Mew, The New Specie Pokémon. Because it can use all kinds of moves, many scientists believe Mew to be the ancestor of Pokémon. Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon, so it can use all kinds of techniques. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people.
This week, we have a Pokemon who needs no introduction, as it's a timeless classic whose name goes down in infamy; it's Mew! As the original event Pokemon, Mew is VERY well known, due in no small part for the fact that Mew is capable of learning every TM, HM and Move Tutor attack (barring things like the Pledges, Draco Meteor, etc.), meaning this thing has so many options that it’s not even funny. In terms of movepool, Mew is arguably the most versatile Pokemon in the game, given the only thing with a larger movepool is Smeargle, and unlike Smeargle, Mew actually has the stats to properly utilize many of those moves. With such a ridiculous movepool, this thing’s crazy unpredictable. So why isn’t it used more? Simply put, although Mew can do almost anything in the game, the fact is that it’s not the best at doing any one thing. While its stat spread of 100 in every stat is certainly good, leaving it with no obvious weak spots in its stat spread, it often finds itself overlooked in certain roles by Pokemon that are more specialized, especially when it comes to offensive roles. Mono-psychic typing does nothing to help it either, as the typing is considered fairly lackluster both offensively and defensively. Still, the fact that Mew can have a staggering number of move sets has allowed it to stay relevant for generations, despite not being quite as potent as it was in the first generation. It may not be able to go toe-to-toe with Mewtwo as the first movie led us to believe, but underestimating the New Species Pokemon would be a mistake, as it has no problem surprising you with something you might not expect. Positives
Synchronize: When this Pokémon becomes Poisoned, Paralyzed, or Burned, so does the opponent. However, Fire-type and Water Veil ability Pokémon cannot be Burned, Poison-type and Steel-type and Immunity ability Pokémon cannot be Poisoned, and Electric-type and Limber ability Pokémon cannot be Paralyzed. - Synchronize is a decent, albeit situational ability. This ability is most potent against defensive Pokemon that rely on Toxic to stall out opponents, as it can inflict the status right back onto them. This also helps punish Scald-spamming water types, as they will share the burns as well. Just be aware that standard status immunities still apply, so if a Pokemon is immune to the status it is inflicting, then Synchronize will do nothing to it. Likewise, if status isn’t being used, this ability does nothing, so it’s fairly lackluster against offensive teams.
Happy Mew Year
-Defog / Taunt
Despite having a hugely expansive movepool, Mew has one set that’s most common, and that is a support set. In fact, Mew makes one of the best users of Defog, for two specific reasons. First, it has no Stealth Rock weakness, so it suffers less duress from switching in so it can blow them away. Second, its access to Will-o-Wisp lets it cripple Bisharp, who between Defiant and its typing loves nothing more than to switch into Mew and net an attack boost from Defog. Just be wary though because Mew hates to eat Knock Off from Bisharp. However, if you don’t need Defog, you can always opt or Taunt for some stall-breaking prowess, which can allow it to shut down more defensive threats. Of course, whether you’re Defogging or Stallbreaking, you need some staying power to keep Mew healthy. That’s where Soft-boiled comes in, being a reliable source of recovery for Mew. From there, Mew usually packs an offensive attack. Psychic works well for dealing with things like Keldeo and Mega Venusaur, while Knock Off has the ever-useful utility of ridding foes of their items.
Mew prefers a specially defensive nature, as it is better able to wall special attackers (fewer of whom prey on its weaknesses as easily), while also having Will-o-Wisp to help ward off physical attackers. In the event you use Psychic, you’ll want to use a Calm Nature. If you opt for Knock Off, you’ll want to use a Careful Nature. Regardless, 252 HP and 224 Special Defense help to maximize special bulk, while 32 Speed EVs allow it to outspeed both Adamant Bisharp and Jolly Tyranitar so that it can burn them with Will-o-Wisp. Leftovers is Mew’s preferred item as it is on most defensive and support Pokemon, as the steady recovery helps to extend longevity a bit.
The Mew, The Proud
As a disclaimer, offensive Mew has fallen out of favor due to the fact that its offensive presence really isn’t up to snuff due to the power creep causing its base 100 offenses to be rather lackluster, and thus it’s often outclassed. However, this is an example of an offensive set to use in the event that you feel the need to use one. The benefit that offensive Mew brings to a team is its ability to fill in virtually any coverage gap your team may have, which of course makes it unpredictable.
Despite the fact that the power creep has not been kind to Mew, it’s still able to boost its offenses through its use of Nasty Plot. Not much likes eating a +2 Special Attack, after all. Psychic or Psyshock can be used as Mew’s STAB attack, with the choice coming down to preference; Psychic is stronger, but Psyshock can more easily break through Special Walls thanks to targeting the defense stat. However, there’s a number of things that resist or are immune to Psychic, so that’s where coverage comes in. Aura Sphere smashed through Tyranitar, Heatran, and Bisharp, while Fire Blast roasts Scizor and Ferrothorn, while also still hitting Bisharp decently hard as well. For the final moveslot… Mew can literally choose anything. It’s basically your “filler” moveslot to cover specific things. You can basically pick any move to cover any specific target, whether it be Slowbro, Gyarados, Hoopa-U, Gliscor… the list goes on. You can even opt for whichever coverage move you didn’t choose in the previous slot if you so desire.
A Timid Nature and 252 Speed EVs allows Mew to maximize its speed, and speed tie with the myriad of other base 100 speed Pokemon. 252 Special Attack EVs maximize its damage output as well, while the remaining 4 EVs are placed into special defense. Life Orb can stretch your damage even further at the cost of longevity, while Leftovers can do the opposite, giving you slightly more longevity but missing out on a bit of damage.
