Kangaskhan

Early Bird
Reduces sleep time by 50%.
Scrappy
Can hit Ghost-types with Fighting- and Normal-type moves.
Type Tier
Normal UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
105
- 351 414 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
40
104 116 179 196
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
90
194 216 279 306
  • Underused

Overview

While physical attacking Normal-types normally have their share of troubles with Ghost-types, Kangaskhan is an exception. She is capable of smacking around Ghost-types with Normal- and Fighting-type moves thanks to her ability Scrappy. In addition to this, Kangaskhan is not particularly frail; she has an impressive 105 HP stat along with passable defenses on both ends. While she doesn't exactly have a jaw-dropping Attack stat like most physical sweepers do, Kangaskhan's stand-out features as a sweeper somewhat compensate for this. Overall, Kangaskhan is a cool and underrated Pokemon; this female kangaroo definitely meshes well in the UU tier.

Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Attacker

Choice Band / Life Orb Scrappy Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Return / Double-Edge
~ Hammer Arm / Low Kick
~ Sucker Punch
~ Earthquake / Fake Out
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

In contrast to other Choice Banded Normal-types, Kangaskhan has the unique ability Scrappy, which allows her to hit Ghost-types with Normal and Fighting moves. The Choice Band set is the perfect choice for Kangaskhan, since she can spam her high-powered STAB moves without being completely walled by Ghost-types. Furthermore, Kangaskhan hits a Speed of 306 with a Jolly nature, meaning she will always have a jump ahead over the omnipresent 80 Base Speed group in the UU tier. Return and Double-Edge are givens, while Hammer Arm and Earthquake deal with those Steel- and Rock-types. Sucker Punch is mostly filler, but it comes in handy when facing faster threats.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Leftovers Scrappy Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Focus Punch
~ Sucker Punch
~ Return
212 HP / 44 Atk / 252 Spe

Kangaskhan is an ideal choice for a SubPunch set because she can set up sturdy 101 Substitutes and has good defenses, a passable Attack stat, and the ability Scrappy to hit Ghost-types on the switch. Focus Punch, Sucker Punch, and Return can hit everything in UU for neutral damage. The only concern is that Kangaskhan needs to be behind a Substitute to guarantee herself a hit with Focus Punch.

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Other Options

There are a number of potential sets that are not among the main sets. You could run an Anti-Lead set with the moves Fake Out, Sucker Punch, Focus Punch, and Counter. However, Kangaskhan doesn't have enough power, unfortunately, to face most common leads. Kangaskhan can also run a support set with Wish, Protect, Return, and Toxic, but she is better off attacking and taking advantage of Scrappy to deal with those pesky Ghost-types. Besides, Lickilicky outclasses her in that role because he has more overall bulk. Kangaskhan can also run a RestTalk set to take advantage of her passable bulk on both ends.

Reversal can be used with Substitute and Liechi Berry to deal more damage to Steel- and Rock-types. Double Hit is another option as well in order to break Mismagius's and Rotom's Substitutes. Although it is illegal with Scrappy, Kangaskhan has Sing and Yawn if you ever need to put the opponent to sleep. Kangaskhan is also blessed with an impressive special movepool, but her Special Attack stat is incredibly low. You can go for 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spe spread with a Jolly nature if you wish the outpace the Base 80 group.

Checks and Counters

The Choice Band set is difficult to check since Rock- and Steel-types risk losing a hefty amount of their HP to Hammer Arm or Earthquake, and Ghost-types can't exactly switch in on her. As with most Choiced Pokemon, you need prediction to weather her hits. Defensive Hitmontop can take a STAB Return while OHKOing back with Close Combat. Rhyperior, Regirock, and Steelix are bulky enough to take a boosted Hammer Arm or Earthquake, and they can counteract with their respective STAB moves, or, in the cases of the latter two, Explosion. Omastar and Registeel are decent checks to the Choice Band set if they avoid switching into super effective moves.

The SubPunch set has troubles dealing with a majority of the physical walls in the tier. Milotic and Slowbro can easily take her down with the combination of Surf and Slack Off or Recover. Tangrowth can do the same with Power Whip or Leaf Storm and Synthesis. Donphan can take Return while 2HKOing back with Earthquake. Blastoise can take a few Returns while striking back with Surf.