Anorith

Battle Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Type Tier
Rock / Bug LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
95
14 16 19 20
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
75
12 14 17 18
  • Little Cup

Overview

With high Speed, wonderful Attack, and access to boosting moves such as Rock Polish and Swords Dance, Anorith makes a wonderful physical sweeper. Though it doesn't have too many options outside of its STAB attacks, it compensates with its useful support options. Anorith does have its flaws, however. Its typing leaves a lot to be desired, giving it weaknesses to common Water-type attacks as well as a weakness to Stealth Rock. Anorith will also find it difficult to take priority attacks from the likes of Croagunk and Timburr. Still, with the right team support, Anorith can tear through opposing teams.

Name Item Nature

Support

Focus Sash / Eviolite Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Rock Blast
~ Brick Break
~ Rapid Spin / Knock Off
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Anorith's excellent Speed and access to support moves such as Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin make it a fantastic supporter. Rock Blast is a great STAB move, as it allows Anorith to break through the opposing Pokemon's Substitute or Focus Sash. Brick Break gets great coverage with Rock Blast, and also breaks the opponent's dual screens. The last attack is up to personal preference; Rapid Spin lets Anorith remove the opponent's entry hazards, while Knock Off allows it to cripple walls holding Eviolite, making it easier for a teammate to sweep.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Rock Polish

Life Orb / Eviolite Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ X-Scissor
~ Rock Slide / Rock Blast
~ Brick Break
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Anorith hits 34 Speed after a single Rock Polish, allowing it to outspeed every Choice Scarf user in Little Cup. Anorith also has a respectable 20 Attack, making it a dangerous offensive threat and allowing it to break apart offensive teams. X-Scissor is Anorith's primary STAB attack, hitting Psychic- and Grass-types hard. Rock Blast and Rock Slide are both great secondary STAB options. While Rock Blast can break Substitutes, Rock Slide has a constant damage output and is more reliable. Brick Break provides excellent neutral coverage, hitting the Steel-types that resist Anorith's other moves.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb / Eviolite Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ X-Scissor
~ Rock Slide / Rock Blast
~ Brick Break
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

After a Swords Dance, Anorith reaches an impressive 40 Attack with an Adamant nature. Unlike the previous set, this set focuses on boosting Anorith's Attack and breaking through defensive teams. Once again, X-Scissor is Anorith's main STAB option, dealing massive damage to anything that doesn't resist it after a Swords Dance boost. Rock Slide and Rock Blast are options for a secondary STAB move, having decent coverage with X-Scissor. Brick Break rounds off Anorith's moveset, decimating Steel-types that sponge Anorith's other moves. There are two options for an item. While Life Orb jacks up the power of Anorith's Attacks and makes it harder to wall, Eviolite gives it more bulk and makes it easier for Anorith to set up.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Choice

Choice Scarf / Choice Band Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Slide / Rock Blast
~ X-Scissor
~ Brick Break
~ Double-Edge
236 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Anorith has both the Attack and Speed to effectively run a Choice set. Reaching 18 Speed without a Choice Scarf, Anorith makes an excellent Scarf user, outspeeding all unboosted Pokemon as well as some slower Scarf users such as Rufflet. Due to its excellent Speed, Anorith also makes a great Choice Band user, as it can hit very hard while still outspeeding many threats. Unfortunately, Anorith's movepool is pretty small, meaning it doesn't have too many options to work with. Rock Slide should be used if you prefer reliability, while Rock Blast is the better option if being able to break through Substitutes and Focus Sashes is preferred. X-Scissor provides another strong STAB option, destroying Grass- and Psychic-types with ease. Brick Break provides excellent neutral coverage along with Anorith's other attacks, taking out the Steel-types that resist Anorith's other moves. Double-Edge is pretty much the only other physical option Anorith has, and is mainly used as a filler despite providing redundant coverage.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Anorith's movepool is shallow, meaning it has few other options it can use. Substitute can be used to guard against status, and also allows Anorith to survive priority attacks it wouldn't otherwise. Anorith can also run both Rock Polish and Swords Dance on the same set, as it gets decent coverage with just Brick Break and a STAB Rock-type move. However, Anorith already finds it difficult to set up, so running two boosting moves will be risky.

Checks and Counters

Despite having high Speed and Attack, Anorith is relatively easy to counter. Bronzor is one of Anorith's prime counters, as it can take most of Anorith's attacks with ease and threaten it with a possible STAB Flash Cannon. However, Bronzor has trouble taking a boosted X-Scissor. Although rare, Golett resists or is immune to every attack Anorith commonly uses and can smack it with its STAB attacks, 2HKOing at the very least. Cottonee can shut down Anorith completely if it switches in safely. Priority users can exploit Anorith's poor defenses and take it down swiftly.