Shelgon

Rock Head
Recoil moves deal no recoil damage.
Overcoat
Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
Type Tier
Dragon NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 140 172 -
Atk
95
103 115 147 161
Def
100
108 120 152 167
SpA
60
72 80 112 123
SpD
50
63 70 102 112
Spe
50
63 70 102 112

Overview

Shelgon's excellent physical bulk and decent Attack stat allow it to separate itself from other Dragon-types, such as Fraxure and Dragonair. With its good bulk, Shelgon is a decent switch-in to many powerful physical attackers, such as Sawk, Swellow, and Scolipede. With Dragon Dance, Shelgon can set up on many walls and is tough to take down after several boosts, as it takes little damage from priority moves. It can also become a physical wall, utilizing its amazing Defense stat. However, Shelgon has a terrible Special Defense stat as well as poor Speed, leaving it outsped by fast special attackers, even after several turns of setup, most notably by the common Jynx.

Name Item Ability Nature

Bulky Dragon Dance

Eviolite Overcoat Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
252 HP / 20 Atk / 236 Def

This Shelgon can potentially tear apart bulky teams, as it has many setup opportunities against them and these teams have fewer methods of taking it down. Dragon Dance Shelgon is also an extremely effective late-game sweeper, especially if it is the last Pokemon alive, as it can no longer be phazed out.

Dragon Dance boosts Shelgon's Attack and Speed, potentially allowing Shelgon to sweep. Outrage is Shelgon's STAB move and hits hard after several boosts. Furthermore, the locking-in effect of Outrage does not occur if selected by Sleep Talk. Rest allows Shelgon to absorb status and set up as much as it likes, especially in the face of walls, before healing off all the damage. Sleep Talk prevents Shelgon from being a sitting duck during its sleep and allows it to grab more boosts or hit something hard with Outrage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Physically Defensive

Eviolite Rock Head Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Wish
~ Protect
~ Toxic / Roar
~ Dragon Claw
252 HP / 236 Def / 20 SpD

This set focuses on Shelgon's amazing Defense to wall many of the tier's physical attackers. While it faces competition as a physical wall from the likes of Alomomola, Tangela, and Weezing, its typing gives it resistances to Water-, Fire-, Electric-, and Grass-type moves which few other Pokemon can handle in one teamslot. Wish is mainly a form of recovery for Shelgon. In a pinch, it can also grant a teammate some additional health, but due to Shelgon's low HP stat, it is recommended not to rely on it as a Wish passer. Protect allows Shelgon to scout for moves, rack up Toxic damage, and receive its own Wishes safely. Toxic helps Shelgon to cripple walls and annoy offensive opponents that do not appreciate residual damage. On the other hand, Roar can be used for Shelgon to take on the role of a phazer, and it prevents opponents from setting up on it. Dragon Claw is mainly used as a STAB move to finish off weakened foes and avoid becoming Taunt bait.

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Other Options

An offensive Dragon Dance set is possible, as Shelgon can outspeed base 95 Speed Pokemon after a boost with maximum Speed investment, but this set faces stiff competition from Fraxure and cannot set up as effectively without defensive EVs. The Dragon Dance set can run Brick Break to beat Bastiodon, but because it's hard to find a spare moveslot, it is generally better to rely on team support to do so, especially because Bastiodon is not very common. Toxic can also be used on the Dragon Dance set to wear down Alomomola and Tangela, but once again, it is better to rely on Toxic Spikes support, as Shelgon really struggles to fit Toxic into its moveset. DragonBreath can help the team by spreading paralysis, but it lacks power for the Dragon Dance set and clashes with Toxic for the physical wall set. In addition, it works off Shelgon's weak Special Attack stat. Otherwise, Shelgon does not have many other options because its sets are very inflexible and its movepool is not very large.

Checks and Counters

Bastiodon is a great counter to both sets, as it completely walls the defensive set and it can phaze the Dragon Dance set if Shelgon isn't the last Pokemon remaining. Probopass and Metang can beat the defensive set with Flash Cannon and Toxic, respectively. However, the Dragon Dance variant can set up on them. Klang can set up on Shelgon and eventually KO it with Gear Grind before it can do the same. Most special attackers can also beat Shelgon, especially those carrying an Ice-type move. However, they might face some trouble switching in against the Dragon Dance set. Regice and Piloswine can tank unboosted Outrages with their good bulk and KO Shelgon with their Ice-type attacks. Charizard and Jynx are fast special attackers that easily destroy Shelgon if they get in safely, and they can even outspeed Shelgon at +2. The physical wall set hates Toxic, as it has no way of healing it bar cleric support from its teammates. Therefore, Toxic Spikes are a very good way to wear down Shelgon. Shelgon also hates losing its Eviolite, as it can no longer take hits easily. Thus, using Trick or Knock Off to remove it is a good way to cripple Shelgon.