Super Singles streak 214
Bold (+D -A) Sturdy
EVs: HP - 252, D - 80, SD - 176
Gastrodon @Bright Powder
Calm (+SD –A) Storm Drain
EVs HP – 252, D – 252, SD – 4
Adamant (+A –SA) Intimidate
EVs HP – 252, A – 252, SD – 4
Just another Shuckle/Mence variation.
Gastrodon is a good switch in for Shuckle, and its Storm Drain works even better than Water Absorb Vaporeon, as the AI just keeps on spamming water while I lower their accuracy.
Yawn is the most useful move on Gastrodon. I hardly ever use Memento except in combination with Yawn in order to switch Salamence safely into a fast poke with status moves.
I was a bit dubious about using a mono-attack Mence, as Static and the like could mess him up, but it didn’t seem to be much of an issue. At +6 he can 1HKO everything except a few steels, and most of them just Curse without attacking anyway.
I’ve faced just about every Taunt, Substitute, Belly Drum, Volt Switch, U-Turn and Explosion in the subway without any trouble, but still managed to lose in an absurdly simple way.
Battle 215 facing an Ice worker:
They led with a Frosslass, I used Power Split and 1 Struggle Bug before Blizzard froze Shuckle, I stalled out the remaining Blizzards whilst fully frozen for 6 turns, and then fainted.
I sent in Gastrodon, used 6 Flashes and a Yawn, then switch to Mence who set up with 6 Dragon Dances.
As I used Dragon Claw, Frosslass used Ice Shard, which hit, and critical hit, and took out my Sub.
Abomasnow came in and I realised I hadn’t had a chance to get Stealth Rocks up.
I use Dragon Claw, Abomosnow’s Focus Sash activates. It KOs Salamence with Blizzard and Gastrodon with Wood Hammer.
I don’t understand how other Power Split Shuckle users can get by without Stealth Rock.
The one time I don’t have it on the field it destroys me.
Anyway, I think I’ll keep using the team as it deals so well with almost everything in the subway.