Octillery

Suction Cups
Cannot be forced to switch. Increases chance of encountering Pokemon while fishing.
Sniper
Critical hits do 3x damage instead of 2x.
Moody
A random stat is lowered by 1 stage and another is boosted by 2 stages every turn.
Type Tier
Water NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
105
221 246 309 339
Def
75
167 186 249 273
SpA
105
221 246 309 339
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
45
113 126 189 207

Overview

Octillery is an extremely adorable, albeit underrated, Pokemon. Most trainers take a quick glance at its pathetic base 45 Speed and 75/75/75 defenses, and immediately look for another Water-type Pokemon. Luckily, Game Freak was kind enough to shine a ray of hope at Octillery, which came in the form of Trick Room. With Trick Room, Octillery immediately transforms from sushi into a mighty Kraken, destroying anything foolish enough to step in its path. In addition, Octillery has more move options than the number of plural pronunciations of ''octopus.'' Its shabby defensive stats do hurt, though, so make sure that Octillery doesn't take more hits than it has to.

Name Item Nature

Trick Room Sweeper

Expert Belt / Lum Berry Quiet
Moveset IVs
~ Water Spout
~ Surf
~ Energy Ball
~ Fire Blast
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD

At first glance, Octillery's low Speed and terrible defensive stats appear to make it useless, since most foes can KO Octillery before it even moves. Luckily, the existence of Trick Room allows Octillery to drown, troll, or incinerate its enemies within the blink of an eye. At full health, Octillery's STAB Water Spout reaches an insane 225 Base Power, enough to dent any Pokemon which does not pack a resistance or immunity to it. Surf becomes more powerful than Water Spout when Octillery's health drops below 63%, however, so pay careful attention to its HP bar. Energy Ball and Fire Blast are great coverage options for Octillery to deal with any cheeky Water- or Grass-type Pokemon, such as Poliwrath, Ferroseed, or Tangrowth, that try to switch into it. However, remember that Octillery becomes practically useless once Trick Room ends. If you do not want Octillery to be processed into sushi, be sure to switch it out when Trick Room starts to run out.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Octillery can opt to go physical instead of special since it has a pretty astounding physical movepool, including attacks such as Rock Blast, Bullet Seed, Seed Bomb, Return, Bounce, and Gunk Shot. A suggested EV spread for this set is 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD with a Brave nature and 0 IVs in Speed. Remember that Octillery will now have trouble dealing with physical walls instead, so pack your Trick Room team with powerful special sweepers. Good options include Omastar, Slowking, Duosion, and Beheeyem.

Suction Cups makes Octillery a fine receiver of Baton Pass boosts. However, you should avoid using a mixed set, because there are few viable Pokemon which can pass both an Attack and Special Attack boost simultaneously. Trying to pass on both boosts separately uses up a lot of valuable time, so a receiver set should stick to being purely physical or special. You can use the moves listed on the set or in the paragraph above, or experiment by mixing and matching attacks.

Checks and Counters

Octillery is a glass cannon under Trick Room, so stalling it until Trick Room runs out is a good idea. Mandibuzz, Regice, Cryonogal, and Clefable are excellent special walls that can soak up its attacks. However, Octillery can 2HKO the former three if Stealth Rock is on their side of the field, so tread carefully. Speaking of which, laying down entry hazards is another good strategy to defeat Octillery, since it will reduce both its HP and Water Spout's Base Power. With a weakened Water Spout, many other special walls can take on Octillery. On the offensive side, both Ludicolo and Lanturn can sponge Octillery's attacks and chop it into seafood with Giga Drain and Thunderbolt, respectively. Rotom can do the same, but it will be OHKOed by a full-powered Water Spout. Water-types such as Feraligatr, Qwilfish, and Slowking can survive Energy Ball and finish off a weakened Octillery. If you have trouble stalling the octopus until Trick Room disappears, consider using Hitmonlee and Absol. These two Pokemon can use Sucker Punch to pummel Octillery before it can strike back.