Wynaut is one of the most unique Pokemon in the Little Cup metagame. With Shadow Tag, Encore, Counter, and Mirror Coat at its disposal, Wynaut can become a very dangerous threat, especially to Pokemon holding a Choice Scarf or those who are slower than Wynaut, such as Bronzor. Shadow Tag and Encore in particular are Wynaut's most dangerous tools. With Shadow Tag keeping the opponent from switching, and Encore forcing them to use the same attack over and over, Wynaut can do one of many things. If the opponent uses a weak attack, Wynaut can either switch to a powerful Pokemon with a stat boosting move, or just simply Counter or Mirror Coat the Pokemon to death without any prediction. With the proper sweepers by its side, Wynaut can turn the tide of a battle with one turn. Why not use Wynaut on your team?
Wynaut specializes in revenge killing Choice Scarf Pokemon and getting your Pokemon a free turn of set up. With its ability, decent defensive stats, and the CounterCoat combo, Wynaut is almost guaranteed to KO a Choice Scarf Pokemon using a resisted or neutral attack. Additionally, if a Pokemon is using a weak attack or stat boosting move, Wynaut can Encore it and switch to a teammate to get a free turn of set up.
Wynaut is one of the strangest yet most effective support Pokemon in Little Cup, due to its ability to trap almost any Pokemon with Shadow Tag. Using this set is very simple: First, you must send Wynaut in on an attack that it easily survives, or a non-damaging move such as Stealth Rock or a status move. You then use Encore on that move and proceed to do one of two things. Firstly, it can abuse Counter or Mirror Coat by simply using the correct attack to smack your opponent back for double the damage. This makes Wynaut a great revenge killer, and an excellent answer to dispose of Choice Scarf users; however, Wynaut's true strength comes in its second option. With the right move Encored, a Pokemon on Wynaut's team can potentially gain a free opportunity to set up. For example, if Wynaut Encores a Dragon Dance from Dratini, Wynaut can simply switch to a setup sweeper and attempt to wreak havoc. If it happens to Encore a move like Waterfall, a Pokemon such as Mantyke could come in and set up an Agility without taking any damage, and then proceed to sweep. Tickle is an excellent option in the last slot if you carry a Pursuit user on your team to take out specific threats, such as Bronzor. It also helps your other Pokemon take attacks while trying to set up. Safeguard or Destiny Bond are both good options in the last slot as well, depending if you would rather be able to be immune to the uncommon status effects, or attempt to take out the opposing Pokemon as they try to finish Wynaut off. Using Destiny Bond when you have low HP will start a mind game, allowing Wynaut to possibly Encore a non-damaging attack because your opponent may not want to KO their own Pokemon, but with Wynaut's pitiful Speed, this is not always going to happen.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Wynaut really doesn't have many options with a whopping eight moves. However, Wynaut can run a decent Choice Scarf set. With maximum Speed, Wynaut reaches 19 Speed, which outpaces a good portion of Little Cup and can use Encore before many Pokemon can switch moves. Choice Scarf Wynaut with Encore specifically helps against Pokemon such as Houndour who are using Sucker Punch or medium-paced Pokemon using Protect. Destiny Bond is also neat with 19 Speed. However, 19 Speed just isn't enough for something locked into an attack, especially when its useful attacks can only be used eight times.
Checks and Counters
Wynaut doesn't really have "counters", per se. It has Pokemon who can OHKO it via revenge kills, which are the closest things to counters that Wynaut has. Drifloon, Houndour, Gastly, and possibly Stunky can come in on Wynaut and OHKO it with their STAB moves. Houndour works especially well as it is immune to Mirror Coat, so even if Dark Pulse doesn't KO, Houndour is safe from harm.
Mankey with U-turn makes a great lure if you use it with something like Stunky or Houndour with Pursuit as well. Diglett with Substitute makes a decent revenge killer as well (via Arena Trap). Diglett can use Substitute on Encore and eventually 3HKO Wynaut with Earthquake before Wynaut can do anything back to Diglett, besides Encore Earthquake. Be aware that Earthquake is not a very good move to have Encored though, because Drifloon and Gligar can both set up on it. Obviously Taunt works well against Wynaut, but be careful when attacking Wynaut after you Taunt it, because it can still use Counter and Mirror Coat.