Victreebel, The Flycatcher Pokémon. It pools in its mouth a fluid with a honeylike scent, which is really an acid that dissolves anything. Acid that has dissolved many prey becomes sweeter, making it even more effective at attracting prey. This horrifying plant Pokémon attracts prey with aromatic honey, then melts them in its mouth.
Victreebel is a cool Pokémon. I really like it. Doesn't mean it is that good, but it is very cool. Obviously, requires sun support to be most effective, and sun isn't really used too much in UU due to rain being superior and just being better in general. But still, if you have a sun team and want a Chlorophyll Pokémon to fill a spot, Victreebel is always there, looking menacing and hungry as ever.
Chlorophyll: doubles Speed under the sun. Pretty cool on a sun team, but it doesn't see much action outside of your own sun.
Feed me, Seymour
- Swords Dance
Swords Dance boosts Victreebel's already great Attack to a stat of nearly 700. Leaf Blade is the best physical move Victreebel has access to, and it really does pack a punch. That extra crit chance is always cool to have as well. Return is a standard attack with reliability and power, really useful to fill up moveslots. Weather Ball under sun gets a big power boost and a change of type, great for taking out Steel types. Sleep Powder can allow for easy set ups and is just a great status to inflict regardless. Sunny Day doubles Victreebel's Speed and makes it completely self-supporting.
Mean green mother from outer space
- Sunny Day
Sunny Day makes Victreebel a useful Pokémon. If it can set it up itself, it is much more dangerous than if it has to rely on other team members. Solarbeam is the Grass attack to use under sun as it requires no charge. You basically get a 120 base power 100 accuracy move with no bad side effects. Sleep Powder gives you plenty of free hits or removes a counter from functioning. Sludge Bomb partners well with Solarbeam and also gets STAB, making it a pretty strong move. Weather Ball becomes Fire type and packs a punch, and also sorts out Steel types. Life Orb gives an extra punch, but as Sunny Day is such a vital part of this set, Heat Rock is a very good option.
If you feed me, Seymour, I can grow up big and strong
Growth gives a boost to Victreebel's nice Special Attack and makes it a formidable Special Attacker. Sludge Bomb is a great move with power and reliability, as well as a good type combination with Energy Ball, Victreebel's other attack for this set. Sleep Powder gives free hits and free set up time.
- Leaf Storm
Leaf Storm is all about power. 140 base attack is just ridiculous. Obviously there is the drawback of halving your Special Attack each time you use it, but as Victreebel will be switching a lot anyway, that's all good. Sludge Bomb will be the reliable attack of the set, gaining STAB and having no drawbacks outside of having a type immune to it. Hidden Power [Ice] covers a certain UU Flying/Dragon Pokémon. Sleep Powder can hit a counter on the switch, so next time it can just be sorted out through repeated attacks whilst it snoozes. Weather Ball is only effective with some kind of weather in play, but ideally sun would be up.
Look after your plant and it'll look after you
- Sleep Powder
Sleep Powder is the best status Victreebel has access to. Definitely use it. Knock Off can completely ruin a Pokémon, depending on what item they held. Regardless, Knock Off is a great move as every Pokémon likes having an item. Energy Ball is a reliable move that gives Victreebel a bit of bite. Sludge Bomb is slightly stronger than Energy Ball, but the fact it has a type completely immune to it is a bit of a turn off. Encore is another support move that you could go for over one of the attacking moves.
EVs and Nature:
Any set that relies on the sun
Every other set
Body Slam, Grass Knot, Morning Sun, Sucker Punch, Synthesis, Teeter Dance
Poison types ruin Victreebel. Pokémon like Muk, Drapion and Weezing make perfect counters for Victreebel. Not only do they have access to powerful STAB attacks and super effective attacks like Flamethrower, they resist both of Victreebel's STAB moves and have great bulk. Altaria resists Grass and has the Special Defence to take Sludge Bomb. Thanks to Natural Cure, Sleep Powder isn't as threatening. Just watch out for Hidden Power [Ice]. Victreebel is ridiculously frail and slow making it incredibly easy to revenge kill. Anything with a good Special Defence that doesn't get hit super effectively by Victreebel's STAB moves can do really well, such as Hypno and Uxie. Be careful about being hit by repeated strong attacks though. Steel types are amazing counters, just watch out for Hidden Power [Fire] and Weather Ball. Registeel and Aggron are two examples of good Steel types in UU. Victreebel isn't too threatening, to be honest. Sun teams are rarely used, and that is where Victreebel really shines, no pun intended. When it is used, everyone should be able to take it. Just don't let it set up after sleeping your main counter.
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