Vileplume

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.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Vileplume would have to be this:

Attacks:

Hidden Power [Grass] / Sludge Bomb
Aromatherapy
Sleep Powder
Moonlight

Items Attached:

Leftovers

Preferred Nature:

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.

EV Corner:

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
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

EVs: 252 HP / 176 Def / 34 SAtk / 48 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

Other Optional Sets

Vileplume @ Leftovers / Lum Berry
Trait: Chlorophyll
EVs: 40 HP / 252 Spd / 218 SAtk
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Solar Beam
- Hidden Power [Fire / Ice]
- Sunny Day
- Sleep Powder / Synthesis

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
Trait: Chlorophyll
EVs: 116 HP / 252 Atk / 142 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Brave (+Atk, -Spd)
- Swords Dance
- Sludge Bomb
- Sleep Powder
- Hidden Power [Ground / Grass]

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.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Vileplume would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:

Attacks:

Sunny Day
Solar Beam
Razor Leaf
Hyper Beam

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

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

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Evolve Gloom

Colosseum/XD

Trade from RSEFR

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Evolve Gloom (FireRed), Trade from RSEFR (LeafGreen)

Animé Appearences

Vileplume has had a few Animé Appearences. First it was owned be James' Fiance. After that, wild ones were seen by Ash & Co. on many occassions

Episode 048: Holy Matrimony!
Episode 085: Pokéball Peril!
Episode 112: The Stun Spore Detour!
Episode 227: Bulbasaur...The Ambassador!
Episode 241: Whichever Way The Wind Blows!
Episode 328: Cheer Pressure
Episode 421: Pokémon Contest! Saffron Conference! (Part 2)
Episode 427: The Breeding Centre & The Pokémon Egg!

 
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