Skorupi

Battle Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Sniper
Critical hits do 3x damage instead of 2x.
Keen Eye
The wielder's accuracy cannot be lowered.
Type Tier
Poison / Bug LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
40
- 221 284 -
Atk
50
122 136 199 218
Def
90
194 216 279 306
SpA
30
86 96 159 174
SpD
55
131 146 209 229
Spe
65
149 166 229 251
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Overview

Skorupi is truly underrated, as it has great Defense, decent Attack, and good Speed. In addition, Skorupi's movepool is expansive, with a wide assortment of attacks and support moves—specifically Toxic Spikes. It also gets a variety of decent special moves, but its Special Attack is quite low, so none of these moves will do much damage. Overall, Skorupi is a pretty good Pokemon as long as you use it as a physical wall that resists Fighting-type attacks, since Ferroseed, among others, outclasses it otherwise.

Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk

Eviolite Battle Armor Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Acupressure
~ X-Scissor
36 HP / 36 Atk / 196 Def / 236 SpD

Skorupi could be a fantastic wall, but its lack of reliable recovery really hampers this potential. This set makes Skorupi a bit more useful, providing it with recovery in the form of Rest, and "offenses" in the form of Sleep Talk. Acupressure randomly raises one of Skorupi's stats by two levels, and it works fantastically in tandem with Sleep Talk to potentially transform Skorupi into a powerful yet bulky mono-attacker. X-Scissor gives Skorupi an attacking move so it can actually do damage to opposing Pokemon. Skorupi is essentially unbeatable if it can get two boosts in its Defense and Special Defense stats, especially since its ability, Battle Armor, stops opposing Pokemon from landing an otherwise devastating critical hit.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Toxic Spiker

Eviolite Sniper Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Toxic Spikes
~ Cross Poison
~ X-Scissor / Bug Bite
~ Knock Off
36 HP / 196 Atk / 36 Def / 236 Spe

Skorupi can easily set up Toxic Spikes with Eviolite and decent defensive stats. Cross Poison has a high chance of getting a critical hit, which means that Skorupi's ability, Sniper, will activate and inflict triple the amount of damage a regular hit would do. X-Scissor hits harder than Bug Bite, which means it would almost always be the better move to use. However, Bug Bite can steal the opponent's Berry, which is the only reason you would use it over X-Scissor. Knock Off gets rid of an opposing Pokemon's item, such as Scraggy's and Mienfoo's Eviolite, making it much less formidable.

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Other Options

With Gligar now out of the picture, Skorupi could run a Swords Dance set, except for the fact that it is easily revenge killed by Pokemon such as Doduo. Skorupi does get some nice special moves, but its Special Attack stat just isn't high enough to use them effectively. Skorupi could run an Agility set as well, but this is outclassed by other, more powerful Pokemon such as Drilbur and Dratini. Aqua Tail could be used, but Cross Poison does more damage to Fire-types.

Checks and Counters

Doduo counters Skorupi with its STAB Brave Bird, and it can finish off weakened variants with Quick Attack. Gastly can Substitute up and then use Hypnosis on Skorupi, since all of its moves are ineffective against the ghost except for Knock Off, which does not do much damage anyway. Magnemite walls both of Skorupi's sets hard, and can get a Substitute up and attempt a sweep. Flame Orb Taillow also KOes Skorupi with Brave Bird.