Umbreon's stellar mixed bulk and Dark typing make it a strong pick on defensive teams, 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 Amoonguss Celesteela, and Teleport Chansey at all, Umbreon can freely use them to pass Wish, and Foul Play + Toxic greatly punishes many offensive checks switching in and prevents Umbreon from being too passive. However, it can offer a lot of opportunities to dangerous Fairy- and Fighting-types like Tapu Bulu, Primarina, and Conkeldurr that can greatly threaten bulkier teams, though Toxic and chip damage from Foul Play and entry hazards can wear them down. Umbreon also struggles versus some of the stronger special attackers in the tier like Thundurus-T and Meteor Beam Nihilego, and chip damage can bring it into 2HKO range of Pokemon it checks like Mamoswine and Nidoking.
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, being particularly key to checking Dragon Dance users like Gyarados and Salamence. Toxic lets Umbreon punish special attackers like Salamence and Moltres for using Roost against it and most of the broader metagame effectively. Wish alongside Protect keeps Umbreon and its teammates healthy. Protect is also useful to scout Choice-locked Pokemon, like Primarina and Azumarill, and absorb attacks from Pokemon like Heracross and Conkeldurr paired with Future Sight from Slowking. Inner Focus lets Umbreon avoid flinches from Pokemon it checks, like Mamoswine, Gyarados, and Jirachi, and check non-Heal Bell variants of Togekiss. Maximum Defense investment with a Bold nature lets Umbreon avoid the 2HKO from Mamoswine's Earthquake after Stealth Rock while improving its matchup versus Pokemon like mixed Aegislash and Excadrill. A Calm nature is an option to prevent Modest Nidoking and Life Orb Draco Meteor Hydreigon from 2HKOing Umbreon after Stealth Rock. This, however, makes Umbreon unable to check Mamoswine and more damaged by Pokemon like Excadrill 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, as well as key team support through Wish. Skarmory, Amoonguss, and Galarian Weezing can check threats like Conkeldurr 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, checking Pokemon like Lycanroc-D, Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro, and Nihilego if Umbreon wants to avoid taking Knock Off. Substitute + Toxic Aegislash synergizes amazingly with Umbreon, not only appreciating its Wish support letting it more freely use Substitute, but also its Toxic forcing Zarude and RestTalk Primarina to use their limited PP curing poison, letting Aegislash beat them long term. Slowking can check Kommo-o and Primarina for Umbreon, while Umbreon checks Aegislash and Hydreigon for it. Cleric support is vital, as Umbreon gets easily statused by Pokemon it checks like Aegislash. Togekiss is a great option that can help check Hydreigon and provide an extra wincon with Nasty Plot versus the bulkier teams Umbreon struggles to make progress against, as well as checking Kommo-o and Conkeldurr. Chansey is another fantastic option that can counter Primarina, Hydreigon, and Nidoking, while Articuno can also provide simultaneous Heal Bell and Defog support alongside Pressure, beating and PP stalling the top Spikes setters in Roserade and Skarmory. Quagsire is a superb teammate on stall teams, dealing with Calm Mind Galarian Slowbro, Belly Drum Azumarill, and Nasty Plot Thundurus-T. Nihilego can 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 that lets Umbreon clear status from itself and its teammates, making its matchup versus Pokemon like specially defensive Aegislash better. Dropping Toxic for it, however, makes Umbreon noticeably more passive and invites offensive Pokemon in, giving it far fewer opportunities to safely pass Wish. Therefore, it should only be used on teams with absolutely no better options against status. Moonlight may seem appealing at first glance to give Umbreon one-turn recovery, but its low PP causes issues long term. Also, the lack of Protect lowers Umbreon's flexibility; it can't use Wish and have the option to reliably self-heal instead of passing it.
Checks and Counters
**Fighting-types**: Fighting-types like Cobalion, Heracross, and Conkeldurr are some of the biggest threats to Umbreon. Conkeldurr can be deterred by Umbreon stalling for burn damage, but Drain Punch variants can easily regain their HP versus Umbreon's teammates, forming a long-term threat. Cobalion's Toxic immunity and ability in Justified let it safely switch into Umbreon, although variants lacking Swords Dance cannot break through Umbreon without a Justified boost.
**Fairy-types**: Defensive Primarina variants can easily wall Umbreon and sponge Toxic while pressuring its teammates. For non-defensive sets, Umbreon can outspeed and poison Substitute + Calm Mind variants or scout Choice Specs variants, but the former sets up for free if not immediately poisoned, and the latter poses a serious threat to Umbreon's teammates. Hatterene can easily set up on Umbreon, bouncing back Toxic. While Togekiss cannot beat Umbreon without Heal Bell due to Inner Focus, Heal Bell + Nasty Plot variants can set up 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 make it a great pivot into Umbreon; however, it cannot easily beat Umbreon itself unless Umbreon has wasted a lot of PP, and Zarude must be careful to not waste too much Jungle Healing PP if it needs check a teammate like Substitute + Toxic Aegislash. Galarian Moltres completely walls Umbreon and can potentially set up on it; RestTalk sets in particular can do this with complete impunity.
**Chip Damage**: Pokemon such as Mamoswine and Nidoking can easily get the edge versus Umbreon if it has been chipped by entry hazards, lost its Leftovers to Knock Off from a Pokemon like Nihilego or Mamoswine itself, or statused. While Umbreon still avoids being 2HKOed by Life Orb Mamoswine without its Leftovers, Stealth Rock makes the 2HKO decently likely. Modest Nidoking can 2HKO Bold Umbreon with Stealth Rock up, forcing it to waste passive turns on Protect, which can be easily predicted. While less common, Spikes and Toxic Spikes can also damage Umbreon enough to threaten its winning matchups.
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