Emolga, The Sky Squirrel Pokémon. The energy made in its cheeks' electric pouches is stored inside its membrane and released while it is gliding. They live on treetops and glide using the inside of a cape-like membrane while discharging electricity.It glides on its outstretched membrane while shocking foes with the electricty stored in the pounches on its cheeks.
Today we present what may be one of the cutest Pokemon to ever exist. Emolga. The first thing you may notice about Emolga's animated sprite is that it flutters around being all adorable. Focus on this. Make sure you notice how cute it is, as this is Emolga's absolute #1 selling point. While it is probably the best electric rodent besides the Pikachu family (and some would argue it is even better than they are) it still sucks pretty hard. Emolga DOES have a few things going for it though besides being so cute most people will just refuse to attack it. For one it has 103 base speed. This is decent and lets it outrun the elemental monkeys and most non-Scarfed things. While its 75 base attack / special attack aren't amazing they also aren't completely unusable. Flying / Electric is a great offensive and defensive type, though Rotom Fan outclasses Emolga defensively. Emolga does a great movepool sporting a ton of usable STAB moves and pretty much everything you would expect from a quick electric type. Sadly the squirrel's defenses are terrible. They're even worse than Absol's! Don't think lightly of Emolga. While it's not great it is certainly the best cute rodent we've had in a long time.
Static: The opponent has a 30% chance of being induced with PARALYZE when using an attack, that requires physical contact against this Pokémon. This would be a better Ability on something that doesn't have only slightly better defenses than Metapod. If you want to Paralyze your opponent just use Thunder Wave.
I tried to think of some good squirrel puns but all the ones I came up with were nuts.
Get it? Nuts... Squirrel... no... that was awful. Anyhow Emolga is pretty good as an offensive Baton Passer. Agility up and try to do as much damage as you can. If you end up facing something you can't beat Baton Pass the Agility boost away to something that can win! Good Baton Pass allies are those that have great offenses but low speed. Glaceon, Ursaring, Rampardos, Exeggutor, and Samurott are all good choices who can sweep at +2 Speed. Life Orb and Modest nature ensures you can do as much damage as possible. After an Agility you will have well over 600 speed which will outrun basically everything even things with Choice Scarf. You can drop the speed down to around 40 EVs and still outrun most Choice Scarf Pokemon then throw the rest into HP.
Whatcha thinkin' 'bout? Oh I don't know, NUTTIN.
Something Emolga can do is a fairly impressive Acrobatics set. Acrobatics that is boosted by Flying Gem will OHKO most things that don't resist it and can do solid damage to even the more defensive Pokemon. Even Golurk is 2HKOed by Acrobatics! Wild Charge is a solid STAB, though the recoil is annoying. Substitute helps block Toxic and scout switches but Hidden Power Grass (used with Naughty Nature) can 2HKO Golem. Agility boosts Emolga's Speed so high that virtually nothing will touch it. Again, you can drop the speed down to around 40 EVs and still outrun most Choice Scarf Pokemon then throw the rest into HP.
I'm out of Squirrel puns.
Emolga's final set is the Sub Charge Beam set. Initially this won't hit much hard. If by some miracle you last long enough to accumulate a few Charge Beam Special Attack boosts you can attempt to sweep with Air Slash or just Baton Pass away to something. Something I've been unsure of while writing this is if you can Baton Pass Motor Drive speed boosts. Maybe one of you can solve the mystery for me. Anyhow, as with the Agility set you can use Baton Pass to escape a counter and allow a new sweeper to continue the fight. Charge Beam boosts are best enjoyed by already fast Pokemon like Kadabra and Haunter who can sweep at just +1.
Choice Specs / Choice Scarf, Rain Dance / Thunder, Signal Beam, Electro Ball, Charm / Light Screen, Toxic, Roost, and U-turn
Emolga has the stats and movepool to run a Choice Specs or Choice Scarf set. The problem is that there are a lot of other Electric types that do the same thing, but have higher offenses. Emolga also doesn't learn Grass Knot meaning it has to settle for Thunderbolt / Signal Beam / Hidden Power Grass for coverage.
Double & Triple Battle Options
Discharge alongside a Ground type works well. Emolga also gets Light Screen and Tailwind so it isn't totally useless (surprisingly). Its still MOSTLY outclassed by bulkier flying / electrics like Thundurus and Zapdos.
Emolga isn't particularly dangerous. Thunderbolts and Acrobatics will do solid damage to non-walls but that at worst will make your opponent switch to something that has a type advantage over you. What Emolga is actually useful for is Baton Passing to better sweepers when it faces something it can't beat, Baton Passing Agility in the process. Partner Pokemon like Kadabra, Glaceon, Rampardos, Ursaring, Haunter, Gorebyss, Rotom and any number of other Special Attackers are great to take +2 Speed. Pokemon with Suction Cups, Magic Bounce and Soundproof are great partners as they are not bothered by something using Roar. Soundproof Pokemon are also immune to annoying Perish Songs that could make Emolga's Baton Pass useless.
The act of attacking and fainting Emolga is not difficult. Its defenses are below average and offenses are only average. The big issue is stopping Emolga before it Baton Passes. Cinccino can easily wipe Emolga out with Skill Link Tail Slap, blowing it apart even if it uses Substitute. Pokemon with Clear Smog or Dragon Tail can wipe out the Agility boosts, but neither will get past Substitutes and many of the Pokemon that learn it can not break Emolga's Subs. Haze works as does Perish Song to prevent Emolga from passing its Agilities anywhere. Altaria sponges Thunderbolts easily and can get rid of Emolga either with Dragon Pulse or Perish Song. Roar gets rid of whatever Emolga Baton Passes to as long as they aren't "soundproof". It terms of countering Emolga's offenses defensive Electrics work well. They can hurt Emolga with Hidden Power Ice and usually Paralyze whatever Emolga Baton Passes to.
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