And on the other side of the offensive spectrum we have a physical set. Much like the previous set, this set should not be your first choice considering how many physical sweepers and wallbreakers can outclass Mew, but again this has surprise value and can fill some gaps in your team with its ridiculous coverage.
Swords Dance is the crux of this set, making Mew’s fairly unimpressive base 100 Attack quite a bit more threatening, since +2 definitely hurts. Zen Heatbutt is Mew’s best and only physical STAB attack. From there, a fighting type attack can smash through Tyranitar, Heatran, and Bisharp. Drain Punch offers reliable damage and healing, but Low Kick can deal higher damage to some of the heavier foes, although its variable damage can be an issue in some cases. Its final moveslot is again up to preference. Knock Off is its most useful choice, offering good coverage and annoying almost anything that can switch in by ridding it of its item. However, you can opt for things like Fire Punch to cover Scizor and Stone Edge to cover the myriad of flying types, amongst other various coverage moves to cover specific threats.
Much like with the previous set, a Jolly Nature and 252 Speed EVs allows Mew to maximize its speed, and speed tie with the myriad of other base 100 speed Pokemon. 252 Attack EVs maximize its damage output as well, while the remaining 4 EVs are placed into special defense. Life Orb can stretch your damage even further at the cost of longevity, while Leftovers can do the opposite, giving you slightly more longevity but missing out on a bit of damage.
-Reflect and Light Screen can be decent support options, but it faces competition from Klefki who boasts better typing and Prankster.
When it comes to countering Mew, its unpredictability can make this a difficult task at times. However, Mew almost always runs a support set due to being outclassed in other roles, so that set in particular is a little easier to work around. In particular, Mega Sableye works well against Mew, as its Magic Bounce prevents it from being taunted, while also being able to Prankster Taunt Mew on the turn it Mega Evolves. Magic Bounce also renders it immune to Will-o-Wisp, while its typing renders it immune to Psychic, and Knock Off will do pitiful damage. Meanwhile, Mega Sableye can set up Calm Minds as it forces Mew out. Sets lacking Taunt tend to lose to Clefable, who can almost freely set up Calm Minds and heal off any damage from Psychic, while not being bothered by Will-o-Wisp due to Magic Guard. Just watch out though because Taunt can give Clefable trouble, since Mew’s Soft-boiled can allow it to stall Clefable out if it can’t boost. Both Mega Charizards can deal with Mew decently well, as they don’t fear Will-o-Wisp, and can overpower Mew with their powerful STAB attacks, 2HKOing it. Psychic can run the risk of 3HKO’ing, and Charizard speed ties with Mew so a few bad speed tie rolls can be a problem, but thanks to the Mega Stones, if Mew runs Knock Off it will deal pitiful damage and usually be forced out. Mew has trouble surviving a STAB Knock Off from the likes of Bisharp or Weavile, but both are screwed by burns from Will-o-Wisp. Bisharp is especially vulnerable due to being outsped if it’s Adamant, although Jolly Bisharp can outspeed Mew to check it. Weavile outspeeds Mew no matter what however, and both can freely switch into Psychic. Heatran can switch into Will-o-Wisp and takes pitiful damage from both Psychic and Knock Off, but it has trouble KOing Mew. Sets lacking Taunt can be Toxic stalled, but if Mew packs Taunt then it’ll usually end up stalemating against Heatran, which can often at least force it out. Fast U-Turns from the likes of things like Tornadus-T might not be enough to KO Mew due to its bulk, but it can add on some easy chip damage to take a chunk of its HP while also pivoting out to maintain momentum. Although not a common sight, Mega Absol can absolutely shut down Mew, with Magic Bounce making it immune to Will-o-Wisp, its typing making it immune to Psychic, and its Mega Stone making it not be bothered by Knock Off, while it can soundly 1HKO Mew with Knock Off. Gengar outspeeds Mew and can take up to about 75% of Mew’s HP off, but it also takes heavy damage from Psychic and Knock Off, so it should only check a weakened Mew. Thanks to Contrary, Serperior is capable of 2HKOing Mew with Leaf Storm, and it outspeeds Mew as well. It’s not too bothered by Taunt, but Psychic can 3HKO so it has to be wary if its taken prior damage. Hoopa-U can shred Mew with Hyperspace Fury on physical sets and is immune to Psychic, but it has to be wary of Will-o-Wisp crippling its damage output. Special variants can also 2HKO with Dark Pulse as well. Mega Beedrill can check Mew by 1HKOing with its Adaptability STAB U-Turn, but it can’t switch into Psychic or Will-o-Wisp, so it has to be wary. Scizor and Mega Scizor hate Will-o-Wisp, but on sets lacking Will-o-Wisp they can take huge chunks of Mew’s HP with a powerful U-Turn, or pick off a weakened Mew with Technician Bullet Punch. Tyranitar can pursuit trap Mew, although it hates Will-o-Wisp and is outsped; Choice Scarf variants can pursuit trap a weakened Mew with relative ease, however. Although most of these Pokemon focus on countering or checking the support sets, many can do likewise to offensive sets. It’s impossible to list a counter to every single offensive set due to the multitude of coverage moves Mew has access to. Fortunately, due to its offensive sets often being outclassed, they are very seldom seen. In addition, once you know what set Mew is running, it’s often not quite that threatening due to the fact that its offensive stats are not all that impressive by today’s standards. In addition, offensive stats don’t have the bulk investment that support Mew does, so it’s far easier to 2HKO Mew with powerful STAB attacks, especially since its defensive typing leaves a lot to be desired.
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