Pichu

Static
Enemies' contact moves can paralyze them.
Type Tier
Electric LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
20
- 18 21 -
Atk
40
9 10 13 14
Def
15
7 8 11 12
SpA
35
9 10 13 14
SpD
35
9 10 13 14
Spe
60
10 12 15 16
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Overview

Pichu is an extremely outclassed Pokemon; like its big brother Pikachu, Pichu has horrid stats at first glance, but it isn't completely useless. Its Speed reaches a stat of 16, allowing it to outspeed common Pokemon who sit at the 15 Speed stat benchmark. Don't be fooled by all its cuteness, Pichu is a Pokemon that an opponent should think twice about before reacting.

Name Item Nature

Choice

Choice Band / Choice Scarf Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Volt Tackle
~ ThunderPunch / Toxic
~ Return
~ Iron Tail
118 HP / 196 Atk / 196 Spe

Pichu is not very powerful, but this set attempts to remedy this problem by boosting Pichu's Attack stat with Choice Band. Volt Tackle is Pichu's most powerful STAB attack, and should be used early in the game to hit opponents hard, though the recoil damage is a turn-off. ThunderPunch is a reliable STAB attack with no recoil damage, though it is fairly weak. Toxic can be used instead of ThunderPunch to cripple an incoming wall such as Gligar, who would otherwise completely wall Pichu. Return provides good neutral coverage, and hits Pokemon who resist Electric hard. Iron Tail allows Pichu to hurt bulky Rock-type Pokemon such as Onix, but does not have much utility outside of that.

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Name Item Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Volt Tackle
~ Thunderbolt
~ Return
~ Hidden Power Ice
36 HP / 200 Atk / 76 SpA / 196 Spe

With Life Orb, Pichu still receives the boost in power, while also retaining the freedom to switch moves. Volt Tackle is Pichu's most powerful STAB attack, with a downside of recoil damage. Thunderbolt is used over ThunderPunch due to its higher Base Power, and hits most Pokemon harder. Return provides decent neutral coverage, and is relatively powerful. Finally, Hidden Power Ice hits Ground- and Grass-types for super effective damage, who would otherwise easily switch in and force Pichu out.

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Name Item Nature

Encore

Life Orb / Leftovers Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Encore
~ Substitute
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
36 HP / 236 SpA / 196 Spe

Pichu is the only Electric-type in the tier who has access to Encore, and is one of the only support moves Pichu can make good use of. Encore allows Pichu to force switches and scout; Pichu can Encore a non-damaging move, then set up a Substitute as they switch, before hitting the switch-in with the correct move. Thunderbolt is Pichu's main attack, and will be hurting most Pokemon who don't resist it. Hidden Power Ice complements Thunderbolt well, forming the excellent BoltBeam combination, in which no Pokemon in the tier resists bar Magnemite and Chinchou.

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Other Options

Pichu doesn't have many other options, but a special set utilizing either Choice Specs or Nasty Plot could work. Unfortunately, Pichu would probably be knocked out by the opposing Pokemon before it even had a chance to Nasty Plot. Pichu can also work as a lead, with a set of Fake Out / Encore / Thunderbolt / Protect, it's able to break the Focus Sash of leads, as well as force switches by using Encore on support moves such as Stealth Rock, which many common leads carry.

Checks and Counters

Priority moves are Pichu's worse nightmare, allowing slower Pokemon to attack and often knock out Pichu before it has a chance to retaliate. Common users are Dratini who carry ExtremeSpeed and Croagunk who carry Fake Out, Sucker Punch, and Vacuum Wave. Chinchou is another good counter, gaining health from Electric-type attacks thanks to Volt Absorb, taking pitiful damage from Pichu's other attacks, while being able to set up Agility before defeating Pichu. Finally, any Pokemon who outspeeds Pichu can be considered a counter, Pichu is so frail that most attacks will take a good chunk away from its health. Pichu relies on outspeeding opponents, so when Pichu is slower, it will almost always lose.