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The best guide on how to play Mimikyu in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for Mimikyu best build, its price, cost, and role, Held and Battle items, moveset and skills, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

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Mimikyu Latest Nerfs & Buffs (05/12)

Version 1.13.1.2 Patch Notes

Mimikyu Move Changes (December 5)
Play Rough Image
Play Rough
• Cooldown increased from 5s → 7.5s (+2.5s).
Shadow Sneak Image
Shadow Sneak
• Duration of effects on opposing Pokemon decreased from 0.5s → 0.25s (-0.25s).

Shadow Claw

1.12.1.6 Cooldown reduction each time Mimikyu hits an opponent with a basic attack increased from 0.5s to 1s.

Play Rough

1.12.1.6 Damge increased by 11%. Now enters a defensive state while attacking.
1.13.1.2 Cooldown increased from 5s → 7.5s (+2.5s).

Trick Room

1.12.1.6 Damage reduction effect increased from 30% to 50%. Cooldown reduced from 11s to 8.5s. (- 2.5s) Trick Room +: Cooldown reduced from 9s to 7.5s. (- 1.5s)

Shadow Sneak

1.13.1.2 Duration of effects on opposing Pokemon decreased from 0.5s → 0.25s (-0.25s).

Mimikyu Basic Info

Mimikyu
Mimikyu.jpg
Tier Rating: SS Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cost:
"Haunt opponents and give them a fright with this ghostly All-Rounder!"

Pokemon Unite Tier List

Mimikyu Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
5 Stars.png
3 Stars.png
4 Stars.png

Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Mimikyu Price and Cost

Pokemon UNITE - Mimikyu Price and Cost (Updated).png

Pokemon UNITE - Mimikyu LicenseUNITE License: Mimikyu
Aeos Coin Icon 13,000
Aeos Gems 575

As of October 26, 2023, Mimikyu is now purchasable for 13,000 Aeos Coins or 575 Aeos Gems! This comes one week after Mimikyu was first released and was only available to purchase with Aeos Gems.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Has cooldown reduction/reset mechanics
✔︎ Highly mobile
✔︎ Strong single-target disable via Play with Me
✔︎ Has decent sustain
✔︎ Deals increased damage to marked opponents
✖︎ Susceptible to disables
✖︎ Loses durability when in Busted Form

Best Builds for Mimikyu

Mimikyu Builds

Play Rough Build

Play Rough Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +48
Critical-Hit Rate: +2.10%
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Play Rough Build Explanation

This is a single-target build revolving around the use of Shadow Sneak and Play Rough.

  • Attack Weight provides Mimikyu with a large damage boost, particularly for its moves.
  • Razor Claw goes well with Shadow Sneak and Shadow Claw's cooldown reduction mechanics, increasing Mimikyu's attack damage each time it uses a move.
  • Weakness Policy gives Mimikyu more damage and additional HP.
  • X Speed is a versatile tool that further improves Mimikyu's overall mobility.
  • Eject Button can also work with the build for a similar purpose.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Mimikyu's offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Play Rough Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Shadow Sneak
(@ Lvl 15)
Play Rough
(@ Lvl 15)
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1639 4108

Since the build revolves around Shadow Sneak and Play Rough, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination.

As the results show, Razor Claw, Weakness Policy, and Attack Weight will be the best for the build. The item combination produced the highest damage results for Shadow Sneak and Play Rough. Although replacing Razor Claw with Muscle Band will have the same damage results, Razor Claw is more effective for the build due to the burst damage it can deal for Mimikyu's attacks.


The damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Shadow Sneak
(@ Lvl 15)
Play Rough
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
1524 3814
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1488 3720
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1639 4108
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1639 4108

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Play Rough (Mobility) Build

Play Rough (Mobility) Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +57
Critical-Hit Rate: +2.10%
Movement Speed: +150
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Play Rough (Mobility) Build Explanation

This is a variation of the Play Rough build that focuses more on giving Mimikyu mobility, allowing it to roam the map faster.

