http://www.smogon.com/dp/pokemon/pichu [OVERVIEW] Pichu is an extremely outclassed threat. Pichu, like its big brother Pikachu, has horrid stats at first glance, but it ultimately isn't completely useless. Its speed reaches a stat of 15, allows it to outspeed common Pokemon that sit at the 14 Speed stat. Pichu can perform different jobs, albeit sweeping or leading. Overall, Pichu is a Pokemon that an opponent should think twice about before moving. [SET] name: Choice'd move 1: ThunderPunch / Toxic move 2: Volt Tackle move 3: Return move 4: Iron Tail item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf nature: Jolly evs: 118 HP/ 196 Atk/ 196 Spe [SET COMMENTS] ThunderPunch for a reliable STAB attack, while Toxic can be used to drain the opponent's HP Volt Tackle for strong STAB move Return hits hard against Pokemon that are resistant to Electric type moves Iron Tail is used instead of Grass Knot because this is a physical set Choice Band is the recommended item because Pichu's low attacking power greatly appreciates any boost in that area With Choice Scarf, its Speed reaches 22, allowing it to outspeed all non-scarfed Pokemon [SET] name: Life Orb move 1: Volt Tackle move 2: Thunderbolt move 3: Return move 4: Hidden Power Ice item: Life Orb nature: Hasty/ Adamant evs: 36 HP/ 200 Atk/ 76 Sp. Atk/196 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Life Orb boosts the power of Pichu’s below average attacking stats Volt Tackle for a strong STAB move Thunderbolt is used of ThunderPunch here due to its higher base power Return provides good coverage Hidden Power Ice hits both Ground and Grass types [SET] name: Encore Orb move 1: Volt Tackle move 2: Encore move 3: Return move 4: Substitute item: Life Orb nature: Hasty/ Adamant evs: 112 HP/ 200 Atk/ 196 Spe [SET COMMENTS] Pichu is the only electric type in LC to have access to Encore Encore is used to force a switch, then Pichu can attack with Volt Tackle as they switch Return provides more coverage 112 HP evs allow Pichu to set up Substitute four times [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS] Pichu appreciates any sort of status ailment on the opponent’s Pokemon, especially paralysis, sleep and freeze. Also benefits from entry hazards such as Stealth Rock. [OPTIONAL CHANGES] Choice Specs set with Thunderbolt, Grass Knot, Hidden Power Ice and Signal Beam is a viable option Nasty Plot Pichu with Thunderbolt, Grass Knot and Hidden Power Ice is also plausible A Leading Pichu could also be used with Fake Out, Encore, Thunderbolt, Protect Thunder Wave may be used over Protect to cripple the opponent's Pokemon and make it easier for your teammates to deal with [TEAM OPTIONS] Stealth Rock set-up users such as Bronzor Because all three have a common weakness to Ground, a Scarf Gligar is beneficial to the team Scarf Gligar can also scout the opponent's team with U-turn [COUNTERS] Pokemon with priority moves, such as ExtremeSpeed Dratini and Fake Out + Vacuum Wave Croagunk, can easily beat Pichu. Chinchou doesn't take much damage from super effective Grass Knot, is resistant to HP Ice and is immune to Electric attacks. Pokemon that outspeed Pichu have a easy time defeating it.