Aside from being Little Cup's cutest Pokémon, Mantyke has two fabulous abilities in Water Absorb and Swift Swim, making it a dangerous Pokemon on the field. With base 120 Special Defense, Mantyke boasts one of the highest Special Defense stats in Little Cup. Furthermore, Mantyke with an Agility or Swift Swim boost has the ability to Speed tie with the likes of Choice Scarf Diglett, making it very hard to revenge kill if you do not have a priority move. Mantyke is one of the most threatening sweepers in Little Cup, thanks to its combination of bulk, powerful STAB, good type coverage and, once boosted, brilliant Speed.
Fortunately for opposing Pokemon, Mantyke must make a choice between the nearly unstoppable power that rain grants or the reliability, duration and immunity to Water that Agility has. Additionally, Mantyke suffers from a weakness to Stealth Rock, making it extremely easy for priority users, such as Croagunk, to take Mantyke out. Even so, it is wise to pack several Pokemon capable of revenge killing Mantyke.
With recovery in the form of Water Absorb and base 120 Special Defense, as well as the ability to double its Speed with Agility, Mantyke has the potential to become a very threatening sweeper. This set has important advantages over other Agility sweepers, such as Chinchou, because of its Ground- and Water-type immunities and higher special stats. With Life Orb, Mantyke can OHKO a variety of frailer Pokemon (such as Elekid) with a STAB Hydro Pump.
Hydro Pump is Mantyke's main move for this set. Coming off of 16 Special Attack, Mantyke can rip holes through its opponents (providing they do not resist it). Ice Beam allows Mantyke to hit Grass-types and score an easy OHKO against Gligar. With Hidden Power Electric, Mantyke can switch in on common Rain Dance sweepers, such as Buizel, Kabuto, Squirtle, and other Mantyke, and OHKO them. Hidden Power Flying is useful against opposing Snover and Fighting-types, particularly Croagunk, and receives STAB due to Mantyke's part Flying-type.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Using its ability, Swift Swim, Mantyke can be one of the most dangerous special sweepers in Little Cup under the rain. This Mantyke relies heavily on Rain Dance and a rain-boosted Hydro Pump to score KOs. With the rain active, Mantyke reaches a Speed of 28 with a Modest nature, and can rip holes through Little Cup with its extremely powerful Hydro Pump. This allows Mantyke to easily outrun any Choice Scarfer barring Diglett, Elekid, and Voltorb, almost always making it the fastest Pokemon on the battlefield. With a Timid nature, Mantyke hits 30 Speed, which allows it to at least Speed tie with Diglett, Voltorb, and Elekid, assuming they are holding Choice Scarf.
In a similar vein as the Agility set, Mantyke's moves allow for perfect neutral coverage. Hydro Pump and Surf are the the main choices for attacking due to the STAB. Hidden Power Electric hits other Water-types for super effective damage, specifically other Mantyke, while Hidden Power Flying offers the ability to hit both Croagunk and Snover, who can both stop this set in its tracks. Finally, Ice Beam OHKOes Gligar and hits Dragon- and Grass-types for super effective damage.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
This set takes advantage of Mantyke's great bulk to give it more chances to set up Rain Dance and sweep. Mantyke can set up on what would normally be a counter or check to it. Two notable Pokemon who are set-up bait here are Munchlax and Croagunk. The standard Croagunk is not able to hurt Mantyke enough to be a problem, and Mantyke easily sets up Rain Dance on it. Munchlax's Return is either a 2HKO or 3HKO depending on its Attack investment. This set even provides support for other Rain Dance sweepers by giving them seven turns under rain to sweep with.
As with Mantyke's other sets, Hydro Pump works as its main STAB and strongest move on the set. If the accuracy of Hydro Pump is a concern, however, Surf is an option with its perfect accuracy. Ice Beam gives Mantyke additional type coverage, hitting Grass-types and Gligar super effectively. The choice of Hidden Power all depends on who you want to hit. Hidden Power Electric allows Mantyke to hit Waters and other Mantyke, while Hidden Power Flying hits Snover and Croagunk.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Hidden Power Grass may be used over Hidden Power Electric or Hidden Power Flying to 2HKO opposing Chinchou and keep coverage against Water-types. Similarly, Hidden Power Ground also hits Chinchou hard, but serves more use in the Swift Swim sets than Hidden Power Grass does. This is because a rain-boosted Hydro Pump has similar power to that of a super effective Hidden Power Electric, so using Hidden Power Ground allows Mantyke to be safer against both Chinchou and Croagunk.
Wacan Berry may be used to help the 4x Electric weakness that plagues Mantyke, and earn a surprise KO from its benefits. In an attempt to stall, Aqua Ring may be used for its constant supply of free HP. Unfortunately, the offensive nature of Little Cup makes adding the move quite costly. Mantyke can take advantage of its monstrous Special Defense to become a wall with defensive EVs. Unfortunately, a huge amount of Pokemon in Little Cup can take advantage of its typing and poor Defense stat, taking away from the set's effectiveness.
Checks and Counters
Mantyke can be a very difficult Pokémon to counter once it has set up, but Pokémon such as Chinchou can easily counter it, taking little damage from virtually everything Mantyke can throw at it and OHKOing in return with a STAB Electric-type move. Munchlax, the dominant special wall in Little Cup, can check Mantyke by 2HKOing it with Return. Without Hidden Power Flying, Mantyke has trouble against Pokémon such as Croagunk and Snover, and without Hidden Power Electric, Mantyke can be stopped by most Water-types and even opposing Mantyke, providing they have it. Before it has set up, most Pokémon in Little Cup can take Mantyke out if they have a super effective move and can survive a hit.