Krabby

Hyper Cutter
The wielder's Attack cannot be lowered.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Sheer Force
Increases power of moves with secondary effects by 30%, but removes the effects.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
30
- 201 264 -
Atk
105
221 246 309 339
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
25
77 86 149 163
SpD
25
77 86 149 163
Spe
50
122 136 199 218
  • Little Cup

Overview

Krabby is an interesting Pokemon to use in Little Cup, having an extremely high Attack stat as well as a very good base Defense. Krabby also has 2 excellent boosting moves in Agility and Swords Dance, a decent movepool granting it good coverage, and two very useful abilities in Shell Armor and Hyper Cutter. However, with the introduction of the item Eviolite, it has become tougher for Pokemon such as Krabby to sweep. Still, Krabby is capable of pulling off a sweep, and is an offensive threat which every team should watch out for.

Name Item Ability Nature

Boosting Sweeper

Oran Berry / Life Orb Hyper Cutter Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Swords Dance
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
36 HP / 236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe

Krabby can switch into a Pokemon it counters or whose attacks it resists and set up with Swords Dance or Agility as they switch out. This can prove to be dangerous for the opponent, since either will make Krabby extremely dangerous. STAB Crabhammer is a very useful tool to have, hitting many threats hard with good neutral coverage. Return has a high Base Power, and the combination of Water and Normal goes nearly unresisted in Little Cup. This set is useful as a late-game sweeper, taking out the opponent's weakened Pokemon.

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Name Item Ability Nature

All-Out Attacker

Life Orb Shell Armor Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
~ Superpower
~ X-Scissor
236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe

This set makes full use of Krabby's massive Attack and coverage to hit a wide range of opponents hard, outright OHKOing a large portion of the metagame. Because Krabby is so slow, it should focus on hitting the Pokemon switching in very hard and before switching out. Slowpoke and Ferroseed are no longer good counters to Krabby here, as they are decimated by Superpower and X-Scissor, respectively. Again, Crabhammer and Return provide Krabby with excellent neutral coverage, while X-Scissor and Superpower serve to hit Pokemon which take little damage from its other two attacks, Slowpoke and Ferroseed in particular. Superpower also makes Krabby a great check to Dragon Dance Scraggy.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Sheer Force Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
~ Rock Slide
~ X-Scissor
36 HP / 236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe

Krabby's high Attack also makes it a great Choice Scarf user, as it can revenge kill a wide range of threats. With a Choice Scarf, Krabby hits 21 Speed, allowing it to outspeed every unboosted Pokemon in Little Cup. Once again, Crabhammer and Return grant Krabby great neutral coverage, allowing it to check a large number of Pokemon. X-Scissor allows Krabby to hit Slowpoke hard, making it a great coverage option. Because Krabby will now outspeed most of its opponents, Rock Slide is preferred over Superpower. Sheer Force boosts the power of Rock Slide, and is thus preferred over Krabby's other abilities, which are otherwise not as useful on this set.

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Other Options

Thanks to Krabby's high base Defense and good HP stat, it could run a defensive set with Toxic, Knock Off, and Crabhammer, but the absence of a recovery move and Krabby's abysmal Special Defense make this a bad option. Brick Break can be used over Superpower on any of Krabby's sets, but the drop in power is significant. Krabby can also run a Flail set with Focus Sash, but the ubiquity of priority attacks in Little Cup would make it a liability to Krabby's team.

Checks and Counters

Frillish is public enemy number 1 for Krabby, as it is immune to all of its attacks barring Rock Slide and X-Scissor, and OHKOes it with Energy Ball. Slowpoke and Ferroseed will wall Krabby if it doesn't run X-Scissor or Superpower, respectively. Ghost-types such as Gastly will freely Substitute on Krabby locked into Return. Fast special attackers can exploit Krabby's terrible Special Defense and turn it into seafood with ease.