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The best guide on how to play Crustle in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, and more!

Crustle Latest Buffs and Nerfs (2/27)

Version 1.14.1.2 Patch Notes

Crustle Changes (February 27)
X-Scissor Image
X-Scissor
• Damage decreased by 10%.

Stat Updates

1.2.1.4 Fixed a bug where Crustle's stat may gain an unintended strength boost in certain circumstances.
1.2.1.3 Melee range adjusted.

Sturdy

1.11.1.8 Defense and Sp. Def. bonus increased from 5 + 1 x Level to 6 + 2 x Level (up to 10 levels).

X-Scissor

1.5.1.6 Cooldown reduced from 9s to 7s (-2s).
1.11.1.8 Cooldown decreased from 7s to 6s (-1s). X-Scissor +: Cooldown decreased from 6s to 5s. (-1s)
1.14.1.2 Damage decreased by 10%.

Standard Attack

1.3.1.7 Damage dealt by the boosted attack increased.

Stealth Rock

1.1.1.6 Damage increased from 3,873 to 6,262 (+62%). Cooldown period reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds (-25%).
1.5.2.7 Move now activates faster.
1.7.1.2 Fixed a bug where stealth rock would deal increased damage at the start of the attack.
1.7.1.9 Cooldown reduced from 6s to 5s. (-1s)

Rock Tomb

1.1.1.6 Damage increased from 540+270+270=1081 total to 636+325+325=1286 total (+19%).
1.5.2.7 Move description changed.
1.7.1.9 Increased slow effect on opponents.

Rubble Rouser

1.7.1.9 UNITE Gauge now fills up more easily. Static cooldown reduced from 134s to 110s. (-24s)
1.11.1.8 Recoil damage when receiving damage increased by 33%. Recoil damage latency decreased from 2s to 1s. (-1s)

Crustle Basic Info

Crustle
Crustle.jpg
Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: Defender
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Novice
Cost:
"Crustle hinders its opponents using many different moves."

Pokemon Unite Tier List

Crustle Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
5 Stars.png
2 Stars.png
4 Stars.png

Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Crustle Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Has versatile gameplay.
✔︎ Strong crowd control moves.
✔︎ Extremely mobile with Shell Smash.
✖︎ Effective use requires skill shot proficiency.
✖︎ Higher damage output at the cost of low defenses.

Best Builds for Crustle

Crustle Builds

X-Scissor Build

X-Scissor Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +33
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Movement Speed
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

X-Scissor Build Explanation

Build Explanation
This is an offensive build that utilizes the effects of Shell Smash to increase X-Scissor's damage. It can also be modified a bit to give X-Scissor a chance to deal critical-hits.
· Attack Weight provides Crustle with a large damage boost, particularly for X-Scissor. It's also easy to stack thanks to the mobility Crustle gets from Shell Smash.
· Weakness Policy works well with Crustle's frontline/tank gameplay, increasing its Attack as it takes hits. It also gives a decent amount of damage and HP.
· Focus Band improves Crustle's durability through increased defenses, which is transformed into more damage when the Pokemon uses Shell Smash, and acts as a survivability tool.
· For a different offensive approach, Scope Lens and Razor Claw can be equipped instead of the other two, giving X-Scissor a chance to deal critical-hits for each attack.
· Eject Button gives Crustle a quick repositioning tool, which can also be used to set up X-Scissor.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 White Emblems for maximum HP and 6 Brown Emblems for additional damage.
· This can be achieved by equipping at least two (2) Emblems that are both White and Brown.
· Equip Emblems that improve Attack or Critical-Hit Rate for more damage.
· Sp. Atk and Movement Speed can be freely traded for the other stats.

X-Scissor Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
X-Scissor
(Base)
(@ Lvl 15)
X-Scissor
(w/ Shell Smash)
(@ Lvl 15)
Weakness Policy
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2894 4434

Since the build is centered on X-Scissor, equipping items that will maximize its damage is the ideal item combination. Focus Band is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items left for consideration.

