Now that DP is out, I'm beginning to see the famous Little Cup in a new light with DP's enhancements such as physical/special splits, new moves, new Pokemon, and older Pokemon that are now eligible. Basic summary of Little Cup according to Thorn's ADV Little Cup Guide: Just for reference, in Little Cup, 196 EVs has the same effect as 255 EVs (the max) Since certain Pokemon received evolutions and/or pre-evolutions, the eligibility list has been changed. For example, Chansey by definition is no longer eligible now that Chansey has Happiny as a pre-evolution. New Eligible Pokemon: Turtwig Chimchar Piplup Starly Bidoof Kricketot Shinx Budew Cranidos Sheildon Burmy Combee Buizel Cherubi Shellos Drifloon Buneary Glameow Chingling Stunky Bronzor Bonsly Mime Jr. Happiny Gible Munchlax Riolu Hippopotas Skorupi Croagunk Finneon Mantyke Snover Previously ineligible Pokemon that are now eligible Tangela* Lickitung* Aipom Murkrow* Misdreavus* Sneasel* Yanma* Nosepass* Anything denoted with a * indicates an agreed-upon ban for this Pokemon. Previously eligible Pokemon that are now ineligible none Essentially Little Cup gained some big bullies in Licki and Sneasel, and possibly Misdreavus. Like Chansey in ADV, these 2/3 could possibly be banned. Murkrow probably as well. And Yanma's Speed Boost can turn Little Cup into a bloodbath, my money goes on his ban as well. Some facts - Cranidos only needs 14 speed to outspeed everything with Choice Scarf, including Voltorb, Elekid, and Diglett. - Max Sp.Atk, Modest, Choice Specs Abra has a chance to OHKO Max HP, Max Sp.Def Munchlax with a Neutral nature. Potential Movesets Abra @; Choice Specs/Scarf 76 HP, 196 Speed, 236 Sp.Atk Modest/Timid - Psychic - Energy Ball - HP Fighting/Water - Shadow Ball A real beast If I can say so. Energy Ball obliterates Larvitar, HP Fighting can OHKO Houndour, one of Abra's best counters in ADV, and Munchlax. Shadow Ball can rip apart Abras, Duskulls, Gastlys (but you have Psychic for that), and lets you hit Bronzor for neutral damage. Personal Opinion - Mime Jr. looks sort of promising. It has a max of 279 Sp.Def at lv.100, AND the ability to nullify any Super Effective attacks against it to normal damage. - Taillow may still overshadow Starly, as the two have the same stats except speed, which Taillow still dominates Starly in. Taillow has access to Guts, while Starly has to deal with Keen Eye until it evolves. - Hippopotas and Snover introduce permanent weather into Little Cup play, ADV Little Cup had none as Kyogre/Groudon are banned and Larvitar doesn't get Sandstream. Combined with Hippopotas, Larvitar and Gible become forces to reckon with, but using two ground types isn't exactly something I would use myself. - Abra unfortunately loses the Elemental punches, but his access to all Hidden Power types, Special Shadow Ball for other Psychics, and Energy Ball make up for it. He gets Grass Knot as well, but not that many Pokemon in Little Cup are heavy enough to make Grass Knot worth the use. Now with Choice Specs, combined with his already high speed, can make Abra just as good in DP Little Cup as he was in GSC and ADV Little Cup. - Houndour loses Crunch, but gains Dark Pulse, Nasty Plot, and Will-o-Wisp in its place. It can still counter Abra's Psychic, Shadow Ball, and Energy Ball, but the fact Abra can now use HP Water/Fighting with its Sp/Atk stat may reduce Houndour's use. Any ideas are welcome.