so it can take down Reuniclus with the combination of Taunt, Night Shade, and Recover. Spiritomb is also immune to both Psychic and Focus Blast, and can actually hit Reuniclus with one of its STAB moves. Calm Mind Latias with Roar is another good counter to Reuniclus, particularly the Calm Mind set, as it resists both Psychic and Focus Blast. It can set up its own Calm Minds and Roar out Reuniclus to prevent it from setting up itself. However, Latias must watch out for Psyshock, and also has a harder time if Reuniclus is the last Pokemon, making Roar useless. Blissey and Chansey also wall the Trick Room set cold if Reuniclus lacks Psyshock; they can thus stall out the Trick Room turns with Wish and Protect while wearing down Reuniclus with Seismic Toss.