Whimsicott


[OVERVIEW]

Whimsicott's ability Prankster allows it to act as a reliable support Pokemon. Its wide supporting movepool complements this well, featuring moves such as Tailwind, Encore, Safeguard, Taunt, and Grass Whistle. This variety of options makes Whimsicott fairly unpredictable; however, this also makes it suffer from four-moveslot syndrome, meaning it is forced to leave out some important moves and adapt its set depending on the team's needs. Whimsicott has a mediocre typing: it is weak to attacks coming from common Pokemon such as Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza, but it also resists types such as Water and Dark and is immune to Dragon, giving it a small advantage over threats such as Primal Kyogre, Yveltal, and most Dragons if played correctly. However, most of these Pokemon have a way of hitting Whimsicott super effectively, via either a secondary STAB move or a coverage move. Whimsicott's Grass typing also makes it immune to a common redirection move in Rage Powder, making it a great answer to Amoonguss. Whimsicott's bulk is very low, though, and doesn't allow it to provide any significant defensive presence, although Focus Sash somewhat makes up for this. As any other support Pokemon, Whimsicott is entirely reliant on its teammates, has little offensive presence, and can hardly win if it is the last Pokemon left on the field.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Tailwind
move 2: Encore
move 3: Moonblast / Endeavor
move 4: Protect / Safeguard / Taunt
item: Focus Sash
ability: Prankster
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Tailwind doubles Whimsicott's and its teammates' Speed, and Prankster ensures it is set up safely. Encore locks the foe into a move, ideally a status one, preventing it from being useful for the following three turns. It is particularly helpful to deal with Protect users, Fake Out users such as Mega Kangaskhan, Geomancy Xerneas, and most Trick Room and Tailwind setters. Moonblast is a reliable STAB move that hits the likes of Mega Rayquaza and Yveltal super effectively. The Special Attack drop chance can be useful too. Endeavor pairs well with Focus Sash, being able to bring the foe down to 1 HP after Whimsicott has been hit by a move that would otherwise KO it. Protect scouts for the foes' moves and stalls out Trick Room. Safeguard can be used to prevent Whimsicott's team from being inflicted with status, and it is especially useful against Smeargle, one of the most common leads. Alternatively, Taunt can prevent the foes from using their own status moves and can prevent sweepers, such as Geomancy Xerneas, from setting up.

Set Details
========

252 Speed EVs and a Timid nature maximize Whimsicott's already excellent Speed. Maximum HP investment alongside 4 Defense EVs increases Whimsicott's overall bulk, though it still doesn't allow Whimsicott to tank repeated attacks. Prankster gives priority to any of Whimsicott's non-attacking moves, allowing it to act before faster threats such as Talonflame and Mewtwo and turning it into an incredible supportive Pokemon. Focus Sash allows Whimsicott to survive at least one hit, ensuring it either sets up Tailwind or uses Encore successfully.

Usage Tips
========

Whimsicott should almost always be used as a lead in order to set up Tailwind as soon as possible and gain an early advantage for its teammates. Furthermore, Whimsicott has a decent matchup against common leads such as Smeargle and Crobat, since it can lock them into their status moves thanks to Encore or prevent them from using status moves with Taunt. Whimsicott does not have much offensive presence, but a well-timed Endeavor after it has been brought down to 1 HP in conjunction with minimal offensive support from its partner can KO most common threats such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza.

