Togedemaru, The Roly-Poly Pokémon. With the long hairs on its back, this Pokémon takes in electricity from other electric Pokémon. It stores what it absorbs in an electric sac. When it's in trouble, it curls up into a ball, makes its fur spikes stand on end, and then discharges electricity indiscriminately.
The SM Pikachu as is tradition, Togedemaru stands head and shoulders over its brethren with the Steel typing it received. This in combination with a decent utility movepool and good abilities to make use of allows Togedemaru to act as an offensive pivot and scout. This gives Togedemaru a nice niche in singles as a pivot that is immune to electric attacks or chips away at the opponent with Iron Barbs to help its teammates late game. Overall it's still another regional Pikaclone so it's not going to make waves in singles, but it's definitely one of the stronger ones.
-Lightning Rod and Iron Barb are fantastic abilities as it allows Togedemaru to pivot into most Electric-types with ease or wear down opponents with Iron Barbs with an argument that Rocky Helmet can be used to further the damage, similar to Garchomp in the past.
-Access to U-Turn is rare for Electric types and with access to it, Togedemaru can pivot out on Ground types unlike others such as Rotom Wash.
-Todegemaru has low base stats overall, only having two base stats over 90 and one over 70. This can hinder Todegemaru as it lacks the defensive stats to act as a great pivot since it can be worn down quickly.
-Togedemaru has some good support options such as Nuzzle and U-Turn, but its lack of hazards does hinder it compared to other pivots such as Landorus Therian, especially with Defog becoming more rare temporarily. This could have given Todegemaru a massive niche but alas.
-Iron Head / Volt Switch
Item Attached: Choice Scarf
Ability: Lightning Rod / Iron Barbs
EVs and Nature:
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Speed
With U-Turn to scout and create momentum for its team, Togedemaru is an excellent scout. Nuzzle allows for quick Speed control for bulkier sweepers such as Snorlax and Togekiss, and also breaks any potential Focus Sash unlike Thunder Wave. Zing Zap grants Togedemaru a powerful STAB with a chance to flinch potentially winning a game. Finally the last slot is open, though Iron Head being ideal as a Steel-type Zing Zap. Volt Switch is an option but inferior overall when you already have U-Turn.
Togedemaru's role as a Choice Scarf users means it is best at investing fully in its offense, with Jolly nature maximizing its Speed which is ideal for most Choice Scarf users. The ability choice is mostly preference, Lightning Rod grants it free switches into Electric-type moves which is always great but the extra chip against physical attackers makes Iron Barbs useful as well.
-Boosting Sweepers - Most boosting sweepers are going to enjoy the general support Togedemaru brings to the table as it can spread Paralysis efficiently with Nuzzle, all while having clean-up potential. Swords Dance Haxorus is one that jumps to mind as not needing to set up a Dragon Dance can give the option for more coverage while slower sweepers such as Snorlax can boost more safely.
VGC & Double Battle Options
Togedemaru is one of those Pokemon that always manages to show up every now and then in Doubles, yet it rarely sticks around long enough to be a mainstay in the metagame. As far as Pikaclones go, Togedemaru is one of the better ones due to its abilities, typing, and support options. Fake Out and Lightning Rod support have their place on teams utilizing Electric-weak Pokemon such as Gyarados, and support moves such as Nuzzle, Reflect, and Helping Hand all aid in its role as a support Pokemon dedicated to helping its teammate. As a bonus, Togedemaru has rare access to two STAB moves that provide a nice chance to flinch which can help disrupt foes directly as well. Unfortunately flinch support faces more issues this generation with the introduction of Dynamax so Togedemaru's niche struggles a bit beyond providing Lightning Rod support, and even that niche has counterplay if the user is Duraludon. Togedemaru is overall not the most effective support option this time around, but it still does the same thing it did last generation.
