In Coming Full-Festival Circle!, Nando used Kricketune along with his Lopunny to battle Zoey's Mismagius and Leafeon in the semifinals. He had devised an elaborate battle strategy for the pair in which Kricketune mimicked a violinist and Lopunny danced like a ballerina. In harmony with his music-themed battling style, he commanded Kricketune to use Sing while Lopunny posed elegantly by its side. However, Zoey had trained her Mismagius specifically to use Lucky Chant to counter Sing, a plan which proved successful as it lowered Nando's score. Eventually, Zoey's powerful combinations forced Nando to fight more directly, and Kricketune performed a vicious exchange of blows with Leafeon before the time ran out, resulting in Zoey's victory.
In League Unleashed!, Kricketune was the final Pokémon used by Nando during his battle against Ash in the first round of the Lily of the Valley Conference. It faced off against Ash's Heracross, and similarly to its battle with Leafeon, was evenly matched. During the battle, Kricketune used Sing, but just as Zoey in the Grand Festival, Ash was prepared for Nando's signature technique, having taught Heracross Sleep Talk to allow the Single Horn Pokémon to execute its moves and dodge its opponent while sleeping. After a fierce battle, Kricketune was defeated by Heracross's Horn Attack, resulting in Nando's elimination from the tournament.
Kricketune is a versatile Pokémon, helping Nando in both his Gym challenges and Pokémon Contests. As a result, Kricketune possesses experience from regular battles and Contest Battles. True to its species, Kricketune likes to cross its arms in front of its chest to produce melodies, a trait which fits Nando's personality. Due to this, Kricketune has been described by Dawn as the "perfect Pokémon" for Nando.
It appears to be a Pokémon trusted by Nando and being used by him often. The fact that Nando wished to challenge Fantina with it and even used it during his battle against Ash in the Lily of the Valley Conference, while fully knowing Ash's confidence in his Pokémon, reflects his own confidence in his Kricketune. It appears to be a strong Pokémon, taking direct hits from opponents, but still standing on.