- Reduces damage from super effective hits by 25%.
- If the wielder is at full HP, it will survive any attack. OHKO moves will fail.
- Speed doubles in rain.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Balanced attacking stats, decent STAB coverage, access to Shell Smash, and two usable abilities in Sturdy and Solid Rock turn Carracosta into a potent sweeper. With these abilities, a stellar base 133 Defense stat, and great physical coverage, Carracosta easily sets itself apart from Omastar as a Shell Smash user and Kabutops as a Choice Band user. It's not all good news for Carracosta, though; its vulnerability to the common Fighting-, Ground-, Electric-, and Grass-type attacks hampers its ability to sweep completely, even with Solid Rock. The fossil is also painfully slow; even though Shell Smash helps remedy this to an extent, he is still easily outsped. Despite these drawbacks, Carracosta is still a great Pokemon and is a good choice for any team that needs a powerful and reliable sweeper.
This set is self-explanatory; come in on a resisted attack or non-damaging move, use Shell Smash, and tear your opponent's team apart with Carracosta's great coverage. Waterfall is the obligatory STAB move of choice, as it not only deals massive damage, but also has a pretty useful chance to flinch. Stone Edge complements Waterfall beautifully, because it provides a way to hit Pokemon that resist Waterfall, such as Roserade, for neutral damage. In the last slot, Carracosta can either use Aqua Jet for priority to check faster threats, such as Choice Scarf Flygon and Krookodile, as it is still relatively slow even after a Shell Smash boost, or use Earthquake to hit Empoleon and Ferroseed, both of which resist its STAB combination. White Herb negates the defense drops that Shell Smash causes and pairs very well with Solid Rock, allowing Carracosta to maintain its bulk.
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Using a Choice Band turns Carracosta into a powerful physical sweeper without having to set up. Waterfall deals massive damage, but since this set doesn't use Shell Smash to boost Carracosta's Attack, Aqua Tail can be used, as it hits harder than Waterfall, at the cost of a little accuracy. Stone Edge gives Carracosta a great STAB option, and when combined with Waterfall, gives a combination that only Empoleon and Ferroseed resist. In the third slot, Earthquake hits Steel-types such as Empoleon while Crunch nails Psychic- and Ghost-types, such as Uxie, hard. Aqua Jet is a great move for this set, providing Carracosta with a priority attack to nail faster Pokemon, such as Arcanine and Krookodile. Solid Rock is the ability of choice here as it gives Carracosta more chances to switch in. Wish, Aromatherapy, and Rapid Spin support all help keep Carracosta healthy, and your own entry hazards make it easier for Carracosta to KO its opponent.
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A special set consisting of Ice Beam, Focus Blast, Hidden Power, and Surf or Hydro Pump is plausible, but Omastar outclasses Carracosta at this due to its higher Special Attack stat, and Carracosta is more threatening as a physical attacker. Bulldoze and Smack Down are both interesting options that each have unique benefits, but both are situational, and therefore should be avoided, unless it offers important team support. Carracosta also has a decent support movepool at its disposal, including Knock Off, Rain Dance, and Toxic. However, Carracosta's common weaknesses, and lack of recovery prevent a defensive or supportive set from being truly viable.
Checks and Counters
There are several simple ways to easily prevent Carracosta's onslaught. Bulky Grass-types, such as Ferroseed and Tangrowth, can come in and hit Carracosta with their super effective STAB attacks. Bulky Water-types, particularly Suicune and Slowbro, can easily handle most Carracosta. Slowbro does need to watch out for the rare Crunch, however. Speedy Special attackers can easily beat Carracosta, especially if previous attacks or entry hazards have broken Sturdy. Zapdos and Sceptile are great examples of quick, powerful sweepers who easily OHKO Carracosta. Phazers with Roar or Dragon Tail check the Shell Smash set and break Sturdy if hazards are up. Finally, defensive Pokemon, such as Weezing, Dusclops, and Cofagrigus can cripple Carracosta with Will-O-Wisp. Sableye gets a special mention due to its priority Will-O-Wisp and its ability to Taunt Carracosta, preventing it from using Shell Smash; however, Sableye must be wary of Aqua Jet.