Kabutops

Type Tier
Rock / Water UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
60
323
Atk
115
328
Def
105
308
SpA
65
228
SpD
70
238
Spe
80
258
  • Overused

Overview

Kabutops is a very much overlooked, albeit decent Pokémon. The Rock typing really helps Kabutops switch into Returns, and Kabutops is faster than all of the GSC walls. However, not having Rock Slide or Earthquake really hurts.

Name Item

Swords Dance

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Swords Dance
~ AncientPower
~ Hydro Pump
~ Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Bug

Use Swords Dance and then wail away. AncientPower gets STAB and carries the chance to boost all of Kabutops's stats. Hydro Pump is mostly for Skarmory, but it also covers Steelix, Rhydon, Golem, and Forretress. The last move is your choice: Hidden Power Ground nails Electric-types, and Hidden Power Bug covers Exeggutor.

Other Options

Kabutops can Rapid Spin for all it's worth. If you're playing a UU team, you could surprise Quagsire (common in many UU teams) with Giga Drain. You could also use Hidden Power Rock over AncientPower for more PP and power. You could also use Hidden Power Flying to hit all Grass-type Pokémon. It would also help cover Heracross, Machamp, and any other Fighting-types you may encounter.

Checks and Counters

Grass-types exploit Kabutops's greatest weakness and don't fear Hydro Pump, especially those that don't particularly care about Hidden Power Bug either, such as Venusaur and Meganium. Electric-types also pile on Kabutops's relatively weak Special Defense. Sturdy Water-types like Slowbro and Quagsire strangle Kabutops with Surf or Earthquake. Lastly, Muk can take quite a few attacks from it and deal massive damage back with Giga Drain.