Kangaskhan

Early Bird
Reduces sleep time.
Scrappy
Can hit Ghost-types with Fighting- and Normal-type moves.
Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
105
- 180 212 -
Atk
95
103 115 147 161
Def
80
90 100 132 145
SpA
40
54 60 92 101
SpD
80
90 100 132 145
Spe
90
99 110 142 156

Overview

Kangaskhan's main selling point is its ability, Scrappy, which allows its Normal- and Fighting-type attacks to hit Ghost-type Pokemon, thus making Kangaskhan the only Pokemon that can use Fake Out on a Ghost-type Pokemon. In addition to this, Scrappy reduces the number of Pokemon that can safely switch in to take Kangaskhan's STAB moves, making it a surprisingly good offensive threat. While its Normal-typing is far from being a good defensive typing, Kangaskhan has a decent amount of bulk to allow it to take a hit or two. If your team is looking for a Fake Out user and has some troubles with Ghost-type Pokemon, Kangaskhan might be the Pokemon for the job.

Name Item Ability Nature

Fake Out Support

Chople Berry / Normal Gem Scrappy Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Return / Double-Edge
~ Low Kick
~ Protect / Sucker Punch / Helping Hand
252 HP / 228 Atk / 28 SpD

This set makes full use of Kangaskhan's Scrappy ability. Fake Out causes any target, except for those with Inner Focus, to flinch in fear for the first turn. Return provides Kangaskhan with a powerful STAB move. However, Double-Edge can be used over it, trading survivability for extra power. Low Kick provides coverage alongside Kangaskhan's STAB move, hitting most Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon super effectively. Between Return and Low Kick, Kangaskhan can hit everything except for Shedinja for neutral damage. Kangaskhan's final move is up to one's preference. Protect allows Kangaskhan to block incoming attacks, which is very valuable in VGC. Sucker Punch provides Kangaskhan with another priority attack, letting it pick off weakened opponents, or strike first against faster opponents. Lastly, Helping Hand allows Kangaskhan to boost the power of its ally's attacks, providing additional team support.

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Other Options

It is possible for Kangaskhan to run a Level 1 Endeavor set, especially since Scrappy allows Endeavor to hit Ghost-type Pokemon. However, this will require Trick Room support and a way to deal with sandstorm and hail to be effective. Aside from this, Kangaskhan has access to Circle Throw, which allows it to phaze out Trick Room users while doing some of damage. Circle Throw also has the added advantage of being able to phaze the target before it uses Trick Room, as Trick Room has lower priority. Earthquake gives Kangaskhan a spread move that also hits just about everything for neutral damage when used in tandem with Return. Lastly, Disable provides an interesting support option, allowing Kangaskhan to shut down an opponent's last used move.

Checks and Counters

Kangaskhan is only weak to Fighting-type attacks, but does not have any resistances. Thus, the easiest way to handle it is to hit it hard with powerful STAB attacks. Although Return and Low Kick will hit everything for at least neutral damage, Metagross and Scizor can take either attack fairly easily and hit back with Meteor Mash and Bug Bite respectively. Pokemon with Intimidate, such as Salamence and Hitmontop, can lower Kangaskhan's Attack, making it easier to handle, but they should be aware that Kangaskhan might still be able to pull off a supporting role if it is running Helping Hand.