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Crustle (QC: 3/3)

Discussion in 'Locked / Outdated Analyses' started by Jubilee, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Jubilee

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    Jun 20, 2009
    QC: [3/3]
    GP: [0/2]

    • Great Defense and decent Attack.
    • Has access to Shell Smash although its Speed stat is very poor.
    • Access to Stealth Rock and Spikes.
    • Pretty bad typing.
    • Looks cool as hell?
    name: Shell Smash
    move 1: Shell Smash
    move 2: Stone Edge
    move 3: X-Scissor
    move 4: Earthquake
    item: White Herb / Life Orb
    ability: Sturdy
    nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe


    • Shell Smash boosts Attack and Speed by 2 for a sweep.
    • Stone Edge and X-Scissor are good STAB attacks.
    • Earthquake allows Crustle to hit Steel-types like Steelix who would otherwise wall this set.
    • Sturdy basically guarantees Crustle a Shell Smash as long as it is in full HP and no hazards are down.
    • White Herb restores Crustle's defense stats to take priority such as Honchkrow's Sucker Punch and Hitmontlee's Mach Punch easier, while Life Orb provides Crustle with more power.
    • Crustle has a pretty shallow movepool, therefore the moves listed are the only moves it should run on an offensive set.
    • Rock Blast can be used over Stone Edge to hit Pokemon behind Substitutes, however, it is a very unreliable move.
    • One might consider using Jolly instead of Adamant, but the Speed it gains from Jolly is almost useless. At +2 with Adamant Crustle reaches 378 Speed which outspeeds base 120 Speed Pokemon such as Sceptile and Alakazam (who are basically the fastest common Pokemon in the tier.)
    • Lum Berry can be used to prevent any crippling status from runing Crustle's sweep.
    • Poliwrath's above average Defense and resistance to both of Crustle's STABs allows him to take hits from Crustle and hit back with a super effective STAB attack.
    • Therefore, Grass-types such as Rotom-C and Tangrowth make good partners to Crustle who can hit Water-types with a super effective Grass-type attack.
    • Steelix can take a +2 Earthquake and hit back hard with Gyro Ball.
    • Gligar equipped with Eviolite can take on Crustle at +2 and hit back with Earthquake and Roost off any damage.
    • Cofagrigus and Dusknoir's excellent Defense stats can take any move Crustle throws at them and cripple him with Will-O-Wisp.
    • Moltres makes an excellent parter as well since it is immune to Will-O-Wisp and can take anything Steelix uses (bar Stone Edge.)
    • Crustle also appreciates Pokemon with access to Rapid Spin since they can keep hazards off the field which allow Crustle to keep Sturdy active.
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Stealth Rock
    move 3: Stone Edge
    move 4: Toxic / X-Scissor
    item: Leftovers
    ability: Sturdy
    nature: Impish
    EVs: 224 HP / 252 Def / 32 SpD


    • Crustle has an excellent base 125 Defense stat which it can use to set up the the hazards it has access to, Stealth Rock and Spikes.
    • Stone Edge and X-Scissor makes sure Crustle isn't Taunt or set up bait.
    • However, Toxic can be used to cripple Pokemon such as Blastoise, Poliwrath, and Gligar.
    • Again, Crustle's shallow movepool leaves him with few other movepool options, therefore the moves listed are the most effective.
    • A specially defensive spread can be used instead of a 224 HP / 32 Def / 252 SpD and a Careful nature can be used.
    • Mental Herb can be used to prevent Crustle from being Taunted for a turn and allows him to set up Stealth Rock without worry, especially since Sturdy keeps it from being KOed.
    • Crustle will appreciate Ghost-type Pokemon such as Rotom and Dusknoir who can keep the hazards Crustle sets up on the field as well as bulky Grass-types to take Water-type attacks aimed at Crustle.
    [Other Options]
    • Like mentioned in both sets listed, Crustle's movepool is very shallow...
    • Crustle has access to Swords Dance and Hone Claw, but they are both outclassed by Shell Smash because it boosts his Speed by 2 as well as its Attack.
    [Checks and Counters]
    • Steelix's enormous Defense stat and Steel-typing makes him an excellent check to Crustle's offensive set, as do bulky Ghost-types with Will-O-Wisp such as Dusknoir and Cofagrigus.
    • Gligar equipped with Eviolite can take on both sets of Crustle's as well. Gligar's Defense allows him to take hits from Crustle while Gligar has Taunt to prevent Crustle from setting up hazards or hitting Gligar with Toxic.
    • Sableye has access to both Taunt and Will-O-Wisp to stop Crustle in its tracks especially since its ability Prankster gives both of these moves priority.
  2. Cloud 8

    Cloud 8

    May 19, 2011
    I'd include something about it being the obligatory rock type with low speed and high defense and how it faces stiff competition as a Shell Smasher from Omastar. Then talk about how Crustle's main advantage over Omastar is dual STAB. Also take out the mention in Blastoise as it is officially UU.
  3. Jubilee

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    Jun 20, 2009
    Sadface, didn't notice Blastoise went up to UU... Thanks for catching that! :D
  4. Omicron

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    Feb 17, 2010
    You forgot to mention Sableye in the Checks / Counters! :o

    priority taunt / WoW ain't gonna be enjoyed by crustle....
  5. col49

    col49 what.
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    Sep 1, 2011
    I've found that SS Crustle to function best in the lead spot, due to his auto-sash from Sturdy and his lack of enjoyment of switching in due to hazards and such. That being said, maybe mention Lum Berry as an item, for the sake of beating Sleep Leads/warding off that first burn from Sableye.
  6. Jubilee

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    Jun 20, 2009
    Mentioned, thanks! :)
  7. PK Gaming

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    Aug 18, 2009
    You should mention mental herb in AC for the second set, if you planning on using Crustle as a lead spiker of sorts.

    QC APPROVED (1/3)
  8. Fried Rhys

    Fried Rhys

    Aug 16, 2009
    QC APPROVED (2/3)
  9. Jubilee

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    Jun 20, 2009
    Mentioned, thanks.
  10. Oglemi

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    Oct 13, 2009

    QC APPROVED (3/3)
  11. Komodo

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    Jubilee gave me permission to write this up, so this can be locked.

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