Tangrowth Typing: Grass Base Stats: 100 / 100 / 125 / 110 / 50 / 50 Abilities: Chlorophyll / Leaf Guard / Regenerator Tangrowth is a monster, there's no argument there. It has base 100 HP, 100 Attack, 125 Defense, and 110 Special Attack. The only downsides are its low Special Defense and Speed, which are not a huge deal. Grass typing is also great in RU; it's good both defensively and offensively. In fact, Tangrowth can run BOTH offensive and defensive sets. Furthermore, Regenerator is an amazing ability, restoring Tangrowth's HP upon switching out. This works especially well with Slowking, as it also gets Regenerator, forming the famous "TanKing" combo. Tangrowth also has a plethora of good moves to choose from, including Sleep Powder, Leech Seed, Leaf Storm, Giga Drain, Power Whip, Earthquake, and Focus Blast. Thus, it can perform a variety of roles: forcing switches with a SubSeed set, countering Drapion with Earthquake (or even setting up a Swords Dance), putting an opposing Pokemon to sleep, and doing major damage with a 140 Base Power STAB Leaf Storm. Offensive LO Tangrowth is quite popular at the moment, as almost nothing can switch into its coverage moves, Leaf Storm, Focus Blast, and Hidden Power [Rock], and it can make its checks utterly useless with Sleep Powder. While people may think that Regenerator Amoonguss now outclasses Tangrowth, they forget that Tangrowth is as good offensively as it is defensively. Let's take a look at Tangrowth's two main sets: Sets: Tangrowth (M) @ Leftovers Trait: Regenerator EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) - Sleep Powder / Substitute - Giga Drain - Leech Seed - Hidden Power [Fighting / Rock] This set is great for walling big threats such as Swords Dance Feraligatr and Kabutops. These Pokemon can't really touch Tangrowth, so they're forced to switch out, leading to the opponent's Pokemon being put to sleep. Tangrowth can then use Leech Seed to gain some HP, which is great in tandem with Giga Drain and Regenerator. It can also use Substitute to form the effective SubSeed combo. Hidden Power Fighting is good for hitting foes such as Bouffalant and Sawsbuck, and is still super effective on Ferroseed and Klinklang who wall this set without Hidden Power Fire or Fighting. Hidden Power Rock is also a good option for hitting Fire-type switch-ins such as Moltres and Entei. Overall Tangrowth is a great physical wall, but its Special Defense is so low that many threats check this set. Tangrowth (M) @ Life Orb Trait: Regenerator EVs: 108 HP / 252 SAtk / 148 Spd Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk) - Sleep Powder - Leaf Storm - Focus Blast - Hidden Power [Rock] Tangrowth is usually seen as a more defensive Pokemon due to its high HP and Defense and low Speed. However, its base 110 Special Attack and good special movepool is overlooked. Few things can switch into any of this set's moves, and those who can get crippled by Sleep Powder. Focus Blast hits Steel-types such as Klinklang, Ferroseed, and Magneton, and Hidden Power Rock hits Fire-types such as Moltres and Entei. Leaf Storm decimates almost anything that doesn't resist it. These three moves have great coverage, and Tangrowth will usually get a KO because of this. After it gets a KO, though, it will most likely need to switch out, which is actually good. Regenerator cures Tangrowth of the HP it lost from Life Orb. You can then switch in a Pokemon such as Slowking, who covers a lot of Tangrowth's weaknesses and is a strong offensive threat itself. This combo is extremely hard to take down, making Tangrowth even more of an offensive mammoth than it already is. Discussion starters: What is your opinion on Tangrowth? What other sets do you use? How good is the TanKing core? Is there another Pokemon that pairs well with Tangrowth?