Meowth

Pickup
Adds a chance of finding an item after each in-game battle.
Technician
Moves with 60 Base Power or less do 50% more damage.
Type Tier
Normal LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 20 23 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
35
9 10 13 14
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
40
9 10 13 14
Spe
90
13 15 18 19
  • Little Cup

Overview

Meowth is often regarded as the best lead in the LC metagame, and with good reason. With its convenient ability to boost its moves' power, which is particularly notable on moves such as Fake Out, Meowth will usually have the upper hand against its opponent. Meowth also hits 19 Speed, allowing it to outpace a majority of the metagame. Even with the advent of leads running Protect to deal with Meowth, it is still extremely effective inside and outside the lead slot since priority moves are ever-so-important in LC. Meowth is usually left untouched until the end of the match since it can spam Fake Out and U-turn to escape from the opponent, causing widespread damage. Overall, Meowth is an extremely valuable asset and should be considered as a lead to set the tempo for the match.

Name Item Ability Nature

Lead

Focus Sash / Life Orb / Silk Scarf Technician Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Return / Seed Bomb
~ Bite / U-turn
~ Hypnosis / Taunt
236 Atk / 76 Def / 196 Spe

Meowth is one of the few leads that will almost always give your team an instant advantage. Thanks to its ability, Technician, Meowth can deal respectable amounts of damage to the opponent with its low Base Power moves. Fake Out makes an excellent opening move as it breaks the opponent's Focus Sash while flinching them in the process, which usually allows Meowth to finish the opponent with a STAB Return. Seed Bomb surprises Kabuto leads by 2HKOing with the combination of Fake Out and Seed Bomb. Bite hits Ghost-types, U-turn makes a great scouting move, Hypnosis puts Machop to sleep (thanks to No Guard), and Taunt deals with set up leads.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb Technician Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Swift
~ Water Pulse
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Dark
76 Def / 196 SpA / 36 SpD / 196 Spe

A Nasty Plot set adds nice surprise value for Meowth since most players expect a physical set. Furthermore, Meowth's ability, Technician, helps it inflict respectable amounts of damage upon the opponent despite having a low Special Attack stat. This particular set could be inserted inside or outside the lead slot. As a lead, Meowth can take advantage of a free Nasty Plot turn on a predicted Protect from Pokemon such as Snover and Machop. On the other hand, Meowth can be an effective late-game sweeper if used correctly, but it will usually have a difficult time getting a Nasty Plot down.

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Other Options

In the lead slot, Meowth can run a Feint set to break through typical Protect leads, and can follow up with Return for the 2HKO most of the time. Meowth can also run Substitute to block Duskull's Will-O-Wisp. With a number of Protect leads in the tier, getting Substitute down shouldn't be too difficult. A Protect set in conjunction with Focus Sash and Fake Out could help kill time for Meowth, which allows it to break down sweepers who value their time on field, such as Rain Dance teams, Taillow, and Teddiursa. Lastly, Meowth can run a Rain Dance set with Fake Out, Rain Dance, Hypnosis, and U-turn. Unlike Voltorb, Meowth has Fake Out to remove Focus Sash from the opponent, along with Hypnosis to put the opponent to sleep while Meowth sets up Rain Dance. U-turn also allows Meowth to successfully bring in your Rain Dance sweepers safely.

Attack-wise, Meowth can run a lot of things. A Last Resort set could work with its high Speed stat and decent Attack stat. The set is almost guaranteed to lure in the omnipresent Ghost-types in the tier, turning Meowth into nice bait for Ghosts and allowing Stunky to trap them. For the most part though, Aipom can do it better since it has a higher Attack stat. The Nasty Plot set can add Fake Out into the mix to bluff and lure the opponent's physical walls in. However, Meowth doesn't have the respectable mixed offensive stats to pull this off successfully. Meowth can run a Choice Band set, but Aipom usually outclasses it since it has a higher Attack stat. Along with a Technician boost, Fury Swipes could also break a Substitute.

Checks and Counters

Steel-types are troublesome for the physical set, as Meowth lacks a Fighting-type move to hurt them. Bronzor, Aron, and Shieldon can come in on any hits and hit back with their respective moves. Rock-types, particularly Geodude, Rhyhorn, and Omanyte, can check it as well. For the Nasty Plot set, Munchlax is your best thanks to its high Special Defense stat; it can also swiftly KO Meowth with Return. Without Hidden Power Dark, bulky Ghost-types such as Duskull can deal with Meowth. Duskull can take any attack save Hidden Power Dark and hit back with Blizzard. If Meowth lacks Hidden Power Fire, Bronzor is your best against it (outside of Munchlax).