Cradily

Suction Cups
Cannot be forced to switch. Increases chance of encountering Pokémon while fishing.
Type Tier
Rock / Grass NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
86
- 313 376 -
Atk
81
178 198 261 287
Def
97
207 230 293 322
SpA
81
178 198 261 287
SpD
107
225 250 313 344
Spe
43
109 122 185 203

Overview

Cradily has improved vastly with the additions of Platinum and HGSS, which imbued it with Seed Bomb and Curse, respectively. These moves have allowed it to find a niche in the lower tiers as a bulky sweeper, while remaining a formidable wall on sandstorm teams. Cradily can be incredibly potent when used effectively, as most teams are unprepared to take it on. However, many sets require strong team support (namely Hippopotas) to be used to their full potential.

Name Item Nature

Mono-Attacker

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Slide
~ Curse
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

The addition of Curse to its movepool really gave Cradily a new lease on life. Curse lets Cradily not only boost its Attack, but also allow its Defense to catch up to its already stellar Special Defense (when boosted by sandstorm). Coupled with its unique ability, Suction Cups, a deadly combination is spawned.

The goal of this set is to slowly accrue Curses, using Cradily's bulk to take attacks while gaining Attack and Defense. Cradily is very difficult to take down, as it is free to Rest as often as it pleases, allowing it to absorb status as well as take most attacks. Sleep Talk allows Cradily to stack Curses or fire off Rock Slides while sleeping, meaning that the longer Cradily is in, the more difficult it will be to take down. Although it may seem as though a Pokemon like Milotic could switch in easily and Ice Beam away, the reality is that unless the opposing Pokemon carries extremely powerful super effective special attacks, Cradily will take shockingly low damage from them, as its Special Defense will be sky-high in sandstorm (where it should always be used).

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Name Item Nature

ChestoRest

Chesto Berry Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Curse
~ Rock Slide
~ Seed Bomb
~ Rest
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

While the previous set requires Cradily to stack quite a few Curses to take on opponents, this one allows the set up process to be hastened by adding a second attack, and thus, better type coverage. The addition of Seed Bomb allows Cradily to take on bulky Pokemon, such as Milotic, Donphan, and Rhyperior without having to maximize its Attack stat, as you can now hit them for super effective or neutral damage. In addition, Seed Bomb is a more reliable attack, as it has 100% accuracy (Rock Slide is the preferred move on the mono-attacking set due to superior type coverage).

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Name Item Nature

Support

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Slide
~ Toxic
~ Recover
~ Seed Bomb / Stealth Rock / Protect
252 HP / 96 Def / 160 SpD

This is the classic Cradily set, which handles special assaults as well as nearly any Pokemon in UU with sandstorm support. Its great typing, above average defenses, and access to Recover make it a very formidable wall. The strategy is simple: switch in on a special attacker like Mismagius or Milotic, shrug off their attacks, and hit them with Toxic or an attack when appropriate.

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Name Item Nature

Stockpile

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Stockpile
~ Recover
~ Toxic
~ Rock Slide / Earthquake
252 HP / 216 Def / 40 SpD

This set is quite similar to the last, with one large change: Stockpile. Stockpile lets Cradily boost both of its defenses up to +3 (Stockpile's limit), at which point it is nearly impossible to take down with unboosted attacks. Unlike the previous set, this one is designed to function outside of sandstorm, although sandstorm support is certainly a plus. This set also makes use of Suction Cups, as Cradily would normally be an easy target for phazing moves.

Toxic and Recover are givens on this set, as Cradily's primary goal is to stall out opponents with poison damage. Toxic is Cradily's main method of racking up damage, which it can do easily after it has boosted its defenses sky high with Stockpile. Against many opponents, Cradily can simply laugh as they throw themselves at it with unsuccessful attacks while their HP slips away. The nature and EVs allow Cradily to be a more balanced staller, as its Defense and Special Defense are equalized.

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Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Stockpile
~ Recover
~ Rock Slide / Seed Bomb
252 HP / 216 Def / 40 SpD

This set is designed to make Cradily an offensive threat outside of sandstorm, where the Curse sets dare not stray. Although using two moves to boost its stats may seem like overkill, the unique combination of Suction Cups, Recover, and balanced all-around stats makes Cradily the perfect Pokemon to do it. Possessing two stat boosting moves is also convenient because it gives you the freedom to choose what Cradily boosts, which can be very beneficial in many situations.

