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Mimikyu Moveset & Best Builds

Mimikyu
Total Base Stats476
Type Ghost Icon Fairy Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Life Orb Physical

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Disguise
Once per battle, the shroud that covers the Pokémon can protect it from an attack.
Best Moveset
Play Rough / Shadow Sneak / Swords Dance / Shadow Claw
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Disguise and Swords Dance

Mimikyu's ability Disguise protects you from an attack once per battle. This ability goes very well with many moves including Swords Dance to set up.

As Fast As Possible

The current meta makes several players use Mimikyu. It is recommended to breed a Mimikyu with high Speed EVs in order to remain competitive.

Buy Time During Dynamax

With 1 turn of Disguise and 2 turns of Max Guard, you can completely nullify your opponent's Dynamax with Mimikyu. You can use this strategy to buy some time when you have a particularly unfavorable matchup.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Play Rough
Fairy Icon
90% accuracy. Becomes Max Starfall, which prevents status conditions.
Shadow Claw
Ghost Icon
Deal higher damage than Shadow Sneak so it's good to have for Pokemon Mimikyu is faster than.
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Icon
You can always attack faster than the opponent so using this move with Sword Dance is very effective.
Swords Dance
status icon
Use this move while you haven't activated Disguise to safely set up.

Build #2 - Trick Room

Best NatureBest Item
Brave (Atk.↑ / Speed↓)Mental Herb
Best Ability
Disguise
Once per battle, the shroud that covers the Pokémon can protect it from an attack.
Best Moveset
Shadow Sneak / Play Rough / Trick Room / Curse
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, HP 252, Defense 4

As Slow As Possible

Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to Trick Room, so make sure you have 0 speed IVs & a speed reducing nature! Unfortunately, Mimikyu isn't very slow to begin with, so don't expect to always come out on top.

Get Off Trick Room With Ease

Mimikyu's ability Disguise allows it to use Trick Room & live to tell the tale. It's best to combine it with other Pokemon who benefit form Trick Room, like Rhyperior, Conkeldurr, or Greedent.

Curse Opponents Before Fainting

If you anticipate that your Mimikyu won't last long after its Disguise is down, consider Cursing your opponent. When a Ghost-type uses this move, it cuts its own HP by half but deals a lethal damage over time debuff to the opponent, dealing damage at the end of every turn.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Play Rough
Fairy Icon
90% accuracy. Becomes Max Starfall, which prevents status conditions.
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Icon
Useful to get priority if your opponent is slower than you (therefore faster in Trick Room)
Curse
Ghost Icon
Cuts own HP by 50% but places a curse on the opponent, dealing 25% damage at the end of every turn. Deals a lethal blow to the opponent.
Trick Room
status icon
Reverses the speed of all Pokemon, so slow Pokemon will go first, etc. Easy for Mimikyu to set up.

Build #3 - Pain Split

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Figy Berry
Best Ability
Disguise
Once per battle, the shroud that covers the Pokémon can protect it from an attack.
Best Moveset
Substitute / Play Rough / Pain Split / Curse
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
252 HP / 252 Speed / 4 Attack

A Physical Tank Slaying Build

The purpose of this build is to trick opponents into thinking this is a standard attacker Mimikyu and lure out their bulky physical tank. At that point, you can set up Substitute and Curse to wear down your opponent.

Several Nature Choices Available

This particular build is highly customizable in terms of natures you can run. In addition to Jolly, you could also choose Impish (Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓) or Careful (Sp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓) if you want to prioritize your defenses instead. Think of what Pokemon you want to put this build up against and adjust accordingly.

Adjust EVs According To Your Nature

If you're going for a more defensive build, change the Speed EVs into Defense or Sp. Def to match your nature of choice.

Curse Is A Must

The move Curse will allow Mimikyu to devastate physical tanks which it normally would struggle against. After landing a Curse, you can set up Substitute to prevent getting burned or paralyzed. Pain Split will allow you to bring opponents to a low HP and allow Curse to finish them off easily.

