Castform

Forecast
Changes type according to weather.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 23 26 -
Atk
70
11 13 16 17
Def
70
11 13 16 17
SpA
70
11 13 16 17
SpD
70
11 13 16 17
Spe
70
11 13 16 17
  • Neverused

Overview

Castform is a very cool Pokémon. I didn't think so when ADV first came out, but I came around over time. It is a real shame, as is the case with most cool Pokémon, that it sadly isn't good enough to fit into the standard metagame. However, it is still fun to use against new players.

Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Flamethrower
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunder Wave
129 HP / 252 SpA / 129 SpD

Castform actually does decently well as a special attacker, as long as they don't switch in something that doesn't have a weakness to it (any Normal-type). Its main problem is its tendency to die quickly.

Name Item Nature

Sunny Day

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt / Ice Beam
~ Flamethrower / Weather Ball
~ SolarBeam
~ Sunny Day
129 HP / 252 SpA / 129 SpD

Weather Ball has 5 more Base Power, but it loses the chance to burn things. Flamethrower also has 5 more PP, but Castform will never survive to use even half of Weather Ball's PP anyway. It seems to be able to 2HKO a lot of things, but it is completely ineffective against things like Blissey and Gyarados. Tyranitar could screw up this set if it catches you on a SolarBeam, especially if it has Substitute. If it's Tyraniboah, that Substitute can hurt you pretty badly. This set can actually beat Suicune head-to-head assuming Castform gets a free Sunny Day. The time I tested it though, Castform barely survived, so there is probably a good amount of luck involved. It was still cool though.

Name Item Nature

Rain Dance

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Weather Ball
~ Thunder / Thunderbolt
~ Ice Beam
~ Rain Dance
129 HP / 252 SpA / 129 SpD

You can go with Thunderbolt if you don't want to rely on having Rain Dance up, although having Rain Dance up is the entire point of even using this (novelty) set. This set already relies on having Rain Dance for Weather Ball though, and you need all the power you can get. Tyranitar ruins this set.

Name Item Nature

Hail

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Weather Ball
~ Thunderbolt
~ Thunder Wave / Flamethrower
~ Hail
129 HP / 252 SpA / 129 SpD

Even more novelty as you aren't even getting power boosts from the weather, just Leftovers negation on your opponent. This is just a worse version of the general special set.

EVs

I didn't put much in Speed when I was testing Castform. It is already so delicate that I felt it was much more important to make sure it could both withstand and dish out attacks. My EVs were pretty much 252 Attacking Stat/252 Defensive Stat/4 Speed. Nature could be either +Attack or +Defense. I tried to compensate for its lack of defenses by concentrating on only one defensive stat and using it only against Pokémon primarily of that alignment. Although it melts against attacks it isn't designed to take, this setup actually gives it decent durability. It is more vulnerable, but it is probably more effective overall. Castform really is not designed to be easy to play. If you really wanted to use mixed defenses go ahead, but I don't think it would be effective at all. I would like to see how Castform does in the UU metagame, however, which I sadly haven't played at all.

Checks and Counters

Tyranitar counters almost any Castform, except perhaps ones with HP Fighting. Almost anything can potentially counter Castform. However, Castform is pretty versatile (considering that is the whole idea of him even having Forecast and Weather Ball) and you have a decent shot at surprising your opponent and maybe even scoring a kill. I don't think most people are aware of the attack options available to Castform (as far as types go). However, you probably aren't going to hurt anyone who's on top of their game (since they are evil and will just switch a wall in), but Castform is pretty fun to use regardless.