Poliwrath

Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Damp
Prevents the use of Selfdestruct or Explosion. Prevents Aftermath from doing damage.
Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Type Tier
Water / Fighting RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 321 384 -
Atk
85
185 206 269 295
Def
95
203 226 289 317
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
90
194 216 279 306
Spe
70
158 176 239 262

Overview

Poliwrath might look like just an average fighter with mediocre stats, but in reality, it is quite a formidable threat. A well-balanced stat distribution gives Poliwrath a few options in offensive and defensive sets, and a unique Water / Fighting typing grants it many useful resistances, while Water Absorb gives it a full immunity to Water-type attacks. These traits allow it to take on many of the most dangerous threats in RU, including Crawdaunt, Kabutops, Aggron, and Feraligatr. In addition, BW brought Poliwrath Circle Throw, a STAB phazing move which works extremely well on a bulky set. Even though Poliwrath is unable to excel in one specific role due to its all-around mediocre stats, it is certainly a Pokemon that has a solid niche in RU.

Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk

Leftovers Water Absorb Relaxed
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Circle Throw
~ Scald / Toxic
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

Poliwrath is able to function as a wall in RU due to its unique typing, 90 / 95 / 90 defenses, and Water Absorb. These, along with Circle Throw, allow Poliwrath to counter and phaze many of the most prominent threats, including Entei, Crawdaunt, Aerodactyl, Kabutops, Feraligatr, Aggron, Drapion, and Scolipede. With a RestTalk set, Poliwrath is able to accomplish a couple of things. First, it can absorb status for the team and heal itself with Rest, which is a form of semi-reliable recovery. Poliwrath is not completely useless when asleep, as Sleep Talk can choose Circle Throw, which will force out Poliwrath's counters. Despite having a low Base Power, Circle Throw gets STAB, which allows it to hit relatively hard. For example, it 2HKOes Clefable and Cryogonal, both of which take minimal damage from Scald. Scald is a great move on this set, as it has a chance to burn troublesome opponents, such as Qwilfish, Tangrowth, and Dusknoir, which would otherwise wall this set. It also does more damage to Pokemon such as Aggron and Klinklang than Waterfall does. Most notably, Scald will break Klinklang's Substitute 100% of the time, whereas Waterfall might not. Toxic can be used instead of Scald, though, so that Poliwrath can cripple Grass-types that threaten it.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Leftovers Water Absorb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Focus Punch
~ Waterfall
~ Bulk Up / Encore
160 HP / 252 Atk / 96 Spe

Poliwrath can run an effective SubPunch set, as its numerous resistances allow it to easily set up a Substitute on the majority of Pokemon in RU. In addition to allowing Focus Punch to hit successfully, Substitute also blocks status, so Poliwrath won't have to worry about being burned by Spiritomb's Will-O-Wisp or being put to sleep by Lilligant's Sleep Powder. A STAB Focus Punch hits hard despite coming off of a base 85 Attack; it destroys common Normal-, Rock-, and Steel-types such as Clefable, Kabutops, and Steelix, respectively. Waterfall is Poliwrath's secondary STAB move, and it hits Fire- and Ground-type Pokemon for super effective damage. It also comes in handy when Poliwrath does not have a Substitute up, as Focus Punch will then be unreliable. As for the last moveslot, Bulk Up makes Poliwrath's Substitutes much harder to break with physical attacks. Bulk Up boosts Poliwrath's Attack stat as well, which allows it to deal more damage with Focus Punch and Waterfall. However, Encore gives Poliwrath more opportunities to set up Substitutes on Pokemon locked into Water-type moves.

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Other Options

Poliwrath has very few other options. It can use a Belly Drum set to raise its Attack to sky-high levels, but it will be easily revenge killed due to its low Speed. Hypnosis is another option, but its low accuracy makes it extremely unappealing, and Poliwrath has much better options. Finally, Poliwrath gets Swift Swim from the Dream World, which can help it overcome its poor Speed. However, other Water-type Pokemon, such as Kabutops and Ludicolo, are much better at sweeping in rain due to their wider movepools.

Checks and Counters

Tangrowth is the best counter to Poliwrath because of its massive Defense stat and Grass typing. Grass- and Electric-types in general are good checks to Poliwrath, as they can usually OHKO it with a super effective attack; some specific checks include Sceptile, Lilligant, Rotom-C, and Manectric. Ghost-types are also good counters to Poliwrath, as they are immune to its Fighting-type STAB. In addition, Rotom, Dusknoir, and Spiritomb can burn the SubPunch set, making it useless. Psychic-types will also destroy Poliwrath, and Sigilyph, Slowking, Uxie, and Mesprit all take minimal damage from anything Poliwrath can throw at them. Qwilfish walls Poliwrath and can set up entry hazards or Taunt it. Flying-types can hit Poliwrath with a super effective STAB move, and Mandibuzz in particular can prevent Poliwrath from healing or setting up a Substitute with Taunt. Lastly, bulky Swords Dance Scyther is a solid check, as it will beat Poliwrath one-on-one.