Mudkip

Torrent
Boosts power of Water-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 21 24 -
Atk
70
11 13 16 17
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
50
9 11 14 15
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
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Overview

Mudkip is generally an average Pokemon—it has a good Attack stat, decent defenses, and a usable Special Attack stat, but its mediocre Speed is what hinders it. Mudkip has a small movepool, but it can still threaten several Pokemon. It has access to uncommon moves such as Mirror Coat, Counter, and Curse, all of which have their own uses and surprise factor. Due to Mudkip's mixed stats it can function as a bulky Pokemon, or even a fully offensive sweeper. The flexibility in its role makes Mudkip a useful Pokemon.

Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Jolly / Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Waterfall
~ Rock Slide
~ Double-Edge / Return
~ Superpower / Ice Beam
116 HP / 196 Atk / 196 Spe

With a Choice Scarf equipped, Mudkip can fix its speed problems. Waterfall is the main STAB option; it has 80 Base Power and a 20% flinch rate, which is handy because Mudkip will outspeed many opponents. Waterfall hits several threats such as Gligar, usually doing anywhere between 70% to 100%. Note that this isn't completely reliable, however, as many Gligar also carry Choice Scarf and will thus outspeed Mudkip. Double-Edge is a strong move and gets neutral coverage on every Pokemon in LC, while Return serves a similar purpose without the recoil damage at the cost of a bit less power. Superpower provides good coverage and it is useful in revenge killing several Pokemon. Ice Beam is useful as it hits more physically defensive Pokemon such as Gligar harder than Waterfall, and will usually KO them with Stealth Rock support. Rock Slide hits Ice- and Flying-type Pokemon for super effective damage, which is helpful in a metagame where Pokemon like Snover are common.

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Other Options

A CounterCoat set can be viable with Mudkip, and so can a set utilizing Toxic and Rest. Yawn is a useful move to have in its arsenal as it causes switches and racks up damage from entry hazards. A specially based Choice Scarf set is viable, using moves such as Surf, Ice Beam, AncientPower, and Hidden Power Fire, but Mudkip's Special Attack is mediocre, which limits its effectiveness. Its only real merit would be that it is unexpected.

Checks and Counters

Water Absorb Pokemon will be good counters since they can take Waterfall and receive a health boost. Chinchou resists STAB Waterfall and can retaliate with its own STAB Thunderbolt. Similarly, Grass-type Pokemon resists Mudkip's STAB and can deal a lot of damage to Mudkip with their own STABs. Be warned that Grass-types will take a lot of damage from Ice Beam if Mudkip has the move. Bronzor and Slowpoke do a lot of damage to the Choice Scarf set, and they also have great defensive stats and resist a lot of Mudkip's moves.