Omanyte

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Weak Armor
Boosts Speed by 1 stage and lowers Defense by 1 stage when hit by a physical move.
Type Tier
Rock / Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
35
- 20 23 -
Atk
40
9 10 13 14
Def
100
14 16 19 20
SpA
90
13 15 18 19
SpD
55
10 12 15 16
Spe
35
9 10 13 14
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Overview

Previously a mainstay on DPP rain teams, Omanyte has become a dangerous threat in its own right with its new move, Shell Smash. Although the introduction of Eviolite has made it more difficult to take advantage of this monstrous boosting move, Omanyte can still easily punch holes through teams. It can also take advantage of Eviolite itself and run a Spikes set, as Omanyte's very impressive base 100 Defense stat allows it to comfortably set up on many physical attackers. Omanyte remains usable as a rain sweeper, but it usually benefits more from Shell Smash.

Name Item Ability Nature

Shell Smash

Eviolite / Life Orb Swift Swim Modest / Timid
Moveset IVs
~ Shell Smash
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ AncientPower / Earth Power
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Electric
2 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
EVs
36 Def / 200 SpA / 240 Spe

Omanyte becomes quite a threatening sweeper with Shell Smash, which allows it to reach ridiculous levels of power and Speed in one turn. Hydro Pump is Omanyte's STAB move of choice, as its raw power can devastate teams. Even 236 / 236 Careful Eviolite Munchlax will almost always fall to a +2 Life Orb Hydro Pump after Stealth Rock and Spikes. Surf is a more consistent option, however, and still nets plenty of KOs. AncientPower gives Omanyte a way to deal with bulky Water-types such as Frillish, who is 2HKOed at +2 with Life Orb. If Omanyte can nab an AncientPower boost after a Shell Smash, the game is usually over. Earth Power is also worth considering, as it has the same Base Power as AncientPower even after factoring in STAB, and has the added bonus of doing more damage to Tentacool as well as OHKOing Chinchou with no effort. It also OHKOes Croagunk, though Croagunk can easily OHKO Omanyte with Vacuum Wave, making this a risky endeavor. Hidden Power Fire OHKOes all variants of Ferroseed, who would otherwise be a hard stop to this set, while Hidden Power Electric is an option to deal with bulky Water-types.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Spiker

Eviolite Swift Swim / Shell Armor Calm / Bold
Moveset IVs
~ Spikes / Toxic Spikes
~ Toxic Spikes / Stealth Rock
~ Scald
~ Hidden Power Fire
2 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
EVs
236 HP / 36 Def / 236 SpD

This set takes advantage of Omanyte's natural physical bulk in order to stack entry hazards. Spikes are the best form of entry hazard and are highly recommended as Toxic Spikes are easily absorbed or ignored through immunities. However, they are devastating to teams that don't carry a Rapid Spin user or grounded Poison-type. It should be noted that only one layer of Toxic Spikes is recommended against offensive teams, as sweepers rarely stay in long enough to accumulate much damage from deadly poison. Stealth Rock is another very important entry hazard, stripping off large chunks of health from Pokemon that are weak to it. Scald enables Omanyte to burn opponents, making it even harder to crack physically. Hidden Power Fire is used to 2HKO Ferroseed, who would otherwise be quite threatening to this set with its STAB Grass-type moves.

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Other Options

Omanyte can also run an offensive Rain Dance set, though this is generally outclassed by Shell Smash. Ice Beam can be used over Hidden Power Fire on a rain set in order to kill Grass-types. Smack Down can ground a Flying-type or Levitate Pokemon such as Misdreavus, enabling Diglett to trap and kill them. Haze can be used to reset stat changes. Iron Defense makes Omanyte even more difficult to break physically. Tickle can weaken opponents to the point where they can't even scratch Omanyte, but Omanyte has no reliable recovery moves, making it inadvisable in most situations. Whirlpool can be used for a trapping set, potentially allowing Omanyte to gain a free Shell Smash boost against something that can't harm it. Brine can finish off weakened opponents who would normally be able to take a Surf or a Scald, although Hydro Pump does nearly the same amount of damage without the need to first lower the opponent's health to below half. Knock Off can be used to remove an opponent's Eviolite or Life Orb, crippling walls and sweepers respectively.

Checks and Counters

Croagunk is the closest thing there is to a counter to Omanyte, as Dry Skin and its Fighting typing allow it to ignore Omanyte's STAB moves. It can also promptly OHKO Omanyte after a Shell Smash with Vacuum Wave. It must switch in with caution, however, as Earth Power will easily KO any Croagunk not holding an Eviolite. Since Eviolite is most commonly used on Bulk Up variants, Omanyte will still OHKO Croagunk with a +2 Earth Power, without fear of priority. Timburr can also revenge kill Omanyte with Mach Punch. Ferroseed hard counters any Omanyte not using Hidden Power Fire, and can effortlessly kill it with Bullet Seed or Seed Bomb. Frillish takes special hits like a champ and can hit Omanyte back with Scald.