Chinchou, The Angler Pokémon. It shoots positive and negative electricity between the tips of it's two antennae and zaps it's enemies. On the dark ocean floor, it's only means of communication is of it's flashing lights. It's anttenae evolved from fins. It lets loose the energy from it's antennas to make it's prey faint. It's antennas are filled with cells that generate strong electricity. They create so much power that it even tingles Chinchou slightly.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Chinchou would have to be this:


Thunder Wave
Confuse Ray

Items Attached:

Leftovers OR
Focus Band

Preferred Nature:


Strategy Using Chinchou

Chinchou has some rather poor stats, but that doesn't mean it can't be used. It learns a few moves that allow it to be annoying.
Being a water and electric pokemon, it has a somewhat useful Type combination, the ability I like on this Pokemon is Volt Absorb. Although I would find it hard to believe that someone would even attempt to attack this Pokemon with an electric move.
Use thunderwave against your opponent if you find that they pose too much of a threat and might find it easy to knock out your Pokemon. Confuse Ray is cool if you want to do more annoyance to your opponent, I know this move does so, having been at the recieving end of a Confuse Ray before.
Substitute comes in useful here, although it takes away some of your HP, some of this should be restored by Leftovers. Surf is obviously included because of those Ground Pokemon with Earthquake, you need something to prevent those Pokemon from defeating you out right.
This set doesn't really have much else to explain, although I'm sure there's a few other possibilities you can come up with.

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in Defense for Chinchou with any remaining in HP & Special Defense

Strategy Against Chinchou

Chinchou' Defenses are both below average. It's Physical is Lower however so a Physical Volley or a Ground Volley should work.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Chinchou would have to be this for the Beauty Contest best with Modest, Mild, Rash or Quiet Nature:


Rain Dance

Items Attached:

Blue Scarf

Strategy Using Chinchou

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Rain dance, 2nd - Surf, 3rd - Hail, 4th - Thunderwave, 5th - Hail/Surf

Locations in Games


Route 124 & 126 Underwater


Trade from R/S

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from R/S

Animé Appearences

Chinchou has had a few Animé Appearences. Although most are cameos. In the non-cameo, a trainer had to get a herd of Chinchou to the edge of the island for a ritual, but several Chinchou got lost..

Short 4: Pikachu's Pikaboo!
Episode 214: Taking On The Chinchou!
Episode 216: Mantine Overboard!
Episode 219: The Perfect Match!
Episode 228: Espeon Not Included!
Episode 244: As Clear As Crystal!
Episode 246: Enlighten Up!
Movie 5: Heroes - Latios & Latias!

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