- 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)
While most Pokemon who possess the ability Swift Swim have higher Special Attack than Attack, Kabutops opposes this stereotype, possessing a higher Attack stat compared to its Special Attack stat. Thus, Kabutops is probably one of the best physical attackers who can take advantage of rain. Its Water and Rock typing gives Kabutops two fantastic offensive STABs, allowing it to be an effective attacker. Though frail by some standards and weak to common Fighting- and Grass-type moves, Kabutops is a force to be reckoned with that works well on any rain team. When the clouds open up and rain pours down, Kabutops is turned into a hard-hitting attacker with incredible Speed.
Waterfall provides a reliable STAB move, is boosted by rain, and has a chance to flinch, making it Kabutops's go-to move in almost any situation. Rock Slide takes advantage of Kabutops's other STAB, Rock, and hits the Pokemon who threaten Kabutops, such as Abomasnow and Zapdos, for super effective damage. Aqua Jet provides Kabutops a reliable STAB priority move, in the event that Kabutops is paralyzed or Trick Room is set up. While Kabutops's STABs give plenty of coverage, Low Kick may be used instead in order to hit weather setters, such as Tyranitar and Abomasnow, for super effective damage, as the loss of rain on the field is detrimental to Kabutops. Protect is always a useful move to have, shielding its user from damage for a turn and allowing Kabutops's partner to take out a threat gunning for it.
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Superpower has a set Base Power of 120 unlike Low Kick, however, it also lowers both Kabutops's Attack and Defense stat upon use. X-Scissor can be used in order to hit Psychic-types especially hard, but otherwise grants no additional coverage. Swords Dance looks enticing, doubling Kabutops' Attack stat, but because battles are so short in this metagame, Kabutops is better off using each turn attacking. Aqua Tail has 10 more Base Power than Waterfall, though the lower accuracy and loss of a flinch chance makes this option unattractive. Kabutops could viably run Rain Dance to set rain up for itself, in the event Tyranitar or Abomasnow switches in to change the weather. Finally, Aerial Ace grants Kabutops the ability to hit Grass-types such as Breloom and Amoonguss for super effective damage.
Checks and Counters
Grass-types have an inherent advantage over Kabutops, resisting its main STAB and utilizing their own STAB moves to hit for 4x damage. Abomasnow not only slows Kabutops down by changing the weather, but threatens Kabutops with a super effective Grass Knot or Giga Drain. Zapdos can take a Rock Slide and retaliate with its own STAB Electric move of choice, which Kabutops is unable to handle. Strong Fighting-types such as Toxicroak and Hitmontop deal with Kabutops well, dishing out pain with their super effective STAB moves. Hitmontop is also able to use its ability, Intimidate, to lower Kabutops's Attack stat and weaken it until Kabutops switches out.