Lickilicky

Lickilicky, The Licking Pokémon. The long tongue is always soggy with slobber. The saliva contains a solvent that causes numbness.Their saliva contains lots of components that can dissolve anything. The numbness caused by their lick does not dissipate.It wraps things with its extensible tongue. Getting too close to it will leave you soaked with drool. It has space in its throat to store saliva. It can also roll up its tongue and store it in the same spot.

Overview

Lickilicky joined the ranks of the rotund, pink, bulky Normal types in DPP and was unfortunately overshadowed by his compatriots with shorter tongues, and thus mainly sticks to lower tiers, although it is viable in higher ones thanks to its bulk and broad movepool. Lickilicky has excellent HP, combined with above average defensive stats and a great support movepool. But not only that Lickilicky can use offensive sets as well, with a decent base 85 Attack stat that can either be boosted by Swords Dance or by a Choice Band. The only letdown with Lickilicky really is its Speed, which is an unfortunate base 50. Nevertheless, Lickilicky can be both an excellent cleric as well as an attacker in lower tiers.

Abilities

Own Tempo: Prevents Lickilicky from being confused, a great ability in NeverUsed which is rampant with Liepards using Swagger on everything, but not too useful elsewhere.
Oblivious: Prevents Lickilicky from being inflicted with Attraction, pretty much useless as very few players actually use Attract other than as a gimmick, and having an ability solely to counter that isn't worth it.
Cloud Nine: Blocks the effects of weather, a good ability for NU as well which has a lot of teams that use Raind Dance and Swift Swim, or something similar.

Movesets

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-Wish
-Protect
-Heal Bell / Dragon Tail
-Body Slam / Return / Dragon Tail
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Own Tempo
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

This set is used as the standard big fat pink blob o'doom set, with a familiar variant being used by all of our chunky Normal types. Wish gives Licklicky (and its team) a reliable source of healing, with Protect ensuring that Licklicky can get it if it needs it. The last two slots are dependent on what you need. Heal Bell gets rid of all of your team's status conditions, and Dragon Tail allows Lickilicky to phaze out and damage Pokemon it chooses, generally Pokemon trying to set up on Lickilicky. Body Slam and Return are both used for STAB damage, as well as allowing Lickilicky to avoid becoming Taunt bait, with Body Slam paralyzing the opponent every once in a while and return doing more damage but with no additional effects. Cloud Nine is not an option for Lickilicky's ability on this set unfortunately as Wish is not compatible with the ability.

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-Return
-Power Whip
-Earthquake / Fire Punch
-Explosion
Item Attached: Choice Band
Ability: Cloud Nine / Own Tempo
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 132 HP / 252 Atk / 124 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

What makes Lickilicky stand out from other CB options is its incredible bulk. Even though it has a mediocre 85 Attack stat, Lickilicky can take multiple hits and then dish out strong hits thanks to its Band. Return functions as the main STAB move, while Explosion is used as secondary STAB. Explosion is an extremely powerful move that is a basically guaranteed OHKO against any Pokemon that doesn't resist it, and even then it does considerable damage (I mean, for comparison, Explosion could 2HKO defensive Skarmory). Power Whip is used as coverage against Golurk or Alomomola, which Normal types usually have problems with, as well as other Ground / Rock / Water types. Lastly, Earthquake is used as coverage against Steel types, such as Lairon, Bastiodon, and Metang, while Fire Punch does damage to these Pokemon as well as giving Lickilicky a decent option for hitting Ghost types.

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-Substitute
-Swords Dance
-Body Slam / Return
-Power Whip
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Cloud Nine
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 172 HP / 84 Atk / 128 SDef / 124 Spe
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

This may seem like a strange EV build with its low attack investment but the trick lies in the large amount of bulk it provides which allows Lickilicky to set up multiple Swords Dances easily. Substitute may seem redundant, but it’s very difficult to break one of Lickilicky’s subs, making a free set up for an SD an even bigger possibility. Both Body Slam and Return act as Lickilicky’s main STAB. Body Slam offers less power in return for a possible paralysis, while Return does more damage. Power Whip is used as a coverage move to hit Steel (mainly Rock / Steel and Ground / Steel types) and Ghost type enemies so they do not wall Lickilicky completely.

