name: Octolock Stallbreaker
move 1: Octolock
move 2: Power-Up Punch
move 3: Soak
move 4: Rest
evs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
While Grapploct may seem appealing at first glance due to its access to Octolock, it struggles to find a niche in OU, as it's strongly outclassed by other stallbreakers like Hydreigon, Corviknight, and others. Although Grapploct might be as effective at dismantling stall teams, the aforementioned options bring much more to the table than it could ever dream of, and Grapploct is complete dead weight against most non-stall teams. Octolock allows Grapploct to trap passive walls and lower their defenses for an eventual KO. Power-Up Punch is the STAB move of choice, as, alongside Soak, it enables Grapploct to beat Toxapex one-on-one as well as Strength Sap users, such as Galarian Corsola. Soak lets Grapploct trap Ghost-types aside from Aegislash, beat Toxapex by removing its Fighting resistance and making it take damage from Black Sludge, and deal with Clefable by removing Moonblast's STAB boost. Rest is important to heal up Grapploct so it can trap as many walls as possible, as well as waste foes' PP. The specially defensive spread is preferred so Grapploct can avoid the 3HKO from defensive Clefable's Moonblast after using Soak.
Dragapult is a great teammate, as it can clean up after Grapploct has trapped a wall or two that could give it trouble, and its Speed helps the matchup against offensive teams; for similar reasons, other faster attackers like Gengar and Excadrill are also appreciated.
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