No rain, no flowers.
name: Shell Smash Sweeper [Water]
move 1: Shell Smash
move 2: Hydro Pump
move 3: Ice Beam
move 4: Focus Blast
item: White Herb
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
With its access to Shell Smash, Blastoise performs the role of a sweeper or cleaner late-game for Water-type teams. Its mediocre Special Attack stat reaches threatening levels with Shell Smash and an array of high-power moves like Hydro Pump and Focus Blast make it hard to stop when its checks and counters like Toxapex, and Mantine are weakened or taken out by its teammates. Hydro Pump, being a STAB move is the strongest move on the set and allows Blastoise to net KOs once boosted against Pokemon like Indeedee and Drapion. Additionally, in combination of its ability Torrent boosting Water-type move when health is low and Shell Smash, with Hydro Pump Blastoise is able to beat Pokemon such as Corviknight and Choice Specs Aegislash from full health. Ice Beam is used to take care of Grass-, and Dragon-type Pokemon like Celebi, and Dragapult respectively. Focus Blast is used for threats like Ferrothorn, Snorlax, and Kyurem-B that can stomach other moves from the set. Blastoise should find opportunities to set up against passive Pokemon like Corviknight, Mandibuzz, and Galarian Weezing. Its decent natural bulk grants it some set up opportunities against attacks from Pokemon like Excadrill, Duraludon, and Gardevoir so that should be taken advantage of. Maximum Speed and Special Attack investment with a Modest nature makes Blastoise hit as hard as possible and outspeed threats like Dragapult and Zeraora after a Shell Smash boost. White Herb is used to maintain Blastoise's defense after Shell Smash enabling it to take hits from priority users like Bisharp and Diggersby, making Blastoise harder to revenge KOed and potentially giving it the chance to Shell Smash again. White Herb is also useful against Sticky Web as it negates stat drops and lets Blastoise maintain its base Speed.
Other setup sweepers like Cloyster, Barbaracle, and Gyarados appreciate Blastoise breaking through teams with Shell Smash and weakening each other's checks and counters. Since Blastoise struggles against Pokemon like Toxapex, teammates that can beat it like Choice Specs Pelipper, Barraskweda, and Seismitoad make up for good teammates, the latter of which also provides Blastoise with an important Electric-type immunity and Stealth Rock support to score easier KOs. Toxapex is another good teammate for Blastoise as it can cripple and wear down teams with Toxic or Toxic Spikes and provide Grass-type neutrality to the team. Choice Scarf Dracovish forms a dangerous water spamming core with Blastoise weakening the opponents switch-ins to Water-type moves. Rotom-W and Pelipper not only provide Blastoise with Defog support but also essential Volt Switch and U-turn support respectively to grant it more opportunities to use Shell Smash. Additionally, Rotom-W can cripple threats with Thunder Wave while Pelipper summons rain through Drizzle to power-up Blastoise's Hydro Pump. Wallbreakers like Crawdaunt and Keldeo take care of Pokemon like Jellicent and Ferrothorn respectively, making it easier for Blastoise to clean teams late-game. Araquanid provides Sticky Web support which enables Blastoise to outspeed faster Choice Scarf users like Gengar and Weavile and threaten opposing teams even better.
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