Umbreon

Umbreon, The Moonlight Pokémon. When exposed to the moon's aura, the rings on its body glow faintly and it gains a mysterious power. When agitated, this Pokémon protects itself by spraying poisonous sweat from its pores. When darkness falls, the rings on the body begin to glow, striking fear in the hearts of anyone nearby. It lurks in darkness and waits for its foes to move. The rings on its body glow when it leaps to attack.

Overview

Umbreon... oh, what you once were. Umbreon used to be one of the best Curse passers in the game, as it has access to Mean Look and Baton Pass. However, as it became older and older and new generations popped up, Umbreon just... fell behind. It gained just a few moves in gen 4, and fifth gen did more to hurt Umbreon than help it. Mean Look and Baton Pass no longer work together, stealing Umbreon's main use. It is still sort of bulky... just not as bulky as other Pokémon... it can still do (a bit of) damage! Just... not as much as other Pokémon. Really, there isn't much left for poor old Umbreon.

Abilities

Synchronize: bounce back burn/paralysis/poison when you get inflicted,
Inner Focus: really? REALLY? Umbreon's Dream World ability is Inner Focus? Why not Prankster or something cool? Inner Foucs? You're immune to flinch attacks... that's it. Next.

Movesets

Curse

- Curse
- Payback
- Rest / Wish / Moonlight / Taunt
- Sleep Talk / Protect / Heal Bell / Taunt
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Synchronize
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)

This set is the only set that will cause any damage. Curse boosts your Attack and Defence up by 1 stage and lowers your Speed by 1 (who cares about that?). Payback is the best Dark move you have, considering you'll be so slow and so bulky. It doubles in power if you are hit before you use it, which is likely considering your Speed. So it doubles to 100 base power (150 with STAB), which is pretty cute. Rest and Sleep Talk is an obviously cool combination, as it allows you to cure status, heal, and attack in your sleep. Wish and Protect is another good move combo, allowing you to stall PP, Leftovers, potentially heal your team mates for 197 health, and of course, heal yourself for at least 50%. Moonlight heals you for 50% of your max HP instantly, whilst Heal Bell protects you from crippling status like burn and poison. Taunt stops you from being phazed.

Baton Pass

- Curse
- Baton Pass
- Wish / Taunt / Substitute / Payback
- Wish / Taunt / Substitute / Payback
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Synchronize
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)

Curse boosts your Defence and Attack, whilst lowering Speed. Baton Pass passes on these stats to another Pokémon. Wish heals you and the recipient, Taunt stops you from being phazed or the recipient being hit with status on the pass, Substitute also blocks status and protects you and the recipient from damage, whereas Payback stops you being Taunt bait.

EVs & Natures

Every Umbreon
Max HP makes you incredibly bulky, and if you're running Curse, always use max Special Defence. Attack is pointless. Speed is laughable at best. Defence is being boosted. So... yeah, this will be pretty much every Umbreon. Even without Curse, Umbreon's weaknesses are most often physical, which will be murdering it anyway.

Other Options

Charm, Confuse Ray, Mean Look, Sucker Punch, Toxic, Yawn
Charm works as a phazing move and a defensive move, which I guess is alright as you don't have Roar.
Confuse Ray confuses the opponent, which really isn't that useful, considering they can just switch out.
Mean Look stops the opponent from switching their Pokémon out. It can't stop moves like Baton Pass and U-turn, but they can't choose to switch, it has to be forced. Anyway, this attack can be combined with Confuse Ray and Toxic, for example, to make a really annoying trapper set. Not that it'd be good, just annoying.
Sucker Punch is an alternative to Payback, but a much worse one in my opinion. It can leave you dead in the water whilst they stat up in front of your face, unable to do anything, considering it only hits if they attack you that turn, which they don't have to.
Toxic deals double damage each turn, start with 6% of their max HP. Great move, but Umbreon has better options, unless you're going for a trapper gimmick set.
Yawn is another move that acts like a phazing attack. They either switch out and take entry hazard damage, or stay in and have the Pokémon put to sleep.

Double & Triple Battle Options

It has Taunt, it has Wish, it has Protect... that's about it. Umbreon is way more suited to singles, and it isn't even good in singles matches. That's how unappealing it is in doubles. I guess now it has Inner Focus it can be used to stop Fake Out... but that's a bit far-fetched (QUACK).