As the results show, Weakness Policy and a fully-stacked Attack Weight will produce the best results for the build. Weakness Policy works well with Crustle's tank gameplay and Attack Weight can be stacked quickly in the early game thanks to Shell Smash.

As for alternatives, although not shown in the test, replacing both items with Scope Lens and Razor Claw would be a great option. Both items will give X-Scissor a chance to deal critical-hit for each attack, dealing more damage than any of the results.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode.

Items
(Level 30)
X-Scissor
(Base)
(@ Lvl 15)
X-Scissor
(w/ Shell Smash)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
2287 3662
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2643 4017
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2496 4036
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2643 4017
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2496 4036
Weakness Policy
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2894 4434

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Stealth Rock Build

Stealth Rock Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +42
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Movement Speed: +150
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Stealth Rock Build Explanation

Build Explanation
This build revolves around trapping opponents with Rock Tomb, then laying down Stealth Rock to slow and damage them.
· Attack Weight provides Crustle with a large damage boost, maximizing its move damage.
· Float Stone gives Crustle the mobility to move around and use Rock Tomb and Stealth Rock. It also gives a decent amount of Attack stat for more damage.
· Focus Band improves Crustle's durability through increased defenses and acts as a survivability tool.
· X Speed helps Crustle stack Attack Weight quickly and safely, especially during the early game. It's also a versatile mobility tool.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 White Emblems for maximum HP and 6 Brown Emblems for additional damage.
· This can be achieved by equipping at least two (2) Emblems that are both White and Brown.
· Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP for more damage or durability.
· Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, Defense, Critical-Hit Rate can be freely traded for the other stats.

Stealth Rock Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Rock Tomb
(@ Lvl 15)
Stealth Rock
(Total Damage
(@ Lvl 15)
Float Stone
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
1470 6662

Since the build is centered on Stealth Rock and Rock Tomb, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination. Focus Band is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items for consideration.

As the results show, Float Stone and a fully-stacked Attack Weight will generate the best results for the build. Float Stone's movement speed bonus and effect will give Crustle some mobility to move around and use Rock Tomb and Stealth Rock. It also provides a decent amount of Attack for more damage.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode.

Items
(Level 30)
Rock Tomb
(@ Lvl 15)
Stealth Rock
(Total Damage
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
1334 6366
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
1455 6631
Muscle Band
+
Float Stone
1350 6397
Razor Claw
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
1455 6631
Razor Claw
+
Float Stone
1350 6397
Float Stone
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
1470 6662

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Tank Build

Tank Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Movement Speed: +150
HP: +690
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Tank Build Explanation

Build Explanation
This is a full-on tank build that can be used with any move combination. It can also be modified slightly to balance Crustle's damage and durability.
· Exp. Share helps Crustle and its lane partner to level up faster, particularly in the early game. It also gives the Pokemon a decent amount of movement speed.
· Focus Band improves Crustle's durability through increased defenses and acts as a survivability tool.
· Buddy Barrier gives Crustle a hefty amount of HP. It also goes well Rubble Rouser, adding another layer of shield.
· For a more balanced build, consider replacing Exp. Share or Buddy Barrier with Float Stone.
· Potion will be the default battle item for the build to give Crustle a reliable source of healing, allowing the Pokemon to tank more damage.
· However, if Rock Tomb is learned instead of Shell Smash, X Speed would be the ideal item to equip, giving the Pokemon a similar effect.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 White Emblems for maximum HP and 6 Brown Emblems for additional damage.
· This can be achieved by equipping at least two (2) Emblems that are both White and Brown.
· Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP for more damage or durability.
· Sp. Atk and Critical-Hit Rate can be freely traded for the other stats.