Other Options

Aqua Tail, Belly Drum, Brick Break, Disable, Fire Blast, Focus Blast, Ice Punch, Thunder, Thunderpunch, Work Up, Zen Headbutt
Aqua Tail provides interesting coverage, though most of Lickilicky's more common coverage moves hit the same things Aqua Tail does but harder and more accurcately.
Belly Drum is a scarcely used gimmick that can be extremely effective at times and complete failures at others, though Lickilicky's ability to Wish away the damage from it could be extremely useful.
Brick Break provides some good coverage as well, although Eartquake hits most everything harder other than other Lickilickys.
Disable is surprsingly good on the Utility set, as it allows Licklicky to sponge any damage after the move that the opponent would mostly be using against it is Disabled.
Fire Blast is usable as Lickilicky has a decent Special Attack set as well, on a sort of mixed set, and does far more damage than Fire Punch with the right EVs.
Focus Blast is in the same boat as Fire Blast, as it would require a specially oriented set.
Ice Punch is decent coverage and hits mainly Dragon types, Altaria in NU mainly and the multitude of Dragons in higher tiers.
Thunder would require a specially oriented Lickilicky set to be of any use, and could hit for quite a bit of damage.
Thunderpunch is usable on a physical set as coverage on Water and Flying types, but mainly Flying as Power Whip takes care of most Water types better.
Work Up is good for a mixed set as it boosts both Lickilicky's Attack and Special Attack stats, making it able to hit quite powerfully on both sides of the spectrum.
Zen Headbutt is decent neutral coverage on quite a few Pokemon, as well as hitting the all too common Sawk super effectively.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Between Explosion and Cloud Nine, Lickilicky has a decent niche in Doubles and Triples, especially with the ever common weather users being everywhere.

Partners

Lickilicky generally has problems with Ghost and Fighting Types, so Dark types such as Skuntank can generally handle Ghosts like Misdreavus and Drifblim, while the aforementioned Ghosts and some Psychics (Gardevoir, Musharna, etc.) can help handle Fighting types like Sawk.

Countering Lickilicky

As kind of mentioned in the Partners section, Fighting and Ghost types can cause Lickilicky a lot of headaches, especially with the offensive sets. Fighting types like Gurdurr, Sawk, and Primeape all can cut Lickilicky down to size with Drain Punch / Close Combat. Ghost types like Misdreavus, Drifblim, and Haunter all do extremely well against Lickilicky, not even being able to be touched by some of the sets. Golurk is another option, though it has to worry about being Power Whipped. Physical walls like Regirock and Tangela can handle the attacking sets very well, and can often give Lickilicky a status condition or slowly wear it down. Taunting the cleric set works to counter it, which Skuntank, Misdreavus, and the like can do.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Not in game

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Not in game

Colosseum/XD:
Not in game

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Lickitung

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Lickitung

Black/White:
Evolve Lickitung

Black 2/White 2:
Route 2

Animé Appearences

Lickilicky has made a few appearances. Most notably, it was used by Conway during his battle against Ash in the Sinnoh League

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
M10 The Rise of Darkrai Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai Pics
566 If the Scarf Fits, Wear It The Unidfentified Floating Monster! Pics
594 Classroom Training Teacher Candice of the Trainers' School! Pics
M12 Arceus & The Jewel of Life Arceus - Towards Conquering Space-Time Pics
630 Playing the Performance Encore Double Battle! VS Plusle & Minun! Pics
642 Last Call, First Round! Grand Festival! The Art of Flame & Ice! Pics
650 An Old Family Blend! The Eve of the Fierce Fighting! The Big Gathering of Ash's Pokémon! Pics
653 Working on a Right Move! Trick Room of Terror! Ash VS Conway! Pics
715 The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck! Sawsbuck: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, All Present!! Pics

 
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