This thread is for discussion of Little Cup in Generations 1, 2 and 3. Generation 1 RBY LC in Generation 1 is a very fast-paced metagame. RBY LC necessitates either the uses of glitches, or allowing tradeback moves. This post assumes tradebacks are allowed, since mainstream RBY OU does not permit even the “safe” glitch Pokemon to be used. Before we proceed to look at the Pokemon, here’s a list of all the users of Quick Attack in the tier:- Quick Attack users (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Quick Attack users (open) Quick Attack users (close) Pidgey, Rattata, Pikachu, Vulpix, Eevee With only 5 users of Quick Attack in the tier, there is an increased emphasis on Speed. The faster you are, the more likely you can strike hard before getting hit yourself. Speaking of hitting hard, let’s look at the Explosion users of the tier:- Explosion users (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Explosion users (open) Explosion users (close) Geodude, Grimer, Shellder, Gastly, Voltorb, Exeggcute, Koffing The only Pokemon in RBY who get Selfdestruct but not Explosion are Snorlax and Mewtwo, who are both illegal in Little Cup so can be ignored.Explosion is a verypowerful move in RBY, with effectively 340 Base Power, and in LC where stats are so low, Explosion will net a KO against anything that does not resist it. Rhyhorn and Geodude are good bets to resist it, thought he prize would obviously have to go to Gastly, who possesses an important normal immunity, and a less useful fighting immunity. Another interesting move is Agility. As usual, let’s check out the users of this move in RBY LC:- Agility users (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Agility users (open) Agility users (close) Pidgey, Pikachu, Growlithe, Ponyta, Doduo, Horsea, Goldeen, Porygon, Dratini Agility acts as a check to paralysis, and to boot makes these Pokemon outspeed every other Pokemon in the entire metagame! Now, you’re likely tired of all the hide tags right? Well, let’s move on to the individual Pokemon! Threatlist Abra Abra is one of the Pokemon that hugely benefits from tradebacks, and LC gives it a chance to showcase its talents. With Psychic, Ice Punch and ThunderPunch, Abra can hit every Pokemon in the tier for at least neutral damage. For the last moveslot, it can pick betweenBarrier and Counter to either boost its subpar Defense or for a surprise kill on one of the Physical attackers in the tier. Substitute is another move it may run, which can act like a buffer to ease prediction. Bellsprout Bellsprout is not a very significant Pokemon in RBY LC, with its niche being its access to double status. For risk-takers, Bellsprout can use Swords Dance/Wrap/Razor Leaf/Stun Spore to attempt a Wrap sweep. It is very vulnerable to misses and to faster Pokemon. It also has Growth, but only Grass type moves to abuse it. Invites Gastly in. Bulbasaur Bulbasaur is another undistinguished Pokemon. With mediocre stats and not much of a movepool, Bulbasaur is usually an invitation for Gastly to switch in. Caterpie Joke Pokemon. Charmander Charmander isn’t overly useful, being a Fire type, but with its access to Swords Dance and Rock Slide, it can make a small attempt at cleaning up with a Mix Swords Dance set. Don’t expect it to do too much though, its offenses are fairly average. Clefairy Clefairy is a fairly potent threat in RBY LC. While it only has 14/15 offenses, STAB Mega Kick, Fire Blast and Blizzard cover for that very well. With access to Amnesia as well, Clefairy can quickly shoot its Special to the moon and will destroy close to everything. The hitch? 13 Speed. Cubone With the lack of items in RBY, Cubone is sadly outclassed by Sandshrew. Cubone does possess quite a few nice Special Attacks, but it is too slow to realize the full benefits of Swords Dance. Diglett Diglett is the go-to for revenge killing. With 19 Speed, it is the fastest unboosted Pokemon in the metagame. It also has Slash, to blast through Reflect users. 