Boosts power of Grass-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Leaf Guard
Prevents status effects in sun.
Type Tier
Grass LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
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9 11 14 15
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9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup


Chikorita is an interesting Pokemon to use in Little Cup. It is poor offensively, due to having poor attacking stats and a small offensive movepool. However, Chikorita is able to perform well in a supportive position. It has decent bulk, and by virtue of its Grass typing and its stats it can be a good dual screener. With Magic Coat to reflect hazards, it makes a good lead in the Little Cup metagame, where entry hazards can be decisive.

Name Item Nature


Eviolite Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Aromatherapy
~ Giga Drain
~ Toxic
~ Synthesis
156 HP / 156 Def / 156 SpD

Using its exceptional bulk, great defensive movepool, and useful defensive typing, Chikorita is a very hard wall to tear down. Using Aromatherapy, Chikorita can remove status from its whole team, proving effective on stall teams and hyper offense teams that are scared of paralysis. Its Grass typing in tandem with Aromatherapy allows Chikorita to wall and defeat common offensive and defensive threats, namely Slowpoke, Staryu, Chinchou, Diglett, Drilbur, and Hippopotas. It can also spread status in the form of Toxic, which is beneficial for teams with a plethora of Fake Out and Protect users.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Dual Screens

Light Clay Bold / Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
~ Magic Coat / Synthesis
236 HP / 156 Def / 76 SpD

The goal of this set is to set up both Reflect and Light Screen. Leaf Storm is a good STAB attack that can hit Pokemon such as Chinchou hard, and the drop in Special Attack doesn't matter much since Chikorita won't need to attack very often. Magic Coat allows this set to function effectively as a lead. Chikorita can reflect status and entry hazards, which allows it to play a key role in the team. If not in the lead position, it is useful for reflecting the occasional Taunt that would prevent the setup of screens. Both Synthesis and Giga Drain can be run on the set so Chikorita can regain HP, allowing it to set-up screens multiple times throughout the course of the battle.

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Other Options

Hidden Power Fire enables Chikorita to take care of Ferroseed. Worry Seed can be crippling to Pokemon that rely heavily on their ability, such as Cottonee and Scraggy. Chikorita also has a usable physical STAB in the form of Seed Bomb, but Giga Drain with its healing ability and Leaf Storm with its additional power are generally preferred options.

Checks and Counters

Lead Anorith is faster than Chikorita, has a powerful super effective attack in the form of X-Scissor, and can Brick Break screens, making it a major threat to Chikorita. U-turn leads such as Meowth and Aipom can be problematic. Both Fake Out and U-turn can deal a lot of damage to Chikorita, and this really wears it down. Lead Houndour is a good counter to Chikorita as it is faster and easily OHKOes with Overheat. Cottonee's Taunt can be an issue as it requires prediction with Magic Coat to stop it, but Chikorita without Hidden Power Fire is walled anyway.


Chikorita receives Leaf Guard from the Dream World. However, as the only starters released with their Dream World abilities have been level 10 and male, it will likely not be usable in Little Cup even if it is released.