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Pokemon of the Week RS: Bellossom

by Eraleas

Bellossom artwork

General info

Type
Grass
Ability
Chlorophyll (When sunny, The Pokémon’s Speed doubles. However, Speed will not double on the turn weather becomes Clear Skies.)
Base Stats
  • HP: 75
  • Attack: 80
  • Defense: 85
  • Special Attack: 90
  • Special Defense: 100
  • Speed: 50
Description

Bellossom is almost identical to its counterpart, Vileplume. The only major differences are the fact that it is a pure Grass type (which some prefer over having a Grass/Poison types), the Special Attack/Special Defense base stat swap and the fact that Bellossom is unable to learn Aromatherapy. For this last reason, Vileplume is overally better than Bellossom.

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Role #1: Special Sweeper

Item Held
Petaya Berry (raises Special Attack when HP are low)
Nature
Timid (+Speed –Attack)
Effort Points
252 Special Attack, 129 Special Defense, 129 HP
Moveset
  • Sunny Day
  • Solarbeam
  • Hidden Power Fire
  • Moonlight/Synthesis
Strategy

Unfortunately, Bellossom is unable to learn Aromatherapy and for this fact, it is preferred to replace it with the recovery move, Moonlight/Synthesis. Set up Sunny Day, sweep with Solarbeam and Hidden Power Fire or fully recover using Moonlight or Synthesis, while your Speed takes a dramatic boost.

Role #2: Annoyer

Item Held
Liechi Berry (raises Attack when HP are low)
Nature
Impish(+Defense, -Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 HP, 129 Special Defense, 129 Defense
Moveset
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Toxic
  • Attract
  • Swords Dance
Strategy

Unfortunately for Bellossom, Sludge Bomb is not a STAB move so you will have to use Swords Dance a couple of times before being able to damage the opponent. Poisoning and Attracting the opponent will hopefully give you that extra amount of time to set up your strategy.

Role #3: Physical Sweeper

Item Held
Salac Berry (raises Speed when HP are low)
Nature
Adamant (+Attack –Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 Attack, 128 Speed, 129 Defense
Moveset
  • Swords Dance
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Hidden Power Fighting
  • Sunny Day
Strategy

As mentioned above, eventhough Vileplume and Bellossom share the same, average Attack stat, Bellossom does not benefit from Vileplume’s STAB with damaging Poison moves. Use Sunny Day followed by Swords Dance and start knocking out Pokémon that dare to doubt Bellossom’s dancing abilities!

Egg Moves

These are the moves Oddish can learn through breeding with Pokémon of the Plant Egg Group. Click here for the Pokémon it can get them from..

Amnesia
Swords Dance

Razor Leaf

Flail

Synthesis

Charm

Ingrain

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]
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]

Contests

Item Held
Green Scarf
Contest Moveset 1
Hidden Power [Smart]
Sweet Scent [Smart]
Poison Powder/Sleep Powder/Stun Spore [Smart]
Magical Leaf [Beauty]

Smart Contests are mostly based on Jamming the opponents than gaining many Appeal Points yourself. Keeping this in mind, use the above moveset under this motive. Hidden Power is a Smart move that can be used each round without bothering the Judge and it gives away three Appeal Points. Sweet Scent and one of the status inducing Powders form a nice, highly Jamming combo. Magical Leaf, eventhough a Beauty type move, will boost your total points if you appeal first. You should watch your opponents’ moves and act accordingly and always attack with Magical Leaf when first in the row.

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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