#122 Mr. Mime

What's that buzzing sound?

Did it just get colder in here?

Ugh.

Ugh.

THE DARK LORD WILL BE PLEASED WITH THIS ACQUISITION

THE DARK LORD WILL BE PLEASED WITH THIS ACQUISITION

Mr. Mime is quite possibly one of my least-liked Pokemon of all time. It’s the one I hate most off the top of my head, but I also get strange, pounding headaches and lose concentration when Mr. Mime enters my head. So I’ll refrain from trying to think of anything I hate more than Mr. Mime and concentrate on pounding this out.

Mr. Mime is the worst. It’s just the worst. It has creepy horns that also kind of sort of resemble bat wings. Its torso looks like a giant Tylenol tablet that someone cut in half and glued pink gumdrops to. Then emerging from those gumdrops are stick-thin arms shaded a pale pink. Curly-toed shoes complete this hellish ensemble giving Mr. Mime a look that will haunt your dreams and eat your children.

IT WILL NEVER BE YOUR BIRTHDAY AGAIN

IT WILL NEVER BE YOUR BIRTHDAY AGAIN

I don’t even know what they were going for with Mr. Mime. Well, I say that because I don’t think “Soul Crushing Terror” is the kind of emotional response that they were hoping for from this weird thing. Every part of Mr. Mime’s design is unsettling, and I think adding Mime Jr. in Generation 4 was an attempt at quelling the evil that lurked in children’s closets. The evil that they unleashed when Mr. Mime was conceived.

But the strangest thing about Mr. Mime? The part that I will never understand? For some reason someone decided that Delia Ketchum, Ash’s mom from the anime, needed a Mr. Mime to hang out with her around the house.

LEAVE ME BE FOUL SHE-BEAST

LEAVE ME BE FOUL SHE-BEAST

I can only imagine that this was an attempt at humanizing Mr. Mime, and making it a bit more approachable, but it didn’t do that for me. It just made me wonder how hardcore Ash’s mom must have secretly been in order to have a Mr. Mime under her control

It can’t be easy for an abomination against mankind to be stuck sweeping and doing common household chores for a lonely housewife. Some people have used the fact that it’s just a Mr. Mime and Delia in the house all  that time as a setting for Pokemon fanfiction. The naughty kind. The kind I had to look up and make sure it existed so I could confirm I wasn’t speaking out of hearsay and hapenstance.

YOUR FATHER WISHED FOR A SON

YOUR FATHER WISHED FOR A SON

For as much as I hate Mr. Mime I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like seeing that evil monster having to do humiliating tasks. It’d be like stepping outside and finding Osama bin Mega Hitler sweeping your neighbors driveway. You wouldn’t want to come near him cause, I mean, come on. I’m not going near Osama bin Mega Hitler.

But it’d still be fun just to watch him do something so menial for awhile.

DID YOU KNOW?

Every Pokemon game ever has some in-game trades you can do with NPC’s in-game. While most of these are just to have some Pokemon that you may not have for whatever reason, some are definitely unique in that they offer Pokemon you can not get anywhere else. In Generation 1, Mr. Mime was one such trade.

From this guy on Route 2

From this guy on Route 2

Well, in Pokemon Red and Blue only, this guy wanted to trade you an Abra in exchange a Mr. Mime. So you do the trade, and once you decontaminate your cartridge you’ll notice that the Mr. Mime is nicknamed Marcel! As with pretty much everything this isn’t confirmed, but is probably a reference to a very famous real life mime, Marcel Marceau.

Significantly less creepy!

Significantly less creepy!

Marcel Marceau was one of the most famous mimes pretty much ever. He went by the stage name of Bip the Clown, and actually performed for troops after the end of WWII. In the 50’s he became world famous as he spread “The Art of Silence” and even wrote a couple of children’s books. I didn’t know much about him before all this, and I wonder why they named the spawn of Satan after him in Pokemon Red and Blue.

Thankfully, that egregious error was corrected, and the Mr. Mime was named Miles in Pokemon Yellow, and Mimien in Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen.

And we all learned to appreciate mimes a little more today.

And we all learned to appreciate mimes a little more today.

USING MR. MIME IN BATTLE

stats via pokemondb

stats via pokemondb

Mr. Mime is pretty not great. Now, having said that, I would be failing in my duties if I didn’t mention that Mr. Mime was, for a short period of time, an absolute must on the most brokenly powerful type of team that popped up as a result of Generation 6’s changes to the meta. Baton Pass was always a bit of a gimmick during Generations 2-5, but the addition of a good new Speed Booster, among other small changes made Mr. Mime, who has access to the ability Soundproof, and thus immunity to Roar, a required part of running a successful Baton Pass team. Times have changed since then, the meta has evolved, and Mr. Mime is now back where it belongs. In the trash.

