Cinccino

Cute Charm
Can infatuate Pokemon of opposite gender when struck.
Technician
Increases the Base Power of moves with 60 or less by 50%.
Skill Link
Multi-hit moves will always hit the maximum number of times.
Type Tier
Normal RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
60
140 156 219 240
SpA
65
149 166 229 251
SpD
60
140 156 219 240
Spe
115
239 266 329 361

Overview

Don't be fooled by Cinccino's cute and harmless appearance, for it is a very threatening Pokemon. Its ability, Skill Link, allows it to make good use of its signature move, Tail Slap, to hit harder than almost any Pokemon around. Thanks to Cinccino's use of multi-hit moves, not even Substitute and Focus Sash users are safe against it, which also allows Cinccino to be a great weapon against Smeargle. It is also one of the fastest Pokemon in the tier, sitting at a high base 115 Speed, even outpacing the speedy Scolipede. On top of that, Cinccino has a decent Attack stat and a good movepool to work with. With all of these qualities, Cinccino is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

However, don't think that Cinccino is without its flaws. It has absolutely no way to hit Steel- and Ghost-types, and for this reason, it often needs quite a bit of support to work to its full potential. Additionally, Cinccino also has horrible defenses; 75 / 60 / 60 means any decently powerful hit will OHKO it, and a lack of any useful resistances aren't helping Cinccino either. However, don't let these flaws deter you from using Cinccino, as it is still a threat that is not to be overlooked.

Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb Attacker

Life Orb Skill Link Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Tail Slap
~ Bullet Seed
~ Rock Blast
~ Aqua Tail
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This is Cinccino's standard cleaning set. Its high Speed allows it to outpace a vast majority of Pokemon in RU, while its solid Attack allows it to sweep weakened teams. Its good coverage also complements its cleaning ability, meaning it can hit many Pokemon except for Steel- and Ghost-types for at least neutral damage. That said, Tail Slap is the STAB move of choice here, taking advantage of Skill Link and hitting for a massive 125 Base Power. Bullet Seed is the preferred coverage move, hitting Kabutops, Rhydon, and Slowking for heavy damage. Rock Blast is a great move to use with Skill Link as well, hitting Moltres and Crustle in addition to dealing decent damage to Escavalier. Finally, Aqua Tail is chosen to dent weakened Steelix and Aggron.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Skill Link Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Tail Slap
~ Bullet Seed
~ Rock Blast
~ U-turn
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This set takes a slightly different approach from the previous one. While a Life Orb provides Cinccino with late-game sweeping prowess, a Choice Band gives Cinccino enough power to be able to break through most defensive cores. A Choice Band also does not wear down Cinccino like a Life Orb does; and it can hence utilize U-turn more effectively, allowing it to serve as an effective hit-and-run attacker and hard hitter at once. This set also scores KOs on bulkier Pokemon such as Amoonguss and Slowking.

Tail Slap is Cinccino's STAB move of choice, hitting with great power against many Pokemon. Bullet Seed deals with Kabutops, Omastar, and Rhydon, all of which resist Tail Slap, while Rock Blast pummels Moltres and Braviary. Finally, U-turn serves as a scouting move to allow Cinccino to escape from its common switch-ins such as Steelix and Escavalier.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Skill Link Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Tail Slap
~ Bullet Seed
~ Rock Blast
~ U-turn
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

As opposed to the previous set, this one functions as an anti-lead and revenge killer. With this along with the multi-hitting moves Cinccino packs, it can defeat common leads such as Aerodactyl and Accelgor while maintaining decent power. A Choice Scarf also grants Cinccino the ability to outspeed things it normally wouldn't be able to without it, such as Choice Scarf Emboar and Rotom-C as well as Sceptile. Tail Slap is the preferred STAB move for its extra power over Return. Bullet Seed, as previously mentioned, is a great coverage move to maim incoming Kabutops and Rhydon. Rock Blast serves to hit Aerodactyl and Scolipede. Finally, U-turn is the chosen move in the final moveslot in order to scout common switch-ins, particularly Spiritomb and Steelix.

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Other Options

Cinccino's list of other viable options is quite sparse. Sing may seem like a cool move due to its sleep inducing effect, but its horrible accuracy is a big letdown. Furthermore, Cinccino is too frail to make use of such moves and is better off attacking outright. Wake-Up Slap is an interesting move to hit Steel-types such as Aggron and Ferroseed, but the move is weak without the less reliable Technician. Return is more reliable than Tail Slap, but is significantly less powerful and gives up one of Cinccino's main selling points, the safe removal of Smeargle and Scolipede. Knock Off can remove Eviolite from the likes of Roselia and Ferroseed, but the move is weak and has little utility. Finally, Calm Mind is a usable move to boost Special Attack, along with a usable special movepool in Hyper Voice, Grass Knot, Thunderbolt, and Focus Blast, but Cinccino's low base 65 Special Attack and bad defenses aren't doing it any favors.

Checks and Counters

Steel-types such as Steelix and Escavalier stand as Cinccino's greatest counters. The former takes little from any of Cinccino's attacks and can wear it down while the latter can come in and severely damage it with Megahorn. Ghost-types such as Spiritomb and Misdreavus also take little to nothing from any of Cinccino's attacks and can cripple it with Will-O-Wisp. Druddigon and Ferroseed can come in on Tail Slap and wear down Cinccino quickly with Rough Skin and Iron Barbs, respectively, dealing damage for each hit of Tail Slap. Some faster opponents, such as Sceptile, can make quick work of Cinccino. Choice Scarf users such as Rotom-C and Emboar, as well as priority users such as Absol and Entei can revenge kill Cinccino quite easily. Finally, Tangrowth can also take repeated onslaughts from Cinccino and either incapacitate it with Sleep Powder or repeatedly hit it with Giga Drain.