Number: 492 Types: Grass and Grass/Flying
Height: 0”ft 8”in Weight: 4.6 lbs.
Sky Form: Height: 1 ft. Weight: 11.5 lbs.
Never have I ever met a Pokémon with as odd a power as Shaymin. Shaymin was first introduced to me, at least, in the Pokémon movie GIratina and the Sky Warrior. Like a lot of Pokémon, Shaymin has an alternate form that gives it more power. The catch this time is that Shaymin’s Sky Form only lasts for certain times in the day whereas a lot of Pokémon can either keep their new forms (Deoxys and Giratina) or the Mega-evolutions that you can activate during every battle. Shaymin needs some Gracedia Flowers and can only take a new form between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. It is the oddest thing that I have seen when it comes to Pokémon form changes.
Stat-wise: Regular Shaymin is an even 100 across the board. That makes it nicely diverse for whatever you want. It can be a tank, a wall, a revenge killer, a sweeper, whatever you need. If you choose to upgrade it into Shaymin’s Sky Form it gets a boost in Atk (to 103), Sp.Atk (to 120), and Speed (to 127). This cuts its Def. and Sp.Def to 75 each. This makes it better for sweeping if you want a grass/flying type on the field. Keep in mind that they have a lot of weaknesses.
Move-wise: If you try to use Shaymin as a tank or wall it can use Toxic, Worry Seed, Substitute, Swagger, and healing moves. This, combined with moves like Energy Ball for STAB can make for an annoying wall, or possible a staller to reveal some of your opponents moves. Since Sky Form is more offensive you can give Shaymin attacks like Swords Dance and Nature Power if you are more physically oriented and Energy Ball, Dazzling Gleam, and the all-powerful Psychic (favorite move) for a special attacker. Either way is good.
Ability-Wise: It has two abilities. Natural Cure cures Shaymin of status ailments when you pull it out of battle. That isn’t as good as the other ability, Serene Grace. That increases the effectiveness of certain moves like flinching. This will make moves like Air Slash better with its ability to make things flinch better.
Overall Shaymin is a good Pokémon but it isn’t my favorite typing. Grass has a lot of weakness alone and Grass/Flying is a little worse for that since it loses a resistance to Electric and Bug but gains a weakness to Rock.