So, if you’re going to use one anyway, the first thing you’ll notice is its stats. Bottom heavy, but I already made the fat bottomed girls joke somewhere else, so I’ll just point out that all of its assets are in Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed.

Calm Mind is, in general, the best set a Mr. Mime can run in my opinion. Give it Calm Mind, Dazzling Gleam, and Psychic or Psyshock. For the fourth slot you’ll want either Encore, to try and lock your opponent into undesirable moves, or more coverage in the form of Shadow Ball. Leftovers or a Life Orb will complete the set! If you want a more suicidal option, then you can run Dazzling Gleam, Shadow Ball, and Focus Blast for coverage. Then, for a fourth slot, run Healing Wish to heal anything that is going to be coming in after and keep your team alive.

ARBITRARY SCORES

APPEARANCES: 1/5
STAY AWAY.

DESIGN: 3/5
It gets across the whole mime + clown thing fine. Too bad it looks like it walked out of your nightmares.

BATTLE: 1/5
Mm. Nah.

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OVERALL: 1.6/5
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I’ll seal you in an invisible box. Forever.

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#040 Wigglytuff

AHHHHHH

AHHHHHHHHHHH

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHAT IS THIS?! What wretched foul hell spawned such a beast? Why, in a world of such wonders and beauty is this monstrosity allowed to exist?!

T-Those ears. What contrivance could have wrought this… this abomination! Diseased science? Blasphemous occult rituals?! The strange, swirling magatama that floats above its head is a signal to all who approach this monstrosity. Abandon all hope, ye who see this.

You shouldn't have done that.

You shouldn’t have done that.

This little abomination is what happens when a cute round Jigglypuff is exposed to the radiation of a Moon Stone. Its body elongates, twisting and contorting into the unholy form you see before you. Its small, triangular cat ears elongate into rabbit ears, and the size of its pupils increase dramatically to give it a dead-eyed horrific stare.

Psyduck is down, I repeat, Psyduck is down!

Psyduck is down, I repeat, Psyduck is down!

Wigglytuff is the stuff of nightmares. Wigglytuff is not love. Wigglytuff is not life. Wigglytuff is a demon and it must be excised from existence for the good of humanity.

DID YOU KNOW?

Do you really think you can defeat me?

Do you really think you can defeat me?

Seems like everyone loves to make Wigglytuff out to be some horrific evil monster villain despite its appearance. I’m just going to stop talking and dump a few images and gifs from the 458th episode of the anime.

DON'T THINK YOU CAN ESCAPE

DON’T THINK YOU CAN ESCAPE

ORAORAORAORA

ORAORAORAORA

In this episode, longtime potentially offensive stereotype Harley is going to face off against May in a Pokemon Contest. He sends out a Cacturne and Wigglytuff to face off against May’s Munchlax and Eeevee. Harley is clearly supposed to be the villain but here but instead of making him look like a menacing individual they transferred all his undesirable traits onto his Wigglytuff. And yes, it’s only his Wigglytuff. His Cacturne was fine.

No I don't see anything wrong with using hollowed out skills as cereal bowls.

No I don’t see anything wrong with using hollowed out skulls as cereal bowls.

Of course, this wouldn’t be very notable if it was the only example. The Wigglytuff card I posted in the first section has it viciously assaulting a Psyduck for unknown reasons. And, to top it all off, this is also a card in the Pokemon TCG.

Yeah I still own slaves. What of it?

USING WIGGLYTUFF IN BATTLE

First things first, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this before but I know that what I’m about to say could turn some heads so I need to bring up context. When I write these sections I think about the Pokemon STRICTLY in a 1 vs 1 situation. The reason being I don’t do doubles because I’m not a fan. You should not take any suggestions I give for a Pokemon and use them in doubles as they will likely be terrible.

Having said that, Wigglytuff is awful. Why did I need to specify the previous paragraph? Because of this: http://nuggetbridge.com/reports/wigglytough-tough-enough-massachusetts-1st-place-report/ If you didn’t read or don’t want to, a Wigglytuff was used in a winning team for a VGC Regionals this year. VGC is doubles. Not singles. Wigglytuff has a few interesting attributes that make it worth using in the vastly different doubles meta, but those mean very little in the world of singles. What does this mean?

