Shinx

Rivalry
Move power depends on gender of the opponent.
Intimidate
Lowers the foe's Attack one stage. Decreases wild encounter rate.
Guts
Attack is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
Type Tier
Electric LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
65
11 13 16 17
Def
34
8 9 13 14
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
34
8 9 13 14
Spe
45
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup

Overview

Shinx makes its way into the fifth generation with a few new tricks up its sleeve, the most notable of which being its new ability, Guts. It also gained a more powerful STAB move in the form of Wild Charge, which also has great coverage alongside its other moves, such as Crunch, Ice Fang, and Fire Fang. Sadly, not all is great for Shinx, as it is a bit slow, leaving it easily revenge killed. Despite that drawback, Shinx is a viable attacking choice to consider when building a Little Cup team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Guts

Toxic Orb / Flame Orb Guts Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Facade
~ Wild Charge
~ Ice Fang / Crunch
~ Fire Fang / Crunch
236 Atk / 4 Def / 4 SpD / 236 Spe

Shinx makes good use of Guts with this set, which reaches 16 Attack and 15 Speed. Facade is actually the most powerful option on this set after Shinx is afflicted with a status, and it has good neutral coverage. Wild Charge is nearly as powerful and hits opponents that are weak to it, such as Frillish, quite hard, though Shinx can faint quite quickly from combined recoil and status damage. Ice Fang is the main option in the third slot, as it hits Lileep for more damage than Facade. Fire Fang is the main choice for the last move as it lands a KO on Ferroseed and Snover. Another option in either slot is Crunch, which hits Ghost-types super effectively.

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Other Options

Double Kick is a decent option to consider, but it gets inferior coverage compared to the other moves in its arsenal. Quick Attack is available as a priority move, though extra coverage is usually more valuable. Thunder Wave is an option along with Intimidate on a defensive set, but there are much better options for defensive purposes than Shinx. Protect is a good option, as it allows Shinx to safely activate its chosen status. Howl is a possibility, as after a Guts boost and one use of Howl, Shinx hits incredibly hard. Thunder Fang and Spark could be used as recoil-free alternatives to Wild Charge, though the power drop is unwelcome. Magnet Rise is an option to avoid Ground-type moves temporarily, though Shinx would rather hit the users of said moves on the switch. Finally, Shinx can reach 8 Speed, which is definitely slow enough to be used with Trick Room support.

Checks and Counters

Drilbur can switch in on Wild Charge, Crunch, or Fire Fang, and can proceed to KO it with STAB Earthquake easily. Choice Scarf Snover and Chinchou can revenge kill, as Shinx has quite low defenses. On that note, any Pokemon with a priority move, such as Timburr or Mienfoo, can come in after Shinx KOes something and KO back themselves.