Kricketune

Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Bug NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
77
- 295 358 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
51
124 138 201 221
SpA
55
131 146 209 229
SpD
51
124 138 201 221
Spe
65
149 166 229 251
  • Underused

Overview

Kricketune is yet another simply awful Bug-type who is often referred to as an inferior Beedrill. This label is pretty accurate, as Kricketune sports a lesser Speed stat, a lack of 4x resistances to make up for his poor defenses, as well as barely any options with which to even try to support the team. Factor in a weakness to Stealth Rock, and you'll find that Kricketune is a Pokemon who is really not worth using at all. Unless you've lost some kind of bet, Kricketune should never be an option on any seriously competitive team.

Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb / Lum Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ X-Scissor
~ Brick Break
~ Night Slash / Taunt
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Though it is quite hard to set up at all when using Kricketune, Swords Dance is probably his best bet at sweeping; by doubling his Attack stat, Kricketune becomes at least slightly threatening. X-Scissor is the best STAB move available to Kricketune, and its power can even be boosted by Kricketune's ability, Swarm, when he is low on health. Brick Break offers the best coverage with X-Scissor, hitting Steel-types for super effective damage, while Night Slash can be used to slice through Ghost-types. Taunt can give Kricketune some nice setup opportunities against the likes of Chansey and Registeel, who might otherwise cripple him with status.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ X-Scissor
~ Brick Break
~ Night Slash
~ Return
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Kricketune can run a Choice Scarf set to make up for his poor Speed stat, becoming a somewhat decent revenge killer. X-Scissor is the primary STAB move, and if Kricketune manages to secure a Swarm boost, it becomes just as powerful as if Kricketune was using Megahorn. Brick Break is for Steel- and Rock-types, Night Slash allows Kricketune to hit Ghost-types, and Return is a nice neutral attack that rounds off Kricketune's type coverage perfectly.

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Other Options

Kricketune has access to Screech, but Swords Dance is usually better as it does not get removed by a simple switch. Aerial Ace can be used to hit other Bug-types, but it is useless otherwise. Bug Bite can steal pinch Berries, but it is gimmicky and unreliable, making X-Scissor the more consistent option. Knock Off can remove an opposing Pokemon's item, which can be especially crippling to bulky Pokemon that lack recovery outside their precious Leftovers. Toxic is always useful to cripple bulky Water- and Ground-type switch-ins.

Checks and Counters

Poison-, Steel-, and Flying-types are the best counters against Kricketune; Weezing being particularly effective due to its high Defense stat and access to Flamethrower. Truthfully though, anything with decent rounded stats can be an effective check to Kricketune. Pokemon with good defenses can easily come in and wall him, while Pokemon with good offensive stats should be able to outspeed Kricketune and cleanly OHKO it. It's not like Kricketune has many other options besides outright attacking anyway, so indirectly countering him with status is really quite pointless.