Munchlax

Thick Fat
Fire- and Ice-type damage reduced 1/2.
Pickup
Adds a chance of finding an item after each in-game battle.
Type Tier
Normal LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
135
- 30 33 -
Atk
85
13 15 18 19
Def
40
9 10 13 14
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
85
13 15 18 19
Spe
5
6 7 10 11
  • Little Cup

Overview

Munchlax is one of the most useful Pokemon in Little Cup and thanks to its mammoth HP as well as its great Attack and Special Defense stats, it can simultaneously take an offensive and defensive role on most teams. A cornerstone of special walling, Munchlax is most teams' answer to vicious special attackers, such as Gastly, Chinchou, Mantyke, and Abra, and its very presence prevents special threats from running rampant in the metagame. At the same time, though, it is let down by mediocre physical defense and the lowest Speed in the entire metagame. However, its usefulness is undeniable, and it's easy to see why, despite its shortcomings, Munchlax is still one of the defining Pokemon in the Little Cup metagame.

Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Oran Berry Thick Fat Brave / Sassy
Moveset EVs
~ Return / Body Slam
~ Earthquake
~ Pursuit
~ Fire Punch / Ice Punch / Protect
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 SpD

Munchlax's high Special Defense lets it wall special opponents handily, threatening opponents such as Gastly and Drifloon with Pursuit. Return provides basic STAB, and is Munchlax's strongest attack. Body Slam is only slightly weaker, but it can paralyze threatening opponents that switch in, such as Aron and Gligar. Earthquake hits Rock- and Steel-types that resist Munchlax's STAB Return. Pursuit hits Ghost- and Psychic-types hard, which is one of the biggest reasons to use Munchlax in Little Cup. The fourth moveslot choice is up to your preference; Fire Punch can be used to hit Bronzor, while Ice Punch can be used to hit Gligar if it causes trouble for your team.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Recycle

Oran Berry Thick Fat Sassy
Moveset IVs
~ Recycle
~ Curse
~ Return / Body Slam
~ Fire Punch / ThunderPunch / Earthquake
0 Spe
EVs
76 HP / 196 Def / 236 SpD

Like its older sibling Snorlax in OU, Munchlax can run a Curse set effectively in LC, with the distinction of possesing something like a recovery move, the Oran Berry-Recycle combination. After using Curse and recovering lost HP with Oran Berry, Recycle allows Munchlax to regain the Oran Berry. This means that Munchlax can recover 64.52% of its HP by using 2 Oran Berries.

On the offensive side, Return is a very powerful STAB move, but Body Slam can be used for paralysis support. Fire Punch allows Munchlax to hit Steel-types for super effective damage, while putting the hurt on Ghost-types. ThunderPunch can be used instead of Fire Punch, as it allows Munchlax to hit Rock-types for neutral damage and pesky Water-types (bar Chinchou) for super effective damage. Earthquake allows Munchlax to hit Rock- and Steel-types for super effective damage, but Flying or Levitating Ghosts such as Drifloon and Gastly will be immune to both offensive attacks.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance Support

Damp Rock / Oran Berry Thick Fat Sassy
Moveset EVs
~ Rain Dance
~ Return
~ Earthquake
~ Pursuit
156 HP / 196 Def / 156 SpD

Munchlax's incredible bulk and ability to stop common Rain Dance counters such as Snover and Chinchou make it a very competent Rain Dance supporter. Rain Dance and Damp Rock are essential to this set's success, since it can easily set up eight turns of rain. Return is Munchlax's primary STAB move, and is its best option against a variety of threats. Earthquake is important for 2HKOing Chinchou, while Pursuit allows Munchlax to trap Snover and other Pokemon. As previously stated, Damp Rock is the primary hold item due to its effect of extending Rain Dance, but an Oran Berry can be used as a viable alternative if Munchlax does not seem bulky enough. Oran Berry will also allow Munchlax to switch in more times to take more punishment, albeit while setting up shorter Rain Dances.

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Other Options

Thanks to its mammoth HP stat and general bulk, Munchlax is a good candidate to use Leftovers. Using at least 156 HP EVs will mean that Munchlax will heal 2 HP per turn from Leftovers. With Protect, this becomes even more potent, being able to recover health while scouting at the same time.

Munchlax has a sizeable movepool filled with things to catch counters off-guard. Seed Bomb can be used to hit for good neutral damage all around and hit Rock-types super effectively without the risk of Ground-immune Pokemon switching in for free on Earthquake. Surf can be used to hit the lower Special Defense of the Rock / Ground or Rock / Steel types, but loses against Rock / Water types. Substitute and Focus Punch can be used together, as Munchlax tends to force switches, which allow it to set up its huge 8 HP Substitutes. However, Pursuit is often significantly more effective for punishing opposing switches. Chople Berry can be used to surprise an opposing Fighting-type, but Munchlax loses significant bulk without Oran Berry's 10 HP boost, which leaves it open to some special threats. Munchlax is also a great Pokemon to use with Trick Room support. If used in Trick Room, Munchlax can make even better use of Life Orb to provide a power boost at the expense of bulk.

Checks and Counters

It is incredibly difficult to actually counter Munchlax because of the excellent power of its STAB Return. Ghost-types with Levitate are generally the most effective counters, but Pursuit, Seed Bomb, and Fire Punch are all threatening. Really, the only thing you can do is predict and pray. Don't switch Bronzor into Fire Punch, don't switch Ghost-types into things not named Return / Earthquake, and don't switch Rock-types into Seed Bomb or Earthquake. If you manage to do that you should be fine.

Revenge killing is slightly easier. Munchlax is dreadfully slow, and its physical defense is its only real weak point, so when you get the chance, hit it hard with the strongest physical attack that you have. Fighting-types, such as Mankey and Machop can easily demolish Munchlax. Really, just wear it down with repeated attacks. It is hard to keep it in on things that hit with any semblance of physical power.