Roselia

Roselia, The Thorn Pokémon. It shoots sharp thorns as projectiles at any opponent that tries to steal the flowers on its arms. The aroma of Roselia brings serenity to living things. On extremely rare occasions, Roselia is said to appear with its flowers in unusual colors. The thorns on it's head contain a vicious poison. A Roselia that drinks nutritionally rich springwater blooms with lovely flowers. The fragrance of its flowers has the effect of making its foes careless. Its flowers give off a relaxing fragrance. The stronger its aroma, the healthier the Roselia is.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Roselia would have to be this:

Attacks:

Magical Leaf
Hidden Power [Ice / Fire] / Stun Spore / Spikes
Leech Seed
Substitute

Items Attached:

Leftovers

Preferred Nature:

Calm

Strategy Using Roselia

Roselia is a low tier UU due to it's stats and it's inferiority to most other Pokémon of the same type. It's move pool is versatile but difficult to manipulate into efficiency. This set is a Sub-Seed staller, switch into something that'll be forced out of play and set up Leech Seed and proceed to Sub-stall until they switch, leaving you with an active Substitute. The downside of this is that Leech Seed (and Substitute) have low PP and will be drained very quickly by switches without a layer of Spikes down, while Roselia can lay down Spikes this means it'll have to sacrifice a Hidden Power to counter fellow Grass types (or sacrifice STAB). Stun Spore could discourage switches by placing paralysis on many of your opponent's Pokémon, but suffers the same disadvantages persist, leaving you open to fellow Grass types.

In order to make Roselia effective you need to work it's positives. It's immune to Toxic and has good enough Special Defence to effectively switch in to it's Special resistances. It's faster than some common UUs, such a Slowbro, Machamp and Golem, and 'can' switch in to some of their moves. It has Natural Cure so it can switch into status attacks safely if it's likely to switch out again, you could also use your opponent's fore knowledge of this to your advantage and go with Poison Point, allowing them to 'waste' their sleep attacks on Roselia and presume they could continue to use them further. However, even with all of this it's completely inferior to Sceptile or Venusaur.

EV Corner:

EVs: 252 Def / 6 SAtk / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

A very simplistic EV set up. You want as low HP as possible for smaller subs so that lost HP can be recovered much quicker by Leech Seed and you want as much defences as possible. More Special Attack or Speed is optional but large investment isn't advised.

Other Optional Sets

Roselia @ Leftovers
Trait: Natural Cure
EVs: 6 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Magical Leaf
- Hidden Power [Fire / Ice]
- Stun Spore / Psych Up
- Synthesis

Special "Sweeper". Low speed is the downfall of this set so Stun Spore is advised, Psych Up is also viable for countering Pokémon such as Calm Mind Slowbro.

Roselia @ Leftovers
Trait: Natural Cure
EVs: 252 Atk / 128 Spd / 130 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance
- Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball
- Hidden Power [Ground]

Physical "Sweeper", and the term should only be used loosely. If you can BP an Agility it has the potentially to work provided you kick off a Sword Dance. Inferior to Victreebel, the only saving grace is Shadow Ball.

Other Optional Moves

Grasswhistle, Growth, Ingrain, Aromatherapy. Grasswhistle, albeit with it's low accuracy, can induce Sleep. Growth helps boost Special Attack but really isn't worth it for the single Special Attack boost. Ingrain locks you in play so it's value is low, especially when it has access to Leech Seed, but it's not the 'least' usable move it has. Aromatherapy is the jewel of the bunch and could be incorporated into a Vileplume or Blissey style of set but it would relegate it into NU only.

Strategy Against Roselia

Substitute prior to Leech Seed will shut down the Sub-Seed staller set, especially if it's carrying Stun Spore. Forcing it to waste it's PP or using Sub breaking moves is also effective. It has very fragile defence and HP so it can't take much physical punishment, especially with it's many physical weaknesses.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Roselia would have to be this for the Beauty Contest best with Modest, Mild, Rash or Quiet Nature:

Attacks:

Magical Leaf
Sunny Day
Solarbeam
Petal Dance

Items Attached:

Blue Scarf

Strategy Using Roselia

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Magical leaf, 2nd - Sunny day, 3rd - Solarbeam, 4th - Magical Leaf, 5th - Petal Dance

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Route 117 (R/S), Trade from RSXD (Emerald)

Colosseum/XD

Trade from RSXD (Col.) Snagged from Cipher Peon Fasin in Phenac Training School (XD)

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from RSXD

Animé Appearences

Roselia has had a few Animé Appearences. In almost all of which, it was under the control of Drew who used it in his many Contest Entries

Episode 309: Now Thats Flower Power
Episode 311: Win, Lose or Drew
Episode 322: Candid Camerupt
Episode 326: Pros & Con Artists
Episode 327: Come What May
Episode 328: Cheer Pressure
Episode 337: Disaster of Disguise
Episode 353: A Fan with a Plan
Episode 354: Cruisin' For A Losin'
Episode 390: Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?
Episode 398: Hi Ho Silver Wind
Episode 399: Deceit & Assist
Episode 400: Rhapsody in Drew
Episode 439: Pokémon Contest! Yuzuhira Convention!

 
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