  • Attack Weight provides Mimikyu with a large damage boost, particularly for its moves.
  • Razor Claw goes well with Shadow Sneak and Shadow Claw's cooldown reduction mechanics, increasing Mimikyu's attack damage each time it uses a move.
  • Float Stone is the core item for the build, improving Mimikyu's overall mobility while giving it a decent amount of Attack stat for damage.
  • Charging Charm can be a replacement for Razor Claw or Float Stone. The item's effect works particularly well with Shadow Sneak.
  • X Speed is a versatile tool that further improves Mimikyu's overall mobility.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Mimikyu's offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Play Rough (Mobility) Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Shadow Sneak
(@ Lvl 15)
Play Rough
(@ Lvl 15)
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
1540 3852

Since the build revolves around Shadow Sneak and Play Rough, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination. Float Stone is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items for consideration.

Out of all the item combinations, Razor Claw and Attack Weight will be the best for the build. The item combination provides a large static damage bonus and has better synergy with the build's moveset.


The damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Shadow Sneak
(@ Lvl 15)
Play Rough
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
1406 3507
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
1540 3852
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1505 3765
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
1540 3852
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1505 3765
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1657 4153

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Double Shadow Build

Double Shadow Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +48
Critical-Hit Rate: +2.10%
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Double Shadow Build Explanation

This build is centered on picking off targets with Shadow Sneak and Shadow Claw, making Mimikyu into a semi-assassin.

  • Attack Weight provides Mimikyu with a large damage boost, particularly for its moves.
  • Weakness Policy further improves Mimikyu's damage whenever it takes hits. It also gives a decent amount of HP and Attack.
  • Razor Claw goes well with Shadow Sneak and Shadow Claw's cooldown reduction mechanics, increasing Mimikyu's attack damage each time it uses a move.
  • Muscle Band can be a replacement for Razor Claw, improving Mimikyu's attacks through increased damage and attack speed, which helps the Pokemon reduce Shadow Claw's cooldown faster.
  • For a more defensive build, Focus Band can replace Weakness Policy or Attack Weight.
  • X Speed is a versatile tool that further improves Mimikyu's overall mobility.
  • Eject Button can also work with the build for a similar purpose.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Mimikyu's offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Double Shadow Build Damage Test

Items
(@Lvl 30)
Shadow Sneak
(@ Lvl 15)
Shadow Claw
(Max attacks)
(@ Lvl 15)
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1639 3572

Since the build is centered on Shadow Sneak and Shadow Claw, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination.

As the results show, Muscle Band or Razor Claw, Weakness Policy, and a fully-stacked Attack Weight will produce the best outcome for the build. However, it's best to equip Razor Claw instead since its slow and bonus damage effects go well with Mimikyu's low cooldown moves and improves the Pokemon's burst damage.


The damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(@Lvl 30)
Shadow Sneak
(@ Lvl 15)
Shadow Claw
(Max attacks)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
1524 3328
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1488 3249
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1639 3572
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1639 3572

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Mimikyu Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight provides Mimikyu with a large amount of Attack stat, increasing its overall damage output significantly, especially when fully stacked.
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone Float Stone gives Mimikyu mobility and damage, which works particularly well with Play Rough.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band is a staple defensive item for Mimikyu, improving its durability through increased defenses and acting as a recovery tool.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band improves Mimikyu's attacks through increased damge and attack speed. It works particularly well with Shadow Claw's mechanics.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw's effects goes well with Mimikyu's Boosted Attacks since the Pokemon gets a Boosted Attack every time it uses a move.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Weakness Policy can compensate for Disguise's HP reduction penalty when Mimikyu gets hit by increasing the Pokemon's damage in return.
Charging Charm.pngCharging Charm Charging Charm provides Mimikyu with mobility and damage. Its effect also works well with Mimikyu's Shadow Sneak.

Held Item Tier List

Best Battle items

Item Explanation
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives Mimikyu a versatile mobility tool.
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed improves Mimikyu's overall mobility through increased movement speed and immunity from slows.

Battle Item Tier List

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Play Rough ImagePlay Rough Play Rough deals high damage to a single target while making the Pokemon invincible for a short time. The move's invincibility mechanic allows the Pokemon to dodge incoming damage and make creative plays during fights.
Shadow Sneak ImageShadow Sneak Shadow Sneak allows Mimikyu to jump from one target to another thanks to its cooldown reset mechanic, making the Pokemon incredibly mobile.

This moveset contains mechanics that make Mimikyu incredibly mobile and strong during fights.