Team Options
========

Powerful wallbreakers such as Primal Kyogre, Mega Rayquaza, and Primal Groudon make for excellent partners, as they can take advantage of Tailwind to quickly weaken the opposing team. In particular, Pokemon with powerful spread moves such as Primal Kyogre's Origin Pulse make for especially good teammates, as Whimsicott's Encore will often force switches, and few Pokemon are not 2HKOed by such powerful attacks. Setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Primal Groudon, Swords Dance Rayquaza, and Geomancy Xerneas can take advantage of the free turns provided by Encore to set up more easily, and they can also rely on an immunity to status thanks to Safeguard, if Whimsicott is running it. Fake Out users, most notably Mega Kangaskhan, can form a leading duo with Whimsicott, which appreciates being able to set up Tailwind with much less pressure. Mega Gengar can trap a foe affected by Encore and use Disable on it, effectively rendering it completely useless.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Grass Knot can be used as an alternative attacking option, as it reaches its full power against common threats such as Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, dealing significant damage to them. Grass Whistle can be considered because it has priority thanks to Prankster, although its awful accuracy makes it not worth using in most cases. Swagger can be used in conjunction with Safeguard in order to give a physically attacking partner a free boost in Attack. Beat Up works well if Whimsicott is paired with Terrakion, as the move can boost the latter's Attack to sky-high levels without damaging it significantly. Worry Seed is a viable option to negate key abilities such as Mega Kangaskhan's Parental Bond, Mega Salamence's Aerilate, Cresselia's Levitate, and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. Trick Room is an option if Whimsicott is used on dedicated Trick Room teams, and the loss of Whimsicott's Speed advantage is inconsequential, since it will use moves with priority most of the times. Whimsicott can further aid its partner with Helping Hand, and the combination of Prankster and Focus Sash ensures that almost nothing can stop it from using the move; this can be particularly dangerous considering the high number of powerful moves in the tier. Mental Herb can be used instead of a Focus Sash to avoid being Taunted one time, though very few Pokemon can Taunt Whimsicott if it chooses to use a priority status move.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Mega Kangaskhan**: Mega Kangaskhan's access to Parental Bond renders Whimsicott's Focus Sash useless. However, it must be wary of getting locked into Fake Out.

**Trick Room **: Trick Room nullifies Tailwind's Speed boost, and most Trick Room setters, such as Cresselia and Bronzong, run Mental Herb, so Taunt will not be useful against them. However, Whimsicott can use priority Encore the following turn to lock them into the same move.

**Priority Attacks**: Talonflame's higher Speed means that it can use Brave Bird before getting locked into Tailwind by Encore and proceed to KO Whimsicott without trouble. Furthermore, Talonflame's Fire / Flying typing makes it take almost no damage from any of Whimsicott's attacking moves. Rayquaza has access to Extreme Speed, which has higher priority than any of Whimsicott's moves; however, it has to be wary of Moonblast.

**Spread Move Users**: Attackers with spread moves, such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, Xerneas, and Mega Salamence, are particularly troublesome, as they make it much easier to deal with Whimsicott's Focus Sash.

**Taunt**: If Whimsicott gets Taunted, it is forced to either stay on the field and provide little utility or switch out, potentially making a teammate take an unwanted hit.
 
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Overview
  • "Not an excellent typing..." - Unless you can cite examples of how those resistances turn notable attacks into 3HKOs, I'd just focus on Whimsicott's immunity to Dragon here, as its lack of bulk makes its ability to tank attacks mostly irrelevant.
Set
  • I'm not so sure about Endeavor being a third move slash. Every time I've personally seen Endeavor it's been alongside Trick Room, and I don't think running both Endeavor and another coverage move like Moonblast or Grass Knot is very common.
Moves
  • Protect should be the first move mentioned in regards to ineffectual moves to get locked into, as almost every Pokemon has it.
  • Also in regards to Encore, change "Fake Out Mega Kangaskhan" to "Fake Out users such as Mega Kangaskhan", as it's not the only user of the move Whimsicott is faster than.
Set Details
  • You need to comment on Whimsicott's ability here.
  • You might as well cite an alternative EV spread of 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe to deal more damage with Whimsicott's coverage moves, as thanks to Focus Sash the additional bulk isn't as important.
Team Options
  • If Grass Whistle is in Other Options then the mention of Gravity Sableye should probably also be there instead of here.
  • I'd expand Swords Dance Groudon out into set up sweepers in general, as Whimsicott can give them the free turns needed to set up and Safeguard can protect them from status. Mega Kangaskhan is notable as it can help Whimsicott set up Tailwind with Fake Out.
Other Options
  • Trick Room is worthy of acknowledging. It's more common in Japan and on the Battle Spot ladder than real life events right now, but definitely still a thing.
  • Helping Hand is good on pretty much every Pokemon that gets access to it, including Whimsicott, so I'd give it a mention here as well.
Checks and Counters
  • Could mention spread attackers here, since they make it easier to break Whimsicott's Focus Sash.
 
