Linoone

Pickup
Adds a chance of finding an item after each battle (no effect in battles).
Type Tier
Normal UU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
78
- 153 185 -
Atk
70
81 90 122 134
Def
61
72 81 113 124
SpA
50
63 70 102 112
SpD
61
72 81 113 124
Spe
100
108 120 152 167

Overview

It learns some interesting moves in Belly Drum, ExtremeSpeed, and Trick, and if played correctly, can screw up the opponent's entire strategy.

Name Item Nature

Belly Drum

Leftovers / Lum Berry / Salac Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Belly Drum
~ ExtremeSpeed
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Fighting / Substitute
108 HP / 252 Atk / 12 Def / 136 Spe

This set is relatively straightforward; force a switch, then use Belly Drum and ExtremeSpeed to your heart's content.

If using Hidden Power Fighting, shift 4 EVs from Defense to Speed so Linoone remains faster than Adamant Heracross. Go with Salac Berry if using Substitute, but that might not be necessary as the move Linoone will be using the most is ExtremeSpeed. Finally, be sure to carry a Magneton to take out opposing Skarmory.

Name Item Nature

SubFlail

Salac Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute / Endure
~ Belly Drum
~ Flail
~ Shadow Ball
120 HP / 252 Atk / 136 Spe

Here is where the real damage comes into play. This set must obviously be paired with Magneton to prevent Skarmory from phazing it out; Tyranitar rips this to pieces as well. However, this very thinking has reduced the popularity of Flail and Reversal attackers, so people have let their guard down with regards to packing priority.

Make sure that Linoone's HP stat is not exactly divisible by 4, as this will result in a weakened Flail.

Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant / Lonely
Moveset EVs
~ Return / ExtremeSpeed
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Fighting
~ Trick / Flail / Surf
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Do some damage with strong Choice Band-boosted attacks, and when your opponents least expect it, Trick the Choice Band onto their Skarmory to screw it for the rest of the match. Trick is one of the best moves on this set for the aforementioned reason, but ExtremeSpeed + Trick is illegal. Flail is really just filler, in case you want to pick ExtremeSpeed, as it has the same power as ExtremeSpeed when Linoone is at 35.4%, and only becomes more powerful when Linoone is under 20.8% HP.

The listed EV spread of maximum Attack and Speed is self-explanatory; if you want to deviate from this, though, be sure to maintain a Speed stat of at least 300.

Other Options

Nothing much else really.

Checks and Counters

Skarmory and Forretress can set up Spikes on Linoone and wall any hits it can fire off. Skarmory and Suicune can phaze away any Linoone that tries to Belly Drum, and neither will take much damage from its boosted attacks. Tyranitar's Sand Stream can prevent a Salac Berry-boosted sweep and can slowly wear Linoone down; Tyranitar also has the Defense to take a non-Belly Drum-boosted hit and KO Linoone with Rock Slide, Earthquake, or Crunch.

In conclusion, the main way to counter Linoone is simply to attack it repeatedly; as it's so fragile, it won't be able to use Belly Drum and will thus be useless.