With the buff to Play Rough, the move surpasses Shadow Claw in terms of damage and utility. The newly added invincibility mechanic opens new strategies and plays for Mimikyu that makes it more effective during fights. However, Shadow Claw is still a viable option due to its cooldown reduction mechanic, healing, and area damage, which Play Rough lacks.

Shadow Sneak not only gives Mimikyu a mobility tool, it also deals decent damage. It can also be used more frequently thanks to its cooldown reset mechanic. Trick Room, on the other hand, although the move gives Mimikyu reduced damage against opponents who are outside the area, it only triggers when the Pokemon is slowed while inside, making it somewhat impractical to use.

Which Moveset Do you Think is Best for Mimikyu?

Shadow Claw & Shadow Sneak 323
Votes
Shadow Claw & Trick Room 33
Votes
Play Rough & Shadow Sneak 36
Votes
Play Rough & Trick Room 13
Votes

Let us know why in the comments!

How to Play Mimikyu

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Play Around Disguise's Effects

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Disguise's effects improve Mimikyu's impact during fights. Understanding how these effects work and utilizing them is a core element of Mimikyu's gameplay.

Focus on Revenge-Marked Opponents

When Mimikyu takes damage from an opponent while it's on Disguise form, that opponent is marked. Mimikyu gains increased movement speed when facing the marked opponent and deals increased damage to it.

Generally, it's best to aim for the marked opponent to utilize the bonuses that Mimikyu gains. However, if the situation gets bad, retreating and resetting the fight would be the best choice.

Be Careful During Busted Form

One downside when Mimikyu gets hit by an opponent and changes to Busted form is getting its HP reduced to a set percentage of its max HP. This makes the Pokemon less durable and easier to take out. Although Mimikyu can still fight, it's best to be careful during this weakened state since opponents can exploit it.

Knock Out Opponents to Reduce Disguise's Cooldown

Once Mimikyu gets hit by an opponent and changes to Busted Form, Disguise will go on cooldown for some time. During this time, Mimikyu won't be able to trigger the ability's effects, particularly marking an opponent, and will stay in the weakened state for the duration, which would lessen the Pokemon's impact. However, Mimikyu can reduce Disguise's cooldown by knocking out opponents, hastening the process and allowing the Pokemon to gain the ability's benefits again.

Tip:
Aim for opponents that are away from their team since Mimikyu is great at 1v1 fights.

Take Advantage of Mimikyu's Boosted Attack Mechanic

Mimikyu gains a Boosted Attack each time it uses a move. Utilize this mechanic to spam Boosted Attacks or add them to Mimikyu's combos. Doing so allows Mimikyu to deal significant amounts of damage.

Alter Gameplay Based on Moveset 2

Mimikyu's gameplay changes to some degree depending on whether it learns Trick Room or Shadow Sneak. This is due to the fact that each move offers something drastically distinct, forcing the Pokemon to play differently.

Play More Like an Assassin when Using Shadow Sneak

Shadow Sneak is generally a mobility move, but it also deals damage and contains mechanics that allow Mimikyu to play more like an assassin.

The first one is the move's range-extension mechanic. When the move's cursor touches a wall or grass, its range extends farther and can stretch indefinitely as long as the conditions are met.

The second one is the teleportation mechanic. Once the shadow hits an opponent, Mimikyu can activate the move again to teleport to the target's position.

The last one is the cooldown reset and healing mechanic. The move's cooldown resets when Mimikyu knocks out the target that's hit by Shadow Sneak and also heals the Pokemon. Although these are two mechanics, they occur simultaneously.

All these mechanics allow Mimikyu to chase targets, attack the backlines, and jump from one target to another, which are tools assassins typically possess.

Take the Frontlines when Using Trick Room

Trick Room has two mechanics that makes it useful in the frontlines.

The first one is the slow negation and damage reduction mechanic. All slows that are applied to Mimikyu while it's inside the area are transformed into a movement speed increase. It also reduces the damage the Pokemon receives from opponents outside the area. This mechanic provides Mimikyu with some protection against slows and mitigates the damage the Pokemon receives.

The second one is the unlimited dash mechanic. While inside the area, Mimikyu can activate the move again repeatedly to dash forward. Although this mechanic doesn't do much on its own aside from providing mobility, its synergy with the Pokemon's Boosted Attacks makes it an effective brawling tool. Mimikyu gains a Boosted Attack each time it uses the dash from Trick Room, allowing the Pokemon to exploit its Boosted Attack mechanic even more.

