Competitive Spotlight: Mimikyu!

Hello, again, Azurillanders, and welcome to this month's Competitive Spotlight!  In honor of April Fools Day, this month we're featuring the tricky little Ghost-type that wants to be like Pikachu: Mimikyu!

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Basic Explanation

Introduced in generation VII, Mimikyu is a Ghost/Fairy-type that has a mysterious real body, and hides it under a rag that is meant to look like a Pikachu. This trickster has a few unique traits to it, including its unique typing and new ability known as Disguise! With Disguise, once per battle, Mimikyu can take damage from an attack without losing any health. This is great for Mimikyu, as it can allow it to safely switch into any attack, even if it would take super effective damage. It also gives Mimikyu a turn to attack or set up if it's already on the battlefield.

Unfortunately, Mimikyu itself isn't a particularly tanky Pokémon — especially on the Physical side — with only 55 HP and 80 Defense. It does fare a bit better on the Special side, having a solid 105 Special Defense, but that poor HP severely limits its survivability once its Disguise is broken.  This means that you'll want to get as much damage off as possible before being taken down.

One thing to always keep in mind about Disguise, however, is that Mimikyu will take damage from entry hazards, burn, Toxic, or Life Orb, even if the Disguise is up. These moves will not break its Disguise, however.

 

Base Stats

HP 55
Attack 90
Defense 80
Special Attack 50
Special Defense 105
Speed 96

 

 As previously mentioned, Mimikyu has an extremely poor HP stat of 55, meaning even with Max HP EVs, Mimikyu can only get 162 HP at level 50. And while it does have good Special Defense and decent Defense, that low HP will always hurt its bulk. And while its Speed isn't terrible, it's in the OU tier, where most of the more powerful Pokémon have much higher speed. However, it does have a decent Attack, and thanks to Disguise it can get a free Swords Dance up if it's already on the battlefield, giving it a sizable Attack stat.

Movesets

Mimikyu @ Ghostium Z/Life Orb
Ability: Disguise
Level: 100
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Shadow Sneak
- Shadow Claw
- Play Rough

This moveset maximizes Mimikyu's sweeping capabilities. Disguise can let it either safely switch into any attack it wants, or set up a Swords Dance for free. From there, Shadow Sneak gives Mimikyu a powerful STAB priority move, which is extremely helpful due to its average speed. Play Rough and Shadow Claw are its most powerful physical STAB moves, and allow it to do a great deal of damage to anything that does not resist them.

For the item, Ghostium Z is a good choice for a powerful one time attack that can take out a great deal of Pokémon in the OU tier; even a good amount of tanks. However, Life Orb gives you a more consistent power boost the entire time Mimikyu is out on the battlefield — but since Mimikyu has such low HP, that constant drain on its health from Life Orb means it won't be able to survive for very long.

Mimikyu @ Mimikium Z
Ability: Disguise
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Shadow Sneak
- Shadow Claw
- Play Rough

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon gave Mimikyu its own signature Z Move: "Let's Snuggle Forever". On top of having an adorable name and animation, Mimikium Z gives Mimikyu a guaranteed 190 base power Fairy-type move. Mimikium Z is used only on Play Rough. While this can be a helpful Z Move, and can take down most Dragon-types in one shot, it's not quite as popular to use as either Ghostium Z or Life Orb.

 Counters

Steel-Types.   Ferrothorn is one of the best counters to Mimikyu as it resists Play Rough and is bulky enough to be able to take at least one boosted Shadow Claw.

+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Mimikyu Shadow Claw vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Ferrothorn: 200-238 (56.8 - 67.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

Even with a +2 and Life Orb, Mimikyu can only 2HKO a fully Specially Defensive Ferrothorne. On top of that,

0 Atk Ferrothorn Gyro Ball (106 BP) vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Mimikyu: 260-308 (103.5 - 122.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Ferrothorn, with 0 Attack investment, can OHKO Mimikyu.

 

Choice Scarf Excadrill is a great counter to Mimikyu as well, as it is able to take an un-boosted Shadow Claw and can counter with an Iron Head; which is able to OHKO Mimikyu. And thanks to Choice Scarf, even Mimikyu's Disguise won't make a difference. Mimikyu does have priority Shadow Sneak, but even that will only do up to 71.5% with a max damage roll.

Conclusion

Mimikyu is an interesting Pokémon added in Generation VII with some unique traits that help it stand out on its own. With its Disguise, it can safely switch into any move and take no damage, or get a free turn to set up if it can enter the battlefield for free. However, it's a fairly frail Pokémon, and its Speed is on the slower side for sweepers in the OU tier, so its time to shine will always be a bit limited. Still, while this Pokémon might not be as popular as the electric mouse it mimics, it's still quite loved by competitive players.


What do you think about Mimikyu? Do you have any interesting sets you like running that aren't featured here? Let us know in the comments below.

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