Larvitar

Guts
Attack is increased 50% when statused.
Type Tier
Rock / Ground LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 21 24 -
Atk
64
10 12 16 17
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
45
9 11 14 15
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
41
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

Larvitar is one of the more underrated Little Cup Pokémon. While many think of it to be in the shadow of other status abusers such as Taillow and Teddiursa, Larvitar can be a formidable physical sweeper with correct support. Although its weaknesses to common priority moves reduce its effectiveness, much like Tyranitar in OU, the little dinosaur can rip holes in unprepared teams with little difficulty.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Flame Orb Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish / Dragon Dance
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge / Rock Slide
~ Crunch
36 HP / 244 Atk / 36 Def / 188 Spe

Larvitar's claim to fame lies in its ability to boost both its Attack and Speed to phenomenal levels in just one turn. Rock Polish is the preferred option as it allows Larvitar to outspeed all Choice Scarf users who have 17 Speed or less while maintaining a respectable 25 Attack. Dragon Dance puts Larvitar at 21 Speed after one use, outrunning every non-boosted Pokémon in Little Cup, and also allows Larvitar to reach an astronomical Attack stat of 36. Earthquake, a very powerful move in Little Cup that also comes with STAB, makes an obvious choice on the moveset. However, choosing between Stone Edge and Rock Slide all depends on power and accuracy, though Stone Edge is generally the better option as Larvitar wants to deal as much damage as it can before getting KOed. Crunch makes for great filler, being able to hit the Ghost-types of Little Cup, while being your most effective move against Bronzor.

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Other Options

Sadly, Larvitar does not have much of a movepool apart from what has been mentioned already. Outrage may be used for great neutral coverage, although the undesirable side effect discourages usage. Superpower hits Bronzor harder than any other move, but the Attack drop is usually not worth it. Larvitar can try and pull off a Curse set, but with the huge amount of weaknesses it possesses, Larvitar won't be staying around long enough to make full use of it.

Checks and Counters

Larvitar's only true counter is Bronzor. Resistance to its STAB attacks alongside the ability to OHKO Larvitar with Gyro Ball solidify its place as a Larvitar counter. Besides Bronzor, priority users such as Croagunk and Carvanha can also check Larvitar with ease. Effectively, anything with a super effective priority move can be considered a decent check to the little dinosaur.