Tyrogue

Guts
Attack is increased 50% when statused.
Steadfast
Speed is boosted one stage when flinched.
Type Tier
Fighting LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
35
- 20 23 -
Atk
35
9 10 13 14
Def
35
9 10 13 14
SpA
35
9 10 13 14
SpD
35
9 10 13 14
Spe
35
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

There's really not much to say about Tyrogue, except that it is likely the worst Fighting-type in the game. It has neither the Speed nor the power that other Fighting-types enjoy. Its defensive stats are poor, and its movepool is quite weak. Although it does have access to Guts and Hi Jump Kick, its low Attack prevents it from having any potential in Little Cup. Quite frankly, there are always much better options than Tyrogue.

Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Physical Attacker

Toxic Orb Guts Brave
Moveset IVs
~ Hi Jump Kick
~ Facade
~ Rock Slide
~ Bullet Punch
0 Spe
EVs
236 HP / 236 Atk

This is the best set that Tyrogue can run. With absolute minimum Speed investment and a hindering nature, Tyrogue hits 8 Speed, which allows it to outspeed many Pokemon under Trick Room, including Bronzor with 12 Speed EVs and a neutral nature. Although Tyrogue has low Attack, it is made usable with Guts and the powerful STAB Hi Jump Kick, which is a powerful STAB attack. Facade makes good use of Toxic Orb by hitting many Pokemon for neutral damage off of 140 Base Power. Rock Slide hits Flying-types that resist Hi Jump Kick, and finally, Bullet Punch gives Tyrogue priority, which is always good. Toxic Orb is preferred over Flame Orb because it costs Tyrogue less HP over two turns than Flame Orb, and Tyrogue generally won't be in longer than two turns anyways. The EVs maximize HP and Attack, giving Tyrogue as much power and bulk as possible.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Priority Attacker

Toxic Orb Guts Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Bullet Punch
~ Hi Jump Kick
~ Rock Slide / Facade
236 Atk / 236 Spe

Since Tyrogue has both Fake Out and Guts, it can potentially pull off a decent sweep with this set. Fake Out should be used first in order to flinch the opposing Pokemon and safely activate Guts via Toxic Orb. Bullet Punch gives Tyrogue a nice priority attack with great neutral coverage, hitting many threats for solid damage. Hi Jump Kick is Tyrogue's strongest STAB attack. The last move comes down to preference. Rock Slide is the preferred attack as it will do the most damage to Ghost-types, who are immune to both Fake Out and Hi Jump Kick. However, Facade hits all other Pokemon who resist Hi Jump Kick harder than Rock Slide in most cases. The EVs and an Adamant nature give Tyrogue maximum Attack and Speed, allowing it to outspeed a few Pokemon while increasing its damage output.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Outside of this set, there really aren't a lot of other options for poor ol' Tyrogue. It has access to Fake Out, which would guarantee a safe status orb activation, but is too slow, frail, and weak to utilize it effectively. It also gets Rapid Spin and Foresight, but doesn't have the bulk to use them effectively at all. Vacuum Wave is a decent substitute for Bullet Punch, as Tyrogue does have equal Special Attack. Bulk Up raises Tyrogue's Attack and Defense, and Mach Punch and Bullet Punch make up for Tyrogue's dismal Speed.

Checks and Counters

It's rather difficult to not be a counter to Tyrogue, as long as it's not weak to Fighting-type attacks. Pokemon not taking super effective damage from Hi Jump Kick can usually switch in with ease, and can, at the worst, 2HKO Tyrogue with a neutral STAB attack. Physical walls take little damage from its attacks, and most Pokemon should be able to take a neutral hit or two. Bronzor, Hippopotas, Gligar, and many others stop it cold, and revenge killing Tyrogue is very easy, especially if Trick Room is not in play.