- Fake Out
- Iron Head
- Reflect / Zing Zap / Helping Hand / Spiky Shield
Item Attached: Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs and Nature:
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Fake Out is valuable support in Doubles and exerts a lot of pressure in a lead scenario, provided that the target doesn't simply Dynamax turn 1. However, forcing a specific foe to Dynamax can also be valuable pressure, so this can still be useful. Likewise, Nuzzle provides excellent support by not only paralyzing the foe, but also dealing damage to break a potential Focus Sash. Iron Head is Togedemaru's primary offensive STAB move, allowing for flinching against the largest range of foes and hitting Whimsicott for super-effective damage. However, you can also choose to run Zing Zap alongside Iron Head to have both strong flinching options. Togedemaru also has a few other support options it can opt for, Reflect helps reduce incoming damage from physical attackers but note that it cannot learn Light Screen if you wanted that option instead. Helping Hand can help boost the damage output of its teammate which can be great when Togedemaru has outlasted its usefulness, though Spiky Shield can provide it with some useful positioning options to keep its Focus Sash intact, assuming the foe isn't a Dynamax user.
Togedemaru wants to be as fast as possible to Fake Out as many foes as it can, so Jolly nature and maximum Speed investment are ideal. Maximum Attack also gives it the most utility out of its decent STAB options, and it gains little from investing in bulk when it's using Focus Sash most of the time anyway. Lightning Rod is the chosen ability because it provides innate redirection against Electric-type foes, which is the primary reason you would use it over other Fake Out users.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- Air Balloon can disrupt most users of Ground-type moves since Togedemaru's typing makes it annoying for these Pokemon to hit it otherwise. However, Focus Sash is generally more reliable support in general.
- In theory using Sturdy as the ability opens up the item choice for something else, though Lightning Rod's utility is very useful and can't be easily replicated otherwise.
- Togedemaru's Lightning Rod makes it very useful for supporting Electric-weak Pokemon, so Braviary and Gyarados stand out as offensive teammates for it. Both sit in awkward Speed tiers that also benefit from Nuzzle support to help them outspeed foes as well.
- Dragapult already provides great pressure with its incredible Speed, but Fake Out support can help push it further as well. Dragapult is also generally a very common Pokemon so you can rarely go wrong with it.
-Manectric - Another Lightning Rod user, Manectric can pivot into Zing Zap and threaten with Flamethrower or just pivot itself with Volt Switch as it is an excellent pivot itself.
-Arcanine - Access to Intimidate, Fire typing to resist Iron Head and take little from U-Turn, and Will-O-Wisp to cripple Togedemaru all make Arcanine an excellent counter to the steel porcupine.
Locations in Games
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Black 2/White 2:
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Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
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Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon:
Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee!:
Not in game.
Route 8, Lake of Outrage
Max Raid Battles: Giant's Mirror, Giant's Seat, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Motostoke Riverbank, Stony Wilderness
Togedemaru has made a few appearances in the anime. Most notably it is used by Sophocles as his partner Pokémon throughout Ash's adventures in Alola
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||Alola to New Adventure!
||Alola! New Islands, New Pokémon!! ||Pics|
||The Guardian's Challenge!
|| Enter the Guardian Deity Tapu Koko! Let Us Attempt To Master Our Z-Move! ||Pics|
||Loading the Dex!
||Good Rotomorning, I am the Rotomdex, Roto! ||Pics|
||First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-style!
||Enter Rowlet! I Got A Pokémon in Alola!! ||Pics|
||Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!
||Popplio, Do Your Balloonest! ||Pics|
||A Shocking Grocery Run!
||Zing Zap Togedemaru! ||Pics|
||That's Why Litten is a Scamp!
||The Marketplace Wanderer, Litten! ||Pics|
||Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!
||Who's in Charge of the Egg? ||Pics|
||To Top A Totem!
||The Totem Pokémon is Gumshoos! ||Pics|
||Trial and Tribulation
||Will the Z-Move Work?! Challenging the Grand Trial!! ||Pics|
||The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!
||The Extracurricular Lesson is on Mareanie?! ||Pics|
||Racing to a Big Event!
