Bewear, The Strong Arm Pokémon. This immensely dangerous Pokémon possesses overwhelming physical strength. Its habitat is generally off-limits. This Pokémon has the habit of hugging its companions. Many Trainers have left this world after their spines were squashed by its hug.


Welcome to the latest installment in our ongoing saga that is the Pokémon of the Week. This week we'll be taking a closer look at the creepy Build-A-Bear attempt that is our friend Bewear. I apologize if you're reading this and you happen to really like Bewear's design, but between the design and its dex description it just really creeps me out. Despite awkward appearances though it can be pretty useful if you're in a jam. Bewear is a great bulky offensive tank with a solid 120/125/80 HP, Atk, and Def respectively and a unique ability that halves the damage you would normally take from moves that make direct contact. Plus it has a great movepool on top of that. However It's a Normal/Fighting Type 'mon though, so it's weak to some very common type matchups like Fairy, Psychic, other Fighting types, and with its ability Fluff it has an added Fire weakness as think very carefully before sending it into battle and make sure you have a good squad to back it up.
+ Unique ability that halves the damage you would otherwise take from moves that make direct contact
+ Solid bulk to compliment its ability with a Base 120/80 HP and Def respectively
+ Great attacking potential as well with a Base 125 Atk
+ Very diverse movepool with access to Ice Punch, Thunder Punch, Shadow Claw, Superpower, Earthquake, and Payback

- It's weak to a lot of common type matchups like Fairy, Psychc, and even other Fighting types because Bewear is part Normal Type.
- Its ability while useful adds yet another common weakness, specifically to Fire attacks.
- It has some recovery options in Pain Split and Rest, but nothing reliable
- SOOOO Slow. Another victim of the base 60 Spe tier which really limits its options


Fluffy: Halves the damage taken from moves that make direct contact, but doubles that of Fire-type moves. Needless to say this should always be the ability you choose because it's..your only competitively viable ability. It's actually pretty useful though despite adding an extra weakness, and it complements Bewear's bulk well.
Klutz: The Pokémon cannot receive any effect of hold items except those that affect experience such as Exp.Share or Macho Brace.
Hidden Ability (Available):
Unnerve: The opponent Pokémon will never use their held Berry while the Pokémon is in battle. Opponents in S.O.S. Battles are more likely to call for help.


Beware the Bewear

- Hammer Arm
- Ice Punch
- Shadow Claw
- Return
Item Attached: Choice Band
Ability: Fluffy
EVs and Nature:
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature

This is the setup I've been running. The EVs max out Bewear's two highest stats and give it the most bulky offense potential. I chose Hammer Arm over Superpower on this because the main purpose of this set is to be able to take some hits while still dishing out powerful attacks and basically break walls and bruise up your opponent's team as much as possible..which you can't really do that if your main stab move comes with an attack and defense drop every time you use it, and at least with Hammer Arm all you get is a Speed drop which it doesn't have much of to begin with anyway. Ice Punch is there to help you take on 'mons like Garchomp and Landorus-T. Shadow Claw is extremely helpful in combating the likes of Alolan Marowak and Gengar. Last but not least you have Return, your secondary stab, use it to hit things as hard as you can when Hammer Arm and your other coverage moves won't do very much for you.

Other Options

- Superpower: It's your strongest Fighting Type move by far, but it comes with too high of price for my taste. I really wish Bewear got Drain Punch, or even Close Combat would be better because at least it doesn't lower your Atk too.
- Double Edge: It's an alternative option for Return, but you're going to be losing a lot of HP every time you use this move so it's not really worth it in my opinion. I guess you could also try Thrash since it's just as powerful, but then you run the risk of something switching in that either resists or is immune to your Normal stab move entirely and then you're stuck for 2 to 3 turns while you've essentially become set up bait.
- Assault Vest: I know it's tempting to throw an Assault Vest on Bewear, but it has no business trying to take on Special Attackers. It has a low SpDef stat to begin with and it's just not meant to be a true all around tank. Bewear is meant to be more like a bulky offensive bruiser.
- Pain Split: It's your only recovery option outside of the Rest/Sleep Talk combo, so it might be worth considering if you're interesting in trying out a more defensive set.

Countering Bewear

Well you definitely don't need to be smarter than average bear to take down Bewear. It has quite a few weaknesses to common types. The first one that comes to mind is Psychic Type 'mons. Things like Mega Alakazam and Latias/Latios can outspeed and KO you with a Psychic move easily. It also has a pretty glaring weakness to special Fire Type attacks thanks to its ability Fluffy. Then there's popular Fairy Types like Tapu Lele and Flying Types like Landorus-T. Not to mention thanks to its part Normal Typing it's even weak to other Fighting Type 'mons. Although on a more positive note most things won't like switching in to Bewear, and the few 'mons that can safely will need to have some prior damage on it to guarantee a KO.