Watch Out for Pokemon with Strong Disables

Mimikyu struggles against Pokemon with a lot of strong disables since it's a melee Pokemon and relies on triggering special mechanics. If the Pokemon is always stunned and can't attack opponents, it becomes extremely difficult for Mimikyu to execute its gameplay properly. Try to dodge disabling moves as much as possible or wait for them to go on cooldown before engaging in a fight.

Pokemon to Watch Out For
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Slowbro ImageSlowbro

Use Play With Me... on Key Targets

Play With Me bounds a target in place and deals damage over time, similar to Slowbeam. What's unique about the move is that the target isn't affected by any moves aside from Mimikyu's while it's trapped. This means that heals, shields, and buffs from the target's allies will be useless. It's best to use the move on key targets like the enemy team's damage dealer or supporter to take them out of the fight for a duration or finish them off completely.

However, it's important to note that the target will also be immune to any damage coming from Mimikyu's allies, so using it as a setup tool isn't practical.

Tip:
Play With Me can be used even on opponents that have the unstoppable status effect.

Mimikyu Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Secure as many Wild Pokemon as you can and get EXP to reach level 5.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Play Rough or Shadow Claw.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon and level up, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents.

Level 6 to 9

  • Once at level 7, learn either Shadow Sneak (recommended) or Trick Room, and start to get aggressive.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents to level up.
  • Help your allies secure Regieleki and/or Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Once at level 9, learn Play With Me... to get all moves.

Level 10+

  • Continue to farm and level up.
  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a full-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Jungle Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Clear the first wave of jungle camps and level up to level 5 with the help of Ashtonish and Scratch.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Play Rough or Shadow Claw.
  • Help the top or bottom lane by securing the Altaria and Swablu camps, knocking out opponents, and scoring points.

Level 6 to 9

  • Clear the second wave of jungle camps to reach level 7 and get Shadow Sneak.
  • At the 8:00 minute mark, go to the center of the map and secure the Altaria and Swablu camps.
  • At the 7:20 minute mark, go to the bottom lane and help secure the Altaria and Swablu camps, knock out opponents, and score points.
  • Once at level 9, learn Play With Me...
  • At the 7:00 minute mark, help allies secure Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Afterwards, try to secure Regieleki on the top lane if it's still there.

Level 10+

  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Mimikyu Combos

Early Game Combos

These are early-game combos that are effective in knocking out opponents or pressuring them out of the lane.

Ghostly Graze Combo

Ghostly Graze Combo
Scratch IconStandard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Scratch IconStandard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack)► Shadow Claw Icon

ScratchStandard Attack (Boosted Attack) ► ScratchStandard Attack (Boosted Attack)► Shadow Claw
Start the combo by dashing towards the target with Scratch. Once at melee range, follow up with a Boosted Attack. Use Scratch's second activation, then end the combo with Shadow Claw.

Main Combos

These combos utilize Mimikyu's move mechanics strategically and in a certain order to maximize the Pokemon's damage output.

Shadow Strikes Combo

Shadow Strikes Combo
Shadow Sneak IconShadow Sneak Icon (Teleport) ► Standard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Shadow Claw IconStandard Attack Icon (x3) ► Shadow Claw Icon

Shadow SneakShadow Sneak (Teleport) ► Standard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Shadow ClawStandard Attack (x3) ► Shadow Claw
From a safe distance or while hiding in grass, pick a target and use Shadow Sneak on it. When the shadow hits, use Shadow Sneak again to teleport beside the target and follow up with a Boosted Attack immediately, then use Shadow Claw. Afterwards, attack the target for at least three times to reduce Shadow Claw's cooldown and increase the number of hits on its next use. Once at max charges, use Shadow Claw again to finish off the target.
Play with Me... can be used after the combo if the target manages to survive.

Phantom Beatdown Combo

Phantom Beatdown Combo
Shadow Sneak IconShadow Sneak Icon (Teleport) ► Play Rough Icon

Shadow SneakShadow Sneak (Teleport) ► Play Rough
From a safe distance or while hiding in grass, pick a target and use Shadow Sneak on it. When the shadow hits, use Shadow Sneak again to teleport beside the target, then follow up with Play Rough immediately. After Play Rough ends, use Play with Me to finish off the target.

