Lickilicky

Own Tempo
Prevents confusion.
Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Cloud Nine
Blocks the effects of weather.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
110
- 185 217 -
Atk
85
94 105 137 150
Def
95
103 115 147 161
SpA
80
90 100 132 145
SpD
95
103 115 147 161
Spe
50
63 70 102 112

Overview

Lickilicky has a wide supportive movepool containing Wish, Heal Bell, Dragon Tail, and more allowing it to act as an effective cleric. Along with these moves, Lickilicky has a high HP stat, meaning the Wishes that it passes off can heal most offensive Pokemon almost to full, and excellent bulk on both sides, which makes it one of the hardest clerics to wear down in NU. Lickilicky isn't limited to only being defensive however, as it has a large offensive movepool, including Swords Dance, a wide special movepool, rare moves such as Power Whip, and even a STAB Explosion. Despite these perks, its low Speed is a bit saddening, and its weakness to Fighting moves, while not as significant in NU as higher tiers, is still bad because of how common Sawk, Primeape, and Gurdurr are. However, Lickilicky is a versatile Pokemon, and is both a dangerous defensive and offensive threat worthy of considering for any team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Own Tempo Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Wish
~ Heal Bell
~ Protect
~ Body Slam / Dragon Tail
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

With the third biggest Wishes in the tier, only behind Alomomola and the fairly irrelevant Wigglytuff, and access to Heal Bell, Lickilicky is arguably the best cleric in NU. While Alomomola has a much higher HP stat and Regenerator, Lickilicky can take on special attackers including Kadabra, Altaria, Gardevoir without Focus Blast, Regice, and more with ease while still taking on physical hits well enough. Similarly, unlike Audino, which has similar support moves, it can hit the foe back with a decently powerful move due to a decent Attack stat, and is also overall more bulky.

Wish is an excellent support move, as it provides Lickilicky with a way to heal 50% of its HP and also a very large portion of its teammates' HP stats, especially those that do not invest in HP, namely offensive Pokemon. Heal Bell clears status away from the team, which means that not only can it save its teammates from an untimely burn or paralyze, but it's also not worn down by Toxic like other defensive Pokemon nearly as easily. Protect ensures that Wish heals Lickilicky, making it much harder for special attackers to get through it. Finally, Body Slam is preferred as the attacking move, as it can do decent amounts of damage and it also has a chance of paralyzing the foe, which can make faster opponents almost useless. Dragon Tail is a usable alternative, as it can phaze the foe while not being affected by Taunt and gives Lickilicky a way to hit Ghost-types. However, be warned that it is less than half as strong as Body Slam, and will fail to break many Substitutes.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Leftovers Cloud Nine Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Substitute
~ Body Slam / Return
~ Power Whip
172 HP / 84 Atk / 128 SpD / 124 Spe

This set may look strange and complicated at first glance, as it uses Swords Dance, seems to be emphasized on bulk rather than offense, and hardly invests in Attack at all. However, Lickilicky's enormous bulk allows it to set up Swords Dance extremely easily against walls such as Tangela and Alomomola, and after a few Swords Dance boosts, which is fairly easy to do thanks to its lack of weaknesses on the special side, it will be hitting its opposition hard. Substitute may seem like an odd choice on this set, but Lickilicky's Substitute is notoriously hard to break with walls, meaning that Lickilicky essentially can set up another free Swords Dance. For the main STAB, Body Slam is the better option in most cases due to its side effect of paralysis, which can allow it to finish off a foe that is normally faster that may try to switch in. However, Return offers more power. Finally, Power Whip is a powerful move to use alongside Lickilicky's Normal STAB, and allows it to get past foes such as Alomomola, Golurk, and Golem. In addition, most Steel-types, such as Bastiodon and Probopass, are hit for neutral damage from the move, meaning they cannot completely wall Lickilicky.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Cloud Nine Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Return
~ Power Whip
~ Explosion
~ Earthquake
132 HP / 252 Atk / 124 Spe

