General: • Since rain no longer lasted permanently; manaphy ceased to be uber with the introduction of X and Y • Initially put in the UU tier; but proved to be too strong ; hence promoted to OU. • Yet usage of it is not so common; as there are other good water types to chose in the OU tier. • Good water typing; with only 2 weaknesses electric and grass. • Good move pool with attacks to counter its weakness grass. • Is a threatening sweeper with enough natural bulk to evade OHKOs from common offensive Pokémon; and consistently survive damage from stall teams/Pokémon; allowing it to set up. •Lacks off the bat power even after +3 setup; but has potential to sweep. Tail Glow set: [email protected]/wacan Berry Trait:Hydration Evs: 252 sp at/252 spd/4 HP Timid/Modest nature(+speed -attack/+ sp atk -attack) -Tail Glow -Energy ball -Surf/Scald/Hydro Pump -Ice beam Manaphy is a great late game sweeper; with decent bulk to survive OHKOs. Preferably set up against Pokémon which can't deal much damage to it; one tail glow is enough to sweep. •All 3 water attacks are usable; scald is the weakest but has additional bonus of burn; crippling physical attackers.Hydro pump is the strongest move but inaccurate. Surf is also usable; but scald is most preferred •Energy ball takes care of the many water types used in OU tier •In the last spot; ice beam is most preferred as it takes care of grass and dragon types. •Though with manaphy's great defences; leftovers is handy but due to fast electric types in OU; wacan berry helps it survive and revenge kill. Bulky rain set: [email protected] Trait:Hydration EVs:252 defence/252 sp defence/4 speed. Bold nature(+defence -attack) -Rain dance -Scald -Calm mind -Rest This set can be used effectively to stall your opposition; though with rain teams being obsolete in gen 6; with moves like taunt being common and with other weather Pokémon in this tier; it is not much preferred. Other options: Manaphy; having a variety of moves; can also surprise some of its counters; like mega venusaur; with psychic; or assault vest users; like conkeldurr and kyurem-b; with dazzling gleam; though the move set mentioned above is most preferred. Synergy: At 100 base speed; manaphy is moderately fast. But to help it out speed others Galvantula with focus sash sticky web in front slows all but flying types. Also some great special walls like blissey and venusaur can be threats. Ferrothorn is another threat to it. These can be countered suitably by fire and fighting physical attackers; though I prefer a mew/azelf with psyshock flamethrower and nasty plot to counter. A mamoswine/weavile with ice shard can take care of scarfed dragons if manaphy is low on HP. Checks and counters: • Mega Venusaur: with thick fat it resists ice beam. Also with giga drain it recovers well hence best option is to switch. Psychic is an option but at the cost of better attacks like energy ball and ice beam. • Ferrothorn: another grass type with is not much affected by ice; but still can be 2hkod if set up. But if it runs power whip Manaphy finds it hard to survive. • Thundurus: one of the most common OU pokemon; the major reason to have wacan berry. With wacan it loses only half of its HP even if thundurus has life orb; giving manaphy a chance to revenge kill it. •Mega Charizard Y: One major reason for manaphy to be timid. As flying types unaffected by web; even a timid manaphy faces speed tie from timid charizard. Though sunlight won't hinder manaphy to OHKO charizard if set up; it has a fifty fifty chance to survive. •Rotom W scarfed: energy ball hits it hard; but with levitate scarf and volt switch it always escapes damage and in the process kills it. •Azumarill(sap sipper): unlikely with people using huge power more; but only Pokémon to resist all 3 of manaphy's attack.