Haunted Room Combo

Haunted Room Combo
Trick Room IconStandard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Trick Room Icon (Dash) ► Standard Attack Icon (Boosted Attack) ► Shadow Claw Icon ~

Trick RoomStandard Attack (Boosted Attack) ► Trick Room (Dash) ► Standard Attack (Boosted Attack) ► Shadow Claw ~
Initiate the combo by laying down Trick Room on an area or a target, then follow up with a Boosted attack. Activate Trick Room again to dash and perform a Boosted Attack once more, then use Shadow Claw. Keep dashing, performing a Boosted Attack, and using Shadow Claw (in that order) until Trick Room disappears.

Matchups & Counters for Mimikyu

Mimikyu Matchups

Hard Counter
BlastoiseBuzzwoleMamoswineSlowbroSnorlaxTrevenantUmbreon
Fair Matchup
AbsolAegislashAlolan NinetalesAzumarillBlazikenCeruledgeCharizardCinderaceCrustleDodrioDragoniteEspeonFalinksGoodraGreedentGreninjaGyaradosInteleonLaprasLeafeonLucarioMachampMega Mewtwo XMega Mewtwo YMeowscaradaMetagrossMewMiraidonMr. MimeScizorTalonflameTsareenaTyranitarUrshifuVenusaurWigglytuffZacianZoroark
Good Matchup
BlisseyChandelureClefableComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDragapultDuraludonEldegossGarchompGardevoirGengarGlaceonHoopaPikachuSableyeSylveonZeraora
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Mimikyu.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Hard Counter with Disables

Mimikyu struggles against Pokemon with a lot of disabling moves. Since it's a melee Pokemon that relies on triggering certain mechanics, Pokemon that can constantly stun, freeze, or displace Mimikyu can ruin its gameplay entirely.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
• Has a lot of disables that can disrupt Mimikyu's offense, particularly Slowbeam.
• Can tank a lot of Mimikyu's damage.
Buzzwole ImageBuzzwole Rating: ★★★★★
• Can toss around Mimikyu with Superpower, and Smack Down, or disable using Leech Life.
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Rating: ★★★★★
• Can constantly freeze Mimikyu with its Boosted Attacks and any of its moves.
• Can tank a lot of Mimikyu's damage.

Even Matchups

Utilizing Mimikyu's move mechanics strategically can help the Pokemon get the upper hand against these Pokemon.

Close the Gap

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Alolan Ninetales Image Cinderace Image Espeon Image Greninja Image Inteleon Image Mega Mewtwo Y Image Mew Image Miraidon Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Mimikyu. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Mimikyu fast once it gets close.
• Use Shadow Sneak or Trick Room to get close to them and stay on top of them, then spam Mimikyu's Boosted Attacks and Shadow Claw or Play Rough to bring them down.
• Alternatively, once Mimikyu gets close enough, bound them with Play With Play to completely restrain them and deal significant damage.

Keep Using Shadow Claw or Play Rough

All-Rounders
Aegislash Image Azumarill Image Ceruledge Image Dragonite Image Falinks Image Gyarados Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Scizor Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image Urshifu Image Zacian Image
How to Beat
• Much like Mimikyu, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. Mimikyu must utilize the mechanics of Shadow Claw or Play Rough to get the upper hand.
• Utilize Shadow Claw's healing and cooldown reduction mechanics to keep Mimikyu alive while dealing damage during a brawl.
• Utilize Play Rough's invincible mechanic to safely deal damage to them.
• As a last resort, Mimikyu can finish them off with Play With Me.

Bound them With Play With Me

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Dodrio Image Leafeon Image Meowscarada Image Talonflame Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are fast and rely on quick bursts of damage to take out their targets. However, they are quite fragile and are susceptible to disables.
• The simplest way for Mimikyu to get the upper hand is to bound them with Play With Me, halting their momentum while depleting their HP by a considerable amount, then finishing them off with Shadow Claw or Play Rough.
• Mimikyu can also utilize the mobility it gets from Shadow Sneak or Trick Room to match their speed and avoid their attacks.

