Geodude

Rock Head
Recoil moves deal no recoil damage.
Sturdy
If the wielder is at full HP, it will survive any attack. OHKO moves will fail.
Sand Veil
Evasion increases by 25% in a sandstorm.
Type Tier
Rock / Ground LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 20 23 -
Atk
80
12 14 17 18
Def
100
14 16 19 20
SpA
30
8 9 12 13
SpD
30
8 9 12 13
Spe
20
7 8 11 12
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Overview

At first appearance, Geodude looks like a slower Dwebble. It shares many traits with the bug, including Sturdy, Stealth Rock, and a Rock typing. However, there are a few things that set Geodude apart from Dwebble. It has access to STAB Earthquake, Fire Punch, ThunderPunch, and Sucker Punch, as well as very high Defense and good Attack. Though its power was reduced, Explosion is another strong attack that Geodude possesses. Finally, Geodude has a way of remedying its awful Speed by using Rock Polish. All in all, Geodude is an underestimated threat that teams should take into account.

Name Item Ability Nature

Stealth Rock

Oran Berry Sturdy Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Stone Edge / Rock Slide
~ Earthquake / Sucker Punch
~ Fire Punch
196 Atk / 116 Def / 196 SpD

This is a decent support set that Geodude is easily capable of running. The primary selling points for using this set are Sturdy and Stealth Rock, with the former almost always guaranteeing the setup of the latter. Though at first it might seem that outclassed completely by Dwebble, it does have a couple of things that set it apart from its fellow Rock-type. The first thing is access to a STAB Earthquake, which provides Geodude with lethal coverage when used in tandem with Stone Edge. In addition, Geodude has higher overall Attack and Defense, which allow it to deal and take more damage before going down. Fire Punch is important on this set so Geodude won't be setup bait in the face of Ferroseed. Oran Berry is also important as it allows Geodude to heal itself after Sturdy kicks in.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rock Polish

Oran Berry Sturdy Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ Stone Edge / Rock Slide
~ Earthquake
~ Fire Punch / Explosion
196 Atk / 116 SpD / 196 Spe

One of Geodude's crippling downfalls has always been its Speed, but this set gives it a way to more than compensate for it. Rock Polish doubles Geodude's Speed, which gives it a good way to attempt a sweep. Stone Edge is an incredibly powerful STAB attack, giving Geodude excellent coverage and power, despite having poor accuracy. Fire Punch hits Grass-types more reliably than Stone Edge, as well as getting a super effective hit on both Ferroseed and Bronzor. Explosion allows Geodude to go out with a bang after it has completed its job, and will be Geodude's most powerful option for an attack despite the move's nerf. Sturdy is a very important ability, as it allows Geodude to almost always set up Rock Polish safely. For that reason, Oran Berry is the preferred item, as Life Orb would nullify Sturdy, one of the best reasons to use Geodude as a sweeper.

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Other Options

Although Geodude doesn't have a lot of options, it does get a couple of other viable moves. It has Sucker Punch for Ghost-types, but many can predict around the move and either use Substitute or burn Geodude with Will-O-Wisp. Rock Blast hits Dwebble for super effective damage and breaks Sturdy and Substitute, but Stone Edge is a better move in almost every other case. Geodude has access to Rock Head and Double-Edge, but Sturdy is a better ability. It can use Flail alongside Sturdy, but Explosion does more damage, and Geodude's only priority attack is the unreliable Sucker Punch. It has Brick Break for dual screen users, but it doesn't get much, if any, additional coverage. Finally, ThunderPunch is always an option for a more accurate attack than Stone Edge on Flying-types, but in most cases, Stone Edge will suffice.

Checks and Counters

Seel and Squirtle, with their combination of Fake Out and Aqua Jet, can KO Geodude without much trouble. Bronzor is a decent check to Geodude as it is immune to Earthquake while resisting Stone Edge, but needs to watch for Fire Punch. Grass-types that resist Earthquake are usually good counters, as they can restore health from any damage by using Giga Drain, and Pokemon with Bullet Seed can usually KO Geodude through Sturdy. Shellder also works well with Icicle Spear, which breaks through Sturdy as well. Fighting-types threaten Geodude, as they resist Rock-type attacks and can KO with Drain Punch.