Dugtrio

Sand Veil
Evasion increases by 20% in a sandstorm.
Arena Trap
Prevents switching and increases wild encounter rate.
Type Tier
Ground OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
35
- 211 274 -
Atk
80
176 196 259 284
Def
50
122 136 199 218
SpA
50
122 136 199 218
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
120
248 276 339 372
  • Overused

Overview

Arena Trap makes Dugtrio arguably the best revenge killer in the game, because grounded Pokemon are prevented from switching out. This means that if Dugtrio can safely switch in on a grounded Pokemon it's guaranteed to KO, your opponent can kiss that team member goodbye. Excellent Speed and average Attack allow Dugtrio to make great use of Arena Trap, as it will usually outspeed the Pokemon it traps, and KO it without taking any damage. However, Dugtrio usually has trouble switching in on attacks due to its frailty, so it's mostly relegated to the role of revenge killer.

Name Item Ability Nature

Trapper

Choice Band Arena Trap Jolly / Adamant
Moveset IVs
~ Earthquake
~ Rock Slide
~ Aerial Ace
~ Hidden Power Bug
30 Atk / 30 Def / 30 SpD
EVs
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

This is your bread-and-butter Dugtrio set, in which it makes use of a Choice Band to compensate for its mediocre Attack stat. The drawback of a Choice Band—being locked into one move—usually doesn't hinder Dugtrio, because its main goal is to revenge kill one Pokemon at a time, and then switch out. Dugtrio is frail, meaning it is difficult to switch in, except after a teammate is KOed. Nevertheless, it can switch in on predicted Electric-type attacks from the likes of Raikou and Magneton, or non- attacking moves such as Calm Mind or Thunder Wave. Dugtrio must watch out for Electric-types who use Substitute first to scout, though. If behind a Substitute, Magneton is especially deadly if it's running a Hidden Power that is super effective against Dugtrio; however, Raikou usually fails to KO a full health Dugtrio.

Earthquake is Dugtrio's most powerful attack, and hits Tyranitar, Jirachi, Metagross, Blaziken, and Raikou for super effective damage, among others. Rock Slide provides nice coverage alongside Earthquake, and comes with a nifty flinch rate. However, as Flying-type Pokemon aren't affected by Arena Trap, it isn't as useful. Aerial Ace is nearly exclusively for Heracross and Breloom, who are 4x weak to Flying but take little damage from any of Dugtrio's other moves. Hidden Power Bug rounds off the set, allowing Dugtrio to KO Celebi at around 70% HP, and providing it with a way to hurt Claydol.

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Other Options

Dugtrio hasn't got many options besides those listed. Hidden Power Ghost can be used to KO a slightly weakened Gengar and to maintain coverage against Claydol, but Hidden Power Bug is more useful as it allows Dugtrio to 2HKO Celebi. Dugtrio can be used in conjunction with Perish Song users such as Celebi, as it can trap the opposing Pokemon and force it to die to Perish Song. If taking this route, Dugtrio should make use of Leftovers, Protect, and Substitute to stall out the turns of Perish Song. The same strategy can also be used with Toxic instead of Perish Song, but opponents that run Rest will foil it. The all-out attacker can make use of Leftovers too, but Dugtrio prefers the extra power to the additional recovery and freedom to switch attacks.

Checks and Counters

Dugtrio has no true counters, because its main goal is trapping and revenge killing Pokemon. Nonetheless, this can be avoided both by careful play and by proper teambuilding—don't use too many Pokemon that can be easily revenge killed or picked off by Dugtrio. Physical walls that aren't affected by Ground-type attacks, such as Skarmory and Weezing, easily wall Dugtrio, because they can't be trapped by Arena Trap, are immune to Earthquake, and take little damage from Dugtrio's other attacks. Additionally, Skarmory can freely set up Spikes against Dugtrio, whereas Weezing can burn it with Will-O-Wisp to make it much less of a threat. Bulky Water-types can be problematic for Dugtrio as they can sponge any of its attacks and OHKO back with their STAB attacks, so Dugtrio should only engage bulky Water-types if they are low on health. Porygon2 and Gardevoir can use Trace to copy Arena Trap, which prevents Dugtrio from switching, and OHKO it with Ice Beam and Psychic, respectively.