Umbreon's stellar mixed bulk and Dark-typing make it a strong pick on defensive teams in UU, checking threats like Aegislash, Excadrill, Gyarados, and Salamence. It provides fantastic team utility as a Wish passer, getting plenty of opportunities to Heal up its teammates versus Pokemon like Aegislash and Salamence. While unable to pressure some defensive Pokemon such as Amoongus, Celesteela, or Teleport Chansey at all, these Pokemon offer Umbreon very free Wish passes to its teammates, and the combination of Foul Play + Toxic is very punishing to switch into for a lot of offensive checks, preventing Umbreon from being passive in its role as a defensive Dark-type. However, Umbreon is not without its weaknesses that require team support to deal with. Umbreon can offer a lot of opportunities to dangerous Fairy- and Fighting-types like Tapu Bulu, Primarina, Conkeldurr, and Mienshao that can be quite threatening to bulkier teams, although they are vulnerable to being worn down through Toxic and chip damage from Foul Play and entry hazards. Umbreon also struggles versus some of the stronger special attackers in the tier like Thundurus-T and Meteor Beam Nihilego, due to Umbreon's status as more of a mixed wall, and is vulnerable to being worn down into 2HKO range of Pokemon it checks like Mamoswine and Nidoking if it gets unecessarily chipped.
name: Physically Defensive
move 1: Foul Play
move 2: Toxic
move 3: Wish
move 4: Protect
ability: Inner Focus
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Foul Play lets Umbreon do considerable damage to physical attackers, in particular being key to checking Dragon Dance users like Gyarados and Salamence. Toxic lets Umbreon punish special attackers like Salamence and Moltres for attempting to Roost against it, defensive pivots like Zarude and Rest Talk Primarina, and offensive checks like Tapu Bulu and Mienshao. It also lets Umbreon more effectively punish Pokemon like Hydreigon and Slowking that it can check. Wish alongside Protect lets Umbreon keep itself healthy and heal its teammates. Protect is also useful to scout Choiced Pokemon like Primarina and Azumarill, and absorb attacks from Pokemon like Heracross and Conkeldurr when trying to absorb Future Sight from Slowking. Inner Focus lets Umbreon avoid being Flinched by Pokemon it checks like Mamoswine, Gyarados, and Jirachi. It also lets Umbreon check non-Heal Bell variants of Togekiss. Maximum Defence investment with a Bold nature lets Umbreon avoid being 2HKO'd by Mamoswine's Earthquake after Stealth Rock while improving its matchup versus Pokemon like mixed Aegislash and Excadrill. A Calm nature is an option to improve Umbreon's Nidoking and Hydreigon matchups, preventing Modest Nidoking and Life Orb Draco Meteor Hydreigon 2HKO'ing Umbreon after Stealth Rock. This, however, comes at the cost of being unable to check Mamoswine and taking more damage from Pokemon like Exadrill and Dragon Dance Gyarados.
Umbreon predominantly fits on balance, semi-stall, and stall teams as a fantastic check to threatening Pokemon like Aegislash and Gyarados, while providing key team support through Wish. Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Galarian Weezing can check threats like Conkeldurr, Mienshao, and Tapu Bulu for Umbreon. Skarmory can also provide an additional Excadrill check, Spikes support, and an Azumarill check, while Galarian Weezing can provide Defog support. Aegislash is an incredible partner for Umbreon, checking Pokemon like Lycanroc-D, Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro, and Nihilego if Umbreon wants to avoid taking Knock Off. Substitute + Toxic Aegislash synergises amazingly with Umbreon, not only appreciating its Wish support letting it more freely use Substitute, but also appreciating the fact that Umbreon can force Zarude and RestTalk Primarina to use their limited PP curing poison letting Aegislash beat them longterm. Slowking can check Kommo-o and Primarina for Umbreon, while Umbreon checks Aegislash and Hydreigon for it. Cleric support is vital to pair with Umbreon, as it gets easily statused by Pokemon it checks like Aegislash. Togekiss is a great option that can help check Hydreigon and provide an extra win condition with Nasty Plot versus the bulkier teams Umbreon struggles to make progress into, while checking Kommo-o and Conkeldurr. Chansey is another fantastic option that can counter Primarina, Hydreigon, and Nidoking, while Articuno can also provide Heal Bell and Defog support at the same time in combination with Pressure, beating and out PP'ing the two Spikes setters in Roserade and Skarmory. Quagsire is a superb teammate on Stall tams, dealing with Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro, Belly Drum Azumarill, and Nasty Plot Thundurus-T. Nihilego can also help to check Hydreigon and Thundurus-T for Umbreon while providing Stealth Rock and Knock Off support against Pokemon like Excadrill and Aegislash.
