Anyone who has played 1v1 knows that it's pretty much Rock-Paper-Scissors, but there's a way to increase your odds as much as possible. With Jirachi and Togekiss, you can win approximately 60% of the time after Turn 1 with Serene Grace + Paraflinch, but a lot of the time, you are dealing with Lum Berries and priority moves, so it's actually lower than 60% overall. By using Dragonite, you can get as much coverage as possible with Extremespeed, Fire Punch, Ice Punch, and ThunderPunch (or Earthquake, Outrage, Dragon Dance, etc.). I got to 2101 on the 1v1 ladder before my Glicko2 was under 100 and eventually peaked at #4 as well, but the Dragonite set is so overused that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to put into action. This set is not only strategic, but it's also fun to both win with it and cause rage quits. Gotta Troll Fast (Whimsicott) (F) @ Focus Sash Trait: Prankster Level: 98 IVs: 0 HP / 0 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SAtk / 30 SDef / 31 Spd EVs: 148 Def / 244 Spd / 116 SAtk Timid Nature - Substitute - Leech Seed - Protect - Hidden Power (Flying) Using these specifications, I have maximized Whimsicott's potential for 1v1 competition. We'll go down the list to see why each thing is the way it is. Attract is not that common in 1v1, but it doesn't hurt to account for it. Most Attract users will choose a female Pokemon, so by making my Whimsicott female, I block Attract most of the time. I choose Focus Sash to survive power hits (mostly on the special side) that OHKO it. There is always the chance for burn, poison, or freeze, but that chance always exists, so there's not much I can do to prevent it. Very few Pokemon even attempt Zap Cannon, so I can usually stop myself from being paralyzed. Confusion from moves like Confuse Ray, DynamicPunch, etc., can be really annoying. I usually have to win some 50-50 chances, but if I can, the match will usually be over at that point. Whimsicott without Prankster is like Lugia without Multiscale. There really is no reason for Whimsicott to be without it. It allows it to gain a priority on all its non-attacking moves. You probably noticed Whimsicott's level before anything else. Why is it level 98 and not 100? That all comes down to some very intricate calculations. The only Prankster users that stand a chance at beating Whimsicott at speed are Liepard (max 342) and Tornadus/Thundurus (max 353). At level 98 with a 31 IV in Spd and a 244 EV investment, I reach a speed of 354. If I made Whimsicott even one level lower, it would, with a max 252 EV investment in Spd, only reach a speed of 353, tying the max speed of Tornadus/Thundurus. It's better not to leave it to a 50-50 chance. Of course, that still doesn't fully answer the question as to why it is level 98. Whimsicott relies on Leech Seed to restore its HP and stall out the opponent. If it was at level 100 and had an IV of 31 in HP, that greatly decreases its chances of meeting the HP requirement in 2 turns to use Substitute. By making it level 98 and giving it an IV of 0 in HP, I have been able to have enough HP for a substitute without any problems. The closest I've come to not having it was against a Medicham. I got off Leech Seed, and it used Ice Punch, getting me down to 1 HP (shows as 1%). I recovered HP from Leech Seed right after that. I then used Protect, and he used Ice Punch again. After the second HP gain from Leech Seed, I had 26% of my HP, which was barely enough for a substitute. It would then bounce back and forth between 2%, 27%, 3%, 28%, etc., until it was defeated. The EV spread looks a bit strange, but it has some logic behind it. The 244 EVs in Spd were already explained. Giving Whimsicott 116 EVs in SpA allows it to OHKO (or, if sashed, 2KO) Breloom: 116SpAtk lvl 98 Whimsicott (Neutral) Hidden Power (Flying) (68 power) vs 4HP/0SpDef Breloom (Neutral): 100% - 119% (264 - 312 HP). Guaranteed OHKO. Most people invest all their EVs for Breloom in Att and Spd and put the remaining 4 in HP giving Breloom a max HP of 262. If I gave Whimsicott even 4 less EVs in SpA, I only do 260 damage to it at the minimum, and when everything counts, it is best to make it a guarantee. Of course, Breloom often has a Focus Sash on it, so some prediction might be required to defeat it. The