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Gen 5 1v1 Shuckle

Discussion in 'Gen 5 1v1 Analyses' started by The Dark Master, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. The Dark Master

    The Dark Master Member

    Jun 22, 2012
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    *Low HP
    *High defenses
    *Access to multiple boosting moves
    *Can weaken opponents with Power Split
    *Few weaknesses except Water and Steel

    Shuckle (M) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Sturdy
    EVs: 252 HP / 180 Def / 76 SDef
    Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
    - Power Split
    - Acupressure
    - Rest
    - Rollout/Stone Edge

    *Weak before Power Split.
    *Vulnerable to Sleep moves and Taunt.
    *Once it has 6+ boosts, it can heal damage from even crits and live easily.
    *Rollout's high power on later hits allows breaking of Substitutes.
    *Other moves can be used for more initial power, such as Stone Edge, but are generally inferior as they cannot beat other boosting Pokémon.
    *Stone Edge also has much less PP, and Shuckle will often get into PP stalls (which it often wins).
    *Rest recovers HP to maximum and protects Shuckle from status.
    *EVs maximize ability to take hits.

    ==Other Options==
    *A Contrary+Shell Smash set can be used to get reliable boosts in defenses, however it cannot damage outside of Toxic and is easily walled. In addition, it cannot increase Evasion.

    ==Check & Counters==
    *Shuckle is completely stopped by Taunt, and is severely crippled by Torment.
    *Tricking a Choice item onto Shuckle also beats it, unless the attacker is weak offensively and cannot take repeated Rollouts.
    *Strong fighting types such as Conkeldurr and Hariyama can KO Shuckle before it can get many boosts.
    *Water types and Jirachi hit Shuckle super effectively and can often win in two-three turns.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  2. KM007

    KM007 Banned

    Nov 20, 2012
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    Mention Stone Edge has 8 PP. I ran gyro ball. Even at plus 6 it BARELY broke 100. And with more than 1000 atk...

    You should do the Contrary Shell Smash set as a main option. I see it a lot.