2cute4u QC: Corkscrew / Goddess Briyella / TCR GP: GatoDelFuego / horyzhnz Overview ######## Pancham is a Fighting-type panda with access to a very powerful move: Parting Shot, which gives Pancham a niche over the various Fighting-types in the tier such as Mienfoo and Timburr. Thanks to Pancham's low Speed, it can almost always bring in a teammate safely into a Pokemon with lowered offenses to allow room to set up. Another niche that Pancham has lies in its ability Scrappy, which allows it to hit Ghost-type Pokemon with its Fighting-type STAB moves. However, not all is well for it. Pancham lacks access to Drain Punch, or any other healing moves for that matter, meaning it gets worn down very quickly. Pancham also is not as powerful as other Pokemon in the tier such as Croagunk. Even with Parting Shot, Pancham is still fairly outclassed by the other Fighting-types in the tier, as mentioned previously. Despite these flaws, Pancham is still a very viable choice for any Little Cup team! Support ######## name: Support move 1: Parting Shot move 2: Circle Throw move 3: Storm Throw move 4: Stone Edge ability: Scrappy item: Eviolite evs: 140 HP / 100 Atk / 100 Def / 132 SpD nature: Sassy Moves ======== Circle Throw is a great STAB move, as it forces switches to stop setup sweepers and racks up entry hazard damage. Parting Shot is Pancham's signature move that allows a safe switch-in of a teammate to take advantage of the opponent's lowered offenses. Parting Shot is exceptionally great on Pancham because it is very slow, so it almost always ensures that its teammate will switch in safely. Storm Throw is an overall solid STAB move that always lands a critical hit. Stone Edge hits Ponyta and Larvesta, along with Fire- and Flying-type switch-ins. Set Details ======== The current EV spread allows Pancham to survive Spritzee's Moonblast, along with having a 6.3% chance survive the to OHKO from Abra's Psychic and itemless Fletchling's Acrobatics. A Sassy nature allows Pancham to have the slowest Parting Shot possible. This EV spread gives Pancham the most special bulk possible while also making it all-around bulky. Scrappy is the preferred ability to be able to force out Misdreavus and other Ghost-types with Circle Throw, however do note that Pancham is not a Misdreavus counter. Usage Tips ======== First off, do not ever use Parting Shot on Pawniard ever, as instead of dropping Pawniard's Attack, Defiant negates the effect and boosts Pawniard's Attack to +3. Pancham is good against setup sweepers to force them out and remove their boosts with Circle Throw; Shell Smash users in particular, as most of them are weak to Circle Throw. Try to always use Parting Shot if possible, as it is Pancham's niche and is what makes it usable, and it's also a very low-risk, high reward move. Using Pancham with setup sweepers of your own is recommended, as Parting Shot gives teammates room to set up. Team Options ======== Many setup sweepers are great teammates; Pokemon like Tirtouga, Fletchling, Pawniard, and others. Practically all setup sweepers really enjoy having the opponent's offenses lowered to allow room to set up. Spritzee is a nice partner, as it can either reliably set up Calm Mind or keep Pancham alive by passing Wishes to it. Tirtouga is one of the best partners, as it can safely set up Shell Smashes after the opponent has been hit by Parting Shot. It also can safely beat Fletchling. Other Options ######## Pancham has many different options to choose from, such as a Choice Scarf set, which allows Pancham to reach the magical 21 Speed tier. Iron Fist can be used over Scrappy, as it makes Sky Uppercut a very powerful STAB move. Mold Breaker is another cool option for an ability, as it bypasses Sturdy, allowing Pancham to OHKO Tirtouga. Toxic is a neat option to cripple and wear down walls. Crunch can be used to hit Ghost-types if not running Scrappy or for hitting them super effectively. Swords Dance is usable, but Pancham lacks the bulk and Speed to effectively utilize the move. Rock Slide can be used over Stone Edge if you're