- Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's stats.
- Leeching moves cause the enemy to lose HP instead.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
At first glance, Tentacool's stats suggest that it would be a premier special wall in Little Cup. Unfortunately, its weaknesses to Thunderbolt and Earth Power make that generalization not so. Still, Tentacool is one of the quickest users of Rapid Spin in LC, and it has access to Toxic Spikes. Its offensive movepool is no joke either, with access to moves such as Hydro Pump, Ice Beam, and Sludge Bomb. However, it is still underappreciated in Little Cup, as most teams focus on hyper offense, leaving supporting Tentacool to the wolves. But, if taking it slow and drawing out the battle is your cup of tea, definitely consider Tentacool for a team slot.
Tentacool is one of the fastest users of Rapid Spin, and it has a nice defensive typing that leaves it with only three weaknesses. It is also one of the bulkiest Rapid Spinners in Little Cup, and can be considered to be Pineco's special counterpart. Tentacool also gets Toxic Spikes, and with its Speed and bulk, will most likely be able to get two layers down before it gets KOed. Surf is a powerful and reliable STAB attack that gets fair neutral coverage and does a decent amount of damage, even without maximum investment. The last move is very situational, and should be chosen by what the rest of the team would most appreciate. Sludge Bomb gives Tentacool a decent secondary STAB attack, which pairs well coverage-wise with Surf. However, Hidden Power Ground smacks Croagunk, a Pokemon that would easily wall this setfor super effective damage.
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Tentacool's above average Speed and passable Special Attack allow it to run a Scarf set efficiently, though it might seem outclassed by stronger Water-types, namely Staryu and Chinchou. Hydro Pump is Tentacool's primary option for a STAB attack, but Surf can be used if accuracy is an issue. Ice Beam hits Dragon-types and most Flying-types for super effective damage. Sludge Bomb hits most Grass-types harder than Ice Beam, and also provides Tentacool with a secondary STAB move. In the last slot, Hidden Power Electric is the better option for BoltBeam coverage alongside Ice Beam, but Hidden Power Ground is a viable alternative to get the jump on Croagunk. It should be noted, however, that without Hidden Power Electric, Tentacool has absolutely no way of beating Mantyke. With a Choice Scarf Timid nature, and the EVs provided, Tentacool hits 25 Speed, easily beating many slower threats in the metagame. Special Attack is also maximized, with the remaining EVs adding a point to HP and Defense.
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Tentacool can also run a physical Choice Scarf set, but it gets less super effective coverage than the special set does. Tentacool also gets Swords Dance, but its weaknesses to Electric and Ground, two of the most common attacking types in LC, prevent it from being viable. Choice Scarfers would also rain on Swords Dance Tentacool's parade. Tentacool gets Screech, but it's nothing more than an inferior Swords Dance. Tentacool also has Mirror Coat, but it is usually KOed by super effective attacks and cannot trap other Pokemon like Wynaut can outside of using Wrap. Icy Wind can be used as a potential support move, but other support moves are better in most cases. Finally, Tentacool has Confuse Ray, but it is illegal in tandem with Rapid Spin.
Checks and Counters
Overall, Munchlax is the best check to Tentacool since it takes minimal damage from all of Tentacool's attack and can prey on Tentacool's weaker Defense. Gastly is immune to Rapid Spin and Hidden Power Ground, resists Sludge Bomb, and can put Tentacool to sleep with Hypnosis or beat Tentacool outright with Thunderbolt. That being said, Ghost-types in general fare well against Tentacool, since they all render it useless by blocking Rapid Spin. Bronzor is immune to Sludge Bomb and threatens Tentacool with Psychic and Earthquake - two potent super effective attacks. Finally, the Hidden Power decision is most likely one of the biggest factors when determining a counter to Tentacool - if it does not have Hidden Power Electric, Mantyke can easily set up on Tentacool, but it Tentacool doesn't have Hidden Power Ground, Croagunk will beat Tentacool easily.