Locations in Games

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Black 2/White 2:
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Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
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Poni Gauntlet

Animé Appearences

Bewear has made multiple appearances in the anime. Most notably, a wild one takes care of Team Rocket, often appearing at unnatural speeds to rescue Team Rocket when they are about to blast off.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
944 Alola to New Adventure! Alola! New Islands, New Pokémon!! Pics
946 Loading the Dex! Good Rotomorning, I am the Rotomdex, Roto! Pics
947 First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-style! Enter Rowlet! I Got A Pokémon in Alola!! Pics
948 Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio! Popplio, Do Your Balloonest! Pics
949 A Shocking Grocery Run! Zing Zap Togedemaru! Pics
952 To Top A Totem! The Totem Pokémon is Gumshoos! Pics
954 Young Kiawe Had a Farm Ash Visits Kiawe! Pics
955 The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair! The Extracurricular Lesson is on Mareanie?! Pics
957 Getting to Know You! The Fruit of Courage: Lillie and Vulpix! Pics
959 They Might Not Be Giants! A Tiny Trio on a Big Adventure!! Pics
961 A Seasoned Search! For Real?! Mallow's Cooking Operation! Pics
964 One Journey Ends, Another Begins... It is Time for Litten to Set Off!! Pics
966 Getting the Band Back Together! Here's a Real Shocker! A Dugtrio Split-Up?! Pics
968 A Team-on-Team Tussle! The Fight Over the Crystal! Team Rocket VS Team Skull!! Pics
970 A Glaring Rivalry! Come Forth, Lycanroc with the Crimson Look!! Pics
971 Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper The Fierce Pokébase Match! Aim for a Home Run to Turn the Tide!! Pics
976 Big Sky, Small Fry! Little Wishiwashi Isn't Lacking, It's the Lord of the Lake! Pics
981 Mimikyu Unmasked Mimikyu's Disguise! Pics
982 Mallow and the Forest Teacher! Mallow the Runaway and Oranguru Pics
983 Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence! Popplio, Brionne and the An-chor-gry Dhelmise! Pics
984 Mounting an Electrifying Charge! Dash, Charjabug! Pics
985 Alola, Kanto An Alola! in Kanto! Brock & Misty! Pics
986 When Regions Collide Gym Battle! Z-Move VS Mega Evolution!! Pics
988 Now You See Them, Now You Don't! Nebby's Panic! The Teleport Happened Suddenly!! Pics
993 Faba's Revenge! Faba Strikes Back! Nebby Gets Abducted!! Pics
995 Revealing the Stuff of Legend! The Altar of the Sunne! Solgaleo Descends!! Pics
996 Rescuing the Unwilling! Hurry Up! Operation: Rescue Lusamine!! Pics
997 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight! Shine, Z-Power Ring! A Super Fully Powered 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt!! Pics
999 Let Sleeping Pokémon Lie! A Strong Sleeper: Komala's Secret Pics
1001 Fighting Back The Tears! Don't Cry-de, Mareanie! Pics
1002 Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet! Mallow & Lana: Bittersweet Memories! Pics
1003 Getting a Jump on the Competition! Lillie is Soaring Through The Air! The PokéSled Jump Tournament! Pics
1004 A Mission of Ultra Urgency! Set Off! You Are Our Ultra Guardians!! Pics
1005 Acting True to Form! The Dark Meowth is Alolan Meowth!? Pics
1009 Smashing with Sketch! Smashing with Sketch! The Fierce Poké-Ping Pong Match!! Pics
1010 Love at First Twirl! Pika Pika Sparkling Love! Poipole Spins Round and Round!! Pics
1012 Rise and Shine, Starship! Shine On, Starship Celesteela! Pics
1016 Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? Team Rocket, Get a Z-Ring!! Pics
1017 Tough Guy Trials! This Tough Old Geezer's the Island Kahuna? Pics
1018 Some Kind of Laziness! Tapu Bulu! Intense Slacker Training!! Pics
1019 A Battle Hand-Off! The Decisive Super Battle! Pikachu VS Mimikyu!! Pics
1025 All They Want to Do is Dance Dance! Won't You Give us a Dance Dance Evolution? Pics
1029 I Choose Paradise! I Choose Here! The Pokémon Steam Paradise!! Pics
1033 Securing the Future! Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Blinding One!! Pics
1034 A Plethora of Pikachu! It's an Outbreak-chu! The Pikachu Valley!! Pics
1036 Lillier and the Staff! The Hero Lilliel and the Alolan Cane! Pics
1039 Don't Ignore the Small Stufful! Team Rocket & Stufful! Pics
1045 Alola, Alola! An Alola! in Alola! Brock and Misty! Pics
1046 Heart of Fire! Heart of Stone! A Passionate Heart That Smashes Even Rocks! Olivia and Brock!! Pics
1054 TBC Arrival in Alola! Melty Metal Panic!! Pics
1055 TBC A New Species Has Been Discovered! I Got a Meltan!! Pics
1057 TBC Beauty and the Meowth Pics
1058 TBC Guzma, Emperor of Destruction! Pics
1060 TBC Shaymin, Meltan and Sandy! Lost Explorers!! Pics
1062 TBC Superspeed Vikavolt! The Awakening of Sophocles!! Pics
1064 TBC Mallow's Valiant Effort! The Forest Pokémon Café!! Pics

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