- When afflicted with status, the enemy is afflicted also. Can pass nature to wild Pokemon.
- Prevents flinching.
- Prevents indirect damage.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Alakazam has had an interesting run throughout the generations, but rest assured, his place in OU this generation is as stable as his mustache is amazing. Alakazam has always had amazing Speed and Special Attack, but he received a boon with his new Dream World ability: Magic Guard. With this new ability, Alakazam has turned into one of the best revenge killers in the tier, and is a threat every team must account for. Not all is bright and peachy for Alakazam however, as the new generation did nothing to improve his pitiful bulk and shallow movepool. In addition, it often struggles breaking past some of the most common Pokemon in OU, especially Scizor and bulky Steel-types. Despite these flaws, one thing is for sure—all male Jellicent are incredibly jealous of Alakazam's great mustache.
Alakazam only needs one set to wreak havoc, and here it is. With high Speed, impeccable coverage, and Special Attack higher than that of Latios, Alakazam is a struggle to face. The choice between Focus Sash and Life Orb is critical; while the combination of Magic Guard and Focus Sash makes Alakazam a premier revenge killer, Life Orb allows Alakazam to hit like a truck without fearing recoil. Focus Sash is particularly useful, as it will always take two separate hits to take him down. It is important that you choose the item that fits your team, as the item chosen determines Alakazam's function.
The eternal choice between Psyshock and Psychic comes down to personal preference. Psyshock is recommended as it is a useful way to get through special walls such as Chansey and Blissey. Psychic, on the other hand, is able to hit Pokemon such as Rotom-W and Gliscor slightly harder. However, Psychic does fail to OHKO Terrakion in sandstorm, unlike Psyshock, which OHKOes regardless of the weather. Focus Blast allows Alakazam to hit Pokemon that would otherwise wall him, such as Tyranitar. It is important to note that even while holding a Choice Scarf, Tyranitar is still slower than Alakazam and will be OHKOed by Focus Blast. Signal Beam provides important coverage against other Psychic-type threats, such as Latios, Latias, and most especially Celebi. The last move comes down to personal preference. Hidden Power Ice allows Alakazam to effectively revenge kill Dragon-types, while Hidden Power Fire is useful to hit Steel-types that are not weak to Focus Blast, such as Scizor. Substitute can be used over a Hidden Power, as it eases prediction significantly and provides Alakazam a form of protection against other revenge killers. However, be warned that using Substitute in tandem with Focus Sash will make it much less useful, and the lack of extra coverage can be detrimental as a revenge killer.
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Alakazam receives the always-nifty Encore, providing a chance for one of his teammates to set up. He can also use Choice Specs for greater immediate power, but Focus Sash's additional attack or Life Orb's freedom are generally superior. A Flame Orb + Trick set is usable, but Alakazam is better off just firing off attacks than relying on nonexistent bulk. Thunder Wave is a good alternative for crippling the opponent's Pokemon, and Energy Ball is useful for being able to OHKO Gastrodon and Quagsire, who would otherwise be annoying because of their bulk. Charge Beam can be used to finish off weakened foes and to get the occasional Special Attack boost, but the lack of coverage and power is a major drawback.
Checks and Counters
Alakazam's biggest enemies are those he cannot 2HKO. Pokemon such as Jirachi and Metagross can take any two attacks from Alakazam and proceed to KO him. Scizor is a good check provided Alakazam lacks Hidden Power Fire. Multiple-hit moves, such as Icicle Spear and Rock Blast, are a good way to handle Alakazam, as those moves KO Alakazam through his Focus Sash. Jolteon's higher Speed makes Alakazam's mustache tremble in fear, as do most Choice Scarf users. Weavile not only outspeeds Alakazam, but can also trap him with Pursuit, KOing Alakazam even if he stays in. Sableye and Spiritomb are two Pokemon that can reliably beat Alakazam, due to their immunities to Alakazam's STAB and second-strongest attack, Focus Blast.