Charmander

Blaze
Boosts power of Fire-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Fire LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
39
- 20 23 -
Atk
52
9 11 14 15
Def
43
9 10 14 15
SpA
60
10 12 15 16
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
65
11 13 16 17
  • Little Cup

Overview

Though Charmander is outclassed in many ways by its Fire-type brethren in Little Cup, it has a perk that sets it apart from the other sweepers in the tier. Charmander's access to Dragon Dance, which raises the lizard's average Attack and Speed stats makes Charmander a ferocious sweeper in LC when given the proper support.

Name Item Nature

Dragon Dance

Oran Berry / Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Flare Blitz
~ Brick Break
~ ThunderPunch
44 HP / 180 Atk / 12 Def / 36 SpD / 236 Spe

Although Dragon Dance Charmander is a fearsome threat in its own right, it seems outclassed by other Dragon Dance sweepers with better offensive stat layouts, most notably Dratini. However, what makes Charmander a decent user is its ability to take down Bronzor, which Dratini struggles to do.

Flare Blitz is Charmander's STAB attack and primary attacking move, being able to even 2HKO the likes of Bronzor after a single boost from Dragon Dance. Brick Break allows Charmander to hit Pokemon who resist Flare Blitz, such as Houndour. ThunderPunch rounds off the set by providing Charmander with a reliable attack to strike Water-types with.

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Other Options

A Substitute + Dragon Dance set with a Liechi or Salac Berry can be used; however, even though the boosts gained through this combination are very useful, the sweep will often be ended before it can even start if the opponent has a Pokemon packing a priority move. Similarly, a Swords Dance set can be utilized, but due to Charmander's average Speed and lack of a priority move, it isn't very viable. Though it's not recommended, Charmander can opt for a Choice set, but this is largely outclassed by the likes of Ponyta and Houndour.

Checks and Counters

Any Pokemon who runs a priority attack can easily stop Charmander in its tracks and even if it runs Substitute, it is still very susceptible to being revenge killed by other Pokemon with a priority move or Choice Scarfed Pokemon. Aqua Jet gets a special mention here, as it will always eliminate Charmander (unless it has a Substitute up), due to super effective damage.