Seismitoad

Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Poison Touch
The wielder has a 30% chance to poison the opponent when it uses a contact move.
Water Absorb
Heals 25% HP when hit by a Water-type attack.
Type Tier
Water / Ground NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
105
- 180 212 -
Atk
85
94 105 137 150
Def
75
85 95 127 139
SpA
85
94 105 137 150
SpD
75
85 95 127 139
Spe
74
84 94 126 138

Overview

Seismitoad is unique in the fact that it is the only Pokemon that has the ability Swift Swim in VGC 2011. Unfortunately, with Seismitoad as the only Swift Swim user, rain is not the dominant force it was in VGC 2010. However, with the right support, Seismitoad is capable of wreaking havoc.

Name Item Ability Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb Swift Swim Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Surf / Hydro Pump
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Grass Knot / Earth Power
~ Protect
132 HP / 4 Def / 156 SpA / 4 SpD / 212 Spe

Surf is Seismitoad's primary STAB move, dealing insane amounts of damage under rain. Hydro Pump gives Seismitoad even more power if you don't like hitting your teammate or being forced to have a partner immune to Surf. Hidden Power Ice hits Grass-types who resist Ground- and Water-types moves, as well as Hydreigon, who is immune to Ground-type moves. Grass Knot hits opposing Water-types like Jellicent and Samurott. Earth Power gives Seismitoad an extra STAB move, but it doesn't really hit anything that Surf and Grass Knot don't. Protect allows Seismitoad to stall out an opponent's Tailwind or Trick Room, or let its partner KO a Pokemon that threatens Seismitoad.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Swift Swim Mild
Moveset EVs
~ Surf / Hydro Pump
~ Earthquake
~ Hidden Power Ice / Grass Knot
~ Protect
132 Atk / 164 SpA / 212 Spe

This set aims to remedy Earth Power's lack of power. Surf and Hydro Pump are for STAB. Earthquake hits all opponents on the field, much like Surf, but from the physical side instead. Hidden Power Ice hits the Dragon- and Flying-types who resist Surf, while Grass Knot hits Water-types. Protect is used once again because of its multi-purpose uses in VGC.

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Other Options

If you don't like Hydro Pump or Surf, Scald has a burn chance and decent power. Muddy Water hits both opponents, leaving your partner unharmed, but its 85% accuracy leaves something to be desired. Seismitoad learns Rain Dance, enabling it to set up rain without a team based around it, and attempt a sweep, but this is generally better off left to Prankster Pokemon such as Thundurus. Seismitoad has the potential to run a physically based mixed set with Brick Break / Rock Slide / Earthquake / Hydro Pump, but the special set hits more Pokemon and is usually the better attacker in general. Focus Blast hits Hydreigon if you don't like using Hidden Power Ice, but Hidden Power hits so much more and Surf hits almost everything else Focus Blast would.

Checks and Counters

Samurott can take a Grass Knot and OHKO back with a Grass Knot of its own. Jellicent can wall Seismitoad that lack Grass Knot. Focus Sash Chandelure with Energy Ball can check Seismitoad, but most sets don't carry Energy Ball. Sassy Amoonguss takes Hidden Power Ice well enough and can respond with Spore or Giga Drain.