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+
- 20 24 -
10 12 15 16
9 10 14 15
10 12 15 16
9 10 14 15
10 12 15 16
  • Little Cup


Although Chimchar has poor base stats, it can still act as a reliable lead. This comes from its unique ability to use both Fake Out and Stealth Rock on one set. Unfortunately, that is the extent of Chimchar's abilities, as it suffers from poor Speed and a reliance on Overheat to score important KOs. As a result of these drawbacks, Chimchar can be both easily revenge killed and set up on. Nonetheless, Chimchar is a solid lead, and can be quite disruptive when used correctly.

Name Item Nature

Attacking Lead

Focus Sash Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Overheat
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Stealth Rock
4 HP / 56 Atk / 216 SpA / 4 SpD / 188 Spe

Chimchar is one of the better leads in the Little Cup metagame, due to the major centralization around the 15 Speed mark. With a Hasty nature, Chimchar outpaces other leads running 15 Speed and KOes most of them with Fake Out followed by Overheat or Hidden Power Grass. Because of this, it can prevent Stealth Rock from being set up without having to sacrifice a moveslot for Taunt, something no other lead can do. This gives Chimchar room for its own Stealth Rock, which it often gets the chance to use either after it KOes the opposing lead or if the opposing lead switches out. While Chimchar doesn't beat every lead, it will rarely be at a big disadvantage. Against Diglett, for example, it can still get Stealth Rock up and possibly disable Diglett's Focus Sash.

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Chimchar has access to both Swords Dance and Nasty Plot, along with a big enough movepool to support the two, allowing it to gain some much-needed punch for its attacks. Unfortunately, its Speed does not allow Chimchar to take full advantage of these boosts, since it can be easily revenge killed. To make up for its poor Speed, Chimchar can use a Choice Scarf along with U-turn for some scouting. Unfortunately, Chimchar is still quite weak and is easily set up on.

Checks and Counters

Faster Fake Out leads, such as Meowth, Aipom, and Glameow can all negate Chimchar’s Focus Sash and proceed to KO it with a STAB attack. Diglett is a problem since it can negate Fake Out with Protect and OHKO Chimchar with Earthquake.

Once Chimchar has done its job, a large amount of sweepers can set up on it, especially with its Special Attack drop. In particular, Dratini, Mantyke, Chinchou, and Gligar can take advantage of Overheat’s Special Attack drop and set up on Chimchar with ease, while all packing moves that can easily take it out. Munchlax can easily sponge Chimchar's attacks and OHKO it with Earthquake.