Guide to Common Items used in Competitive Battles

Guide to Common Items used in Competitive Battles

AbsorbBulb.pngAbsorb Bulb

    How to get one: In XY, Absorb Bulb can be bought from the Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from Battle Resort. Competitive use: Boosts Special Attack of the Pokémon if hit by a Water-type attack. Absorb Bulb is a one-time use only hold item. Basically, you want any special attacker that is weak to Water type moves to hold the Absorb Bulb. If you anticipate an incoming Water type attack and time your switch in correctly, and couple Absorb Bulb with Storm Drain Cradily, you get a massive boost to Cradily's Special Attack for example.

AirBalloon.png Air Balloon

    How to get one: In XY, Air Balloon can be bought from Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from Battle Resort. Competitive use: Makes the Pokémon immune to Ground-type attacks. Air Balloon disappears if the holding Pokémon is hit by a move. Air balloon @ Heatran is a good option especially because a) it temporarily makes Heatran's glaring weakness to Ground type moves disappear and b) is a good counter to the likes of Sand Rush Excadrill. Air Balloon Heatran can also force your opponent into making a switch which buys you enough time to go for an all out attack and/or plan your next move. Aegislash, Raichu and Magnezone are a few other Pokémon who put Air Balloon to good use.

AssaultVest.png Assault Vest

    How to get one: In XY, Assault Vest can be bought at the Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from Battle Resort. Competitive use: Increases the Special Defense stat of the holding Pokémon by 50% but forces the same Pokémon to only use damaging attacks. Assault Vest Metagross is a pretty viable combination because it enables Metagross to switch into Psychic/Fairy type and threaten them with super-effective Pursuit/Meteor Mash. Azumarill and Conkeldurr are two other good options for an Assault Vest set. You want an offensive tank that can take to be the vest-wearer so that your Pokémon can take some special hits while dealing some heavy damage to the opponent.

ChoiceBand.png Choice Band

    How to get one: In XY, Choice Band can be bought from the Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from Battle Resort. Competitive use: Attack of the holding Pokémon is increased by 50% but the Pokémon is limited to using the first attack it uses until it is withdrawn from battle. Choice Band is a preferable item over Life Orb if you don't want your physical sweeper to suffer from recoil damage. Ideally, you want to couple STAB with the Choice Band to spam and deal massive damage to your opponent. Caution must be exercised when your opponent switches into a bulky, defensive wall to absorb your physical attacks. Krookodile, Machamp and Gyarados put Choice Band to good use.

ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf

    How to get one: In XY, Choice Scarf can be bought from the Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from Battle Resort. Competitive use: Speed of the holding Pokémon is increased by 50%, but the Pokémon is limited to using the first attack it uses until it is withdrawn from battle. Like the Choice Band, Choice Scarf locks the holder into using a single move in exchange for some pretty handy speed boost. Choice Scarf Flygon is a beast when it's used as a revenge killer thanks to its impressive Attack, Speed and typing and lures in several Water-types to offer you the perfect opportunity to pull out an expected move like Toxic and catch them by surprise as they switch in. A Jolly Darmanitan when equipped with a Choice Scarf even outspeeds threats like Mega Sceptile and Mega Aerodactyl. Tyrantrum also puts Scarf to good use.

ChoiceSpecs.png Choice Specs

    How to get one: In XY, Choice Specs can be bought from the Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from Battle Resort. Competitive use: Special Attack of the holding Pokémon is increased by 50%, but the Pokémon is limited to using the first attack it uses until it is withdrawn from battle. Choice Specs Keldeo breaks through walls with immense power, especially coupled with STAB Hydro Pump. Latias, Latios and Rotom-Wash all make good use of Specs.

Eviolite.png Eviolite

    How to get one: In XY, Eviolite can be found in Shalour City. In ORAS, the same can be found on Route 123. Competitive use: Eviolite when equipped to a Pokémon that is capable of evolving, boosts the Pokémon's Defense and Special Defense by 50% in battle. Since battling unevolved Pokémon are rare in OU, it is quite easy to know that the Pokémon is holding an Eviolite. Chansey makes good use of the item by becoming a defensive wall but is completely reliant on Eviolite to tank hits so if you're expecting a Knock Off, it would be a wise decision to switch out. Roselia and Rhydon are also good users of Eviolite outside of the OU tier.

