Originally Posted by Fat IcyMan28
I haven't played in a while due to school, but I was wondering what people's thoughts are on Cradily.
Its uses are limited but it does have a niche in Sand as we all know. Now that it has Storm Drain as its DW ability, it adds yet another dimension in the form of absorbing water-type attacks while still benefitting from the sandstorm boost and being sufficiently sturdy with access to Recover. It's typing is a bit more exposed than Gastrodon's (Fighting and Ice weaknesses hurt), but is somewhat remedied by its ability to use Stealth Rock and the SpD boost reducing the impact of stray Ice Beams.
I had used Cradily on my Sand Team for a while and it was a great switchin against Choice Locked Politoed's. Cradily has Grass attacks to threaten Water types better than Gastrodon ever could. I could just switch back in from Cradily and ensure the boost.
The problem I found with Cradily after a while is that it needs Sand to be a great special wall. If there is a weather war involved, 50% of the battle your SpD won't be 516, but just 344. So it goes from great to decent with horrible typing :o. It's water immunity and electric resist are good for rain, but its typing can't capitalize on anything else.
Cradily can take neutral hits better than Gastrodon in the sand. But outside of that Gastrodon is better because of his superior typing (1 weakness more resists) and he doesn't need to rely on Sandstorm.