With so many Pokémon available for you to catch and use in Pokémon Go, it isn’t easy to keep track of which ones you want to use. A notable Grass-type Pokémon you might have overlooked before is Roserade. Despite it not having the most health in the game, it has a pretty decent amount of attack and defenses. If you pair it with the correct team, you can do some serious damage with it. For trainers fortunate enough to evolve one during its Community Day, you can teach it a pair of exclusive moves to make it even more powerful.
Roserade is a Grass and Poison-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type attacks, but it’s resistant to Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, and Water-type moves. For PvP, it has a maximum CP of 2,971, an attack of 203, a defense of 158, and a stamina of 134. For PvE, Roserade has an attack of 243, a defense of 185, and a stamina of 155. While it may lack health, if you time when you send to out in battle, you’ll be able to lay waste to your opponent.
These are all of the moves Roserade can learn.
- Bullet Seed (Grass-type) – 5 damage and 4.3 energy (1.6 damage per turn)
- Poison Jab (Poison-type) – 6 damage and 3.5 energy (3 damage per turn)
- Razor Leaf (Grass-type) – 10 damage and 2 energy (5 damage per turn)
- Dazzling Gleam (Fairy-type) – 110 damage and 70 energy
- Grass Knot (Grass-type) – 90 damage and 50 energy
- Sludge Bomb (Poison-type) – 80 damage and 50 energy
- Solar Beam (Grass-type) – 150 damage and 80 energy
- Weather Ball (Fire-type) – 60 damage and 35 energy
Roserade has several options for each type of attack. For its fast move, you want to go with bullet seed. While razor leaf does the most damage of the three, bullet seed provides the most energy for Roserade every time it attacks. The more energy it receives from its fast move, the more times you can use its charged moves, the primary source of Roserade’s damage.
When it comes to picking out your charged move, you want to find the right balance between the amount of damage it does and how much energy it costs. For example, for Roserade, you don’t want to use solar beam. While it is a powerful Grass-type move, it requires 80 energy, and that’s going to take forever to charge up. Instead, you want to focus on teaching Roserade grass knot and weather ball (Fire-type). These attacks require the least amount of energy that Roserade needs to attack with them, and they do a decent amount of damage.
These attacks make Roserade into a capable fighter. But have to be strategic with them because of how little health Roserade has in battle. If you use it as your first Pokémon, chances are your opponent will take them down pretty quickly. You’re better off using it as a second or third Pokémon and finding the correct opponent for it. It also means you need to be careful about what Pokémon you team up with it. Make sure you consider your choices, and your Roserade learns bullet seed for its fast move, and then grass knot and weather ball (Fire-type) for its charged moves.