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Crush Claw

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Normal 75 95% 10 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage and has a 50% chance to lower the target's Defense by one stage.

Competitive Use

On paper this seems like a good move, sporting usable Base Power and a 50% chance to lower the opponent's Defense, which is great news for a physical move. However, competitively speaking it's outclassed by Return or Frustration as a Normal-type move. Both of these moves deal more damage on the first turn, which can be crucial, and even if the target's Defense is lowered after the first attack, both moves still deal more damage than Crush Claw in two turns regardless. Finally, Crush Claw has a 5% chance to not hit and Return/Frustration are still 100% accuracy moves, so favor the prudent battlers who do not want to miss at a critical moment.

Related Moves

Return has a higher Base Power and perfect accuracy, making it a much more reliable option.

Double-Edge is a much more powerful alternative; however, it inflicts recoil damage upon the user.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Anorith Rock / Bug LC Battle Armor / Swift Swim 45 95 50 40 50 75 355
Armaldo Rock / Bug NU Battle Armor / Swift Swim 75 125 100 70 80 45 495
Blaziken Fire / Fighting Uber Blaze / Speed Boost 80 120 70 110 70 80 530
Braviary Normal / Flying NU Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Defiant 100 123 75 57 75 80 510
Combusken Fire / Fighting NU Blaze / Speed Boost 60 85 60 85 60 55 405
Cyndaquil Fire LC Blaze / Flash Fire 39 52 43 60 50 65 309
Drilbur Ground LC Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 60 85 40 30 45 68 328
Druddigon Dragon RU Rough Skin / Sheer Force / Mold Breaker 77 120 90 60 90 48 485
Eelektross Electric NU Levitate 85 115 80 105 80 50 515
Excadrill Ground / Steel Uber Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 110 135 60 50 65 88 508
Kangaskhan Normal NU Early Bird / Scrappy / Inner Focus 105 95 80 40 80 90 490
Rhydon Ground / Rock RU Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 105 130 120 45 45 40 485
Rhyhorn Ground / Rock LC Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 80 85 95 30 30 25 345
Rhyperior Ground / Rock UU Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless 115 140 130 55 55 40 535
Rufflet Normal / Flying LC Keen Eye / Sheer Force / Hustle 70 83 50 37 50 60 350
Sandshrew Ground LC Sand Veil / Sand Rush 50 75 85 20 30 40 300
Sandslash Ground RU Sand Veil / Sand Rush 75 100 110 45 55 65 450
Sceptile Grass RU Overgrow / Unburden 70 85 65 105 85 120 530
Slaking Normal NU Truant 150 160 100 95 65 100 670
Slakoth Normal LC Truant 60 60 60 35 35 30 280
Sneasel Dark / Ice NU Inner Focus / Keen Eye / Pickpocket 55 95 55 35 75 115 430
Torchic Fire LC Blaze / Speed Boost 45 60 40 70 50 45 310
Treecko Grass LC Overgrow / Unburden 40 45 35 65 55 70 310
Typhlosion Fire RU Blaze / Flash Fire 78 84 78 109 85 100 534
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440
Weavile Dark / Ice UU Pressure / Pickpocket 70 120 65 45 85 125 510
Zangoose Normal NU Immunity / Toxic Boost 73 115 60 60 60 90 458