Kingler

Type Tier
Water UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
55
313
Atk
130
358
Def
115
328
SpA
50
198
SpD
50
198
Spe
75
248
  • Overused

Overview

Go, useless crab! All that Attack wasted on Kingler. Keep this thing on the fun teams, please. It's not going to scare anyone. It might be good for killing Blissey.

Name Item

Swords Dance

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Swords Dance
~ Return
~ Hidden Power Ground / Hidden Power Fighting / Hidden Power Rock
~ Substitute / Surf / Crabhammer

Kingler's lack of physical STAB hurts it badly. Swords Dance up and hit with an attack. Crabhammer gets STAB, but is only listed because of its high critical hit rate, which could help it do more damage at a crucial time. Just pick a physical Hidden Power, besides Poison or Steel of course.

Name Item

RestTalk

Leftovers
Moveset
~ Swords Dance
~ Double-Edge
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk

Only use this once the special attackers are gone, or if you're faster than them, since they'll mess you up badly. Same with the Ghost-, Rock-, and Steel-types, since Kingler really can't do much to them, either.

Other Options

248 Speed isn't horrible; it's still faster than some standard stuff, so Flail can be used with paralysis support. Haze is possible with Kingler's nice Defense, although it's lacking in the HP department.

Checks and Counters

Anything with an Electric or Grass move should be able to counter Kingler, especially Pokemon having a modicum of defense. Rock, Steel, or Ghost Pokémon, in particular, counter Kingler since it can't attack with much else besides Return or Double-Edge.