Venomoth

Venomoth, The Poison Moth Pokémon. They are nocturnal--they only are active at night. Their favorite prey are insects that gather around streetlights, attracted by the light in the darkness. The wings are covered with dustlike scales. Every time it flaps its wings, it looses highly toxic dust. The dustlike scales covering its wings are color-coded to indicate the kinds of poison it has.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Venomoth would have to be this:

Attacks:

Sleep Powder Stun Spore Sludge Bomb / Psychic Signal Beam / Giga Drain

Items Attached:

Leftovers

Preferred Nature:

Jolly or Timid

Strategy Using Venomoth

The best set up for Venomoth for competitive play. Switch it into a resisted attack on a slower opponent, hit the opponent with a Sleep Powder and then hit the next switch with Stun Spore. After that you can either try offence with Special or Physical attacks or switch to a Pokémon better suited for the situation. Signal Beam has the added bonus of being super effective against Hypno, who'll be a popular switch in.

EV Corner:

Max Speed is a necessity, after that there's the option to either Max an offensive state or focus attention onto Venomoth's defences to give it the best shot at switching into resistances.

Some base spread examples would be:

EVs: 6 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

EVs: 6 HP / 252 Spd / 252 SAtk
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

EVs: 156 HP / 102 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) or Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Other Optional Sets

Venomoth @ Leftovers / Liechi Berry
Trait: Shield Dust
EVs: 6 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Sleep Powder
- Screech
- Signal Beam
- Sludge Bomb

The concept is the same as the standard set, except after the Sleep Powder switch you'll hit the incoming Pokémon with Screech. This is best used with Spikes support to prevent repeated switches from cancelling out the effects of Screech without suffering damage. The Sleep Powder is best timed to be used on a Steel or Poison typed Pokémon since this set is completely shut down by Steel and Poison types.

Other Optional Moves

Silver Wind, Substitute, Baton Pass, Toxic, Skill Swap, Thief, Solarbeam, Hidden Power [Fire], Sunny Day. Silver Wind is mostly a luck move when Signal Beam is available but if you don't mind banking on a 10% chance of a skill boost it could hold some merit on a Baton Pass set, same with Substitute. Toxic serves as a secondary status option over Stun Spore but isn't "as" crippling in my opinion and only adds to Venomoth's ability to be shut down by Steel and Poison types. Skill Swap is a novelty option but with properly timed prediction could be used to switch traits with an Insomnia Pokémon and then put it to sleep…unfortunately the effects of Sleep will be cancelled out when it comes back into play but if you have a set of Spikes this novelty set up my be appealing. Thief is just a generic "cripple the opponent" move, requires a certain amount of prediction and patience to be at it's most effective but not necessarily useful enough hot be worth a move slot. Solarbeam, HP Fire and Sunny Day get honourable mentions in case you've decided to play a novelty weather theme team, or in the unlikely event that you chose to use Venomoth in the Uber environment to team with Groudon. HP Fire offer's a duel role in countering Steel Types which may give it some viability on the core set.

Strategy Against Venomoth

Anti-Sleep strategies shut down Venomoth's core offence, namely Sleep Powder. Banette, Hypno and Sleep-Talkers fall into this category but Hypno should be weary of a potential Signal Beam. Counter status set ups, namely Substitutes and Heal Bell/Aromatherapy wipe out much of Venomoth's use, since it's reliant on Double-Spore to be a useful member to it's team. Steel types shut down it's offence completely provided a super effective Hidden Power isn't present while Poison types block it if Psychic is absent.

Contest Moveset

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

Attacks:

Aerial Ace
Sunny Day
SolarBeam
Hyper Beam

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

Strategy Using Venomoth

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Aerial ace, 2nd - Sunny day, 3rd - Solarbeam, 4th - Aerial Ace, 5th - Hyper beam

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Trade from FRLGXD

Colosseum/XD

Trade from FRLGXD (Col.) Snagged from Cipher Peon Angic in Cipher Key Lair (XD)

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Berry Forest, Safari Zone Areas 2 & 3

Animé Appearences

Venomoth has had a few Animé Appearences. First Ash battled one in his Gym Battle with Koga. After that he saw one when he met up with Koga's Sister Iya. After that a trainer used one in a Pokémon Contest, and Venomoth was used by Katie in her Hoenn League battle against Ash

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