Parasect, The Mushroom Pokémon. A mushroom grown larger than the host's body controls Parasect. It scatters poisonous spores. The larger the mushroom on its back grows, the stronger the mushroom spores it scatters. Parasect is known to infest large trees en masse and drain nutrients from the lower trunk and roots. When an infested tree dies, they move onto another tree all at once.
Ah Parasect. I have always liked the concept of you. Before Amoonguss came, you were the ultimate powder user, being one of just a few fully evolved Pokémon with access to Spore and with decent Attack and low enough Speed to help reign in a Trick Room, you had so much potential. It has just one problem: Its weaknesses. It has two 4* weaknesses to some of the most common types in the games: Fire and Flying, as well as multiple other weaknesses. Not having the Hit Point bulk that Amoonguss has, this makes it the rather subpar option, but it's still somewhat usable. It's just a shame that such a cool looking Pokémon, with such a wide range of status moves is let down by its weaknesses
Effect Spore: The opponent has a 10% chance of being induced by PARALYZE, POISON, or SLEEP when using an attack, that requires physical contact, against this Pokémon. - It's a decent enough ability, with a small chance of screwing over an opponent.
The Parasect Queen!
That's right, it's an attacking set. This set is obviously best used in a Trick Room, but thanks to Spore you may be able to get it set up in standard battles if you're against things that won't set it on Fire or swoop down from the sky to obliterate this parasitic mushroom. X-Scissor is a great move with STAB, and can help deal with the Grass-type Pokémon that are immune to Spore, and Seed Bomb can do decent STAB damage. Knock Off can provide decent coverage and mess up an opponent that is now asleep, as well, with Pursuit damaging Pokémon switching out because you have put them to sleep. Overall it's a decent set for you to use if you wish to use Parasect for a quirky offensive Pokémon. Leftovers can be used to recover health gradually while the opponent sleeps, but another option can be the Focus Sash to make sure Parasect lives to drop the Spore.
Now we're onto the Sub-Seed set. Parasect works well as a Sub-Seeder, thanks to its ability to guarantee that the opponent will fall asleep (if not a Grass-type Pokémon), from there you can just keep sapping away its life, recovering yours, with thge occasional hit from Knock Off to ruin their strategy and do further damage
Moves such as Brick Break and Cross Poison can be used to varying degrees of success to provide decent physical damage as well as provide coverage
Double & Triple Battle Options
Parasect is one of 3 fully evolved Pokemon that learn Spore (without using Sketch) but it's seldom used over Breloom or Amoongus. Breloom has offenses that pressure out Bulky Waters and Fighting weak Pokemon in tandem with being able to Spore the things it cannot beat. Amoongus is more defensively inclined with Regenerator as its ability and base 114 HP. Where does this leave Parasect?
Stat wise, despite it being introduced in the first Generation, it shares Base HP, Special Attack and Physical Defense with Breloom, shares Base Special Defense and Speed with Amoongus and gets the short end of the stick when averaging Amoonguss's and Breloom's Physical attack. 6 Weaknesses, 2 of which are x4 effective and VERY common on top of everything else and it's no wonder Trainers don't want to risk using Parasect on their teams.
Parasect, when staring one down in team preview, will be filling a very specific niche, as it is the only Pokemon right now to learn all of Spore, Rage Powder and Wide Guard. Being part bug is nice too for pressuring Cresselia, but Wide Guard REALLY sets it apart from its Spore learning cousins.
In The Desert, on a Host With No Name
Parasect also gets Dry Skin, which was a neat way to handle some offensive Rain teams, but it's merely a check to Politoed + Ludicolo/Kingdra because Talonflame is usually on the team to check those pesky Grass types.
Bug Bite is fairly disruptive if one can predict which Pokemon is holding a Sitrus Berry or not. Seed Bomb is secondary STAB, but not bad by any means. Spore is the reason Parasect is close to being relevant as Dark Void is to Smeargle. Though the last move, Wide Guard has more to it than one may think.
Wide Guard blocks wide spreading moves and won't fail no matter how many times one uses it. So in theory, if the opposing Mega Charizard Y only had Heat Wave as its way to hit Parasect, then it more or less is walled. Same with Choice Scarf Landorus and its Earthquake and Rock Slide. With that in mind however Parasect is major Taunt bait, and won't be able to survive these Scenarios when being forced to attack.
Partners for Parasect would include Drizzle Politoed and or Terrakion, for Rock Slide hits opposing Fire and FLying type Pokemon for serious damage. Parasect is base 30 speed too, so Trick Room is definitely an option for it. Aromatisse ensures neither it or Parasect would be taunted thanks to Aroma Veil.
Parasect was left with pretty sub par stats and really stiff competition from Amoonguss, who has no x4 weaknesses and more bulk to boot. Parasect is definitely a niche Pokemon and will most likely find its home on a team that needs a check to rain, but also Wide Guard in one Pokemon. Overlooked, yes, Completely outclassed? No.
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