Freshly Painted Baton
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Spd, 4 Def
Item: Focus Sash
Ability: Own Tempo
- Quiver Dance / Shell Smash / Cosmic Power / Shift Gear
- Substitute / Ingrain
- Baton Pass
Personally, I find Smeargle to be the best Pokemon to start a Baton Pass Chain with. It's easy to see why: It learns every boosting move and Spore. First off, keep in mind that it's a lot more practical to run Focus Sash than White Herb if you're running Shell Smash because Smeargle is incredibly frail, and a single hit can down it with or without defenses down. It's desireable for making sure your next Pokemon is safe, but it's a big gamble. I just believe that Focus Sash is much safer than White Herb here.
Slot 1: Pick the Boosting Move that you want for your team.
Slot 2: Spore is necessary to buy time for Smeargle. 75 Base Speed isn't amazing by any stretch of the imagination and with Focus Sash, it can at least insure itself a crippled opponent and at least one turn to boost.
Slot 3: Substitute protects Smeargle from statuses and can be passed (Though they won't be too bulky) and Ingrain prevents Roar/Whirlwind from working and offers constant healing.
Slot 4: You can't make a Baton Pass set without Baton Pass.
Octillery + Smeargle on the Baton Pass set is horrifying. Any boosts at all will help out Octillery since it can go mixed so easily, and it has Suction Cups, so it won't be reliant on Ingrain.
Priority and Taunt. I'm not going to sugar coat it: Those are the two things that beat Smeargle. Pokemon with Insomnia and Vital Spirit give Smeargle lots of trouble thanks to their Spore immunity as well. Just punch Smeargle a lot and it will go down. Usually in one or two hits.
The Moody Ban
Okay, it's easy to see why this ability was banned thanks to Smeargle. Consider the idea of +2 on one stat and -1 on another stat every turn and that Smeargle usually is going to use Spore and a Boosting Move before it leaves play. That's plenty of time to soak up boosts, good or bad.
Last edited by TimmahX; 13th May 2012 at 3:23 PM.
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