||The Great Alola Pancake Race! ||Pics|
||Getting to Know You!
||The Fruit of Courage: Lillie and Vulpix! ||Pics|
||Rocking Clawmark Hill!
||Scratchmark Hill, Rockruff and Lycanroc!! ||Pics|
||Alola Detective Rotom! The Mystery of the Lost Crystal!! ||Pics|
||A Seasoned Search!
||For Real?! Mallow's Cooking Operation! ||Pics|
||A Guardian Rematch!
||Intense Electric Shock Training! A Rematch with Tapu Koko!! ||Pics|
||The Promise Between Ash and Pikachu!! ||Pics|
||A Shivering Shovel Search!
||Beware of Shovels!! ||Pics|
||Getting the Band Back Together!
||Here's a Real Shocker! A Dugtrio Split-Up?! ||Pics|
||Alolan Open House!
||Alola! The First Visitation Day!! ||Pics|
||A Team-on-Team Tussle!
||The Fight Over the Crystal! Team Rocket VS Team Skull!! ||Pics|
||So Long, Sophocles!
||Farewell, Sophocles! ||Pics|
||A Glaring Rivalry!
||Come Forth, Lycanroc with the Crimson Look!! ||Pics|
||Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper
||The Fierce Pokébase Match! Aim for a Home Run to Turn the Tide!! ||Pics|
||Lulled to La-La Land!
||Hey Mush, Are You Going to Sleep in the Morelull Forest Too? ||Pics|
||The Ol' Raise and Switch
||Lillie, Take Good Care of Pikachu ||Pics|
||The Island Whisperer!
||Enter Olivia! Cry and Laugh, Island Queen!! ||Pics|
||Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!
||We Found a Treasure! Stoutland Search!! ||Pics|
||Big Sky, Small Fry!
||Little Wishiwashi Isn't Lacking, It's the Lord of the Lake! ||Pics|
||A Crowning Moment of Truth!
||A Fire Battle! Marowak Shows Up! ||Pics|
||Currying Favor and Flavor!
||A Curry-zy Beautiful Battle! The Dance of Lurantis! ||Pics|
||Trials and Determinations!
||Olivia's Grand Trial! The Hardest Pokémon Match Ever!! ||Pics|
||Rising from the Ruins!
||Rockruff and the Guardian Diety of the Ruins of Life! ||Pics|
||Mimikyu's Disguise! ||Pics|
||Mallow and the Forest Teacher!
||Mallow the Runaway and Oranguru ||Pics|
||Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!
||Popplio, Brionne and the An-chor-gry Dhelmise! ||Pics|
||Mounting an Electrifying Charge!
||Dash, Charjabug! ||Pics|
||An Alola! in Kanto! Brock & Misty! ||Pics|
||When Regions Collide
||Gym Battle! Z-Move VS Mega Evolution!! ||Pics|
||A Dream Encounter!
||Ash and Nebby! A Mysterious Encounter!! ||Pics|
||Now You See Them, Now You Don't!
||Nebby's Panic! The Teleport Happened Suddenly!! ||Pics|
||C'mon, Search for the Transformed Ditto! ||Pics|
||A Masked Warning!
||Gladion & Silvally! The Confinement Mask!! ||Pics|
||Night of a Thousand Poses!
||Strike a Fully Powered Pose for a Sleepover! ||Pics|
||Mission: Total Recall!
||Lillie & Silvally: Memories Reborn! ||Pics|
||Faba Strikes Back! Nebby Gets Abducted!! ||Pics|
||EffortfuLillie! A Determined Runaway Act! ||Pics|
||Revealing the Stuff of Legend!
||The Altar of the Sunne! Solgaleo Descends!! ||Pics|
||Rescuing the Unwilling!
||Hurry Up! Operation: Rescue Lusamine!! ||Pics|
||10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!
||Shine, Z-Power Ring! A Super Fully Powered 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt!! ||Pics|
||The Professors' New Adventure!
