#711 - Gourgeist Type: Ghost / Grass Base Stats: Super Size: 85 / 100 / 122 / 58 / 75 / 54 Small Size: 55 / 85 / 122 / 58 / 75 / 99 (The sizes are referred to on Smogon as Gourgeist-S, Gourgeist-A, Gourgeist-L, and Gourgeist-H, from smallest to largest) Abilities: Frisk / Pick-Up / Insomnia (DW) Level-Up Moves (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Level-Up Moves (open) Level-Up Moves (close) - Trick - Astonish - Confuse Ray - Explosion - Phantom Force Lv 4: Scary Face Lv 6: Trick-or-Treat (NEW! Target gains Ghost-typing in addition to their normal typing) Lv 11: Worry Seed Lv 16: Razor Leaf Lv 20: Leech Seed Lv 26: Bullet Seed Lv 30: Shadow Sneak Lv 36: Shadow Ball Lv 42: Pain Split Lv 48: Seed Bomb Lv 57: Phantom Force Lv 70: Shadow Ball Lv 75: Explosion TM/HM Compatibility (Move your mouse to reveal the content) TM/HM Compatibility (open) TM/HM Compatibility (close) TM06 Toxic TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM15 Hyper Beam TM16 Light Screen TM17 Protect TM20 Safeguard TM21 Frustration TM22 Solar Beam TM27 Return TM29 Psychic TM30 Shadow Ball TM32 Double Team TM35 Flamethrower TM36 Sludge Bomb TM38 Fire Blast TM42 Facade TM43 Flame Charge TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM46 Thief TM48 Round TM52 Focus Blast TM53 Energy Ball TM57 Charge Beam TM59 Incinerate TM61 Will-O-Wisp TM64 Explosion TM68 Giga Impact TM70 Flash TM74 Gyro Ball TM80 Rock Slide TM85 Dream Eater TM86 Grass Knot TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Substitute TM92 Trick Room TM94 Rock Smash TM96 Nature Power TM97 Dark Pulse TM100 Confide Egg Moves: Disable Destiny Bond Analysis: Trevenant isn't the only new Grass/Ghost type in town! Gourgeist's typing sets it apart from other Ghosts, and Gourgeist also packs a nice movepool full of support and utility options. As a Ghost, Gourgeist will be able to fulfill the role of Spin-blocker for a team, and does so quite well with solid 55/122/75 defensive stats. Trevenant has superior attack power, and incredible healing potential through Rest and either Lum+Harvest, or Natural Cure. While Gourgeist's Frisk is not nearly as useful, it still has some tricks up its... gourd. Gourgeist notably has access to Shadow Sneak, which allows its Super Size form to bypass its awful speed. Gourgeist also has access to Pain Split which allows it to keep itself healthy while soaking up hits, and Leech Seed which always proves to be an excellent choice for keeping HP high and annoying your opponent. The newly buffed Will-O-Wisp is a signature move on most Gourgeist as well, making it incredibly strong against physical attackers. The most unique aspect of Gourgeist is that it is the first and only Pokemon to come in different sizes! These sizes are not just cosmetic; they influence its base stats. The Small form has the highest speed, while the Super-Size form possesses low Speed in exchange for significantly higher HP & Attack! Because of this, there is an extra level of choice when you select Gourgeist, as you can select not only the EVs and Nature, but also the size that best suits your needs! Super-Size Gourgeist looks to be the strongest overall form, but a smaller form may be necessary to outspeed a specific threat. 55/122/75 defenses are just for the small form - larger forms increase to 85/122/75. One very interesting fact is that Gourgeist is the only Grass-type to learn Flamethrower and Fire Blast! Even with its awful base SpAtk, this will potentially allow Gourgeist to surprise would-be counters such as Ferrothorn: 0 SpA Gourgeist Fire Blast vs. 224 HP / 32 SpD Skarmory: 132-156 (40.36 - 47.7%) 0 SpA Gourgeist Fire Blast vs. 252 HP / 208 SpD Ferrothorn: 152-180 (43.18 - 51.13%) 0 SpA Gourgeist Fire Blast vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Forretress: 308-364 (87 - 102.82%) 92 EVs are necessary to guarantee the 2HKO on Ferrothorn and Skarmory with SR. This will also provide a 56.25% chance to OHKO 248/8 Scizor. Potential Movesets: Jack-o-Lantern of all Trades Gourgeist-H @ Leftovers Size: Super Size Ability: Frisk Nature: Impish EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD - Will-O-Wisp - Leech Seed / Pain Split - Shadow Sneak - Seed Bomb The jack-o-Lantern of all Trades is a utility set, focusing on absorbing hits and blocking Rapid Spin for your team. With maximum investment, Gourgeist can handle physical hits very well, and Will-O-Wisp complements Gourgeist's naturally high physical Defense. Pain Split (or Leech Seed) can both be used to drain your opponent while keeping Gourgeist healthy throughout the match, allowing it to switch in repeatedly. Seed Bomb is the reliable STAB option, and Gourgeist also features Shadow Sneak to negate Super-Size Gourgeist's awful speed and take out weakened Sweepers. A specially defensive EV spread with a Careful nature can be run as well to turn Gourgeist into a mixed wall. Small Sub-Seeding Squash Gourgeist-S @ Leftovers Size: Small Ability: Frisk Nature: Jolly EVs: 252 HP / 72 Def / 184 Spe - Will-O-Wisp - Leech Seed - Protect / Pain Split - Seed Bomb / Substitute This build plays to the strengths of small Gourgeist: a fast sub-seeder with unique typing and tricks up its sleeve! Small Gourgeist can outpace many physical threats, including Jolly Lucario, and burn them with Will-O-Wisp. From there, Small Gourgeist can use Leech Seed and begin the stalling process to frustrate your opponent to no end. Combined with Protect, Substitute, and/or Pain Split, Gourgeist has solid sustainability. The final slot is the attack of your choice. Running a Calm nature allows Gourgeist to maintain its speed while also allowing Fire Blast to deal with opposing Grass or Steel type threats. Or you could choose to run STAB Phantom Force, which allows you to stall for an extra turn of leftovers, Leech Seed and/or burn damage and hit with your better attack stat, at the expense of being predictable and locked in. Trick Room Gourd Grenade Gourgeist-H @ Life Orb / Normal Gem Size: Super Size Ability: Frisk Nature: Brave EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpA IVs: 0 Speed - Trick Room - Explosion - Seed Bomb - Shadow Sneak / Rock Slide / Fire Blast / WoW Extremely straightforward, this Gourgeist puts the awful speed of Super Size Gourgeist to use! Set up Trick Room and then either hit something, or more likely, Explode on the opponent to give a TR sweeper of your choice 3 turns to rampage. While Gourgeist has good attack power, it lacks the physical movepool necessary to really abuse TR itself, which is why Explosion is often the best option. Conclusion: Gourgeist looks to be a durable utility Pokemon full of options for teams needing a Ghost type. Gourgeist actually possesses an expansive special movepool, including Shadow Ball, Fire Blast, Focus Blast, Grass Knot, and Dark Pulse. Unfortunately it is cursed with 58 base SpA and is unable to use them effectively. On the other hand, Gourgeist's usable Attack stat is hampered by its sparce physical movepool, and it lacks Shadow Claw. What do you think about Gourgest, and how do you think it will fit into the metagame?