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I started playing Pokemon in first grade with a friend, I've been hooked ever since, but nobody else is. Therefore, I decided to go the internet for Pokemon. I became a battler and gradually got better. During the "great" phase I'm in now, I found LCF through Chris and learned about Little Cup. I then became a tutor, wrote up analysis, and am now one of the metagame's best and most influential players, sharing my thoughts right here.

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May 27

Underutilized Pokemon: Drowzee

The lack of ways to absorb the common status of sleep in Little Cup is incredibly annoying, as Sleep Talk sucks. You could always use Mankey for its Vital Spirit ability, but Mankey is frail and outclassed by Machop. So, here, I'll show you a Pokemon that can do that and is really fucking cool as it's like a tapir, Drowzee!

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Drowzee @ Oran Berry
Ability: Insomnia
EVs: 196 HP / 96 SpA / 196 SpD / 20 Spe
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)

Relevant Stats: 25 HP / 11 Def / 12 SpA / 19 SpD / 11 Spe

- Psychic
- Reflect
- Thunder Wave
- Hidden Power Fire


Drowzee is really awesome with this tanking set. Come in on an attacker like Abra, Staryu, or nearly any sweeping Grass-type and Thunder Wave them. Reflect lets you handle physical sweepers, particularly Fighting-types like Machop or Makuhita. Psychic is your main attacking move hitting decently even from Drowzee's low Special Attack, and Hidden Power Fire is for the Steel-types that may come in and attempt to wall you, and also does great damage to Paras, a common switch in who thinks it can Bug Bite you. Most people would think Drowzee with this set is outclassed by Munchlax, but that is not the case due to its status moves, resistances, dual screen support movepool, Insomnia, and higher Speed.

Other usable sets include various variants of this set, some including Hypnosis, Light Screen, or other support moves. Sweeping sets with Nasty Plot can feasibly work with Drowzee's okay Special Attack and good defenses. Calm Mind works in the same way but it turns Drowzee into more of a "sweeping tank" set. Dual Screens are a possibility as well.

Unfortunately, Drowzee is easily countered by Ghost or Dark-type move abusing sweepers, even though it can take a hit from ones like Houndour or Misdreavus. Therefore, it is advised to pair it with something which can take the hits from those Pokemon like Choice Scarf Houndour (who can KO with Hidden Power Ground or Dark Pulse), and a fast Fighting-type like Choice Scarf Machop or Vacuum Wave Croagunk can handle Dark-types.

Thanks for reading!
Posted May 27 2009, 05:02 PM · 9 comments
  1. Comment by MGX, May 27 2009, 06:17 PM
    Mankey isnt outclassed by Chop, Vital Spirit is one of the things that make it more favourable, as you can switch him in on random Scarf gastly hypnosis/ SD bellsprout's sleep powder ehn not under the sun etc.

    anyways, onto Drowzee, it seems like a decent special wall, but why would you REALLy use this over Munchy? Munchlax's only weakness, fighting, is resisted by Gligar, who is often paired up with munch anyways. The only thing Drowzee really gets over Munchy is status, Insomnia and DS support, which I think should be the main point in this blog.

    But, yeah, sleep absorbing and support options all are quite nice to have, even if it doesnt get great offensive capabilities.

    For a partner poke, I think you should add ScarfDour with HP Ground, to take out ghosts with Dark Pulse and HP ground for other houndour, as it should be able to switch into a shdow ball/ Crunch/ random dark/ghost move. There arent that many viable bug types in lc as well, and Drowzee anyways has HP Fire for Paras as long as it gets a Reflect up or opposing Paras isnt running max speed.

    yeah, I think I'll be using this guy a bit , thanks for writing this up :)
  2. Comment by Colloquy, May 27 2009, 06:32 PM
    Okay, I'll add in more about the various advantages. Drowzee is also faster than Munchlax, letting it beat out a few slower Pokemon, namely Paras. I'll add more about its advantages though, thanks!
  3. Comment by bahohns, May 27 2009, 06:44 PM
    Are you sure HP Fire is really the best option to complement HP Psychic? While Drowsee isn't capable of getting perfect coverage out of two moves or anything, being completely unable to damage Flash Fire Houndour seems silly, considering how good of a switch-in it is/would be to Drowsee. Perhaps HP Fighting could go over it? Unless I'm missing something here, the only thing that would wall you are other Psychic types...which are few and far between in Little Cup, and Abra would probably fall to a 3HKO from Psychic (which isn't all that bad).
  4. Comment by Colloquy, May 27 2009, 07:11 PM
    You also wall various Special Attacking Pokemon like Water-types and Sunny Day Grass-type sweepers without Dark-type moves. HP Fighting sounds "decent" to damage Houndour, but you could just switch out to your resisting Pokemon to avoid it. It would be a good option if you can predict switch-ins well.
  5. Comment by MGX, May 27 2009, 07:45 PM
    I think here, HP Fire is more important to deal with Paras rather than HP Fight to deal with Houndour, as Paras is something that should be removed as soon as possible, Houndour is easy to work around. HP Fire also hits Bronzor, who sometimes dont expect it coming, and I think HP Fire is a 3HKO factoring Oran in...
    Drowzee's working great for me so far, T-Waving their Scarfer is just hilarious
  6. Comment by eric the espeon, May 27 2009, 09:29 PM
    I'm curious as to why Twave would be used over Hypnosis.
  7. Comment by MGX, May 27 2009, 09:37 PM
    Shaky Hypnosis accuracy, plus T-Wave sometimes helps with supporting slower sweepers
  8. Comment by MGX, May 27 2009, 09:50 PM
    Point kinda proved last match against eric, where even if Psychic didnt crit and KO, elekid could have KOd your scarfmer
  9. Comment by Macle, May 28 2009, 04:41 PM
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