Set
  • Move Grass Knot to Other Options, add Protect, and switch move 3/4 so it looks like:
move 1: Tailwind
move 2: Encore
move 3: Moonblast / Endeavor
move 4: Protect / Safeguard / Taunt​

Set Details
  • Mention the Speed EVs before the bulk EVs, since they're more important.
Team Options
  • Remove the Sableye mention since you've already listed it next to Grass Whistle in Other Options.
  • Expand Swords Dance Groudon into setup sweepers in general, as Encore provides them with the free turns to set up and Safeguard can protect them from status. Such as Geomancy Xerneas and Swords Dance Rayquaza.
  • Cite Mega Kangaskhan as a good partner, seeing that it can help Whimsicott set up Tailwind with Fake Out.
  • Mega Gengar is a notoriously great partner for Whimsicott, as Shadow Tag prevents the foe from switching to resolve Encore and Mega Gengar can use Disable on foes affected by it.
Other Options
  • Add Mental Herb.
Checks and Counters
  • Some moving and renaming here so that it looks like:
**Mega Kangaskhan**: Current description is fine.
**Trick Room**: The current title is redundant. Mention examples of setters such as Cresselia and Bronzong.
**Priority Attacks**: You can merge talking about Talonflame here with Rayquaza, as it gets access to Extreme Speed to strike Whimsicott before it can move. It does have to be wary of Moonblast though.
**Spread Attackers**: Include examples such as the Primals, Xerneas, and Mega Salamence.
**Taunt**: Again, examples. For instance, Thundurus and Crobat.
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Set
  • Move Grass Knot to Other Options, add Protect, and switch move 3/4 so it looks like:
move 1: Tailwind
move 2: Encore
move 3: Moonblast / Endeavor
move 4: Protect / Safeguard / Taunt​

Set Details
  • Mention the Speed EVs before the bulk EVs, since they're more important.
Team Options
  • Remove the Sableye mention since you've already listed it next to Grass Whistle in Other Options.
  • Expand Swords Dance Groudon into setup sweepers in general, as Encore provides them with the free turns to set up and Safeguard can protect them from status. Such as Geomancy Xerneas and Swords Dance Rayquaza.
  • Cite Mega Kangaskhan as a good partner, seeing that it can help Whimsicott set up Tailwind with Fake Out.
  • Mega Gengar is a notoriously great partner for Whimsicott, as Shadow Tag prevents the foe from switching to resolve Encore and Mega Gengar can use Disable on foes affected by it.
Other Options
  • Add Mental Herb.
Checks and Counters
  • Some moving and renaming here so that it looks like:
**Mega Kangaskhan**: Current description is fine.
**Trick Room**: The current title is redundant. Mention examples of setters such as Cresselia and Bronzong.
**Priority Attacks**: You can merge talking about Talonflame here with Rayquaza, as it gets access to Extreme Speed to strike Whimsicott before it can move. It does have to be wary of Moonblast though.
**Spread Attackers**: Include examples such as the Primals, Xerneas, and Mega Salamence.
**Taunt**: Again, examples. For instance, Thundurus and Crobat.
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[OVERVIEW]

Whimsicott's ability, Prankster, allows it to act as a reliable support Pokemon. Its wide supporting movepool complements this well, having access to moves such as Tailwind, Encore, Safeguard, Taunt, and Grass Whistle. This variety of options makes Whimsicott fairly unpredictable; however, this also makes it suffer from four-moveslot syndrome, meaning it is forced to leave out some important moves and adapt its set depending on the team's needs. Whimsicott has a mediocre typing: it is weak to attacks coming from common Pokemon such as Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza, but it also resists types such as Water and Dark and is immune tu to Dragon, giving it a small advantage over threats such as Primal Kyogre, Yveltal, and most Dragons, if played correctly. However, most of these Pokemon have a way of hitting Whimsicott super effectively, via either a secondary STAB move or a coverage move. Whimsicott's Grass typing also makes it immune to a common redirection move in Rage Powder, making it a great answer to Amoonguss. Whimsicott's bulk is very low, though, and doesn't allow it to provide any significant defensive presence, although Focus Sash somewhat makes up for this. As any other support Pokemon, Whimsicott is entirely reliant on its teammates, has little offensive presence, and can hardly win if it is the last Pokemon left on the field.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Tailwind
move 2: Encore
move 3: Moonblast / Endeavor
move 4: Protect / Safeguard / Taunt
item: Focus Sash
ability: Prankster
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
ivs: 0 Atk

