Pichu

Static
30% chance to paralyze when struck by a contact move.
Lightningrod
When hit with an Electric-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Electric-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Type Tier
Electric LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
20
- 181 244 -
Atk
40
104 116 179 196
Def
15
59 66 129 141
SpA
35
95 106 169 185
SpD
35
95 106 169 185
Spe
60
140 156 219 240
  • Little Cup

Overview

Pichu is a terrible Pokemon and should never be placed on a Little Cup team, despite the novelty of using it. Despite its decent and somewhat unique movepool including the powerful Volt Tackle, Pichu still fails to make an impact on the Little Cup metagame. This stems from Pichu's poor overall stats, which prevent it from pulling off the many sets it could run. Pichu is also almost completely outclassed by Elekid. Despite these flaws, if one is determined, there are a few good things about Pichu, including 16 Speed, which allows it to outspeed a good portion of the metagame, and moves such as Encore, Nasty Plot, and the exclusive Volt Tackle.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Lightningrod Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Volt Tackle
~ Return
~ ThunderPunch
~ Iron Tail / Toxic
116 HP / 196 Atk / 196 Spe

With a Choice Band equipped, Pichu reaches a decent 24 Attack, allowing it to deal massive damage to things not able to take Volt Tackle. Volt Tackle, with its 180 Base Power after STAB, deals good damage to Pokemon who don't resist it. However, because of its recoil, ThunderPunch is a secondary STAB option, with a noticeable power drop in exchange for lack of recoil. Return is the best possible coverage option available from Pichu's pitiful movepool, hitting Ground-types who are immune to its Electric STAB neutrally. Iron Tail is mostly filler, but hits Lileep and Snover hard on the switch, while Toxic is useful for crippling an incoming Hippopotas.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Utility

Life Orb Lightningrod Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Volt Tackle
~ Encore
~ Volt Switch / Light Screen / Toxic
36 HP / 196 Atk / 76 Def / 196 Spe

Pichu is probably one of the only Pokemon capable of effectively using a set like this due to its diverse movepool. Being the only Electric-type in the tier capable of using Fake Out or Encore allows Pichu to cause residual damage while also supporting the team with Encore, forcing switches or helping a teammate set up. Volt Tackle is an excellent STAB move to use with its high Base Power. Volt Switch is viable for scouting the opponents team, although this would put Pichu at the mercy of Ground-types such as Diglett and Drilbur. Due to that, Pichu can opt to run Light Screen, allowing it to help teammates take special hits more easily, as well as having use after Pichu dies, or Toxic, allowing it to cripple bulky walls such as Hippopotas.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb Lightningrod Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Encore
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Grass
36 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

Being the only Electric-type with Nasty Plot in the tier, Nasty Plot Pichu is somewhat effective. After a turn of set up, Pichu reaches 26 Special Attack if running Timid, while reaching 28 Special Attack running a Modest nature. STAB Thunderbolt is the main attack, hitting everything that does not resist it for great damage. Hidden Power Grass is used to hit Ground-types such as Sandshrew and Hippopotas, while also hitting Chinchou hard. Encore is used in the final slot to help Pichu set up, while also supporting the team.

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Other Options

Pichu has a plethora of other options to use. Wish would be a great move to use for recovery, but with such low HP, Wish will hardly heal even half of your teammates' health; Pichu also would not be able to use the Wish itself, as it cannot take a hit. Pichu can also use Thunder Wave to cripple some fast opponents such as Gastly, but because Pichu is not bulky enough to use the move, this is better left to other Pokemon such as Chinchou or Ferroseed. Lastly, a set consisting of Substitute and Encore using an Oran Berry is viable, allowing Pichu to set up Substitute on something that cannot threaten Pichu, and using Encore after that Pokemon attacks.

Checks and Counters

A lot of Pokemon can check or counter Pichu. Ground-types such as Hippopotas, Drilbur, and most importantly Diglett are the biggest counters, being immune to Pichu's STAB and easily OHKOing it back with Earthquake. Diglett gets a special mention for being able trap Pichu with Arena Trap, effectively completely removing Pichu from the game. Outside of Ground-types, bulky Pokemon such as Bronzor, Munchlax, Lileep, and Ferroseed can come in and either significantly damage Pichu or use it as setup bait.