No doubt about it, Rowlet was the fan favourite starter Pokémon of generation 7. Everyone fell in love with this adorable owl from the get go and as we found out its evolution line, these feelings increased until we were left with the Robin Hood Pokémon Decidueye. Perhaps even cooler was that on reaching its final stage, Decidueye became a Grass/Ghost-type and gained a rather useful unique move called Spirit Shackle. If this move lands on a Pokémon it is not allowed to leave the battle. This gave Decidueye an interesting niche in competitive battling and got a lot of players looking its way.
With 107 attack and 100 special defence, compared to its 100 special attack and 75 defence, Decidueye was obviously best suited to a utility role. Its balanced stats and very wide move pool allow him to fill many roles on a variety of teams. Also due to its similar attacking stats, it allows the Arrow Quill Pokémon to attack in any way you choose allowing for some surprising movesets.
Still, with all these plus points, Decidueye suffers from the 4 move issue; there are so many good moves to have on this Pokémon it is incredibly hard to nail down which ones you should use. Its 75 health also makes having some sort of healing on this Pokemon mandatory which in turn locks out another move. Its 70 speed is also not that impressive. That being said, here is the set we have been using with a fair amount of success:
Hold item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD /4 Spe
– Toxic or Defog
– Spirit Shackle
– Leaf Blade
Not going to lie, this Pokémon is a little complex to use well. Roost is here so we can heal off a lot of damage along with leftovers, which heal about 5-7% of a Pokémon’s health each turn. The goal here is to Spirit Shackle an opposing Pokémon which cannot outright knock out Decidueye, poison it with Toxic and/or wear it down with Leaf Blade or more Spirit Shackles. Thanks to Decidueye’s typing, you can wall popular attacking Pokemon with ease such as some of the Ultra Beasts and Tapu’s. This is also why the EV spread is focused on maximising its health and special defence; it allows for Decidueye to stay around longer and take more damage. This is also why the last few EV’s have been put into Decidueye’s speed stat; it allows it to outspeed other Decidueye along with various support Pokémon currently being used.
Another benefit is Decidueye’s Ghost-typing; if an opponent would bring in another utility Pokémon to try and heal, remove any field hazards etc, Decidueye can stop them in their tracks and force them to stick around with Spirit Shackle. Then moves like Rapid Spin, an attack which removes field hazards like Stealth Rocks, will fail to work and you can take out the offending Pokémon with ease. This ability to mess around with other Pokémon is also why you can swap out Toxic for Defog; this move removes all hazards from the battlefield and can be a lifesaver if you Spirit Shackle in a Pokémon who loves to set up these nasty threats.
This is all for now, but are there any Pokémon you want to be given the competitive treatment? Have you seen any sets you think are better? Let us know and it may be the next Pokémon we look at next time. Until then, give these sets a try, I think you will be surprised just how good they can be whether online or in the Battle Tree. If you are looking for more advice, read our Pokemon Sun and Moon Tips and Tricks Guide.