WIGGLYTUFF SUCKS. In singles. Wigglytuff has an AMAZING 145 HP stat, but 45/50 Defenses are weak. It can still tank a  few hits if all of its EV’s are invested into those stats though, so at least it’s better than Jigglypuff. Competitive is a great ability and will give it a +2 to its Special Attack stat if any of its stats are lowered, meaning anything with Intimidate switches in Wigglytuff gets a boost, or if Wigglytuff comes in while Sticky Web is up.

Unfortunately Intimidate is MUCH more rare in singles than it is in doubles. If it can get that free boost though, Wigglytuff’s wide coverage of moves including Ice Beam, Solarbeam, Thunderbolt, Psychic, Shadow Ball, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, Focus Blast, Grass Knot, and Dazzling Gleam offer up a fantastic variety. Unfortunately, again, Wigglytuff NEEDS that Competitive boost. Alternatively, it can opt for Calm Mind to try and get a boost, but it’s a bit more dangerous thanks to Wigglytuff’s low Defenses.

All in all Wigglytuff can be good if VERY SPECIFIC conditions are met in battle for it, but if it can’t reach those then it’s likely to get destroyed in the blink of an eye. Just like a real balloon.

ARBITRARY SCORES

APPEARANCES: 1/5
Wigglytuff is… ew. It’s trying to be cute but completely failing.

DESIGN: 3/5
Continuing the balloon design from Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff is more elongated, but then it gets these weird rabbit ears and its curl looks more like a magatama.

BATTLE: 2/5
Terrible in singles. I’m not even convinced it’s amazing in doubles, but it apparently works pretty well.

WE MUST PURGE THEM FROM OUR MIDST: KILL THEM ALL/CUT THEM. BURN THEM.
I stole a paragraph of this page from Eternal Darkness, and wanted to make sure that that game’s excellent writing didn’t remain uncredited.

OVERALL: 2/5


Squishy. Squishy squishy squishy.

#039 Jigglypuff

You are getting very sleepy

You are getting very sleepy

Jigglypuff has a pompadour.

I HOPE YOU NEVER UNSEE THIS ALSO CLICK FOR SOURCE

I HOPE YOU NEVER UNSEE THIS ALSO CLICK FOR SOURCE

When Jigglypuff’s not busy stiffing waiters on tips or backhanding hookers, it likes to pretend to be a cute, innocent Pokemon. With huge blue eyes, a curl on its forehead, and a perfectly spherical body it’s a very convincing act. But I’m onto you Jigglypuff. I’m onto you.

Jigglypuff seen luring a future mugging victim into a closet

Jigglypuff seen luring a future mugging victim into a closet

Jigglypuff is known for being able to lull its opponents into sleep thanks to its singing abilities. It wants you to believe that it uses these powers to play fun, silly pranks on people. You know, the kind of things normal humans with empathy and a high regard for life would do. This image of course, comes to us from the anime, which Jigglypuff uses to spread this propaganda of cute, harmless fun.

A victimless crime... or so you'd think

A victimless crime… or so you’d think

I’ll admit my searches turned up no heinous acts, but that only makes me all the more suspicious. Nothing can be this cute while still being completely harmless. Maybe Jigglypuff can spew a tremendously deadly toxin from its mouth? Or maybe all is truly as it seems, and I’m just going off the deep end. Who’s to say?

Last known image of Jigglypuff, moments before the building in the photo was set ablaze.

Last known image of Jigglypuff, moments before the building in the photo was set ablaze.

DID YOU KNOW?

Jigglypuff is actually at the center of one of the Pokemon anime’s most ridiculous moments.

Surprisingly I'm not referring to the episode where Jigglypuff got tribal tattoos.

Surprisingly I’m not referring to the episode where Jigglypuff got tribal tattoos.

In the 56th episode of the anime, Ash gears up to take the Pokemon League’s Admissions Exam. Basically he’s got to prove he’s a smart guy when it comes to Pokemon or he won’t be allowed to fight the Elite 4. This happens via a computer test and a series of questions by an instructor, and what is the first question that the instructor asks?

WHO’S THAT POKEMON?

They’re asked to identify a Pokemon, something that the viewers have been asked from the very beginning. So, seeing a perfect sphere, you’d probably imagine its maybe an Electrode, or a Voltorb, or a Magnemite if you forgot how a Magnemite is shaped. Of course, this is the Jigglypuff entry, so you may know what’s coming up.