Heal Bell is an option on Umbreon that lets it clear status from itself and its teammates, making its matchup versus Pokemon like specially defensive Aegislash better. This, however, makes Umbreon noticeably more passive due to the lack of Toxic punishing many of its switch-ins, and making it a far less effective Wish passer by no longer discouraging Offensive Pokemon to switch in, and should only be done on teams where Umbreon's teammates absolutely cannot fit Heal Bell or Aromatherapy support, or reliable status spongers. Moonlight may seem appealing at first glance to give Umbreon guaranteed one-turn recovery, but its low PP causes issues for Umbreon long-term and the lack of Protect makes it hard for Umbreon to safely pass itself Wishes.
Checks and Counters
**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Mienshao, Kommo-o, Cobalion, and Conkeldurr are some of the biggest threats to Umbreon. Thanks to Regenerator, Mienshao is less easily punished by switching into Umbreon, although it can still be worn down by Toxic and Foul Play over time. Conkeldurr can be annoyed by Umbreon stalling out Burn damage, but Drain Punch variants can easily regain their HP vs Umbreon's teammates, forming a long term threat. Cobalion's Toxic immunity and ability Justified let it safely switch into Umbreon, although versions lacking Swords Dance cannot break through Umbreon without Justified boosts.
**Fairy-types**: While Choice Specs Primarina is easily scouted by Umbreon, it can pose a serious threat to its teammates. Defensive variants can easily wall Umbreon and sponge Toxic, while applying pressure to Umbreon's teammates. Substitute + Calm Mind variants can also use Umbreon as a free set up opportunity, but must be wary of taking a Toxic due to Umbreon's greater speed. Hatterene can easily set up on Umbreon and doesn't care about Toxic. While Togekiss cannot beat Umbreon without Heal Bell due to Inner Focus, Heal Bell variants of Nasty Plot Togekiss can set-up against Umbreon provided they have enough Heal Bell PP remaining.
**Dark-types**: Crawdaunt is a huge threat to Umbreon thanks to its cosmic damage output and resistance to Foul Play. Zarude's resistance to Foul Play and ability to sponge Toxic with Jungle Healing makes it a great pivot into Umbreon, however, it cannot easily beat Umbreon itself unless it has wasted a lot of PP and Zarude must be careful to not waste too much Jungle Healing PP if needed to check a teammate like SubToxic Aegislash. Galarian Moltres completely walls Umbreon, and can potentially setup on it; RestTalk sets in particular can do this with complete impunity.
**Chip Damage**: Umbreon's matchup versus Pokemon such as Mamoswine and Nidoking can easily be tipped in the latter's favour if Umbreon has been chipped by entry hazards, losing its Leftovers to Knock Off from a Pokemon like Nihilego or Mamoswine itself, or status. While Umbreon still avoids being 2HKO'd by Life Orb Mamoswine without its Leftovers, it has a decent chance to be 2HKO'd if Stealth Rock are up. Modest Nidoking can 2HKO Umbreon with Stealth Rock up if it is not running a Calm nature, forcing it to waste passive turns on Protect which can be easily predicted. While less common, Spikes and Toxic Spikes can also effect Umbreon's matchup versus a range of Pokemon such as Mamoswine and Choice Specs Aegislash.
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