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Bug Bite Iron Defense Poison Sting Tackle
252 Atk / 252 Sp Def / 4 HP
Iron Defense is arguably the most notable attack
here, but although Iron Defense skyrockets Silcoon's Defense to very high levels, its main
counters, including Zubat and Cyndaquil, usually favor Special attacks. Most NUs will have a lot of
trouble with Silcoon regardless because most sweepers, including both Nidorans, Starly, Pidgey and Seedot,
all favor Physical attacks. The other 3 attacks listed are Silcoon's most useful ones, as it
only gets a handful of attacks to really work with. Poison Sting is most useful for poisoning the foe,
and unlike most other Poison Sting-users, Silcoon has a chance of making use of the poison
damage if it can face off against a physical sweeper.
Silcoon provides a great physical wall for almost
any NU team, and it should be noted that statistically, Silcoon has the exact same stats and useful
moves as Cascoon. It can stand up against most Squirtles and Turtwigs who favor physical attacks,
something that other Bug Bite-users such as Weedle, Wurmple and even Metapod cannot do. Good
teammates include Squirtle, who can cushion Fire attacks that threaten Silcoon, and helps against
Zubats. Silcoon has trouble against Bulbasaur, who can Toxic stall it to death, so one's own Zubat
can also work as a teammate, however one must be wary of STAB Fire attacks.
As with Cascoon, Silcoon's best use is for walling attacks. Using Nidoran-M or Nidoran-F to set up
Toxic Spikes and using Silcoon to wall off damage is arguably its best strategy because of its rather
limited movepool. Both Cascoon and Silcoon, however, need full support from Cyndaquil and other Fire
attack-users because they cannot take any type of Flamethrower.
As with all Bug-type NUs, Zubat is the best counter
against Silcoon. While physical variants will have a tougher time if Silcoon pulls off an Iron
Defense, any Zubat with Heat Wave, Air Slash or Sludge Bomb usually mean the death of
Silcoon. Cyndaquil can hit Silcoon with a STAB Flamethrower, which does not hit its high
Defense stat, while Silcoon is nearly answerless back, apart from poison from a Poison Sting.
Torchic is in the same category. Bulbasaur can use Toxic and/or Leech Seed against Silcoon, and
can stall it out, as Silcoon generally doesn't have enough power to take down any Bulbasaur that
invests in Defense.
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