After a long hiatus, I'm back to blogging about LC! Today, I am going to cover a set that really isn't used much at all these days, but should be: Choice Band Gible! This thing really makes the motherfucking rape.
Gible @ Choice Band
Ability: Sand Veil
EVs: 96 HP / 196 Atk / 36 SpA / 180 Spe
Nature: Naive (+Spe, -SpD)
Relevant Stats: 23 HP / 24 Atk / 11 Def / 11 SpA / 9 SpD / 14 Spe
- Stone Edge
- Fire Blast
Now, at first glance, you may say "Oh, nice Attack, but shit defenses and Speed!". That is not the case, Gible can take most neutral hits from the physical side thanks to its 58 HP and 45 Def, which isn't TOO bad. Also, the Speed doesn't matter for reasons I will list later.
Hell, I'll list 'em now! Okay, so. The point of this Gible is to come in on something that won't hurt it (free switch, Electric-type move) and predict what comes in next. If you have no idea, use Stone Edge, as it will do a good amount to nearly anything, especially Flyers that think they'll come in free on Earthquake. Now, here's the main advantage to using this. Nearly all the physical walls in LC take 70%+ from a CBGible Outrage, meaning they'll get 2HKOed even with Oran Berry. Non max Def Gligar takes a truckload, Hippopotas does too, and even some Bronzor take 50% if you mispredict and don't use Fire Blast.
Now, this isn't that useful is Pokemon like Hippo, Gligar, or Steels like Aron are still around, so picking teammates that can handle them is a definite plus. Using a Pokemon like Slowpoke for Hippo and Gligar and strong Pokemon like Machop for Aron is a good strategy for helping Gible.
That's all for now, I may add more later. Thanks for reading!
It's no secret that some Pokemon are better than others. In this blog, I will discuss what I consider to be the overrated LC Pokemon; things we should rarely use unless for certain niche purposes. I hope you enjoy, please comment.
Abra is probably going to be my most controversial choice today, but I have my reasoning. Okay, so. Abra has a great Special Attack stat and good Speed, this we know. But the thing is, Abra is incredibly easily stopped from sweeping. The most common sets, Choice Scarf and Choice Specs, are easily blocked by various resisters of the moves, like Houndour (Choice Scarf absolutely rapes) or Drowzee/Bronzor for Psychic, Chinchou or other Waters (or Houndour again) for HP Fire, et cetera for the other moves. Hell, Munchlax walls this thing no matter the moveset, and KOes with Pursuit! The only way to get past it is to use Modest Specs, leaving it target for nearly any revenge-killer. Let's not even mention it's paper-defenses.
Abra isn't "outclassed" per say by other sweepers, but other special sweepers like Staryu, Gastly, and Misdreavus have much more going for them in terms of beating counters and the like. So next time you're thinking about adding an Abra to your team, add something else, it'll let you down.
Doduo isn't at all "bad", it's just outclassed by Taillow. Some may argue that Taillow dies quicker and Doduo can heal, but what's the use in a metagame as fast-paced as Little Cup? Taillow hits harder and powers up faster, and doesn't need to be locked into a move to do a boatload of damage. I'm not going to go into too much detail in this one, as Doduo is a decent Pokemon for use in other niches (which is the exception noted at the top), just not straight up sweeping.
Most of you have heard or seen my Mankey dislike, and it's not fake. Mankey is useless now that Machop is the prime Fighting-type. Machop hits harder, is more versatile, and packs two great abilities. Mankey can absorb sleep, this is cool, but Mankey is so predictable it isn't even funny; whereas Machop can run Guts sweeping sets, Choice Scarf, Choice Band, or stat-up sweeping. Mankey is also asswalled by nearly any physical wall, from Bronzor to Choice Scarf Gligar (if you avoid Ice Punch), while Machop is not.
I may add more information / Pokemon in a bit, I'm tired now and want lunch!
The lack of ways to absorb the common status of sleep in Little Cup is incredibly annoying, as Sleep Talk sucks. You could always use Mankey for its Vital Spirit ability, but Mankey is frail and outclassed by Machop. So, here, I'll show you a Pokemon that can do that and is really fucking cool as it's like a tapir, Drowzee!
Drowzee @ Oran Berry
EVs: 196 HP / 96 SpA / 196 SpD / 20 Spe
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
Relevant Stats: 25 HP / 11 Def / 12 SpA / 19 SpD / 11 Spe
- Thunder Wave
- Hidden Power Fire
Drowzee is really awesome with this tanking set. Come in on an attacker like Abra, Staryu, or nearly any sweeping Grass-type and Thunder Wave them. Reflect lets you handle physical sweepers, particularly Fighting-types like Machop or Makuhita. Psychic is your main attacking move hitting decently even from Drowzee's low Special Attack, and Hidden Power Fire is for the Steel-types that may come in and attempt to wall you, and also does great damage to Paras, a common switch in who thinks it can Bug Bite you. Most people would think Drowzee with this set is outclassed by Munchlax, but that is not the case due to its status moves, resistances, dual screen support movepool, Insomnia, and higher Speed.
Other usable sets include various variants of this set, some including Hypnosis, Light Screen, or other support moves. Sweeping sets with Nasty Plot can feasibly work with Drowzee's okay Special Attack and good defenses. Calm Mind works in the same way but it turns Drowzee into more of a "sweeping tank" set. Dual Screens are a possibility as well.
Unfortunately, Drowzee is easily countered by Ghost or Dark-type move abusing sweepers, even though it can take a hit from ones like Houndour or Misdreavus. Therefore, it is advised to pair it with something which can take the hits from those Pokemon like Choice Scarf Houndour (who can KO with Hidden Power Ground or Dark Pulse), and a fast Fighting-type like Choice Scarf Machop or Vacuum Wave Croagunk can handle Dark-types.
Thanks for reading!