Manaphy, The Seafaring Pokémon. It is born with a wondrous power that lets it bond with any kind of Pokémon. Born on a cold seafloor, it will swim great distances to return to its birthplace. Water makes up 80% of its body. This Pokémon is easily affected by its environment.
Manaphy was always a weird Mythical Pokémon. It has the odd ability that allows it to breed with Ditto to create another Pokémon and it comes from hatching a special egg. Like the other Mythicals up to Victini, it had the spread 100 across all stats which is solid and allows it to be somewhat versatile, but Manaphy in general just lacks the versatility to be able to do much better than any other Water-type Pokémon, of which there is an abundance
Hydration: All status problems: Burn, Paralysis, Sleep, Frozen and Poison, are healed when raining. - Not that you have a choice, but this ability is fairly decent with rain support. Being able to remove status conditions is always handy
Under the Sea
- Tail Glow
This is pretty much your bog-standard Manaphy set. You have the Tail Glow move, which is absolutely phenomenal, taking Manaphy's Special Attack up by 3 stages. This means you can max it in two turns which can be absolutely brutal. Ice Beam is always a fantastic coverage move and helps take down Grass, Flying and Dragon-type threats. Scald is another standard option, hitting decently hard with a chance of burn. Then, for your final slot, you have to decide what's best for your Manaphy. Hidden Power Fire gives some good coverage, as does Psychic and Energy Ball, while Rain Dance can set off the Hydration ability and heal Manaphy of status, but whichever you pick, you just know you're going to come across situations where you'll think "I should have brought the other"
- Calm Mind
This isanother common Manaphy set. The crux of the set is Calm Mind to help get Manaphy's Special Attack up, as well as its Special Defense. Due to those boosts, you'll probably want to shore up its physical Defense as well. Rain Dance will give you the added Water boost as well as, thanks to Hydration, heal status afflictions which is great to work in conjunction with its next move, Rest. Getting full recovery is a very useful thing and to remove the Sleep condition benefits it greatly. Finally, Scald is Manaphy's only damaging attack here and will do significant damage and possibly inflict with a burn.
-Dazzling Gleam, Shadow Ball & Signal Beam could be used to give some additional coverage
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
While it is unfortunately banned in VGC 2016, Manaphy can be a scary Pokemon to deal with in doubles formats where mythical Pokemon are legal. It has solid all-around stats, but its signature move is what makes it such a threat. After just one Tail Glow, Manaphy can be set up to sweep, especially with the proper support to keep it alive.
This set's EVs allow Manaphy to maximize its sweeping potential. A Modest nature gives it slightly more power, but a Timid nature allows it to outspeed as many opponents as possible, and speed-tie other positive nature base 100s. Hydration is its only ability, but can cure any status problem if the rain is up, especially paralysis or sleep. Manaphy doesn't really need a boosting item since it will be trying to set up Tail Glow anyway, so the Sitrus Berry helps keep it alive and increase its bulk. Manaphy really appreciates support strategies like redirection or Fake Out to help it set up and be able to freely attack.
Setting up by using Tail Glow should be the goal of this set. With just one Tail Glow, Manaphy can get to +3 special attack and instantly become a threat to OHKO a wide variety of Pokemon. Scald is generally its best STAB move, and of course the chance to burn makes it nearly broken. Ice Beam is for coverage, allowing Manaphy to hit grass and dragon types for super-effective damage. Protect is necessary in doubles to stall out an opponents' speed control, keep Manaphy safe from attacks while its partner deals with a threat, or dodge giving away free damage from Fake Out.
-Safety Goggles allows Manaphy to ignore Spore while it sets up, and also Rage Powder from support Pokemon (namely Amoongus in both situations) who may try to draw away your single-target attacks while the other opponent attacks Manaphy. The Goggles can also help Manaphy ignore Hail and Sandstorm damage that could potentially chip away at its health.
For Manaphy to work well, it needs to set up and if you can stop the set up, either through Taunt or by using a move such as Mist or Haze to reset stat changes, then you have nerfed Manaphy somewhat. Controlling the weather to be other than rain is also another way to deal with Manaphy. Weather wars may be an old thing (outside of use of Primals in VGC), but it's a fantastic way of shutting down Manaphy. From there, you just need to hit hard and fast with Super Effective attacks. Mega Sceptile, Celebi, Electivire, Raichu, Magnezone etc. can all make quick work of Manaphy despite its strong defenses..
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