Ariados

Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Insomnia
Prevents sleep.
Sniper
Critical hits do 3x damage instead of 2x.
Type Tier
Bug / Poison NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 145 177 -
Atk
90
99 110 142 156
Def
70
81 90 122 134
SpA
60
72 80 112 123
SpD
60
72 80 112 123
Spe
40
54 60 92 101
  • Neverused

Overview

Are you looking for a solid Toxic Spikes user in NU? Well then, keep looking. Ariados is horribly outclassed by Roselia, Garbodor, and Scolipede, which all have greater bulk, access to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes, and even greater offensive stats and movepools. It has Insomnia and Sucker Punch, which are things the other three don't, but unless those two tiny niches are absolutely vital to your team, Ariados's terrible stats and mediocre Attack just don't cut it in NU.

Name Item Ability Nature

Toxic Spikes

Focus Sash Insomnia Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Toxic Spikes
~ X-Scissor
~ Sucker Punch
~ Baton Pass / Poison Jab
120 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def / 132 SpD

Ariados's access to Toxic Spikes and priority attacks give it a small but usable niche as a lead. Toxic Spikes is what makes the set usable. Against teams without a Toxic Spikes absorber, the hazard can easily help win games. X-Scissor is Ariados's strongest attack, and Sucker Punch provides strong priority. It should be noted that Sucker Punch is one of two things Ariados has over Scolipede, its closest competitor. Finally, Baton Pass is used to try to gain momentum against the opposition. However, Poison Jab can be used in the last slot in order to deal decent damage to opposing Fighting-types. In particular, Ariados can switch into Sawk and Primeape and proceed to 2HKO them when using Poison Jab.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Ariados has few other viable options. Spider Web is a highly interesting move, but Ariados struggles to make use of it with its bad stats. It gets the always-irritating Swagger and Foul Play combination, but Liepard makes better use of it because of its access to Prankster, Thunder Wave, and STAB on Foul Play. Shadow Sneak provides an alternate, weaker priority that can still defeat Jynx. Night Shade is intriguing for damaging Steel- and Poison-types but has little use beyond that. Agility can be used for a Baton Pass or an offensive set, but Ariados is outclassed severely in both jobs.

Checks and Counters

Most Poison-types, include Garbodor and Scolipede, can absorb the Toxic Spikes and completely wall Ariados. The two of them can then proceed to set up Spikes for free as Ariados cannot touch them. In terms of rival entry hazard setters, Golem and Gigalith can use Rock Blast to OHKO Ariados through its Focus Sash. Golem can also outspeed Ariados with proper Speed investment so that it never gets a chance to set up. Kangaskhan can use Fake Out to break Ariados's Focus Sash, then KO with its powerful Normal-type STAB. Ariados is heavily reliant on its Focus Sash and is frail nonetheless, so two powerful hits from just about anything that is not resisted should do the job.