Mimikyu, The Disguise Pokémon. Its actual appearance is unknown. A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock. A lonely Pokémon, it conceals its terrifying appearance beneath an old rag so it can get closer to people and other Pokémon. If its neck is broken or its rag torn during an attack, it works through the night to patch it.
Mimikyu is a fantastic Pokémon. While many people dismissed it at first due to its desire to look like a Pikachu, it has a fantastic ability that acts as a free Substitute. This allows for Mimikyu to set up and, with its stats, potentially sweep up and do some serious damage. It truly is a Pokémon that you shouldn't underestimate, andi t's even getting its own Z-Move in USUM, for which this article will be updated
Disguise - Once per battle, the Pokémon can withstand one damaging attack without receiving any damage. Damage inflicted through entry hazards, weather or status conditions will not break the disguise. Damage from Confusion will break the Disguise - This ability is brilliant, giving Mimikyu a free Substitute so you can do what you need to do
This is really the standard Mimikyu set, using the powerful physical attacks of its own typing as well as Shadow Sneak to get some extra priority. The idea here is to get a Swords Dance up during the Disguised portion of the battle, which pushes Mimikyu's Attack up to really strong levels. From there, Shadow Sneak will hit hard, while Play Rough and Shadow Claw can do serious damage which can just outright decimate most opponents that don't resist it..
Other Options and Partners
Splash - No, really. If you don't think that Swords Dance is a good choice as you will only be using it once, then using Z-Splash will boost Mimikyu's Attack up higher, though you do have to sacrifice additional items. It's a gimmicky option but it can work
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Mimikyu is one of the trickiest Pokemon to deal with in VGC 2017. While it does not blow opponents away with its base stats, its fantastic ability, great movepool, and unpredictability make it difficult to handle. Although offensive Mimikyu can outrun Tapu Lele and threaten opponents with powerful z moves, the most common move seen on this ghost in doubles is actually Trick Room. Between Disguise and only having two weaknesses, Mimikyu reliably sets up Trick Room most of the time, especially if it holds a Mental Herb. Alongside Belly Drum Snorlax, Mimikyu also forms one of the scariest duos in the current format.
Jolly Mimikyu with max speed outspeeds up to Tapu Lele and Arcanine, while maximum attack helps it do as much damage as possible. The ghost z crystal gives Mimikyu a powerful Never-Ending Nightmare to take out bulky Tapu Lele or Metagross. Alternatively, the ghost Z move can be paired with Destiny Bond to help a teammate set up. The z version of Destiny Bond basically becomes a combo of Destiny Bond and Follow Me, which can be useful against slower enemies, especially with Mimikyu's signature ability, Disguise. Disguise is fantastic in giving Mimikyu the ability to take one hit.
Shadow Claw and Play Rough are strong STAB moves to give Mimikyu good offensive presence, and Shadow Claw can also be paired with Ghostium Z. Trick Room is great on Mimikyu, as Disguise helps Mimikyu reliably set it up and counter your opponent's speed. Destiny Bond is mainly used to pair up with the z move as previously mentioned, but can be useful in other situations too. Taunt supports the team in stopping certain moves used by your opponent to set up.
Ready for Halloween
This set helps form one of the scariest duos in VGC 2017. Trick Room Mimikyu next to Belly Drum Snorlax is unstoppable against certain teams, and Mimikyu's access to Psych Up makes it even more terrifying. The key to this set is being able to always set up Trick Room. Max HP with 212 EVs in defense with a Relaxed nature allows Mimikyu to always survive a Jolly Kartana's Smark Strike, as well as a Jolly Garchomp's Tectonic Rage. The remaining EVs are put in Special Defense to best survive strong special attacks like from Tapu Koko or Tapu Lele, but this is best achieved if you can eliminate their terrain to weaken any boosted attacks. Disguise again lets you take any one hit, and Mental Herb prevents Mimikyu from being Taunted, leaving only a few ways to prevent your Trick Room from going up.
Play Rough is Mimikyu's strongest STAB, and no Pokemon are immune to it if it is your only attack on the set. Trick Room is the whole reason to use this set to help Snorlax sweep. Shadow Claw is strong STAB that, unlike Play Rough, has perfect accuracy, but Shadow Sneak is powerful priority if Mimikyu can copy Snorlax's boost. Taunt helps prevent your opponent from reversing your Trick Room, and Psych Up copies Snorlax's boosts to turn Mimikyu into a threat that cannot just be ignored.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Fairium Z is an alternative z crystal to pair with Play Rough for powerful damage.
Various Pokémon with abilities such as Mold Breaker are a good option. They will hit through the Disguise and stop Mimikyu from doing most of its shinanegans. Then, go with Pokémon such as Poison-types, Steel-types or Ghost-types to monopolise on the weaknesses. Solgaleo with its Sunsteel Strike and Sunraze Smash will blow through Mimikyu as if it wasn't even there
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