Escavalier

Swarm
Boosts power of Bug-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Overcoat
Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
Type Tier
Bug / Steel RU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 145 177 -
Atk
135
139 155 187 205
Def
105
112 125 157 172
SpA
60
72 80 112 123
SpD
105
112 125 157 172
Spe
20
36 40 72 79

Overview

Escavalier's combination of bulky defenses, high Attack power, and low Speed make it an excellent Trick Room abuser. However, even with its massive Attack stat, Escavalier has a very small movepool, limiting its options for coverage moves. This doesn't mean Escavalier is without uses though; it actually fills a great niche in being able to OHKO one of the bulkiest Pokemon in the metagame: Cresselia. Escavalier also has a 4x weakness to Fire-type attacks, so Pokemon such as Volcarona and Chandelure can be problematic. However, this doesn't mean Escavalier isn't good at being an offensive Trick Room tank.

Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Attacker

Occa Berry / Bug Gem Swarm Brave
Moveset IVs
~ Megahorn
~ Iron Head
~ Double-Edge / Quick Guard
~ Protect
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

Megahorn is Escavalier's strongest move. An already strong attack boosted by STAB, it allows Escavalier to KO many threats, such as Ludicolo, Abomasnow, and Cresselia. Iron Head is Escavalier's second STAB to abuse. Even with terrible Steel typing, it still hits lots of common Pokemon hard with neutral or super effective coverage. Double-Edge gives Escavalier coverage to hit Pokemon such as Zapdos, and makes it easier to be put in Swarm range. Quick Guard is also an option, as it can protect teammates from annoying priority moves, such as Sucker Punch and Mach Punch. Protect is standard on any Pokemon being used in VGC, giving Escavalier the ability to stall and not collect damage for the turn, helping against serious threats to it such as Chandelure, Zapdos, and Volcarona, all of which can OHKO it with Fire-type moves.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Escavalier can use one of the vast majority of Normal-type moves it gets, such as Return and Headbutt, to deal neutral damage to those that don't resist Normal-type moves. Bug Gem used in tandem with the move X-Scissor can be used as a more reliable option over Megahorn, being able to hit just as hard and not miss as often, but only once. Knock Off can be used to get rid of the items on the opponent. Substitute is a cool move to use if Escavalier's given the opportunity to use it. With Escavalier's bulky defenses, Substitutes tend to be hard to break. Life Orb is a nice item for Escavalier to boost the power of its moves and hit harder.

Checks and Counters

Fire-types, such as Chandelure and Volcarona, run around Escavalier all day with resistances to both of its STABs and the ability to KO it with Heat Wave or Flamethrower. Steel-types, including Scizor and Excadrill, are hardly even damaged by both of Escavalier's STABs and can hit back for neutral damage with moves in their arsenal. Zapdos is by all means a counter to Escavalier, with its advantageous typing and access to Heat Wave. Pokemon that can cause burns generally mean trouble for Escavalier, as with a burn it's almost completely useless.