==General== *High defense but offset by low hp/special defense. *Access to two strong Skill Link boosted multihit moves (one is STAB). *Access to a STAB priority move. *Middling speed. *Middling attack. *Access to one of the best boosting moves in the game. ==Standard== Cloyster (M) @ Focus Sash Trait: Skill Link EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd Jolly/Adamant Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)/(+Atk, -SAtk) - Ice Shard - Rock Blast - Icicle Spear - Shell Smash *Two Skill Link boosted multihit moves make Cloyster very useful against Sashed/Sturdy/Multiscale Pokemon. *Icicle Spear is Cloysters strongest attacking option hitting 125 base power with STAB. *Rock Blast while lacking STAB provides good coverage, is a multihit move and still hits 125 base power. *Ice Shard might seem weird when the other two moves can break Sashed/Sturdy/Multiscale but it's quite necessary for outspeeding other priority when you're down do your sash. *Shell Smash is a useful move that can boost your stats to very high levels however it will probably be the least used move on the set you should only Shell Smash in a few occasions such as if you predict a protect, they use destiny bond, sub or something like that. ==Other Options== *A water type attack such as Hydro Pump, Razor Shell, Surf can all be used over Rock Blast/Ice Shard this gives you more coverage and a stronger general move but the utility of the other options generally outweigh the benefits of a water STAB. *A Choice Scarf might seem stupid but can be very effective on Cloyster allowing you to outspeed more and attack before you are hit. *Spike Cannon is another multihit move Cloyster has access to but generally has too low coverage to be considered really only hitting Keldeo harder then the other options. *King's Rock can be used for a pretty large Flinch chance but Cloyster generally relies on its sash. *Endure can be used for guaranteeing a hit and alleviating some of the dangers Fake Out users pose pairing with a Custap Berry is recommended. ==Checks & Counters== -Fake Out users can break Cloyster's Sash and it usually cannot survive the next hit. -Pokemon with a faster priority move that can live a hit usually come out ahead. -Will-o-Wisp users.