Skitty

Cute Charm
Can infatuate Pokémon of opposite gender when struck. Higher chance of encountering Pokémon of the opposite gender.
Normalize
All moves used by this Pokémon are Normal-type.
Type Tier
Normal LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 21 24 -
Atk
45
9 11 14 15
Def
45
9 11 14 15
SpA
35
9 10 13 14
SpD
35
9 10 13 14
Spe
50
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup

Overview

While Skitty may seem dwarfed by many other sweepers in Little Cup in terms of both power and Speed, Skitty has one thing going for it: Normalize. Normalize gives Skitty STAB on literally every attacking move it knows, while admittedly sacrificing any coverage it would have gotten. But if opposing Pokemon that resist or are immune to Normal-type attacks have been removed, Skitty can be quite difficult to stop. While Skitty is a fun Pokemon to use, for the most part it is outclassed by other priority users such as Croagunk, Aipom, Meowth, and Glameow, all of whom have better stats across the board. Basically, Skitty is just another fun Normal-type that is unlikely to see any real competitive use.

Name Item Ability Nature

Priority Attacker

Life Orb / Silk Scarf Normalize Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Sucker Punch
~ Return
~ Baton Pass / Thunder Wave
236 Atk / 76 Def / 196 Spe

Priority attacks are one of the most valuable resources in Little Cup, and Skitty is one of the only Pokemon in the game that has STAB on two: Fake Out and Sucker Punch. Fake Out is simply a great move for racking up free damage on the opponent while they can do nothing back, and Sucker Punch is very effective due to the offensive nature of Little Cup, very often giving Skitty the first hit on Pokemon trying to harm it. Not to mention that with STAB, Sucker Punch's Base Power is a massive 120.

Return is Skitty's most powerful attack and should be used when a priority attack is either not needed (i.e. if the target is slower), or not strong enough (i.e. the target is still healthy). Baton Pass may seem odd at first glance simply because Skitty isn't boosting any of it stats, but it is invaluable in that it allows Skitty to scout for Pokemon that trouble it, and immediately switch out, giving good offensive momentum. Thunder Wave is a good option on Skitty because it is the only Pokemon that can paralyze Gligar with a 100% accurate move. It also lets Skitty cripple Rock- or Steel-type switch-ins; Rock Polish Aron, in particular, will have very little success sweeping when it is paralyzed.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Skitty has some interesting options to support its team with. Heal Bell can be used over Baton Pass in the last moveslot to de-status your team, and Wish can be useful in healing and increasing the longevity of your team. Skitty has access to Calm Mind, and the special movepool to back it up (without Normalize, obviously), but it is, for the most part, too slow and weak to set up and sweep effectively.

Checks and Counters

Any Ghost-type Pokemon is a 100% hard counter to Skitty using Normalize, simply because they are immune to Normal-type attacks; therefore, having the likes of Gastly, Duskull, Drifloon, and Shuppet on your team will ensure Skitty won't be able to touch it (just be wary of Baton Pass). Other counters include Rock- or Steel-type Pokemon such as Aron, Bronzor, Onix, and Magnemite. If Skitty is not running Normalize, then treat it like you would with any other weak Normal-type.