Munchlax

Pickup
Adds a chance of finding an item after each in-game battle.
Thick Fat
Fire- and Ice-type damage is reduced by 50%.
Gluttony
Consumes pinch Berries at 50% HP or less.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
135
- 30 33 -
Atk
85
13 15 18 19
Def
40
9 10 13 14
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
85
13 15 18 19
Spe
5
6 7 10 11

Overview

Munchlax is a force to be reckoned with in Little Cup. It has a high Attack stat, a great Special Defense stat, an impeccable HP stat, and to top it all off it's incredibly cute. Sprinkle on an incredible movepool and you have a Pokemon that's ready to take on many of Little Cup's hardest hitting special attackers, such as Snover and Misdreavus. However, this obese cutie is not without its faults. Normal typing is a mixed bag in Little Cup. On one hand, Munchlax is immune to Shadow Ball, an extremely common attack in LC; on the other, LC is filled with tons of Fighting-types, most of which can take out Munchlax with ease. Don't let these faults deter you from using Munchlax, as it can prove to be an incredible asset to your team with the right support.

Name Item Ability Nature

Offensive Tank

Eviolite Thick Fat Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Return
~ Fire Punch
~ Earthquake
~ Pursuit / Focus Punch
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 SpD

Say hello to Munchlax's most dangerous set. With maximum Attack investment and an Adamant nature, Return does serious damage to most Pokemon that don't resist it. Fire Punch hits Steel-types super effectively and is capable of OHKOing Ferroseed and 2HKOing Bronzor. Earthquake hits Chinchou and Ponyta incredibly hard, as it is able to 2HKO or OHKO the aforementioned Pokemon, depending on what EV spread they run. The final moveslot should be tailored towards your team's needs. Pursuit can be used for a likely OHKO on Misdreavus if it's switching out and has taken Stealth Rock damage. On the other hand, Focus Punch is great for OHKOing an overconfident Scraggy that might switch into Munchax.

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Other Options

As previously mentioned, Munchlax has a ton of cool options. Stockpile is an interesting option, but in a fast-paced metagame like Little Cup, it's hard for a Normal-type to make full use of the move. Whirlwind is useful on more defensive teams, as Munchlax forces switches with ease. Toxic can be used to cripple bulky Water-types, especially Frillish, but Munchlax 2HKOes most of them anyway so stick to Return. Munchlax also has access to Sunny Day and Rain Dance; these moves should be utilized on weather teams looking for the right weather supporter.

Munchlax also has some cool sets it can run. A Substitute and Focus Punch set is a decent option for putting huge dents into nearly anything that switches into Munchlax, namely Lileep, one of Munchlax's best checks. A RestTalk set can be used, but a fast-paced metagame like Little Cup doesn't make such a passive strategy incredibly viable. A Curse set is feasible for boosting Munchlax's mediocre Defense and incredible Attack stats, and gives Munchlax greater sweeping potential. Finally, an Oran Berry and Recycle set gives Munchlax great longevity, but remember that Munchlax won't be taking hits incredibly well without Eviolite.

Checks and Counters

Like all Normal-types in Little Cup, Munchlax fears Fighting-types. Mienfoo can take a Return from Munchlax, OHKO it with Hi Jump Kick, get rid of Munchlax's Eviolite with Knock Off, or maintain momentum by forcing a switch with U-turn. Then, Mienfoo can gain HP back simply by switching out thanks to Regenerator. Scraggy can switch into any of Munchlax's common moves apart from Focus Punch and use Dragon Dance on the switch, or simply take Munchlax out with Hi Jump Kick. Timburr can set up with Bulk Up and take down Munchlax with Drain Punch, while recovering any HP lost. Lileep is one of the best defensive counters to Munchlax as it has access to reliable recovery and great defenses. Similarly, Slowpoke and Frillish can take on Munchlax if it lacks the rare Seed Bomb.