It's... a Jigglypuff viewed from above!

It’s… a Jigglypuff viewed from above!

Then we all learned never to trust the anime again.

USING JIGGLYPUFF IN BATTLE

I was getting ready to write this section so I went and looked up Jigglypuff’s stats cause I realized I’d never seen them before.

Let's see he-OH MY GOD

Let’s see he-OH MY GOD

I was NOT prepared for stats this low. Jigglypuff’s only good stat is its HP, which is a quite frankly amazing 115. Unfortunately, with 20/25 defenses that 115 HP isn’t going to be doing much of anything even if you maximize your investments in both Defenses and hold Eviolite. Really, all you can hope for is that you’ll get some free setup turns against something weak and you can launch a Toxic in your opponent’s general direction.

Competitive is a good ability this gen, especially if your opponent is crazy enough to set up a Sticky Web to activate it when Jigglypuff switches in. Unfortunately with a Special Attack stat of 45 even a nice +2 won’t be enough to truly be damaging, but you can pray that you manage to soak up an attack or two before going down. Hyper Voice, Thunderbolt, Ice Beam, Psychic, Shadow Ball, Flamethrower / Fire Blast, and Dazzling Gleam all make for fantastic coverage, but again Jigglypuff’s speed, defenses, and even offensive stats are so low that it won’t particularly matter in the end.

ARBITRARY SCORES

APPEARANCES: 4/5
Trying a little too hard to keep that cutesy thing up and it’s really starting to wear thin.

DESIGN: 4/5
Jigglypuff is based on… a pink puff. That’s really all there is to say about it. It’s clean, simple, and effective.

BATTLE: 1/5
Jigglypuff is awful. I had no idea how awful until just now when I looked up its stats.

THAT’S NOT WHAT IT: LOOKS LIKE/FROM ABOVE
That’s true. X/Y has proven to us that a Jigglypuff does not make a perfect circle when viewed from above.

OVERALL: 3/5

Anyone remember the American Idol guy that sang Jigglypuff’s song?

#036 Clefable

Everything but your face grew.

Everything but your face grew.

Before I go any further there’s something I have to say. See, while I was writing about Clefairy yesterday I kept thinking there was something strange about its face. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it and it nagged at me all day. That nagging feeling extended to today, and I stared at Clefairy and Clefable’s faces for hours on end. That’s why I’m writing this at 3:41 a.m. I’ve just figured out what has been bugging me.

BEHOLD!

THEY HAVE PEANUTS FACES. LINUS IN PARTICULAR.

Seriously, this bugged me for HOURS, and I finally figured it out. What else does Clefable, or even Clefairy have to do with Peanuts? Maybe Linus saw a Clefable and mistook it for the Great Pumpkin? Or maybe I’m just mad that it took me this long to bring it up and wanted to talk about Peanuts.

So, what’s changed in the transition from Clefairy to Clefable? Not much at all, sadly. I mentioned “It gets bigger” as a complaint about Nidorino and Nidorina, because they just look like bigger versions of their pre-evos. It looks like someone took “It gets bigger” to a ridiculous place with Clefable, as every individual part is bigger, in addition to the entire package.

Clefairy’s ears? Short and stubby. Clefable’s? Long and pointy. Clefairy has short, useless wings. Clefable has bigger useless wings. Clefairy has a curly tail? Clefable has a way bigger curly tail. Clefairy is short, and stout? Clefable is long, and lean. It makes Clefable boring to me, and not even Clefairy’s one saving grace works in this case.

REMEMBER ME?

REMEMBER ME?

Even the Pokemon Pocket Monsters manga doesn’t seem to like Clefable, as Red’s Clefairy evolved into one for less than a full chapter. Then he was back to being a Clefairy, and we just had to pretend like this wasn’t just some filler.

Clefairy had a Clefable friend back in the day though, and they were adorable.

Clefairy had a Clefable friend back in the day though, and they were adorable.

So really, aside from the whole Peanuts thing, there’s not much to say about Clefable. It’s cute, yeah, but so what? I have higher standards Clefable, and I’m not so shallow that I won’t dump your ass if I feel like there’s nothing to you beyond your looks. I’m sorry Clefable. We’re through.

GIMME ANOTHER CHANCE! I CAN CHANGE!

GIMME ANOTHER CHANCE! I CAN CHANGE!

DID YOU KNOW?

Time for another Pokemon fan theory!