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Tailwind doubles (remove extra space)Whimsicott's and its teammates' Speed, and Prankster ensures it is set up safely. Encore locks the foe into a move, usually a status one, (remove extra space) preventing it from being useful for the following three turns. It is it particularly useful helpful (because you said useful 10 words before this) to deal with Protect users, Fake Out users such as Mega Kangaskhan, (RC) and Geomancy Xerneas, and most Trick Room and Tailwind setters. Moonblast is a reliable STAB moves that hits the likes of Mega Rayquaza and Yveltal super effectively. The Special Attack drop chance can be useful too. Endeavor pairs well with Focus Sash, being able to bring the foe down to 1 HP after Whimsicott has been hit by a move that activated its Focus Sash. Protect scouts for the foes' moves and stalls out Trick Room. Safeguard can be used to prevent Whimsicott's team from being inflicted with status, and it is especially useful against in Smeargle, one of the most common leads. Alternatively, Taunt can prevent the foes from using their own status moves, (AC) and as well as stopping sweepers, such as Geomancy Xerneas, from setting up.

Set Details
========

252 Speed EVs and a Timid nature maximize Whimsicott's already excellent Speed. Maximum HP investment alongside 4 Defense EVs increases Whimsicott's overall bulk, though it still doesn't allow Whimsicott to tank repeated attacks. Prankstedr gives priority to any of Whimsicott's non-attacking move, allowing it to act before faster threats such as Talonflame and Mewtwo and turning it into an incredible supportive Pokemon. Focus Sash allows Whimsicott to survive at least one hit, ensuring it either sets up Tailwind or uses Encore successfully.

Usage Tips
========

Whimsicott should almost always be used as a lead in order to set up Tailwind as soon as possible ancd gain an early advantage for its teammates. Furthermore, Whimsicott has a decent matchup against common leads such as Smeargle and Crobat, since it can lock them into their status moves thanks to Encore or prevent them from using them status moves with Taunt. Whimsicott does not have much offensive presence, but a well-timed Endeavor after it has been brought down to its Focus Sash in conjunction with minimal offensive support from its partner can KO most common threats such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza.

Team Options
========

Powerful wallbreakers such as Primal Kyogre, Mega Rayquaza, and Primal Groudon make for excellent partners, as they can take advantage of Tailwind to quickly weaken the opposing team. In particular, Pokemon with powerful spread moves such as Primal Kyogre's Origin Pulse make for especially good teammates, as Whimsicott's Encore will often force switches, and few Pokemon are not 2KHOed by such powerful attacks. Setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Primal Groudon, Swords Dance Rayquaza, and Geomancy Xerneas can take advantage of the free turns provided by Encore to set up more easily, and they can also rely on an immunity to status thanks to Safeguard, if Whimsicott is running it. Fake Out users, most notably Mega Kangaskhan, can form a leading duo with Whimsicott, which appreciates being able to set up Tailwind with much less pressure. Mega Gengar can trap a gfoe affected by Encore and use Disable on it, effectively making one of the foes them completely useless.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Grass Knot can be used as an alternative attacking options, asn it reaches its full power against common threats such as Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, dealing significant damange to them. Grass Whistle can be considered because it has priority thanks to Prankster, although its awful accuracy makes it not worth using in most cases. Swagger can be used in conjunction with Safeguard in order to give a physically attacking partner a free boost in Attack. Beat Up works well if Whimsicott is paired with Terrakion, as the former can boost hthe latter's Attack to sky-high levels without damaging it significantly. Worry Seed is a viable option to negate key abilities such as Mega Kangaskhan's Parental Bond, Mega Salamence's Aerilate, Cresselia's Levitate, and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. Trick Room is an option if Whimsicott is used on dedicated Trick Room teams, and Whimsicott's Speed advantage being lost is neglegible, since it will use moves with priority most of the times. Whimsicott can further aid its partner with Helping Hand, and the combination of Prankster and Focus Sash ensures that almost nothing can stop it from using the move; this can be particularly dangerous considering the high number of powerful moves in the tier. Mental Herb can be used instead of a Focus Sash to avoid being Taunted one time, (RSC, AC) though very few Pokemon can Taunt Whimsicott if it chooses to use a priority status move.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Mega Kangaskhan**: Mega Kangaskhan's access to Parental Bond render's Whimsicott's Focus Sash useless. However, it must be wary of not getting locked into Fake Out.

