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Celebi and a few others in OU?!

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I was scanning Pokèmon Showdown when I notice the list got longer. I totally flipped out when I saw Celebi on OU and a few unexpected others. I was like "Ermmygawd how come Celebi in in OU blahblahblah..."

Have I missed something, or PS just got flipped because everyone started using a lot more Pokèmon?

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I don't understand. Why wouldn't Celebi be in OU?
mmm Nasty Plot Celebi taking names...

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Celebi is in OU because of:

  • Great balanced overall stats
  • Diverse move pool

Celebi has a base 100 in every stat making it a very useful Pokemon.

Also, it has moves like Heal Bell, which make it an effective Cleric, given the high number of sets in OU based on status affliction.

Smogon's page on Celebi lists that it can be effective in straight up offensive, defensive as well as Baton Passing teams, thus making it OU.

It is bulky enough to take a few hits, strong enough to hit back, fast enough, well, you get the idea.

A common moveset that one generally sees on Celebi on PS! is:

  • Leaf Storm
  • U-turn
  • Heal Bell
  • Recover/ Toxic

So you see, Celebi makes good use of its stat distribution, so that is what keeps it in OU.

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