Cyndaquil

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

At first glance, Cyndaquil appears to be an inferior Houndour or Ponyta. While this is true in most cases, Cyndaquil does have something that the other common Fire-types do not: Eruption. With one of the strongest Fire-type moves in existence backed by STAB, Cyndaquil has quite literally burnt itself a place in the tier.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Rash / Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Eruption
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Electric
~ Double Kick
~ Fire Blast / Flamethrower
44 HP / 24 Atk / 200 SpA / 236 Spe

Cyndaquil's main advantage over other Fire-types in Little Cup is his access to Eruption, an extremely powerful STAB move. Since Cyndaquil has a rather mediocre base Speed stat, giving it a Choice Scarf helps make up for it by allowing it to fire off STAB Eruption without being outpaced by opposing threats. Also, with the boost obtained from Choice Scarf, Cyndaquil reaches a Speed stat of 24, which is enough to outpace common Choice Scarf Pokemon who cap at only 21 Speed.

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Other Options

Since Cyndaquil is generally outclassed by other Pokemon, there isn't much you should change when using it. A physical Life Orb set can be used with Flare Blitz as the STAB move, but it is outclassed by Ponyta due to its significantly higher Attack and Speed. A SubSalac set utilizing Reversal has potential, but with the prevalence of priority attacks in Little Cup, it'll be very difficult to use. Finally, Cyndaquil can be used as a lead with Quick Attack, but it is outclassed by Ponyta, who boasts better base stats.

Checks and Counters

As mentioned before, Munchlax with its colossal HP, defensive stats, and ability, Thick Fat, will stop Cyndaquil. Mantyke can easily switch into any of Cyndaquil's attacks bar Hidden Power Electric and threaten it with a STAB Hydro Pump or Surf. Chinchou is in the same boat as Mantyke, as it can switch into any attack excluding Hidden Power Grass. Houndour and Ponyta not only outclass Cyndaquil in many ways, but they can also switch into a Cyndaquil locked into a Fire-type move and begin setting up courtesy of Flash Fire. Finally, faster Pokemon and users of Aqua Jet can revenge kill Cyndaquil with relative ease.