Barboach

Oblivious
Grants immunity to infatuation and Captivate.
Anticipation

Alerts the wielder to certain dangerous moves.

Hydration
Heals status effects in rain.
Type Tier
Water / Ground LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
- 21 24 -
Atk
48
9 11 14 15
Def
43
9 10 14 15
SpA
46
9 11 14 15
SpD
41
9 10 13 14
Spe
60
10 12 15 16
  • Little Cup

Overview

Although Barboach isn't one of the most common Pokemon in LC, that shouldn't mean it should be overlooked. Being one of the few Pokemon in Little Cup with access to Dragon Dance, in addition to two great STABs in Water and Ground, Barboach can inflict a lot of damage with only a single boost. However, that's where the list of proficiencies ends for Barboach. Unfortunately for Barboach, it can be taken down pretty easily by most Choice Scarf Pokemon as well as dedicated physical walls. In addition, Barboach's only viable item is Eviolite, as its defenses are quite low. This makes it harder for Barboach to sweep because it can't run Life Orb.

Name Item Ability Nature

Dragon Dance

Eviolite Anticipation Adamant / Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Earthquake
~ Waterfall
~ Bounce / Return
36 HP / 212 Atk / 12 Def / 28 SpD / 196 Spe

With Eviolite raising its defenses, Barboach's solid defensive typing, and a single weakness to Grass-type moves, Barboach can efficiently run a solid Dragon Dance set. Thanks to its typing, Barboach can set up on the likes of Bronzor, Dwebble, Magnemite lacking Hidden Power Grass, and Thunderbolt-locked Chinchou. Earthquake and Waterfall are great STAB attacks for Barboach, providing great coverage against the whole tier. Bounce is effective against most Grass-types that decide to stay in against Barboach, while Return provides more immediate damage and smacks Mantyke for a lot of damage. Eviolite is almost required on this set because it will give Barboach the ability to set up Dragon Dance easier. Anticipation is a reliable ability as it allows Barboach to see if the opponent has a super effective Grass-type attack, such as Hidden Power Grass.

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Other Options

Life Orb is always an option for additional power, but Eviolite is almost a necessity as it is an extremely helpful buffer against priority and weaker attacks. A Choice Scarf can be used to hit 24 Speed, but with only 14 Attack, Barboach's attacks will be quite weak. Toxic can be used against Lileep, but Fighting-type teammates are preferred. Hydration could be combined with Rain Dance and Rest, but the predominance of Hippopotas and Snover make it a poor choice. It could run a special attacking set with Hydro Pump, Earth Power, Ice Beam, and Hidden Power Fire, but it doesn't have the power to do much damage with those attacks. It has Aqua Tail, but the drop in accuracy, and the inability to potentially flinch, makes Waterfall the better choice. Finally, Spark kills Mantyke but is illegal with Dragon Dance.

Checks and Counters

Ferroseed and Lileep take neutral damage from Bounce, and easily tank Barboach's Earthquakes while KOing back with their STAB Grass-type attacks. Slowpoke and Frillish can also fend off hits and burn Barboach with Scald or Will-O-Wisp, respectively. A Choice Scarf Snover can KO Barboach with Giga Drain if Barboach hasn't boosted its Speed with Dragon Dance, while Wooper with Unaware can take anything Barboach can dish out and ignore any Dragon Dance boosts. Finally, Cottonee can Encore Dragon Dance and tank attacks courtesy of Cotton Guard, as well as paralyzing it with Stun Spore or sapping its health with Leech Seed.