Gen 3 Delcatty (NU Revamp)


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Delcatty is pretty awful, but it does have a place on Baton Pass chains. It and Spinda are the only Pokemon in NU that can pass Calm Mind, and Delcatty has access to Heal Bell and better Speed and bulk over the panda. In any other role—defensive, offensive, or support—Delcatty is harshly outclassed by other Normal-types in the tier such as Lickitung, Raticate, and Wigglytuff.

name: Baton Pass
move 1: Baton Pass
move 2: Calm Mind
move 3: Substitute
move 4: Heal Bell / Ice Beam
item: Leftovers / Salac Berry
ability: Cute Charm
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

- Delcatty fits best on BP chains that have a special sweeper in mind as the end receiver and want the SpD that come with CM over Volbeat's Tail Glow
- Substitute protects Delcatty from status and damage
- Heal Bell can be invaluable to the chain if the end receiver or other crucial member gets statused
- Ice Beam allows Delcatty to have some offensive presence but pretty unneeded on a dedicated chain

- Timid and max Speed needed to outrun as much as possible
- Any special move, or even physical move if wanted, can be run in the last slot, not really important to the BP chain or success of the set
- Sing can be used in the last slot but Spinda has the more reliable Hypnosis anyway
- Wish an option as well, but a few other Pokemon have access to it and Delcatty's access to Heal Bell is unique
- Typical BP chain members needed, Mawile, Ariados, Huntail, Plusle

[Other Options]
- Delcatty's movepool is huge but mostly unusable due to its poor stats
- Wish
- Twave
- Fake Tears

[Checks and Counters]
- Roar Wailord, Piloswine, Flareon, Tropius
- Hitmonchan
- Outside of BP chain, the list is pretty endless and hinges on the moves it uses
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I have tested Delcatty quite a bit and found its performance quite underwhelming. Its Substitutes are super frail even after a couple of Calm Minds and only useful to block status and Leech Seed, so you might as well use a Salac Berry.

If your final receiver requires a SpAtk boost, I don't think there is a way around using BOTH Spinda and Delcatty in order to get a reasonable number of Calm Minds, in which case I think Calm Mind/Baton Pass/Wish/Protect is the best option for Delcatty (with Spinda running Substitute/Hypnosis).

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