It's all too often that early game bugs in Pokémon (Butterfree, Beautifly, Kricketune) are weak and fall off really early. Lokix totally shatters this stigma, though. It has a decent typing and Attack stat, but it really shines because of its ability Tinted Lens. With this, even Pokémon that resist Lokix's moves will take massive damage.
Best build for Lokix in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
- First Impression
- Leech Life
- Throat Chop
This moveset really works well if Lokix is holding the Choice Band item, which raises Attack at the cost of only being able to use one move. Fortunately, one move is all Lokix needs. The Tinted Lens ability doubles the power of moves that are not super effective, so not even Dragapult or Skeledirge are safe from Banded First Impression.
Most of the time, Lokix is clicking First Impression or switching out. If it's ever the last Pokémon on the field, Leech Life can allow it to outlive some opponents. Throat Chop is simply there for a strong Dark-type STAB move.
What are the best counters to Lokix?
Since even Pokémon with type advantages aren't safe from Lokix, defensive walls are really the only way to stop Lokix. Garganacl is a great switch into Lokix since it's guaranteed to Salt Cure something. Other options would be physical defense Gastrodon, Clodsire, or Great Tusk. Technically, Indeedee is a check because it invalidates Lokix's priority, but Indeedee isn't seen too much on teams these days.
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