Parasect Added the two sets that can be used in OU _______________________________________________ [Overview] Terrible defensive typing. x4 weak to Fire, Flying, weak to Stealth Rocks, weak to Ice, and Bug. However, this typing allows it to resist common attacks in OU such as Mach Punch, Thunderbolt, Surf and even Earthquake. Dry Skin gives it an immunity and a chance to work well under rain, and this healing combined to Leech Seeds and Leftovers makes its HP recover very fast. Slow, but moderate bulk and average attack makes it usable. Spore. [SET] name: SubSeed move 1: Substitute move 2: Leech Seed move 3: Spore / Protect move 4: X-Scissor item: Leftovers nature: Impish ability: Dry Skin evs: 252 HP / 88 Def / 168 SpD [Set Comments] Parasect heals very fast with Leech Seed and Leftovers, even more with Dry Skin under Rain. It requires a bit of prediction to use but can be deadly. Spore is really useful to give Parasect an extra turn and render an ennemy counter useless, however, Protect can be used as a pseudo-healing move. X-Scissor is the main attacking move, since Grass types and Magic mirror Pokemons are all at least taking regular effective damage from it. Those Pokemons are immune to Leech Seeds. [Additionnal Comments] The EV spread here gives Parasect balanced bulk, and allows it to be resistant on both sides. Maximum HP is needed, because when it's not invested in it is a bit low. With the nature and Defense / Special defense EV, its defenses hit the same number. Aromatherapy can be an interesting option over Spore, since it will give Parasect a chance to help its team, and mostly get rid of poisoning by Toxic / Toxic Spikes. [SET] name: Swords Dance move 1: Swords Dance move 2: X-Scissor move 3: Spore move 4: Seed Bomb / Brick Break item: Leftovers / Life Orb ability: Dry Skin nature: Adamant evs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD [Set Comments] The most powerful (offensively) set Parasect can use. Spore is causing a lot of switches, just use Swords Dance on the switch, so the Spore target can be selected. X-Scissor is the main STAB move, and the secondary move can either be Seed Bomb for all the Waters in OU, or Brick Break for the Steels. Dry Skin gives Parasect a chance to get in, and potentially heal it each turn (under rain) which is useful, especially with a Life Orb. [Additionnal Comments] The EV spread gives Parasect much needed power, and bulk on both sides. There is no speed EV, since it won't be outspeeding anything cool without heavy invest (you need 180 speed EV to outspeed 4th gen standard Swampert) Aerial Ace is an option, over Seed Bomb / Brick Break to beat stuff like Birijion or Breloom, but its pathetic power won't allow it to hit anything hard without being x4 effective. Growth is an option over Swords Dance for a mixed set who is able to surprise Parasect's traditional counters. Hidden Power [Electric] can be used for Skarmory, but it won't hit anything really hard. [Team options] Parasect best fit in a Rain team. It is a unique pokemon there, as one of the only Grasses that fit on those teams well. Dry Skin heals it each turns under that weather, and its weaknesses are covered by most Water types, bar Flying, who is not really used a lot, and Rock. However, it resists many moves that are threatning for a Rain team, like Electric moves. A good partner for Parasect in Rain is Lanturn, since it will take most of its weaknesses pretty well, and Parasect x4 resist Lanturn's weaknesses. If someone ever has the crazy idea of using Parasect out of rain, Heatran is the best team mate, since it resists all (at the exception of Rock) Parasect's weakness. On the other side, Parasect resists Heatran's main weaknesses, such as Ground, Fight and water. [Counters] Anything that can change the weather is threatning for Parasect, since they all hurt it. Sun is really something it won't like, giving it a x7,5 weakness to Fire. Sun also calls for Grass types, and Venasaur takes regular effective damage from X-Scissor, meaning it will just set up and won't find about Parasect. Erufuun can be a pain to take out for SubSeed, and it can hurt it with U-Turn, or even worse : Taunt it. For the Swords Dance set, Skarmory x4 resists both Parasect's STAB moves, and it outspeed and retaliate with x4 effective Drill Peck / Brave Bird. It can also take Brick Break really well (when not roosting). Gyarados can come and Intimidate it, and it resists X-Scissor and Brick Break, get a Dragon Dance and KO with Stone Edge. It must watch out for Spore, however (like every other counters). [Dream World] Parasect gets Damp, which is not as useless as for Burungeru, but still not really useful, since Explosion got nerfed.