Sticky Hold
This Pokémon's item cannot be removed. Increases chance of encountering Pokémon while fishing.
Liquid Ooze
Leeching moves cause the enemy to lose HP instead.
Type Tier
Poison LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
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9 10 14 15
9 11 15 16
9 10 14 15
9 11 15 16
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup


At first glance, Gulpin might seem to be a decent Pokemon to use in Little Cup. Its fair defenses and Poison typing seem to make it a good defensive Pokemon. However, Gulpin's movepool is horrendous; a complete lack of moves to use at all completely destroys any viability Gulpin would have. In addition, being a pure Poison-type means than Gulpin is extremely weak to the very common Gligar. Gulpin should never be considered seriously for a Little Cup team, as there are better pure Poison-type Pokemon if you are looking for a Fighting-type resist.

Name Item Nature

Bulky Attacker

Oran Berry Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Ice Beam
~ Shadow Ball / Hidden Power Ground
~ Pain Split
196 HP / 12 Def / 252 SpA / 12 SpD / 36 Spe

This is the best set that Gulpin can muster from its terrible movepool. Sludge Bomb is a decently powerful STAB move, and should be used despite its terrible coverage. Ice Beam can catch unsuspecting Ground-types such as Gligar on the switch in. Shadow Ball hits Gastly and other Ghost-types for super effective damage, but it leaves Gulpin walled by Steel-types. Hidden Power Ground can be used to alleviate this, but Gulpin loses an entire point of Special Attack due to the IV drop. Pain Split, while mediocre, is Gulpin's only form of recovery aside from Rest and can help Gulpin stay alive longer with its decent bulk.

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Other Options

Gulpin has a few support moves that it could use. Yawn and Encore are both options to make sweepers with setup moves think twice about trying to set up on Gulpin. A physical set with Gunk Shot, two of the elemental punches, and Explosion can be used over the special set, but it is generally inferior. Destiny Bond is an interesting move that potentially allows Gulpin to get an extra KO, but it is too slow to use it effectively. Finally, although Gulpin can reach 21 Speed with a Timid nature and Choice Scarf, there are much better options a for Choice Scarf user—Gulpin is simply too weak to use it effectively.

Checks and Counters

Ground-types such as Gligar can switch in on any move not named Ice Beam and deliver a swift OHKO with Earthquake. Steel-types, such as Magnemite or Aron, can wall every move that Gulpin carries (bar Hidden Power Ground). In general, Gulpin is fairly weak—as long as it does not use a super effective move, most Pokemon in Little Cup will be able to beat it by virtue of stats alone.