Illumise

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation.
Type Tier
Bug NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
47
117 130 193 212
Def
55
131 146 209 229
SpA
73
163 182 245 269
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
85
185 206 269 295
  • Neverused

Overview

The lack of Tail Glow condemns Illumise to never be used. It has better stats to use Tail Glow than Volbeat, but Game Freak decided that Illumise shouldn't learn it, which is really too bad, as it would be a decent Baton Passer in UU otherwise.

Name Item Nature

Baton Pass

Salac Berry / Petaya Berry Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Baton Pass
~ Ice Punch
~ Thunderbolt
96 HP / 252 SpA / 160 Spe

It's too bad Illumise can't learn Tail Glow, as it can use that much better than Volbeat thanks to a higher Special Attack stat. Oh well. Sub up as much as possible, then Baton Pass out when you cannot kill. You can Substitute down to activate a Salac Berry, which gives you a chance at a sweep if you pass to something with high Speed.

Name Item Nature

Support

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Thunderbolt
~ Ice Punch
~ Wish
~ Thunder Wave / Light Screen
252 HP / 160 Def / 96 SpA

If you go with Thunder Wave, use the EVs given, as Speed is irrelevant with a Thunder Wave. If you use Light Screen, you might want to invest a few EVs there.

Other Options

Moonlight works for some healing reasons if you think you can survive a hit and don't want Wish.

EVs

Illumise will generally want 270 Speed if she has Ice Punch, as this beats Adamant Gligar. This requires 160 EVs and a +Speed nature. If Illumise doesn't have moves to hit Gligar hard, this is much less important, as most Pokémon Illumise needs to outspeed don't invest in Speed EVs and have a lower base Speed (such as Solrock), so a minimal investment is all that is needed.

Checks and Counters

UU counters: Gligar can defeat Illumise if it avoids Ice Punch. Fearow can switch into Wish and Light Screen, and makes a decent counter with its superior Speed and STAB on Drill Peck, but it doesn't like switching into Thunderbolt or Ice Punch (although Ice Punch won't do enough to KO). Hitmonlee will usually outspeed Illumise, and can OHKO with Rock Slide; Hitmonlee has the Special Defense needed to take Thunderbolt and Ice Punch. Kangaskhan just absorbs any of Illumise's weak hits and retaliates with STAB Return. Basically any heavy hitter that is either faster than Illumise or isn't weak to one of her moves (and even if it is weak, Illumise probably won't do that much, except maybe with Thunderbolt) can counter her.