Mismagius, the Magical Pokemon. Its cries sound like incantations. Those hearing it are tormented by headaches and hallucinations. It is said that the cry may rarely be imbued with happiness-giving power.
The RNG surprisingly threw #429 at me randomly, I didn't choose Mismagius t' coincide with the approach of Halloween.
That aside, I think Mismagius is somewhat cool, albeit's design rather lackin' in creativity. It's relatively obvious what Mismagius is based on; a witch. The witch's hat, it's body lookin' like a wizard's cloak, the "Magical" Pokemon... Quite clear indeed. In that respect, it's design succeeds in what it tries to do, particularly imaginative or not. It's certainly cooler than it's pre-evolved form, Misdreavus
. I moderately like it, I'd say.
In terms of competitive 'mons, Mismagius definitely started off strong in the early days of DP. Gengar gave it stiff competition in every
regard; better stats, better movepool; but Mismagius had a single move Gengar didn't: Calm Mind, a boosting move. If Mismagius was on a team in OU, ya could bet it was a late-game sweeper meant to clean up with it's great speed and Calm Mind. Unlike most other CMers, Mismagius is also fast, lettin' it CM or Substitute quicker than many other popular SubCM Pokes like Suicune. This left it's counters with less room to... well, counter. However, it's still horrendously weak to physical attacks, so though it may of never been overly popular, the Magical Pokemon was a truly valid threat.
Come DPP, Mismagius had some mixed reactions in it's attempt to blend into the new metagame. Firstly, it outright dropped into UU. It was a good CMer, but there were simply better Pokemon for the role. CB Scizor had entered the fray and began it's Pursuit of metagame-terror (dat pun!). If Mismagius didn't wanna switch out every time it came in, which would result in a fatal smack of Scizor's Pursuit, it'd have to run HP Fire over Fighting. That destroys the notion of impeccable coverage Shadow Ball and HP Fighting offers. Even then, HP Fire isn't a fullproof means to own Scizor since, as mentioned, Mismagius' physical defenses are paper-thin. Bullet Punch would ruin it just as badly if it elected to stay in and try to burn the bug like a Heatmor to a Durant. New threats and superior CM sweepers put Mismagius outta a job in OU; though it still was a major threat in UU.
However, some time after Platinum entered the fray with move tutors, HGSS brought a new 'n dangerous tool in the form of Nasty Plot. Now Mismagius could either opt for a slow sweep entirely immune to opposing special attackers, or a deadly-quick set up in one turn. This didn't bring it out of UU 'course, since many other (superior) threats like Lucario also got NP. Either way, it certainly became more deadly as a result of it's newest stat-up move.
Come BW, Mismagius hasn't changed at all
, but considering the current UU metagame, that's a good thing. Psychic types like Mew or Victini are everywhere, targets for a STAB Shadow Ball indeed. Thanks to that useful STAB as a good Special Defense, it also can be used for support or status rather than just sweeping as well since it learns WoW, T-Wave, etc.
Dark types and especially foes that hit far too hard for Mismagius to handle are more common than ever in OU unfortunately, and it's NP coming off of base 105 Sp.A isn't scary enough anymore. Haxorus with a Band laughs at it. Specs Latios has superior typing and movepool. Mismagius is in UU to stay more likely than not, 'specially not with it bein' overshadowed by the forever-OU Gengar.