Jumpluff

Jumpluff, The Cottonweed Pokémon. Blown by seasonal winds, it circles the globe, scattering cotton spores as it goes. Even in the fiercest wind, it can control its fluff to make its way to any place in the world it wants. Jumpluff rides warm southern winds to cross the sea and fly to foreign lands. The Pokémon descends to the ground when it encounters cold air while it is floating.

Overview

Jumpluff has always been a rather odd Pokémon. It was the first with the Grass/Flying-type combination and has got a fantastic concept behind it. Unfortunately, that's about it as far as how cool Jumpluff is. It suffers from some of the main issues that comes with being a Johto Pokémon; it has a weird stat distribution that is just off of being any good. It also has a weird movepool. Jumpluff could be a good Pokémon if not for these things. That's not to say that it doesn't have its uses, but when most sets that work with it require no item, there's definitely something amiss. Nevertheless, Jumpluff can be somewhat decent when used right, especially in doubles
Positives
+ Its best stat, Speed, is at 110 making it the joint 56th fastest Pokémon in the game, the same speed as Gengar, Raichu, Lugia and Mega Metagross
+ If using Chlorophyll, its Speed is absolutely ridiculous
+ Its defenses are moderate. 75/70/95 is definitely solid. The +10 boost in Special Defense in Generation VI really helped it out.
+ It is cute

Negatives
- Its movepool is just not vast enough to do a lot
- 4* weakness to Ice is never fun
- Its offensive stats are just poor at 55 for both.

Abilities

Chlorophyll: When sunny, the Pokémon’s Speed doubles. However, Speed will not double on the turn weather becomes Strong Sunlight. - This ability works well for Jumpluff. By doubling its Speed, it should be able to outspeed literally everything in the game that isn't a Choice Scarf Speed Forme Deoxys. However, it does make it more susceptable to the Fire-type moves that can just wreck it.
Leaf Guard: Prevents the Pokémon from receiving status conditions during strong sunlight. - This ability is a good one in concept, but with the other abilities, it just falls flat Hidden Ability (Available): Infiltrator: The protections and stat boosts caused by the moves Substitute, Reflect, Light Screen and Safeguard by the opponent are ignored. - This can always be useful. Being able to hit behind a Substitute is very nice.

Movesets

Hop, Skip, Jumpluff

- Swords Dance
- Acrobatics
- Seed Bomb
- Sleep Powder
Item Attached: None / Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll / Infiltrator
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Jolly Nature

Got a pretty standard Swords Dance set for Jumpluff here. Go with a Focus Sash if you're going with Chlorophyll so you can at least survive the Fire-type moves once. Sleep Powder can be useful to immobilise your opponents. Swords Dance always can give you a boost and then, with no item and Acrobatics, with STAB, Jumpluff can actually do a bit of damage. It won't be OHKOing most things, but it can definitely give a lot of damage. Seed Bomb is also used to give the Grass-type STAB.

Looks like you have cottoned on

- U-turn
- Acrobatics
- Memento / Toxic / Seed Bomb
- Sleep Powder
Item Attached: None / Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll / Infiltrator
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Jolly Nature

This is more of a support set than the last one, but works similar. Rather than Swords Dance, it has U-turn to allow for Jumpluff to make a tactical retreat should it be necessary. Acrobatics works the same as before, as does Sleep Powder. For the third slot, however you have the choice of Seed Bomb for the damage, Toxic to chip away at the opponent, or the more unusual choice, Memento. Obviously, Memento is a last resort since it causes Jumpluff to faint which then has the opponent's Attack and Special Attack decimated.

Other Options

- Going with a Subseed set could be an option. The Substitute/Leech Seed combo is always an annoying one for people to deal with, and Jumpluff does have a few of the defences that can be used to bring it up for a while, but due to the weaknesses of Jumpluff it's not a perfect idea
-You could always add Sunny Day to have the sun boost in your control and set it up should Jumpluff miraculously survive the turns
-Worry Seed in a Support set is fun. It may be a bit gimmicky but it has the ability to ruin so many strategies.

VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options

Raise your hand if you thought Jumpluff would win a VGC National Championship this year. If your hand is up, you're either lying, a Psychic-type Pokemon, or you won the German National Championship. That's right, this little cottonweed helped win a National Champioship in a format where Primal Groudon and Kyogre dominate! At first glance, its stats are completely unremarkable. Its movepool, combined with its ability Chlorophyll, however, allows to it shut down arguably the scariest setup Pokemon in VGC 2016, while also providing a number of other support moves. .

THE PLUFF!

-Sleep Powder
-Encore
-Helping Hand / Rage Powder
-Protect
Item Attached: Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Timid Nature

Jumpluff's main function is to play a support role next to Primal Groudon. With Groudon's Desolate Land in effect, Jumpluff reaches incredible speed thanks to Chlorophyll. While max speed with a Timid nature is often more than you need, it ensures that Jumpluff outspeeds everything up to other base 110s if the sun isn't up or if the opponent has used Tailwind to match Jumpluff's Chlorophyll boost. Jumpluff doesn't have great natural bulk, but max HP allows to take weak or resisted attacks as well as it can, and the Focus Sash ensures that it can survive any one attack.

