[Overview] <p>Parasect is sadly just okay in the NU tier. It's slow, not too bulky, and its typing leaves it vulnerable to many common attacking types. However, being a Bug / Grass Pokemon with Dry Skin, Parasect does have the ability to switch into some common threats, such as Golurk and bulky Water-types. The main reason Parasect should ever be used, though, is its access to Spore, one of the greatest support moves available. With it, Parasect can potentially support its team to victory.</p> [SET] name: Utility move 1: Spore move 2: Leech Seed move 3: Seed Bomb move 4: X-Scissor / Protect item: Leftovers ability: Dry Skin nature: Impish evs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpD [SET COMMENTS] <p>Parasect's main job is to put an enemy Pokemon to sleep with Spore. That way, a partner sweeper has an easier time setting up. Leech Seed helps because it grants Parasect and its teammates healing opportunities. Seed Bomb hits the Pokemon Parasect can switch in on, such as Golurk, Choice Band Sawk, Support Seismitoad, and Alomomola, quite hard. X-Scissor can catch the Sap Sipper Pokemon that try to switch into Spore, such as Sawsbuck, as well as Grass-type Pokemon switching in on a predicted Leech Seed. However, Protect can also be used in that spot to scout for Pokemon with Choice items and all of the super effective attacks that Parasect attracts.</p> [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] <p>Good examples of partners for Parasect that can set up on sleeping foes are Shell Smash Carracosta and Shift Gear Klang, both of which synergize well with Parasect. Charizard also deserves a mention as an offensive partner, as Parasect can switch in on the Water-types that Charizard brings in. Fighting-types such as Choice Band Sawk can partner with it as well, eliminating Rock-types that can hurt it. Defensively, Rock- and Steel-types, such as Regirock and Metang, are the best partners, as they can handle all of Parasect's weaknesses. To additionally support these partners, Aromatherapy is an option on Parasect, as most clerics, such as Audino and Lickilicky, have a Fighting-type weakness while Parasect does not, so it might fit on a team better.</p> [Other Options] <p>Substitute could work on Parasect, as it could form a Spore and SubSeed combination, but its lack of Speed and its frailty negate all of Substitute's advantages. Parasect's frailty, lack of Speed, lack of power, and unfortunate typing also stop it from attempting a Choice Band, Swords Dance, or Agility set, as it is too easily knocked out. Parasect's choice of coverage moves is also quite limited, as it is restrained to Aerial Ace, Shadow Claw, Brick Break, Bullet Seed, and Knock Off. One set that could work on Parasect is a dual screen set, as Spore and Leech Seed could give it many opportunities to set up.</p> [Checks and Counters] <p>Sap Sipper Miltank and Insomnia Magmar are two perfect counters to Parasect, as they are immune to Spore and can threaten it out. While Spore limits the number of rock-solid answers to Parasect, once one Pokemon is put to sleep, many Pokemon can switch in and severely hurt or KO Parasect, such as Regice and Charizard. Also, Grass-types who don't mind X-Scissor, such as Tangela and Vileplume, can switch in after a Pokemon is put to sleep and stop Parasect's Leech Seed shenanigans. Flying- and Fire-types easily annihilate it, and most Pokemon with a Lum Berry or Substitute can walk all over Parasect.</p> skeleton (Move your mouse to reveal the content) skeleton (open) skeleton (close) asdl;fkjasf [Overview] Parasect is okay in NU, but it struggles to earn a slot on most teams because its offenses and defenses are both lacking and can be easily manipulated. It's situational defensive typing allows it to check threats such as Choiced Sawk, Golurk, and bulky Water-types but leaves it vulnerable to many common threats. Spore is awesome. [SET] name: Utility move 1: Spore move 2: Leech Seed move 3: Seed Bomb move 4: X-Scissor / Protect item: Leftovers ability: Dry Skin nature: Impish evs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpDef [SET COMMENTS] The only reason to ever use Parasect is because of its access to Spore, which cripples most Pokemon, allowing partners to set up and sweep with holes in the opponent's team. Dry Skin gives it more opportunities to switch in on bulky Water-types such as Seismitoad and Alomomola. Leech Seed is a safe, utility move that grants Parasect and its team potential healing. Seed Bomb is the primary STAB as it hits Ground-types and Water-types it can safely switch into the hardest. X-Scissor is another STAB option since it hits Sap Sipper Pokemon and Grass-types that are immune to Leech Seed harder. Protect scouts Choice users and super-effective attacks (which are common because of Parasect's typing). [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] Aromatherapy is considerable for a slot if people don't want a cleric that is weak to Fighting-type moves such as Lickilicky or Audino. Most setup sweepers enjoy Parasect's partnership, as they can easily set up on a sleeping foe. Good examples are Shell Smash Carracosta and Shift Gear Klang, who both synergize well with it. Charizard is a great offensive partner as it attracts Water-type Pokemon who Parasect can switch in on. Fighting-types such as Choice Band Sawk are great at eliminating Rock-types and Ice-types and Pokemon such as Skuntank, who all give Parsect trouble. Rock- and Steel-types in general are the best defensive partners as the can handle Parasect's Rock-, Flying-, Ice-, Bug-, and Fire-Type weaknesses. Metang and Regirock can both fill this role nicely. [Other Options] Substitute can be used to create the SubSeed combination, but it is too slow to avoid any status, and most Pokemon can easily break it anyway. Parasect can attempt a Swords Dance set, as it can set up on a foe that it puts to sleep, but its STAB coverage isn't very good alone and can easily be revenge killed. A gimmicky Choice Band set could also work, as Parasect's attack is decent, its coverage leaves much to be desired. Offensive moves it could try to incorporate into a set: Bullet Seed, Aerial Ace, Shadow Claw, Brick Break, Knock Off. Dual Screens could work on Parasect, as it has Spore and Leech Seed to gain multiple opportunities of setting up. [Checks and Counters] Parasect is really slow, so any Pokemon with decent speed and a strong attack can check Parasect. Once one Pokemon is put to sleep, it is very easy for most Pokemon to switch in and threaten Parasect. Grass-types that don't take much damage from X-Scissor (Tangela, Vileplume etc.) can switch in with impunity to leech seed and go from there. Most special attackers can plow through Parasect's bad Special Defense with super-effective attacks such as Jynx and Charizard, but they cannot switch into Spore. Flying-types easily destroy such as Swellow, but they cannot switch into Spore. Lum Berry pokemon can switch into Spore and force Parasect out. Sap Sipper Miltank and Vital Spirit Magmar are two perfect counters to Parasect, as they can not be put to sleep by Spore. Substitute users such as Braviary can easily manipulate the set.