**Trick Room **: Trick Room nullifies Tailwind's Speed boost, and most Trick Room setters, such as Cresselia and Bronzong, run Mental Herb, so Taunt will not be useful against them. However, Whimsicott can use priority Encore the following turn to lock them into the same move.

**Priority Attacks**: Talonflame's higher Speed means that it can use Brave Bird before getting locked into Tailwind by Encore and proceed to KO Whimsicott without trouble. Furthermore, Talonflame's Fire / Flying typing makes it take almost no damage from any of Whimsicott's attacking move. Rayquaza has access to Extreme(space)Speed, which has higher priority than any of Whimsicott's moves; however, it has to be wary of Moonblast.

**Attackers with Spread Moves**: Attackers with spread moves, such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, Xerneas, and Mega Salamence, are particularly troublesome, as they make it much more easier to deal with Whimsicott's Focus Sash.

**Taunt**: If Whimsicott gets Taunted, it is forced to either stay on the field and provide little utility or switch out, potentially making a teammate to take an unwanted hit.
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[OVERVIEW]

Whimsicott's ability, Prankster, allows it to act as a reliable support Pokemon. Its wide supporting movepool complements this well, having access to moves such as Tailwind, Encore, Safeguard, Taunt, and Grass Whistle. This variety of options makes Whimsicott fairly unpredictable; however, this also makes it suffer from four-moveslot syndrome, meaning it is forced to leave out some important moves and adapt its set depending on the team's needs. Whimsicott has a mediocre typing: it is weak to attacks coming from common Pokemon such as Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza, but it also resists types such as Water and Dark and is immune tu to Dragon, giving it a small advantage over threats such as Primal Kyogre, Yveltal, and most Dragons, (RC) if played correctly. However, most of these Pokemon have a way of hitting Whimsicott super effectively, via either a secondary STAB move or a coverage move. Whimsicott's Grass typing also makes it immune to a common redirection move in Rage Powder, making it a great answer to Amoonguss. Whimsicott's bulk is very low, though, and doesn't allow it to provide any significant defensive presence, although Focus Sash somewhat makes up for this. As any other support Pokemon, Whimsicott is entirely reliant on its teammates, has little offensive presence, and can hardly win if it is the last Pokemon left on the field.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Tailwind
move 2: Encore
move 3: Moonblast / Endeavor
move 4: Protect / Safeguard / Taunt
item: Focus Sash
ability: Prankster
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
ivs: 0 Atk

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Tailwind doubles (remove extra space)Whimsicott's and its teammates' Speed, and Prankster ensures it is set up safely. Encore locks the foe into a move, usually a status one, (remove extra space) preventing it from being useful for the following three turns. It is it particularly useful helpful (because you said useful 10 words before this) to deal with Protect users, Fake Out users such as Mega Kangaskhan, Geomancy Xerneas, and most Trick Room and Tailwind setters. Moonblast is a reliable STAB moves that hits the likes of Mega Rayquaza and Yveltal super effectively. The Special Attack drop chance can be useful too. Endeavor pairs well with Focus Sash, being able to bring the foe down to 1 HP after Whimsicott has been hit by a move that activated activates its Focus Sash. Protect scouts for the foes' moves and stalls out Trick Room. Safeguard can be used to prevent Whimsicott's team from being inflicted with status, and it is especially useful against in Smeargle, one of the most common leads. Alternatively, Taunt can prevent the foes from using their own status moves and can prevent sweepers, such as Geomancy Xerneas, from setting up.

