Trapinch

Hyper Cutter
Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's Attack.
Arena Trap
Prevents switching and increases encounter rate.
Type Tier
Ground NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 231 294 -
Atk
100
212 236 299 328
Def
45
113 126 189 207
SpA
45
113 126 189 207
SpD
45
113 126 189 207
Spe
10
50 56 119 130

Overview

Although Trapinch may seem like an inferior Dugtrio, it has a few advantages over the triple mole. Notably, Trapinch has higher Attack, and its low Speed makes it usable in Trick Room. Arena Trap is the main selling point for Trapinch, enabling it to trap the opposing Pokemon while threatening them with STAB Earthquake. Trapinch also, and thankfully, has an immunity to Electric-type attacks, which makes switching in a little easier. The main problem with Trapinch is the fact that it is quite literally unable to take any kind of hit (outside of said Electric attacks). Because of this, Trapinch is very difficult to switch in, and doesn't last very long in battle.

Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Trapper

Life Orb / Choice Band Arena Trap Brave
Moveset IVs
~ Earthquake
~ Crunch
~ Rock Slide
~ Bug Bite / Quick Attack
0 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

To the common battler, Trapinch seems like a useless Pokemon who is essentially a waste of a team slot. However, it does have a niche in the UU metagame, albeit a very slight one: its low Speed and Arena Trap ability turn him into a good revenge killer when you have Trick Room set up. With a measly 22 Speed, nothing will outspeed Trapinch in Trick Room, unless it carries a priority move. Just beware when switching him in, as he is unable to take any kind of hit. Earthquake hits Registeel and Fire-types, though most Fire-types have priority (Arcanine with ExtremeSpeed, Blaziken with Vacuum Wave, and Houndoom with Sucker Punch). Crunch deals immense damage to Ghost- and Psychic-types, while Rock Slide is used to hit Flying-types who are immune to Earthquake. Bug Bite hits Dark- and Grass-types hard, and it also has the ability to steal an opposing Pokemon's Berry. Finally, Quick Attack may be used to finish off weakened foes, and brings some priority to the table which can be useful outside of Trick Room. Using a Choice Band gives Trapinch more power, though it doesn't score any notable KOs when compared to Life Orb. It cannot be stressed enough that Trapinch is extremely frail, so much so that he can't afford to take a single hit. Because of this, make sure you bring him in on an Electric-type attack or after a teammate has been KOed. An Exploding partner can manage to bring Trapinch in safely, too.

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Other Options

Trapinch has a very limited movepool, though there are a few options to consider. Substitute protects Trapinch from status, though if Trick Room is in effect, it's just wasting turns. Flail can be used late-game when Trapinch has been weakened by entry hazards or Life Orb recoil, hitting the opponent with a powerful Normal-type move with a Base Power of up to 200. Hyper Cutter is a viable ability, though using it forces Trapinch to lose the only thing that sets him apart from most other Ground-types: the ever-useful Arena Trap ability. An Adamant nature could be used with 252 Speed EVs and some Speed passing, though switching in Trapinch is extremely risky.

Checks and Counters

Bulky Ground-types such as Donphan and Torterra take little damage from any of Trapinch's attacks, while they can threaten him with Ice Shard and Wood Hammer, respectively. Weezing is immune to Earthquake, and can use Will-O-Wisp to cripple Trapinch or damage it with Flamethrower. Cloyster can switch in pretty easily thanks to its huge Defense, and can swiftly KO Trapinch with Ice Shard. Spiritomb can burn Trapinch with Will-O-Wisp, while Sucker Punch will KO him. Almost any Pokemon with a priority move and the ability to switch in safely can KO Trapinch with ease, since its defenses are so awful that it will fall to almost any kind of hit.