Groudon

Drought
Summons permanent sun.
Type Tier
Ground Uber
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
100
- 175 207 -
Atk
150
153 170 202 222
Def
140
144 160 192 211
SpA
100
108 120 152 167
SpD
90
99 110 142 156
Spe
90
99 110 142 156
  • Uber

Overview

Groudon continues to leave its mark on the Ubers metagame even in the 5th generation. Its massive Attack, great physical movepool, powerful STAB Earthquake, and access to Rock Polish and Swords Dance make it a deadly physical sweeper. Drought also gives Groudon a useful niche for bringing on permanent sunlight, powering up Pokemon such as Ho-Oh, Venusaur, and Reshiram while fueling devastating sun-based strategies. Groudon's excellent bulk also allows it to function well as a defensive Pokemon, countering top physical threats such as Rayquaza, Lucario, Zekrom, Terrakion, and Garchomp, while supporting its team with moves such as Stealth Rock, Dragon Tail, Thunder Wave, and Toxic. Groudon's ability to sweep, support, or do both make it a massive threat to any team, with its only real flaws being its modest Special Defense and Speed stats.

Name Item Nature

Support

Leftovers Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge / Fire Blast
~ Stealth Rock
~ Dragon Tail / Thunder Wave / Toxic
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

Groudon is quite a good physical wall. With the given EVs, it can take powerful physical hits such as a +2 Outrage from Garchomp, a +2 Dragon Claw from Rayquaza, a +2 Close Combat from Lucario and Terrakion, and repeated Outrages from Zekrom, and deal with them easily with either Earthquake or Stone Edge, depending on what is appropriate. Groudon also isn't setup bait either, thanks to its base 150 Attack stat and Dragon Tail, making it a good defensive back up for stall and balanced teams alike.

Earthquake provides STAB, and allows Groudon to take a decent chunk out of anything that doesn't resist it. Stone Edge is mainly there for Rayquaza and Ho-Oh, OHKOing the former after Stealth Rock damage and one turn of Life Orb recoil, and always OHKOing the latter. Fire Blast is also an option to hit other Groudon and Gliscor harder while also busting up Ferrothorn and Skarmory. Stealth Rock is Groudon's preferred support option as it is one of the few viable users of the move in Ubers, and Groudon doesn't have any other notable supporting moves to replace it with. However, Fire Blast should only be used if Groudon also runs Dragon Tail and if the team has reliable ways around Ho-Oh. Dragon Tail provides Groudon with the ability to phaze while also nailing Giratina-O, Rayquaza, Zekrom, and Palkia for decent damage. Thunder Wave and Toxic can also be used to cripple Lugia switch-ins and to provide general team support.

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Name Item Nature

Rock Polish

Life Orb Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ Earthquake
~ Dragon Claw / Swords Dance
~ Stone Edge / Overheat
80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spe

Groudon's enormous Attack and middling Speed stats allow it to capitalize on Rock Polish quite effectively. After one use, Groudon reaches 520 Speed, enough to outrun anything slower than Choice Scarf Terrakion. From there, Groudon can sweep pretty easily with its mighty STAB Earthquake.

Dragon Claw enables Groudon to hit the Dragon-types that are immune to Earthquake, such as Latias, Latios, Rayquaza, and Giratina-O, while having a much higher chance of OHKOing the likes of Palkia and Garchomp. Stone Edge's main purpose is to 2HKO Lugia, but it is useful for hitting Flying-types in general, such as Ho-Oh. Overheat, however, provides completely unresisted coverage, and easily OHKOes Skarmory and Ferrothorn while 2HKOing Bronzong. It also cooks bulky Grass-types such as Grass Arceus to a delicious crisp. Swords Dance is also an option over Dragon Claw. Groudon has excellent two-move coverage in Earthquake and Stone Edge, so it can use Swords Dance to increase its already great Attack stat to a jaw-dropping 872, letting it OHKO pretty much everything that doesn't resist its attacks. Swords Dance also lets Groudon break through stall teams more easily, but it can be difficult to get in both a Swords Dance and a Rock Polish without assistance from Wobbuffet or dual screens.

