Mienfoo

Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Regenerator
Wielder heals 1/3 of its maximum HP on switching out.
Reckless
Increases the power of recoil moves by 20%.
Type Tier
Fighting LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
85
13 15 18 19
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
55
10 12 15 16
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
65
11 13 16 17
  • Little Cup

Overview

Mienfoo is completely dominant in the Little Cup metagame and it's not hard to see why. It has the perfect stat spread to fit its role, with decent bulk topped off by good Speed and great Attack. On top of its stats, it has a precise movepool including Drain Punch, Knock Off, and U-turn. Additionally, Mienfoo has one of the best abilities in the game, Regenerator, which allows it to heal 33% of its HP without doing anything; this synergizes perfectly with U-turn, as it can take even boosted attacks, use Drain Punch to KO, and switch out to recover a huge percentage of its HP. Overall, Mienfoo is clearly one of the best, if not the best, Pokemon in the metagame, and correspondingly, it truly dominates.

Name Item Ability Nature

Defensive

Eviolite Regenerator Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Drain Punch
~ U-turn
~ Knock Off
~ Fake Out
156 HP / 76 Atk / 116 Def / 36 SpD / 76 Spe

A defensive set lets Mienfoo use its spectacular ability in conjunction with its focused movepool to optimal effect. It takes hits very well and can heal back easily with Drain Punch and Regenerator. It came to light as one of the best counters to Scraggy and can also check top setup sweepers such as Dwebble and Tirtouga. Additionally, it forces out a huge array of defensive Pokemon, including Lileep, Ferroseed, and Porygon, and can capitalize on this with its support moves. Drain Punch and U-turn's synergy with Regenerator give Mienfoo surprisingly reliable recovery and a fairly powerful STAB attack. Knock Off is one of the most versatile moves in Little Cup, being able to cripple defensive Pokemon which rely on Eviolite to weather the most powerful attacks, offensive Pokemon which appreciate the boost in defenses to aid setting up, and Choice Scarf wielders which utilize the boosted Speed to check Mienfoo's teammates. Fake Out is handy for revenge killing Pokemon such as Tirtouga on 1 HP, as it bypasses their boosted Speed and can also break the rare Focus Sash.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Regenerator Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Hi Jump Kick
~ U-turn
~ Stone Edge
~ Fake Out / Knock Off
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Life Orb Mienfoo is akin to a nuke in Little Cup; its best general check, Misdreavus, takes over 50% from Stone Edge. It has just about the most powerful attack in the metagame in Hi Jump Kick, which boasts superlative power in combination with good coverage. U-turn is a great move to seize momentum on the switches that Life Orb Mienfoo forces. Stone Edge hits Pokemon such as Misdreavus, Drifloon, and Larvesta that could otherwise check it with ease and gives Mienfoo flawless neutral coverage. Finally, Fake Out is remarkably strong with Life Orb, but Knock Off has great utility and makes it even harder to switch into Mienfoo.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Regenerator Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Hi Jump Kick
~ U-turn
~ Stone Edge
~ Drain Punch / Knock Off
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

It's not the best set Mienfoo can run, but it's definitely a decent Choice Scarf user in the metagame. It has an excellent STAB attack in Hi Jump Kick, letting it outspeed and OHKO +1 Scraggy, Choice Scarf Snover, and even Abra with its Focus Sash broken 50% of the time. U-turn lets Mienfoo utilize Regenerator and scout switches while Stone Edge hits Flying- and Bug-types which would otherwise check it. The last slot is a toss-up between Drain Punch and Knock Off: Drain Punch is a good move to clean up with when your opponent still has a Ghost-type left whereas Knock Off can cripple these Ghost-types.

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Other Options

Payback is useful over Knock Off on some sets to hit Ghost-types super effectively, although the utility of Knock Off is often greater. Baton Pass sets utilizing Swords Dance, Calm Mind, or Substitute are very viable and can be effective in the metagame. Low Sweep is usable to often 2HKO Murkrow after Stealth Rock damage and stop it from KOing Archen. Taunt is a neat option which can really mess with defensive Pokemon including Hippopotas, Ferroseed, and Shelmet. A set using Swords Dance carries remarkable power, although setting up can be difficult and Mienfoo is still checked relatively easily by Ghost- and Flying-types. Rain Dance and Sunny Day are useful filler options for changing the weather against sand teams, which can really ruin their strategy if Hippopotas has already been KOed. Toxic can be used to cripple Misdreavus, Larvesta, and Hippopotas on the switch-in.

Checks and Counters

Without a Life Orb, Mienfoo can barely scratch Ghost-types outside of Knock Off. Misdreavus and Frillish can then burn Mienfoo and Drifloon and Gastly can outright KO it. Powerful Flying-types, including Guts Taillow, Acrobatics Drifloon and Archen, and Murkrow, can easily OHKO Mienfoo with their STAB attacks, although they must be wary of Stone Edge. Abra is in much the same boat, being able to KO Mienfoo with ease but unable to switch in at all. Larvesta solidly counters any set lacking Stone Edge and can burn Mienfoo with impunity. Poison-types, in particular Grimer, as you can't Knock Off its Eviolite, are pretty much impossible for Mienfoo to KO with their Fighting-type resistance. Incredibly bulky Pokemon, such as Hippopotas, can check Mienfoo in a pinch, but they despise Knock Off and Mienfoo can just switch out anyway. Mienfoo is pretty much impossible to truly counter, as it heals with Regenerator upon switching out and can rack up damage slowly with Knock Off and U-turn.