Carracosta

Solid Rock
Reduces damage from super effective hits by 25%.
Sturdy
If the wielder is at full HP, it will survive any attack. OHKO moves will fail.
Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Type Tier
Water / Rock NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
74
- 23 27 -
Atk
108
15 17 20 22
Def
133
17 19 23 25
SpA
83
12 14 18 19
SpD
65
11 13 16 17
Spe
32
8 9 12 13

Overview

Carracosta is one of the best setup sweepers in NU, as it can set up on many offensive Pokemon and tank super effective hits thanks to its ability, Solid Rock. Carracosta has a great offensive typing and powerful STAB options, making it very difficult to defeat if it sets up Shell Smash. However, aside from being an offensive sweeper, Carracosta can also run a tank set with Stealth Rock. Carracosta's awful Speed stat might be the only thing holding it back, but having access to Aqua Jet mitigates that weakness somewhat. After Carracosta sets up a Shell Smash, it can be really devastating and game-changing.

Name Item Ability Nature

Shell Smash

Life Orb Solid Rock Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Shell Smash
~ Waterfall
~ Stone Edge
~ Aqua Jet
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With its great bulk in unison with Solid Rock, Carracosta can set up Shell Smash on a variety of Pokemon, including Kangaskhan, Tauros, Swellow, and Sawk and Primeape that are not locked into Close Combat. Once Carracosta has set up, it can completely flip the outcome of the game. After a Shell Smash boost, Carracosta can 2HKO Alomomola and OHKO Audino, Braviary, Kangaskhan, and Lickilicky. It should be noted, however, that Carracosta cannot switch into Kangaskhan to set up. Waterfall and Stone Edge are Carracosta's STAB moves, hitting the majority of the tier for at least neutral damage. Aqua Jet is Carracosta's STAB priority move, revenge killing weakened threats and many Choice Scarf users.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Leftovers Solid Rock Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Waterfall
~ Stone Edge
~ Aqua Jet / Toxic
248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def

This set takes advantage of Carracosta's great bulk with Solid Rock. Carracosta has great potential as a tank, as it can take a hit and deliver one back without much difficulty. With its fantastic physical bulk, Carracosta finds many opportunities to set up Stealth Rock against the many Normal- and Flying-types in the tier. Waterfall and Stone Edge are Carracosta's STAB moves, which boast great coverage against the majority of the tier. Aqua Jet allows Carracosta to bypass its poor Speed stat and pick off weakened foes. However, Toxic holds that surprise factor, crippling walls such as Tangela, Alomomola, and Seismitoad that Carracosta would have trouble defeating otherwise.

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Other Options

Carracosta is very versatile, so it has many other options to choose from. A fully physically defensive spread with Solid Rock and a moveset consisting of Stealth Rock, Scald, Rock Slide, and Toxic can hit hard and potentially burn opponents with Scald or cripple them with Toxic. Additionally, an offensive Swift Swim set consisting of Waterfall, Stone Edge, Hidden Power Grass, and either Aqua Jet or Stealth Rock is great to consider if Carracosta is used on a rain team. Flail with a Leichi Berry and Sturdy is an extremely situational tactic to OHKO Alomomola at +3 after Stealth Rock damage. Carracosta can use its Shell Smash to power up its specially offensive attacks, which does well against physical walls, but it's weaker than the physically attacking version. Mystic Water can be used to specifically power up Carracosta's Water-type attacks, but its other attacks are then noticeably weaker. A Choice Band set is plausible, as Carracosta has many other physical attacking moves to use, such as Earthquake, Superpower, Body Slam and Low Kick. However, it has the potential to lose too much momentum for the team.

Carracosta can also utilize many other moves. Curse is great for increasing Carracosta's tanking prowess, and it can be used in the tank set to defeat Sub Bulk Up Braviary much easier, but with Carracosta wielding no reliable source of recovery, it isn't very effective. Ice Beam can hit Tangela harder, but unfortunately that is all it really offers to Carracosta. Icy Wind and Bulldoze are both situational moves that can lower the Speed of Carracosta's faster threats, but even so it is still quite slow. Carracosta can be a rain inducer with Damp Rock, but there are generally other Pokemon better suited for that role. Rest is Carracosta's only recovery source, but it leaves itself wide open during the two turns of sleep. Finally, Rock Polish can raise Carracosta's Speed without the defense drops, but unlike Shell Smash, Rock Polish does little to increase Carracosta's offensive presence.

Checks and Counters

Tangela is the best counter to Carracosta, fearing only the very rare Ice Beam. Grass-types in general, such as Serprior and Vileplume, are great counters to Carracosta as well. Seismitoad and Alomomola can tank any of Carracosta's attacks and retaliate with Earth Power or cripple it with Toxic respectively. Specially offensive Samurott fares pretty well against Carracosta too, as it can OHKO Carracosta with Hidden Power Grass.

Carracosta also has its fair share of checks. Choice Scarf Jynx outspeeds any variant of Carracosta, is immune to its Water-type attacks, and can OHKO Carracosta with Psychic. However, Jynx cannot switch into a Stone Edge from Carracosta, and it can only OHKO Carracosta after a defensive drop from Shell Smash. Sawk locked into Close Combat can severely weaken Carracosta as well, but it doesn't enjoy switching into any of Carracosta's attacks except for Stone Edge. Gurdurr is a good check to the tank set, as it does not mind being hit by Toxic and can tank a Waterfall comfortably. Toxic Spikes will wear Carracosta down very easily, so Pokemon that can set them up, such as Garbodor and Scolipede, are great checks. Even with Solid Rock, hitting Carracosta with consistently powerful attacks is your best bet at defeating it, as it gets worn down very quickly. A great way to make Carracosta less threatening is to stop it from setting up Shell Smash by utilizing offensive pressure or Taunt.