Stantler, The Big Horn Pokémon. Staring at its antlers creates an odd sensation as if one were being drawn into their centers. The curved antlers subtly change the flow of air to create a strange space where reality is distorted. Stantler's magnificent antlers were traded at high prices as works of art. As a result, this Pokémon was hunted close to extinction by those who were after the priceless antlers.


It's the holidays once again and as Delibird has been done, it's time for Stantler, the deer Pokémon that is often used to act as a reindeer. Unfortunately, that's pretty much Stantler's only redeeming quality. This Pokémon just isn't as viable as we'd all like it to be. With its backstory of being able to use Psychic powers, it unfortunately just never lives up to its conceptual potential, and that is a massive shame. It has a diverse movepool, but it just doesn't have the stats to support it in ways other Pokémon such as Tauros do.
+Diverse Movepool
+Good, but not great offensive stats
+It has decent abilities
+It can learn Flash so is good at guiding sleighs at night.

-Its Speed is somewhat poor
-Its defences are just not that feasible. 73/62/65 bulk is just atrocious, it won't survive long
-It can't hit too hard


Intimidate: Upon entering battle, the opponent’s Attack lowers one stage. In a Double Battle, both opponents’ Attack are lowered. Pokémon with the Clear Body, Hyper Cutter, or White Smoke ability are unaffected. In a link battle, if both sides switch on the same turn, and first player sends out a Pokémon with Intimidate, the opponent’s Attack will be lowered before the opponent’s Pokémon switches. - This ability is always a great ability as it helps shut down many physical threats
Frisk: Reveals the foe’s held item. - Scouting is always good to see how your opponents may be running a Pokémon, but with the other two options it's just best not to use it.
Hidden Ability (Available):
Sap Sipper: Attack is raised by one stage when the Pokémon is hit by a Grass-type move. User receives no damage from Grass-type attacks. - This ability is a good one, but seeing as Grass-type attacking moves aren't that common, this ability wouldn't get as much use as it probably should do.


Dashing Through The Snow

-Double-Edge / Return
-Sucker Punch
-Jump Kick / Earthquake
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate / Sap Sipper
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 HP / 252 Spe
Adamant / Jolly Nature

Stantler, let's face it, is not a powerful Pokémon but you are going to want to get in there and do as much damage as possible while you still can and this set is a perfect one for doing just that. Return and Double-Edge are moves that get STAB and can hit quite hard in the best circumstances. Sucker Punch is able to do some damage to the pesky Ghost-types that resist the STAB moves and get in with a bit of priority. Jump Kick and Earthquake are good ways to get through Steel and Rock-type Pokémon, while Megahorn is just a very powerful move. With the Life Orb boost, it can hit quite hard but it'll still be a bit frail so you'll want to get the Speed boost from Jolly and the EVs in to get hits in as much as you can.

Other Options

-While Return is a decent enough move, you may want to go Facade in case of status afflictions
-If you want to go the Special or Mixed route, then going with moves such as Energy Ball, Thunderbolt, Charge Beam and so forth would make fantastic choices.
-Psyshock is a great choice on Special and Mixed sets
-Skill Swap is always fun to use to ruin people's strategies
-Sucker Punch is good for priority, but does require a level of prediction.

-Zen Headbutt gives some decent damage while having a chance of flinch so if you go for a fast Stantler, this could be useful

VGC, Double & Triple Battle Options

If you want to use Stantler in the VGC ruleset, then there are few options you can use for it. It requires a lot of finesse to get working, but there are methods to the madness. Unfortunately, there are so many things which do what it can better

It Doesn't Have A Shiny Nose

Return / Double-Edge
Sucker Punch
Earthquake / Jump Kick
Energy Ball / Signal Beam / Charge Beam
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Sap Sipper / Intimidate
EVs and Nature:
252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 SAtk
Hasty Nature

Let's face it, Stantler isn't going to last long, so what you need to do is hit as hard as you can and that's where this set comes in and it's a Mixed set. Return and Double-Edge are the heavy hitters with the STAB. Sucker Punch can do decent damage and has priority, but with a level of prediction required. Earthquake can be useful with the right partner in that it can do decent damage while hurting both of the opponents, you just need to make sure to protect your partner while Jump Kick can do some decent physical damage. Then we have the Special options of Energy Ball, Signal Beam and Charge Beam to get some further coverage. This Pokémon won't get far, but you may be able to dent your opponents significantly before it collapses.