majority of the time, Breloom will go right for Spore, so I might set up a Substitute first, use HP Flying, it'll break my substitute, and then I'll finish it off with HP Flying. Breloom is a very potent threat in 1v1 due to it being a good Cloyster counter, so being prepared for it has won me a lot of matches. Finally, the 148 EV investment in Def helps me survive priority Extremespeed from Dragonite, Lucario, etc., and other priority users who are faster. Its IV is 0 in Att since Whimsicott doesn't need its attack stat and gives me a higher chance of beating Prankster Liepard and other users who spam Foul Play after a forced attack boost. Its Timid nature helps lower its attack while giving it the speed it needs. For most opponents, on Turn 1, I will use Leech Seed. On Turn 2, I will use Protect. On Turn 3, I will use Substitute. I'll then repeat turns 2 and 3 until the opponent is defeated. HP Flying it to deal with Breloom and F.E.A.R. users. It also helps against other Grass-types, namely other Whimsicotts who run Cotton Guard, Taunt, or Encore. Strategies I'm strong against: F.E.A.R (if using Leech Seed on Turn 1 and HP Flying on Turn 2) CounterCoat (if using my normal strategy) Trick (if predicted on Turn 1 and using Substitute on Turn 2) All-Out Attackers (if using my normal strategy) Status (if predicted and blocked with Substitute) Flinch (if using my normal strategy) Choice Users (if using my normal strategy) Strategies I'm weak against: Recovery PP Stall Abilities that stop my strategy: Magic Bounce Magic Guard Common Pokemon I'm Strong Against: Charizard Blastoise Rattata Raticate Pikachu Arcanine (sans Flare Blitz burn) Poliwrath Machamp Dewgong Gengar Hypno Hitmonlee Hitmonchan Seaking Starmie Magikarp (people use this a lot as a joke) Gyarados Jolteon Flareon Omastar Kabutops Articuno Dragonite Mew (All-Out Attacker variant) Typhlosion Feraligatr Crobat Politoed (All-Out Attacker variant) Quagsire Wobbuffet Scizor Kingdra Donphan Smeargle (F.E.A.R variant) Hitmontop Raikou Entei Tyranitar Blaziken Swampert Taillow (F.E.A.R variant) Breloom Slaking Ninjask Shedinja Hariyama Aron (F.E.A.R variant) Aggron Medicham Flygon Absol Salamence Metagross Regice Latias Latios Jirachi Infernape Empoleon Rampardos Ambipom Lopunny (if Switcheroo is predicted) Bronzong Spiritomb Garchomp Lucario Toxicroak Togekiss Yanmega Gallade Probopass Dusknoir Froslass Rotom (all variants) Azelf Victini Emboar Samurott Stoutland Liepard Gigalith Conkeldurr Seismitoad Throh Sawk Whimsicott (Cotton Guard/Taunt/Encore variants) Krookodile Darmanitan (sans Flare Blitz burn) Crustle Carracosta Archeops Garbodor Zoroark Escavalier Eelektross Chandelure Haxorus Mienshao Druddigon Golurk Bisharp Bouffalant Braviary (All-Out Attacker variant) Hydregion Volcarona Terrakion (All-Out Attacker variant) Tornadus Thundurus Kyurem-B Keldeo Genesect Common Pokemon That Check: Dragonite - If the user is competent, all you have to do is use Fire Punch on Turn 1 and Extremespeed after until Whimsicott dies. However, with 148 EVs in Def, it is not a clear counter since Dragonite is so versatile, so only a specific Dragonite with proper prediction stands the best chance at beating it. Heatran - Magma Storm can bring Whimsicott down to its sash and kill it with trap damage, but it only has 75% accuracy. Other fire types might try to use Inferno, but it only has 50% accuracy. With that being said, if Heatran misses Magma Storm, it is game over, so it's not a clear counter. Cinccino - With 148 EVs in defense, Cinccino has to get a critical hit or two outside of a hit on a substitute in order to win. Not only that, but Tail Slap only has 85% accuracy, so it's not a guarantee that it'll hit every time and get a critical hit or two somewhere along the line. Ferrothorn - Very few people use Ferrothorn in 1v1 due to all the powerful Fire moves in play, but Ferrothorn completely counters my Whimsicott. However, some Whimsicott users run Hidden Power Fire out of spite, so Ferrothorn isn't a clear counter to every Whimsicott in play. Mamoswine - Icicle Spear variants can pose a problem to Whimsicott, although it relies a little bit on luck and prediction. Ditto - It all comes down to prediction. If it is a Choice Scarf Ditto, I will win since my Hidden Power Flying