name: Bulk Up
move 1: Bulk Up
move 2: Drain Punch
move 3: Brutal Swing
move 4: Sucker Punch
evs: 252 HP / 88 Atk / 156 Def / 12 SpD
Due to its ability to boost its stats with Bulk Up as well as access to semi-reliable recovery in Drain Punch, Grapploct can function as a solid wincon on balance teams while also being able to check physical attackers such as Stonjourner and Golurk. Brutal Swing allows Grapploct to hit Psychic-types such as Musharna and Beheeyem whereas Sucker Punch gives it the ability to hit faster Pokemon such as Manectric and Silvally-Psychic as well as giving Grapploct to deal with offensive teams in general. The given HP and Defense investment lets Grapploct avoid the 2HKO from Life Orb Stonjourner's Heat Crash after Stealth Rock while the Special Defense EVs lets it take a Modest Choice Specs Glaceon Ice Beam after Stealth Rock.
Psychic-types such as Mr. Rime, Beheeyem, and Musharna can handle Poison-types like Gloom and Mareanie for Grapploct while they in turn appreciate Grapploct's ability to handle Dark-types like Thievul. Beheeyem can also provide slow momentum for Grapploct with Teleport. Pokemon such as Roselia and Stonjourner can set Toxic Spikes and Stealth Rock respectively, further aiding Grapploct in wearing down foes. Conversely, Dark-types such as Thievul and Pawniard appreciate Grapploct's ability to check opposing Fighting-types such as Throh as well as other physical attackers like Stonjourner. Pawniard and Thievul in turn aid Grapploct in dealing with Ghost- and Psychic-types which Grapploct can struggle against. Fairy-types such as Shiinotic and Togetic are difficult for Grapploct to deal with as well so Pokemon such as Roselia, Stonjourner, Mawile, and Pawniard makes for decent partners. Pawniard and Mawile can switch into Togetic attempting to Defog away hazards and threaten it out with Iron Head whereas Pawniard can also grab a Defiant boost against Shiinotic going for Strength Sap. These two also provides Knock Off support to weaken bulkier Pokemon such as Mareanie that can be problematic for Grapploct to handle. Silvally-Bug can also weaken Psychic-types for Grapploct while also providing momentum for it with U-Turn. Healing Wish support from Pokemon such as Mr. Mime can provide Grapploct a second chance to sweep.
name: Assault Vest
move 1: Drain Punch
move 2: Brutal Swing
move 3: Sucker Punch
move 4: Ice Punch / Circle Throw
item: Assault Vest
evs: 252 HP / 72 Atk / 184 SpD
This set aims to turn Grapploct into a effective Assault Vest user, allowing it to switch into special attackers such as Manectric and Glaceon thanks to its decent special bulk and ability to recover health with Drain Punch. Brutal Swing is a must to allow Grapploct to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types such as Musharna and Gourgeist while Sucker Punch bypasses Grapploct's low Speed to allow it to hit faster Pokemon such as Raichu. Ice Punch is Grapploct's best move to do damage to Pokemon such as Shiinotic and Togetic, however Circle Throw can be used instead to phaze bossting sweepers such as Dubwool out. Power-Up Punch is another option to add some extra power to allow it to break past physical walls such as Stunfisk. The HP and Special Defense investment alongside a Careful nature and Assault Vest lets Grapploct avoid the 2HKO from Modest Choice Specs Glaceon's Ice Beam after Stealth Rock.
Psychic-types such as Mr. Rime and Beheeyem appreciate Grapploct's ability to handle Dark-types like Pawniard. Mr. Rime can also provide Rapid Spin support and can deal with Pokemon such as Shiinotic and Mareanie for Grapploct whereas Beheeyem can provide Grapploct with slow momentum with Teleport. Other pivots such as Silvally-Bug can also aid Grapploct in handling Psychic-types such as Mr. RIme and Silvally-Psychic. Sd variants can also lure in Poison-types such as Mareanie with Psychic Fangs. Dark-types such as Pawniard and Thievul aid Grapploct in dealing with Ghost- and Psychic-types such as Gourgeist and Musharna which Grapploct can struggle against. Fairy-types such as Mawile and Shiinotic also gives Grapploct trouble, so responses to them such as Roselia makes for good partners. Roselia can provide hazard support with either Spikes or Toxic Spikes which is especially useful if Grapploct is using Circle Throw. As this set is geared more toward checking special attackers, Physically defensive Pokemon such as Mawile and Shiinotic can help take on strong physical attackers such as Falinks and Golurk while benefitting from Grapploct dealing with Pokemon such as Mr. Rime and Glaceon.
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