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Date Reviewed: 11.03.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary: 3.6

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating.

Brown Bomber Alakazam Review

No fancy intros; let's get to the meat of the article. Alakazam has the movepool, optimal stats, and unpredicability to wreck teams; however, it's hardly played for some reason. Still, Alakazam can easily be used in the OU metagame if you use it properly.

Alakazam (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Inner Focus
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Spd / 56 SAtk
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Calm Mind
- Psychic
- Fire Punch
- Encore

IMO, the best Alakazam set. Due to Alakazam's pathetic defenses, it can't switch into any sort of damaging attack; this set remedies this problem. Predict a stat-up move such as Curse from Snorlax or a Substitute from some random Pokemon, then switch Alakazam in and use Encore. With base 120 Speed, it should outspeed the opposing Pokemon and force it to use the non-damaging attack repeatedly. While your opponent switches, Zam can easily get in free Calm Minds and prepare to sweep. Fire Punch is for the Metagross that can withstand Zam's other attacks and OHKO it with a powerful attack, while Calm Mind and Psychic are obvious moves.

Alakazam (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Inner Focus
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Spd / 56 SAtk
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Calm Mind
- Psychic
- Fire Punch
- Thunderpunch/Ice Punch/Hidden Power Water/Hidden Power Grass/Recover/Knock Off

Alakazam can learn a lot of moves. ;( The Encore set is still better, though, since it can actually provide free switches and allow Alakazam to set up easier.

Alakazam (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Inner Focus
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Spd / 56 SAtk
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Calm Mind/Substitute
- Psychic
- Trick
- Fire Punch/Substitute

The basic Trickbanding Alakazam. Trick the Choice Band onto a special sweeper/wall that won't make use of it and steal their Leftovers, then sweep. You can use Substitute to predict what the opposing Pokemon will do after you've Tricked a Choice Band onto it, or merely use the standard Calm Mind set-up afterwards.

Alakazam (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Inner Focus
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Spd / 56 SAtk
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Calm Mind
- Psychic
- Safeguard
- Recover

A set purely for countering Blissey; Safeguard against any Thunder Waves, and Calm Mind while shrugging off Seismic Tosses and Ice Beams with Recover. Snorlax and Regice still wall this set, though, and you have no way to damage Metagross now.

Alakazam (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Inner Focus
EVs: 84 HP / 124 Atk / 216 Spd / 84 SAtk
Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)
- Trick
- Psychic
- Fire Punch
- Focus Punch

An odd version of Trickbanding Alakazam that several people (including myself) have tried. With the power boost from Choice Band, Alakazam has 250 Attack, which is enough to the special walls Blissey, Snorlax, and Regice on the switch-in, and will OHKO Tyranitar. If the special wall is weakened or if you don't need to Focus Punch, Trick the Choice Band onto a special sweeper or a wall that won't make use of the Choice Band. Again, Fire Punch is for Metagross (and Skarmory, since it can withstand some Psychics without a Calm Mind), and Psychic is for STAB. It has 361 Speed to outspeed base 115 Pokemon (hi Persian and Starmie), enough HP to withstand three Seismic Tosses with Leftovers, and the rest in Special Attack. This set takes some prediction to work, so it isn't recommended for newbie players.

Other Options: It can pseduo-pass with Reflect and Light Screen, but Zam is meant to be a sweeper. If you somehow survive a physical attack, Counter the attack back for a kill. Shadow Ball can go on the Choice Band set for novelty, but there are better options. It can Snatch Blissey's Softboiled/Aromatherapy, but most Pokemon will just attack Zam normally.

Counters: Snorlax can take special attacks for awhile and OHKO/2HKO Alakazam with powerful physical attacks, while Regice can use Psych Up to copy Alakazam's Calm Minds and blast it with Ice Beam. Blissey isn't a counter for Recover Alakazam since Alakazam can outstall Blissey's Seismic Tosses/Ice Beams with Recover; however, Thunder Wave Blissey can annoy Alakazam (beware, as Synchronize will paralyze Blissey and force it to switch out). Without Fire Punch, Metagross can take Psychics and OHKO Alakazam with Meteor Mash, while Tyranitar is immune to Psychic and can easily kill Alakazam.

Final Thoughts: Alakazam is a wonderful, diverse Pokemon. If you cannot figure out its moveset, Alakazam will likely take a Pokemon with it while you try to counter it, so beware. Although it isn't seen often, Alakazam is still a formidable force, and is an excellent Pokemon to use overall.

Rating: 4/5
Reeve Alakazam.
# 065.
Type: Psychic.
Ability: Synchronize or Inner focus.
Locations: Evolve Kadabra.

Hi everyone. Welcome to another Pokémon of the Week. First of all I want to dedicate this review to a very good friend called Sabrina, She loves this Pokémon. This week we have the spoon bender Pokémon; Alakazam.

Low HP and Defense Pokémon, then why is it so great? Many reasons answer this question; its special attack and speed, a wide variety of move combinations and a great ability. Alakazam is both predictable and unpredictable because of this.

I’d say Synchronize is better, because if Alakazam gets a status condition, then your foe does as well, and you could use this to take advantage in late game.

Now, for the move combination, despite our friend has the ability to learn a wide variety of attacks and you could combine them in many ways, I’ll suggest the most effective combinations.

Nature: Timid (+ Speed, - Attack).
Equip: Petaya berry.
EV´s: 252 HP, 129 Defense, 129 Special Defense.
- Psychic
- Calm mind
- Ice punch
- Thunder punch

Calm mind as your boost, then just sweep with Psychic or the elemental punches. You could try fire punch instead of another punch or instead Calm Mind if you don´t like boosting.

Nature: Timid (+ Speed, - Attack).
Equip: Leftovers.
EV´s: 252 Speed, 129 Defense, 129 Special Defense.
- Psychic
- Calm mind
- Substitute
- Thunder punch

Substitute and calm mind until your dummy’s broken. Then Sweep as much as you can. You can also change thunder punch for any other elemental punch.

When should I use this Pokémon?
Perfect for any battle environment because of the punches. Thunder punch for Gyarados, Fire punch for Skarmory and Ice punch for Dragonite or Salamence.

What should I use against this Pokémon?
Houndoom’s perfect for this one. Remember, Alakazam is fast, so be sure you use something fast and with high special defense…

Bottom line:
Probably the most used psychic type, a classic and effective Pokémon.


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