Japanese Name: トゲキッス (Togekiss)
Classification: Jubilee Pokémon
Weight: 83.8 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 87.5% – Female 12.5%
Base Stats: HP 85 / Atk 50 / Def 95 / SpAtk 120 / SpDef 115 / Spd 80
Togekiss is the cutest aerial bomber of all time. Fantastic defenses, great special offense, fantastic movepool, and usable Speed make him a premier addition to many kinds of teams. With the sublime ability Serene Grace causing the light of the universe to shine upon him, Togekiss certainly lives up to his reputation of blessing those who encounter him with happiness. While Normal/Flying types are often looked upon with a certain degree of disdain due to their mediocrity, Togekiss has the potential to surprise any opponent with his quirky and cheerful nature, even after he sweeps their whole team.
Togekiss’ stats are perfectly aligned for a bulky special attacker. 85/95/115 defenses give him incredible defensive prowess, even to the point of absorbing unboosted Rock attacks with ease with little to no defensive investment. Due to the nature of his 120 Special Attack stat and the presence of a SpA boosting move, one can even invest more into Togekiss’ defenses than one normally would, further emphasizing his role as the tank of the skies. Speaking of offense, though, Togekiss is unquestioningly a powerful Special presence. Even with Hustle increasing the damage of all physical attacks, a base stat of 50 pales in value when compared to the base stat of 120 on the Special side. With a base Speed of 80, Togekiss falls into the same speed tier as Pokemon like Dragonite and Mamoswine, and will be outsped by a number of Pokemon in the higher tiers. However, this doesn’t mean one should be scared of using Togekiss in competition with the faster Pokemon – you just need to know when to pick your battles.
Speaking of picking battles, Togekiss has a number of tricks up its wings to give itself an edge. Thunder Wave is a fantastic move to even the Speed check odds and give general team support. Reflect and Light Screen, as well as Substitute, are both able to be taught by TM as well, and can help to increase bulkiness in a pinch and make Togekiss that much harder to TKO. Togekiss has a number of ways to heal itself, with Rest, Wish (Togetic, level 29), Morning Sun (Egg Move) and Roost (Gen 4 TM). Nasty Plot is one of Togekiss’ main boosting options, the other being Work Up. Nasty Plot is an Egg Move, though, but with Togekiss’ 87.5% chance to be male, you’re almost guaranteed to get a male for breeding fodder. Togekiss’ pre-evolution, Togetic, also learns some status moves that are worth considering. Yawn, Encore, Baton Pass and Bestow are interesting ideas to consider, but one will have to build a Togekiss with those moves with care. Finally, a great way to trick an opponent who has believed he has crippled Togekiss with Toxic or Paralysis is the Egg Move Psycho Shift, passing the status condition back with impunity.
Offensively, Togekiss pounds out hits from a huge number of elemental types. AncientPower gives nice coverage against Flying, Ice, Bug and Fire, and has the 10% chance to raise all of Togekiss’ stats one stage, which can be game-changing. Togekiss has access to Grass moves in the form of Solar Beam, Grass Knot and Magical Leaf. Magical Leaf has low base power, but is nice due to its flawless accuracy, where Grass Knot is nice to counter slow, heavy threats like Swampert. Fire Blast and Flamethrower provide additional coverage against Steel and Grass types, notably Ferrothorn, who will be OHKOd from Fire Blast.
Togekiss’ main attack options are almost always Air Slash and/or Aura Sphere. Air Slash with the ability Serene Grace makes for a Togekiss who has a 60% chance to land a Flinch on a Pokemon, which is incredibly powerful with a speedier Togekiss. Aura Sphere, in addition to never being able to miss, is a base 90 special Fighting attack, which blasts Dark, Steel, Rock, Ice, and Normal types for supereffective damage. Psychic is always an option, striking Fighting and Poison types for supereffective damage, but is usually a lesser option. He can learn Psystrike, though, which is able to take special walls by surprise that an opponent would not normally expect.
On the physical side, if running a Hustle Togekiss, there are a number of STAB options for Togekiss to use. ExtremeSpeed gives Togekiss a STAB priority move with a base power of 80. Return, Frustration, Double Edge and Last Resort are all Normal type moves that deal direct damage with a STAB bonus, which not many Pokemon can claim. On the Flying side, though, Togekiss’ options are far less stellar – Aerial Ace, Pluck and Peck are some of his only same-turn attacks, with low power and mediocre effects. Sky Attack has a base power of 140, but is a two-turn attack that leaves Togekiss wide open to counterswitching or counterattacking, making it a very shaky and unreliable STAB option.
When it comes to abilities, Serene Grace is possibly Togekiss’ best bet. Abusing the Flinch hax on Air Slash makes him a terror of the skies, not to mention any increased Burn rates from Fire Blast or power-ups from AncientPower. Hustle has some potential, but his moves are too unpredictable on the physical end to really capitalize off of his impressive stats. Good things are possible with the Hidden Ability Super Luck, though. Increasing the chances for critical hits is always fun, and unlike some other Super Luck Pokemon, Togekiss has the natural bulk to abuse such an ability without fear of being instantly OHKOd.
For sure, this cute kite of certain doom is well worth considering a place on a team. Togekiss has the stats, the moves, the abilities and the flexibility to make it in just about any role you want it to fill. Take a look at just how amazing he can be and you might be inspired to create something as dastardly as the Evil Togepi from the anime.