Hyper Cutter
Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's Attack.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Type Tier
Water LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
- 19 22 -
15 17 20 22
13 15 18 19
8 9 12 13
8 9 12 13
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup


Krabby's great Attack and Defense can make him very difficult to handle. In spite of his vulnerability to special attacks, proper team support can make Krabby a very formidable sweeper. If Krabby manages to get both a Swords Dance and an Agility boost, the opponent's only real hope is to chip away at Krabby with priority attacks. Krabby also has a great ability in Shell Armor, which means that a critical hit will never put an end to his sweep.

Name Item Ability Nature

Krabulous (Sweeper)

Oran Berry / Life Orb Shell Armor Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
~ Swords Dance / X-Scissor
36 HP / 236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe

Krabby is blessed with a great base Attack, but his middling Speed and subpar Special Defense hinder his ability to pull off a sweep without a boost. Krabby attains perfect coverage through the use of two moves, Crabhammer and Return, so he can use the two remaining move slots to set up for a sweep. With an Adamant nature and after a Swords Dance, Krabby reaches an astronomical 44 Attack, which has a chance to OHKO every Pokemon in Little Cup, with the exception of Slowpoke. Krabby can also be effective without Swords Dance, however. X-Scissor is the recommended replacement, since, with a Life Orb, Krabby has a chance to OHKO Slowpoke if Stealth Rock is in play.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Shell Armor Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Crabhammer
~ Return
~ Rock Slide
~ Brick Break / Superpower / X-Scissor
36 HP / 236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe

Although a maximum Speed of 14 is mediocre at best, Krabby outspeeds all unboosted Pokemon in Little Cup with a Choice Scarf attached. Krabby also has a great Attack stat, allowing him to do substantial damage even without help from Swords Dance or a Choice Band. The combination of Crabhammer and Return will hit every Pokemon in Little Cup for at least neutral damage, while the other moves provide for additional coverage.

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Other Options

Krabby does not have many other moves to work with. He learns Flail, which can be used with a Focus Sash to net a surprise KO. However, Krabby's subpar Speed stat makes it unlikely that you will score more than a single KO. Krabby could run a Choice Band set with the same moves as the Choice Scarf set, but his mediocre Speed remains an issue.

Double-Edge is illegal with Agility but can be used over Return on the Choice Scarf set to add a bit more attacking power, though the recoil damage often outweighs the boost. Krabby learns Iron Defense to boost its already sky-high Defense stat, but his vulnerability to special attacks makes it gimmicky at best. He also learns Knock Off, which can be used to get rid of pesky Oran Berries, but Krabby is often better off trying to KO through them.

Checks and Counters

Any bulky special attacker can beat Krabby in most cases. Chinchou can switch in on either of Krabby's set-up moves and either outspeed him or survive an unboosted Return and OHKO with Thunderbolt. Mantyke is immune to Crabhammer and can threaten Krabby with a super effective Hidden Power. Croagunk is a great counter to Krabby, since he can come in on Crabhammer unscathed and inflict massive damage with Vacuum Wave.