Purugly, The Tiger Cat Pokémon. It binds its body with its tails to make itself look bigger. If it locks eyes, it will glare ceaselessly.It would claim another Pokémon's nest as its own if it finds a nest sufficiently comfortable. To make itself appear intimidatingly beefy, it tightly cinches its waist with its twin tails. It is a brazen brute that barges its way into another Pokémon's nest and claims it as its own.


Purugly is the feline Pokémon introduced in Generation IV, but unfortunately has never really seen much usage. Its stats are fairly mediocre and its movepool is a bit shallow which really limits what it can do. However, it is a fast Pokémon and as such, it has been known to see some use in the UU and RU tiers


Thick Fat: Lowers damage from Fire and Ice-type attacks. While this makes it possibly good to switch Purugly into, its stats can't really justify the use but can be handy if there are no alternatives.
Own Tempo: Doesn't really hold much use. It blocks Purugly from getting confused. There are no moves Purugly has which would make it confused so is reliant on opponent's moves.
Defiant: Defiant is one of Purugly's more useful abilities. Every time Purugly's stats get lowered, its Attack gets increased by two stages. While it doesn't work with moves that self-lower its stats, it's useful against Pokémon you know will attempt it


Getting A Scratching Post

- Hone Claws
- Body Slam/Wake Up Slap
- Shadow Claw
- Hypnosis
Item Attached: Wide Lens
Ability: Defiant/Thick Fat
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) / Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

This set, while needing some time to get going, helps you use Purugly to its full strengths. With the Wide Lens attached, Hypnosis has a higher chance of hitting, giving you a few turns to set up to set up at least one Hone Claws, which increases Attack and Accuracy. With this, Purugly actually becomes somewhat useable and can do some decent damage on the opponent. The various moves; Body Slam, Shadow Claw and Wake-Up Slap are used to inflict the damage on the Pokémon.


- U-turn
- Return
- Shadow Claw / Sucker Punch
- Bulldoze / Wake-up Slap
Item Attached: Choice Band
Ability: Defiant/Thick Fat
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) / Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

While Purugly isn't the strongest Pokémon, it does have decent Speed meaning a choice set can work on it. Return can be very deadly, especially with STAB included. Bulldoze can take down other Pokémon's speed while Sucker Punch will continually give Purugly some priority while Shadow Claw does a decent amount of damage and has very little resist it. Finally, U-turn can always be used for a quick switch in, do damage, and switch out strategy

EVs & Natures

Offensive sets will run max offence and max Speed, as Purugly needs a lot of help in both departments. There's no other spread that works on Purugly.

Other Options

Captivate, Charm, Fake Out, Flail, Super Fang, Taunt, Life Orb
Captivate halves the opponent's Special Attack if of another gender and most of the time forces them to switch.
Charm halves the opponent's Attack and most of the time forces them to switch.
Fake Out is often used as a lead for Purugly and can cause the opponent to flinch
Flail can be used to inflict decent damage should Purugly manage to survive a hit
Super Fang can take half of the opponent's remaining Hit Points out which can be very handy, considering the poor stats Purugly has
Taunt, due to Purugly's speed, can easily prevent support Pokémon from providing their support
Life Orb boosts the strength of moves while giving a bit of a recoil.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Not really much Purugly is good at in Double & Triple Battles. However, you can team it up with various Pokémon to finally unlock the powers of Purugly. If Purugly has Own Tempo, you can have your partners use Swagger on Purugly for the Attack boosts without the confusion. If Purugly has Defiant, it can be used in a similar manner as its Attack is raised by two every time a stat is lowered, including its Attack stat


There are few partners that Purugly can have which can boost it. It can easily be switched in to block Fire/Ice moves if it has Thick Fat so Pokémon that would normally be weak to that would be good to have Purugly as a partner

Countering Purugly

Countering Purugly is a bit easy due to its low defences. While Purugly does have access to moves of other types, it's very easy to wall it with Rock-type and Steel-type Pokémon such as Golem, Steelix, Mawile etc.. Ghost-types are also good in stopping many of Purugly's attacks from making contact. Fighting-types like Hitmontop, Conkeldurr, Throh, Sawk etc. can easily destroy Purugly with their powerful Fighting-type moves.

Locations in Games

Not in game .

Not in game

Not in game.

Routes 222 & 229 / Evolve Glameow (Pearl)
Trade from Pearl (Diamond/Platinum) .

Trade from Pearl.

Transfer from Pearl
Dream World

Animé Appearences

Purugly has made a few appearances. Most of its appearances have had it under the control of the Team Galactic admin; Mars

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