Cradily

Suction Cups
Cannot be forced to switch. Increases chance of encountering Pokémon while fishing.
Type Tier
Rock / Grass UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
86
- 313 376 -
Atk
81
178 198 261 287
Def
97
207 230 293 322
SpA
81
178 198 261 287
SpD
107
225 250 313 344
Spe
43
109 122 185 203

Overview

Cradily is a great special sponge with physical STAB not found on such fiends as Milotic and Regice. Don't underestimate its ability.

Name Item Nature

Physical Attacker

Leftovers Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Slide
~ Earthquake
~ Toxic
~ Recover
252 HP / 164 Atk / 92 SpD

Cradily is a truly great special sponge, and will make the majority of Electric-types cry for their respective Pokemon mothers. It's fairly easy to use: Toxic foes such as Suicune and stall with Recover. Try to catch Metagross on the switch with Earthquake, as it will OHKO with Meteor Mash. As for EVs, go for lots of HP and Special Defense.

Name Item Nature

Defensive

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Amnesia
~ Barrier
~ Toxic
~ Rest
252 HP / 164 Def / 92 SpD

This Cradily is an industrial-strength stall Pokemon. Its great niche is Suction Cups, which prevents it from being phazed. Better hope your opponent doesn't have a Weezing.

Name Item Nature

Barrier + Mirror Coat

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Slide
~ Barrier
~ Mirror Coat
~ Recover
252 HP / 164 Def / 92 SpD

Barrier up, and when they give up and attack you with a special attack, Mirror Coat it back in their faces.

Name Item Nature

Special Attacker

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Giga Drain
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Toxic / Rock Slide / Earthquake
~ Recover
252 HP / 164 SpA / 92 SpD

Special Cradily is a great Swampert counter. Watch out for Giga Drain's low PP.

Other Options

Psych Up is funny if you can pull it off on Curse Snorlax, Dragon Dance Salamence, or Dragon Dance Gyarados, but it's not recommended alongside Swagger, especially as Cradily also receives Confuse Ray.

Checks and Counters

Weezing, Metagross, and Snorlax counter most sets; Skarmory and Swampert are slightly less reliable picks. Toxic also cripples defensive Cradily, whose only means of healing is Recover.