Cacnea

Sand Veil
Evasion increases by 25% in a sandstorm.
Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Type Tier
Grass LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 125 157 -
Atk
85
94 105 137 150
Def
40
54 60 92 101
SpA
85
94 105 137 150
SpD
40
54 60 92 101
Spe
35
49 55 87 95
  • Little Cup

Overview

Cacnea is a Little Cup veteran and a force to be reckoned with. Although Cacnea is rarely seen on the battlefield, it is still a good choice on any sandstorm team used in Little Cup. Good offensive STABs make Cacnea very threatening once it sets up. With great offensive capabilities, a movepool to fit it, an excellent priority move in the form of Sucker Punch, and access to reliable STAB moves such as Seed Bomb, Cacnea is sure to pull its weight.

Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb / Oran Berry Sand Veil Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Sucker Punch
~ Bullet Seed / Substitute
~ Drain Punch / Focus Punch
36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe

This is basically the best and only real way to go with Cacnea. Swords Dance boosts Cacnea's Attack stat to impressive levels. Sucker Punch is the most important move, as with high Base Power and priority, Cacnea will be dealing a ton of damage before the opponent can even hit it. The rest of the set is decided by how much you want to rely on Sand Veil and prediction. Life Orb is the default option whereas Oran Berry further backs up Sand Veil if you try to test your luck. Of course, for this set to work at optimal efficiency, Hippopotas or another means of bringing out the sandstorm is a must. Croagunk and Houndour can be a real problem for this set, so Pokemon with powerful Water- and Flying-type attacks, such as Frillish and Tailow, are helpful. Oran Berry is viable on this set, as it can buy Cacnea extra opportunities to use Substitute while it tries to snag a miss because of Sand Veil.

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Other Options

The Swords Dance set is the only really effective set Cacnea has going for it, but that's not to say Cacnea doesn't have a variety of other viable options. Cacnea has access to Nasty Plot, but with such a mediocre Speed stat and no reliable priority, it is really lackluster. Growth can be used over Swords Dance to turn Cacnea into a mixed sweeper of sorts, though the Swords Dance set is normally better regardless. Seed Bomb is an acceptable alternative to Bullet Seed if you want a more stable STAB attack, but Bullet Seed does comparable or better damage 66% of the time, making it the more superior option in general. Oran Berry is a pretty decent item choice on Cacnea as well, especially if Cacnea is running Substitute. Cacnea can use Spikes to help support the team. Cacnea can use Destiny Bond as well, although being as slow as it is, making it work right can be downright tedious in a tier flooded with fast sweepers. Magic Coat, Encore, Switcheroo, and GrassWhistle are available as well, although they have little use or reliability in most situations.

Checks and Counters

Croagunk and Houndour are the best way to deal with our cactus friend, resisting most of its moves and able to retaliate with powerful STAB moves. If Cacnea doesn't have a Substitute up, any Pokemon that resists or survives Sucker Punch can bust through Cacnea's mediocre defenses. Koffing can status Cacnea and effectively check it as well. Cottonee can Encore most of Cacnea's moves to safely handle it. Mienfoo can check it as well.