Freedom With Item Choice

Although we recommend bringing a health recovery berry since you'll be cutting your HP with Curse and Substitute, there are many other possible items you could bring. If you include more physical attacks, a Life Orb would be okay. Tricking a Choice Scarf or Flinging a Light Ball is also a possibility.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Play Rough
Fairy Icon
90% accuracy. Useful STAB move to have as a backup if you need to attack.
Curse
Ghost Icon
Cuts own HP by 50% but places a curse on the opponent, dealing 25% damage at the end of every turn. Deals a lethal blow to the opponent.
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifice 25% health to create a Substitute which takes damage for you. Useful to prevent Status conditions from being applied to you.
Pain Split
status icon
Puts you and your opponent at the same HP. Useful after hurting yourself with Curse/Substitute to bring down enemy tanks.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Icon
Useful to get priority if your opponent is slower than you (therefore faster in Trick Room)
Fling
status icon
Deals damage and throws items at your opponents. Useful if you want a guaranteed paralysis via. Light Ball.
Will-o-Wisp
status icon
Burns opponents.
Trick
status icon
Switches items with the opponents. Useful for passing along a Choice Scarf.
Shadow Claw
Ghost Icon
Deal higher damage than Shadow Sneak so it's good to have for Pokemon Mimikyu is faster than.
Wood Hammer
Grass Icon
Powerful Grass-type move. Could be useful vs. Quagsire/Gastrodon/Seismitoad.
Thunder Wave
status icon
Paralyzes opponents.
Taunt
status icon
Forces opponents to use only attacking moves. Can block many tanks from setting up.
Phantom Force
Ghost Icon
Disappear and then attack the next turn. An interesting move, but easy to dodge/switch into.

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Mimikyu - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Life OrbIncreases the damage of its attack by 30% while taking damage to yourself every time you attack. Allows you to set up with Swords Dance and one-shot many threats.
Mental HerbCures the user of infatuation, taunt, encore, or other move disabling conditions. Since it's easy to predict you're running a Trick Room team from the preview, players might run a Taunt user out first to prevent you from setting up. The Mental Herb allows you to freely set up.
Figy BerryRecovers a large amount of HP, useful for Curse/Substitute builds.
Light BallCan be Flung onto an enemy Pokemon to paralyze them.
Choice ScarfCan be Tricked onto a tank.
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Mimikyu - Best Nature And EVs

Mimikyu - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Nature which focus on Attack. The Base Stat of Attack is relatively low so this nature can supplement its weakness.
JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Nature that compliments its Speed. Mimikyu with this nature surpass the speed of Galarian Darmanitan.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Offensive Variant

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

Boosting Speed and Attack with the Base Point is recommended for Mimikyu. What's left can be allocated to HP.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Mimikyu Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Mimikyu

PokemonExplanation
Ferrothorn IconFerrothorn Pros
- Can one shot with Gyro Ball
- Can take a Swords Dance boosted Shadow Claw
Cons
- Might struggle if Disguise isn't broken already
Toxapex IconToxapex Pros
- Can poison with Baneful Bunker
- Can outlast with Recover
- Can stop a sweep with Haze
Cons
- Difficult to finish off if you don't poison it
Excadrill IconExcadrill Pros
- Can one shot with Iron Head.
- Max Rockfall summons a Sandstorm, which makes it hard for Mimikyu to switch in
- Has Mold Breaker
Cons
- 1 shot by a Swords Dance boosted Shadow Claw
- Taking Mold Breaker requires giving up Sand Rush
GreedentGreedent Pros
- Immune to Ghost moves
- Can massively increase its Defense stat
- One shots with Gyro Ball
Cons
- Over-invests in Defense, making it lack overall versatility

How To Play Against Mimikyu

Use Mold Breaker Ability or Multi-Hitting Moves to Counter

Due to its unique ability, Mimikyu can act as a powerful trump card to set up your playing field when in competitive matches. However, it can also be countered with moves that hit multiple times or with Pokemon with the "Mold Breaker" ability, which can nullify its effect. Another alternative is to run weather which will break its disguise, and then switch into it.

Can't Do Anything VS. Corviknight

Mirror Armor Corviknight is able to reflect negative stat changes back to its opponent, meaning Mimikyu can no longer safely use Max Phantasm. Corviknight also resists Fairy type moves, making it hard to kill for Mimikyu.

Switch Out!

U-Turn and Volt Switch are good options here, as they break the Disguise and allow you to swap into a more favorable matchup.

Bring Bulky Normal Types

Mimikyu typically only runs Ghost and Fairy-type moves. If you bring a Normal Pokemon, it will be out of luck and forced to use only Play Rough. Bring in a physically defense Normal type like Greedent to capitalize on this.

Mimikyu - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Mimikyu at Bridge Field in Foggy weather
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Mimikyu
3Breed that Mimikyu until you get one with an Adamant or Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
7Teach it Play Rough, Swords Dance, Shadow Claw, and Shadow Sneak
8Equip a Life Orb
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Mimikyu

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You can catch Mimikyu at Bridge Field. Note that Mimikyu only spawns in foggy weather.

Check Out The Wild Area Guide Here!

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