Watch Out for Their Disables

Pokemon with Crowd Control
Crustle Image Mr. Mime Image Wigglytuff Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon have disables that can disrupt Mimikyu's offense, but their damage is average compared to others. Mimikyu can deal with them with no problem but still has to be cautious of their disables since that's their main weapon against the Pokemon.
• Utilize the mobility Mimikyu gets from Shadow Sneak or Trick Room, and Play Rough to dodge their disables.
• Spam Mimikyu's Shadow Claw to deal damage and heal the Pokemon while fighting. Don't forget to use Mimikyu Boosted Attacks each time it uses a move.
• As a last resort, use Play With Me to secure a knockout or win the duel.

Group Up with Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Goodra Image Greedent Image Lapras Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are extremely durable and have means of consistently healing themselves, making it a tedious task for Mimikyu to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Mimikyu.

Easy Matchups

Easy matchups are Pokemon that have little no to reliable disables to disrupt Mimikyu's attacks, low durability, and low mobility.

Close the Gap and Burst Them Down

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Chandelure Image Cramorant Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Dragapult Image Duraludon Image Gardevoir Image Glaceon Image Pikachu Image Sylveon Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Mimikyu. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Mimikyu fast once it gets close.
• Head straight for them using Shadow Sneak or Trick Room and burst them down with Shadow Claw or Play Rough and Boosted Attacks.
• Alternatively, once Mimikyu gets close enough, bound them with Play With Play to completely restrain them and deal significant damage.

Bound them With Play With Me

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Gengar Image Zeraora Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are fast and rely on quick bursts of damage to take out their targets. However, they are quite fragile and are susceptible to disables.
• The simplest way for Mimikyu to get the upper hand is to bound them with Play With Me, halting their momentum while depleting their HP by a considerable amount, then finishing them off with Shadow Claw or Play Rough.
• Mimikyu can also utilize the mobility it gets from Shadow Sneak or Trick Room to match their speed and avoid their attacks.

Keep Using Shadow Claw or Play Rough

All-Rounders
Garchomp Image
How to Beat
• Much like Mimikyu, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. Mimikyu must utilize the mechanics of Shadow Claw or Play Rough to get the upper hand.
• Utilize Shadow Claw's healing and cooldown reduction mechanics to keep Mimikyu alive while dealing damage during a brawl.
• Utilize Play Rough's invincible mechanic to safely deal damage to them.
• As a last resort, Mimikyu can finish them off with Play With Me.

Take them Out First

Supporters
Blissey Image Clefable Image Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Mimikyu, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• The easiest way to get rid of them fast is to bound them with Play With Me, preventing them from supporting their allies and forcing them to defend themselves instead of their allies afterwards.

Best Teammates for Mimikyu

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Slowbro ImageSlowbro Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Pokemon with Strong Disables
Strong disabling moves like Sing and Slowbeam makes it easier for Mimikyu to hit opponents with its moves, particularly Shadow Sneak and Shadow Claw. Moreover, they can keep opponents inside Trick Room's area, allowing Mimikyu to exploit its Boosted Attacks after dashing.
Inteleon ImageInteleon Leafeon ImageLeafeon Zacian ImageZacian Pokemon with High Burst Damage
Shadow Sneak's HP-based bonus damage can benefit greatly from Pokemon that can deal high amounts of damage quickly, making it easier for Mimikyu to exploit the move's mechanic and finish off the target.
Goodra ImageGoodra Lapras ImageLapras Snorlax ImageSnorlax Pokemon with High Durability
Pokemon with a large HP and high defenses can draw damage away from Mimikyu and tank it themselves, giving Mimikyu more room to attack freely.
Blissey ImageBlissey Comfey ImageComfey Clefable ImageClefable Pokemon with Strong Supportive Moves
Defensive or offensive support moves improve Mimikyu's efficacy during fights. Moves like Floral Healing, Soft-Boiled, and Moonlight ensures Mimikyu's survival. On the other hand, moves like Magical Leaf, Egg Bomb, and Gravity has some synergy with Mimikyu's moves. Moreover, Safeguard can cover up Mimikyu's weakness against disables, and Helping Hand allows Mimikyu to charge up Shadow Claw faster and use it more often.

