Golem

Sturdy
OHKO moves will fail.
Rock Head
Recoil moves deal no recoil damage.
Type Tier
Rock / Ground NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 301 364 -
Atk
110
230 256 319 350
Def
130
266 296 359 394
SpA
55
131 146 209 229
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
45
113 126 189 207
  • Underused

Overview

Rock / Ground typing has never been sought after on any Pokemon, and Golem certainly is no exception to that rule. However, with base 110 Attack and base 130 Defense, as well as some powerful moves with which to abuse said stats, he can prove useful. Golem is often seen as outclassed by his Ground / Rock-type rival, Rhyperior, but Golem has a few decent options that Rhyperior doesn't. Sucker Punch is very useful for making up for his low Speed and Explosion is a very powerful move in general to go out with a bang. His shortcomings, however, prevent Golem from shining in the limelight of UU.

Name Item Nature

Attacking Lead

Focus Sash Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stone Edge / Rock Blast
~ Earthquake
~ Explosion
~ Sucker Punch
12 HP / 252 Atk / 244 Spe

Focus Sash is a great item for Golem, as it makes up for his numerous weaknesses and poor Special Defense while allowing him to devote his EVs to Attack and Speed. Guaranteed to survive at least one attack, Golem can make full use of his high Attack stat and excellent attacking options, which include great coverage with just his STAB moves, powerful priority in Sucker Punch, and a potent finisher in Explosion.

Rock Blast is mentioned as the top choice of the two Rock attacks due to its synergy with Sucker Punch. While Sucker Punch encourages Pokemon such as Sceptile and Mismagius to use Substitute, Rock Blast punishes the use of Substitute with its ability to break the Substitute with the first hit or two and continue to cause damage afterwards. However, Stone Edge is still a great choice as it always hits for 100 Base Power, allowing Golem to reliably damage opponents (assuming it hits) such as Sceptile and Mesprit to the point that Sucker Punch can finish them off. Earthquake is Golem's most reliable attack, and it hits many leads for super effective damage; notable examples including Omastar, Kabutops, Nidoqueen, and Rhyperior, which are all 2HKOed or OHKOed. Explosion lets him OHKO Cloyster, Donphan, and Claydol, who are all outsped. Sucker Punch is there to finish off Ambipom after Golem hits him with Earthquake, and to OHKO Choice Specs Alakazam leads.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Nature

Substitute + 3 Attacks

Life Orb / Leftovers Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Explosion
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge / Sucker Punch
212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe

With Substitute, Golem can gain some extra leverage and ease prediction against the opponent. Since fast special attackers are generally quite physically frail, those that attempt to switch in on an immunity or resistance will be put into an awkward position. This Golem can also act as an excellent lure for all bulky Water-types in UU, most notably Milotic. When behind a Substitute, he can safely Explode on bulky Water-types without worrying about being outsped.

Explosion is required to net a clean OHKO on the bulky Water-types that Golem will lure, while Earthquake and Stone Edge provide strong STABs with good coverage. To illustrate Golem's power, Life Orb Earthquake will OHKO standard Registeel and deal 80% minimum to 4 HP / 0 Def Venusaur, while Stone Edge will 3HKO defensive Uxie and OHKO offensive Rotom. Alternatively, Stone Edge can be dropped for Sucker Punch, which bypasses Golem's pathetic Speed and has good synergy with Substitute.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

All-Out Attacker

Choice Band / Life Orb Rock Head Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
~ Double-Edge / Sucker Punch
~ Explosion
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Thanks to his solid base 110 Attack stat and potent Stone Edge and Earthquake combination, an offensive set seems ideal for Golem. Claydol and Torterra, who resist both of Golem's STABs, will take a hefty chunk of damage from Double-Edge. Explosion is also incredibly powerful when boosted by a Choice Band and will decimate opponents. An Adamant nature will yield the highest damage output per attack, but a Jolly nature will allow you to outspeed Milotic. Rock Head is the suggested ability because of Double-Edge's recoil.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Regardless of his good defensive stats, Golem has one of the worst movepools available. Fire Punch is a really good option for Torterra and still does a good amount to Claydol, his biggest counters. Rock Polish is semi-viable, but disregarding Explosion, Rhyperior completely outclasses Rock Polish Golem. Rest and Sleep Talk can also be used, but Golem has a terrible defensive typing.

Checks and Counters

Claydol is one of the best switch-ins around, since it is immune to Earthquake and resistant to Stone Edge. Ground-, Water-, and Grass-types with decent Defense are also fine switch-ins. Donphan, Leafeon, Torterra, Tangrowth, and Milotic are all good options. Rotom and Mismagius can come in on Earthquake, Double-Edge, and Explosion. Both are destroyed by Stone Edge though. Uxie can come in on the same attacks as the Ghosts and threaten to cripple Golem's power with Reflect deal good damage with Grass Knot or Psychic.