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Rating: 3.00

Date Reviewed: 01.11.08

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



# 407.

Type: Grass / Poison.

Ability: Natural cure / Poison point.

Locations: Evolve Roselia via shiny stone (Diamond, Pearl)


Hi everyone. Welcome to another Pokémon of the Week. Today we’re reviewing Roserade, the Bouquet Pokémon.


Let’s face it, Roselia was pretty bad. When Budew was announced I was thinking there had to be a reason powerful enough to make a baby out of that thing. When Roserade was revealed I knew it want’s going to be a great Pokémon, but it is definitely a step forward. This is how new evolutions should be. It has a decent special attack, speed and a now better move pool. It definitely went from underused to useable.


Poison point is not a very cool ability because Roserade is not going to handle many hits, its defenses aren’t that great, so natural cure is our best option. It cures status affections when you switch it, it is a huge advantage sometimes, and saves a berry for you.


Let’s move on to the move combinations, let’s see what’s up with this guy…



Nature: Modest (+ Special attack, - Attack).

Equip: Choice scarf.

EV´s: 252 Special attack, 129 Speed, 129 HP.

- Energy ball

- Sludge bomb

- Shadow ball

- HP electric, ice or fire


Hit and runner Roserade is fast, and it hits hard. You already know the strategy. Keep hitting and then switch.



Nature: Modest (+ Special attack, - Attack).

Equip: Heat rock.

EV´s: 252 Special attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP.

- Solar beam

- Weather ball

- Synthesis / Substitute

- Sunny day


It is risky to use sunny day with Roserade because of its weak defenses, but if you manage to do it, Synthesis and solar beam will be strong moves. You can use substitute if you are fast enough.



Nature: Timid (+ Speed, - Attack).

Equip: Black sludge.

EV´s: 252 Special attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP.

- Energy ball

- Sleep powder

- Shadow ball

- HP ice


Infict sleep condition and sweep. It is good against Pokémon that are strong against you, supposing you are faster and that sleep powder hits.



Nature: Timid (+ Speed, - Attack).

Equip: Big root.

EV´s: 252 Special attack, 252 Speed, 6 HP.

- Giga drain

- Substitute / Sludge bomb / HP fire

- Substitute / Sleep powder / Grasswhistle / Toxic

- Leech seed


Focus on sucking as much HP as you can and then sweep or maybe inflict sleep condition and sweep, kind of risky but effective and annoying overall.


When should I use this Pokémon?

Unfortunately Roserade is not as powerful as we wish. There are far better special sweepers and sunny day users. And the sleep condition is a matter of luck that I don’t really enjoy a lot. It is usable, but I don’t feel this Pokémon as I should.


What should I use against this Pokémon?

Metagross will be instant switch or death for this one (unless you inflict sleep condition). Faster effective Pokémon as Weavile or Staraptor will take it out in a couple hits as well.


Bottom line:

I’m about to start school on Monday, but don’t worry as I’ll be bringing you more Pokémon and a couple surprises for the next months. Thanks for reading…





If you have some questions about any game or specific strategy feel free to write to reeve@pojo.com if you find that you can’t write to that address or I don’t answer because of some issues, then try reeve.ryu@gmail.com I’ll be glad to help, trade or battle you…


Hope you enjoyed.


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