Partners

By partners do you mean better Pokémon? If so I've got a list of like... hundreds. Well, straight away you want something that resists Fighting and Bug, so you look towards Flying Pokémon and Ghosts. Weezing resists both Fighting and Bug and only has one weakness; Psychic, which happens to do nothing to Umbreon. Weezing also defends the physical side of the spectrum amazingly whilst Umbreon leans towards the special. Ghosts like Rotom, Mismagius, Dusknoir, Banette, all resist Bug and are immune to Fighting. Crobat is 4x resistant to Fighting and Bug, making it a great switch in. Other Poisons like Toxicroak and the NidoRoyals are good choices for the same reasons as the others. In terms of OU, Gliscor and Gengar are good choices. Jellicent works too, but you won't want Jellicent taking physical hits too often. Fighting Pokémon like Machamp, Conkeldurr, whoever, resist Bug, Dark, and can use Umbreon's immunity to Psychic. Curse recipients are slow and powerful, and they have to be bulky. Priority is always a good a choice as it bypasses the Speed decrease from Curse.

Countering Umbreon

Okay, to beat Umbreon you need one thing; a Taunter. If you Taunt Umbreon, it can do nothing except throw off pathetic Paybacks at you. I'm not going to make a list as so many Pokémon learn Taunt it's ridiculous. There's always the option of brute forcing your way through Umbreon's defences. Sure, it might be one hugely bulky Pokémon, but it can do nothing with it. Think of Blissey... it's bulky, and it has useful support moves and a usable attack in Seismic Toss. Registeel? Amazingly bulky, and it can threaten what it needs to with its physical attacks. Umbreon? It can use Toxic... I guess. Yeah, it can do nothing with its defences. Smashing into it with physical Fighting and Bug moves decimates Umbreon, so go with Heracross, Pinsir, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Hitmontop, Conkeldurr, Machamp, Scizor, anything like that. Because it is weaker physically, a strong STAB attack from Metagross or Salamence or what not will crush Umbreon, or some low tier physical killer. Honestly, I don't need to go on. It's obvious how to deal with Umbreon by now, because it hasn't changed since gen 4. Hell, it has gotten worse. You just need to hit it with a strong attack and it really can't do much. So, you can Taunt it to ruin it, hit it hard and it can't recover quickly enough, hit it with Toxic to stop it from existing, phaze it if it starts Cursing, Encore it to force it to do something it doesn't want to, Leech Seed it, which is something it can't Rest or Heal Bell off... list probably goes on. Umbreon could be alright in the lower tiers... well, lowest tier, but it is too outclassed in each specific role, not to mention it isn't even good in those roles anymore. It's a shame, especially because Umbreon has such a cool design.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Trade from FireRed/LeafGreen/XD

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Trade from Colosseum/XD
Trade Eevee to Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, evolve and trade back.

Colosseum/XD:
Evolve Eevee (XD)
Starter Pokémon (Colosseum)

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Eevee.

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Eevee .

Black/White:
Evolve Eevee
Transfer from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver

Animé Appearences

Umbreon has made a few appearances. Most of its appearances have been under the control of Gary in his various appearances or under the control of Dawn's mother; Johanna

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
173 Power Play Umbreon! Battle In The Moonless Night!  
185 Trouble's Brewing The 5 Eevee Sisters! Tea Party Battle!  
228 Espeon Not Included! Sakura and Espeon! Ecruteak City Again!! Pics
271 The Ties That Bind Tournament Finals! Full Battle 6 vs 6!! Pics
274 Johto Photo Finish To the End of the Full Battle! Each One's Way!! Pics
C15 Putting The Air Back Into Aerodactyl! Pokémon Researcher Gary & The Revived Aerodactyl! Pics
353 A Fan With A Plan Formidable Enemy!? Mother Coordinator Enters! Pics
M7 Destiny Deoxys Visitor of the Space Fissure - Deoxys Pics
513 Ill-Will Hunting Hunter J Again! Protect Shieldon! Pics
553 Fighting Fear With Fear! Gligar! Wings of Friendship!! Pics
M11 Giratina & The Sky Warrior Giratina & The Bouquet of the Sky - Shaymin Pics
606 Strategy Begins At Home Dawn VS Mom! Showdown Between Parent & Child!! Pics
609 Challenging A Towering Figure! Tower Tycoon! That Man, Palmer! Pics
619 The Needs of Three Azelf, Uxie, Mesprit! Pics
663 The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice Battle Club! Mysterious Pokemon Appears!! Pics
S26 TBC Dawn's New Journey Pics
S30 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate & The Infinite Labyrinth Pics
763 Team Eevee and the Pokemon Rescue Squad! Team Eevee, Depart! The Pokémon Rescue Squad!! Pics
764 Curtain Up, Unova League The Unova League Higaki Tournament Begins! Pics
766 Lost at the League! Axew Gets Lost! Pics
767 Strong Strategy Steals the Show! Sawk Enters! Ash VS Stephan! Pics
769 A Unova League Evolution Unova League Conclusion! Lucario VS Pikachu!! Pics
S31 TBC Mewtwo: The Prologue to Awakening Pics
P12 Not Aired Pikachu & Eevee Friends

 
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