Boosts power of Water-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Prevents the use of Selfdestruct or Explosion. Prevents Aftermath from doing damage.
Type Tier
Water / Ground UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
- 341 404 -
230 256 319 350
194 216 279 306
185 206 269 295
194 216 279 306
140 156 219 240


Swampert has always been known to be a Pokemon that possesses good bulk, decent offensive stats, and an auspicious typing, but it still faces competition with Gastrodon and Quagsire as a defensive Pokemon with Water / Ground typing. However, Swampert still has a niche; it can still use an effective Choice Band set in OU. Due to new and more powerful threats brought by BW2, it can no longer act as an effective wall, especially when walls such as Gliscor, Hippowdon, and Slowbro are available. Nevertheless, Swampert can still be an effective Pokemon in OU if it is used with the right support.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Torrent Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Waterfall
~ Superpower
~ Ice Punch / Stone Edge
172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe

This set utilizes Swampert's good bulk to tank hits and retaliate by hitting hard thanks to the Choice Band boost. Earthquake is its main STAB move, which hits surprisingly hard, 2HKOing standard Ferrothorn after Stealth Rock damage as well as 2HKOing Jellicent. Waterfall hits opponents such as Gliscor hard, and it can even 2HKO Skarmory in rain, which is quite a feat. Superpower is mostly used to deal with Swampert's nemesis Ferrothorn, which has a good chance of being OHKOed by it. Ice Punch lets Swampert hit opponents such as Celebi and Dragonite hard, which resist the previously mentioned moves. Stone Edge is also a good option in the final slot, allowing Swampert to hit Gyarados hard, as it resists every move on the set except for Ice Punch.

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Other Options

Swampert can also run a defensive set, as it has access to useful support options such as Stealth Rock, Roar, and Scald. Stealth Rock is beneficial to any team, as it weakens opponents and prevents opposing Volcarona and Dragonite from switching in at full health. Roar is useful to phaze setup sweepers Swampert might encounter, while Scald can burn opponents such as Ferrothorn, which is very useful. Swampert can also utilize a RestTalk set, although it isn't very effective in BW due to the sleep mechanics. Yawn can be used to force switches, but Roar is usually a superior support option.

Checks and Counters

Celebi can comfortably switch into Earthquake, Superpower, or Waterfall and easily take down Swampert with Giga Drain or Leaf Storm, though it must be wary of Ice Punch. Ferrothorn can switch into Waterfall or Ice Punch with ease and take down Swampert with Power Whip, although it must look out for Superpower and Earthquake. Intimidate Gyarados does a good job countering Swampert, being immune to Earthquake, resisting Waterfall and Superpower, and only being hit neutrally by Ice Punch. Thanks to Intimidate, those moves shouldn't be dealing much damage to Gyarados, although it must still look out for the occasional Stone Edge. Dragonite only has to fear Ice Punch, but it resists Waterfall and Superpower, while also being immune to Earthquake. Thanks to its titanic Defense stat, Slowbro can comfortably tank any of Swampert's moves, and is only 3HKOed by Earthquake, which is Swampert's best option against it. Finally, Amoonguss resists Waterfall and Superpower, although it is 2HKOed by both Earthquake and Ice Punch.