Croagunk (M) @ Eviolite
Trait: Dry Skin
EVs: 212 HP / 36 Atk / 36 Def / 108 SAtk / 116 SDef
Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
- Fake Out
- Drain Punch
- Vacuum Wave
- Shadow Ball
Lickitung (M) @ Eviolite
Trait: Own Tempo
EVs: 116 HP / 156 Def / 236 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Heal Bell
- Dragon Tail
Keep in mind I am proposing both of these Pokemon be considered as potential teammates, they each have something useful but I am by no means saying we have to use both or that either is the best one out there (ie, I know I play more defensively then a lot of people do so...)
The first Pokemon is a modified SovietGunk, for those who know what that is. The basic concept is that Totodile has a consistently hard time taking faster Grass- and Electric- type attacks. The main notable thing here is that Croagunk can soak Thunderbolts from Staryu and even Chinchou if it has Drain Punch; Drain Punch replaces the typical Sucker Punch, which also makes Dark Pulse illegal (which is why Shadow Ball is used to still hit Missy). With Fake Out, Croagunk can do miniscule yet IMPORTANT damage as Gligar switches in. Notably, Totodile can reliably KO most Gligar after SR with a +2 Aqua Jet, and this is made more comfortable with some Fake Out damage.
Misdreavus is rather bulky and has Will-O-Wisp, and thus seems problematic for Totodile if it invests heavily enough to live a Crunch. Croagunk handles defensive Misdreavus pretty well, but if we pack a cleric, this is largely superfluous as SD Totodile can take out Misdreavus while weathering the burn, then have it healed off. Lickitung is probably the best option here; can also pass Wish while using Heal Bell and synergizes well with Croagunk. Its monstrous Special Defense means we don't have to watch out for stuff like Scarf Snover or Electric-type attacks if Croagunk is weak.
The final notable thing of this core would have to be the fact that Croagunk absorbs Tspikes (not too notable since we have a cleric, but Totodile still hates them late game) and all three Pokemon greatly benefit from entry hazards. If someone else wants to suggest a Pokemon for entry hazards, they greatly help Totodile (especially when you consider the fact that a lot of its switch-ins are not immune to Spikes, but whatev I know a lot of people don't like using Spikes)
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