Analysis: Medicine Melancholy

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    Analysis: Medicine Melancholy

    Post  Maribel Hearn on Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:35 am

    Medicine Melancholy

    HP: 75
    Atk: 90
    Def: 110
    SAtk: 95
    SDef: 105
    Spd: 85
    Ability: Natural Cure / Regenerator / Poison Touch
    Tier: Fundex OU

    Medicine is a commonly used wall in Fundex OU, thanks to her defensive stats, combined with decent Speed and with Spore and her great walling options. Her signature move Suzuran Poison does good damage and lowers the foe's Speed as well. However, Medicine's very shallow offensive movepool may often leave her unable to harm the opponent. Medicine's passive damage is still impressive and can lead to a lot of problems in the opponent's team. She especially works well in Rain, since that gets rid of her bull's eye: her weakness to Fire.

    "The Forsaken Doll"
    Medicine Melancholy (F) @ Black Sludge
    Ability: Regenerator
    EVs: 244 HP / 166 Def / 96 SDef / 4 Spd
    Calm Nature (+Def, -Atk)
    - Spore
    - Leech Seed
    - Giga Drain / Sweet Kiss / Toxic
    - Suzuran Poison

    With Spore and Leech Seed in your moveset you will surely make your foe cautious (although seeing Medicine is probably already enough of an alert), as the moves will disrupt the foe's team and deal passive damage. Giga Drain is a great move as at both deals damage and heals Medicine even more. Sweet Kiss and Toxic can be used over this for even more disruption, but it leaves Medicine walled by Steel types; only Leech Seed will not be enough to defeat them. Lastly, Suzuran Poison is an obvious move for Medicine, as it lowers Speed and is super effective on Grass types, that are immune to Leech Seed. Medicine needs equal defenses as she can be used to wall either type of offense. You can still use her as an only physical wall, though; for that make her nature Bold and the EVs 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spd.

    Other Options
    Baton Pass, Block, Morning Sun

    Baton Pass with a boosting move changes Medicine's role to supporting, which she can also do, but tentaquil is usually better off doing that job.

    Block leaves the opponent unable to escape, which will hinder them a lot when used together with Spore, unless they switch before Block is used.

    Morning Sun is an option to heal Medicine, but Giga Drain and Leech Seed already work out nicely most times, and she can't easily replace a move for it.

    Checks and Counters
    As Medicine is weak to Fire, outside of Rain, the very hard-hitting Fire types like Satan and Utsuho will easily burn her up. Satan will have to watch out for Spore, though, because he is naturally slower than Medicine. Dr. Octogonapus will easily OHKO Medicine with his 177 Special Attack and powerful Psychic and Flying-type attacks. Stealth and Hibachi are immune to Suzuran Poison and resists Grass heavily, which means they can easily set up on Medicine and proceed to destroy the foe's team. Remember not to switch into Medicine when she hasn't used Spore yet: you will mostly end up having your sweeper put to sleep.

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