Sleep Powder, while it doesn't have perfect accuracy, shuts down most opponents by putting them to sleep before they can attack. Encore is probably the main selling point of this set. While Jumpluff has just about the fastest non-Prankster Encore with the sun up, the most important feature is that it outspeeds a +2 Xerneas thanks to Chlorophyll. If the Xerneas has just used Geomancy, Jumpluff can still outspeed it and use Encore so that Xerneas can't take advantage of the offensive boost. Helping Hand boosts the damage of its teammate's attacks, especially Groudon's Eruption and Precipice Blades. For example, a Helping Hand-boosted Precipice Blades from a Primal Groudon can actually OHKO an opposing bulky Primal Groudon, which is normally not the case due to the spread damage. Rage Powder, on the other hand, can draw away single-target attacks aimed at Jumpluff's teammate. Protect is still the best move in doubles, allowing Jumpluff to absorb double targets while its partner eliminates a threat, dodge Fake Out to keep its Focus Sash intact, or to stall out turns of speed control or Gravity.

Other Options

-Splash
-Mental Herb allows Jumpluff to absorb a Taunt from Prankster users like Thundurus or Whimsicott, and also Encore from Whimsicott or Liepard.
-Coba Berry was actually the item choice on Arash Ommati's National Championship-winning Jumpluff. Coba Berry allows it to survive a Life Orb Dragon Ascent from an Intimidated Mega Rayquaza, as well a Life Orb Brave Bird from Adamant Talonflame. While Focus Sash is generally the better item since it can allow Jumpluff to also live attacks like Primal Kyogre's Ice Beam, Coba Berry is a very creative and solid option if the Focus Sash is already on another Pokemon (in Arash's case, it was on his Thundurus).
-Grass Knot is probably the best option if you want an actual attack in your set as it can do respectable to damage to both Primals due to their weight.
-Worry Seed can mess with abilities, whether you shut down a Rayquaza's Air Lock to keep your Groudon safe from water moves in the harsh sunlight, get rid of an opponent's Levitate, or use it on Jumpluff's teammate to prevent sleep from an opposing Smeargle's Dark Void.
-Stun Spore isn't as accurate as other paralyzing moves like Thunder Wave or Glare, but can provide a form of speed control while also giving a 25% chance for the target to be fully paralyzed every turn. Cotton Spore also can reduce speed (by two stages), although the opponent can reset the stat drops by switching out.

Countering Jumpluff

Jumpluff isn't a particularly hard Pokémon to defeat. As it has a 4x weakness to Ice and moderate defenses, it will probably fold to a standard non-STAB Ice Beam in two hits at most from most Pokémon. COnversely, if it's a Chlorophyll Jumpluff that you're against, then going Fire-type moves is a safe bet. Jumpluff is a fast Pokémon, so if you want to completely shut it down, Trick Room is a fantastic choice. Icy Wind could work, too, as with the 4* weakness it will do some solid damage while lowering the Speed.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Trade from FireRed/LeafGreen/Colosseum/XD

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Evolve Skiploom

Colosseum/XD:
Evolve Skiploom

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Skiploom

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Safari Zone

Black/White:
Evolve Skiploom (White)
Trade from White, Black 2, White 2 (Black)

Black 2/White 2:
Evolve Skiploom

X/Y:
Evolve Skiploom

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Trade from X/Y

Animé Appearences

Jumpluff has made a few appearances in the anime. Many times, it has been in cameo appearances in groups, but most notably the Coumarine City Gym Leader, Ramos, had one and used it in his Gym Battle against Ash.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
227 Bulbasaur...The Ambassador! Goodbye Bulbasaur! Adventure at Oak's Residence!! Pics
231 An Egg-Sighting Adventure! The Great Police Detective! Mystery Of The Egg That Vanished! Pics
251 I Politoed You So! Politoed and Cheerleading! Pics
254 Fangs for Nothin' Blackthorn City Gym's Dragon's Fang! Pics
260 Hatch Me If You Can! Protect the Egg! A Life was Hidden in The Storm! Pics
C8 Showdown at the Oak Corral! Epic Battle at Oak's Lab! Pics
291 Gonna Rule The School! Try to Study! Pokémon Trainer's School! Pics
C14 Journey To The Starting Line! Pallet Town! The Setting off of the Pokémon Trainer! Pics
349 Grass Hysteria King of the Forbidden Forest! Venusaur! Pics
350 Hokey Pokéballs Bulbasaur & Bulbasaur! Regaining the Pokéballs! Pics
356 That's Just Swellow Beginning Challenge! Sky Match - PokéRinger!? Pics
360 Who's Flying Now? Fortree City's Feather Carnival! Pics
420 The Saffron Con Pokémon Contest! Saffron Conference (Part 1)! Pics
436 Off the Unbeaten Path! Who Single-Handedly has the Victory!? Pokemon Orienteering!! Pics
443 Curbing the Crimson Tide! The Red Inazuma SkyScraper! Pics
M11 Giratina & The Sky Warrior Giratina & The Bouquet of the Sky - Shaymin Pics
614 Dressed for Jess Success! Pokemon Contest! Suiren Convention!! Pics
650 An Old Family Blend! The Eve of the Fierce Fighting! The Big Gathering of Ash's Pokémon! Pics
808 A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle! Santalune Gym Match! The Vivillon's Elegant Dance Battle! Pics
M17 Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie Pics
860 Thawing an Icy Panic! Vanillite Panic! Left Cold by a Whiteout!! Pics
861 Green, Green Grass Types of Home! Coumarine Gym Match! Frogadier VS Gogoat!! Pics
862 Under the Pledging Tree! Ash and Serena's First Date! The Vow Tree and the Present!! Pics
939 Forming a More Perfect Union! Zygarde Fights Back! The Final Battle for Kalos!! Pics

 
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