Samurott

Torrent
Boosts power of Water-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Type Tier
Water NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 170 202 -
Atk
100
108 120 152 167
Def
85
94 105 137 150
SpA
108
115 128 160 176
SpD
70
81 90 122 134
Spe
70
81 90 122 134

Overview

Samurott is one of the more capable Pokemon in VGC 2011. Sporting great mixed offensive stats and decent defenses, Samurott can take hits as well as dish them out. With an odd Speed stat of 70, Samurott can function reliably in both Trick Room and Tailwind.

Name Item Ability Nature

Special Narwhal

Life Orb Torrent Modest / Quiet
Moveset EVs
~ Surf / Hydro Pump / Scald
~ Ice Beam / Blizzard
~ Grass Knot / Air Slash
~ Detect
252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD

Samurott has a relatively low Special Attack stat of 108, which is outclassed by several other Pokemon in VGC 2011. However, Samurott’s bulk and great movepool allow it to have its own niche. First off, Samurott has a huge amount of options for a STAB attack. Surf is good for hitting both opponents, but it also deals damage to your partner unless they have a way of dodging it, such as Water Absorb or Telepathy. Hydro Pump has a considerable amount of power, dealing large amounts of damage to common threats, but its low accuracy may make it undesirable. For that reason, Scald is a suitable replacement. While it sports a measly 80 Base Power, its reliable accuracy and chance to burn make it a great addition to Samurott's moveset. The choice between Ice Beam and Blizzard is one of reliability versus spread damage. The third attacking move depends on what threatens your team more. If other Water-types are a threat, than Grass Knot should be chosen, but if Fighting-types are more threatening to your team, then you should choose Air Slash. Detect is for general utility, and Life Orb allows Samurott to hit as hard as possible, as does a Modest nature.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Dancing Narwhal

Life Orb Torrent Adamant / Brave
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Aqua Jet / Waterfall / Aqua Tail
~ Megahorn / X-Scissor
~ Detect
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

Samurott has access to a great physical movepool consisting of Water- and Bug-type moves, which get perfect coverage in VGC 2011 outside of Jellicent and the rarely seen Swanna. Swords Dance boosts Samurott’s Attack to obscene levels and can be set up during a predicted Protect. The choice of STAB is once again difficult, each move having an advantage over the others. Aqua Jet is probably the best choice if Samurott is not in Trick Room, as Samurott can bypass its low Speed to hit several prominent threats hard. Waterfall and Aqua Tail are the other two options, one boasting accuracy and the chance of flinching, and the other having a higher Base Power. The choice of Bug-type move is simply one of power versus accuracy, and is dependent on what the team needs to accomplish. Detect is for easing prediction.

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Other Options

Unfortunately, Samurott lacks good moves outside of its great primary choices. If the Life Orb recoil becomes too much of a burden for you, then a Sitrus Berry can be a good item replacement to add to Samurott's bulk. A Wacan Berry is also useful for allowing Samurott to survive a Thunderbolt from Thundurus, one of Samurott’s greatest counters.

Checks and Counters

Thundurus is as close to a 100% Samurott counter as possible, able to outspeed and KO it if Samurott is not holding a Wacan Berry. Virizion also thoroughly beats Samurott, outspeeding it and dealing a huge amount of damage with STAB Leaf Blade.