Roggenrola

Sturdy
If the wielder is at full HP, it will survive any attack. OHKO moves will fail.
Sand Force
Increases power of Ground-, Rock-, and Steel-type attacks by 30% in a sandstorm.
Type Tier
Rock LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 251 314 -
Atk
75
167 186 249 273
Def
85
185 206 269 295
SpA
25
77 86 149 163
SpD
25
77 86 149 163
Spe
15
59 66 129 141
  • Little Cup

Overview

A newcomer to Generation V, Roggenrola is another slow yet powerful Rock-type tank. However, Roggenrola has a few unique qualities that set it apart from other Rock-types in the metagame. Sturdy, high Attack, and a lack of a quadruple weakness all help its cause. In addition, it gets great neutral coverage with its attacks, which can be assisted by either Autotomize or Trick Room support. With a sandstorm raging, its weak Special Defense will receive a boost as well, giving it impressive mixed defenses to complement its high Attack stat. With access to Stealth Rock, Sturdy, and Explosion, it makes a good lead as well.

Name Item Ability Nature

Autotomize Sweeper

Oran Berry / Life Orb Sand Force Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Autotomize
~ Stone Edge / Rock Blast
~ Earthquake
~ Explosion
236 Atk / 236 Spe

With maximum investment and a Jolly nature, Roggenrola manages to reach 17 Attack, which allows it to hit many threats for big damage with Stone Edge. Stone Edge is Roggenrola's most powerful STAB attack, while Rock Blast can hit through the opponent's Substitute. Earthquake hits a lot of Pokemon which resist Stone Edge for at least neutral damage, with the notable exception of Pokemon such as Bronzor. Explosion is a last-ditch measure to be used when Roggenrola is at low health.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Sweeper

Life Orb / Oran Berry Sand Force Brave
Moveset IVs
~ Stone Edge / Rock Blast
~ Earthquake
~ Explosion
~ Return
0 Spe
EVs
236 HP / 236 Atk

Roggenrola can reach a minimum speed of 4, allowing it to outrun almost everything under Trick Room. Stone Edge is a good move to have since it has not only a high Base Power but also a high critical hit ratio. Earthquake is a very useful move since it is able to hit a lot of Pokemon for neutral damage. Explosion is a good way to finish off a Trick Room sweep, potentially allowing Roggenrola to take something down with it. This should only be used if Roggenrola has low HP. Return hits several Pokemon and provides a slightly stronger alternative to Earthquake.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute

Life Orb / Oran Berry Sand Force Naughty / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Stone Edge / Rock Blast
~ Earthquake
~ Explosion
236 HP / 236 Atk

Roggenrola can also function as a bulky tank. Substitute is a great move to have, as it lets Roggenrola hit faster Choice Scarf users and priority users such as Tirtouga without getting wiped out. Stone Edge and Earthquake provide excellent neutral coverage, while also allowing Roggenrola to hit a wide range of Pokemon for super effective damage. Explosion is Explosion, KOing Roggenrola while allowing it to severely hurt the opponent, but behind a Substitute, Stone Edge or Earthquake will usually be a better choice. Life Orb is the preferred item as Substitute breaks Sturdy anyway, but Oran Berry allows Roggenrola to last longer, which could be crucial.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Lead

Oran Berry Sturdy Adamant / Naughty
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Blast / Stone Edge
~ Stealth Rock
~ Protect / Earthquake
~ Explosion
236 HP / 236 Atk

Roggenrola can make an excellent lead, as Sturdy grants it an automatic Focus Sash, which allows it to run Oran Berry for healing. This set focuses on laying down Stealth Rock and eliminating the opposing lead, granting you the early advantage. Stealth Rock allows Roggenrola to support its team, as it makes it harder for the opponent to switch and also breaks Focus Sashes and Sturdy. STAB Stone Edge coming from Roggenrola's high base 75 Attack hits a lot of Pokemon very hard, but Rock Blast can also be used to hit through Substitute and Focus Sashes.

There are three options for the third moveslot. Earthquake gets excellent coverage along with Roggenrola's STAB Rock-type attacks, forming the infamous EdgeQuake combination; while Protect blocks Fake Out, preventing it from ruining Sturdy. Explosion is an excellent option in the fourth moveslot, allowing Roggenrola to go out with a bang when it is at low health.

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Other Options

Roggenrola has a few other options it can use, despite its relatively small movepool. Rock Slide can be used for its higher accuracy and chance to flinch, but the drop in power means that Roggenrola will be unable to KO bulky Pokemon. Curse can be used on the Trick Room set, but setting up wastes a turn of Trick Room. Heavy Slam can be used, but it is almost never a better option than Stone Edge or Earthquake, due to the insubstantial difference between weights of the Pokemon used in Little Cup. Rock Polish is entirely outclassed by Autotomize, which lowers the damage taken from Low Kick and Grass Knot, unless Roggenrola is running Heavy Slam. Finally, Hidden Power Fire 3-4HKOes Bronzor with Life Orb, but Bronzor will be able to easily KO Roggenrola first with Flash Cannon.

Checks and Counters

Fighting-types such as Timburr and Scraggy and Ground-types such as Sandile and Drilbur resist Stone Edge, and OHKO Roggenrola with their STAB attacks. Bronzor and Baltoy resist both Stone Edge and Earthquake, and destroy Roggenrola with their STAB moves. Water- and Grass-types take heavy damage from Stone Edge, but OHKO Roggenrola with their STAB attacks. Priority attacks also screw up Roggenrola as it has none of its own, making Croagunk a great check. Finally, entry hazards break Sturdy and leave Roggenrola wide open to all attacks that can KO it.