||Thank You, Solgaleo! You are Our Nebby!! ||Pics|
||Let Sleeping Pokémon Lie!
||A Strong Sleeper: Komala's Secret ||Pics|
||The Dex Can't Help It!
||Rotom Won't Stop Undergoing Forme Change! ||Pics|
||Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!
||Mallow & Lana: Bittersweet Memories! ||Pics|
||Getting a Jump on the Competition!
||Lillie is Soaring Through The Air! The PokéSled Jump Tournament! ||Pics|
||A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
||Set Off! You Are Our Ultra Guardians!! ||Pics|
||Acting True to Form!
||The Dark Meowth is Alolan Meowth!? ||Pics|
||Pushing the Fiery Envelope!
||Burn with Passion, Litten! Down with Incineroar!! ||Pics|
||Ash and Passimian! A Touchdown of Friendship!! ||Pics|
||Turning Heads and Training Hard!
||Ilima and Eevee Have Ilimade Their Entrance!! ||Pics|
||Smashing with Sketch!
||Smashing with Sketch! The Fierce Poké-Ping Pong Match!! ||Pics|
||Love at First Twirl!
||Pika Pika Sparkling Love! Poipole Spins Round and Round!! ||Pics|
||Real Life...Inquire Within!
||Work Experience! Around the Clock with the Pokémon Center! ||Pics|
||Rise and Shine, Starship!
||Shine On, Starship Celesteela! ||Pics|
||The Young Flame Strikes Back!
||Protect the Farm! The Blue Flame Strikes Back!! ||Pics|
||Dewpider Gets Lana!? ||Pics|
||Sours for the Sweet!
||Ta-Dough! Burn with Passion, Mallow's Family! ||Pics|
||Tough Guy Trials!
||This Tough Old Geezer's the Island Kahuna? ||Pics|
||A Battle Hand-Off!
||The Decisive Super Battle! Pikachu VS Mimikyu!! ||Pics|
||Twirling with a Bang!
||Ultra Beast Clash! Operation: Boom Boom Crackle!! ||Pics|
||Showering the World With Love!
||Minior and Poipole: A Promise that Got Lost in the Starry Skies! ||Pics|
||Not Caving Under Pressure!
||A Sandshrew's Storm! An Ice Hole Double Battle!! ||Pics|
||A Young Royal Flame Ignites!
||The Young Flame of Alola! The Birth of Royal Ash!! ||Pics|
||All They Want to Do is Dance Dance!
||Won't You Give us a Dance Dance Evolution? ||Pics|
||Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!
||Ash Becomes Tiny ||Pics|
||The Shape of Love to Come!
||The Shape of Family: Poipole's Feelings! ||Pics|
||The Long Vault Home!
||Leap 'n' Climb: Stakataka! ||Pics|
||I Choose Paradise!
||I Choose Here! The Pokémon Steam Paradise!! ||Pics|
||Filling the Light with Darkness!
||Crisis in Alola! The Darkness that Eats Radiance!! ||Pics|
||Full Moon and Many Arms!
||Lunala VS UB: BLACK! A Battle at Full Moon!! ||Pics|
||The Prism Between Light and Darkness!
||A Prism of Light and Darkness: Its name is Necrozma! ||Pics|
||Securing the Future!
||Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Blinding One!! ||Pics|
||Lillier and the Staff!
||The Hero Lilliel and the Alolan Cane! ||Pics|
||A Haunted House for Everyone!
||Ghost Pokémon Everywhere! Everyone's Haunted House!! ||Pics|
||Wela Volcano: The Golem, the Graveler and the Hikers! ||Pics|
||No Stone Unturned!
||Dartrix the Master!!! Rowlet the Sleeperzzz ||Pics|
||Bright Lights, Big Changes!
||The Duo Splits Up!? Ash & Rotom ||Pics|
||We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!
