[1v1] Primarina

General Information

  • Primarina is another Water/Fairy type that has become popular in the 1v1 tier.
  • Its typing, while weak to Z-Thunders, Grass, and Poison, allow resistances to other common types, such as Fighting, Dragon, and Fire.
  • Its Bulky Offense capabilities are justified through its solid stat spread.
  • Sporting a high 125 Special Attack, it can secure heavy hits against opposing teams with various items of its choosing.
  • Its Hit Point and Defense stats, 80 and 74 respectively, while sub par, still tanks hits, such as Kyurem-Black's Fusion Bolt and Donphan's Z-Earthquake, without hindering its EVs; however, they are not enough to take stronger Z-Moves, such as Landorus-Therian's Z-Earthquake or Dragonite's Z-Fly
  • Its fantastic Special Defense allows it to take hits such as Charizard-Mega-Y's Solar Beam and Porygon-Z's Hyper Beam.
  • Its ability should be Torrent, to boost its Water type moves at 1/3 of its Maximum Hit Points or lower.
  • It faces competition with Tapu Fini, which, while also having a niche in the meta, runs some sets better and some sets worse than Primarina.

A Set that uses Waterium Z

Primarina @ Waterium Z
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 HP / 116 Def / 140 SpA
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hydro Cannon
- Moonblast
- Encore
- Aqua Jet

About the Set


  • Moonblast is one of its dual STAB attack. It hits Dragon Types, such as Kyurem-Black and Charizard-Mega-X, hits neutrally with other types, such as Gyarados-Mega and Donphan, and helps with generally chipping away without wasting Hydro Cannons, such as Substitutes, Sturdy, or Metal Burst.
  • Hydro Cannon is used in tandem with the Waterium Z's 200 Base Power boost. A side note that this is more powerful than a super effective Moonblast, as 200*1.5 STAB>95*2(Super Effective)*1.5 STAB. It hits off both Charizards, Blaziken, Aggron, Magearna, and other neutral or super effective hits.
  • Aqua Jet is a good move to chip away at any unlucky rolls on your part. For example, if some Charizard-Mega-Y may take a Z-Hydro Cannon if they don't let you into Torrent-->
    140+ SpA Primarina Hydro Vortex (200 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Charizard-Mega-Y in Sun: 288-338 (96.9 - 113.8%) -- 75% chance to OHKO. Aqua Jet can then chip off the Charizard-Mega-Y, even with a -Attack Nature.
  • Encore is a good move to annoy stall sometimes. It is mainly, infamously used by our lord Sulfate Chlorure, to beat Jumpluff by encoring it into Leech Seed. However, it should be noted that Z-moves are not affected by Encore, and it is possible to click a move even if encored into another.
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