Grass Pokémon are not my go-to choices, but some are more than powerful enough to be effective. This is especially true if they are part of a good team composition.
Considering how strengths and weakness work in these games, you might think the Grass-type could be better.
For instance, they have more weaknesses than Flying-type Pokémon. There are seven types that take half damage from grass attacks, and they only have about four resistances.
However, grass-type Pokémon often learn attacks from other types and can become significantly better when they have a combined type.
So, if you want an excellent Grass-type Pokémon in your party, here are some of the best Grass-type Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.
Arboliva is the weakest Pokémon in this list. It is a B-tier Grass-, Normal-type Pokémon with 510 total base stats. Its Special Attack IV can go as high as 125, which allows Arboliva to take down many powerful enemies with a single hit.
That, combined with its low HP and mediocre defense stats, make Arboliva a glass cannon capable of dishing impressive damage from its special attacks.
That said, it is also a Pokémon with a significantly low base Speed, making it fairly risky to use. You can one-shot enemies as long as you survive their attack, so keep that in mind.
Since its Speed is so low, go for the Quiet Nature, which increases the Pokémon’s special attack while lowering its Speed stat. To be honest, Arboliva’s Speed is so low that it’ll barely make any difference.
As for its weaknesses and strengths, Arboliva is weak to Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice, and Fighting attacks. On the other hand, it is immune to Ghost-type attacks and takes half damage from Rock, Water, Grass, and Electric ones.
Laeafeon is one of the cutest Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet. As an Eevee’s evolution, Leafeon is a pure Grass-type Pokémon.
You can get a Leafeon by using a Leaf Stone on your Eevee. Since there aren’t many great Grass-type Pokémon in this game, you can probably get a better partner, but you don’t have that many choices.
The lack of a secondary type does cause Leafeon some trouble. It takes twice as much damage from Flying, Ghost, Bug, Fire, and Ice attacks.
Although it takes half damage from Ground, Water, Leaf, and Electric attacks, Leafeon has more vulnerabilities than resistances.
Still, it is a decent B-tier Pokémon with up to 525 total base stats.
With the Impish nature, it can have +10% defense, which helps since its defense stat is up to 130. Use physical attacks with this Pokemon. Its attack is decent, 100, but its special attack only goes up to 60.
Meowscarada is not an S-tier Pokemon, but it is really close to it. It can have 530 total base stats and might come with either Overgrow, Swift Swim, or Protean as an ability.
Its highest IV stats are Speed, which can be up to 124, and Attack, which can be as high as 110.
Being that fast with a decent enough attack stat makes Meowscarada a very reliable Grass-type choice, but you must go mostly with physical attacks to make the most of his damage potential.
Since Meowscarada is also a Dark-type Pokemon, it is especially vulnerable to Bug-type attacks. Luckily, this is not the most popular type in the franchise. That said, it still takes double damage from Flying, Poison, Fire, Ice, Fighting, and Fairy attacks.
On the other hand, this Pokémon is immune to Psychic attacks and takes 50% less damage from Ground, Water, Grass, Electric, Ghost, and Dark attacks.
This pretty much means that Meowscarada is effective against half of Pokémon types and Weak against the other half.
Brute Bonnet Amoonguss
Brute Bonnet Amoonguss is an Scalet Exclusive Paradox Pokémon. As the name suggests, it is a Paradox version of Paradox Amoonguss.
This is a reasonably powerful Pokémon with 570 total base stats, which puts it in the S-Tier. Its Type combination, Grass and Dark, makes Brute Bonnet Amoonguss weak to seven attack types and resistant to the other seven.
It takes twice as much damage from Flying, Poison, Fire, Ice, Fighting, and Fairy attacks. Be especially careful with Bug-type attacks.
Although Bug-types are not the most used Pokémon, Brute Bonnet Amoonguss takes four times as much damage from Bug attacks.
On the other hand, this pokémon takes only half as much damage from Rock, Water, Grass, Electric, Ghost, and Dark attacks. It is also immune to psychic attacks.
Having so many weaknesses and strengths make Brute Bonnet Amoonguss a high-risk, high-reward type of Pokémon.
This is even more significant when you consider the fact its highest IV stat is Attack, which can be up to 127 or higher if you have the Brave Nature.
Wo-Chien is undoubtedly an interesting S-Tier Pokémon. Although its damage is lower than Meowscarada’s, it actually can have a total base stat of 580. Its ability can be Guard Dog and Tablets of Ruin.
With the Sassy Nature, Wo-Chien has +10% Special Defense, which is already his highest IV stat, being up to 135. Its Defense stat is 100, which is also pretty high.
Similarly to Meowscarada, Wo-Chien is a Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon, making it effective against half of the cast and not great against the other half.
That said, this Pokémon isn’t as capable of deleting others, but it might be able to take special attacks from an effective type due to its high special defense.
As long as it is not dealing with one of the best fire Pokémon, Wo-Chien can probably surprise you with how much damage it can take.
Tablets of Ruin, one of this Pokemon’s most valuable characteristics, reduces the opponent’s Physical Attack stat by 25%.
This ability makes it much more challenging for enemy Pokémon to overcome Wo Chien’s outstanding defense.
What to Do Next
Once you’ve picked which Grass Pokemon you want on your team, look at how to get Tera shards and change Tera types, too. As mentioned, Grass Pokemon are not super effective against many Pokemon types in the game so it’s good to get an edge over the competition with the Tera ability where possible.
It’s also a good idea to read up on the best Pokemon that are super effective against Grass, so you can counter them properly. These include:
- Fire Pokemon
- Flying Pokemon
- Bug Pokemon
- Ice Pokemon
- Poison Pokemon
Read up on those types and use a combination of Tera types, strong TMs, and items to make sure your new Grass Pokemon will stand up in battle.