Weezing's good physical bulk, defensive typing, and ability Levitate, and status in Will-O-Wisp allow it to check various physical threats such as Sirfetch'd, Toxicroak, Glastrier, and Golurk all in one. Weezing can also restrict defensive Pokemon and bulky setup sweepers such as Vileplume, Diancie, and Iron Defensive Bronzong with Taunt. However, Weezing has no reliable recovery besides Pain Split, meaning it struggles to stay healthy. Many special attackers such as Dragalge, Salazzle, and Exploud threaten Weezing due to its bad special bulk and limited coverage. Finally, Weezing faces slightly competitions to other defensive Poison-types such as Garbodor and Vileplume, which check similar physical threats but also offer some nice support options such as Spikes or a useful secondary typing.
move 1: Sludge Bomb
move 2: Will-O-Wisp
move 3: Pain Split
move 4: Taunt / Toxic Spikes
item: No Item / Rocky Helmet
evs: 252 HP / 212 Def / 44 Spe
Will-O-Wisp cripples physical attackers such as Golurk, Glastrier, and Copperajah. Pain Split gives Weezing a way of recovery and helps to wear down opposing Pokemon like Guzzlord. Taunt restricts defensive Pokemon, prevents slow entry hazard setters such as Copperajah and Bronzong from setting up their entry hazards, and shuts down bulky setup sweepers such as Iron Defensive Bronzong or Bulk Up Scrafty. Toxic Spikes can be used instead to punish grounded Pokemon and weaken them, which is especially helpful for bulky Pokemon such as Vaporeon, Diancie, and Sylveon. Levitate is the preferred ability to better check Ground-types and physical attackers such as Golurk, Drapion, and Mudsdale. Weezing should run no item to counter Poltergeist users such as Golurk and Decidueye. However, Rocky Helmet can be used instead to punish physical attackers such as Passimian and Ninjask. Black Sludge is also an option for some passive recovery. 44 Speed EVs allows Weezing to outspeed Vaporeon.
Weezing works best on balance and more defensive teams that need a reliable check for physical threats such a Sirfetch'd, Toxicroak, and Glastrier as well as a Ground immunity. Bulky Dark-types such as Guzzlord and Scrafty pair well with Weezing, as they check Psychic-types such as Xatu and Celebi - and can remove Heavy-Duty Boots with their Knock Off if Weezing carries Toxic Spikes. Bulky Steel-types such as Copperajah and Bronzong also check Psychic-types and various other special attacker such as Dragalge, Goodra, and Heliolisk that threaten Weezing. In return, Weezing checks Fighting- and Ground-types for them. Vaporeon and Sylveon are good teammates since they keep Weezing healthy with their Wish support. Checks to Salazzle such as Dragalge, Vaporeon, and Mantine are also helpful, as it easily setup in front of Weezing. Finally, setup sweepers such as Glastrier, Ninjask, and Braviary appreciates Weezing's Toxic Spikes support as its weaken many of their checks such as Vaporeon, Diancie, and Sylveon.
Weezing can use Toxic instead of Toxic Spikes to badly poison a Pokemon directly. It also allows Weezing to poison not grounded Pokemon such as defensive Talonflame and Mantine. Corrosive Gas is an option to remove opposing items, but it is hard to fit over another move. Neutralizing Gas can be used instead of Levitat to setup Toxic Spikes against Xatu and better check physical attackers like Machamp and Araquanid. However, outside of these examples it has not much use and Levitate gives Weezing the key niche over other Poison-types in NU. Flamethrower is an option to hit Toxicroak and Steel-types, but besides Escavalier it does not much against the other Steel-types and to cripple them with a burn from Will-O-Wisp is often enough.
Checks and Counters
**Psychic-types**: Psychic-types such as Starmie, Celebi, and Xatu threaten Weezing with their strong STAB move. In addition, Xatu prevents Weezing from using status moves due its ability Magic Bounce. However, all Pokemon dislike to get poisoned by Sludge Bomb and Celebi does not want to take one.
**Special attackers**: Due to Weezing's bad special bulk, strong special attackers such as Exploud, Heliolisk, and Dragalge easily break through it. Salazzle deserves a special mention here as it can setup in front of Weezing.
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