Magneton

Type Tier
Electric UU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
50
24
Atk
60
15
Def
95
19
Spc
120
21
Spe
70
16
  • Overused

Overview

While Magneton has decent Special, there are a lot of things that wall it, including two of the most common Pokémon, Golem and Rhydon. If you really want to try it out, it needs a ton of support to do anything at all. It can, however, hurt teams once you've taken Rhydon/Golem down.

Name Moveset

Standard

~ Thunder / Thunderbolt
~ Thunder Wave
~ Mimic
~ Hyper Beam / Double-Edge

When you look at Magneton's movepool, you can see why it is not used at all. It has uncharacteristically low Speed for an Electric-type and a very limited movepool. Most Water-types easily beat Rhydon and Golem, both of whom completely counter Magneton, so it's wise to use Magneton with one. If you feel lucky, try Thunder and Hyper Beam; if Chansey is at around 80% health on the switch, a Thunder followed by a critical hit Hyper Beam KOs her. Every team with Magneton needs something to beat Chansey and Exeggutor, too. Also, if you can Mimic Chansey's Softboiled, or even a weakened one's Ice Beam, go nuts.

Other Options

Reflect boosts its already decent Defense, and Screech and Flash could perhaps force switches. Supersonic is inaccurate, but it can work for parafusion with some luck.

Checks and Counters

Golem and Rhydon take nothing at all from the Electric / Normal attacking combination Magneton uses, as does Onix if you're playing in UU. Other Ground-types work as great counters too, but need to be wary of switching into a Hyper Beam. Chansey doesn't care about Thunderbolt and can Softboiled off Double-Edge damage while chipping away at Magneton with Ice Beam. Exeggutor resists Electric and has a high enough Defense to laugh at Double-Edge. Honorable mention goes to Tangela, which resists Thunderbolt and shrugs off Double-Edge.