Crustle Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Exp. Share.pngExp. Share Exp. Share helps Crustle and its lane partner level up faster, especially in the early game. It also gives the Pokemon more movement speed.
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight compliments Crustle's aggressive scoring playstyle, pushing for early lane pressure.
Aeos Cookie.pngAeos Cookie Aeos Cookie adds more bulk to Crustle in the form of more HP.
Score Shield.pngScore Shield Score Shield helps guard Crustle's more aggressive playstyle, complementary with using an Attack Weight.
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier provides extra shields on top of Crustle's Unite Move. This allows the Pokemon to become a walking fortress.
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone Float Stone gives Crustle movement speed and damage simultaneously, giving the Pokemon some versatility.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band compliments Crustle's passive, Sturdy, allowing Crustle to survive longer in fights.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens can improve X-Scissor by giving it a chance to deal critical-hit for each attack, increasing its overall damage drastically.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw works great with Shell Smash's low cooldown and usability, increasing Crustle's attack on top of the move's own effects. It also adds more critical-hit rate to X-Scissor.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Weakness Policy is a great item that synergizes well with Crustle's innate durabiltiy thanks to its passive ability. With this, it can increase the potency of its auto-attacks.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Goal-Getter.pngGoal-Getter Goal-Getter makes scoring goals faster and easier. Combined with Shell Smash, the item enhances scoring capabilities.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button is both an offensive and defensive tool for the build, allowing you to get a better position to use your moves or make an escape when things go awry.
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed is a great item for Crustle if it doesn't learn Shell Smash, giving it similar effects in terms of mobility.
Potion.pngPotion With Crustle's high HP, Potion allows Crustle to recover a significant amount of HP so it can stay in the fight longer.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
X-Scissor ImageX-Scissor X-Scissor deals decent damage, although not as powerful as Stealth Rock, and can put enemies in bad a position during fights.
Shell Smash ImageShell Smash Shell Smash is arguably Crustle's best move. It provides a massive boost to Crustle's damage output which improves Crustle's other moves, especially at low HP.

This moveset turns Crustle's high defenses into raw damage. Shell Smash is a versatile move that suits Crustle's frontline gameplay. It converts a percentage of Crustle's Sp. Def and Defenses into damage, which works fine with either of the other moves. It also makes Cruslte incredibly mobile and resilient to disables and debuffs, perfect for a tank. X-Scissor is Crustle's best damage move. It has the potential to deal massive damage since it can deal critical-hits, particularly if the Pokemon equips an item that increases Critical-Hit Rate. It can also stun opponents when they're shoved towards a wall, turning it into a crowd control move.

For a more support-style moveset, picking Rock Tomb and Stealth Rock equips Crustle with some decent disables, which are great in teamfights.

Which Moveset Do You Think is Best for Crustle?

Shell Smash & X-Scissor 22
Votes
Shell Smash & Stealth Rock 3
Votes
Rock Tomb & X-Scissor 10
Votes
Rock Tomb & Stealth Rock 7
Votes

Let us know why in the comments!

Previous Poll Results

Shell Smash & X-Scissor 39
Votes
Shell Smash & Stealth Rock 7
Votes
Rock Tomb & X-Scissor 6
Votes
Rock Tomb & Stealth Rock 24
Votes

How to Play Crustle

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Prioritize Farming to Level 6

Pokemon UNITE - Crustle Farming Wild Pokemon

Crustle's damage move upgrade will unlock when it reaches level 6. Though you can practically pick any upgrade you want, we found that certain move combinations are needed, especially if you are taking on a specific playstyle.

Steal Wild Pokemon With Initial Kit

Pokemon UNITE - Crustle Stealing Wild Pokemon with Rock Slide.png

During the early game, Crustle's first moveset offers great steal potential for denying exp from opponents. You can use Fury Cutter to get the last hit and secure Wild Pokemon. Additionally, you can utilize the range from Rock Slide to snipe down targets from a distance.