I tried to find a source and couldn't. Let me know if you know who did this pic!

I tried to find a source and couldn’t. Let me know if you know who did this pic!

Unlike other Pokemon fan theories, this one seems like it could have some truth to it. The theory basically states that the Pokemon Gengar, is intended to be Clefable’s shadow, so to speak. Gengar’s classified as the Shadow Pokemon, and if you compare the two, they do have a lot of design similarities.

Clefable and Gengar both have similar body shapes, and pretty much everything that is curly on Clefable is spiky on Gengar, lending credence to the whole “darker side” aspect. Other things that are frequently brought up are how they were both opposite types, meaning they couldn’t touch each other (No longer true as of Gen6, where Clefable is no longer Normal, but is Fairy) and with Clefairy originally going to be the series mascot, having an edgier, shadow version of Clefable would appeal to the kids. In addition, their Index numbers in Gen 1 are close together, lending credence to the theory that they were created relatively soon from each other.

So is it true? For once I’m not so sure. Obviously GameFreak would never acknowledge such a thing, but I think there’s enough evidence to say that this was likely intentional, and just didn’t pan out in the end. For once I’m going to say this theory is well thought out, and has enough supporting evidence to be solid. I’d never claim it as canon, for obvious reasons, but it is interesting!

USING CLEFABLE IN BATTLE

Oh man, Clefable is fantastic in battle. 95/70/93 Defenses are kinda eh, but Clefable gets access to both Cosmic Power and Calm Mind to bolster those stats. While a Cosmic Power set can be hilarious and a real murder party for any team not prepared, Calm Mind is generally the way to go. Clefable gets access to a great STAB move in Moonblast, and Flamethrower or Stored Power are great secondary attacks. On top of all that, Clefable gets access to TWO fantastic abilities.

Magic Guard, as I mentioned with Clefairy, is amazing in that it lets you switch in regardless of hazards and not take damage, or absorb a negative status effect that does damage while remaining unharmed. Clefable also gets access to Unaware, meaning that heavily boosted Pokemon that aren’t packing Stored Power can easily be handled by a Defensive Clefable. Softboiled is, as always, a fantastic move to heal lost damage, and Leftovers can keep you alive longer if you’re going on Defense. If you’re going to play offensively, Magic Guard negates the damage that a Life Orb does to yourself, so its a free +30% damage with NO downside. Clefable also gets access to moves like Heal Bell, and Wish, so it can even play the defensive role if it so chooses!

Fairy type is very strong right now, and Clefable shows how simply adding a good type to a Pokemon will make it amazing.

ARBITRARY SCORES

APPEARANCES: 3/5
Clefable’s just boring to look at. Clefairy set up a unique design and…

DESIGN: 1/5
…Clefable added nothing to it other than making its individual parts bigger. Still, at least…

BATTLE: 5/5
Clefable is AMAZING in battle. A year ago this absolutely would not have been the case, but Fairy typing has made all of Clefairy’s excellent options actually worth something, and made it the most useful Pokemon I’ve reviewed to date!

ACTUALLY ABOUT GENGAR: CAN IT/I DON’T CARE
It’s an interesting theory that’s got a lot of evidence to support it. It is just that however, a theory, so don’t delude yourself into counting it as fact.

OVERALL: 3/5

I got me a bouncy feeling

#035 Clefairy

You’re trying a bit too hard.

Look at that. Clefairy wants your attention, and it wants it bad.

Clefairy’s just a little pink ball with some stubby appendages sticking out of it. It’s not too visible in official art, but it’s also got a great big curly tail sticking out of its rear. Adding to the curls is a little boring pink curl on its forehead.

As opposed to these examples of AMAZING curls.

As opposed to these examples of AMAZING curls.

Anyway, Clefairy’s just a pink blobby thing that I feel is trying far too hard to be cute. You have the regular Pokemon who are cute while not even trying, like Sandshrew, and then you have the Clefairy’s in the world, who will go out of their way to be cute at every turn. It starts to become grating, to the point where you want to punch Clefairy in its stupid cute face every time you see it.

DON'T END THIS ENTRY ON A BAD NOTE!

DON’T END THIS ENTRY ON A BAD NOTE!

Of course, that’d be conveniently ignoring the greatest Clefairy ever. There’s a few Pokemon mangas out there, and while everyone may be busy getting hyped over The Electric Tale of Pikachu, or Pokemon Adventures / Pokemon SPECIAL, we shouldn’t forget about the Pokemon Pocket Monsters manga.

