WIP Dugtrio (BALD)


Dugtrio, at first glance, is thoroughly outclassed by Dugtrio Alola, which sports a much better defensive typing and marginally better bulk, making it a much better check to electric types. However it still clings to some viability due to its higher speed tier, which allows it to use an Adamant nature and still outspeed the majority of the tier, increasing its ability to wallbreak and require less damage on its checks to win. Dugtrio also outspeeds Starmie and boosted Omastar with a Jolly nature, which also allows it to reliably move before other base 110s like Dugtrio Alola and Gengar and OHKO them. While the resistance to U-turn and Toxic immunity from Dugtrio Alola usually outweighs the higher speed Dugtrio offers, Dugtrio's increased attack or speed can be the best option for some teams.

name: Bald
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Rock Slide
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Sucker Punch
item: No Item
nature: Adamant / Jolly

Set Information
Earthquake is largly unresisted by the tier and Dugtrio's best breaking tool, it is favored to 2HKO Melmetal after Stealth Rock, and can 2HKO mew after 2 rounds of Stealth Rock damage. Rock Slide provides much needed coverage for ground immunities, capable of 2HKOing Zapdos and Dragonite after Stealth Rock. Toxic is the best way for Dugtrio to punish switch-ins like Impish Mew, which is vital for it to be able to break past it later. Sucker Punch is often important for pokemon like Mega Alakazam, Mega Beedrill, and Cloyster provided they take enough chip damage, letting Dugtrio serve as a line of defense against fast threatening sweepers.

Usage Tips

Unlike Dugtrio-Alola, Dugtrio struggles to get onto the field safely, due to its low bulk and detrimental typing. It's possible to attempt to switch into electric type moves, but this is risky because of how much Dugtrio will take from any other move, including Zapdos U-turn, which will lead to it easily being forced out in addition to taking a large amount of damage. This is why it is very important to play proactively and aggressive with Dugtrio, to maximize its breaking opportunities. This can be done using U-turn support, switching into status moves like Stealth Rock, Toxic, and Thunder Wave, or Pokemon trying to recover health such as Zapdos or Chansey. Dugtrio can also be a very potent revenge killer when a pokemon is in range of its attacks, as it can often claim a kill with proper prediction due to how difficult it is to switch into.

Team Options

Dugtrio is too frail to function as a Stealth Rock setter, yet highly appreciates having them on the field. Pokemon

Other Options

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