Arbok

Type Tier
Poison UU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
60
25
Atk
85
18
Def
69
16
SpA
65
16
SpD
79
17
Spe
80
17
  • Overused

Overview

Arbok's stats are evenly distributed, but on the whole they're below average. However, the combination of moves available to it allows Arbok to perform well in the UU environment.

Name Item

Glare

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Sludge Bomb
~ Glare
~ Earthquake
~ Giga Drain / Substitute / Screech

Poison and Ground is a good attacking combination, and although it happens to be walled by Skarmory, Arbok isn't going to do anything to Skarmory anyway. The last move is up to you. Giga Drain will do about 50% to Rhydon and will replenish some HP, while Substitute could buy you some time to paralyze or poison an opponent. Screech allows you to deal much more damage and force switches, and can work well in conjunction with paralysis.

Other Options

Arbok learns Haze, though it may be too frail to use it effectively.

Checks and Counters

Arbok has a hard time damaging Scizor and Forretress due to their high Defense and Poison immunity, allowing them to set up Swords Dance and Spikes, respectively. Skarmory resists everything Arbok can throw at it, as does Aerodactyl. However, the latter is crippled by a timely paralysis from Glare. Despite Arbok's Earthquake, Rhydon and Golem can both take a hit and Earthquake Arbok into oblivion in return. On the same token, Donphan can begin to Curse while Arbok can do very little to stop it. Watch out for Giga Drain, though, especially with Rhydon and Golem.