Emolga

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.

Overview

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.

Abilities

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.
Motor Drive: The Pokémon takes no damage from Electric-type attacks and Speed raises by one level. You might think the speed boost is useless on something this fast. Well you're right. Its not the speed boost, its the awesome immunity that makes Motor Drive so good. When possible use Motor Drive instead of Static.

Movesets

I tried to think of some good squirrel puns but all the ones I came up with were nuts.

- Agility
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Ice]
- Baton Pass
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Motor Drive
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

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.

- Acrobatics
- Wild Charge
- Substitute / Hidden Power Grass
- Agility
Item Attached: Flying Gem
Ability: Motor Drive
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Naughty (+Atk, -SDef)

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.

- Substitute
- Charge Beam
- Air Slash
- Baton Pass
Item Attached: Letfovers
Ability: Motor Drive
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

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.

Other Options

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.
Emolga can sort of use Rain Dance / Thunder. 75 base Special Attack is terrible but Thunder's raw power can kind of compensate for that.
Signal Beam eradicates Exeggutor but doesn't really hit anything else.
Electro Ball gets a mention just to say you should never use it. If you use Thunder Wave then Electro Ball you will have 150 base power against most things but if you're going to spend two turns for one attack why not just Thunderbolt twice?
Charm can help buffer strong Physical Attacks and cushion something else switching into them. Works perfectly well with Light Screen.
Toxic is usable on either set over Thunder Wave to cripple bulky Electrics and Grounds. Though it is unsettling to have something as cute as Emolga venomous as a cobra, it does have some uses.
Roost is cool to restore half of your health but it doesn't work too well with Emolga's horrific defenses.
U-turn is an option over Volt Switch to do some extra damage to Grass types and do SOMETHING to Ground types that you must flee from. However it is far, far weaker than Volt Switch due to no same type attack bonus.

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.

Partners

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.

Countering Emolga

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.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Not in game .

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Not in game

Colosseum/XD:
Not in game

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Not in game.

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Not in game

Black/White:
Route 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, Dragonspiral Tower, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Lostlorn Forest, Village Bridge

Black 2/White 2:
Route 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, Abundant Shrine, Dragonspiral Tower, Lostlorn Forest, Village Bridge

Animé Appearences

Emolga has made a fair few appearances. In most of its appearances, it was under the control of Iris, though the Gym Leader Elesa has used one in her battle against Ash.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
686 Emolga the Irresistible! Beware of Cute Faces! Emolga Paralyses! Pics
687 Emolga and the New Volt Switch! Emolga VS Snivy! Volt Switch Chaos! Pics
693 Ash and Trip's Third Battle Rival Battle! Vanillite & Timburr Participate in Battle! Pics
694 Facing Fear With Eyes Wide Open! Palpitoad & Stunfisk! Battle at the Waterfront! Pics
698 Archeops in the Modern World! Fossil Revival! Ancient Mysterious Bird Archeops!! Pics
699 Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokemon Knight"! Zorua the Movie! Legend of the Pokémon Knight!! Pics
M14 White: Victini & Zekrom Victini & The Black Hero: Zekrom Pics
M14 Black: Victini & Reshiram Victini & The White Hero: Reshiram Pics
701 Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!! Fierce Fighting Don Battle! Snivy VS Pawniard!! Pics
702 The Club Battle Hearts of Fury, Emolga Versus Sawk! Heated Don Battle! Emolga VS Sawk!! Pics
711 Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! Nimbasa Gym! Lightning Battle!! Pics
712 Lost at the Stamp Rally! Ash & Cilan VS The Subway Bosses! Pics
714 A Maractus Musical Somewhere, Over The Rainbow! A Maractus Musical! Pics
715 The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck! Sawsbuck: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, All Present!! Pics
721 Stopping the Rage of Legends! (Part 2) Tornadus VS Thundurus VS Landorus!! (Part Two) Pics
723 Crisis at Chargestone Cave! Joltik, Galvantula! Chargestone Cave!! Pics
725 Explorers of the Hero's Ruin! The Black Hero's Ruins! Sigiliyph and Cofagrigus!! Pics
727 Baffling the Bouffalant! Afro, GO! Bouffalant, NO!! Pics
728 Cilan Takes Flight! Mistralton Gym Air-Battle! Challenger Cilan!? Pics
730 Climbing the Tower of Success! Obstacle Breakthrough! Climb The Tower of the Sky!! Pics
735 Battling the Leaf Thieves! Rescue Axew! The Den of Durant!!! Pics
738 Evolution by Fire! Flaming Memories! Tepig VS Emboar!! Pics
S28 TBC Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Introduction Pics
742 Crisis at Ferroseed Research Ferroseed Research Institute! Iris and Vanilluxe!! Pics
743 An Epic Defense Force! Movie Showdown! Sortie, Unova Defense Group!! Pics
746 All For The Love of Meloetta Sing, Meloetta! The Melody of Love!! Pics
747 Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! Piplup VS Pansage, the Magnificent Battle!! Pics
S30 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate & The Infinite Labyrinth Pics
M15 Kyurem VS The Sword of Justice Kyurem VS The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo Pics
M15 TBC Meloetta's Sparkling Recital Pics
759 Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! The World's Most Gorgeous Pokémon?! Cinccino VS Snivy!! Pics
761 A Village Homecoming! Iris, Return to Dragon Village! Pics
766 Lost at the League! Axew Gets Lost! Pics
769 A Unova League Evolution Unova League Conclusion! Lucario VS Pikachu!! Pics
770 New Places... Familiar Faces! Juniper's Laboratory! A New Journey! Pics
777 Flames of a Red-Hot Reunion! Burn, Charizard! VS Dragonite! Pics
780 Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry! Team Rocket VS Team Plasma! Meowth and Colress!! Pics
789 To Catch a Rotom! Rotom VS Professor Oak! Pics
M16 Genesect & The Legend Awakened Extremespeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
800 Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit! Emolga Joins Team Rocket!? Pics

 
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