Kingler

Hyper Cutter
Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's Attack.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Type Tier
Water NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 251 314 -
Atk
130
266 296 359 394
Def
115
239 266 329 361
SpA
50
122 136 199 218
SpD
50
122 136 199 218
Spe
75
167 186 249 273
  • Underused

Overview

With outstanding offensive prowess, great physical bulk, coupled with access to moves such as Swords Dance and Agility, Kingler presents a formidable offensive threat to any unprepared team. The only problems truly hindering Kingler's effectiveness are its shallow movepool and mediocre special bulk, making it very vulnerable to any kind of special attack, which is especially significant. But with the appropriate support, Kingler can quite literally crush its way through an opposing team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Agility + Swords Dance

Life Orb Hyper Cutter Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Swords Dance
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
68 HP / 252 Atk / 188 Spe

This set attempts to take advantage of Kingler's great offensive versatility, allowing it to perform excellently as either a wallbreaker or a sweeper depending on the situation, by using either Swords Dance or Agility. The former option, Swords Dance, lets Kingler take on the role of a wallbreaker, abusing its sky-high base 130 Attack stat to plow through unprepared teams, allowing a second sweeper to clean up after it. The latter option, Agility, transforms Kingler into a powerful sweeper, able to clean up with its powerful attacks after its teammates have provided sufficient support for Kingler to sweep. The remaining two moveslots are given to Crabhammer, which is a reliable STAB attack, and Return, which is mainly used for coverage reasons as it can fearsomely strike Pokemon that are resistant to Kingler's STAB.

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

Choice

Choice Band / Choice Scarf Hyper Cutter Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
~ Rock Slide
~ Superpower / X-Scissor
32 HP / 252 Atk / 224 Spe

Along with being a great set-up sweeper and wallbreaker, Kingler can also efficiently play the role of a devastating revenge killer; courtesy of its impressive offensive prowess and decent movepool, which allows it to dent even the most defensive of Pokemon. Crabhammer is a staple on the set as its acts as a reliable STAB attack, while Return and Rock Slide provide excellent coverage alongside Crabhammer and are generally great attacking options. The final move comes down to your personal preference: while Superpower helps against the likes of Registeel, X-Scissor can come in handy when facing Grass-types who think they can wall Kingler's STAB.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Unfortunately, other than the mentioned sets, Kingler doesn't have many other options to choose from; although sets revolving around the sole usage of Swords Dance or Agility are perfectly viable, provided you give Kingler the needed support. A Substitute + Salac Berry set with Flail can also be utilized, but this is not recommended due to the prevalence of priority attacks in UU. In terms of other attacking options, Kingler can use Brick Break which will help when facing defensive Steel-types.

Checks and Counters

As mentioned several times before, bulky Water-types such as Milotic and Slowbro do a remarkable job at countering most Kingler variants, courtesy of their key resistances and natural bulk. Similarly, bulky Grass-types, particularly Leafeon and Tangrowth, also do a great job at checking and eliminating Kingler with their super effective STAB attacks. However, unlike Water-types, they must watch out for X-Scissor, which will inflict a massive amount of damage. Also, faster opponents, as well as priority attacks, will quickly eliminate Kingler, and if said attacks are specially based, Kingler is almost sure to faint due to its rather pitiful base Special Defense. Lastly, physically inclined walls can easily cripple Kingler with status, and then slowly whittle away its health.