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The Shell Smashers In Little Cup!
Shell Smash is arguably the best set up move in the game according to several competitive battlers. The ability to double a pokemons offensive stats in one turn is absolutely huge, and it far outwieghs the defensive stat drop. With Quiver Dance the only set up move that has a chance at competing with Shell Smash for the best set up move in the game, has no distribution what so ever for competitive Little Cup pokemon. This makes Shell Smash easily the best set up move and makes any Little Cup player quiver when they see one of the Shell Smashers in the team preview; Shellder, Omanyte, Clamperl, Dwebble and Tirtouga
Hello everyone and welcome to the Shell Smasher in Little Cup discussion! In this thread we investigate and discuss the 5 shell smashers in Little Cup; Shellder, Omanyte, Clamperl, Dwebble and Tirtouga. As you have probally noticed there is also a poll at the top of this thread. In order to find out which Shell Smasher Little Cup players like the most i encourage you to vote the shell smasher that you think is the most effective. When discussing the Shell Smashers please keep these points in mind;
- What are the pro's and con's of the Shell Smasher?
- What is the Shell Smashers place in the metagame?
- What type of team support does the Shell Smasher appreciate?
- What does this Shell Smasher have that others don't?
- What type of pokemon counter the Shell Smasher?
Please note that these are only some ideas to discuss about the Shell Smashers and you are certainly not limited to just these 5 questions, as long as your post is relevant to the topic. Also it is worthy to note that you don't just have to talk about one Shell Smasher like wise you don't have to talk about all five if you want either that is the beauty about this discussion! Now without further adieu here are the Shell Smashers!
Shellder @ Evolite / Life Orb
Trait: Skill Link
EVs: 236 Atk / 36 Def / 196 Spe
Naive / Jolly Nature
~ Shell Smash
~ Rock Blast
~ Icicle Spear
~ Hydro Pump / Ice Shard
30 HP / 65 Atk / 100 Def / 45 SpA / 25 SpD / 40 Spe
Shellder is an absolutely amazing Shell Smasher. With base 100 defence it becomes quite easy for Shellder to get a Shell Smash and start sweeping lata game. Shellder also has the great ability to go mixed with Hydro Pump and 22 SpA after a Shell Smash which makes Shellder incredibly hard to wall as with Hydro Pump it can beat Bronzor. Skill Link is also an amaznig ability making Icicel Spear and Rock Blast hit 5 times in a row. However Shellder is not without flaws. Despite its great base 100 defence it has a rather pitiful base 25 Special defence and 35 HP which makes it harder to get a Shell Smash then one would initially assume. Although after a Shell Smash Shellders offensive stats are monstorous, compared to other Shell Smasher it is not that high. Ferroseed can also wall Shellder quite easily. None the less Shellder is a great Shell Smasher and is quite awesome given its ability to go mixed and Skill Link.
Omanyte @ Evolite / Life Orb
Trait: Shell Armour
EVs: 36 Def / 200 SpA / 240 Spe
IVs: 2 Atk / 30 SpA / 30 Spe
~ Shell Smash
~ Hydro Pump / Surf
~ Ancient Power / Earthpower / Ice Beam
~ Hidden Power [Fire] / Hidden Power [Electric]
35 HP / 40 Atk / 100 Def / 90 SpA / 55 SpD / 35 Spe
Much like Shellder Omanyte is also blessed with a very high base 100 defence to help it get a Shell Smash off easier. Omanyte also has a great 90 base special attack to make him a monstorous sweeper after a Shell Smash. Hydro Pump is an incredibly strong stab move, however Surf also gets the job done because of its boosted power after a Shell Smash. Another great thing about Omanyte is its unpredictable coverage to take out some "would be walls." Eg Ferroseed thinks he can wall Omanyte bam Hidden Power [Fire] bulky waters think Omanyte is running Hidden Power [Fire] then you can beat them with Hidden Power [Electric] This makes Omanyte incredibly hard to switch into. However like all Shell Smashers Omanyte has some flaws. Despite base 100 defence it has poor defensive typing and a low 35 base HP. Omanyte's ability Shell Armour is also lack luster because Omanyte should only really be getting hit once then after it Shell Smashes it should be sweeping.
