Type Tier
Grass UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
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Tangela is only a UU alternative for Exeggutor, and the only good to counter it. Tangela rarely deals damage or hits hard, but it does have its good points. It gets Growth and can use it fairly nicely. It's a decent counter for Slowbro, but then again most Grass-types are. It's sad that it has such a terrible movepool, because its stats are nice.

Name Moveset

Double Powder

~ Sleep Powder
~ Stun Spore
~ Growth
~ Mega Drain

Really, if Tangela learned Razor Leaf, it would be a lot better. It has decent HP, bad Attack, below average Speed, and great Defense and Special. Simply put, Tangela takes less damage from physical attacks than Exeggutor, which means Persian owns it just a little less.

Name Moveset

Swords Dance

~ Swords Dance
~ Body Slam
~ Sleep Powder / Stun Spore
~ Mega Drain / Hyper Beam

This is mostly a novelty set. You can mix and match the moves and it will work about as well. Sleep Powder is to put something to sleep and give you a free turn to Swords Dance. Stun Spore makes enemies slower than you as long as you're not paralyzed as well. Mega Drain kills Rhydon and Golem (or Onix if you play UU), while Hyper Beam is more powerful than Body Slam and should be used as a finisher.

Name Moveset


~ Bind
~ Sleep Powder / Hyper Beam
~ Stun Spore
~ Mega Drain

Bind is a slightly more inaccurate Wrap. If you're lucky, you will kill something with this. Put something to sleep, then try to paralyze something else. Repeatedly use Bind as your opponent cannot move, and then kill with Hyper Beam when they're on low health. Again, Mega Drain is to be used against Rock / Ground type Pokemon.

Checks and Counters

Articuno, Chansey, Jynx, and Moltres all take little damage from Mega Drain and can hit Tangela hard with super effective moves. Bind may be annoying if they're paralyzed or, in Chansey's case, when Tangela is not paralyzed. Lapras tortures Tangela with its STAB super effective Blizzard, but may not enjoy being Mega Drained.

In UU, Arcanine is an asset when countering Tangela. Most other Fire-types fare well too, such as Ninetales, Flareon, and Magmar.