Countering Stantler

Stantler is a moderately offensive Pokémon with horrifically low defenses so going for the Super Effective Fighting-type moves is probably your best bet. Pokémon such as Conkeldurr, Hawlucha, Machamp and so forth can get in and OHKO the Stantler with some powerful Fighting-type moves. With only Zen Headbutt and Psyshock to worry about, they can get their hits in before then. Otherwise, just go for powerful physical moves and Stantler will likely fall with very little ease. Going for Pokémon that resist its moves is a safe bet, but you do need to watch out for the Jump Kick. However, as Stantler doesn't have the best Speed, just going for a hard hitting Pokémon that is slightly faster will be an absolute safe bet.

Locations in Games

Trade from Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen/Colosseum (Ruby/Sapphire)
Safari Zone, Altering Cave (Emerald)

Altering Cave

Snagged from Chaser Liaks in The Under Subway (Colosseum)
Trade from Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen

Route 207 (Pearl & Platinum)
Trade with Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver (Diamond)

Route 37, Route 36, Route 37, Safari Zone

Abundant Shrine

Black 2/White 2:
Trade from Black & White

Trade from Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Mirage Mountain

Animé Appearences

Stantler has made a few appearances in the anime. Most notably, it is often used as a Pokémon for Santa Claus

# -English Episode Name- -Jp. Episode Name- Pics
127 Little Big Horn Stantler! Forest of Illusions! Pics
WV2 Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Winter Games Let's Play on the Ice! Pics
Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Stantler's Little Helpers Christmas Night Pics
148 Tricks Of The Trade Wobbuffet and the Pokémon Exchange! Pics
C4 Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Delibird's Dilemma Delibird's Present! Pics
Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Snorlax Snowmen White Story! Pics
M4 Celebi: Voice of the Forest Celebi: A Timeless Encounter Pics
C1 Legend of Thunder Raikou! Legend of Thunder! Pics
287 A Bite To Remember Mightyena and Poochyena! Mystery of Evolution! Pics
432 Green Guardian Pokémon Ranger Appears! Celebi Rescue Operation! Pics
474 Different Strokes for Different Blokes Forest of Hesitation! Paul Again!! Pics
478 Not On My Watch Ya Don't! Pokétch is Unavailable?!! Pics
517 Dawn's Early Night Pokémon Contest! Hearthome Convention! Pics
M11 Giratina & The Sky Warrior Giratina & The Bouquet of the Sky - Shaymin Pics
563 Battling the Generation Gap Pokémon Contest! The Celestic Convention! Pics
630 Playing the Performance Encore Double Battle! VS Plusle & Minun! Pics
902 The Legend of the Ninja Hero! Welcome to the Ninja Village! The Legend of the Hero Greninja!! Pics
M22 Pokémon The Power of Us Pokémon: Everyone's Story  
1098 Finding a Legend The Pledge We Made That Day! The Ho-Oh Legend of the Johto Region!! Pics
1100 Best Friend ... Worst Nightmare! Chloe, Yamper, and Sometimes Gengar Too! Pics
1103 Raid Battle in the Ruins! The First Visit to the Unova Region! Raid Battle at the Ruins!! Pics
1105 A Chilling Curse! Ash Has Been Cursed...! Pics
1112 Panic in the Park! Massive Panic! Cerise Park!! Pics
1124 Gotta Catch a What?! I Got Pikachu Pics
1135 Getting More Than You Battled For! Battling & Getting! Mewtwo Comes Back Pics
1148 When a House is Not a Home! The Lost Grookey! Who is its Trainer!? Pics
1159 Take My Thief! Please! Please Get Morpeko!! Pics
1196 Big Brother to the Rescue! Help Us, Big Bro Yamper! Pics