Clamperl @ DeepSeaTooth / Evolite
EVs: 76 HP / 248 SpA / 180 Spe
IVs: 30 SpA / 30 Spe
~ Shell Smash
~ Ice Beam / Substitute
~ Hidden Power [Grass] / Hidden Power [Fire]
35 HP / 64 Atk / 84 Def / 74 SpA / 55 SpD / 32 Spe
Clamperl is the most powerful Shell Smasher out of all of them. With this set holding a DeepSeaTooth Clamperl reaches an absolutely terrifying 68! Think about it a lv 5 pokemon with 68 SpA! This special attack lets Clamperl muscle through opposing pokemon despite its mediocre coverage. Surf is the best attacking move on the set 90 base damage and stab makes Surf an extremely powerful move to spam. Ice Beam hits the Dragon and Grass-types that resist Surf. However Substitute protects Clamperl against priority and faster Choice Scarf users but is relativly hard to pull off especially after a defense drop from Shell Smash. Never the less a Shell Smashed Clamperl behind a Substitute is an instant win pretty much! Much like Omanyte the last coverage move either helps with bulky waters or Steel-types. Clamperls flaws lie in its rather low speed, and poor coverage, however with a bit of hazard support Clamperl can get around its bad coverage with its insanely high special attack.
Dwebble @ Oran Berry
EVs: 36 HP / 236 Atk / 236 Spe
~ Shell Smash
~ Rock Blast
~X-Scissor / Stealth Rock
50 HP / 65 Atk / 85 Def / 35 SpA / 35 SpD / 55 Spe
Dwebble is probally the most underated Shell Smasher in Little Cup. With that being said due to this sets suprise value it is very easy for it to get a Shell Smash or even two Shell Smashes due to your opponent thinking it might be the Spike Stacking varaint. With the Sturdy + Oran Berry combo it is very easy for Dwebble to get a Shell Smash and then survive weak priority moves due to the health that Oran Berry brings. Stat wise Dwebble is no slouch either sporting a great 85 Defence and unlike some Shell Smashers a good HP stat to work with in 50. 65 Atk is also enough to sweep after a Shell Smash and Dwebble also has the highest speed out of all Shell Smashers reaching 30 speed after a Shell Smash! Dwebble still has its flaws though a low special defense and Water-type weakness can be exploited by pokemon like Staru and Chinchou and Dwebbles Sturdy can be broken through things like Fake Out. After a Shell Smash Dwebble is also weak to priority barring Fake Out. A strond Mach Punch, Vaccum Wave, Sucker Punch and especially Aqua Jet will dispose of Dwebble quickyl. However with Dwebbles suprise factor Dwebble can completely embarrass players and sweep there team if Dwebbles checks and counters are gone.
Tirtouga @ Splash Plate
EVs: 84 HP / 212 Atk / 12 Def / 180 Spe
~ Shell Smash
~ Aqua Tail
54 HP / 78 Atk / 103 Def / 53 SpA / 45 Sp Def / 22 Spe
Tirtouga is such a great Shell Smasher in Little Cup. Tirtouga usually has no trouble getting a Shell Smash with Sturdy and the best bulk out of all Shell Smashers (54/103/45). Not only is Sturdy great for garunteeing a Shell Smash but it lets Tirtouga run a different item as apposed to Evolite. Tirtouga can now use Splash Plate to boost its already great 78 Atk to sky high levels when it use Aqua Jet or Aqua Tail. After a Shell Smash these Water-type stabs do incredible damage and it is great to boost the damage of the 40 base power Aqua Jet. Tirtougas stabs (Aqua Tail / Stone Edge / Aqua Jet) have suprisingly good coverage as well. Aqua Jet is great on Tirtouga because it lets him beat some opponents that are looking to use priority to beat Tirtouga such as Sucker Punch Houndour. Tirtougas flaws are in its sometimes unreliable Stone Edge and Aqua Tail due to these moves not having 100% accuracy, Tirtouga is also shockingly slow for a Shell Smasher only reaching 22 speed after a Shell Smash. Despite Tirtougas good bulk its bad defensive typing and weakness to Fighting hinder it somewhat. Despite all this it is often very easy for Tirtouga to get up a Shell Smash and sweep if his counters are gone.
Thank you for reading! Please start discussing the Shell Smashers and their role in Little Cup, also if you have read this far please remember to answer the poll! Aside from discussing these Shell Smashers if you havnt used one why not give it a try on the ladder and post your experience. It would be good to know how these Shell Smashers do in practice not just in theory.