Chikorita

Overgrow
Raises the power of Grass-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Grass LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
49
9 11 14 15
Def
65
11 13 16 17
SpA
49
9 11 14 15
SpD
65
11 13 16 17
Spe
45
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup

Overview

Chikorita possesses decent bulk thanks to its base 65 Defense and Special Defense, making it a good candidate for various roles on a team. Although it might be lacking in the offensive department, being one of the few pure Grass-types in Little Cup has its merits. Despite this, it is almost entirely outclassed by other Grass-types such as Bulbasaur. Chikorita does, however, have the ability to set up dual screens and it has access to Aromatherapy, making it worth using.

Name Item Nature

Support

Oran Berry / Light Clay Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Leaf Storm
~ Worry Seed / Synthesis
236 HP / 156 Def / 76 SpD

With a shallow offensive movepool to choose from, supporting the team is sadly the only role Chikorita plays well. This set utilizes its bulk and helps the rest of the team by setting up dual screens. Both Reflect and Light Screen are very useful tools in Little Cup, and with them set up, fellow team members will find sweeping much easier. The idea is to bring Chikorita into bulky Water- or Ground-types, such as Chinchou or Sandshrew, and set up. Alternatively, it can hit back with Leaf Storm, packing 140 Base Power, which is sure to make a huge dent or even KO frail Pokemon that don't resist it. Worry Seed definitely deserves to be on this set, helping Chikorita escape from Pokemon such as Diglett and Wynaut by changing their ability to Insomnia. Oran Berry is a real asset to Chikorita since it increases its longevity substantially, although Light Clay is an alternative that can give your team those vital extra turns of dual screens.

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Other Options

Leech Seed is an alternative way to gain recovery; it can be very rewarding when Pokemon with massive HP stats are seeded, such as Munchlax and Chinchou. Hidden Power Ground can be used to severely dent the likes of Houndour and Croagunk, two of the most common switch-ins, but it will not OHKO either. Aromatherapy is a viable option to pack on a bulky Pokemon like Chikorita, enabling it to heal itself and its teammates.

Checks and Counters

Since Chikorita is a supporter and is by no means a threat to any team directly, Poison-type Pokemon annihilate it, resisting Chikorita's STAB Leaf Storm and being immune to Toxic. There is nothing Chikorita can do apart from switch out, giving them a free turn to set up. Gligar can survive a Leaf Storm and Taunt Chikorita, rendering it useless, although it cannot Roost-stall, since upon Roosting it becomes weak to Grass-type attacks. Bronzor has nothing to fear and hence can switch in with comfort, and then set up entry hazards or dual screens of its own. Fire-types such as Growlithe and Houndour nail a solid KO on Chikorita with Flare Blitz and Fire Blast, respectively, and resist its primary STAB move, although avoiding Hidden Power Ground variants is advised. Pokemon such as Wynaut can wall Chikorita provided it is not carrying Worry Seed. In general, Pokemon with Taunt and sweepers that resist Chikorita's Leaf Storm make viable counters, as stopping Chikorita from setting up dual screens or using Worry Seed leaves it useless.