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mantyke

Mantyke

Tier-BL

Abilities:
Water Absorb: Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-typed attack.

Swift Swim: Speed is doubled in Rain.



 


Element SymbolElement Symbol
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Atk

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Set Name Nature Item

AgiliTyke Modest Ability-Water Absorb Life Orb

Moves EVs

Agility
Surf / Hydro Pump
Ice Beam
Hidden Power Electric
252 Sp Atk / 248 Spd / 8 HP
(odd-numbered HP stat)

Mantyke makes a decent sweeper paired with Life Orb, and with its heresy Special Defense and Water Absorb, as well as immunity to Ground attacks, Mantyke can usually find an easy way to switch in, and use Agility, and then sweep with Life Orb boosting your attacks. This set has problems with priority attackers, however. And since most priority attacks are physical, they prey on Mantyke's low Defense stat, so having a physical wall to switch out to would be useful in some cases. The Speed EVs allow you to outspeed anything slower than max Speed Scarf Gabite, while allowing you to outspeed max Speed Rhydon, Gloom and Porygon, even without Agility. An odd HP stat will give Mantyke 11 uses of Life Orb, as well as allowing it to switch into Stealth Rock 5 times before being KO'ed. It is recommended to stick to these Speed EVs to allow Mantyke to outspeed the aformentioned Pokemon, since Gloom can cause problems with any kind of powder, and Porygon can prey on Mantyke's x4 weakness to Electric attacks and always KO with a Thunderbolt, even with a Timid Nature.

Set Name Nature Item

Swift Swim Modest Ability-Swift Swim Life Orb

Moves EVs

Rain Dance
Surf / Hydro Pump
Ice Beam
Hidden Power Electric
252 Sp Atk / 248 Spd / 8 HP
(odd-numbered HP stat)

Although more risky, considering Croagunks who can abuse the rain with Dry Skin, and other Swift Swimmers threatening to outspeed you (such as Lombre, Buizel and Finneon), this Mantyke poses a more immediate threat, since it gets the same Speed boost as Agility after Rain Dance, but its mediocre Special Attack is also boosted in the rain, and coupled with Life Orb, it can do major damage with Water attacks to those who don't resist it. The choice of Surf and Hydro Pump brings the ever-controversial decision of accuracy over power, so the decision is mainly up to preference. Since the setup procedure and benefits are the same as with the Agility set, the same EVs will give you the best use of the rain when you set it up. The odd-numbered HP stat, again, helps with Stealth Rock damage and the accumulative Life Orb damage.

Team Benefit trapinch diglett rhydon

Mantyke is a perfect asset to any Rain Dance team that doesn't have a huge Electric weakness. Swift Swim is one of the most assetable abilities that can be utilized when Rain Dance is set up. What sets Mantyke apart from other Rain Dance abusers is that it can take a good deal of Special attacks, something that Buizel and Seadra cannot do. However, Mantyke takes 4x damage from Electric attacks, and while its Special Defense is impressive, it cannot take the majority of STAB Thunderbolts. Thunderpunch in itself usually means the end of Mantyke. Thus, Ground teammates can serve Mantyke well. Among these is Diglett, who can switch into an Electric attack, trap the threat (no NFE Electric-types have resistances to Ground), and KO it with a powerful Earthquake. Diglett can also switch out to Mantyke if faced with a Water-type attack, namely Aqua Jet, which attempts to bypass its Speed. Trapinch works in a similar way, although the Speed drop can be dangerous if the opponent packs a super-effective move. Rhydon also makes a very good teammate for Mantyke. It has a very respectable Attack stat that can back-up Mantyke when faced with a Special wall, is immune to Electric attacks, and resistant to Rock.

Counters chinchou electabuzz marshtomp

With a BoltBeam combination and access to a STAB Surf or Hydro Pump, few Pokemon can effectively counter Mantyke after it gets a Speed boost. Chinchou is one of the best counters for Mantyke. It takes little damage from every attack it possesses, and can threaten with a STAB Thunderbolt. Electabuzz can outspeed Mantyke before Swift Swim is activated, and almost always OHKO with Thunderpunch. Croagunk with Dry Skin is immune to Water attacks, and can also hit with Thunderpunch, while being able to survive Mantyke's Ice Beam. Marshtomp is only shaken by Rain Dance-boosted Surfs, and can hit Mantyke back with Ice Punch for serious damage.

 




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