Considering it has an average base 85 Attack, running a Choice Band may seem like an odd choice at first glance. However, Lickilicky has numerous advantages over other Normal-types that make it a viable option. Firstly, Lickilicky's 110/95/95 defenses let it take hits very well, taking hits even better than Kangaskhan by a fair amount. Lickilicky also has two key moves in Power Whip and Explosion, and because it is the only Normal-type to learn these two powerful moves, it can hit certain targets harder than any of its competition. Return is the main STAB move used here, dealing a great amount of damage while not detracting on Lickilicky's bulk in any way. Power Whip is capable of 2HKOing Alomomola and Regirock, as well as OHKOing Golurk, all three of which most Normal-types struggle against. Earthquake covers Steel-types such as Metang for lots of damage, which is useful as they resist everything on this set. Finally, Lickilicky is the only Pokemon in the game, other than Smeargle, to have access to a STAB Explosion. Even with the power drop from the transition to BW, it is the strongest single move in the entire game, and only the bulkiest of Pokemon are capable of surviving the hit; even Musharna gets OHKOed by the move.

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Other Options

Lickilicky has a wondrous movepool, consisting of moves such as Ice Beam, Fire Blast, Surf, and Thunderbolt. While these can all do a bit of damage, Lickilicky's average Special Attack usually requires a Life Orb, which hurts Lickilicky's great bulk. An Expert Belt could be used instead, but then the power of Lickilicky's STAB becomes lacking. Curse may at first seem like at excellent option for Lickilicky, and may eventually make it almost unbreakable, but its main problem stems from its lack of recovery, because Wish is incompatible with Curse. It therefore becomes outclassed by Miltank, which boasts that and Scrappy. Work Up can also boost Lickilicky's average Attack and Special Attack, but it is hard to sweep with it due to Lickilicky's bad Speed stat. Toxic can wear down walls, but its usage is limited on Lickilicky as it is usually pressed for moveslots. Knock Off is a similar case, as it gets rid of the items of walls but often cannot find space on Lickilicky. Weather moves can work well with Lickilicky due to its great bulk, but there exist many other ways to set up the weather. Finally, Lickilicky has access to Belly Drum, which makes Lickilicky hard to wall, but its Speed once again works against it. It is noteworthy, however, that a Life Orb-boosted +6 Explosion is so powerful that it OHKOes even 252/252+ Regirock without entry hazards.

Checks and Counters

Gurdurr stands out as the best counter to Lickilicky, as it can use it as setup fodder, heal a lot of its HP with Drain Punch, and take very little damage from any of Lickilicky's moves. Taunt is also a great way to shut down Lickilicky in most cases, making it unable to support its team or set up a Swords Dance. Misdreavus is an example of a Pokemon that can use Taunt, and will wall almost anything Lickilicky can throw at it. SubDisable Haunter is also capable of walling Lickilicky almost completely, due to its immunities. Most of the time, if Haunter Disables the correct move, Lickilicky is literally incapable of damaging Haunter. Drifblim is a similar case if it decides to run Disable, although even without Disable, Lickilicky generally does not run moves that can do very much damage to it. Sawk doesn't enjoy getting paralyzed by Body Slam, but it can OHKO Lickilicky with Close Combat. Without a boosting item, Primeape may not be able to OHKO Lickilicky at full health, but a slightly damaged one will get OHKOed by Primeape's Close Combat. Throh, although uncommon, can easily set up against Lickilicky, and if it gets paralyzed by Body Slam, Guts kicks in and it can hit harder. Lickilicky's defensive set does not hit very hard, meaning that it can become setup fodder for sweepers such as Shell Smash Carracosta and Bulk Up Braviary if it cannot phaze them, although Carracosta must watch out for Power Whip. Finally, as Lickilicky typically cannot hit hard and doesn't usually carry Toxic, physical walls such as Tangela and Regirock are decent ways to take it down, and the two in particular have Leech Seed and Drain Punch, respectively, to heal themselves while wearing Lickilicky down. However, note that most weaker walls are made into setup fodder from Lickilicky's Swords Dance set, and walls weak to Grass need to be careful about boosted Power Whips, which can do quite a bit of damage.