- The opponent's ability becomes Mummy when it hits the wielder with a contact move.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Cofagrigus is quite possibly the epitome of a defensive spinblocker, thanks to its great defensive stats and Ghost typing. Unfortunately, these assets may not be enough to let it keep up with the extremely offensive metagame of the new generation. The main reason why people may shy away from Cofagrigus is simply the intense competition for a team slot; Jellicent, for example, which can also block Rapid Spin with its Ghost typing, possesses many more resistances thanks to its secondary Water typing. A shallow movepool also lets Cofagrigus down quite a bit, so its standard support set doesn't have many options, aside from Haze, to use as a filler move. Finally, with Rapid Spin becoming less and less common, Cofagrigus's primary role is slowly becoming less and less important.
However, despite all these setbacks, Cofagrigus still has its merits. 58/145/105 defenses are great, giving Cofagrigus the ability to wall entire teams once certain threats have been removed. Being the sole fully-evolved Pokemon with the Mummy ability helps as well, allowing Cofagrigus to fare well against certain threats such as Conkeldurr, Scizor, and Breloom. Cofagrigus's usefulness doesn't end there, though; access to Calm Mind allows it to go on the offensive and rip apart unprepared teams.
This standard bulky set takes advantage of Cofagrigus's natural bulk in order to serve as a defensive pivot and team supporter. In addition to being the second bulkiest Ghost-type (after Eviolite Dusclops), Cofagrigus has a more than passable Special Attack stat, which can ward off frail attackers, and a useful ability in Mummy, which allows Cofagrigus to fare well against certain Pokemon that are dependent on their abilities. Shadow Ball is Cofagrigus's main attacking option, as it gets STAB and has a consistent Base Power. Will-O-Wisp allows Cofagrigus to cripple physical attackers while slowly whittling away their HP at the same time. Haze is largely a filler option, but can be a life saver when going up against defensive stat-boosting Pokemon such as Wish Calm Mind Jirachi and Curse Snorlax.
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Thanks to its enormous Defense, Cofagrigus is a very effective user of Calm Mind, as the Special Defense boosts make it extremely difficult to kill without powerful super effective attacks or critical hits. After several Calm Minds, Cofagrigus is practically ready to sweep; Shadow Ball and Hidden Power Fighting give perfect neutral coverage, allowing Cofagrigus to OHKO or 2HKO nearly all opposing Pokemon after a few boosts. Rest is then used to restore Cofagrigus to tiptop condition once it is running low on HP, as it has no other means of recovery (outside of Leftovers).
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Cofagrigus is more than capable of setting up Trick Room; however, Eviolite Dusclops is usually better in this regard, as it can make use of Pain Split well due to its low base HP and does not have to waste Trick Room turns waking up from Rest. However, an offensive Nasty Plot Trick Room set can be useful if you are in need of an offensive Ghost-type Trick Room user. Unfortunately, when it comes to making use of Nasty Plot, its utility is limited to Trick Room, as Cofagrigus is otherwise better off with Calm Mind.
As a more gimmicky strategy, Cofagrigus can be paired with Slaking. Cofagrigus can turn a foe's ability into Mummy before switching out, allowing Slaking to remove Truant by using Pursuit on the opponent. However, this strategy is risky at best and even if it is pulled off successfully, Slaking may not pull off a sweep anyway.
Checks and Counters
When it comes to playing against Cofagrigus, Pokemon with STAB Dark- and Ghost-type moves are recommended. Tyranitar and Scrafty are good examples of this, as they can hit Cofagrigus hard with a powerful Crunch, but they must be wary of Will-O-Wisp. Most Pokemon with Taunt that are not weak to Shadow Ball will also usually win one-on-one against Cofagrigus. Trick and Encore users will make Cofagrigus's life difficult, as Cofagrigus often relies on outstalling its opponent, which it cannot do when limited to one move. If Cofagrigus is not running Curse or Haze, Pokemon such as CurseLax and CroCune can set up all over Cofagrigus. Finally, specially-based sweepers that do not care for Will-O-Wisp such as Nasty Plot Lucario and Nasty Plot Zoroark can set up in Cofagrigus's face.