#359 – Absol
Japanese Name: アブソル (Abusoru)
Classification: Disaster Pokémon
Weight: 103.6 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 65 / Atk 130 / Def 60 / SpAtk 75 / SpDef 60 / Spd 75
Absol is one of those Pokémon that never really gets any notoriety because it has no evolutionary forms. Without the boosts in base stats that come along with evolving, Absol is a fairly stagnant Pokémon that needs some help to really shine. But that help is readily available, and while I would absolutely DIE for a 6th Gen evolutionary form for Absol, we have to work with what we’ve been given now. Absol will absolutely never stand up in an OU fight, but in NU or perhaps even UU, she’s got some good things going for her.
Leveling up, Absol has a few things to look to. Swords Dance at lvl 25 is going to pump up her Attack by two stages, which is going to be her biggest asset. Sucker Punch at lvl 44 is a great option to have if you come up against another Sweeper and are worried that Absol won’t be fast enough to get in first (because Heaven knows she won’t be able to take a hit for anything). This is a very legitimate concern without a support Pokémon to bolster her horrendously mediocre Speed. Then at lvls 52 and 60, she’ll learn Night Slash and Psycho Cut. Nigh Slash is an amazing opportunity for her STAB to come through, and Psycho Cut can help you handle any tight spots with a Fighting type.
TMs have some interesting prospects for Absol as well. TM01: Hone Claws gets you a boost in Attack and Accuracy, which might be okay if you’re looking at some potential attacks with 80% accuracy or less. While most of Absol’s moveset is very accurate, you may find yourself in a situation where the boost in Accuracy might be worth opting for a one-stage boost in Attack over the two-stage boost that Swords Dance would get you. Absol also has the potential to make an interesting lead for an Ice team. TM07: Hail can be tossed out at the end of her run, which will let you save your full weather bringer in the face of a tough opponent. The same can be applied to a Sun team with the use of TM11: Sunny Day. TM46: Thief can be devastating in competitive battles where trainers often rely heavily on their items. TM71: Stone Edge is another great choice to give Absol a little more type coverage – but be careful about relying too heavily on this 80% accuracy move.
There are some TMs I would highly suggest going against in Absol’s build. Shadow Claw, while it is a good Ghost-type move, will super-effectively hit just about anything Night Slash would, and Shadow Claw doesn’t get the bonus of Absol’s STAB. X-Scissor is also a potential, but Absol has access to a better Bug move through breeding that I’ll get to in a minute. She’ll also learn Curse through breeding, but unless you’re opting for a strong Sucker Punch sweep, I’d stay away from it.
Speaking of! Let’s discuss Absols’ Egg Moves. There’s some winners in here, folks. Magic Coat is an interesting option, as it’ll bounce back any status effecting moves as well as Leech Seed in the face of a Sub-Seeding Whimsicott. Better yet? Absol has access to Megahorn through breeding. This base 120 power Physical Bug attack, while only having an 85% accuracy, is only learned by 15 other Pokemon through level up or breeding. This move will REALLY mess up another Dark-type’s day, and with scads of them clogging up the 5th Generation of Pokemon, you’ll be thankful you have it.
Abilities are touch and go for Absol. Pressure is an okay ability, as it definitely helps bring down Stallers, but Absol doesn’t have the hit points or the defenses to out-stall another Pokemon. Absol’s Dream World ability is Justified, and while the boost in Attack would be nice, she’ll only get it if she’s hit by a Dark type move – and that’s if she survives the attack. However, Absol also can have the ability Super Luck. Let me tell you, I about exploded with excitement when I found this out. Super Luck boosts Absol’s critical hit ratio. If you’ll notice, a lot of Absol’s best physical attacks have high critical hit ratios — Shadow Claw, Night Slash, Psycho Cut, and Stone Edge. Pile that on with the Scope Lens, and you’re looking at a 1 in 4 chance of making a critical hit. Try not to rely on this too heavily, because as I discovered in the tournament in which I utilized her, no matter how great this seems against NPCs, you’ll never get all the crits you want against another player. (It’s Murphy’s Law. We hate Murphy.)
That being said, I would definitely suggest the Scope Lens for Absol’s hold item. Black Glasses will boost Absol’s STAB, which when coupled with Night Slash and Super Luck could be a very devastating combo. If you’re planning on trying a Curse/Sucker Punch combo, I’d suggest a Focus Sash just to be sure she won’t get OHKO by a bulky Physical Sweeper or a crafty Special Sweeper (or, heaven forbid, a Fighting type lead). If you’re looking at a good type coverage spread, you wouldn’t be remiss in trying the Expert Belt for a held item. Imagine landing a Critical hit with Psycho Cut after Swords Dancing on an unsuspecting Fighting type.
EV training is pretty straight-forward for Absol. You’re definitely going to want to sink all 252 marbles into Attack. The remaining EVs you can do with as you’d like. I would suggest Speed first, then potentially HP. I don’t think that trying to sink EVs into either of her Defenses is going to do you any good with how low her base stats are.
To really let Absol shine, however, you need to be willing to have a good support Pokémon on your team. You’ll want a strong, fast Pokemon with access to something like Swords Dance or any other Attack or Speed boosting moves. Then you’ll want to Baton Pass them out to Absol. For instance, a Speed Boost Ninjask with Swords Dance can get at least one Speed Boost and one Swords Dance in time to Baton Pass them both out to Absol (with the safety net of a Focus Sash). This gives Absol the boost in Speed she desperately needs to truly shine as well as a further boost to her Attack for maximum sweeping potential.
So don’t be like everyone else and look over poor Absol. This Pokémon is absolutely beautiful and has amazing potential if you have the patience, cunning, and talent to unlock it. I’ve affectionately named my Absol Corentine, a name that means “Dangerous Tempest.” I’m looking forward to finding her appropriate niche in my Pokémon teams.