||Where is Eevee Going? To the End of the World for the Sake of a Meeting! ||Pics|
||Fire it Off! The Twin Gigavolt Havoc of Friendship!! ||Pics|
||An Alola! in Alola! Brock and Misty! ||Pics|
||Heart of Fire! Heart of Stone!
||A Passionate Heart That Smashes Even Rocks! Olivia and Brock!! ||Pics|
||That's Some Spicy Island Research!
||Research Projects on Poni Island! Find the Island Kahuna!! ||Pics|
||We Have the Sea and We Have Valleys! Pokémon Evolution Training!! ||Pics|
||Run Heroes Run!
||Run, Kiawe! Surpass Yourself!! ||Pics|
||Memories in the Mist!
||In Tapu Fini's Mist ||Pics|
||A Grand Debut!
||An Island Kahuna is Born! Ash's Grand Trial!! ||Pics|
||Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!
||Hole in One at PokéGolf ||Pics|
||Show Me the Metal!
||Arrival in Alola! Melty Metal Panic!! ||Pics|
||A New Species Has Been Discovered! I Got a Meltan!! ||Pics|
||This Magik Moment!
||A New Show?! The Tiny Melody of Magikarp ||Pics|
||Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!
||Beauty and the Meowth ||Pics|
||The Dealer of Destruction!
||Guzma, Emperor of Destruction! ||Pics|
||The Secret Princess!
||Lillie and the Secret Ingenuity Princess! ||Pics|
||Drawn with the Wind!
||Shaymin, Meltan and Sandy! Lost Explorers!! ||Pics|
||Aiming for the Top Floor!
||Aim for the Top Floor! The Explosive Dragon Gym!! ||Pics|
||A High-Speed Awakening!
||Superspeed Vikavolt! The Awakening of Sophocles!! ||Pics|
||The One That Didn't Get Away!
||Lana Hooks a Kyogre?! ||Pics|
||A Recipe for Success!
||Mallow's Valiant Effort! The Forest Pokémon Café!! ||Pics|
||Spying for the Big Guy!
||You're Being Watched! Team Rocket's Alola Forms!! ||Pics|
||A Fiery Training Camp Trick!
||Master the Z-Move! Kiawe's Fierce Boot Camp!! ||Pics|
||Living on the Cutting Edge!
||Perfect Sharpness! Kartana has Arrived! ||Pics|
||Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!
||Gladion & Lillie! Chasing a Father's Phantom!! ||Pics|
||League Offenders and Defenders!
||The Curtain Rises! The Alola Pokémon League!! ||Pics|
||Battle Royal 151
||Brawl! Battle Royal 151!! ||Pics|
||Mallow & Lana! A Fully Powered Battle of Friendship!! ||Pics|
||The Battlefield of Truth and Love!
||Jessie VS James! A Battlefield of Love and Truth!! ||Pics|
||Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Strategy!
||Overcome Decidueye!! ||Pics|
||The Road to the Semifinals!
||Everyone's Fully Powered! The Road to the Semifinals!! ||Pics|
||The Final Four!
||The Semifinals! Kiawe VS Gladion! ||Pics|
||Getting Down to The Ire!
||Rising Fire! More Than One Rival!! ||Pics|
||The Wisdom Not to Run!
||Guzma the Undefeated! ||Pics|
||The Finals! The Ultimate Rival Showdown!! ||Pics|
||Enter the Champion!
||He's Born! The Alolan League Winner! ||Pics|
||Guzzlord Attacks! Decisive Z-Move Battle!! ||Pics|
||Final Battle! Ash VS Kukui!! ||Pics|
||A Full Battle Bounty!
||Burn with Passion! Get Filled with Intensity! A Full Battle!!! ||Pics|
||Conclusion! Incineroar VS Torracat!! ||Pics|
||From Z to Shining Z!
||The Greatest Z in Alola! Tapu Koko VS Pikachu! ||Pics|
||Dreaming of the Sun and Moon!
||The Sun, the Moon and Everyone's Dreams! ||Pics|
||Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!
||Thank You, Alola! Respective Departures!! ||Pics||