- The wielder's Defense cannot be lowered.
- Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
- 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)
Despite being an RU Pokemon, Mandibuzz has a potent niche in UU. It has a good defensive typing, which allows it to resist many common attacking types, and when combined with great defenses and a good movepool, it means Mandibuzz is a viable mixed wall. Its movepool includes good options like Roost and Toxic, and Overcoat makes it immune to weather damage. However, these benefits come with a drawback, which is Mandibuzz's crippling weakness to Stealth Rock. Rapid Spin support is mandatory for Mandibuzz, and it should be paired up with Pokemon to help sponge Rock-, Ice-, and Electric-type attacks. Overall, Mandibuzz is an effective wall in the UU tier, and its ability to take on threats such as Azelf and Mismagius is much appreciated by any team.
Due to its typing, Mandibuzz is better suited to being a special wall than a physical wall. It can switch in on a variety of special sweepers such as Mismagius and wall them thanks to recovery in Roost. This, together with Toxic, allows Mandibuzz to outstall many opposing Pokemon. It can even use Taunt to force those Pokemon to switch. Whirlwind is used to phaze set-up sweepers away. Brave Bird is an option though if you don't want Mandibuzz to be Taunt bait. U-turn is an option as well, to bring in a safe switch-in, but you will need Rapid Spin support.
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Mandibuzz can go with a Nasty Plot set, but this is outclassed by so many other Pokemon with higher Special Attack and Speed. You can also try out a Mean Look + Toxic set, but this is way too situational to be effective.
Checks and Counters
Steel-types in general completely wall Mandibuzz as they are immune to Toxic and have a high base Defense to take Brave Bird. A good example is Cobalion; it can set up a Swords Dance or a Calm Mind and sweep, as only Whirlwind threatens it, but Cobalion can just come back in. Magic Guard or Magic Bounce users also wall Mandibuzz since Toxic is bounced back at Mandibuzz. Xatu can completely set up on Mandibuzz, either with dual screens or Calm Mind. Strong super effective STAB moves also easily kill Mandibuzz: Rhyperior can rip apart Mandibuzz with STAB Stone Edge and the Rotom formes carry a strong STAB Thunderbolt to take it down. Mandibuzz doesn't appreciate Toxic either; it severely reduces its walling capabilities. Faster Taunt users also shut Mandibuzz down. Finally, having Stealth Rock on the field will cripple Mandibuzz, as most Pokemon can take it down when it has taken some prior damage.