Set Details
========

252 Speed EVs and a Timid nature maximize Whimsicott's already excellent Speed. Maximum HP investment alongside 4 Defense EVs increases Whimsicott's overall bulk, though it still doesn't allow Whimsicott to tank repeated attacks. Prankstedr gives priority to any of Whimsicott's non-attacking moves, allowing it to act before faster threats such as Talonflame and Mewtwo and turning it into an incredible supportive Pokemon. Focus Sash allows Whimsicott to survive at least one hit, ensuring it either sets up Tailwind or uses Encore successfully.

Usage Tips
========

Whimsicott should almost always be used as a lead in order to set up Tailwind as soon as possible ancd gain an early advantage for its teammates. Furthermore, Whimsicott has a decent matchup against common leads such as Smeargle and Crobat, since it can lock them into their status moves thanks to Encore or prevent them from using them status moves with Taunt. Whimsicott does not have much offensive presence, but a well-timed Endeavor after it has been brought down to its Focus Sash 1 HP in conjunction with minimal offensive support from its partner can KO most common threats such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza.

Team Options
========

Powerful wallbreakers such as Primal Kyogre, Mega Rayquaza, and Primal Groudon make for excellent partners, as they can take advantage of Tailwind to quickly weaken the opposing team. In particular, Pokemon with powerful spread moves such as Primal Kyogre's Origin Pulse make for especially good teammates, as Whimsicott's Encore will often force switches, and few Pokemon are not 2KHOed 2HKOed by such powerful attacks. Setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Primal Groudon, Swords Dance Rayquaza, and Geomancy Xerneas can take advantage of the free turns provided by Encore to set up more easily, and they can also rely on an immunity to status thanks to Safeguard, if Whimsicott is running it. Fake Out users, most notably Mega Kangaskhan, can form a leading duo with Whimsicott, which appreciates being able to set up Tailwind with much less pressure. Mega Gengar can trap a gfoe affected by Encore and use Disable on it, effectively making one of the foes a foe completely useless.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
=============

Grass Knot can be used as an alternative attacking options, asn it reaches its full power against common threats such as Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, dealing significant damange to them. Grass Whistle can be considered because it has priority thanks to Prankster, although its awful accuracy makes it not worth using in most cases. Swagger can be used in conjunction with Safeguard in order to give a physically attacking partner a free boost in Attack. Beat Up works well if Whimsicott is paired with Terrakion, as the former can boost hthe latter's Attack to sky-high levels without damaging it significantly. Worry Seed is a viable option to negate key abilities such as Mega Kangaskhan's Parental Bond, Mega Salamence's Aerilate, Cresselia's Levitate, and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. Trick Room is an option if Whimsicott is used on dedicated Trick Room teams, and Whimsicott's Speed advantage being lost is neglegible negligible, since it will use moves with priority most of the times. Whimsicott can further aid its partner with Helping Hand, and the combination of Prankster and Focus Sash ensures that almost nothing can stop it from using the move; this can be particularly dangerous considering the high number of powerful moves in the tier. Mental Herb can be used instead of a Focus Sash to avoid being Taunted one time, (RSC, AC) though very few Pokemon can Taunt Whimsicott if it chooses to use a priority status move.

Checks and Counters
===================

**Mega Kangaskhan**: Mega Kangaskhan's access to Parental Bond render's renders Whimsicott's Focus Sash useless. However, it must be wary of not getting locked into Fake Out.

**Trick Room **: Trick Room nullifies Tailwind's Speed boost, and most Trick Room setters, such as Cresselia and Bronzong, run Mental Herb, so Taunt will not be useful against them. However, Whimsicott can use priority Encore the following turn to lock them into the same move.

