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Whimsicott Best Moveset & Build

Whimsicott
Total Base Stats480
TypeGrass Icon Fairy Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Leech Seed

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to status moves.
Best Moveset
Leech Seed / Moonblast / Substitute / Protect
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp. Def 4

Strong Prankster Lead

By using a priority Leech Seed, Encore, or Substitute, Whimsicott can set up the stage for another Pokemon to follow up behind it. Because it's good at whittling opponents down, it can be combined with Pokemon that are normally not as offensively strong.

Status Moves Don't Work On Dark Types

Remember that Dark types are no longer affected by Status moves given priority by Prankster. This means that Leech Seed won't work on Grass OR Dark types. When coming up against a Dark type, use your STAB Moonblast instead.

Pick Either Substitute Or Protect

At least one of these two moves should be considered a must, as they go extremely well with Leech Seed. Substitute might be preferable, as it allows you to buy time during your opponent's Dynamax. Choose at your own discretion.

Max Hp/Defense Is Recommended

Sticking around on the field long enough to benefit from Leftovers/Leech Seed is the most important aspect of this build, so we recommend adjusting EVs in accordance with this.

Adjust EVs To Outspeed Hydreigon

Although it might be unlikely, an alternate EV spread includes putting in at least 236 EVs in Speed. This will allow you to get the first hit on a 252 Speed Timid Hydreigon (without Scarf) and 1 shot it. You also have the option of changing your nature to Timid instead of putting in 236 EVs in Speed.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Leech Seed
Grass Icon
Saps your opponent's HP and gives it to you every turn. Great sustain, very frustrating move.
Moonblast
Fairy Icon
Great STAB move for dealing with Dark types.
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifices 25% HP to create a Substitute. Given priority by Prankster, allows you to waste an opponent's Dynamax entirely.
Protect
status icon
Protects you from damage for a turn. Works well with Leech Seed/Leftovers.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Encore
status icon
Forces your opponent to use the same move it just used for 3 turns.
Taunt
status icon
Forces your opponent to use attacking moves. Prevents setups.
Tailwind
status icon
Boosts your team's speed for 4 turns.
Cotton Guard
status icon
Raises defense massively. Could be useful for setting up if you anticipate your opponent doesn't have any special attackers.

Build #2 - Trick Room

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to status moves.
Best Moveset
Trick Room / Moonblast / Memento / Taunt
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp. Def 4

Trick Room And Memento Synergy

After setting up your Trick Room, you can lower your opponent's offensive stats massively using Memento. Of course, this also causes you to faint, but this can be a good opportunity to let your Trick Room teammates take over and sweep. It's also possible to combine this with Leech Seed, if you see fit.

Trick Room Doesn't Get Priority

Even though Whimsicott has Prankster, Trick Room will not gain priority when you use it! On the other hand, Memento does get priority, so keep both of these things in mind!

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Trick Room
status icon
Inverts the speed stats of all Pokemon for 5 turns. Slow Pokemon go first.
Moonblast
Fairy Icon
Great STAB move for dealing with Dark types.
Taunt
status icon
Forces your opponent to use attacking moves. Prevents setups.
Memento
status icon
The user faints, but lowers the opponent's Atk and Sp.Atk massively. Can cripple the opponent or force a swap.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifices 25% HP to create a Substitute. Given priority by Prankster, allows you to waste an opponent's Dynamax entirely.
Protect
status icon
Protects you from damage for a turn. Works well with Leech Seed/Leftovers.
Leech Seed
Grass Icon
Saps your opponent's HP and gives it to you every turn. Great sustain, very frustrating move.
Encore
status icon
Forces your opponent to use the same move it just used for 3 turns.
Cotton Guard
status icon
Raises defense massively. Could be useful for setting up if you anticipate your opponent doesn't have any special attackers.

