Omanyte

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Type Tier
Rock / Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
35
- 20 23 -
Atk
40
9 10 13 14
Def
100
14 16 19 20
SpA
90
13 15 18 19
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
35
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

Omanyte is a great Pokemon in Little Cup due to its excellent movepool and stats. Due to its ability, Swift Swim, Omanyte can be a powerful sweeper underneath rain, while also posing a threat outside of it. With moves such as Hydro Pump, Earth Power, AncientPower, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Stealth Rock, Omanyte can serve both as an offensive or defensive threat. Omanyte still has its faults, though, most notable is its sub-par Speed stat. Not to mention that Omanyte's main STAB move, Hydro Pump, is a common immunity in Little Cup. Pokemon such as Croagunk can switch in with impunity and OHKO Omanyte with Vacuum Wave.

Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Swift Swim Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ Ice Beam
~ Earth Power
~ AncientPower
76 HP / 196 SpA / 236 Spe

With rain up, Omanyte reaches a Speed of 28, effectively allowing it to outpace the entirety of the metagame that does not run Choice Scarf. Along with its devastating Special Attack, Omanyte has no trouble making holes in the opponent's team.

Hydro Pump is fantastic with the boost from Life Orb and rain, as it can 2HKO almost every Pokemon who isn't immune to it. Ice Beam is a nice coverage move as it allows you to his Dratini for super effective damage, who otherwise would KO you. Earth Power OHKOes Chinchou the majority of the time with Stealth Rock on the field, and can also OHKO Croagunk if you predict its switch-in. AncientPower can OHKO Snover, though be careful since you tie with max Speed Snover and you will be outpaced by Choice Scarf variants. AncientPower can also 2HKO Mantyke, who is immune to Hydro Pump if it has Water Absorb as its ability.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rain Dance Special Attacker

Oran Berry Swift Swim Modest
Moveset IVs
~ Surf
~ Ice Beam / Earth Power
~ Hidden Power Electric
~ Rain Dance
30 SpA
EVs
156 HP / 36 Def / 200 SpA / 76 Spe

This set uses Omanyte's Defense stat to help it tank physical attacks so Omanyte has an easier time switching in and then sweeping. With its above average defenses, Omanyte can easily set rain up for itself, and then sweep. With a Modest nature and 200 Special Attack EVs, Omanyte reaches 19 Special Attack, while the 76 Speed EVs allow Omanyte to reach a stat of 22 under rain, making it outpace all non-Choice Scarf Pokemon. Oran Berry is the preferred item on the set because it restores Omanyte's health, although you can use Damp Rock to increase the duration of rain.

Surf is the primary attacking move on the set. In the rain, Surf can dent most Pokemon who aren't immune or resistant to it. Earth Power can be used to hit Electric-types and Croagunk, while Ice Beam can hit Grass- and Dragon-types that resist Surf. Hidden Power Electric allows Omanyte to hit Water-types, especially Mantyke.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rock Polish

Life Orb Shell Armor Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ Hydro Pump
~ Earth Power
~ AncientPower
236 HP / 196 SpA / 76 Spe

Omanyte has access to Rock Polish which allows it to double its Speed stat, so Omanyte no longer has to worry about setting up rain to sweep. With the given EVs, Omanyte reaches 22 Speed which allows it to outpace all Pokemon who aren't equipped with a Choice Scarf. The spread gives Omanyte a decent amount of bulk, helping it set up Rock Polish much easier. Shell Armor is the preferred ability so you won't have to fear critical hits.

Hydro Pump allows you to power your way through most Pokemon with its 120 Base Power. AncientPower and Earth Power allow you to hit Paras and Croagunk respectively, who are immune to Water-type attacks. Hidden Power Grass or Hidden Power Electric can be used to hit Water-types but Hydro Pump does roughly the same amount of damage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Oran Berry Shell Armor Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Spikes / Toxic Spikes
~ Surf
~ AncientPower / Ice Beam / Protect
236 HP / 36 Def / 236 SpD

Omanyte is one of the few very effective entry hazard supporters in the Little Cup metagame. Having access to all three forms of entry hazards (Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes), as well as boasting a high Defense stat, Omanyte won't have a hard time setting up multiple layers of two of the three of the aforementioned hazards. Also, Omanyte is basically the only Pokemon who can effectively set up Spikes or Toxic Spikes, as the other pokemon with access to these moves, such as Pineco, are not equipped to deal with the metagame. As for attacking options, Surf is the primary STAB move of choice, hitting for decent damage so Omanyte is not left helpless offensively. AncientPower serves as a secondary STAB move, hitting Pokemon like Paras and Mantyke that take Surf with impunity. However, Ice Beam can be used to deal heavy damage against opposing Grass-types, as well as damaging Croagunk and Dratini. If you opt to use Toxic Spikes, Protect may be a worthwhile option give Omanyte a chance to stall the opponent for poison damage. Protect also helps Omanyte scout for dangerous attacks coming from the likes of Choice Scarf Mankey and Gligar.

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Other Options

With Chople Berry Omanyte is a decent lure for Croagunk. Chople Berry allows Omanyte to survive a Vacuum Wave from Croagunk and KO it back with Earth Power. The only other thing to consider is having Omanyte learn Knock Off for the support set, so you can remove items. After that, there really isn't much else you can use.

Checks and Counters

Omanyte has no real definite counter but depending on the set, it can be countered. Snover gives hell to any Omanyte that isn't running AncientPower. Croagunk butchers Omanyte with Vacuum Wave if it can avoid getting hit by Earth Power. Munchlax can take on Omanyte with Earthquake as long as Omanyte isn't using Hydro Pump in the rain. Bulky Water-types like Mantyke and Chinchou can cause problems, but they can be taken care of with AncientPower, Earth Power, or just a STAB Hydro Pump (if Mantyke doesn't have Water Absorb).