Ah Shaymin, the 4th generation variant of Celebi and Jirachi. This means that Shaymin will have all base stats of 100 which is pretty decent. It knows some pretty helpful moves like Aromatherapy, Leech Seed and maybe even Grasswhistle. However Shaymin is actually quite outclassed by Celebi due to its ability to not just act as a Cleric like Shaymin but also set up Stealth Rock, paralyze foes and heal itself with Recover without much risk. Jirachi also has the ability to paralyze opponents but also set up a sweep, pass Wish to teammates and it can also set up Stealth Rock. Basically Shaymin is pretty much a less effective version of its counter parts.
Seed Flare/ Grass Knot/ Energy Ball
Hidden Power (Fire/ Ice/ Ground)/ Leech Seed/ Grasswhistle/ Toxic
While Shaymin is outclassed by Celebi, it doesn?t make Shaymin useless. Because of its lack of moves, this is the best Shaymin?s got for a supporting set. Rest combined with its ability of Natural Cure acts as Shaymin?s instant recovering move but it isn?t reliable as Recover is. Synthesis is it?s only other instant recovery move but with Sandstorm, Shaymin will only be recovering a measly 25% each time. Seed Flare is basically what Shaymin?s got to differ itself from others. Grass Knot is also another decent move that could fit in there along with Energy Ball. Aromatherapy is a pretty rare move in the game that could help your side with the removal of status problems. It?s final move is a choice between another attacking option or some more possible support. Hidden Power is designated for hitting certain pokemon. Fire is for opposing steel and grass types, ice is for mainly dragons and ground is mainly for fire but most noticeably Heatran. Leech Seed is quite basic while the last two are for inflicting your opponent with a status problem. This set overall isn?t that bad but as mentioned before, Shaymin is outclassed by mainly Celebi but if you?re tired of using that hovering green fairy, Shaymin will be your best bet.
Hidden Power Fire
A pretty standard set for Subseed. Set up your Substitute then inflict your opponent with Leech Seed. While their health slowly drains away your HP gets restored. Keep setting up your Substitute, frustrating your opponent as they watch and cry out in annoyance, seeing that they have to break that in order to reach you. And as their HP keeps getting restored, the amount of Substitutes they can set up increases. Seed Flare is a helpful attacking move if you happen to need it while Hidden Power Fire takes care of grass types who resist Leech Seed.
Attempt at Damage
Item: Choice Specs
Nature: Timid/ Modest
Hidden Power (Fire/ Ground/ Ice)
Grass Knot/ Energy Ball/ Rest/ Leaf Storm
Lets face it, no one particularly fears a full hard out attacking Shaymin, not because it doesn?t have as good stats as compared to the likes of Alakazam or Gengar, it isn?t feared because of its shockingly horrible movepool. If Psychic is in a set not because of power, you know that Shaymin?s in a bit of trouble covering for opponents. Despite everything Seed Flare is still a very powerful attack and since it is Shaymin?s signature move that makes it stand out from others. Psychic is there not as a joke but because Shaymin needs it for coverage, it?s the only other move its got. Hidden Power is for certain pokemon as mentioned before somewhere in this POTW. Its last slot is where Shaymin asks a huge question, what do I use? It could have another grass type STAB with a bit more accuracy if you find Seed Flare risky to use. Leaf Storm could actually replace Seed Flare at the top and probably should. Seed Flare then wouldn?t be necessary as a powerful attack but that?s really up to personal preference. Because you?re most likely going to switch out, Rest is a nifty move to have in there to heal yourself. Alternatively this set could sort of be used as a Choice Scarf set but just don?t expect to do any serious damage as Shaymin prepares to get walled pretty badly. Late game though once all those special walls are gone, Shaymin might be able to cause some pain. Nevertheless because of the sheer lack of moves, sets like this are used very rarely. I guess if you do decide to try your hand at this set, you?ll have the element of surprise.
Contest Type: Smart/ Cute
As you can see, Shaymin really is strapped for options. However it?s the Swords Dance set to the rescue. Because of Shaymin?s poor movepool, this set will have to do and its going to be a bit harder to pull off something special. Swords Dance will basically double your next rounds score. Grass Knot fortunately saves Shaymin a bit, granting Shaymin a very possible two, eight star rounds. Protect is a move you could you if you predict when your opponent might prevent you from raising the voltage with Grass Knot, thus reducing its effectiveness. Fa?ade is just a filler but might come in handy when going last in a round.
Shaymin being a pure grass, has its good and bad sides. Often Shaymin is compared with Celebi since both of them are capable of doing the same thing for a side. However because Celebi is also able to pull off a few more roles successfully, Celebi is often considered before Shaymin. Despite this, Celebi?s psychic typing is more of a liability to it, granting it an unwanted weakness to seven different types. Them being fire, bug, flying, ice, poison, ghost and dark. While every side isn?t guaranteed to have a flying or poison attacking move in them, ice and fire a pretty popular types. Being weak to Pursuit is also no big help at all. All these things Shaymin can avoid, except the weakness to fire, ice, flying and poison.
Being a legendary pokemon with base stats of 100, Shaymin isn?t what you would really call easy to defeat. Of course your incredibly powerful Megahorn or Overheat can do however any pokemon can be easily defeated like that, by taking a hit from a powerful attack. While Shaymin can?t really do much besides probably cause a little bit of trouble with Seed Flare, finding a sure fire way to take it out is also a bit of a challenge. Pokemon like Heatran can take Shaymin easily, resisting Seed Flare. The only thing it has to watch out for is Hidden Power Ground. Most fire pokemon do a pretty good job, especially the likes of Charizard and Moltres. Depending which Hidden Power it has, dragons can come in fairly easily and so can steels. Really just hit Shaymin with some fairly strong and attacks and it?ll go down but just be warned, it is a very annoying pokemon to try and take down sometimes.
Ability- Natural Cure: This is Shaymin only ability and thank goodness Shaymin has access to it. The reason for this is being a bulky pokemon, you?d want something to heal yourself that?s not going to be hindered by Sandstorm and anything like that so Synthesis isn?t going to work. Rest is basically Shaymin?s only other potion however the downside is that Shaymin will fall asleep. Now with Natural Cure, you can call Shaymin back and if successfully doing so, the sleep will be cured. This works with all status problems but because of this ability, Shaymin has now, sort of an instant recovery move.
Overall Rating for Shaymin: 7.5/10
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