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Pokemon of the Week RS: Clefable

by Eraleas

Clefable artwork

General info

Type
Normal
Ability
Cute Charm (has 30% chance to infatuate an opponent with the opposite gender, attacking with a direct move)
Base Stats
  • HP: 95
  • Attack: 70
  • Defense: 73
  • Special Attack: 85
  • Special Defense: 90
  • Speed: 60
Description

Clefable; a Pokémon meant to withstand Special Attacks but who is prone to Physical ones. However its varied movepool which includes Cosmic Power and a number of TMs such as Ice Beam and Fire Blast make it a versatile Pokémon in battle, specializing both in Defense and Special attacking. Here are 3 viable movesets:

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Role #1: Tank

Item Held
Leftovers (Recovers a small amount of Hit Points at the end of each round)
Nature
Bold (+Defense –Attack)/Calm (+Special Defense –Attack)
Effort Points
252 HP, 129 Defense, 129 Special Defense
Moveset
  • Cosmic Power
  • Rest
  • Thunder Wave
  • Psychic/Ice Beam/Thunderbolt/Flamethrower/ Hidden Power Special
Strategy

So, pump up by using Cosmic Power and then Rest which, along with Leftovers will keep you healthy and full of HP. Thunder Wave is there to annoy and stall in order to raise your Defenses while the last attack can be of any Special Types, mainly used to counter Hazers. Pick one wisely.

Role #2: Subpuncher

Item Held
Leftovers (Recovers a small amount of Hit Points at the end of each round)
Nature
Adamant (+Attack – Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 HP, 252 Attack, 6 Defense
Moveset
  • Substitute
  • Focus Punch
  • Return
  • Shadow Ball
Strategy

Commonly seen among Normal type Pokémon, the Substitute + Focus Punch combo is effective on Clefable as well, eventhough its Attack stat isn’t that impressive. Return is there for STAB, while Shadow Ball is simply there to counter Ghost types since the other moves will prove totally useless against them.

Role #3: Special Sweeper

Item Held
Salac Berry (raises Speed when HP are low)
Nature
Timid (+Speed –Attack)/Modest (+Special Attack –Attack)
Effort Points
252 Special Attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP
Moveset
  • Calm Mind
  • Cosmic Power/Flamethrower/Ice Beam/Water Pulse/Thunderbolt/Psychic
  • Cosmic Power/Flamethrower/Ice Beam/Water Pulse/Thunderbolt/Psychic
  • Cosmic Power/Flamethrower/Ice Beam/Water Pulse/Thunderbolt/Psychic
Strategy

Prefer Timid over Modest for this set. Then Calm Mind and sweep with one of the moves presented above. However watch out for any Fighting types or moves that may ruin your strategy. You might want to include Psychic in your set, just in case.

Egg Moves

These are the moves Cleffa can learn through breeding with Pokémon of the Fairy Egg Group, and the Pokémon it can get them from.

Amnesia
Slowpoke/Slowbro/Slowking to Marill
Present
Delibird to Pikachu
Metronome
Clefairy/Clefable or Togepi/Togetic
Splash
Marill/Azumarill or Hoppip/Skiploom/Jumpluff
Belly Drum
Poliwag/Poliwhirl/Poliwrath/Politoed to Marill
Mimic
Jigglypuff/Wigglytuff
Substitute
Keckleon to Skjitty
Wish
Togetic

Training Grounds

This section is to advise you on the areas in which you can train for the acquisition of the Effort Points presented above. It is recommended you use 10 vitamins on the stat you desire to raise. Do not use vitamins on stats that require less than 100 Effort Points. Equip the Macho Brace on your Pokémon to speed up the process even more.

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
HP
Rusturf Tunner [Wishmur +1]
Attack
Fish with Super Rod on Route 118 [Carvanha +1]
Defense
Any Diving Route [Clamperl +1]
Granite Cave [Aron +1]
Victory Road 1F, B1F, B2F [Lairon +2]
Mt. Pyre [Duskull +1] (Ruby mainly)
Special Attack
Route 113 [Spinda +1]
Special Defense
Route 114 [Lotad +1] [Lombre +2] (Sapphire only)
Mt. Pyre [Duskull +1] (Ruby mainly)
Any Sea Route [Tentacool +1] [Tentacruel +2]
Speed
Route 118 [Elektrike +1] [Manectric +2] [Zigzagoon +1] [Linoone +2] [Wingull +1]
Fire Red/Leaf Green
HP
Viridian Forest [Caterpie +1]
Attack
Routes 16, 18 [Doduo +1] [Dodrio +2]
Defense
Viridian Forest [Metapod +2] [Kakuna +2]
Special Attack
Pokemon Tower [Gastly +1] [Haunter +2]
Special Defense
Any Sea Route [Tentacool +1] [Tentacruel +2]
Speed
Routes 13 to 15 [Pidgey +1] [Pidgeotto +2]
Diglett’s Cave [Diglett +1] [Dugtrio +2]

Contests

Item Held
Yellow Scarf
Contest Moveset 1
Pound [Tough]
Doubelslap [Tough]
Double-Edge [Tough]
Focus Punch [Tough]
Item Held
Pink Scarf
Contest Moveset 2
Belly Drum [Cute] / Follow Me [Cute]
Rest [Cute]
Charm [Cute]
Growl [Cute]

Cleffa family can take part in two types of Contests: Cute and Tough. For the Tough Contest, make use of Pound and Doubleslap which make a nice combo, or Focus Punch and then appeal with Double-Edge without occurring the risk of being jammed.

The Cute Contest moveset is meant to take advantage of the combos made by Belly Drum followed by Rest or Charm followed by Rest/Growl, depending on the situation. Growl can help you out when last in the appeal row while your may substitute Belly Drum with Follow Me which will “freeze” the crowd’s excitement for a while. It’s all up to you!

More precisely

  • If you appeal 1st, 2nd or 3rd:
    • Round 1: Pound/Focus Punch or Charm/Belly Drum
    • Round 2: Doubleslap/Double-Edge or Rest/Growl (depending on which position you are)
    • Round 3: Pound/Focus Punch or Charm/Belly Drum
    • Round 4: Doubleslap/Double-Edge or Rest/Growl (depending on which position you are)
    • Round 5: Pound or Charm/Belly Drum/Growl (do not use Growl in case you appealed with it during the previous round)
  • If you appeal 4th:
    • Round 1: Double-Edge or Growl
    • Round 2: Pound/Focus Punch or Charm/Belly Drum
    • Round 3: Doubleslap/Double-Edge or Rest/Growl (depending on which position you are)
    • Round 4: Pound/Focus Punch or Charm/Belly Drum
    • Round 5: Doubleslap/Double-Edge or Rest/Growl (depending on which position you are)

Useful Links: If you are not familiar with game language used above, read through the
Stats & Training Guide, the Team Building Guide and the Egg Group Guide. More guides shall be added soon to help you out. If you have suggestions on additional movesets for either Battles or Contests, please post them in the Comments section. I will then evaluate them and probably add some of them, giving you credit.

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