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Name Item Nature

Paradancer

Leftovers / Lum Berry Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Thunder Wave
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
200 HP / 200 Atk / 108 Def

This is one of Groudon's more versatile sets, for it can both sweep and support the rest of the team. This set also lets it beat some of its counters. When first bringing Groudon in early game, you should usually use Thunder Wave. Generally, most things that switch into Groudon, such as Lugia, Shaymin-S, Kyogre, and Grass Arceus, are neither Ground-types nor very slow, and therefore loathe paralysis. Late game, when a sufficient amount of your foe's team is paralyzed, Groudon can waltz right back in and set up a Swords Dance on something that doesn't threaten it, and proceed to sweep. Even Lugia will be taken down by a boosted Stone Edge after Stealth Rock damage has been taken into account, and it should hopefully be paralyzed and therefore slower than Groudon so it cannot use Roost to negate its weakness to Rock-type attacks.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Dragon Claw
~ Stone Edge
~ Fire Punch
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

When equipped with a Choice Band, Groudon reaches a titanic 657 Attack stat, allowing it to OHKO or 2HKO pretty much everything in the game thanks to its great type coverage. Earthquake is extremely powerful, and allows Groudon to OHKO even Kyogre after Stealth Rock damage. Dragon Claw destroys Giratina-O and Rayquaza switch-ins, and is a nice move to use when you have no idea what's coming in due to the great neutral coverage Dragon-type attacks possess. Stone Edge 2HKOes Lugia, and OHKOes Ho-Oh and Shaymin-S. Fire Punch gains pseudo-STAB courtesy of Drought, which makes it a very powerful attack capable of OHKOing Ferrothorn and 2HKOing Skarmory, Bronzong, and Grass Arceus. Shadow Claw is also an option as it is Groudon's best attack against Cresselia, but even then it probably won't 2HKO the celestial duck.

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Name Item Nature

Offensive Stealth Rock

Life Orb / Earth Plate Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Earthquake
~ Fire Punch
~ Dragon Claw / Stone Edge
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This set chooses to forgo the common Groudon ideals of supporting, tanking, and boosting; instead, it chooses to become an offensive lead capable of beating all users of Rapid Spin and the all-too-common lead Dialga. This set is also a nasty surprise for physically defensive Kyogre, which likes to switch in on support Groudon, 2HKOing it without fail; Chansey, who is capable of walling the support set, cannot take two Earthquakes from this beast.

Stealth Rock is that all-important hazard that every team requires, and this set excels at setting it up after tearing some serious holes in the opposition. Earthquake is the obligatory STAB move, and Groudon actually possesses the strongest one in the game! Fire Punch allows Groudon to OHKO Ferrothorn and Forretress (provided Sturdy isn't active), and also deals heavy damage to Skarmory. Stone Edge paired with Earthquake provides almost impeccable neutral coverage, and is also capable of 2HKOing Pressure Lugia provided Groudon is using a Life Orb. Dragon Claw hits Giratina-O, Latias, and Latios hard, OHKOing the latter two and doing over 60% to the former, provided a Life Orb is used.

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Other Options

Roar is an option over Dragon Tail to phaze Pokemon that may try to set up a Substitute on Groudon, but Dragon Tail carries the nice advantage of being able to phaze through Taunt. Groudon does have a good special movepool, but its only average Special Attack means it won't be sweeping with special attacks anytime soon. The only special attack that's really worth using is Overheat to nail Skarmory, Forretress, and Ferrothorn. Safeguard stops Giratina from screwing over Groudon with Will-O-Wisp while providing the team with status protection. Rest + Sleep Talk gets a mention for being Groudon's only form of recovery. Hammer Arm is Groudon's strongest attack against Normal Arceus, but otherwise doesn't have too much utility. Lava Plume is usable if you want to try and spread burns around while having a move to hit Skarmory, Ferrothorn, and Forretress.

Checks and Counters

Cresselia is the best counter to Groudon that exists. It can easily come in on Earthquake and proceed to wear it down with Ice Beam. Cresselia also takes a pittance from all of Groudon's other attacks, and can heal itself with sun-boosted Moonlight, only fearing the rare Toxic. Grass Arceus resists Groudon's STAB Earthquake, is faster, and easily OHKOes with Judgment. However, Grass Arceus must watch out for Overheat and Fire Punch. Choice Scarf Shaymin-S can outspeed all variants of Groudon and OHKO with Seed Flare, but it only really likes coming in on Earthquake. Kyogre can switch in on defensively-built Groudon, and OHKO with Surf. A physically defensive Kyogre can also take on the Rock Polish set. However, Kyogre will be worn down quickly by repeated Earthquakes. Giratina, Lugia, and Skarmory are also good options to wall Groudon. However, Lugia hates Stone Edge and being statused, and Skarmory will not enjoy an Overheat to the beak. Finally, poisoning Groudon is a good way to wear it down.