- Speed doubles in rain.
- Prevents critical hits.
- Boosts Speed by 1 stage and lowers Defense by 1 stage when hit by a physical move.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Although at first glance Kabutops seems completely out of place in Ubers, it has numerous traits that make it worth using, including the incredible Swift Swim ability, a handy resistance to ExtremeSpeed, access to Rapid Spin, and an Attack stat that just barely works for it. It is heavily dependent on Kyogre, but needing to be paired with the king of Ubers is never really a bad thing. Although Kabutops can struggle against physical walls, it can easily tear apart an offensive team if given the chance and is definitely worth consideration on any offensive team using Kyogre.
Life Orb is the preferred item due to the drastic increase of power it provides, although Lum Berry is also an option in order to evade status and avoid taking recoil damage from Life Orb. Waterfall is Kabutops's main STAB move, as the boost from rain makes it effectively a 120 Base Power move. Stone Edge also provides excellent coverage, and can shred Lugia, a Pokemon most physical attackers generally have a hard time taking on. Low Kick rounds out the coverage by smashing apart Dialga and Ferrothorn, two common Pokemon that resist its STABs. Rapid Spin is an excellent move to place in the fourth slot to remove the omnipresent Spikes and Stealth Rock, which can pave the way for a late-game sweep by a teammate. Due to the strength of its attacks, Kabutops can severely damage Giratina-O and Ghost Arceus, paving a pathway for Rapid Spin. Keep in mind that Kabutops is quite frail, however, and will likely be knocked out if the opponent stays in, so use with extreme care. Aqua Jet can be used to OHKO Choice Scarf Terrakion and +2 Blaziken in the rain, both of which can otherwise outspeed Kabutops and KO it in return. Kabutops can take advantage of the switches it is capable of forcing in order to nab a turn to use Swords Dance, allowing it to tear into the opponent's team. However, finding the time to set up can be pretty tricky, and Kabutops can still be phazed by extremely bulky physical walls, such as Giratina, even at +2 and will still be revenge killed by the same threats it normally would be even with the extra Attack.
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Kabutops can also run a Choice Band set successfully, as it can 2HKO at worst a large portion of the Ubers metagame. Waterfall is Kabutops's strongest move in rain, with the exception of Aqua Tail if accuracy is not a concern. Stone Edge has excellent coverage and is Kabutops's strongest move when it isn't raining. Low Kick allows a 2HKO on Ferrothorn, who is otherwise a serious threat. X-Scissor is a reliable 2HKO on Grass Arceus, preventing it from switching in safely. Aqua Jet can be used instead in order to revenge kill Blaziken and Choice Scarf Terrakion.
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Hone Claws can be used over Swords Dance in order to boost Stone Edge's accuracy, but generally Kabutops prefers the offensive power. Toxic can be used to cripple walls who Kabutops might otherwise not be able to break through. Knock Off can be used to remove the opponent's items, making it more difficult for walls to stall or for offensive Pokemon to sweep. Substitute can be used alongside Swords Dance in order to block status and attacks, but Kabutops does not have the defenses to make much use of this. Smack Down can be used to remove an opponent's immunity to Ground-type moves, although Kabutops doesn't benefit from this itself. Kabutops also has access to a wide array of special moves, but its abysmal Base 65 Special Attack remove these from consideration. Dig can be used to kill Toxicroak, although Toxicroak's low usage and the uselessness of the move make using it hard to justify.
Checks and Counters
Groudon is without a doubt the best counter to Kabutops. Even +2 Life Orb Kabutops can fail to 2HKO 252 HP / 252 Def Impish Groudon with Waterfall in the sun, while Groudon can comfortably OHKO back with Earthquake. Even if Groudon is no longer in good enough health to take on Kabutops it still robs it of its Speed, allowing it to be easily revenge killed. Rayquaza checks Kabutops well, as Swift Swim is rendered useless due to Air Lock. However, caution must be exercised when switching in as Stone Edge easily OHKOes Rayquaza. Grass Arceus can take Stone Edge from Kabutops and OHKO back with Judgment, but it must be wary of X-Scissor. Toxicroak and Gastrodon fear nothing from Kabutops and can easily OHKO back with their Fighting- and Ground-type STABs, respectively. Ferrothorn takes little damage from Kabutops's STAB moves and threatens to OHKO with Power Whip, although it must be wary of Low Kick. Giratina can burn Kabutops with Will-O-Wisp after tanking a hit and then phaze it out with Dragon Tail, rendering it useless for the rest of the match. Choice Scarf Terrakion outspeeds Adamant Kabutops in the rain and can OHKO it with Close Combat. If Jolly Kabutops is a concern Timid Choice Scarf Darkrai and Timid Choice Scarf Shaymin both outspeed it in the rain and can OHKO it with Focus Blast and Seed Flare, respectively.