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Tangrowth @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def
IVs: 0 Atk
- Sleep Powder
- Leech Seed
- Giga Drain/Knock Off
Tangrowth possesses great physical bulk, an amazing ability and access to a variety of recovery moves. The premise behind this moveset is to trap the opponent with Infestation, leaving them unable to attack due to sleep, then letting them die to residual damage with Leech Seed whilst Tangrowth restores to full health. Giga Drain is for racking up more damage, but Knock Off is a good alternative to remove items like Leftovers to reduce the time taken to Leech Seed stall. Substitute and Protect are other decent alternatives to make Tangrowth extremely difficult to hit and bypass status, but leave Tangrowth to be much more passive, taking longer to knock out opponents. A Bold nature is the best option to make Tangrowth incredibly bulky on the physical side, but an Impish nature with 31 Attack IVs is preferred for a Knock Off set.
The advantage Tangrowth has as a trapper over the popular Magnezone is its great bulk and recovery, but it doesn’t have access to the immediate trapping that Magnezone offers; this still leaves the opponent one turn to switch out if they are familiar with the moveset. Sleep Powder can make this trapping set completely impossible to take down once a Tangrowth counter is defeated. Tangrowth can be useful to trap Pokémon on an unprecedented switch or Pokémon that often stay in on Tangrowth to set up/get up hazards. This includes Landorus-Therian, Melmetal, Kommo-O, Skarmory, Mega Garchomp, Excadrill, Gliscor, Tyranitar, Mega Gyarados and Aegislash.