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Mimikyu Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Astonish ImageAstonish
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7s
Starting Damage: 449
Final Damage: 543
Has the user shout in a startling fashion, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon.
Play Rough ImagePlay Rough
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 1791
Initial damage: 815, Damage per attack: 244, Number of attacks: 4
Final Damage: 3258
Initial damage: 1482, Damage per attack: 444, Number of attacks: 4
Has the user jump forward, then move around opposing Pokemon it hits, dealing damage multiple times and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. After the attack is finished, the user jumps in the designated direction.
Upgrade: Increases the user's movement speed for a short time after the attack is finished.
Shadow Claw ImageShadow Claw
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 4s
Starting Damage: 658
Damage per additional attack: 196, Final attack damage: 658
Final Damage: 1313
Initial damage: 1313, Damage per additional attack: 352, Final attack damage: 1313
Has the user slash in front of itself with sharp claws, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits, decreasing their movement speed, and restoring the user's HP. Whenever the user hits opposing Pokemon with a basic attack, this move's cooldown is reduced, and the number of times the user attacks when this move is used next increases (maximum 4 times). The movement speed decreases caused by this move can stack.
Upgrade: At the end of the attack, additional damage is dealt based on the percentage of HP the opposing Pokemon has lost.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Scratch ImageScratch
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 343
Dash: 156, Attack: 171
Final Damage: 453
Dash: 206, Attack: 226
Has the user charge in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. For a short time after the user charges, if this move is used again, the user attacks in front of itself, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits. At that time, additional damage is dealt based on the percentage of HP that the opposing Pokemon has lost.
Shadow Sneak ImageShadow Sneak
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 852
Final Damage: 1308
Has the user extend its shadow, marking an opposing Pokemon it hits as a shadow target for a short time. If the shadow passes through tall grass or a wall, it extends further. If the user deals damage to an opposing Pokemon marked as a shadow target, additional damage is dealt based on the percentage of HP that the opposing Pokemon has lost. If this move is used again, the user moves to an opposing Pokemon marked as a shadow target, deals damage to it, and extends the duration of that Pokemon's shadow mark. If the user knocks out a Pokemon marked as a shadow target, this move's cooldown is reset and the user recovers HP.
Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown.
Trick Room ImageTrick Room
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 8.5s
Starting Damage: N/A
Final Damage: N/A
Has the user create a bizarre area around itself. If a movement speed decrease is applied to the user while it is within the area, that effect is converted into a movement speed increase, and the user takes reduced damage from Pokemon outside the area. Also, while in the area, the user can use this move again to move a set distance forward, as often as desired.
Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Play with Me... ImagePlay with Me...
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 112s
Starting Damage: 3052
Damage per instance: 436, Number of instances: 7
Final Damage: 4214
Damage per instance: 602, Number of instances: 7
Has the user leap at an opposing Pokemon and trap it inside its rag, dealing damage over time and granting the user a shield. The trapped opposing Pokemon isn't affected by any Pokemon's moves except the user's. If the user loses its shield, or if a set amount of time passes, the user stops attacking and jumps in the designated direction.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, striking twice with an increased are of attack. The next basic attack after using a move becomes a boosted attack.

Ability (Passive)

Disguise ImageDisguise
Mimikyu IconMimikyu

When the Pokemon is in Disguised Form and takes damage from opposing Pokemon, the Pokemon with this Ability has its HP decreased by a set percentage of its remaining HP, nullifies damage for a set amount of time, and changes to Busted Form. At the same time, a revenge mark is applied to the opposing Pokemon that dealt the damage. The Pokemon with this Ability increases in movement speed when approaching revenge-marked opposing Pokemon and deals increased damage to them. If the Pokemon remains in Busted Form for a set amount of time, it returns to Disguised Form. If the Pokemon knocks out an opposing Pokemon, the time it takes to return to Disguised Form is decreased.

Mimikyu Stats & Evolutions

Mimikyu Evolutions

Mimikyu.pngMimikyu
This Pokemon does not evolve.

Mimikyu Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3150 80 70 155
2 3301 91 80 164
3 3467 104 91 174
4 3650 118 103 185
5 3851 133 117 198
6 4072 150 132 212
7 4315 168 149 227
8 4583 188 167 244
9 4879 210 187 263
10 5205 234 209 283
11 5564 261 234 305
12 5959 291 261 330
13 6394 324 291 357
14 6873 360 324 387
15 7400 400 360 420

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

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8 Anonymous2 months

for the longest time mimikyu was so f**king BUSTED. (still is) every time I would play even freaking blastoise, mimikyu would chase after me with X speed, use shadow sneak to reach me, burst dmg like crazy and kill me. can anyone help me?

7 Anonymous4 months

Play rough

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