Blissey, The Happiness Pokémon. The eggs it lays are filled with happiness. Eating even one bite will bring a smile to anyone. This kindhearted Pokémon nurses sick Pokémon to health. It senses feelings of sadness. Anyone who takes even one taste of Blissey's egg becomes unfailingly caring and pleasant to everyone. It has a very compassionate nature. If it sees a sick Pokémon, it will nurse the sufferer back to health.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 15 years, odds are you know about the pink blob known as Blissey. Ever since its debut in Generation 2, Blissey has been heralded as one of the greatest special walls and clerics in the history of Pokemon. Unfortunately, Blissey’s been dealt a lot of blows over the years, and has since fallen from grace a bit. In Gen 5, Blissey had its role usurped by its pre-evolution Chansey, thanks to the advent of Eviolite giving Chansey superior special bulk in addition to decent physical bulk, and Gen 6 hasn’t given Blissey anything worthwhile, except for even more competition for a team slot thanks to the addition of Fairy types. You’d think that a fluffy, pink Pokemon like Blissey would be a natural choice to receive the blessing of fairy typing, but alas, unlike its formerly normal type cousins, Clefable and Wigglytuff, it was not so fortunate, and thus it remains a normal type. As a result, not only does Blissey still have to suffer the embarrassment of being outclassed by its pre-evolution Chansey, but now in Gen 6, Blissey has to compete with bulky fairies like Sylveon and Florges, who have much better defensive typing that Blissey would kill for, in addition to a bit more offensive presence as well. That said, Blissey is still good at what it does, even if it finally has Pokemon that can do the job better. As such, you may want to take a look at Chansey before you put Blissey on a team.
Natural Cure: The Pokémon’s status (BURN, PARALYZE, SLEEP, POISON, FREEZE) is healed when withdrawn from battle. - A fantastic ability for a defensive Pokemon like Blissey that prevents it from being screwed by status, especially since it tends to switch out a lot to escape physical attackers. This is the only ability you will ever want to use on Blissey.
Ignorance is Blissey
Blissey’s standard set hasn’t changed much since Gen 3, when it acquired Seismic Toss as a tutor move. This thing’s ability to sponge special attacks is top notch, with Soft-Boiled’s reliable healing allowing it to keep itself healthy versus special attacks almost indefinitely. Aromatherapy allows it to keep its teammates healthy by ridding them of annoying status, making it a fantastic cleric, especially due to the opportunities to cleanse status that it gets since its special bulk forces switches on special attackers. Alternatively, if you don’t need the status cleansing, you can opt for Wish instead, since Blissey passes some gargantuan Wishes that will almost fully heal most Pokemon. You can also opt for Protect to allow Wish to act as your only form of healing, and lets you get an extra turn for Leftovers recovery/Toxic Damage, although sometimes its preferable to have the immediate healing of Soft-Boiled as well. Toxic is essential in allowing Blissey to stall out special attackers and opposing walls, and is usually the most common status effect you’ll see it carrying. However, Thunder Wave can screw a large variety of offensive Pokemon thinking they can switch in and set up, so it does have merit. Seismic Toss lets Blissey do some direct damage despite its underwhelming offensive stats, which can help it beat the Special Attackers it’s trying to wall by adding on damage when its already done everything else it needs to do before switching out. Just watch out for 101+ HP Substitutes, as Seismic Toss fails to break them in one turn.
Heal Bell, Stealth Rock, Flamethrower, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Calm Mind, Counter, Sing, Shed Shell
Double & Triple Battle Options
Blissey is not something I would consider using outside of Singles. Blissey's main selling point is the fact that it can take special hit exceptionally well and heal the damage off. The trade off being that it's physical stats are practically non existent. As in Caterpie hits three times as hard as Blissey on the physical side, in case you were considering running Double-Edge on Blissey.
But as of XY going into ORAS, I can't recommend one use this pokemon seriously in Doubles/Triples. Miltank, Sylveon and Audino are all stronger, more consistent choices.
If you want to counter Blissey no matter what set it’s running, look no further than Conkeldurr. Thanks to Guts, it loves to switch into Toxic or Thunder Wave, and it can force Blissey out with the threat of its fighting STAB. In general though, most physically oriented Pokemon can 1HKO or 2HKO Blissey without much difficulty, especially fighting types like Terrakion and Mega Medicham (whose STAB obliterates Blissey), steel types like Metagross and Lucario (who are immune to Toxic), and Ground types like Garchomp and Krookodile (who are immune to rarer Thunder Wave). Watch out for the semi-rare lure moves though. Things that carry Taunt, such as Mega Gardevoir, Terrakion, Gliscor, and Crobat can generally shut down Blissey, which will usually force a switch. Blissey also hates things that utilize Trick, such as Rotom forms, since being tricked a Choice Item generally makes Blissey useless due to locking it into whatever move it uses. Blissey has difficulty stalling out things like Ferrothorn and Gliscor who are immune to Toxic and can outheal Seismic Toss, although the appropriate lure move (Flamethrower and Ice Beam, respectively) can screw them over. Some special attackers can get around Blissey by utilizing Psyshock and Secret Sword to strike at its lower defense stat, such as Mega Gardevoir and Keldeo. It’s worth noting that Choice Specs Keldeo’s Secret Sword has a 100% chance to 1HKO even max defense Blissey, so you might want to think twice about putting your Blissey in the path of Keldeo unless it’s already locked into another move. Aegislash is noteworthy for being immune to Seismic Toss and Toxic, and has no trouble plowing through Blissey with Sacred Sword. Gengar shares the same immunities to Blissey’s standards as Aegislash, although it has trouble breaking through Blissey’s bulk outside of Substitute + Pain Split variants. And of course, given that Blissey relies on status to cripple a lot of Pokemon, ironically other clerics such as opposing Blissey can be an annoyance by ridding the status that Blissey spreads.
When talking about Blissey, you HAVE to mention Chansey. For almost 11 years after Gen 2 was released, Chansey was nothing more than a “mini-Blissey”. That is of course, until Gen 5 came along, and flipped this notion on its head by introducing Eviolite. Now Blissey is effectively a mini-Chansey.
Take a Chansey
Look familiar? As it so happens, Chansey runs pretty much the same set as Blissey, except for the fact that it does it better due to Eviolite giving it superior bulk, both specially and physically. To put it in perspective, this set gives Chansey 178 defense and 463 special defense, as compared to Blissey’s identical set having 130 and 369. Although Chansey lacks Leftovers’ steady recovery, the access to reliable healing makes this a moot point with Chansey’s superior bulk. Its better bulk is so significant that it actually outclasses Blissey 9 times out of 10. It does have to be more cautious about Knock Off though, since without its Eviolite, it becomes a mini-Blissey once again. It’s also unable to utilize special attacks at all due to its pitiful base 35 special attack, so don’t even consider packing a special attack on Chansey; even Farfetch’d makes a better special attacker than Chansey.
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