If you don’t know why Carvanha is good, you haven’t been playing very much Little Cup the past few weeks! Carvanha is a very unique and powerful Pokemon for a variety of reasons, first and foremost of which is its access to the most powerful Aqua Jet in Little Cup. Carvanha also has one of the highest Attack scores in Little Cup and a very respectable Special Attack. Because of this, Carvanha is capable of crushing unprepared teams. Carvanha, however, also has its share of shortcomings. One of the worst of these is that it has an almost-100% surefire counter: Croagunk. Croagunk being immune to Aqua Jet is the main reason that it is able to defeat Croagunk. Crunch does 67%, but gunk’s Vacuum Wave is a surefire KO. Additionally, Carvanha’s defenses are the worst in the game bar none, standing at base 20 each and a matching base 45 HP. This means that anything that can outspeed it will more often than not kill it. That said, Carvanha remains one of the most threatening Pokemon in the game. name: SubVanha move 1: Substitute move 2: Aqua Jet move 3: Crunch move 4: Zen Headbutt item: Life Orb ability: Rough Skin nature: Adamant / Jolly evs: 196 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 236 Spe Yes, I’ve mentioned this set in a past thread. Carvanha has a lot of power backing it, which is only augmented by Substitute. It can 2HKO almost the entire metagame with the listed moves. It misses out on Oran Stunky and very defensive Gligar and Munchlax, but other than the aforementioned Stunky these are relatively rare. With a Substitute up, Zen Headbutt can easily OHKO any Fighting-type, while Crunch allows it to hit extremely, extremely hard and Aqua Jet is just obligatory priority. name: MixVanha move 1: Hydro Pump move 2: Aqua Jet move 3: Crunch move 4: Zen Headbutt / Ice Beam item: Life Orb ability: Rough Skin nature: Naughty evs: 76 Atk / 236 SpA / 196 Spe This is the original Carvahna, back from when Croagunk wasn’t as common. It is still usable today, believe it or not. It isn’t quite the force that the Substitute set is, but it can rip through an unprepared opponent. Hydro Pump 2HKOs a lot of stuff, packing the same punch that Mantyke’s does. Aqua Jet finishes off pests that decide to run Focus Sash, though Carvahna shouldn’t be expected to take a hit anytime soon. name: ScarfVanha move 1: Aqua Jet move 2: Waterfall move 3: Crunch move 4: Zen Headbutt item: Choice Scarf ability: Rough Skin evs: 196 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 236 Spe nature: Adamant Carvanha can also become a fearsome revenge-killer by using Scarf. While it may lose a bit of power because it is dropping Life Orb, the speed it gains allows it to easily take down weakened opponents. Waterfall and Crunch are both twice as powerful as Carvanha’s Aqua Jet, the move that it usually uses to finish off scarfers. Because of this, ScarfVahna is a very dangerous lategame cleaner, once opposing priority-abusers are down. So, if you haven’t already, go out there and give Carvanha a try!