Name: Power Split
PP: 10 (max. 18)
Targets: Any one Pokemon adjacent to user
Effect: Averages out Attack and Special Attack with target, then splits it equally. This attack ignores stat modifiers when calculating average.
Pokemon that learn Power Split:
Pokemon | Type | Method
Shuckle | Bug / Rock | Level (55)
Baltoy | Ground / Psychic |Level (48)
Claydol | Ground / Psychic |Level (54)
Latios | Dragon / Psychic | Level (75)
Yanmask | Ghost | Level (33)
Cofagrigus | Ghost | Level (33)
Elgyem | Psychic | Level (50)
Beheeyem | Psychic | Level (58)
Mime Jr. | Psychic | Breeding (parents: Elgyem, Beheeyem)
This move would be most effective with walls against sweepers, as the sweeper would most likely have a significantly lower attacking stat. It's also good if you have a Pokemon such as Wobbuffet that can Encore a weak move after trapping a foe with Shadow Tag, then switching into a set-up sweeper or something like that. For an example of the first situation, we can use a Claydol as a special wall, having to face a physical sweeper. Claydol could use Power Split, and the sweeper would be significantly less powerful.
Examples below have a Lv. 100 Bold (+Def, -Atk) Claydol with 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, and 6 Def. Atk IV is 0
The attack stat calculated is after Power Split
Claydol vs. Lv. 100 252 Atk Adamant Tyranitar: 267 Atk from 403
Claydol vs. Lv. 100 252 Atk Jolly Tyranitar: 249 Atk from 367
Claydol vs. Lv. 100 252 Atk Adamant Haxorus: 281 Atk from 432
You get the point.
Another Pokemon that greatly benefits from Power Split is... Shuckle. Shuckle has the highest Base Stat of Def. and Sp. Def out of all Pokemon, with each of them being base 230. This means, with a +Nature and 252 EVs they can be at 614. Neutral-natures leave it at 559. I personally use Shuckle on the main Pokemon Online server, with the following set:
Careful Nature (+Sp. Def -Sp. Atk)
252 Def, 52 Sp. Def, 204 HP.
Sp. Atk IV: 0
This spread gives you 559 in both defenses and puts the remainder in HP, giving you 232. Leftovers provide constant recovery, and Rest deals with status. The two sleep turns don't matter, because after a Power Split, an opponent will have a hard time hitting it well. Acupressure sharply raises a random stat (if it can be raised), so after 21 turns of constant use, you're guaranteed +6 in all stats including Accuracy and Evasion. Rollout is unresisted, gains STAB, and builds power with each constant hit. It also OHKOs Shedinja, which is nice as there's no status on this set. The only thing that Shuckle needs to watch out for is a critical hit, more so when it's with a status-inducing move such as Flamethrower. Yes, this is completely stall-related, but it is fun watching your opponent being swept by a SHUCKLE.
Anything that uses only fixed-damage attacks, such as Eviolite Chansey with Seismic Toss or Eviolite Dusclops with Night Shade. These will 3HKO not factoring in Rest. They could possibly 2HKO with status such as Burn or Poison. Phasing moves such as Whirlwind, Dragon Tail, Haze, and Clear Smog get rid of Shuckle's boosts, and with Whirlwind / Dragon Tail, Shuckle no longer has the boosts from Power Split. Shuckle is also complete Taunt bait, as with the above set, its only attack is Rollout.
Sand Tomb / Wrap: This keeps a foe in battle after using Power Split. Sand Tomb is ineffective against Levitate users, while Wrap is ineffective against Ghosts.
Toxic: Toxic works well against opposing walls, especially the ones listed as counters. However, Eviolite Chansey may carry Heal Bell.
Grip Claw: It sounds gimmicky, but Grip Claw with **trapper move**, Power Split, Attract, and **insert filler here** may work well. Attract gives opposite genders a 50% chance of immobilization, Power Split decreases their Atk and Sp. Atk, Toxic causes continuous damage, and Wrap / Sand Tomb prevents the opponent from escaping. The only bad thing about this set is that it lacks any recovery and dies to Taunt and Status.
All in all, Power Split can be either very helpful or unhelpful depending on the role of the Pokemon using it. Though its distribution is very limited, most of the Pokemon that learn it can benefit from it. It is a phenomenal aid to walls, and is the perfect opportunity to switch in to a Pokemon such as Wobbuffet to Encore-trap a weak move and switch to something that can setup on it. It may also help increase the usage of Shuckle!