#673 - Gogoat How does this badass goat not have a thread yet!? Type: Grass Base Stats: 123 / 100 / 62 / 97 / 81 / 68 (via Serebii, not yet confirmed on Smogon) Abilities: Sap Sipper / Grass Pelt (Hidden - Boosts defense in the field effect Grassy Terrain) Level-Up Moves: Level 1: Tackle Level 1: Growth Level ?: Vine Whip Level 9: Tail Whip Level 12: Leech Seed Level 13: Razor leaf Level 16: Worry Seed Level 20: Synthesis Level 22: Take Down Level 26: Bulldoze Level 30: Seed Bomb Level 32: Bulk Up Level 40: Double Edge Level 47: Horn Leech Level 55: Leaf Blade Level 58: Milk Drink Level 60: Earthquake Level 65: Aerial Ace TM & HM Compatibility: TM05 Roar TM06 Toxic TM08 Bulk Up TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM18 Rain Dance TM21 Frustration TM22 Solar Beam TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Dig TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM48 Round TM53 Energy Ball TM66 Payback TM67 Retaliate TM68 Giga Impact TM78 Bulldoze TM80 Rock Slide TM86 Grass Knot TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Substitute TM93 Wild Charge TM94 Rock Smash TM96 Nature Power TM100 Confide HM03 Surf HM04 Strength Egg Moves: ??? Analysis: Gogoat was one of the earliest Pokemon revealed in Pokemon X and Y, and as a single evolution from an early-game Pokemon, most people probably didn't expect much from our new grassy goat. However, Gogoat packs very well-rounded stats and an incredibly diverse movepool (in case you couldn't tell as you scrolled down the list) which makes Gogoat stand out from the crowd. Being a Grass-type doesn't exactly set hearts aflutter, being weak to common Fire and Ice moves, as well as U-Turns, Brave Birds, and the newly buffed Poison attacks. However, Grass does grant very useful resistances to ever-present Water, Ground, Electric, and an Immunity to Grass-type moves with Sap-Sipper. Gogoat has the stats to make use of these resistances. A big surprise is Gogoat's giant HP stat, and combined with his defenses, Gogoat's 123/62/81 bulk is respectable, especially on the special side. Alongside these solid defenses, Gogoat has decent 100/97 mixed attacking stats, but his poor base 68 speed limits his offensive options. It's not all bad though, as Gogoat's movepool is so vast that it can run many different options. Gogoat has tons of recovery methods to pull off a bulky set. Leech Seed can harass and its reliable recovery in Milk Drink* will keep Gogoat Going! Gogoat can also run an effective boosting set with his excellent STAB Horn Leech for even more sustain. Let's take a look at some of our favorite Gogoat's options: *Yes even Male Gogoat learns this. Don't question Gamefreak logic! Potential Movesets: Fortified Milk Gogoat @ Leftovers Ability: Sap-Sipper Nature: Careful EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpDef / 4 Def - Horn Leech / Leaf Blade - Rock Slide / Earthquake / Payback - Bulk Up - Substitute / Milk Drink Apparently Gogoat's milk has lots of protein! Gogoat can use Bulk Up to boost his moderate Attack and poor Defense to respectable levels after just a few boosts. Combined with full investment in its naturally high special defenses, Gogoat will be tough to take down once it gets going. This is further complemented by the fact that Gogoat will use boosted STAB Horn Leech to restore its HP. As if that wasn't enough, Gogoat's secret weapon is Milk Drink, which can help Gogoat through when low on boosts, or when in critical health. If you feel that Leftovers & Horn Leech recovery are enough, Substitute can be used to scout and block status. The alternative is to rely on Milk Drink, which would allow Leaf Blade to be used for more power. The second moveslot is Gogoat's coverage move of choice, and there are tons of options, but the best ones are listed. Each of these moves allows Gogoat to hit Steel-types that would wall his STAB, with Payback being my preferred option for excellent neutral coverage. Offensive Bulk Up Gogoat @ Leftovers Ability: Sap-Sipper Nature: Adamant EVs: 180 HP / 252 Atk / 76 Spe - Horn Leech - Earthquake - Rock Slide - Bulk Up With fully invested Attack, this set aims to gain power much more quickly when using Bulk Up. Gogoat will be vulnerable to status and being worn down, but by dropping a utility move, Gogoat can run both Earthquake and Rock Slide for coverage to deal with many more threats. 76 Speed EVs allows Gogoat to outrun uninvested Heatran and KO with Earthquake, although more EVs can be added to outpace other threats. 3 Attacks GoMixedGoat! Gogoat @ Life Orb Ability: Sap-Sipper Nature: Naughty / Lonely EVs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 136 SpA / 20 Spe - Horn Leech - Rock Slide / Earthquake / Payback - Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Ice - Milk Drink This set forgoes boosting and in favor of hitting hard right off the bat and removing Gogoat's typical counters. With maximum attack investment and Life Orb, Gogoat's STAB Horn Leech will hit quite hard while also offsetting the LO recoil. The second moveslot is again the coverage move of your choice, but the third slot is the big surprise. Gogoat's surprisingly high base 97 Special Attack can be put to use with Hidden Power to destroy would-be counters. Milk Drink in the final slot keeps Gogoat healthy throughout the match. With 136 SpA EVs and a Life Orb, Hidden Power Fire is guaranteed to OHKO on 248/8 Scizor, and guarantees a 2HKO on Ferrothorn and Skarmory. 20 Speed EVs outpaces uninvested Skarmory, and the remainder are put into HP to boost survivability. Conclusion: Gogoat is one badass goat, with solid stats and so many recovery options you'll need both hands to count them all! A sub-seed set could be used, but there are plenty of Grass-types that could pull it off better. Gogoat's typing leaves makes it often overlooked, but there is plenty of potential here. Gogoat makes an excellent tank or bulky booster in a Fire-Water-Grass core.