Originally Posted by Fat Zebraiken
Is the niche of Toxic Spikes + Rapid Spin deserving of an analysis?
Well, Skuntank is one of the greatest nu pokemon, and I see it used a lot. Along with this, Garbodor can also set up Toxic Spikes and Spikes, which makes it have a bit more versatility.
Rapid spin and the ability to absorb Toxic Spikes (which suck in nu) are all Tentacool has. But as already mentioned, it is physically frail in a physically offensive tier, where Earthquake is common and Psychic is able to do a number. (Also, Absol w/ Psycho Cut is it's biggest fear). Bearing in mind that it also has Scald, I think even Mantine is better at that.
Every spinner (common ones?) (lmaoWartortle) outclasses it for spinning with better all around bulk, instead of just SpDef bulk. (Tentacool is kind of fast though, I guess for what it does).
Tentacool is highly predictable, and is outclassed by what it does. I don't think it is deserving.