Duskull

Levitate
The wielder is immune to Ground-type moves.
Type Tier
Ghost LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
20
- 181 244 -
Atk
40
104 116 179 196
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
30
86 96 159 174
SpD
90
194 216 279 306
Spe
25
77 86 149 163
  • Little Cup

Overview

Although still stricken with a barren movepool and low HP, the advent of Eviolite has allowed Duskull to more effectively fill its role as a powerful wall. With access to Will-O-Wisp, Ice Beam, and Pain Split, a very useful Ghost typing, and massive defenses courtesy of Eviolite, Duskull is capable of taking on many of the premier attackers of Little Cup.

Name Item Nature

SubSplit

Eviolite Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Will-O-Wisp
~ Substitute
~ Pain Split
~ Icy Wind / Ice Beam
196 HP / 196 Def / 116 SpD

This set allows Duskull to take advantage of its Ghost typing to freely set up Substitutes. From behind a Substitute, Duskull has access to a variety of tools to cripple its opponents. Will-O-Wisp can cripple physical attackers, as well as inflict residual damage on other defensive Pokemon. Pain Split gives Duskull both a means of recovery and dealing damage, increasing Duskull's survivability. Icy Wind keeps Duskull from being complete Taunt bait, and prevents Pokemon such as Scraggy from setting up on it with ease.

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Other Options

Trick Room is usable in place of Substitute to further shut down speedy Pokemon or Speed-boosting sweepers. However, if Trick Room is used, Ice Beam should be used over Icy Wind, as its effect would only be detrimental. Return can also be used in the fourth slot to prevent Pokemon such as Houndour from setting up Substitute on Duskull. Shadow Sneak is also an option in the fourth moveslot to help Duskull deal good damage to frail attackers such as Gastly. In the same vein, Hidden Power Fighting allows Duskull to do an acceptable amount of damage to Pokemon such as Lickitung, which would otherwise wall it. Also usable is Disable, as, when paired with Substitute, it allows Duskull to Disable an attacker's only means of hitting it for significant damage and get off a free move, be it Substitute, Will-O-Wisp, or Icy Wind.

Checks and Counters

Duskull's best counters are Fire-type Pokemon such as Darumaka or Houndour, as they can easily switch into any of Duskull's moves and proceed to force it out while taking only minimal damage from a resisted Icy Wind or Ice Beam. Other Pokemon such as Timburr can also avoid the crippling effects of Will-O-Wisp, take minimal damage from Duskull's attacking move of choice, and force Duskull out. Duskull is shut down by most Pokemon that carry Substitute unless it chooses to use Shadow Ball or Shadow Sneak over Icy Wind or Ice Beam, as without any investment, Duskull's Speed stat is abysmal, leaving it outsped by nearly any Pokemon with Substitute, including Frillish and Houndour.