Espathra is a new Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet's Paldea region. Despite being a bird, it does not have the Flying-type but is rather a pure Psychic-type. It can be a challenge to deal with due to its movepool, stats, and abilities. This may leave you wondering what Espathra is weak against and what the best counters for it are in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
What is Espathra weak to in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
Espathra's pure Pyschic-typing makes it weak Ghost, Bug, and Dark. However, due to its movepool, it can be problematic sending out the right Pokémon. Just because it is weak to all these types doesn't mean each is strong against it. That being said, here are all of Espathra's weaknesses in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
- Ghost - 2x Weak
- Bug - 2x Weak
- Dark - 2x Weak
How to counter Espathra in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
While Espathra is weak to Dark, Ghost, and Bug, it has coverage against all three. Additionally, its Speed and Special Attack allow it to hit hard and fast, especially if it has the Speed Boost ability. Its Opportunist ability means it can copy stat changes that your Pokémon uses as well.
All things considered, we recommend using a strong Bug-type Pokémon as all Espathra's Flying moves are physical; its weaker attacking stat. Scizor and Volcarona are our top picks to counter Espathra in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Scizor's type combination makes it resistant to most of Espathra's attacks. Volcarona's bulk and high Special Attack means it can tank Espathra's attacks and counter-attack.
For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out Best moves for Espathra in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet and Best Nature for Flittle and Espathra in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet on Pro Game Guides.