concerned about accuracy, however, you miss out on a lot of power. Bulk Up is another viable option as it patches up Pancham's Defense and bolsters its Attack. Finally, Choice Band is usable as it makes Pancham very powerful and Parting Shot is still spammable on these sets, however, the bulk from Eviolite is greatly missed. Checks & Counters ######## **Flying-types:** Most Flying-type Pokemon can reliably beat Pancham with their STAB moves. Fletchling in particular is a great counter because Gale Wings ensures that Pancham does not have time to use Parting Shot. **Psychic-types:** Psychic-types can beat Pancham with their STAB moves; Abra is a great example because it handily OHKOes Pancham with Psychic. **Status:** Will-O-Wisp cuts Pancham's power and longevity greatly. Toxic also wears down Pancham's health quickly, which is very unappreciated. **Natu:** Natu has a 4x resistance to Pancham's STAB moves, and if it comes into a Parting Shot, Natu gets a free switch and leaves Pancham at -1 Attack. Skeleton (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Skeleton (open) Skeleton (close) Overview ######## Pros: Very slow Parting Shot gives it a niche over other Fighting-types and allows safe switch ins for Offensive partners to take care of cripple Pokemon. Scrappy Cute as fuck Cons: Lacks Drain Punch u.u Not very powerful Outclassed by Mienfoo and Timburr almost all the time Support ######## name: Support move 1: Parting Shot move 2: Circle Throw move 3: Storm Throw move 4: Stone Edge ability: Scrappy item: Eviolite evs: 140 HP / 100 Atk / 100 Def / 132 SDef nature: Sassy Moves ======== Circle Throw forces switches and racks up entry hazard damage Parting Shot is a great move that allows the safe switch in of a teammate Parting Shot is great because Pancham is so slow, so they almost always get in safely Storm Throw allows you to have a solid STAB move Stone Edge nails Ponyta and Larvesta, along with Fire- and Flying-type switch ins. Set Details ======== Allows you to survive Spritzee's Moonblast, along with Abra's Pyshic and Itemless Acrobatics Fletchling 6.3% chance to OHKO with given EV spred. Allows the slowest Parting Shot possible Makes Pancham much more Specially, and all-around, bulkier. Scrappy is neat to be able to force out Misdreavus and other Ghost-types with Circle Throw, however Pancham is not a Misdreavus counter. Usage Tips ======== NEVER USE PARTING SHOT ON PAWNIARD! It gives Pawniard +3 Attack! Use it with set-up sweepers such as Tirtouga or Fletchling, to allow them room to set up Also good against set-up sweepers, as it forces them out with Circle Throw. Try to spam Parting Shot, as it is what makes Pancham usable, it's a very low risk move that is very beneficiary. Don't switch it in to just Parting Shot, as it is very difficult to switch in thanks to its horrid bulk. Bring it on Shell Smash users, to force them to switch. Team Options ======== A lot of set up sweepers, Tirtouga, Fletchling, Pawniard, many set up sweepers enjoy having their opponent at -1 to give room for them to set up. Spritzee is a nice partner, as it can either reliably set up Calm Minds, or it can keep Pancham alive with its Wishes Tirtouga is another good partner, as it can easily set up after a Parting Shot and can beat Fletchling for Pancham Other Options ######## Choice Scarf set Iron Fist gives Pancham a very powerful Sky Uppercut Mold Breaker gets past Sturdy Mold Breaker + Choice Scarf to revenge kill Tirtouga Toxic 21 Speed w/ Choice Scarf Crunch for Ghosts if not running Scrappy. Swords Dance Rock Slide for accuracy. Bulk Up Choice Band Checks & Counters ######## Flying-types in general: Most of them can reliably beat Pancham with their STABs, while Fletchling ensures that Pancham doesn't get off a Parting Shot Abra and other Psychic-types: Abra can put an end to Pancham with Psychic Status: Will-O-Wisp and Toxic cut down Pancham's health very fast, which it does not appreciate. Natu: Natu is listed because if it comes in on Parting Shot, Natu gets a free switch and Pancham is left at -1 Attack.