Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Alerts the Pokémon of certain dangerous moves.
Type Tier
Water / Ground LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
- 21 24 -
9 11 14 15
9 10 14 15
9 11 14 15
9 10 13 14
10 12 15 16
  • Little Cup


Barboach can be a very dangerous Pokemon in Little Cup with access to Dragon Dance, excellent STABs, very good defensive typing, and decent defensive stats. While its attacking stats are rather low compared to other sweepers in Little Cup, it can still sweep effectively with a very nice attacking movepool, over 21 Speed with Choice Scarf, and Dragon Dance.

Name Item Ability Nature

Dragon Dance

Oran Berry / Life Orb Anticipation Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Earthquake
~ Waterfall
~ Return
36 HP / 212 Atk / 12 Def / 28 SpD / 196 Spe

Despite Barboach's low Attack stat, it has a way of boosting it, along with its Speed, in what is arguably the best set-up move in the game: Dragon Dance. After a single Dragon Dance, Barboach's Attack is increased to a respectable 21, and its Speed is boosted to 22 with an Adamant nature or 24 with a Jolly nature, outpacing all unboosted Pokemon in Little Cup. Barboach has two great STABs in Earthquake and Waterfall, hitting most Pokemon in Little Cup for at least neutral damage, bar Grass-types and Mantyke. Return provides neutral coverage on all the Pokemon whom Waterfall and Earthquake can't hit. Oran Berry is the preferred item for this set, giving Barboach the bulk that it needs to set up consistently, without sacrificing too much HP in the process. However, Life Orb is also a viable option for the added power, particularly late-game with Wynaut support. When choosing between Adamant and Jolly nature, you must consider whether you prefer added power or higher survivability. While Adamant gives you one extra point in Attack, Jolly allows you to outspeed more Choice Scarf users after one Dragon Dance, such as Bagon and Krabby, and lets you outspeed or tie Choice Scarf Cranidos and Wailmer, depending on their natures.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Choice

Choice Scarf Anticipation Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Waterfall
~ Return / Double-Edge
~ Spark
36 HP / 212 Atk / 12 Def / 28 SpD / 196 Spe

This set's main selling point is that Barboach has excellent dual STABs, shared only by Wooper in Little Cup. Barboach's two main physical STAB attacks, Earthquake and Waterfall, provide near-flawless coverage in Little Cup and are good options on a Choice set. Return provides coverage on the Pokemon Earthquake and Waterfall miss out on, such as Mantyke and Snover. Double-Edge is an interesting option on this set, especially very late in the game, when it can nab some hard-to-get KOs. Keep in mind that if you opt to use Double-Edge, however, that Barboach must have the ability Oblivious. Spark hits most Water-types super effectively and has high chance of paralysis.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Special Choice

Choice Scarf Anticipation Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Earth Power
~ Hydro Pump
~ Ice Beam
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Electric / Hidden Power Rock
36 HP / 12 Def / 232 SpA / 28 SpD / 200 Spe

This set takes advantage of Barboach's good Speed, decent Special Attack, and unique special STABs. While this set seems inferior to other Scarf Water-types, such as Staryu and Chinchou, the one advantage that Barboach has over them is its access to STAB Earth Power. Earth Power gives good coverage on Pokemon whom Water-types often miss out on, such as Croagunk and Chinchou, while providing a more reliable option against other Electric-types. Hydro Pump is another obligatory STAB move, and with 120 Base Power, it is very powerful. Ice Beam provides coverage for the Pokemon on whom Earth Power and Hydro Pump can't hit, such as Mantyke. Ice Beam also hits Gligar, one of the most commonly used Pokemon in Little Cup, for 4x damage. While Hydro Pump, Earth Power, and Ice Beam provide neutral coverage on every Pokemon in Little Cup, bar Surskit, Hidden Power Fire can come in handy against Snover who can otherwise counter Barboach. Hidden Power Electric is also a good option because it can hit the otherwise troublesome Mantyke for 4x damage, while Hidden Power Rock can hit both Snover and Mantyke super effectively, albeit for less damage.

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Other Options

On the Physical Choice set, running a Jolly nature instead of an Adamant one is an option; however, in most cases Barboach prefers the boost in power to the boost in Speed. The same principle applies for the Special Choice set, which can run a Timid nature as opposed to a Modest one. On the Special Choice set, there are a variety of other Hidden Power types to use, such as Electric, which hits Mantyke harder than Ice Beam; Fire, which hits Snover 4x super effectively; and Rock, which hits both Mantyke and Snover super effectively at the cost less damage on one. For Barboach to be an effective Choice sweeper early-game, Choice Band and Choice Specs can be used on the Physical and Special Choice sets respectively as they provide much more power than Choice Scarf; however, in the Speed-centralized metagame that is Little Cup, Choice Scarf is nearly always the better option.

Checks and Counters

There are few Pokemon that can counter all of Barboach's sets effectively. One that does a very good job would be Mantyke, as it is immune to Barboach's dual STABs and can hit it back hard with a STAB Hydro Pump. Other good counters are Choice Scarf users that are faster than a Barboach at +1 Speed, such as Mankey (who can OHKO Barboach with Close Combat), Gligar, and Gastly.