Cubchoo

Snow Cloak
Evasion increases 25% in hail.
Rattled
Raises Speed one stage when hit by a Bug-, Dark-, or Ghost-type move.
Type Tier
Ice LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 22 25 -
Atk
70
11 13 16 17
Def
40
9 10 13 14
SpA
60
10 12 15 16
SpD
40
9 10 13 14
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

Cubchoo's ability, Snow Cloak, makes it a great Pokemon to use in a hail team. It has very high Attack and Special Attack stats, though its downfall is that it has low defensive stats. Cubchoo also has weaknesses to common priority attacks such as Bullet Punch and Mach Punch. Despite these flaws, Cubchoo can function as a powerful attacker, and should not be ignored when building a team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Hail Sweeper

Choice Scarf Snow Cloak Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Surf
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Toxic
76 HP / 200 SpA / 196 Spe

Cubchoo can also make an efficient Choice Scarf user in hail. This set aims to hit as hard and fast as possible with a powerful, accurate STAB Blizzard. Surf KOes Fire-types that pose a big threat to Cubchoo. Hidden Power Grass hits the Water-types which resist Blizzard and Surf. Toxic is a useful move to have in its arsenal, as it prevents Slowpoke from switching in for free. Unfortunately, Cubchoo locked into Toxic is an invitation for Steel- and Poison-types—they can set up with impunity as they force Cubchoo out.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Oran Berry / Eviolite Rattled Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Encore / Yawn
~ Substitute / Protect
~ Focus Punch
~ Ice Punch
76 HP / 196 Atk / 196 Spe

Cubchoo can run the good old SubPunch combination. Yawn is a useful move to have, as it has perfect accuracy and induces sleep, though the one-turn wait can be an issue at times. Encore is useful to lock the opponent into set-up moves, or any move for that matter. This is useful, as it allows Cubchoo to set up Substitute, making it easier for Cubchoo to sweep. Because of STAB, Ice Punch hits even Pokemon that are neutral to Ice-type attacks hard. Focus Punch allows Cubchoo to hit several Pokemon in the Little Cup metagame really hard, and thanks to Substitute, Cubchoo doesn't have to worry about getting attacked when it uses Focus Punch. Protect works well with Yawn, helping Cubchoo waste a turn and put the opponent to sleep safely.

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Other Options

Cubchoo can successfully run several other sets, such as a RestTalk set. Cubchoo can run a special set with a Life Orb, but it has poor Speed. It can also run a defensive EV spread and a support set with decent success. Hone Claws is Cubchoo's only option if it wishes to raise its Attack. Avalanche is also a good option on Cubchoo.

Checks and Counters

Priority users such as Machop and Croagunk are the bane of Cubchoo's existence, KOing it with Bullet Punch and Vaccum Wave, respectively. Frillish and Tentacool resist both Ice Punch and Focus Punch, and thus can be good checks to the SubPunch set. Growlithe resists Ice-type attacks, and KOes Cubchoo with its STAB attacks, but needs to watch out for Surf. Steath Rock also poses problems for Cubchoo, as it will lose a quarter of its HP each time it switches in.