Old Generation Pokemon, New Buffs [Pokemon Sun and Moon]

Up until now, the Pokemon that everyone's been fawning over are the new ones. But what about the old generation pokemon? Even they have something to offer!

No Pokémon game would be complete without the old generation Pokémon. While everyone’s fawning over the Alola forms or the new Pokémon, the old Pokémon come with new buffs to improve your team’s over-all power.  The new Pokémon may have new skills; but, there are just some classics that never get old. There are some Pokémon that have been an asset to the team ever since their generation debut. So, what are the Pokémon who have gotten improved? Let’s find out!

List of Buffs and New Abilities

Flygon

flygon-buffs

No. Type
330 Ground Dragon

Flygon buff: Dragon Dance

Despite being similar to the Dragon/Ground-type Garchomp, Flygon’s stats are a little lower than his. Flygon and Garchomp didn’t have too much of a difference. However, in this generation, it learns a new move known as Dragon Dance. It’s a non-damaging dragon-type move that boosts the Attack and Speed of Dragon-type Pokémon. And paired up with Earthquake, Flygon can deal tons of damage.

Suicune

suicune

No. Type
245 Water

Suicune’s buff: Sheer Cold

Suicune, the legendary from Johto, is one of the more durable legendaries.  It also has a 1-hit K.O. move known as Sheer Cold. If this attack lands, the opposing Pokémon is immediately knocked out. However, Suicune in the older games didn’t have Sheer Cold. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Suicune can learn this attack by levelling up.

Moltres

moltres

No. Type
146 Flying Fire

Moltres’ Buff: Overheat

Moltres may be similar to Charizard in terms of type. But, it still ends up being overshadowed from the Attack power Charizard has. To fix this problem, Moltres can now learn Overheat. While it is a powerful fire attack, it does sharply reduce the Sp. Atk. Use this attack wisely.

Gigalith

gigalith

No. Type
526 Rock

Gigalith’s buff: Sand Stream

When Gigalith is in the battle, it triggers a sand storm. Why? It’s because of his new ability, Sand Stream. Upon entering the battle, Gigalith activates Sand Stream which causes a Sandstorm for at least 2-5 turns. With already a hardened defense, Gigalith can withstand long battles and outlast its opponents.

Pelipper

pelipper

No. Type
279 Water Flying

Pelipper’s Buff: New Drizzle ability

While this Pokémon may have been ignored for awhile, Pelipper now has Drizzle. At the start of the battle, Pelipper will activate its Drizzle ability and automatically activate Rain Dance. In the previous versions, this ability only lasts 2-5 turns.

Vanilluxe

vanilluxe

No. Type
584 Ice

Vanilluxe Buff: Snow Warning ability, able to learn Freeze-Dry

Vanilluxe, often underestimated, people would either ignore or just farm it for the 3 EV (Effort Values) for the Sp. Atk. But now, it comes with Snow Warning ability which summons a hail when in battle. While the hail lasts for 2-5 turns, it can now learn Freeze-Dry. This move rapidly cools its opponents and is super-effective against Water-types.

Torkoal

torkoal

No. Type
324 Fire

Torkoal’s buff:New Ability Drought
When switched into battle, Torkoal activates Sunny Day which shines for the next 5-8 turns. While Sunny Day is up, all fire-type moves increase in power. Any water-type Pokémon subjected to this weather will lose Atk Power. In the former generations, Drought affects Pokémon different abilities:

  • Solar Power – it boosts their attack by 50% but loses 1/8th of their HP
  • Flower Gift – it raises team’s Atk and Sp. Def by 50%
  • Dry Skin – Pokémon will lose 1/8th of their HP per turn
  • Leaf Guard ability – immune to non-volatile conditions

Beartic (evolved form of Cubchoo)

beartic

No. Type
678 Ice

Beartic’s Buff: New ability – Slush Rush

While in a hailstorm, Beartic’s speed is doubled. With this new ability, it  buffs Beartic’s already hard-hitting physical attacks. Beartic has a high attack power and has a variety of special attacks that can reduce the speed of your Pokémon. When this is coupled with Icicle Crash, the attack becomes a priority move and has a 30% to cause your Pokémon to flinch before it attacks.

Pokémon with Improved Base Stats and Buffs:

Name HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Agility Buff
Arbok 60 95 69 65 79 80 Attack +10
Dugtrio 35 100 50 50 70 120 Attack +20
Farfetch’d 52 90 55 58 62 60 Attack +25
Dodorio 60 110 70 60 60 110 Speed+10
Electrode 60 50 70 80 80 150 Speed+10
Exeggutor 95 95 85 125 75 55 Tokubo +10
Noctowl 100 50 50 86 96 70 Special Attack +10
Ariados 70 90 70 60 70 40 Special Defense +10
Granbull 65 95 85 55 55 85 Defense +10
Marcargo 60 50 120 90 80 30 HP + 10
Special Attack +10
Corsola 65 55 95 65 95 35 HP + 10
Defense +10
Special Defense +10
Mantine 85 40 70 80 140 70 HP + 20
Swellow 60 85 60 75 50 125 Special Attack +10
Pelipper 60 50 100 95 70 65 Special Attack +10
Masquerain 70 60 62 100 82 80 Special Attack +10
agility +20
Delcatty 70 65 65 55 55 90 Speed+10
Volbeat 65 73 75 47 85 85 Defense +20
Special Defense +10
Illumise 65 47 75 73 85 85 Defense +20
Special Defense +10
Lunatone 90 55 65 95 85 70 HP + 20
Solrock 90 95 85 55 65 70 HP + 20
Chimecho 75 50 80 95 90 65 HP + 10
Defense +10
Special Defense +10
Woobat 65 45 43 55 43 72 HP + 10
Crustle 70 105 125 65 75 45 Attack +10
Beartic 95 130 80 70 80 50 Attack +20
Cryogonal 80 50 50 95 135 105 HP + 10
Defense +20

Buffed Up Attacks

Move Name Previous Now
Ally Switch Priority +1 Priority +2
Parabolic Charge Power 50 Power 65
Flying Press Power 80 Power 100
Diamond Storm Defense 1 UP Defense 2  UP

With the new buffs, you sure you’re ready to take on all the challenges? If you’re going global, make sure you check on your team. After all, even one point can tip the odds in your favour.

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