Claydol Analysis [GP 0/2]

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Claydol

QC Approved : PK Gaming, Sunch and Oglemi
GP Approved :

[Overview]

  • One of the best Leds in 4th Gen back for another round in the new UU
  • Ground / Psychic typing giving it weaknesses to common attacking types like Grass, Water and Dark
  • Resistance to Stealth Rock and immunity to Spikes and Toxic Spikes due to Levitate.
  • Access to a range of support moves like Stealth Rock, Rapid Spin, Dual Screens and Trick Room.
  • Solid defensive stats of 60/105/120
  • Poor offensive stats of 70
  • Outclassed by other spinners that are more powerful like Blastoise or the Hitmons.

[SET]
name: Support
move 1: Stealth Rock
move 2: Rapid Spin
move 3: Earthquake / Earth Power
move 4: Ice Beam / Toxic
item: Leftovers
nature: Relaxed / Bold
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
  • Effective user of Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin
  • Earthquake and Ice Beam give it a nice offensive presence
  • Earth Power could be used with Ice Beam and a Bold nature for no drop in speed but you get walled by Registeel and Chansey
  • Toxic can be used with Earthquake or Earth Power to deal with Chansey and spread status
[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]
  • Stealth Rock or Rapid Spin could be removed to have both Ice Beam and Toxic.
  • Special Defensive EVs
  • Impish nature
  • Psychic / Zen Headbutt
  • Teammates: Zapdos or Moltres for offensive threats, Electivire or Heracross for defensive threats.

[SET]
name: Dual Screens
move 1: Reflect
move 2: Light Screen
move 3: Earthquake / Psychic
move 4: Ice Beam
item: Light Clay
nature: Relaxed / Bold
evs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD

[SET COMMENTS]
  • Can set up both screens
  • Earthquake or Psychic to help against taunt.
  • Ice Beam for coverage

[ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]
  • Explosion
  • Leftovers
  • Max Speed / Max HP
  • Teammates: Zapdos or Moltres for offensive threats, Electivire or Heracross for defensive threats.

[Other Options]
  • Trick
  • Cosmic Power / Stored Power
  • Stone Edge / Rock Slide
  • Weather
  • Shadow Ball
  • Rock Polish
  • Psyshock
  • Psych Up
  • Gravity
  • Calm Mind
  • Charge Beam

[Checks and Counters]
  • Houndoom, Heracross, Roserade offensively
  • Chansey, Registeel and Milotic defensively
 

breh

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#2
The first thing you have to mention in the overview is that while it can spin, its offenses are awful in comaprison to the other spinners. Blastoise gets Hydro Pump/Scald, Hitmons get CC/HJK, and Donpan gets EQ off of base 120 attack. The best this gets is EQ off of 70 base attack.

WTF is explosion doing on a poke with 70 base offenses and no attack?

Trick Room on Claydol seems like a bad idea since it has very little offensive presence.