Boosts power of Water-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
- 130 162 -
67 75 107 117
58 65 97 106
74 83 115 126
58 65 97 106
58 65 97 106
  • Little Cup


Oshawott brings no surprises as the fifth useless Water-type starter Pokemon. Almost completely outclassed by every other Water-type out there, this otter finds stiff competition for anyone's team slot. It does, however, have a nice niche, which is the ability to run a mixed or a Swords Dance set with X-Scissor to defeat Lileep and Slowpoke. Oshawott's popular competition face problems this otter can overcome; Staryu is generally better, but it can't run a physical set. Totodile faces a similar problem, as it can't run a special set, although its Swords Dance capabilities trump Oshawott's. Piplup can't learn Aqua Jet, and Chinchou has horrible Attack. Oshawott does, however, have too many flaws, including mediocre stats and a less-than-average movepool, to become a strong force. All-in-all, Oshawott isn't that great, but it is certainly viable with proper support.

Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Adamant / Naughty
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Waterfall
~ Aqua Jet
~ X-Scissor / Hidden Power Fire
240 Atk / 16 SpA / 240 Spe

Oshawott can really only run a Swords Dance set without being outclassed by something else. Priority in Aqua Jet is very useful, as Little Cup contains a variety of fast, frail Pokemon such as Houndour and Taillow. Aqua Jet will OHKO Houndour pre-boost and OHKO Taillow post-boost, meaning powerful threats in Little Cup will have a hard time OHKOing Oshawott before it can hit them. Waterfall is Oshawott's main STAB move and will OHKO most threats it hits neutrally, such as Choice Scarf Mienfoo. A combination of Waterfall and Aqua Jet after a Swords Dance will even OHKO Eviolite Mienfoo. Since Oshawott will attract Slowpoke and Lileep with its Water-type moves, it gets time to set up on the switch. It can then proceed to strike either of them with X-Scissor and wreak havoc. If your team has a way to defeat the aforementioned walls, such as the combination of Wynaut and Diglett, Hidden Power Fire is recommended over X-Scissor to hit Ferroseed and Snover harder.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Using a specially oriented set isn't recommended, as Chinchou, Staryu, and even Piplup outclass it. After all, Oshawott only gets Grass Knot and Air Slash to differentiate it from other Water-types, and other moves are usually stronger anyway. Night Slash can be used for Slowpoke and Frillish, but Totodile plays that role much better. Revenge is an option for Ferroseed, but this fighting move is outclassed by Hidden Power Fire. Lastly, a combination of Substitute and Torrent can be used to raise the power of Oshawott's special attacks, but the high amount of weather and priority in Little Cup make this suboptimal.

Checks and Counters

Counters include Slowpoke, Lileep, Chinchou, Snover, Ferroseed, Croagunk, Eviolite Staryu with Thunderbolt, Wooper, and Frillish. Cottonee and Eviolite Magnemite are decent checks, as they can take a hit and OHKO Oshawott with a STAB move. Lastly, Poliwag can switch in on a Water-type move with Water Absorb, Encore it, and set up Belly Drum.


Both Torrent and Shell Armor are subpar, but Torrent is more useful because Oshawott doesn't want to be taking that many hits in the first place, and critical hits only have a 1/16 chance of occurring.