Shelgon

Rock Head
Recoil moves deal no recoil damage.
Overcoat
Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
Type Tier
Dragon NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
100
212 236 299 328
SpA
60
140 156 219 240
SpD
50
122 136 199 218
Spe
50
122 136 199 218

Overview

Shelgon is a highly underrated Pokemon. He is often known as the younger brother of the great Salamence, and faces stiff competition. However, Shelgon gained a new toy with the advent of BW: Eviolite. Additionally, he has wonderful defensive typing and great stats to either sweep or wall. However, Shelgon's miserable Special Defense and Speed hinder him in his duties as a wall or a sweeper. Don't let this discourage you; Shelgon is a very good Pokemon and can work wonders on a team built to support him.

Name Item Ability Nature

Defensive Dragon Dance

Eviolite Overcoat Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage / Dragon Claw
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD

Shelgon's bulk, combined with his decent Attack stat and Dragon Dance, make him an excellent candidate for a boosting RestTalk set. Rest and Sleep Talk keep Shelgon healthy and free of status ailments. Dragon Dance is used to boost Shelgon's Attack and Speed, which allows him to sweep unprepared teams after just a couple of turns. Outrage serves as a powerful STAB move and works well with Rest and Sleep Talk. If Outrage is selected by Sleep Talk, Shelgon isn't locked into it, nor does he get confused from fatigue after using it too long. Dragon Claw is also an option if you won't be attacking with Shelgon while he's asleep. It should be noted that the power difference between Dragon Claw and Outrage is noticeable.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Wish

Eviolite Rock Head Careful / Calm
Moveset EVs
~ Wish
~ Protect
~ Toxic / Roar
~ Dragon Claw / Fire Blast
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

Shelgon was blessed with Wish, allowing him to heal himself or his teammates. Protect ensures that Shelgon is not KOed before he is able to receive his own Wish. Toxic works well in tandem with Wish and Protect, slowly wearing down the opponent. Roar is also an option if you don't want Shelgon to be set up on, but he loses his main way to damage the opponent. Dragon Claw fills out the last slot, providing a reliable STAB move to hit hard. Fire Blast is also an option, hitting Steel-types for super effective damage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Offensive Dragon Dance

Eviolite Overcoat Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Fire Blast / Fire Fang
~ Dragon Claw / Substitute
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This set sacrifices some defensive prowess for the ability to set up. Dragon Dance is one of the best setup moves in the game, and it's used to raise Shelgon's Attack and Speed to sweeping levels. Outrage is a powerful STAB attack and hits everything that doesn't resist it hard. Fire Blast is in the third moveslot because most Steel-types are weaker on their special side. Steelix and Klinklang are the most common Steel-types in RU, and both have lower Special Defense than Defense. However, Fire Fang is still an option as it gets boosted by Dragon Dance. The last moveslot is mainly filler; Dragon Claw picks off weakened Pokemon after a Dragon Dance, and it doesn't lock Shelgon into Outrage. Substitute makes it easier to set up, and it blocks harmful status moves such as Thunder Wave or Will-O-Wisp.

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Other Options

Shelgon's movepool isn't too bad, but most of his other options are outclassed by the sets above. Zen Headbutt, Crunch, Return, Shadow Claw, Rock Slide, Aerial Ace, Double-Edge, and Brick Break are all good physical moves, but provide no more extra coverage than the moves listed. Hydro Pump and Draco Meteor are powerful special attacks, but Shelgon's shabby base 60 Special Attack means they won't be dealing much damage. Iron Defense is interesting and would make Shelgon a mountain of physical defense, but is generally not worth a moveslot. Dragon Rush is weaker than Outrage and has worse accuracy than Dragon Claw, making it a poor choice. Now that hail is allowed in RU again, Overcoat is more useful than Rock Head; the exception being the Wish set, where Wish is illegal with Overcoat.

Checks and Counters

Steel-types resist Shelgon's STAB and only fear Fire Blast coming off a base 60 Special Attack. Faster Ice-types such as Cryogonal and Jynx outspeed Shelgon and can OHKO him with their STAB Ice-type moves. Bulky Ghost-types can switch into Outrage and burn Shelgon, practically making him a non-threat. Priority isn't the most effective way of defeating Shelgon; he has such a high Defense that he can sponge most priority attacks, but they will eventually wear him down. The best way to counter Shelgon is to prevent him from setting up in the first place by blasting him on his weaker Special Defense.