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- Gastrodon establishes itself as a niche tank in the tier with its strong defensive typing of Water/Ground which only makes Gastrodon weak to Grass-types.
- Its high Health and decent Special Defense allows Gastrodon to take hits from Special wallbreakers like Gengar, Nidoking, and Hydreigon pretty comfortably.
- What really sets Gastrodon apart from its competition however, is its access to reliable recovery which allows it to continuously check the aforementioned threats.
- Gastrodon’s Water-immunity also makes it a fine switch-in to opposing Water-types like Tentacruel, Empoleon, and Volcanion.
- However, Gastrodon is still quite passive and it ends up being set-up fodder against common sweepers like Mega Altaria and Latias.
- Additionally, Gastrodon openly invites Grass-types like Celebi and Amoonguss onto the field which allows them to gain a free turn.
- Gastrodon mainly faces competition against Swampert and Seismitoad due to its lack of the ubiqutous Stealth Rock and in a metagame where compression is valuable on all archetypes, Gastrodon falls flat in that aspect.
name: Specially Defensive
move 1: Scald
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Toxic
move 4: Recover
ability: Storm Drain
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
- Earthquake is used to deal more damage to Tentacruel and to guarantee the OHKO on Nihilego and Gengar if they are at full health.
- Toxic is Gastrodon’s only countermeasure to crippling defensive walls such as Slowbro, Jellicent, and Chesnaught.
- Storm Drain adds a second immunity onto Gastrodon and allows it to comfortably take Tentacruel, Primarina, and Starmie’s Water attacks while also boosting Gastrodon’s own Scalds if it stays on the field.
- Gastrodon can be played more liberally than its competition against Special Attackers like Gengar and Nidoking due to its higher Special Defense.
- Gastrodon also plays as a Volt Switch immunity against pivots like Rotom-H, Mega Manectric, and Zeraora although you should be wary against Grass-type coverage from the latter two.
- Gastrodon often invites in Grass-types due to its typing and limited counterplay, so an aggressive double into a Pokemon that checks them can be used to prevent your opponent from gaining free turns.
- Gastrodon should use Scald to fish for burns against Physical wallbreakers such as Scizor, Mega Altaria, and Crawdaunt as they are coming onto the field to attack Gastrodon.
- Gastrodon fits best on Balance builds that need its higher Special Defense in order to have a safer switchin to Balance breakers like Nidoking and Gengar.
- Latias, Togekiss, and Moltres are consistent switch-ins to the various Grass-types of the tier. The latter two also appreciate Gastrodon for checking Electric-types like Rotom-H and Mega Manectric.
- Mega Aggron sets up Stealth Rock for Gastrodon while also walls most offensive Grass-types that threaten Gastrodon out.
- Gastrodon’s Water immunity can be helpful to Rotom-H as it gives it an easier time pivoting around Bulkier Water-types for Gastrodon to take advantage of.
- Choice Scarf users like Krookodile and Hydreigon have a tough time handling Gengar due to its Substitute mitigating possible counterplay, so Gastrodon does a fine job assisting them as a consistent switch-in into it while the two can revenge kill the likes of Latias and Celebi.
- Scizor can also pivot into Gastrodon to let it beat out Water-types that could otherwise stop Scizor from sweeping like Tentacruel and Volcanion.
- Heal Bell users like Mega Altaria and Diancie can remove Toxic off of Gastrodon to keep it healthy. The latter can also set up Stealth Rock.
- Ice Beam gives Gastrodon the coverage it needs to harm Grass-types but its poor damage output leaves it eclipsed by Earthquake and it being Gastrodon’s main attack to removing various Special Attackers that it checks.
- Gastrodon could utilize an offensive set with Groundium, Scald, Earth Power, and Ice Beam with Recover but this often invalidates Gastrodon’s main niche as a Special tank.
- Curse can give Gastrodon a stronger matchup against Physical Wallbreakers, but it’s largely inconsistent against any other of Gastrodon’s matchups.
**Grass-types**: Gastrodon is almost hopeless against Grass-types like Celebi, Amoonguss, Chesnaught, and Tsareena due to its quad weakness that gets it obliterated by any of their primary attacks.
**Dragon-types**: While many should be careful with Toxic, Dragon-types such as Mega Alataria, Latias, and Mega Sceptile are pretty consistent switch-ins to Gastrodon due to their resistances to its attacks and find opportunities to set up right in front of it.
**Grass Coverage**: Gastrodon can get beaten out by Grass coverage that Mega Manectric, Zeraora, and Nihilego carry if it risks a switch-in and is punished for it.
**Physical Wallbreakers**: Gastrodon can be overwhelmed by Physical Wallbreakers like Scizor, Terrakion, and Crawdaunt albeit they must all watch out for a potential Scald burn.
**Toxic Users**: Toxic from various users like Hippowdon, Gligar and Slowbro severely crippled Gastrodon’s longevity and ability to check its victims.
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