Seel

Thick Fat
Fire- and Ice-type damage is reduced by 50%.
Hydration
Heals status effects in rain.
Ice Body
Heals 1/16 maximum HP in hail.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 140 172 -
Atk
45
58 65 97 106
Def
55
67 75 107 117
SpA
45
58 65 97 106
SpD
70
81 90 122 134
Spe
45
58 65 97 106
  • Little Cup

Overview

To say the least, Seel is quite the unorthodox Pokemon in Little Cup. It has decent defenses, along with a nice typing in Water. However, it lacks an instant recovery move, so it cannot be as bulky as other Water-types such as Slowpoke. It also has plenty of priority attacks to mitigate its mediocre Speed, though it doesn't have the attacking stats to make the most of said priority attacks. Finally, it has a decent support movepool as well, but the lack of Speed and instant recovery prevents it from being a better Pokemon in that regard. All in all, Seel is a decent Pokemon that lacks anything really great, preventing it from being an otherwise fantastic Little Cup Pokemon.

Name Item Ability Nature

Priority Attacker

Life Orb Ice Body / Thick Fat Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Aqua Jet
~ Ice Shard
~ Waterfall / Return
236 Atk / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

This set attempts to make the most of the offensive movepool Seel has. The priority attacks compensate for lack of Speed, but unfortunately have quite low power. Fake Out induces flinching, something very important when up against other faster Pokemon. Aqua Jet gets STAB, and is Seel's best option when it comes to revenge killing. Ice Shard hits Dragon-types for super effective damage. Waterfall gives Seel a more powerful STAB attack, while Return gets good coverage alongside Aqua Jet, meaning that Seel will hit everything neutrally with its four attacks, bar Frillish. Life Orb is the best item, remedying the low attack power of Seel's priority attacks. Ice Body is the preferred ability as Seel has good synergy with Snover by covering its glaring Fire-type weakness. Thick Fat provides extra resistance to Fire- and Ice-type attacks which can come in handy when dealing with threats like Larvesta. Hydration isn't very effective because of the prevalence of sandstorm and hail, hindering its usefulness. In addition, this set doesn't mind most status conditions, except for burn.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Seel has a multitude of other moves at its disposal, but it cannot effectively use some or even most of them. It can use Rain Dance + Hydration with Rest, Toxic, and Eviolite as a support set, but Rain Dance isn't permanent and the set would be beaten all too easily by Giga Drain Snover. However, it could use the combination with Perish Song over Toxic and Whirlpool to trap and KO Pokemon, but the set is very gimmicky. However, it is an effective way to trap and KO Dragon Dance Scraggy. It has a decent special movepool with Surf, Ice Beam, Hidden Power, and Signal Beam, but its Special Attack and Speed aren't great, and this set would be easily outclassed by Chinchou. It has access to Stockpile, a reliable move to increase its defenses, but it lacks a recovery move outside of Rest. Disable is an option to possibly prevent an opponent from boosting its stats, but the move is too risky and gimmicky for it to work effectively. Seel has Encore, but both Cottonee and Wynaut are much better users of the move. It can use Endure with a Liechi Berry in addition to priority attacks to inflict a good amount of damage while not losing to other priority users, but it would still be countered by a lot of Pokemon.

Checks and Counters

Physical walls such as Slowpoke, Bronzor, and Ferroseed are the best possible counters to Seel, since they can easily sponge its attacks and set up in its face. Chinchou is also great, since it is able to threaten a super effective Thunderbolt and easily OHKO. Electric-types in general fare well against Seel, since most can stave off an Aqua Jet and retaliate with an Electric-type attack. Grass-types are in the same boat, with most able to take an Ice Shard and KO back with a super effective attack. Snover is a great option, since it can easily KO and heal any damage with Giga Drain. Wynaut traps Seel, and can take it down with Counter.