Sudowoodo

Sturdy
OHKO moves will fail.
Rock Head
Recoil moves deal no recoil damage.
Type Tier
Rock NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 281 344 -
Atk
100
212 236 299 328
Def
115
239 266 329 361
SpA
30
86 96 159 174
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
30
86 96 159 174
  • Underused

Overview

Since its introduction, Sudowoodo has always been shunned in favor of more powerful alternatives. Pure Rock typing is surprisingly poor defensively, and as an offensive Pokemon, Sudowoodo is overshadowed by the likes of Rhyperior, Kabutops, and Aggron, all of which boast superior stats and useful secondary STAB moves. Luckily, Sudowoodo does have one big advantage over its rivals in the form of Wood Hammer, which lets it turn the tables on Water- and Ground-types that counter other Rock-types. Explosion and Sucker Punch also help set Sudowoodo apart, making it a very dangerous Pokemon when behind a Substitute. Overall, Sudowoodo still lacks the power and Speed necessary to be a top threat, but when played well it can be a powerful force that is sure to punch some holes in your opponent's team.

Name Item Ability Nature

All-Out Attacker

Choice Band / Life Orb Rock Head Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stone Edge
~ Wood Hammer
~ Low Kick / Earthquake
~ Explosion / Sucker Punch
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

With a solid base 100 Attack and plenty of powerful physical moves, Sudowoodo can be a dangerous offensive force. While its terrible Speed and poor defensive typing prevent it from sweeping teams, it excels as a wallbreaker that very few Pokemon can safely switch in on. Sudowoodo's STAB Stone Edge allows it to immediately threaten the abundant Fire-, Flying-, and Bug-types in UU. Wood Hammer is Sudowoodo's secret weapon that sets it apart from other Rock-types; whereas Rhyperior and Aggron are forced to retreat at the first sign of a bulky Water-type, Wood Hammer gives Sudowoodo a chance to OHKO even Milotic after Stealth Rock damage. Low Kick puts a big dent in the heavy Steel-type walls that resist Rock and Grass, while Earthquake hits the same Steel-types nearly as hard and has more consistent power against other targets. In the last slot, Explosion essentially guarantees Sudowoodo will KO at least one opposing Pokemon per match, but the priority Sucker Punch provides can be very useful to overcome Sudowoodo's abysmal Speed.

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Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Life Orb / Leftovers Rock Head Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Focus Punch
~ Stone Edge
~ Wood Hammer / Explosion / Sucker Punch
8 HP / 252 Atk / 248 Spe

With Substitute, Sudowoodo can take advantage of a switch to ease prediction and guarantee a powerful hit on whatever Pokemon the opponent brings in. This makes Sudowoodo an excellent lure for popular walls such as Milotic and Registeel, which are both easily crippled by Sudowoodo's powerful super effective attacks. By weakening or removing these defensive threats, Sudowoodo can pave the way for a teammate to sweep.

Focus Punch is an excellent attack to use when behind a Substitute, and together with STAB Stone Edge, it provides near-perfect coverage. Sudowoodo has several options for its third attack. Wood Hammer is usually the best choice, as it cripples Water- and Ground-types such as Milotic and Rhyperior without any drawbacks. It also helps differentiate Sudowoodo from Golem, which otherwise performs this set better in nearly every way. Explosion guarantees Sudowoodo will take down the Pokemon it lures in; this is especially useful against Grass-types like Tangrowth that it would otherwise struggle with. Finally, if you wish to use Sudowoodo as a more traditional SubPuncher, Sucker Punch is a good option in the last slot thanks to its priority and wonderful offensive synergy with Substitute and Focus Punch.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Support

Leftovers Rock Head Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Stone Edge
~ Wood Hammer / Earthquake / Low Kick
~ Toxic / Explosion
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

Sudowoodo doesn't have the best defensive typing, but it does sport a solid Defense stat and handy resistances to Normal-, Fire-, and Flying-type attacks, giving it plenty of opportunities to come in and set up Stealth Rock. Even without any investment in Attack, Stone Edge is still a powerful STAB move that prevents opposing Pokemon from setting up on Sudowoodo. Wood Hammer provides great complementary coverage and prevents Water- and Ground-types from switching in freely, but it does leave Sudowoodo walled by Toxicroak and Steel-types, so Earthquake and Low Kick are both acceptable replacements. The last slot is reserved for further support; Toxic is a great catch-all move to gradually wear down Sudowoodo's foes, while Explosion allows Sudowoodo to take an enemy down with it when its job is done.

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Other Options

Rock Polish is a tempting option for boosting Sudowoodo's Speed and attempting a sweep; unfortunately, Sudowoodo is so slow that even after a boost it will still be outsped by most common revenge killers, and its typing leaves it weak to many popular priority attacks. Hammer Arm can work as an alternative Fighting-type move that hits many Normal-types harder than Low Kick, most notably OHKOing Kangaskhan with a Choice Band, but Sudowoodo will miss Low Kick's extra power against Registeel and Steelix. Double-Edge is a drawback-free 120 Base Power move when used with Rock Head, but the great power and coverage of Sudowoodo's main options makes it unnecessary. Sudowoodo also has access to the elemental punches; Ice Punch can be useful for surprising Torterra, but otherwise, their low Base Power makes them useless. Rock Slide can be used in place of Stone Edge if you prefer its increased accuracy and PP over Stone Edge's higher power. Sudowoodo learns Calm Mind, but with a ridiculously low Special Attack stat and a nonexistent special movepool, it's nothing more than a joke option (and a hilarious one at that).

Checks and Counters

Hitmontop and Hariyama are excellent counters; with great physical Defense and a resistance to Stone Edge, they take little damage from any of Sudowoodo's attacks and can strike back with STAB Close Combat. Bulky Grass-types, such as Torterra and Tangrowth, can usually switch in freely and and force Sudowoodo out with their STAB attacks, although they must watch out for Explosion and the rare Ice Punch. Unless it has Substitute, Sudowoodo is easily revenge killed by nearly any special attacker (beware of Sucker Punch), but switching in requires good prediction.