Cradily

Suction Cups
Cannot be forced to switch. Increases chance of encountering Pokemon while fishing.
Storm Drain
When hit with a Water-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Water-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Type Tier
Rock / Grass NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
86
- 313 376 -
Atk
81
178 198 261 287
Def
97
207 230 293 322
SpA
81
178 198 261 287
SpD
107
225 250 313 344
Spe
43
109 122 185 203

Overview

Cradily has good defensive stats, a good supporting movepool, and two decent abilities in Storm Drain and Suction Cups. Recover helps it survive powerful assaults, and its decent typing helps it take on the majority of special attackers. Although it can take on special attackers with relative ease, its weaknesses to common Fighting- and Ice-type attacks make it difficult to use. Another downfall is the lack of permanent sandstorm inducers in the tier, making Cradily miss out on the Special Defense boost that sandstorm provides. Cradily's Speed is nothing short of terrible, but thanks to its reliable recovery and access to Curse, this is the least of the barnacle's problems. All in all, Cradily is an excellent supporter for your team, and it shouldn't be overlooked.

Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Storm Drain Bold
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Toxic / Energy Ball
~ Recover
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Rock
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

Thanks to its great defensive stats, small number of weaknesses, and access to Recover, Cradily is an ideal team supporter. Storm Drain gives Cradily an easy time when faced with Water-types, such as Feraligatr, and its high defenses make it very difficult to KO. The idea is to set up Stealth Rock, cripple bulkier opponents with Toxic, and proceed to stall with Recover. Energy Ball can be used to hit opposing Water-types super effectively, and the STAB boost helps secure KOs against the likes of Rhydon and Quagsire. Hidden Power Fire is preferred to hit Steel- and Grass-types—especially Ferroseed—while Hidden Power Rock gains a STAB boost and hits Moltres super effectively.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Mono-Attacker

Leftovers Suction Cups Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Curse
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Rock Slide / Seed Bomb
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

This set attempts to create a monstrous wall by utilizing Curse, Rest, and Sleep Talk. The idea is to set up on a weak or resisted attack, Rest off the damage, and hit the opponent with boosted STAB attacks. Rest and Sleep Talk turn Cradily into an excellent status absorber and late-game tank, making it very difficult for the opponent to KO Cradily. Rock Slide and Seed Bomb are reliable STAB options; Rock Slide leaves Cradily walled by Steel- and bulky Water-types, while Seed Bomb leaves it walled against Fire- and Flying-types. What sets Cradily apart from other Curse users is Suction Cups; thanks to Suction Cups, Cradily can boost its stats without fear of being phazed. If Cradily manages to set up, the only way to stop it is through Haze or multiple critical hits.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Leftovers Storm Drain Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Stone Edge / Seed Bomb
~ Earthquake
~ Recover
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

This set utilizes Cradily's base 81 Attack, good defenses, and access to Swords Dance to deal massive damage to the opponent. Thanks to its enormous bulk, Cradily has no difficulty in setting up multiple boosts. After a Swords Dance, Cradily has enough power to crush the majority of Pokemon in RU. Storm Drain gives Cradily an immunity to Water-type moves, giving it an easy time setting up against Pokemon such as Choice Band Feraligatr and Alomomola. Stone Edge and Seed Bomb provide reliable STAB; Seed Bomb hits bulky Water-types super effectively, and Stone Edge deals with pesky Flying-types that are immune to Earthquake. Earthquake provides coverage against Steel-types, and Recover helps Cradily set up more easily.

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Other Options

Cradily has an obscure movepool for a plant, and a few more options are available. Gastro Acid will screw with any Natural Cure or Pure Power Pokemon, but it's largely pointless. Confuse Ray can score additional turns to set up, but it's nothing more than a gimmick. Substitute can be used alongside Toxic and Recover to form a stalling set, but Cradily's low Speed makes it difficult to set up. A Choice Band can raise its attack, but locking Cradily into a single move gives the opponent the opportunity to set up. Mirror Coat is a nasty surprise for special attackers; just make sure your prediction is top notch. Cradily can support its teammates with Sunny Day and hit the opponent with SolarBeam, but there are much better things it could be doing with its time. Finally, Cradily has access to Rock Polish to raise its Speed, but even after a boost it won't be outrunning much.

Checks and Counters

Fighting-types take little damage from Rock-type moves, making Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan good counters. Fighting-type moves are generally a good way to defeat Cradily, and repeated hits will take its toll on Cradily's health. Lilligant and Tangrowth can switch into Earthquake and Seed Bomb and put Cradily to sleep; however, beware of Hidden Power Fire. Weezing can take anything Cradily can throw at it with a combination of Haze, Will-O-Wisp, and Pain Split. A vague definition of a Cradily counter is anything with good Defense; Cradily doesn't have the power to break through defensive behemoths, such as Steelix, and is easily defeated. Moltres can switch into Cradily's Earthquake and Seed Bomb and threaten it with powerful STAB moves. Aggron can take on sets that lack Earthquake, while Altaria can set up against sets without Stone Edge. Cradily relies on setup moves, making Taunt and Haze two of its biggest enemies. Tricking it a Choice item is another way to effectively cripple Cradily. Cradily isn't difficult to beat, just stop it from setting up.