Vileplume, The Flower Pokémon. It's toxic pollen triggers atrocious allergy attacks. That's why it is advisable never to approach any attractive flowers in a jungle, however pretty they may be. It has the world's largest petals. They are used to attract prey that are then doused with toxic spores. Once the prey are immobilized, it catches and devours them. In seasons when it produces more pollen, the air around a Vileplume turns yellow with the powder as it walks. The pollen is highly toxic and causes paralysis. It fiendishly scatters allergy-causing pollen from its petals. The larger its petals, the more toxic pollen it contains. Its big head is heavy and hard to hold up.
A Good Moveset for Vileplume would have to be this:
Hidden Power [Grass] / Sludge Bomb
Calm or Careful
Strategy Using Vileplume
Vileplume is one of the few UU clerics and arguably the most effective. It's great special defence and access to self-healing as well as it's wide array of resistances makes it a suitable wall as well. Sleep Powder also gives it an extra support role and allows it to cripple a team when timed properly.
Most of Vileplume's EVs should be directed at it's defensive stats with minor investments in offensive stats.
EVs: 252 HP / 34 Atk / 176 Def / 48 SDef
EVs: 252 HP / 176 Def / 34 SAtk / 48 SDef
Other Optional Sets
Vileplume @ Leftovers / Lum Berry
Sunny-Beamer set. Workable in UU but in OU suffers from the mass use of Tyranitar, Blissey and Snorlax once it's Sleep Powder has been used. Lum Berry is useful for stopping Vileplume from taking a Thunder Wave which will shut down this set completely.
Vileplume @ Leftovers
Somewhat inferior to Victreebel, a lot slower with weaker offence but better defence. This set isn't particularly usable in anywhere but UU since OU is swamped with Weezings and Skarmorys who completely wall this set. Even in UU, without HP Ground you'll be walled by most Poison and Steel types and without HP Grass you'll be walled by Ground and Rock types. Sleep Powder will need to be well placed in order to overcome these problems.
Other Optional Moves
Stun Spore, Charm, Razor Leaf, Leech Seed. Stun Spore can work for a double-spore set. Charm is a cool move and effective for shutting down physical sweepers. Razor Leaf is a suitable replacement for HP Grass and comes with a high crit chance which may come in handy against Pokémon who've boosted their special defence. Leech Seed is an NYPC move which is especially effective against high HP Pokémon (such as Snorlax and Blissey) and works very nicely with Spikes support.
Strategy Against Vileplume
Pokémon immune to sleep attacks can cause problems for Vileplume. With both Sludge Bomb and Grass attacks it's blocked by Steel and Poison types. Vileplume can't wall effectively against one of it's many weaknesses, flying types have an especially easy time switching into non-Sludge Bomb Vileplume's.
A good Contest Moveset for Vileplume would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:
Strategy Using Vileplume
If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Sunny Day, 2nd - Solarbeam, 3rd - Sunny day/Razor Leaf, 4th - Solarbeam, 5th - Hyper beam
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