Lickilicky

Own Tempo
Prevents confusion.
Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Cloud Nine
Blocks the effects of weather.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
110
- 185 217 -
Atk
85
94 105 137 150
Def
95
103 115 147 161
SpA
80
90 100 132 145
SpD
95
103 115 147 161
Spe
50
63 70 102 112

Overview

Lickilicky doesn't look like an extremely intimidating Pokemon, but its great ability can certainly make up for its goofy looks. Cloud Nine gives Lickilicky a niche in the VGC 2012 metagame, allowing it to negate the effects of weather, which, with Tyranitar, Politoed, Hippowdon, Ninetales, and Abomasnow lurking about, can be a great help in winning a match. Its stats aren't much to show off, but with Base 110 HP, Lickilicky has the bulk to stay in the battle and mess around with your opponent's weather.

Name Item Ability Nature

Cloud Nine

Life Orb / Sitrus Berry Cloud Nine Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Return / Explosion
~ Power Whip
~ Earthquake
~ Protect
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

The move selection on Lickilicky might seem a little odd at first, especially to those expecting something a little less offensive. However, this set serves its purpose well. A Life Orb-backed Power Whip almost always OHKOs 252 HP Politoed, which certainly messes around with weather. Return provides a strong STAB attack, which can hit Abomasnow for high damage, something which Power Whip and Earthquake can't do. Earthquake hits Ninetales and Steel-types for high damage, although the reduction in power caused by hitting two Pokemon makes it much less powerful than expected. Explosion is another option instead of Return, although a Normal Gem would be useful in that case to make up for the lack of a Defense drop this generation along with the spread move power reduction. Protect is useful for stalling out your opponent and scouting for dangerous moves.

Lickilicky isn't anything too incredible. Its most reliable way of getting rid of Politoed, Tyranitar, and Hippowdon is Power Whip, which has a lacking 85% accuracy. Return is easy to use in simulator play, but in cartridge play, raising its happiness to the max is a long process and can be very tedious. Earthquake is weakened in doubles since it is a spread move and so it doesn't hit too hard, especially coming off of Lickilicky's base 85 attack stat. If using Explosion, be sure it will definitely KO what it needs to hit, as otherwise weather will return to normal without any benefits to your side. Without its ability, Lickilicky would probably never see much use.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Other options for held items are Normal Gem and Grass Gem. Normal Gem allows Return or Explosion to be boosted, while Grass Gem allows Lickilicky to always OHKO 252 HP Politoed, which is incredibly useful. Lickilicky can also make use of Body Slam as a solid STAB move over Return if getting to max happiness proves to be too difficult. Chople Berry is another option for a held item, as it weakens the blow of super effective Fighting-type attacks, which can certainly help Lickilicky in tough situations.

Checks and Counters

Lickilicky has a whole group of counters and checks because it really doesn't have any great stats or resistances to boast. Anything that lives its attacks and hits hard enough to weaken it or OHKO it can be a counter since Lickilicky really isn't capable of throwing out masses of damage consistently. Against well-played weather teams, Lickilicky will often be the first thing your opponent would want to remove, so it can end up just being a giant pink target, and can be taken down with ease.