Don't be fooled by Cinccino's cute and harmless appearance, for it is one of the most dangerous Pokemon in the RU tier. 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 hail teams. 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 no way to hit Steel- and Ghost-types, and for this reason, it often needs some support to work effectively. Additionally, Cinccino also has horrible defenses; 75 / 60 / 60 is nothing to write home about. However, don't let these flaws deter you from using Cinccino, as it is a powerhouse that is not to be underestimated.
This is Cinccino's standard cleaning set. With its speed and power, it is sure to pull off a late-game sweep with ease. Its coverage complements its cleaning ability. 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 in addition to dealing decent damage to Escavalier. Finally, Aqua Tail is chosen to dent weakened Steelix and Aggron.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
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 allows Cinccino to break through most defensive cores. A Choice Band also does not wear down Cinccino as a Life Orb does. It can thus utilize U-turn more effectively, allowing it to serve as an effective hit-and-run attacker. This set also scores KOs on bulkier Pokemon such as Amoonguss and Slowking.
Tail Slap is Cinccino's STAB move of choice, hitting with immense power against many Pokemon. Bullet Seed deals with Kabutops and Rhydon, 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.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
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. A Choice Scarf also grants Cinccino the ability to outspeed every Pokemon in the tier, as no Pokemon who commonly holds the item is as fast as Cinccino.
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 to a lesser extent Snover. Finally, U-turn is the chosen move in the final moveslot in order to scout common switch-ins, particularly Spiritomb and Steelix.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
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 selling points, the safe removal of Smeargle and Snover. Knock Off can remove Eviolite from the likes of Munchlax and Ferroseed, but the move is weak and has little utility, and moreover, Ferroseed and Munchlax are not significant threats. 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 isn'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 and priority users, can make quick work of Cinccino. Finally, Tangrowth can also take repeated onslaughts from Cinccino and either incapacitate it with Sleep Powder or repeatedly hit it with Giga Drain.