Snivy

Overgrow
Boosts power of Grass-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Contrary
The wielder's stat changes are reversed.
Type Tier
Grass LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
55
10 12 15 16
SpA
45
9 11 14 15
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
63
10 12 16 17
  • Little Cup

Overview

Say hello to the newest Grass-type starter: Snivy. Snivy was blessed with a cool design, but unfortunately cursed with mediocre stats and poor coverage. Despite these flaws, however, not all is bad for Snivy. As the only Grass-type in Little Cup with access to both dual screens and Taunt, it is still worthy of consideration when making a team.

Name Item Nature

Dual Screens

Light Clay / Eviolite Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Taunt
~ Leaf Storm / Giga Drain
236 HP / 252 Spe

Access to Taunt makes Snivy capable of performing its job well. With enough Speed to outrun common walls such as Slowpoke and Lickitung, Snivy can set up dual screens and avoid becoming setup bait. Leaf Storm is Snivy's most powerful Grass-type attack, while Giga Drain provides modest recovery.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Snivy has access to boosting moves such as Coil, Swords Dance, and Growth, but it lacks the offensive stats to put them to good use. Mean Look traps opponents, but Snivy cannot do much to them afterward. SubSeed is another alternative, but Cottonee and Ferroseed are far superior options in this role, and that move combination is illegal with Mean Look due to breeding restrictions. Glare is an option on the dual screens set, but Toxic is more useful for killing bulky threats. Snivy can also use Pursuit on the dual screens set, but it does laughable damage even to opponents that switch out. Mirror Coat can work with a Focus Sash, but a set using it would be very risky with the abundance of weather, entry hazards, and priority.

Checks and Counters

Due to its access to Taunt, there are few Pokemon who can prevent Snivy from performing its job before going down. However, Cottonee outpaces Snivy with a Prankster Taunt, and Magic Bounce Natu fears nothing from Taunt, setting up dual screens of its own while shaking off Leaf Storm or Giga Drain. Brick Break users, such as Pawniard, can shatter dual screens, and faster threats, such as Houndour, can outspeed Snivy and strike it down if it hasn't set them up yet. The rarely seen Mime Jr. can imitate Snivy's efforts and Taunt tactics and outspeeds bulky Snivy. Wynaut can hinder Snivy by trapping it but cannot do much in return.

Unreleased

Snivy's Dream World ability, Contrary, would be useful in conjunction with Leaf Storm, increasing instead of decreasing its Special Attack by two stages.