Name: Bachuru (バチュル) National Dex Number: 595 Type: Bug / Electric Abilities: Compoundeyes - Raises the accuracy of moves, Tension - the opponent can't eat berries, Swarm - Bug-type moves get boosted by 1.5 when at 1/3rd HP or less (Dream World) Egg Group: Bug Base Stats (Min - Max) HP: 50 (20 - 24) Attack: 47 (8 - 15) Defense: 50 (9 - 15) Special Attack: 57 (9 - 16) Special Defense: 50 (9 - 15) Speed: 65 (10 - 17) Level Up Moves: Lv1: String Shot, Lv1: Leech Life, Lv1: Spider Web, Lv4: Thunder Wave, Lv7: Screech, Lv12: Fury Cutter, Lv15: Electra Net, Lv18: Bug Bite, Lv23: Gastro Acid, Lv26: Slash, Lv29: Electra Ball, Lv34: Signal Beam, Lv37: Agility, Lv40: Sucker Punch, Lv45: Discharge, Lv48: Bug Buzz Egg Moves: Pin Missile Poison Sting Cross Poison Rock Climb Pursuit Disable Faint Attack TMs and HMs: TM06 - Toxic, TM10 - Hidden Power, TM16 - Light Screen, TM17 - Protect, TM18 - Rain Dance, TM21 - Frustration, TM24 - Thunderbolt, TM27 - Return, TM32 - Double Team, TM42 - Facade, TM44 - Rest, TM45 - Attract, TM46 - Thief, TM48 - Troll, TM53 - Energy Ball, TM57 - Charge Beam, TM70 - Flash, TM72 - Volt Change, TM73 - Thunder Wave, TM76 - Bug Resistance, TM81 - X-Scissor, TM84 - Poison Jab, TM87 - Swagger, TM90 - Substitute, TM93 - Wild Bolt, HM01 - Cut Bachuru is a promising little arachnid. Much more promising than Spinarak, anyways. It probably has one of the coolest type combinations in the game. Bug / Electric comes with only two weaknesses, although the Rock-type weakness is a big one, and two very useful resists: Electric and Fighting. Having Bug as a STAB is never a bad thing, and having Electric as a STAB is always good. It's just a cool typing, both fanboy and competitive wise. And it's unique to Bachuru. In the stat department, Bachuru falls average in every stat aside Speed and Special Attack. 50 / 50 / 50 defenses aren't terrible, but they aren't exceptional either. It's 47 Attack is just barely enough to get the job done as a physical sweeper. But its 57 Special Attack and 65 Speed that make Bachuru a potentially good Special Sweeper. That base Speed puts it up into the 17 Speed tier with Timid, which is the minimum Speed most Pokemon seem to want to reach this generation. And that Special Attack reaches 15 with Modest, which is a little low, but Life Orb makes up for it. In the movepool department, Bachuru has little support or defensive options. Bachuru is most likely going to be sticking to all out offense. And it has the moves to do so. Its special movepool is great, featuring moves like Bug Buzz, Thunderbolt, Energy Ball, Hidden Power, Charge Beam and two new additions, Electa Ball and Volt Change. Electa Ball has higher power when its faster than its opponent and Volt Change is basically a Electric-type U-Turn. Bachuru can raise its Speed with Agility, which in theory will make Electra Ball stronger. It's physical movepool is decent, including moves like X-Scissor, Wild Bolt and the always appreciated Sucker Punch. Bachuru's fault come in the form of its abilities. While its abilities are awesome, it has little way to exploit them. Most of Bachuru's moves have perfect accuracy, making Compoundeyes useless. Since Berry Juice's ban has been lifted for the start of Gen 5, Tension is near useless as well. That leaves Swarm as its main ability to use, which is a situational ability in its own right. It's only other real problem is being Stealth Rock weak, which always hurts a Pokemon. To sum everything up, Bachuru is a unique Pokemon. Its typing is good, its stats are decent and its movepool is great. The Stealth Rock weakness hurts, as does the inability to exploit its wonderful abilities. But don't let that hold you back from using Bachuru. This little spider shows a lot of promise. You would be wise to not step into its parlor anytime soon. Sets: Name: Choice Scarf EVs: 36 HP / 220 SpA / 236 Spe Item: Choice Scarf Ability: Swarm Nature: Timid ~ Volt Change ~ Bug Buzz ~ Electra Ball ~ Energy Ball / Hidden Power Ice With 15 Special Attack, 17 Speed and Volt Change, Bachuru has the right ingredients to be an excellent revenge killer with Choice Scarf equipped. Bug Buzz and Electra Ball are your strongest weapons and hit most of the tier for at least neutral damage. Energy Ball and Hidden Power Ice are mostly filler. Energy Ball is superior unless you really fear Gligar, who will easily be OHKOed by Hidden Power Ice. Name: Agility EVs: 36 HP / 220 SpA / 236 Spe Item: Life Orb / Berry Juice Ability: Swarm Nature: Modest ~ Agility ~ Electra Ball ~ Bug Buzz ~ Energy Ball / Hidden Power Ice With a Modest nature, Agility boosts Bachuru's 16 Speed to an impressive 32 Speed, putting it at the right Speed to outspeed just about anything. Electra Ball, in theory, is your best option. With your Speed being boosted by Agility, Electra Ball's base power jumps. Bug Buzz provides Bachuru with a powerful Bug-STAB. Energy Ball or Hidden Power Ice hit any pesky Ground-types who stand in your way. The only reason to use Hidden Power Ice over Energy Ball is to score an OHKO on Gligar. Name: Step Into My Parlor EVs: 36 HP/ 220 Atk / 236 Spe Item: Life Orb / Liechi Berry Ability: Swarm Nature: Adamant / Jolly ~ Substitute ~ Sucker Punch ~ X-Scissor ~ Wild Bolt Physical Bachuru may be weaker than its special counterpart, but it has the advantage of priority and surprise, hence the set's name. Use Substitute as a safety net to protect you from damage and to force your opponent into "dead if I do, dead if I don't" scenario with Sucker Punch. Well, maybe not dead, since its Attack is only average, but you get the idea. X-Scissor and Wild Bolt provide STAB, but only use Wild Bolt when you have to, since the recoil really stings.