This new scarlet and purple Pokémon is surprisingly overpowered

A tandem mouse pair living in a house.

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Pokémon has a new meta contender in town, and it’s…a cute family of mice? That’s correct. The Tandem Maus line not only has disturbing effects on the game, e.g. Like parents hatched from a single egg, but is also incredibly powerful: her signature move can exceed the base power of attacks like Hyper Beam and Blast. Tandemäus and Maushold got competitive players trembling in their boots.

Tandem Mouse is a Normal-type Pokémon that resembles a pair of mice that live together as a family unit. When they evolve into mousey, they can have either one or two mousekids. Yes, the Pokémon reproduce with or without your consent. And the reason you’re only hearing about it now is because these Pokemon were featured in the recently released one scarlet and violet.

The one thing that saves us all from always being beaten to death by a family of mice is that its potency is RNG dependent. This signature move, Population Bomb, is a multi-hit move like Bullet Seed and Double Slap, and it hits anywhere from 1 to 10 times. Each hit deals a base damage of 20 and each hit has a base accuracy of 90. Missing even a single hit ends the entire turn. The pair of mice apparently raised a family of quitters.

But wait, there’s more! If you get a Tandem Mouse with the Engineer hidden ability, it increases each hit by 50%. This is in addition to the 50% bonus to Attacks of the same type (STAB). So the true power of Population Bomb is around 45-450 if you can get that Correctly tandem mouse. Assuming RNG favors you for ten consecutive hits, this move may be the strongest Normal-type move in the game. If you think about it carefully, do you even need all 10 hits? Landing just four attacks grants you 180 points of base damage. And it doesn’t even have the typical downsides of missing a round or taking massive recoil damage. You can also further power up Tandemouse with held items like Wide Lens, which brings Population Bomb’s accuracy to 100 percent.

In order to get the technician skill for these scary guys, you need to acquire it ability patch as a rare drop in Tera Battles. I know, I know. Tera Battles are some of the worst raids I have ever played. But think of the profits! Remember to crush your enemies with the cutest Pokemon in the game. If you have more patient friends, you can also ask them to breed you a tandem mouse with the hidden ability.

For the rest of us, fear not: there’s a reliable counter to Technician Tandemaus’ tyrannical rule: The Rocky Helmet. This held item chops off one-sixth of an opponent’s health bar each time they make a move that makes contact. Assuming Tandem Mouse is at full health, you only have to survive six hits – or 270 base damage. The Mudbray line also looks like a good counter – its Stamina ability increases its defense with every hit. Or you could just run a Ghost-type Pokemon.

This family is here to shake up competitive Pokémon, and they take no prisoners. And you know what? Good for you.

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