will take it out faster than its Hidden Power Dark. If the Ditto has modified its IVs so that its Hidden Power will be super-effective against me (most that are modified run IVs of 30 in Att and Def, giving it HP Ice for good coverage), I can try to stall it with Protect, Substitute, Protect, Substitute, and Protect, making my HP at 50% and its PP at 0, forcing it to use Struggle. In this instance, I can then use Hidden Power Flying to finish it off. If it is a Custap Berry Ditto trying to win the speed tie, I have to predict it, although due to my 0 IVs and EVs in HP, the opposing Ditto can usually 2KO me. If it can't and it comes down to the wire, I have to use Protect when its Custap Berry activates. This will give me a 50-50 chance of winning. Ditto is a great Pokemon to use in 1v1, but it isn't a clear counter to Whimsicott. Whimsicott - If the other Whimsicott is carrying a super-effective Hidden Power, it will usually outspeed due to being level 100 and KOing me before I can KO it with HP Flying. However, if its fourth move is Cotton Guard, Taunt, or Encore, I will win. Trick or Switcheroo users - If I am unable to predict my opponent's Trick or Switcheroo, it's usually game over for me, but if I can and get up a substitute, it's usually game over for my opponent. Substitute users - Some Pokemon play mind games by making you think they will use Fake Out but then go for Substitute instead. Once behind a substitute, it's game over for me, but if I can predict it, it's usually game over for my opponent. Feint users - Yes, I've seen it. It doesn't work all the time, but it can be a problem if played well. Common Pokemon That Counter: Cloyster - Without exception, there is no way for a competent Whimsicott user to beat a competent Cloyster user. Icicle Spear OHKOs. Even if I were to change Whimsicott to level 100, give it a Bold nature, and give it 252 EVs in HP and Def, all Cloyster has to do is get up one Shell Smash. Even if I were to change from Hidden Power Flying to Cotton Guard, Cloyster will still win in the end. What's that? I should use Hidden Power Electric/Grass? Ha, don't make me laugh. Cloyster is, by far, the best counter to Whimsicott. This is not just due to it winning, but it's also due to it winning very quickly unlike other users who have to stall it out. Weavile - It is faster than Whimsicott, so Ice Punch will bring Whimsicott down to its sash, and Ice Shard will finish it off. Xatu and Espeon - With Magic Bounce rendering Leech Seed useless, they just have to attack Whimsicott a few times before it falls. HP Flying will not defeat them quick enough. Clefable, Alakazam, Sigilyph, and Reuniclus - Likewise, Leech Seed is rendered useless, and they just have to attack to get rid of Whimsicott. Sigilyph can troll it by using Psycho Shift, spamming Cosmic Power, and then, right before Whimsicott dies, using Stored Power. Any Pokemon with Recover/Roost/Rest/Wish/etc. - Pokemon using Recovery moves, especially Rest, can out-stall Whimsicott. Any Pokemon with Taunt or Encore - These two moves are a great way to stop Whimsicott in its tracks. Both go through Substitute, so once it is stuck, all you have to do it get rid of it quickly before its Taunt or Encore ends. If the opponent has a weakness to Hidden Power Flying, it can catch them off-guard, but the majority of the time, the opponent will still win. Conclusion: After all my testing, I've concluded that Whimsicott makes for an excellent Pokemon to use in 1v1 that will win you the majority of your matches in a completely random environment. Of course, after you've got enough wins, people will choose Pokemon that counter yours specifically to spite you. Imagine my surprise after peaking #4 on the ladder (only about 30 points away from #1) when I faced a bunch of Cloysters in a row by low-rank people that took me off the ladder completely. If you're looking for a good Pokemon to use in 1v1 and don't know what you're doing, Whimsicott is a great start, but just remember to stop using it for a while once you see a bunch of Cloysters ganging up on you. I'm not sure if there's any room for improvement, but if you have any suggestions, make sure you're detailed about it. I think I've maxed out Whimsicott's potential in 1v1 with my stat distribution and moveset.