15 Atk restricts it from outright sweeping however. Doduo Doduo is a member of the Agility club, but has a fairly small movepool. STAB Drill Peck and Double-Edge sting, but not when they’re hitting a Rhydon, and are your only options. Doduo has Quick Attack as well, for niche situations. Dratini Another member of the Agility club. Dratini has quite an expansive movepool. This includes Hyper Beam, so Dratini makes for a decent lategame sweeper. It also has access to Wrap, to act like a mini-Dragonite. If Dratini gets a free turn, you can be sure you will be in for a fun ride. If you are the user that is. Drowzee Drowzee is basically a bulkier, weaker Abra. To compensate, it has access to Hypnosis and Amnesia, making it a viable choice. Drowzee does not require to run ThunderPunch, unlike Abra, as it can simply put Slowpoke to sleep and then boost up with Amnesia. Eevee Member of the Quick Attack club, but it is an open invitation for Gastly to come in. It literally cannot touch Gastly with any move it knows. Ekans Ekans is a very uncommon sight in RBY LC. It has some very useful moves, like Glare + Wrap, but without Agility or high Speed or any kind of boosting move, it just lacks the oomph to sweep teams. Exeggcute Exeggcute primarly garners usage from its ability to hard counter Pikachu. Exeggcute is also an Exploder, which means that there is no safe switch in to it. Rocks get Mega Drained, and Gastly gets hit by Psychic, so it does not get stopped by anything. For additional unpredictability, Exeggcute has access to double status. Gastly Gastly acts as a primary Explosion cushion in the metagame, with extremely limited coverage. Outside of this, Gastly can explode, and has Mega Drain to cover Geodude and Rhyhorn. Geodude Geodude’s main role is to soak up Explosion. It does not get very much usage, because of Rhyhorn outclassing it. Its only niche is its access to Explosion. Goldeen Goldeen has Agility, combined with STAB, Double-Edge and Blizzard, but mediocre Special Attack can hold it back at times. Requires cautious use. Grimer Grimer is another member of Explosion Inc. Grimer only has Poison and Normal attacks to go off his 17 Atk, but Fire Blast, Ice Punch and Thunderbolt are certainly nice additions to its movepool. Grimer lacks boosting moves, but with its high HP can take a hit and KO back. Growlithe Growlithe is a member of the Agility club, but just like Doduo, it has problems with Rhyhorn and Geodude. It can’t hit them even neutrally, so they can force Growlithe out easily. They have to worry about the burn chance of Growlithe’s Fire-type moves however. Horsea Horsea is another member of the Agility club, and the Pokemon it gets walled by are Water types. With its only option for them being Double-Edge, Slowpoke will be able to come in and start its setup on Horsea. Once Water types are removed from the equation, Horsea makes for a great lategame cleaner. Jigglypuff Jigglypuff is entirely outclassed by Clefairy. While it has a higher HP stat, it lacks Amnesia and has poorer other stats in general. Not really worth using. Kabuto Kabuto cannot truly use its STABs, with its only Rock STAB being Rock Throw and mediocre SpA. Kabuto has to rely on its weak Special side, and as a Water type I would recommend Horsea or Slowpoke over this. Koffing A member of Exploders Inc., Koffing also has a usable Special and excellent Defense. Koffing plays very well as an anti-physical. Koffing has access to Fire and Electric type attacks outside of Poison STAB, so it is bait for Dratini and Rocks to switch in. Use this to your advantage by chain switching. Krabby Tradebacks get Krabby Amnesia, so it finally doesn’t have to flop around like a fish out of water. After an Amnesia, Krabby has dangerous 20/24 offenses, allowing it to attempt a mix sweep with Body Slam, Surf and Ice Beam. Paralysis support is highly recommended. Machop Machop has fairly limited coverage, but between Submission and Rock Slide it hits everything neutrally. For the last 2 slots, it can run 2 of Light Screen, Meditate, Earthquake and Body Slam. Its Special is slightly below par to use the Special moves it has. Magikarp Joke Pokemon. Magnemite Magnemite is a strong one-dimensional attacker. It has Agility and STAB Electric moves off 19 Special. Epic win right? WRONG. Magnemite is utterly walled by Rhyhorn and Geodude, and is thus restricted to be a bulky revenge killer. You won’t see much of this guy. Mankey Mankey plays almost exactly like Machop, with the same moveset. The difference is that Mankey does not learn Light Screen, but that doesn’t matter too much since Mankey is frail in any case. I wouldn’t recommend Mankey because it lacks bulk, and it can’t do much that Machop can’t as well. Meowth Breaking away from the mold of later generations, in RBY, Meowth is primarily an Amnesia sweeper. It can also function as a Sleep lead, but Meowth won’t do too much damage unboosted. Nidoran F Only