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This is a strategy guide for using Mimikyu in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Mimikyu, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Mimikyu

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ghost Type Fairy Type
Disguise Once per battle, the shroud that covers the Pokémon can protect it from an attack.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
55 90 80 50 105 96

Best Nature for Mimikyu

Best Natures
+Atk, -SpAtk
+Spd, -SpAtk

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Strategies for Mimikyu

Standard Role

Nature Adamant
EV Spread Atk. 252, Spd. 252, HP 4
Ability Disguise
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Swords Dance
Play Rough
Shadow Sneak
Shadow Claw

Thanks to its Ability Disguise, Mimikyu is able to take damage equal to only 10% of its maximum HP the first time it is attacked. This definitively prevents it from fainting in one blow, allowing it to execute at least one move without fail. Mimikyu can use this opportunity to bring out Swords Dance, starting it off with a 2-stage attack boost that even foes with type advantages can't scoff at. If its opponent isn't careful, Mimikyu is capable of sweeping an entire party.

Because Mimikyu starts off with so-so Base Stats, it's advisable to have it hold Life Orb to boost its attacking power.

How to Use Mimikyu Effectively

Use Swords Dance to turn it into a Physical Sweeper

Mimikyu's typical strategy is to use Swords Dance to boost its Attack, then sweep through the opposing team with powerful attacks. Its ability Disguise allows it to carry out a Swords Dance without fail, so it's able to take out a wide variety of foes despite its unassuming appearance.

Dynamax and use Max Starfall for best results

Although Mimikyu would normally fall prey to the Burn status effect, the effects of the Fairy-type Max Move Max Starfall create Misty Terrain for five turns, which protects all Pokemon from status effects. The battle reverts to an all-out brawl at that point, so the value of party members temporarily moves away from team play and onto individual power, and Mimikyu is able to keep slugging away and doing what it does best.

Counters for Mimikyu

U-turn and Volt Switch

The moves U-turn and Volt Switch deal damage while also switching out the user, so they can be used to knock out Mimikyu's Disguise while also bringing out a Pokemon with a good matchup against Mimikyu.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking:★★★★★
・Being slower than Mimikyu, you'll get the chance to switch after seeing Mimikyu's first move.
・With a high Defense and good type matchup to Mimikyu, it can take an initial hit without a problem.
Toxtricity ImageToxtricity Ranking:★★★★☆
・Being slower than Mimikyu, you'll get the chance to switch after seeing Mimikyu's first move.
Best Ranked Battle Build for Toxtricity

The Mold Breaker Ability

The Ability Mold Breaker allows Pokemon to ignore the effects of Disguise and attack Mimikyu directly from the first turn. Excadrill in particular, with its high Attack and use of Iron Head to hit Mimikyu where it hurts, is top of the list for effective Mimkyu counters.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking:★★★★★
・High Base Attack
・Hit Mimikyu's weak spot with Iron Head
Best Ranked Battle Build for Excadrill
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Ranking:★★☆☆☆
・High Base Attack
・Hit Mimikyu's weak spot with Iron Tail

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4 Kevin McDaniel@Game84 days

>>3 Thanks for the tip - we've updated the description with the in-game text!!

3 Anonymous5 days

the description for disguise is wrong i believe

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