Magby

Flame Body
30% chance to burn when struck by a contact move. Halves the number of steps required to hatch Eggs.
Vital Spirit
Prevents sleep. Increases wild encounters with higher level Pokemon.
Type Tier
Fire LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 231 294 -
Atk
75
167 186 249 273
Def
37
99 110 173 190
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
55
131 146 209 229
Spe
83
181 202 265 291
  • Little Cup

Overview

Though often overlooked as a mixed sweeper, Magby is actually a very strong offensive threat in Little Cup. It has huge Attack and Special Attack stats, and also reaches 19 Speed, which most other sweepers would die for. It even has access to a decent priority attack in Mach Punch. Magby's ability, Flame Body, also allows it to occasionally cripple a physical sweeper when hit by a contact move. Unfortunately, Magby's defenses are abysmal at best and most priority attacks will be able to 2HKO it. All in all, Magby can be a very dangerous threat if played correctly, but it might turn out to be a horrible bust if not.

Name Item Ability Nature

Mixed Priority Sweeper

Life Orb Flame Body Hasty / Lonely
Moveset IVs
~ Flare Blitz
~ Mach Punch
~ ThunderPunch
~ Overheat
0 HP
EVs
236 Atk / 252 Spe

This set has the potential to be very dangerous if played properly. STAB Flare Blitz is Magby's most powerful and reliable attack, decimating almost anything that doesn't resist it while still netting the 2HKO on most Hippopotas. ThunderPunch is a good coverage move, smacking the Water-types who resist Magby's STAB moves very hard. Mach Punch allows Magby to revenge kill faster threats. Finally, Overheat OHKOes Hippopotas with ease, and also gives Magby a powerful STAB attack without any recoil.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Mixed Wallbreaker

Life Orb Flame Body Timid
Moveset IVs
~ Fire Blast
~ Cross Chop
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ ThunderPunch
2 HP
EVs
200 SpA / 252 Spe

Magby's mixed wallbreaking abilities can be further demonstrated by the sheer offensive capability of this set. Fire Blast is Magby's most reliable STAB attack, having a high 120 Base Power while lacking the drawback of Overheat. Even with a hindering nature, Cross Chop is still quite powerful, scoring 2HKO on Scraggy and OHKOing Houndour. Hidden Power Grass pairs very well with Fire Blast, hitting most Rock- and Water-types for super effective damage. Finally, ThunderPunch rounds out Magby's coverage, easily OHKOing Mantyke and dealing good damage to Staryu on the switch-in.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Flame Charge

Life Orb Flame Body Naive / Mild
Moveset IVs
~ Flame Charge
~ Fire Blast
~ Cross Chop
~ Hidden Power Grass
2 HP
EVs
160 Atk / 60 Def / 196 SpA / 92 Spe

With Flame Charge, Magby has a way to boost its Speed without having to lock itself into one move. In addition, it will be able to outspeed almost every Choice Scarf user, most notably Snover and Chinchou (though Magby still has problems with the latter). Fire Blast is its best option for a STAB attack, dealing huge damage without the secondary effect of Overheat. Hidden Power Grass pairs very well with Fire Blast, giving Magby great coverage. Cross Chop is primarily for Munchlax, which would otherwise beat this set.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Flame Body Lonely / Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Flare Blitz
~ Brick Break
~ ThunderPunch
~ Overheat / Hidden Power Grass
240 Atk / 252 Spe

With a Choice Scarf, Magby hits a very high 27 Speed with just a neutral nature. Flare Blitz inflicts huge amounts of damage to anything that isn't resistant or immune to it, and is Magby's best bet at revenge killing. Brick Break is a reliable move that gets good coverage alongside Flare Blitz, and nets an OHKO on Houndour. ThunderPunch hits most Water-types that resist Flare Blitz, including Staryu. Overheat allows Magby to hit with a powerful move without the recoil of Flare Blitz. However, Hidden Power Grass can be used to 2HKO Choice Scarf Chinchou, a Pokemon that would otherwise beat this set.

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Other Options

Magby can potentially run a set using Choice Band or Choice Specs, but it sorely misses the ability to switch attacks. Also, the lack of Speed opens it up to Choice Scarf users, and opponents can easily switch to a Pokemon that can sponge a Flare Blitz or Fire Blast. It can also run a SubPunch set, but given Magby's frailty, it finds it too hard to set up successfully. It also has Lava Plume to potentially inflict a burn, but the move has a lot less power than Fire Blast and Overheat. The same applies to Will-O-Wisp. Belly Drum is another move that Magby has in its arsenal, but Magby's inherent weakness to priority attacks and low defenses prevent it from pulling off a sweep successfully.

Checks and Counters

Priority is the number one counter to Magby, and for good reason. Timburr can switch in to any physical attack and threaten with Mach Punch, and even enjoys a burn because of Guts. Munchlax, which resists Flare Blitz courtesy of Thick Fat, can beat Magby with Earthquake as long as Magby does not carry Cross Chop. Houndour can come in on the Choice Scarf set, absorb a Fire-type attack with Flash Fire, and KO with Hidden Power Ground, raise its Speed with Flame Charge, or safely set up a Substitute. Finally, Chinchou can switch into almost all of Magby's moves provided it hasn't been weakened already, and KO with Surf or Hydro Pump.