#151 – Mew
Japanese Name: ミュウ (Myuu)
Classification: New Species Pokémon
Weight: 8.8 lbs
Gender Ratios: Mew is Genderless
Base Stats: HP 100 / Atk 100 / Def 100 / SpAtk 100 / SpDef 100 / Spd 100
Mew is a very strange Pokemon on the competitive front. Considered an OU Pokemon by Smogon and a UU Pokemon by Pokemon Online, everyone involved can at least agree that Mew’s versatility is limitless. With the ability to learn every HM, TM, and Move Tutor move in the game and decent stats across the board, Mew has literally limitless builds. I’m going to do my best in the following post to detail out a few archetypal Mew builds as well as providing some insight on unique builds that will hopefully inspire you to go about creating your very own New Species Pokemon.
Let’s start with a Support Role Mew. This build for Mew allows the Pokemon to take advantage of its typing as well as working to cripple your opponent’s team. Mew has several very exciting options for a Support role, and since none of them are Egg moves, they can be used in any combination. Rock Polish, Swords Dance, Nasty Plot, Barrier, Amnesia, Hone Claws, Calm Mind, Bulk-Up, Work Up, and Iron Defense give Mew the ability to boost up itself in any stat or combination of stats that can then subsequently be Baton Passed off to your other party members. This boost in stats can turn a natural wall into a powerful sweeper or turn a frail sweeper into a powerhouse with unbelievable staying power. With a set revolving around these moves, Mew provides an amazing pivot for your team. As such, pumping its defenses and HP is going to give Mew the staying power it needs to build up enough boosts to make the set worthwhile.
Mew can also fill a Cleric role. It can set up both Reflect and Light Screen to give the rest of the team a bit of staying power. It also has access to Heal Bell to remove any status conditions afflicting teammates. Alternatively, it can use Safeguard to prevent new status conditions from occurring. This role can also be supplemented with one of three HP restoration moves – Roost, Synthesis, and Soft-Boiled.
Mew also has the ability to act as a grief Pokemon. It can break walls, cripple enemy sweepers, and wreak absolute havoc on a team. In this role, Mew can make amazing use of status condition moves like Wil-O-Wisp, Toxic, and Thunderwave. Mew can also make amazing use of moves like Taunt to shut down stalling walls. Other options to wreak havoc on your foes include Reflect Type, Roar, Telekinesis (which could be especially effective in Doubles battles), Torment, Facade, Thief, Fling, Quash, Embargo, Swagger, Snarl, Block, Covet, Gastro Acid, Pain Split, Skill Swap, Spite, Trick, and Worry Seed.
Another very interesting thing Mew can do is set up a very specialized team. Mew has access to Gravity, Trick Room, Wonder Room, Tailwind, Magic Room, and Magic Coat.
Mew also has amazingly diverse options for damaging moves. Psychic and Aura Sphere are two of Mew’s most iconic damaging moves, but that is only the surface of what this powerful Pokemon has to offer. Dragon Claw, Psyshock, Venoshock, Ice Beam, Blizard, Solarbeam, Thunderbolt, Thunder, Earthquake, Shadow Ball, Brick Break, Sludge Wave, Sludge Bomb, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, Overheat, Focus Blast, Energy Ball, Charge Beam, Acrobatics, Explosion, Shadow Claw, Payback, Stone Edge, Volt Switch, Rock Slide, X-Scissor, Dragon Tail, Poison Jab, Grass Knot, U-Turn, Flash Cannon, Wild Charge, Surf, Waterfall, Aqua Tail, Bounce, Dark Pulse, Dragon Pulse, Drain Punch, Drill Run, Dual Chop, Earth Power, Electro Web, Fire Punch, Foul Play, Giga Drain, Gunk Shot, Heat Wave, Hyper Voice, Ice Punch, Iron Tail, Outrage, Seed Bomb, Signal Beam, Sky Attack, Super Power, Thunderpunch, and Zen Headbutt are all damaging moves that Mew can make use of. With that many options, there is absolutely no way that your foe will be able to accurately predict you. This also gives Mew a unique edge in being able to effectively counter any Pokemon who may come into the battlefield to threaten it.
Because Mew’s role is so diverse, choosing an EV spread that will suit its role is vital. If you’re going with a sweeper, you need to make sure you tailor the moveset so that Speed and either Attack or Special Attack become the main focus of your EV training plan. A Mew meant to act as a Cleric, Supporter, or Griefer needs to have a different EV plan. Those roles are better supported by a boost to Defenses and HP. You’re going to want to do a lot of research when EV training your Mew because with base stats of 100 across the board, it can be difficult to push Mew into the levels of other Pokemon who could fill similar roles.
Mew’s major draw is its diversity and unpredictability on the battlefield. This Pokemon has so many options available to it, that a foe may begin to play much more conservatively just to try and figure out what you have going on. Give Mew a lot of thought when planning your next team and be sure to choose a role for it that will make effective use of its diverse movepool as well as providing your team with an amazing boost.
(Disclaimer: Mew is my favorite Pokemon of all time. I believe that every team needs a Mew. Even if it is a Legendary.)