Chingling

Levitate
This Pokémon is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Psychic LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
30
8 9 12 13
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
65
11 13 16 17
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
45
9 11 14 15
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Overview

Despite having a relatively varied support movepool, Chingling is often left in the shadow of its fellow Psychic-types. Bronzor, Slowpoke, and even Natu are better choices in the majority of cases due to their superior typing and bulk. Chingling's defenses and offenses alike leave a lot to be desired, and its Speed is also below average. Due to these shortfalls, a double status set is pretty much Chingling's only shot at getting onto a team.

Name Item Nature

Double Status

Oran Berry Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hypnosis
~ Thunder Wave
~ Heal Bell / Substitute
~ Psychic
236 HP / 36 Def / 236 Spe

This set attempts to make Chingling as useful as it possibly can be, and in some ways, the set succeeds. With its passable defenses, Chingling can take hits and strike back with its array of support options. Hypnosis and Thunder Wave are the two status moves on this set. After hopefully surviving an attack, use Hypnosis to put the opposing Pokemon to sleep. The opponent will hopefully switch out to another Pokemon, which can then be paralyzed by Thunder Wave, unless it is immune to Electric-type moves, such as Chinchou and Ground-type Pokemon. With two Pokemon of the opposing team afflicted with status, Chingling's teammates should have an easier time setting up and sweeping.

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Other Options

Chingling has some interesting offensive options, but is outclassed offensively by Natu, who has better typing and coverage, and Abra, who dwarfs Chingling in power. The yellow bell also gets Trick Room, but has neither Slowpoke's bulk nor the suicide lead potential of Shuppet. Chingling has access to Calm Mind and Charge Beam, but is too slow and too frail to make use of the boosts.

Checks and Counters

Unfortunately, anything with a relatively strong attack can OHKO Chingling, or at least come very close to doing so. While the Double Status set can be a nuisance, one needs to worry more about Chingling's potential partners than about Chingling itself, Houndour and Dratini in particular. A combination of Scarf Mankey and Scarf Gligar can outmaneuver any of Chingling's statusing attempts, while also knocking seven bells out of it with U-turn. Most Pokemon are powerful and fast enough to outspeed Chingling and dispatch it with their most powerful attack.