Wailmer

Water Veil
Prevents burn.
Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Pressure
Enemy attacks lose one extra PP. Increases wild encounter rate.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
130
- 29 32 -
Atk
70
11 13 16 17
Def
35
9 10 13 14
SpA
70
11 13 16 17
SpD
35
9 10 13 14
Spe
60
10 12 15 16
  • Little Cup

Overview

Wailmer is one of the only Pokemon in Little Cup that can boast access to Water Spout. With good Speed when equipped with a Choice Scarf, a huge HP stat, and wonderful Water-type STAB, Wailmer is definitely a force to reckoned with. Wailmer can run a variety of different sets, thanks to a great movepool and well rounded stats. It has the ability to be a considerably strong offensive threat thanks to Water Spout, while it can also be great defensively thanks to Roar, which, in tandem with entry hazards, can make Wailmer very difficult to break down. However, Wailmer's stats may also be its downfall, as some may argue that they are too well rounded, meaning that it can never excel in other categories. It also faces large competition from other Water-types, such as Mantyke and Chinchou, meaning that it is often outclassed. Nonetheless, if Wailmer is played to its strengths, it can almost certainly be a great addition to any Little Cup team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Eviolite Pressure Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Roar
~ Scald
36 HP / 236 Def / 236 SpD

Wailmer is often seen as an offensive Water Spout abuser, but with the second highest HP stat in all of Little Cup, it's no surprise that Wailmer makes an excellent defensive tank. Good typing gives Wailmer only two weaknesses, Grass- and Electric-type moves, both of which are rarely seen in Little Cup. On top of this, Black and White has given Wailmer three amazing gifts: Eviolite, Scald, and Pressure. With an HP stat of 30, boosting Wailmer's defenses increases its bulk exponentially, making Eviolite quite possibly the best thing that has happened to Wailmer. Scald is particularly handy as it burns opposing Pokemon, nullifying their Attack stat. It also has a reliable 80 Base Power, and enough PP to win a stall war. Wailmer's ability is another factor that makes it a great defensive staller; Pressure will increase the PP consumed by the opponent when using an attack to two, making some low PP attacks, such as Fire Blast and Hydro Pump, incredibly easy to stall out. Wailmer is able to act as a status absorber as well, using Rest to remove status. Barring Chinchou with Thunderbolt, Wailmer can safely switch into any Pokemon who commonly uses a status, such as Slowpoke and Gastly.

The RestTalk combination, however, was not as lucky as Wailmer. Because the new sleep counter resets upon switching out, Wailmer must stay in if it is to be used effectively; in other words, Wailmer must have good team support. On the bright side, Wailmer's only solid check is Chinchou, who can be completely stopped by a handful of Pokemon.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Water Veil Timid / Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Water Spout
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ Ice Beam
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Electric
36 HP / 76 Def / 200 SpA / 196 Spe

When equipped with a Choice Scarf, Wailmer finds itself with a much needed boost to its Speed, bringing it up to a stat of 24. This allows Wailmer to fire off powerful Water Spouts while outspeeding the entire unboosted metagame with Choice Scarf, meaning it can hit other Pokemon before Water Spout is weakened. This set is useful in that it can easily rip holes into offensive teams, opening up a sweep for teammates. Hydro Pump is used on this set to provide a more consistently powerful option over Water Spout, as when Wailmer begins to lose HP, Water Spout becomes considerably weaker. Ice Beam is to provide coverage, and it does a number on Dragon- and Grass-types that will frequently switch in on Wailmer in an attempt to wall it. Finally, a Hidden Power of choice can be used to provide the final coverage. Both options hit Water-types that will set up on Wailmer. Hidden Power Grass allows Wailmer to hit Chinchou and Frillish, while Hidden Power Electric strikes Mantyke super effectively, all of which are common Pokemon. One must take into account, however, that Hidden Power sports only 70 Base Power, and this means that with Wailmer's only middling Special Attack stat, it will struggle to do lots of damage, which is why Hidden Power should only be used when absolutely necessary.

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Other Options

As Wailmer has a wide movepool, it can run many other options. Wailmer can easily run a tanking set with Roar, Scald, Toxic, and Rest, but without Sleep Talk, it will have no reliable recovery unless it wants to become dead weight for two turns. Wailmer can also utilize its Dream World ability Pressure to great effect, but being able to switch into a burn is the better choice for the more offensive Pokemon that Wailmer is. Wailmer can also run a pseudo-hazing set with Yawn and Protect, as opposing Pokemon will be forced to switch out unless they want to be put to sleep, though Roar is usually the better option. Finally, Selfdestruct is a rather beneficial option for Wailmer, but the drop in power means that it is relatively useless, and a Ghost-type can easily switch in to take the attack.

Checks and Counters

As Wailmer will often find itself spamming Water Spout, many Pokemon that resist Water-type attacks can easily counter Wailmer. Ferroseed is perhaps the best counter to our whale, as it can take Water Spouts with ease, while it can set up Spikes or Leech Seed, or even hit back with Bullet Seed. Snover is also an effective check, as it can hit Wailmer with Giga Drain for great damage, while hail causes Wailmer to take extra residual damage, meaning that Water Spout will be weakened further. Lileep with Storm Drain can easily come in on Water Spout, and it will not be 2HKOed by Ice Beam. Frillish is an excellent check as well, as it regains health from switching into Water Spout, and it doesn't mind Hidden Power Grass too much thanks to its excellent Special Defense stat. Wynaut can revenge kill Wailmer, thanks to Shadow Tag and Mirror Coat. Mantyke can beat Wailmer if it is without Hidden Power Electric, while Chinchou can beat Wailmer if it is without Hidden Power Grass. Finally, Wooper can beat a rare Curse set thanks to Unaware, Toxic, and Recover.