Venomoth, The Poison Moth Pokémon. It flutters its wings to scatter dustlike scales. The scales leach toxins if they contact skin.When it attacks, it flaps its large wings violently to scatter its poisonous powder all around. The powder on its wings is poisonous if it is dark in hue. If it is light in hue, it causes paralysis.
Prepare for a huge amount of bias. Venomoth is one of my favourite Pokémon, and in my opinion the greatest Quiver Dancer in the game. It doesn't have the sweeping power of Volcarona, but it does have a few things that make it amazing. Sleep Powder, Baton Pass, and a few awesome abilities that all work well. Venomoth is my favourite Baton Passer in the game, and for good reason. It can turn a good special sweeper into a game winner, and it can do this very easily. You can use it for utility, for sweeping, for setting up Toxic Spikes, Venomoth is surprisingly versatile.
Shield Dust: Shield Dust is pretty much purely useful for Jirachi. What makes it so good is that there isn't a message that says “Shield Dust blocks this effect!”, so your opponent might not even realise you are running Shield Dust until it is too late and you have +3 Quiver Dance. It's also handy for blocking random freezes and what not.
- Quiver Dance
Quiver Dance to raises your Speed and Special Attack. Oh, and Special Defence. Sleep Powder to get more dances in or to cripple a counter. Bug Buzz is your main attack here, dealing great damage to everything but 4x resists. That's where your fourth move comes in. Hidden Power [Ground] deals with Heatran and scum, Hidden Power [Fire] kills Steels like Skarmory, Hidden Power [Rock] beats down Moltres and stuff like that.
- Quiver Dance
Quiver Dance increases your Speed, Special Attack and Special Defence by +1, which any special sweeper would appreciate. Sleep Powder shuts down a counter or allows you to get some boosts in, or even safely Baton Pass your boosts away. Bug Buzz stops you from being Taunt bait, and if you opt for the offensive spread and Tinted Lens, you can deal some good damage by yourself.
- Toxic Spikes
Sleep, entry hazards, recovery, nice resistances, it's a 10/10 set. Toxic Spikes can seriously ruin some teams, and free damage is never bad. Sleep Powder puts a Pokémon out of commision. Roost heals you by at least 50% of your max HP. U-turn gets you out of there and scouts, whereas Bug Buzz is slightly stronger.
EVs & Natures
Choice, Agility, Energy Ball, Giga Drain, Psychic, Screech, Sludge Bomb, Stun Spore
Double & Triple Battle Options
Not so good in doubles and triples as it doesn't add anything. All there is really is Rage Powder, and that isn't ideal on Venomoth regardless.
Special sweepers that appreciate a Speed and power boost are ideal. Latios, Latias, Heatran, Rotom-A, there are plenty of Pokémon to go with. You want to remove Skarmory, Heatran, anything that 4x resists your Bug Buzz. Run Magnezone and stuff that takes them out. Gliscor is a pretty big counter as it is immune to sleep thanks to Toxic Orb, and it KOs you easily with Acrobatics or Earthquake. Obviously removing the standard walls like Blissey and Chansey is important.
Venomoth can be a pain to counter. As it can get status conditions in quickly due to Quiver Dance, your best bet here is to hit hard and hit fast. Pokémon with Insomnia, Natural Cure, Vital Spirit are good at resisting the one thing Venomoth is good at while ones with Magic Bounce such as Espeon can cause it to hurt itself. Steel-types and Flying-types like Skarmory can very easily counter Venomoth as well and putting in Fire-types like Heatran, Darmanitan etc. can hit Venomoth hard enough to do significant damage before it's too late
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