YEAAAH

YEAAAH

Luckily, Clefairy got some redemption in this ridiculous, more, comedy-centric manga. Pokemon can speak the same language as humans, and Red, the protagonist, gets a Clefairy who’s a bit of an idiot. He was Red’s starter Pokemon, while his rival, Green, got himself a Charmander.

This makes Clefairy and Charizard rivals too.

This makes Clefairy and Charizard rivals too.

Sadly, I haven’t read as much of this manga as I really should have, but Clefairy is a great character in it. He’s earned himself the nickname of Blockhead Clefairy due to his idiocy, but it’s still an entertaining read overall. While Pokemon SPECIAL may be of a higher quality overall, this manga’s completely redeemed an otherwise irritating Pokemon for me. The next time you find yourself imagining Clefairy as someone’s irritating kid brother, just remember that sometimes even a terrible Pokemon can surprise you.

Just look at those facial expressions!

Just look at those facial expressions!

DID YOU KNOW?

Oh boy. This one’s a doozy. But, basically, Clefairy was originally intended to be the main mascot to Pokemon as a whole. Pokemon Yellow would have been Pokemon Pink, and started you off with a Clefairy, and, well, just imagine every Pikachu you’ve ever seen replaced with a Clefairy.

I'll give you a moment to calm down after that thought.

I’ll give you a moment to calm down after that thought.

So what happened? I’m not entirely sure. I read around that the popularity of Pikachu via the anime is what led to Pikachu becoming the new mascot instead. This makes sense and all, but it does make me wonder why they bothered to give Red a Clefairy in the Pocket Monsters manga, as that came out after the anime did.

I don’t really have any solid evidence against it, it just seems a little flimsy to me. I prefer to think that Clefairy just owed some of the higher-ups some money, and when he refused to pay back, they just swept Clefairy’s momentum out from under his feet. Now Clefairy’s just a broken, penniless Pokemon, begging for Moon Stones on the corner in a sad attempt to become relevant again. Then, on one rainy night, the crack of a firing gun shook the silent alleyway in which Clefairy took up residence, ending years of regret and pain.

He looks at this picture every night and remembers the good times.

He’d just look at this picture every night wondering, “What if?”

USING CLEFAIRY IN BATTLE

Clefairy’s not great in battle, unfortunately. Every role that Clefairy could pull off can be done better once it’s evolved, and Eviolite isn’t as great of a help as it could be thanks to Clefairy’s stats.

70/48/65 Defenses are somewhat okay with Eviolite, but the Clefairy line gets Cosmic Power, a fantastic boosting moves that ups both Defenses by 1 stage. Thanks to the new Fairy typing, Clefairy is also resistant to Knock Off, so it could feasibly tank a Knock off, and get a Cosmic Power up on the same turn to regain the Defense boosts lost when Eviolite is gone.

Clefairy’s also got access to Magic Guard, a fantastic ability that makes it immune to anything that isn’t a damaging attack. This means burns, entry hazards, a Ghost typed Curse, Leech Seed, and anything else that isn’t a direct attack will do nothing to Clefairy. With that in mind, Clefairy can easily absorb predicted an incoming Toxic and then, well, not do much in return. The main reason to not bother with Clefairy is that even with these great defensive options, it’s still only got 45/60 Attacking stats, and isn’t too great for that reason.

Toxic stalling with Softboiled and Cosmic Power isn’t a bad strategy, but it’s very susceptible to phasing, so all in all you should really stick to using Clefairy’s evolution, Clefable. Clefairy can be worked with if you must use it, just so long as you make sure to play defensively, and hope you get to hold onto your Eviolite when the time comes to begin stalling.

ARBITRARY SCORES

APPEARANCES: 3/5
Cute, yes, but trying WAY too hard.

DESIGN: 5/5
I don’t think Clefairy’s based on any particular animal, so it’s just a unique monster altogether. Its body is vaguely star shaped (Not super blatant like Jirachi) and it’s theorized to have come from the moon, which is a great reference.

BATTLE: 3/5
I stressed to use Clefable over its pre-evos because unlike most other Pokemon, using a Clefairy and a Clefable mean that you’ll be using the exact same playstyle and moveset, while most other pre-evos have small differences to them.

BLOCKHEAD?: YES/IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME
We should all bring it back though. The next time someone you know does something stupid, make sure to call them a blockhead.

OVERALL: 3.6/5

God, just look at that animation. WE GET IT YOU’RE CUTE.