- Prevents critical hits.
- Multi-hit moves will always hit the maximum number of times.
- Grants immunity to damage from weather effects.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
With access to one of the best boosting moves in the game and a superb ability to match, Shellder is a top threat in the Little Cup metagame. Shell Smash transforms Shellder into a dangerous sweeper, reducing its defenses while doubling its Attack, Special Attack, and Speed. This, in conjunction with what is effectively two 125 Base Power moves that hit through Substitute, Focus Sash, and Sturdy, makes Shellder a superb addition to any team. Shellder can also run an effective Choice Scarf set, reaching 21 Speed with a Scarf, which allows it to outspeed all unboosted Pokemon in the Little Cup metagame. This set is notable for being one of the few things that can revenge kill Murkrow and other Flying-types.
Despite its offensive prowess, Shellder does have some glaring weaknesses, the first one being its extreme frailty after using Shell Smash. Any faster Scarf user or one that uses a neutral priority move will revenge kill Shellder with ease. Thankfully, Shellder also has access to priority in the form of Ice Shard, and can utilize Eviolite to rectify its poor Special Defense after a boost.
Shellder is extremely difficult to wall after a Shell Smash. In fact, it reaches a prodigious 30 Attack, 22 Special Attack and 28 Speed after a single Shell Smash using the given EV spread. Rock Blast and Icicle Spear are both the equivalent of 125 Base Power attacks, and do enormous damage to anything that doesn't resist them. Additionally, the combination of the two attacks provides decent type coverage. The choice between Hydro Pump and Ice Shard depends on the rest of your team. If you want Shellder to be able to hit Steel- and Rock-types, run Hydro Pump. However, if your team is able to deal with the aforementioned threats, Ice Shard is the superior option.
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This set attempts to take advantage of Shellder's powerful multi-hit moves. Shellder can effectively attack and remove powerful, Substitute-abusing threats from a match with its multi-hit attacks. The EVs given allow Shellder to reach 21 Speed, outspeeding all unboosted Pokemon in the Little Cup metagame. Unfortunately, despite Shellder's niche, it is usually outclassed by Pokemon such as Mienfoo. It may seem peculiar that max Attack is not used; however, one point less does not actually make any significant impact on Shellder's power, and it allows Shellder to invest in Special Defense to soak hits from Croagunk. Rock Blast hits any Pokemon that doesn't resist it hard, and Icicle Spear does the same. It also provides astounding coverage on Larvesta, something that Shellder's rival Snover can't claim to do without Hidden Power Rock. Rock Blast and Icicle Spear have excellent synergy with each other, hitting a large portion of the metagame for at least neutral damage. Razor Shell hits the Pokemon that resist Rock Blast and Icicle Spear, which include Aron and Bronzor, and provides Shellder with a decent Water-type STAB attack.
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Surf can be used over Hydro Pump if accuracy is an issue. A special set could possibly be used since Shellder has access to Hydro Pump and Ice Beam, particularly in conjunction with Shell Smash. Shellder could potentially use Payback to hit Ghost-types hard on the switch in. On that note, Shellder also makes an effective Rapid Spin user, with access to Payback and a neutrality to Stealth Rock.
Checks and Counters
Bronzor walls all Shellder that don't run Hydro Pump or Surf, and can easily set up on it or KO it with Psychic. Priority users, such as Croagunk and Pawniard, can prey on Shellder's weak defenses (especially after Shell Smash). Pokemon that hit above 28 Speed when holding a Choice Scarf, such as Elekid, outspeed it after a Shell Smash and can hit Shellder for super effective damage, but have trouble switching in. Slowpoke is also neutral to all of Shellder's attacks and can survive a Rock Blast. However, it can't do much back to Shellder. Frillish walls the Scarf set quite effectively, stopping any sweep it might attempt. Munchlax, through its ability Thick Fat, has no problem switching in to Shellder's most common move, Icicle Spear. Chinchou resists anything Shellder packs and can don a Choice Scarf of its own to revenge it. However, it cannot take repeated hits boosted by Shell Smash.