ExpertBelt.png Expert Belt

    How to get one: In XY, Expert Belt can be found in Lumiose City. In ORAS, the same can be found on Route 110. Competitive use: The holding Pokémon's super-effective move power is boosted by 20%. You would want to make a Pokémon with a diverse movepool hold this Belt. For example, Jirachi, Keldeo and Zapdos, all of whom have good coverage moves and can also hit well.

FocusSash.png Focus Sash

    How to get one: In XY, Focus Sash can be bought from the Battle Maison. In ORAS, the same can be bought from the Battle Resort. Competitive use: If the holding Pokémon has full HP but is hit by an attack that would knock it out, this item prevents the holder from fainting and keeps it at 1HP. This is a one-time use only during battles and will disappear after it has been used. Note that even if you take small damage at the start from perhaps Sandstorm/Hail or Fake Out, Focus Sash will not save your Pokémon from a OHKO. Breloom, Bisharp and Weavile are nice Sash holders. You want to equip the Sash on a Pokémon which is frail and expected to be knocked out on the first turn but you want to use the first turn to either boost your attack/special attack or speed to do some hardcore damage before fainting. Focus Sash Breloom baits the likes of Talonflame before killing it with 4x Rock Tomb.

Leftovers.png Leftovers

    How to get one: In XY, Leftovers can be found on Route 12. In ORAS, the same can be found on SS Tidal. Competitive use: If a Pokémon holds the Leftovers, the Pokémon will heal one-sixteenth (1/16) of its maximum HP every turn. So basically if the Pokémon lasts 8 turns in battle without switching out, half of its HP will have healed. Your Pokémon will heal automatically without using a healing move. Leftovers offer good passive recovery to the likes of Blissey, Wailord and Wobbuffet to name a few.

LifeOrb.png Life Orb

    How to get one: In XY, Life Orb can be bought from Battle Maison and in ORAS, from Battle Resort. Competitive use: The damage from the moves of the holding Pokémon is increased by 30% but the same holder also loses 10% of its maximum HP each turn. Unlike Choice Band, Life Orb does not restrict or lock the holder into using a single move but it does force the holder to take recoil damage each turn. Regardless, Life Orb is still one of the most popular items used in competitive battles. Life Orb Excadrill destroys with Earthquake and even 2HKOs Ferrothorn. Heatran and Garchomp are also solid options.

RockyHelmet.png Rocky Helmet

    How to get one: In XY, Rocky Helmet can be found in Ambrette Town and in ORAS, on Route 119. Competitive use: Causes the attacker or your opponent to receive recoil damage (1/6 of max HP) if they make a Physical hit/contact with the holding Pokémon. Amoonguss, Ferrothorn and Hippowdon are strong options for this item. Rocky Helmet basically discourages the opponent to try and do physical damage to your Pokémon and this could be used to your advantage by hiding some of your Pokémon's weaknesses.

ShellBell.png Shell Bell

    How to get one: In XY, Shell Bell can be found in Dendemille Town. In ORAS, the same can be found in Shoal Cave. Competitive use: If a Pokémon holds the Shell Bell, it recovers 1/8 of the damage it inflicts on its opponents.

WeaknessPolicy.png Weakness Policy

    How to get one: In XY, Weakness Policy can be bought from the Battle Maison and in ORAS, from the Battle Resort. Competitive use: Raises the holding Pokémon's Attack and Special Attack stats by two stages whenever it is hit by a move that is Super Effective. In OU, Dragonite and Tyranitar make for good Policy holders and can surprise your opponent. Because these are bulky, they can tank a few hits and make use of the attack/special attack boost to wipe out the opponent without having to resort to self-enhancing moves like Dragon Dance.
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