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Name Item Nature

Baton Pass Receiver

Lum Berry / Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stone Edge / Rock Slide
~ Seed Bomb
~ Earthquake / Swords Dance / Toxic
~ Recover
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Like its aquatic counterpart, Octillery, Cradily is a good Baton Pass receiver due to its excellent ability, Suction Cups. Although it lacks the raw power of other Baton Pass candidates, it brings great typing and impressive bulk to the table. Furthermore, the attacking combination of Rock and Grass provides nearly flawless neutral type coverage in UU, resisted only by Registeel and Toxicroak.

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Name Item Nature

Lead

Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Seed Bomb
~ Stone Edge
~ Recover
228 HP / 176 Atk / 104 Spe

Cradily is constantly seen as a bulky supporter Pokemon lacking in the offensive department; however, this set attempts to take advantage of its ability to reliably set up Stealth Rock (thanks to its great overall bulk) and its great dual typing to turn it into a solid, effective Stealth Rock lead. With a Life Orb attached, Cradily becomes surprisingly powerful, capable of 2HKOing or OHKOing almost every common lead, such as Arcanine, Omastar, and Cloyster, as well as becoming a decent late-game sweeper.

Even though Cradily has equal offensive stats, its physical movepool is much stronger than its special movepool; as such, Cradily's moveset is geared towards the physical side. Seed Bomb and Stone Edge are the two primary STAB moves, the former hitting Omastar and Kabutops for extreme damage, and the latter smashing Moltres. Recover is used in the final slot to allow Cradily to heal any damage taken and to lengthen Cradily's survivability during the match, especially since Life Orb's recoil will be gradually reducing Cradily's health.

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Other Options

Cradily can utilize Mirror Coat to score some surprise KOs on unsuspecting opponents. Its combination of high Special Defense and a reliable recovery move make it a respectable and durable user of the strategy, but unfortunately most opponents will attack Cradily from the physical side, especially in a sandstorm. There are still plenty of opponents, however, that would feel comfortable wearing down Cradily with special attacks, such as Alakazam, Mismagius, and offensive variants of Milotic. Cradily takes all of their super effective attacks with ease and can OHKO back with Mirror Coat in some scenarios. Cradily also gets access to Confuse Ray, which can be used alongside or in place of Toxic on the Support set to rack up damage on opponents. If used on the switch, it can also leave physical sweepers with a nice parting gift, since they will generally be the most likely switch-ins to Cradily.

Rock Polish can be used to achieve a respectable Speed stat, but unfortunately, Cradily might not know what to do with it without a significant Attack boost. This strategy is probably best left to its fellow Rock-types Rhyperior and Aggron. Cradily's Attack and Special Attack stats are equal at base 81, but its special movepool borders on disgraceful and can really only be made useful with copious boosts passed to it.

As far as EVs go, maxing out HP is a wise choice on any Cradily, unless Speed is required to pull off a sweep. For Curse variants, it relies on its bulk to sweep, and since Attack and Defense will be boosted, pouring all its EVs into HP and Special Defense is the recommended choice. For the support set, the EVs should be split between its defenses as needed after maxing out HP. The Support set likes as much Defense as possible to compensate for its inferior base stat, but still needs enough Special Defense to fulfill Cradily's role as a Special Wall. The suggested 252 HP / 96 Def / 160 SpD spread allows Cradily to survive two Life Orbed +2 Hidden Power Fighting from Mismagius, as well as any other unboosted special attack in UU.

Checks and Counters

Fighting-types in general give Cradily major problems and should usually send it running for the hills. Nearly all of them will be throwing physical attacks at Cradily, which does not suit Cradily's stat distribution at all. Toxicroak in particular can essentially come in on Cradily for free, as it resists everything but the rare Earthquake, and Nasty Plot or throw up a Sub, knowing Cradily can do nothing but switch. Similarly, anything with Superpower can probably 2HKO Cradily at worst if Cradily has not Cursed multiple times. With Low Kick's rising popularity in UU, it is worth noting that this move hits Cradily for 80 Base Power. This is safely out of OHKO range for any of its likely users with the exception of Adamant Choice Band Aggron, which has a decent chance to OHKO.

Registeel can come in and wall anything Cradily throws at it, assuming that something isn't a rare Earthquake. It will also likely have Iron Head, which both hits Cradily for super effective damage and has a 30% chance to flinch. Weezing is an especially unwelcome switch-in to Curse variants, as it can Haze or Will-O-Wisp Cradily, while taking its attacks with ease. Rhyperior can also take Rock Slides easily and pummel Cradily with Megahorn, but must watch out for Seed Bomb.

In general, it is quite easy to switch into Cradily while its stats remain unboosted, due to its mediocre Attack and a Speed stat worthy of a Pokemon with no legs that can't swim or fly. However, once the Curses begin, Cradily can be very hard to stop, and if unprepared, you might see your possible switch-ins go from half your team to zero in no time at all.