Build #3 - Light Screen

Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Prankster
Gives priority to status moves.
Best Moveset
Light Screen / Moonblast / Substitute / Leech Seed
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Defense 252, Sp. Def 4

Set Up Light Screen With Prankster

Since Prankster gives priority to status moves, you can easily get off a Light Screen to boost your teams Special Defense. This can make you even bulkier when combined with Leftovers and Leech Seed. However, one thing to note is that Whimsicott cannot learn Reflect! This might leave your team vulnerable to physical attacks.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Light Screen
status icon
Reduces the damage of Sp. Atk moves against your party for 5 turns. Gains priority from Prankster.
Leech Seed
Grass Icon
Saps your opponent's HP and gives it to you every turn. Great sustain, very frustrating move.
Moonblast
Fairy Icon
Great STAB move for dealing with Dark types.
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifices 25% HP to create a Substitute. Given priority by Prankster, allows you to waste an opponent's Dynamax entirely.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Encore
status icon
Forces your opponent to use the same move it just used for 3 turns.
Taunt
status icon
Forces your opponent to use attacking moves. Prevents setups.
Tailwind
status icon
Boosts your team's speed for 4 turns.
Protect
status icon
Protects you from damage for a turn. Works well with Leech Seed/Leftovers.
Cotton Guard
status icon
Raises defense massively. Could be useful for setting up if you anticipate your opponent doesn't have any special attackers.

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Whimsicott - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
LeftoversThe default item for Whimsicott. Restores health at the end of every turn. Works well with Leech Seed, Substitute, and Protect.
Focus SashPrevents the user from being knocked out in one shot. Useful for ensuring you get your Trick Room off.
Occa BerryReduces damage taken from a super effective Fire move. Useful depending on the opponent's team.
Yache BerryReduces damage taken from a super effective Ice move. Useful depending on the opponent's team.
Coba BerryReduces damage taken from a super effective Flying move. Useful depending on the opponent's team.
Babiri BerryReduces damage taken from a super effective Steel move. Useful depending on the opponent's team.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Whimsicott - Best Natures And EVs

Whimsicott - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
BoldDef↑ / Atk↓
Recommended for ensuring you stay up as long as possible to benefit from Leech Seed.
TimidSpeed↑ / Atk↓
Recommended if you're focusing on a non-Trick Room build and want to outspeed Hydreigon/just deal with Dark-types in general.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

All Builds

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
Sp. Defense4 points

This build focuses on survivability and boosting HP to ensure oyu survive as long as possible.

Hydreigon Slayer Build

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Sp. Defense4 points

Put at least 236 EVs in Speed in order to get the upper hand on Hydreigon - Best Moveset & Build and one-shot it with Moonblast. This is a very specific build, but seeing as Hydreigon is somewhat popular now, it might be worth considering.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Whimsicott Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Whimsicott

PokemonExplanation
GrimmsnarlGrimmsnarl Pros
- Immune to priority Prankster moves due to its Dark type
- Can use its own priority Taunt to lock Whimsicott out of its moves
Cons
- Weak to Moonblast
FerrothornFerrothorn Pros
- Immune to Leech Seed
- Gyro Ball can one shot
- Actually benefits from Trick Room
Cons
- Substitute/Protect can stall out its Gyro Ball PP
HattereneHatterene Pros
- Can reflect back status moves with Magic Bounce
- Benefits from Trick Room due to low speed
Cons
- None
ChandelureChandelure Pros
- Can penetrate Substitute with Infiltrator
- Resists Moonblast
Cons
- None
DragapultDragapult Pros
- Can penetrate Substitute with Infiltrator
Cons
- Weak to Moonblast
ToxtricityToxtricity Pros
- Can penetrate Substitute with Boomburst
- Resists Moonblast
Cons
- Limited range of possible uses

How To Play Against Whimsicott

Block Prankster With Dark Types

Since Dark types are immune to moves boosted by Prankster, they can seriously throw a wrench in Whimsicott's plans. However, you will probably take a super effective Moonblast in the process. Consider Bisharp, who doesn't take super effective damage from Fairy moves.

Don't Use Dynamax

Whimsicott can simply use 3 priority Substitutes and stall out your Dynamax, wasting it completely. Try to hold back on using Dynamax until it's taken out!

Whimsicott - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Cottonee in the Stone Wilderness (Wild Area)
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Cottonee
3Breed that Cottonee until you get one with a Bold Nature
4Put 252 EVs in HP, 252 in Defense, and 4 in Sp. Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Evolve it by using a Sun Stone.
7Teach it Leech Seed, Moonblast, Substitute, and Protect
8Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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