Exploud

Soundproof
Unaffected by sound moves.
Type Tier
Normal NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
104
- 349 412 -
Atk
91
196 218 281 309
Def
63
145 162 225 247
SpA
91
196 218 281 309
SpD
63
145 162 225 247
Spe
68
154 172 235 258
  • Underused

Overview

Discounting the mighty Arceus, Exploud has (arguably) the best mixed attacking stats of any Normal-type in the game. With a diverse offensive movepool to match, Exploud would seem to be a very prominent wallbreaker in the metagame. To the contrary, however, he is not, for his attacking stats come at the expense of his defenses and Speed, and even his beefy base 104 HP isn't enough to save him in this regard. Normal STAB is also not that great, being resisted by a fair number of popular Pokemon, and being super effective against none. Regardless of these issues, Exploud makes a fine offensive Pokemon, and can really shine when given the right circumstances and support.

Name Item Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Naughty
Moveset EVs
~ Return
~ Earthquake
~ Crunch
~ Surf / Ice Beam
252 Atk / 68 SpA / 188 Spe

Exploud's eloquent movepool backed up by his impressive mixed attacking stats allow him to put a dent on just about anything in UU with the right move. This set takes advantage of this quality to maximize Exploud's potential. Return is Exploud's most appropriate STAB move, having absolutely no drawbacks and sporting a very respectable Base Power. Earthquake covers those annoying Steel- and Rock-types that resist Return, while Crunch does the same for Ghost-types, who sport an immunity to Return. Having already achieved perfect coverage with those three moves, the fourth slot is for a leisure move more than anything else. Surf OHKOes Rhyperior, who would otherwise be able to take an Earthquake and retaliate, and does more damage to the likes of Steelix and Donphan as well. On the other hand, Ice Beam deals massive damage to Torterra and Altaria.

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Name Item Nature

Substitute

Leftovers Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Return
~ Earthquake
~ Crunch
224 HP / 252 Atk / 32 Spe

Exploud's defenses aren't too great, but he has the movepool and attacking stats to threaten anything, making him more than capable of using Substitute to his advantage. While a mixed set is more comfortable dealing with defensive teams, Substitute Exploud can tear apart offensive teams with proper prediction. Return returns (pardon the pun) as the preferred STAB move, with good Base Power and no drawbacks, while Earthquake and Crunch cover everything that resists Return. Substitute is a given, and Leftovers help Exploud cope with the health loss from making Substitutes.

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Other Options

Exploud makes a fantastic Baton Pass recipient, as he has all the right stats and movepool to be one. He also has Soundproof to block out any attempts to Roar him out. A pass could come from either a chain, or from a Pokemon such as Gligar. Fire Blast and Flamethrower are good special attacks, but have rather redundant coverage alongside Earthquake. Going primarily special is an option, using Hyper Voice for STAB, and moves such as Surf, Fire Blast, Shadow Ball, and Focus Blast for coverage. Exploud's physical attacks are generally more powerful though. Choice sets are fine, but Exploud is generally too slow to pull one off effectively. Howl is an interesting move, but Exploud is pretty much outclassed in that area by Swords Dance Zangoose.

Checks and Counters

Despite his excellent coverage, Exploud can still be beaten by several bulky Pokemon. Bulky Water-types such as Milotic, who are sturdy enough to avoid being 2HKOed by Return, make great checks. Spiritomb isn't 2HKOed by Crunch, and can burn Exploud with Will-O-Wisp. Defensive Fighting-types such as Hariyama and Hitmontop are able to take a few hits and KO with their STAB attacks. Without Surf, physical behemoths such as Steelix and Regirock have little to fear from Exploud, while Torterra is able to take him on when he lacks Ice Beam. Finally, pretty much any offensive Pokemon can come in on the revenge kill quite effectively if Exploud has no Substitute up.