Whimsicott, The Windveiled Pokémon. It rides on the wind and slips into people’s homes. After it has turned a room into a cotton- filled mess, it giggles to itself and takes off. This Pokémon appears, riding upon the wind. But if the wind gusts up, it’ll blow the cotton on this Pokémon’s head clean off.
This week our heroes from the Pokémon of the Week take a look at a 'mon that has certainly seen brighter days. Namely Whimsicott. It has a great typing in Grass / Fairy , and it's pretty fast too thanks to its Base 116 Speed tier. Unfortunately the rest of its stats are kinda meh, but it has a crazy amount of support moves to make up for that and this amazing ability called Prankster which increases the priority of all those wonderful support moves it has. You would think it has all the tools it needs to be successful in any format right? Well...then came the dark times. With the arrival of Sun and Moon came a nerf to its all star Prankster ability, and now it doesn't work on Dark Types anymore...and if that wasn't enough there's Tapu Lele and Psychic Terrain in general to consider which neutralizes all priority moves. Which is all to say that our friend Whimsicott has definitely seen better days, however it still remains just as effective as was in years past in lower formats.
Prankster: Status category moves have their Speed Priority increased by 1. Moves increased by this that are used on Dark-type opponents will fail. Whimsicott's purpose in life is to support the team, and thanks to Prankster + its awesome speed all of those awesome support moves it has access to will typically be going first. Unfortunately it was nerfed this gen and this won't work on Dark Types. Not to mention Tapu Lele and Psychic Terrain exist too.
Taunt is there to protect us from opposing taunters, and prevent your enemies from setting up on you. Tailwind provides some nice team support doubling the speed of Whimsicott and the rest of your squad for 4 turns. It's especially useful with Baton Pass teams or just with helping you turn the tide of the battle a crucial moment. Darkinium Z in conjunction with Memento will fully heal your squadmate that switches in after Whimsicott while crippling your enemy's mon. The last moveslot is up to you, but me personally I like to have at least one offensive move so I chose Moonblast for coverage against Dragon Types.
- Giga Drain: An alternate coverage option for that last moveslot. It's a great Grass Stab, and provides some good recovery too
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Whimsicott has always been a pest in VGC due to its fantastic ability, Prankster. With priority on all of its many support moves, the fairy has found a role on teams needing speed control or disruption. Whimsicott has some new tricks in VGC 2017, especially with Prankster-boosted Nature Power in any of the common terrains.
Supporting on a Whim
-Moonblast / Nature Power / Energy Ball
Whimsicott's EV spread has a lot of wiggle room to adjust. The "common" spread of 252 HP and 252 Speed with a Timid nature is perfectly fine, though not necessarily optimal. It does survive a spread Blizzard from Timid Alolan Ninetales AND at least one turn of Hail damage, but the speed is often overkill, and the HP stat should be minimized should you want to run Endeavor. A spread of 4 HP / 76 Def / 4 SpA / 172 SpD / 252 Spe also lives that same Blizzard and one turn of Hail damage, but maximizes the value of using Endeavor. Max speed allows you to just outspeed Alolan Persian, which can be handy, but if running Nature Power (which will always have priority with Prankster), you can choose to run even less speed. Prankster is Whimsicott's main selling point, and Focus Sash can allow it to live any one attack, which can be useful for getting off one more support move.
Moonblast and Energy Ball are good choices for its primary STAB, and Nature Power is really nice for priority Thunderbolt, Psychic (though only on Pokemon above the ground), Energy Ball, or Moonblast, depending on the active terrain. Tailwind is amazing speed control since Whimsicott can almost always set it up. Encore and Taunt are great disruptive moves. Encore can lock an opponent into passive moves, while Taunt can disrupt Trick Room or other strategies. Endeavor works great to bring opponents (particularly bulky ones like Porygon2) down to low health, especially if Whimsicott is down to its Focus Sash. Protect can be considered as well on a support set, but is really only handy to avoid a double target from your opponent using Fake Out and another attack.
No one is safe from the priority fairy!
This Whimsicott is much more offensive, and can be a scary threat to go up against. As previously mentioned, Nature Power becomes a priority move for Whimsicott thanks to Prankster, even after changing into the move reflecting the active terrain. Normalium Z will turn this into a priority Z move that can pick up a surprise OHKO on many Pokemon that may not be expecting it. This becomes especially strong with STAB Twinkle Tackle or (terrain-boosted!) Bloom Doom. A Modest nature with maximum special attack puts as much power behind Nature Power as possible. Speed is generally not needed since every one of your moves will have priority, so unless you choose to run an attack like Moonblast or fear other Whimsicott and need to invest some speed, max HP will again allow you to survive Alolan Ninetales' spread Blizzard.
Nature Power is the featured move here, but Whimsicott can still support the team otherwise with Encore, Taunt, or Tailwind. Protect can keep Whimsicott safe from Fake Out or stick around for a turn until you get your own terrain in safely.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Chlorophyll is a niche choice really only useful against Torkoal-Lilligant teams that also carry Tapu Lele. Although you can still use Tailwind regardless if you have Prankster, Chlorophyll will allow you to outspeed Lilligant in the sun and still be able to use moves like Taunt or Encore in Psychic Terrain.
Tapu Lele's Psychic Terrain neutralizes Prankster allowing its squadmates to switch in on Whimsicott without fear of reprisals. Not to mention Prankster no longer works on any Dark Types like Mega Gyardos which can use it as set up bait. Although they won't enjoy taking a Stab Moonblast depending on their spread. Strong priority attackers like Weavile and Mega Scizor can take it out as well without breaking a sweat as long as it's taken some damage prior to their encounter. It'll have some trouble with Fire and Steel types as well or Celesteala and Volcarona, or Heatran which is both. Although Celesteela won't enjoy being Taunted and Volcarona has to be careful trying to set up Quiver Dance because then it risks being locked in thanks to Encore. Oh and 4X WEAKNESS TO POISON TYPE MOVES.
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