Shieldon

Sturdy
OHKO moves will fail.
Type Tier
Rock / Steel LC
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
30
- 105 137 -
Atk
42
55 62 94 103
Def
118
124 138 170 187
SpA
42
55 62 94 103
SpD
88
97 108 140 154
Spe
30
45 50 82 90
  • Little Cup

Overview

When we first take a glance at Shieldon, we will find those enormous defenses hard to ignore. Oftentimes, however, its mediocre Speed and offenses prevent it from taking on a truly threatening role on a team. But whoever said this was an entirely bad thing? Shieldon’s defensive prowess and access to supporting moves such as Stealth Rock and Rain Dance make the little Shield Pokemon an excellent supporting player on most Little Cup teams.

Name Item Nature

Support

Oran Berry / Shed Shell Sassy
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock / Stone Edge
~ Earthquake
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt / Magnet Rise
196 HP / 20 Atk / 52 Def / 20 SpA / 212 SpD

Shieldon's sturdy defenses and access to a great supporting move, Stealth Rock, allow it to effectively play the role of a supporter on most Little Cup teams. Shieldon can also check many strong and common threats of the Little Cup metagame, such as Dragon Dance Dratini, and this should definitely be taken into account when deciding whether or not to reserve a spot for Shieldon on your team.

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Other Options

Due to Shieldon's mediocre offenses and Speed, it doesn’t have many options when it comes to its offensive capabilities in the tier, although it does have access to a couple of decent offensive stat-up moves. Rock Polish can help cure Shieldon of its mediocre Speed, but this is not recommended as Shieldon would still possess lackluster offenses. Similarly, a Metal Sound or Metal Burst set can be utilized, but again, when you factor in Shieldon's poor offenses, these options are lackluster. If you wish to include other forms of STAB in Shieldon's moveset, moves such as Iron Head and Flash Cannon can be used, but they offer redundant coverage. Other than providing Stealth Rock support, Shieldon can also provide Rain Dance support which can be a valuable asset to teams revolving around sweepers such as Horsea, Mantyke, and Omanyte.

Checks and Counters

Diglett, Magnemite, and even Wynaut are all effective counters to Shieldon as they can easily OHKO or 2HKO it with their STAB or super effective attacks, provided that they don't switch into a super effective attack themselves. In Wynaut's case, prediction is especially necessary to win. Chinchou is also a great counter, as not only is it immune to Thunderbolt, but it is also resistant to Ice Beam and Flamethrower so it can annihilate any Shieldon set foolish enough to not carry Earthquake. Similar to Chinchou, Munchlax can also wall Shieldon courtesy of its gargantuan HP and above-average defenses.