**Priority Attacks**: Talonflame's higher Speed means that it can use Brave Bird before getting locked into Tailwind by Encore and proceed to KO Whimsicott without trouble. Furthermore, Talonflame's Fire / Flying typing makes it take almost no damage from any of Whimsicott's attacking moves. Rayquaza has access to Extreme(space)Speed, which has higher priority than any of Whimsicott's moves; however, it has to be wary of Moonblast.

**Attackers with Spread Moves**: Attackers with spread moves, such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, Xerneas, and Mega Salamence, are particularly troublesome, as they make it much more easier to deal with Whimsicott's Focus Sash.

**Taunt**: If Whimsicott gets Taunted, it is forced to either stay on the field and provide little utility or switch out, potentially making a teammate to take an unwanted hit.


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[OVERVIEW]

Whimsicott's ability (RC) Prankster (RC) (it has access to multiple, so this cannot be nonrestrictive) allows it to act as a reliable support Pokemon. Its wide supporting movepool complements this well, having access to featuring moves such as Tailwind, Encore, Safeguard, Taunt, and Grass Whistle. This variety of options makes Whimsicott fairly unpredictable; however, this also makes it suffer from four-moveslot syndrome, meaning it is forced to leave out some important moves and adapt its set depending on the team's needs. Whimsicott has a mediocre typing: it is weak to attacks coming from common Pokemon such as Primal Groudon and Mega Rayquaza, but it also resists types such as Water and Dark and is immune to Dragon, giving it a small advantage over threats such as Primal Kyogre, Yveltal, and most Dragons if played correctly. However, most of these Pokemon have a way of hitting Whimsicott super effectively, via either a secondary STAB move or a coverage move. Whimsicott's Grass typing also makes it immune to a common redirection move in Rage Powder, making it a great answer to Amoonguss. Whimsicott's bulk is very low, though, and doesn't allow it to provide any significant defensive presence, although Focus Sash somewhat makes up for this. As any other support Pokemon, Whimsicott is entirely reliant on its teammates, has little offensive presence, and can hardly win if it is the last Pokemon left on the field.

[SET]
name: Utility
move 1: Tailwind
move 2: Encore
move 3: Moonblast / Endeavor
move 4: Protect / Safeguard / Taunt
item: Focus Sash
ability: Prankster
nature: Timid
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
ivs: 0 Atk (standard / implied)

[SET COMMENTS]
Moves
========

Tailwind doubles Whimsicott's and its teammates' Speed, and Prankster ensures it is set up safely. Encore locks the foe into a move, usually ideally (not inherent to the move, depends on your play) a status one, preventing it from being useful for the following three turns. It is particularly helpful to deal with Protect users, Fake Out users such as Mega Kangaskhan, Geomancy Xerneas, and most Trick Room and Tailwind setters. Moonblast is a reliable STAB move that hits the likes of Mega Rayquaza and Yveltal super effectively. The Special Attack drop chance can be useful too. Endeavor pairs well with Focus Sash, being able to bring the foe down to 1 HP after Whimsicott has been hit by a move that activates its Focus Sash would otherwise KO it. (repetition) Protect scouts for the foes' moves and stalls out Trick Room. Safeguard can be used to prevent Whimsicott's team from being inflicted with status, and it is especially useful against Smeargle, one of the most common leads. Alternatively, Taunt can prevent the foes from using their own status moves and can prevent sweepers, such as Geomancy Xerneas, from setting up.

Set Details
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252 Speed EVs and a Timid nature maximize Whimsicott's already excellent Speed. Maximum HP investment alongside 4 Defense EVs increases Whimsicott's overall bulk, though it still doesn't allow Whimsicott to tank repeated attacks. Prankster gives priority to any of Whimsicott's non-attacking moves, allowing it to act before faster threats such as Talonflame and Mewtwo and turning it into an incredible supportive Pokemon. Focus Sash allows Whimsicott to survive at least one hit, ensuring it either sets up Tailwind or uses Encore successfully.

Usage Tips
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Whimsicott should almost always be used as a lead in order to set up Tailwind as soon as possible and gain an early advantage for its teammates. Furthermore, Whimsicott has a decent matchup against common leads such as Smeargle and Crobat, since it can lock them into their status moves thanks to Encore or prevent them from using status moves with Taunt. Whimsicott does not have much offensive presence, but a well-timed Endeavor after it has been brought down to 1 HP in conjunction with minimal offensive support from its partner can KO most common threats such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, and Mega Rayquaza.

