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Rapid Spin

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Normal 20 100% 40 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage. Removes all layers of entry hazards (ie. Stealth Rock, Spikes, and Toxic Spikes) from the user's side of the field, and also removes the trapping effect of moves such as Fire Spin and Wrap. It also removes Leech Seed from the user. If the user faints from Iron Barbs, Rough Skin, or Rocky Helmet damage when this move is used, entry hazards are not removed. If the target of this move is a Ghost-type, then the move will fail to have an effect.

Competitive Use

Every competitive battler will agree that Rapid Spin is one of the most critical support moves in the entire game. You might ask "Why?" The answer is simple: Rapid Spin removes all of the entry hazards from the user's side of the field. In a metagame where Stealth Rock, Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Leech Seed run rampant, the ability to remove them all in a single turn is an extreme gamebreaker. Removing entry hazards from your side of the field ensures that low health Pokemon can enter the battlefield without fainting immediately, Pokemon that are weak to Stealth Rock, Volcarona in particular, aren't crippled almost irreparably upon entry, and Toxic poison won't be spread around your team from Toxic Spikes. The utility and possibilities of the move are almost endless, and you'll find a Rapid Spin user on nearly every competitive Pokemon team.

The use of Rapid Spin is so widespread, in fact, that a whole strategy has evolved to counter it. The term is called spinblocking, and the only Pokemon that are capable of doing so are Ghost-types. In fact, spinblocking is almost the sole reason why you'll even see Ghost-types on the opposing team. This is especially true of stall teams, which rely on passive and entry hazard damage to deal the majority of their damage against an opposing team and therefore must keep entry hazards down at all times.

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
Baltoy Ground / Psychic LC Levitate 40 40 55 40 70 55 300
Blastoise Water UU Torrent / Rain Dish 79 83 100 85 105 78 530
Claydol Ground / Psychic UU Levitate 60 70 105 70 120 75 500
Cloyster Water / Ice OU Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 50 95 180 85 45 70 525
Cryogonal Ice RU Levitate 70 50 30 95 135 105 485
Delibird Ice / Flying NU Vital Spirit / Hustle / Insomnia 45 55 45 65 45 75 330
Donphan Ground OU Sturdy / Sand Veil 90 120 120 60 60 50 500
Drilbur Ground LC Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 60 85 40 30 45 68 328
Excadrill Ground / Steel Uber Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 110 135 60 50 65 88 508
Forretress Bug / Steel OU Sturdy / Overcoat 75 90 140 60 60 40 465
Hitmonchan Fighting RU Keen Eye / Iron Fist / Inner Focus 50 105 79 35 110 76 455
Hitmonlee Fighting RU Limber / Reckless / Unburden 50 120 53 35 110 87 455
Hitmontop Fighting UU Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast 50 95 95 35 110 70 455
Kabuto Rock / Water LC Swift Swim / Battle Armor / Weak Armor 30 80 90 55 45 55 355
Kabutops Rock / Water RU Swift Swim / Battle Armor / Weak Armor 60 115 105 65 70 80 495
Pineco Bug LC Sturdy / Overcoat 50 65 90 35 35 15 290
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
Shellder Water LC Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 30 65 100 45 25 40 305
Spinda Normal NU Own Tempo / Tangled Feet / Contrary 60 60 60 60 60 60 360
Squirtle Water LC Torrent / Rain Dish 44 48 65 50 64 43 314
Starmie Water / Psychic OU Illuminate / Natural Cure / Analytic 60 75 85 100 85 115 520
Staryu Water LC Illuminate / Natural Cure / Analytic 30 45 55 70 55 85 340
Tentacool Water / Poison LC Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 40 40 35 50 100 70 335
Tentacruel Water / Poison OU Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 80 70 65 80 120 100 515
Torkoal Fire NU White Smoke / Shell Armor 70 85 140 85 70 20 470
Tyrogue Fighting LC Guts / Steadfast / Vital Spirit 35 35 35 35 35 35 210
Wartortle Water NU Torrent / Rain Dish 59 63 80 65 80 58 405