saving point is Lovely Kiss. Outclased by the male version. Nidoran M Lovely Kiss + Amnesia is sadly illegal. Nidoran M functions as an Amnesia sweeper with Blizzard/Thunderbolt/Reflect to fill out its remaining moveslots. Omanyte Omanyte is far better off than its frossil brethren. Omanyte packs a STAB backed by good Special and Defense, making it naturally bulky. Just don’t keep it out against the Razor Leafers. If you can provide some para support, this makes for an excellent sweeper. Paras Only has double Powder and Spore going for it. I wouldn’t recommend using this. Pidgey Not really worth using IMO. It has Agility, but getting walled by Rocks weakens its case a lot. Quick Attack is another nice incentive, but honestly, Doduo is better than this thing. Pikachu The mascot of Pokemon. Pikachu makes for a pretty good Agility sweeper in RBY. The only Pokemon that can stop it outright are Exeggcute and Dratini(the latter can use Pikachu for setting up AgilitWrap as well). Poliwag It’s pretty fast, which allows it to use Amnesia decently for a Water type. It can play somewhat similarly to Gen 4’s “BellyWag”, only it isn’t as suicidal. If this gets something asleep, and pulls out an Amnesia, you could be in for some trouble. Especially if it decides to use Psychic and you get unlucky. Ponyta Mix sweeper, but that isn’t its most attractive quality. That prizes goes to it having Agility +STAB Fire Spin, which makes for a good sweeping tool. Needs to hope for luck against Rocks. Psyduck Another Amnesier. Can we like not have UU here please <_< Rattata Only selling point is Super Fang. It can be used to wear down teams for a sweep by another Pokemon, but it generally isn’t worth the moveslot. Rhyhorn Standard physical tank. Rhyhorn takes and dishes out physical hits. Rhyhorn also beats most Electrics, with the exception of Pikachu. Use one on every team, it checks a load of stuff by merely being there. Sandshrew Needs a lot of para support. Throw out a Swords Dance and sweep off 34 Attack with Sandshrew. Just don’t ever expose it to Special attacks – it crumbles before them. Seel Seel is your average Water type. It has decent stats all round, but lacks a particular niche that it can fill. Shellder It has a great Defense stat and Explosion, but not much else. Try not to use it, but if you do, remember to use it as an anti-physical and not a sweeper in its own right. Slowpoke Tobybro, Little Cup style. Unlike Tobybro, Slowpoke will not be packing recovery or Thunder Wave due to the fast paced nature of the metagame, so it can use 3 attacks to catch more threats. Slowpoke also has a unique niche of being a Water type that Pikachu cannot reliably beat, with access to Earthquake that KOes around 50% of the time. Spearow It has Agility, and Normal and Flying STAB, but not too much else. It gets walled by Rhyhorn, which is a significant drawback. Squirtle Pretty much outclassed by Shellder. I wouldn’t recommend it. Staryu Staryu is the only Pokemon with non-Rest recovery in Little Cup, though that doesn’t matter too much. Staryu functions as a Special sweeper, with wide coverage. Staryu can also spread paralysis decently, and should be considered for teams. Tentacool With 19 Special and 16 Speed in RBY, Tentacool is built to be a sweeper. It has the coverage, and it also has Reflect to slow down physical assaults striking its mediocre 13 Defense. For the more gimmicky layers, it also has Swords Dance + Wrap. If you use that set, remember to provide ample paralysis support, since Tentacool will go down fast on the physical side. Venonat A variety of status options are what define Venonat. There isn’t much else to Venonat really. Voltorb Voltorb is another case similar to Magnemite. It has high speed, but limited coverage. Voltorb’s best hope would be to pray for luck and Mimic a Water-type move, though getting a Water-type to stay in on it is difficult. It also has Explosion, for niche situations. Vulpix Similar to Growlithe, Vulpix is walled by Rocks. Burns are probably Vulpix’s best bet to function. It has Fire Spin as well, but sadly no Agility/Growth etc. Use it with paralysis support I guess. Weedle Joke Pokemon. Zubat Zubat has a very limited movepool, and will likely not make too much of a difference to a game. Don’t recklessly switch a Rock into it though; it has Mega Drain. So there we are! The metagame is pretty interesting, especially with the opening up of tradebacks. Discuss the metagame here!