Poké Monday 5/18/15: Vigoroth

RNG (Vigoroth) 

Smogon official tier: NU
Type: Normal
Base Stats: 80 HP, 80 Atk, 80 Def, 55 Sp.Atk, 55 Sp.Def, 90 Speed
Ability: Vital Spirit

Usable moves: Aerial Ace, Blizzard, Body Slam, Brick Break, Bulk Up, Double-Edge, Earthquake, Encore, Façade, Fire Blast, Fire Punch, Flamethrower, Focus Blast, Frustration, Gunk Shot, Hammer Arm, Hidden Power (Fire, Ice), Hone Claws, Ice Beam, Ice Punch, Low Kick, Night Slash, Play Rough, Power-Up Punch, Protect, Pursuit, Rest, Return, Roar, Rock Slide, Seismic Toss, Shadow Ball, Shadow Claw, Slack Off, Substitute, Sucker Punch, Taunt, Thunder, Thunder Punch, Thunderbolt, Toxic


First off, I realize Slaking is NU, making Vigoroth qualify by definition as a Pokémon affected by my update rule (see http://wp.me/p4GI1b-3l for more details). However, I consider Vigoroth an exception to the rule because, unlike Slaking, it lacks the hindering ability Truant, giving more diversity in its options so it’s not just a brutish offensive threat. As a matter of fact, it’s better off hardly being offensive at all. I mean, base 90 Speed isn’t too bad, but it’s gonna have a hard time punching through anything with its below average base 80 Attack. That being said, it’s better off with a more defensive role, what with Eviolite giving a substantial boost to its respectable 80/80/55 bulk (which, might I add, is similar to Gurdurr’s 85/85/50). To complement its defensive prowess, it has the luxury of a reliable recovery move in Slack Off. Thanks to these traits and its can’t-go-wrong Normal typing, Vigoroth has potential as a Bulk Up user, although it pretty much requires setup to function as an offensive presence.


Vigoroth @ Eviolite
Ability: Vital Spirit
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
– Bulk Up
– Return
– Slack Off
– Taunt

As mentioned, Vigoroth has respectable bulk thanks to Eviolite, which can be boosted further through Bulk Up. Return is its main offensive move; it’s reliable, has a decent base power, and offers acceptable neutral coverage. Slack Off offers reliable recovery of which only few setup attackers have the luxury. Taunt is useful for preventing non-offensive but threatening moves such as Stealth Rock and Toxic, while also preventing setup wars if Vigoroth happens to be face-to-face with another Bulk Up user.

Investment is difficult; it’s hard to decide where to pool the EVs, be it fully offensive, speedy and bulky, bulky with speed creeps, or just purely bulky. I mean, Vigoroth is fast despite being defensive, so even without speed creeping, it outspeeds a good majority of defensive Pokémon out there. That said, here are a few “speed creep” investments I can think of:

  • 32 EVs: base 52 (Huntail/Gorebyss)
  • 60 EVs: Defog Lumineon
  • 64 EVs: 16 Spe Timid Misdreavus
  • 68 EVs: base 56 (Torterra)
  • 84 EVs: base 58 (Aurorus/Rampardos), uninvested Miltank
  • 100 EVs: 136 Spe Modest Misdreavus, max Spe Modest Poliwrath
  • 124 EVs: bulky Cryogonal, standard Klinklang
  • 140 EVs: Adamant Kingler
  • 144 EVs: base 65 (Kricketune)
  • 164 EVs: base 67 (Fraxure)
  • 172 EVs: base 68 (Barbaracle)
  • 180 EVs: Stealth Rock Mesprit (NU)
  • 188 EVs: base 70 (Ludicolo)
  • 216 EVs Jolly: base 85 (Articuno)
  • max Speed (Jolly): base 89 (Vivillon)

Other Options

Yawn (although not listed under “Usable moves”) can be used to either put things to sleep or force switches. Toxic can be used against things that can take its Returns for days (e.g., Rock-types). Encore can be used to lock an opponent into a setup move, although Taunt is generally more preferable for preventing the setup in the first place. Its other offensive moves are not worth considering because, like I said, its base 80 Attack isn’t going to accomplish much.

Sample Team

http://pastebin.com/h1xtWFHm – Bad. It lost its first battle, not to mention Vigoroth doesn’t even have the right investment. (It’s fully invested in offense.)


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