Team Options
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Powerful wallbreakers such as Primal Kyogre, Mega Rayquaza, and Primal Groudon make for excellent partners, as they can take advantage of Tailwind to quickly weaken the opposing team. In particular, Pokemon with powerful spread moves such as Primal Kyogre's Origin Pulse make for especially good teammates, as Whimsicott's Encore will often force switches, and few Pokemon are not 2HKOed by such powerful attacks. Setup sweepers such as Swords Dance Primal Groudon, Swords Dance Rayquaza, and Geomancy Xerneas can take advantage of the free turns provided by Encore to set up more easily, and they can also rely on an immunity to status thanks to Safeguard, if Whimsicott is running it. Fake Out users, most notably Mega Kangaskhan, can form a leading duo with Whimsicott, which appreciates being able to set up Tailwind with much less pressure. Mega Gengar can trap a foe affected by Encore and use Disable on it, effectively a foe rendering it completely useless.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
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Grass Knot can be used as an alternative attacking option, as it reaches its full power against common threats such as Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, dealing significant damage to them. Grass Whistle can be considered because it has priority thanks to Prankster, although its awful accuracy makes it not worth using in most cases. Swagger can be used in conjunction with Safeguard in order to give a physically attacking partner a free boost in Attack. Beat Up works well if Whimsicott is paired with Terrakion, as the former move can boost the latter's Attack to sky-high levels without damaging it significantly. Worry Seed is a viable option to negate key abilities such as Mega Kangaskhan's Parental Bond, Mega Salamence's Aerilate, Cresselia's Levitate, and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. Trick Room is an option if Whimsicott is used on dedicated Trick Room teams, and the loss of Whimsicott's Speed advantage being lost is negligible inconsequential, (negligible doesn't really go with all-or-nothing terms like this) since it will use moves with priority most of the times. Whimsicott can further aid its partner with Helping Hand, and the combination of Prankster and Focus Sash ensures that almost nothing can stop it from using the move; this can be particularly dangerous considering the high number of powerful moves in the tier. Mental Herb can be used instead of a Focus Sash to avoid being Taunted one time, though very few Pokemon can Taunt Whimsicott if it chooses to use a priority status move.

Checks and Counters
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**Mega Kangaskhan**: Mega Kangaskhan's access to Parental Bond renders Whimsicott's Focus Sash useless. However, it must be wary of not getting locked into Fake Out.

**Trick Room **: Trick Room nullifies Tailwind's Speed boost, and most Trick Room setters, such as Cresselia and Bronzong, run Mental Herb, so Taunt will not be useful against them. However, Whimsicott can use priority Encore the following turn to lock them into the same move.

**Priority Attacks**: Talonflame's higher Speed means that it can use Brave Bird before getting locked into Tailwind by Encore and proceed to KO Whimsicott without trouble. Furthermore, Talonflame's Fire / Flying typing makes it take almost no damage from any of Whimsicott's attacking moves. Rayquaza has access to Extreme Speed, which has higher priority than any of Whimsicott's moves; however, it has to be wary of Moonblast.

**Attackers with Spread Moves**: ("Spread Move Users" is cleaner imo) Attackers with spread moves, such as Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, Xerneas, and Mega Salamence, are particularly troublesome, as they make it much easier to deal with Whimsicott's Focus Sash.

**Taunt**: If Whimsicott gets Taunted, it is forced to either stay on the field and provide little utility or switch out, potentially making a teammate take an unwanted hit.
 
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If you don't mind mentioning Life Orb 172 SpA moonblast OHKOs Salamence and you only need 224+ speed to beat Thundurus that would be great.
 
If you don't mind mentioning Life Orb 172 SpA moonblast OHKOs Salamence and you only need 224+ speed to beat Thundurus that would be great.
Life Orb isn't common and it isn't a set that I'd be quick to recommend to a newer player. I think the omission is fine.
 

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