Change Playstyle Based on Team Composition

Pokemon UNITE - Crustle Getting Aggressive with Moves.png

Crustle can be played in two ways: a support or a straight-on bruiser. Depending on your team composition and your build, Crustle can alter the playing field or deliver devastating damage.

As a support, Divide and Conquer becomes Crustle's main gameplay. Use Rock Tomb to cut off one opponent from his allies, then go for the kill with the help of your team. Despite being a support, Crustle can still deal a good amount of damage.

As a bruiser, Crustle can use Shell Smash to trade some of its defense into offense to deal a lot of damage. This also gives you a certain level of mobility to initiate fights, making Crustle into a straight-up fighter.

Disruptive Support Crustle

Rushing to level 6 for Rock Tomb and either X-Scissor or Stealth Rock allows for early lane control. Use Rock Tomb to either cut off opposing Pokemon from their farm, block them from retreating, or from defending their goal. Stealth Rock is especially great for incidental damage while teams clash.

Using Rock Tomb to block off allied goal zones allows you to hinder enemy movement while giving time for reinforcements to come and help. Alternatively, A well-placed wall can block opponents so you and your teammates can freely score. Moreover, Rock Tomb can trap retreating enemies so your team can finish them off.

Rock Tomb: Crustle Move Effect and Cooldown

Aggressive Bruiser Crustle

Rush farming to level 6 to unlock Shell Smash and X-Scissor as quickly as possible. Focus on farming and stealing your opponents' farm when possible. Rushing to level 6 will allow Crustle to easily pressure opposing pokemon in a lane with damage and knockback. Shell Smash, in particular, gives Crustle insane amounts of mobility, making it hard for opponents to catch up to it.

X-Scissor can be used to body block enemies that are rushing to defend their goal while your team safely scores. Alternatively, you can push opponents into your goal zones so that they are at a massive disadvantage. When things go awry, however, be sure to use Shell Smash to secure your escape.

X-Scissor: Crustle Move Effect and Cooldown

Shell Smash Strategy

Pokemon UNITE- Crustle Using Shell Smash to Escape

Shell Smash greatly boosts Crustle's movement speed allowing for quickly getting to Wild Pokemon spawns farming or retreating from a losing fight. Shell Smash can be used aggressively to secure KOs or to go in and out of enemy goal zones to score quickly. Given that the move effects last for 5 seconds, you can easily maintain the speed and damage bonus.

Shell Smash: Crustle Move Effect and Cooldown

Steal the Berries from the Enemy's Side

Shell Smash can mitigate the slow effect from the enemy's Lane Flux, making it easier to traverse the enemy's side of the lane. Utilize this strategy to steal their berries so you can disrupt their chance to heal.

Zone Out Enemies from Objectives

In the 7-minute mark, Drednaw spawns on Bottom Lane and Regieleki on Top Lane. Having high defense and HP, Crustle can practically sustain all the damage while its teammates bombard the objectives with damage. Since these bosses can only move in a specific area, a Stealth Rock can help chip away at their HP. Moreover, use Rock Tomb to block opposing Pokemon from interfering, or push them away with an X-Scissor to help your team secure these Pokemon and continue pushing your respective lane.

Sustain the Damage for your Team

Due to the amount of pressure and control Crustle offers, your team can reliably push past enemy goals and invade their farm. Given its high HP, Defense, and ability to block opponents or get out to safety easily, it is best to have Crustle in the frontlines of the fight and maneuver around team clashes accordingly to set up walls or knock back key targets.

Sturdy: Crustle Ability Effects

Get a Burst of Strength with Rubble Rouser

Rubble Rouser gives Crustle a huge amount of shields once activated. It is essentially a safety move that can provide you with enough sturdiness to avoid getting knocked down. Alternatively, you can activate the move in the middle of a clash and take advantage of the damage-over-time effect as a counterattack.

Rubble Rouser: Crustle Move Effect and Cooldown

Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 4 • Secure as many wild Pokemon as you can to level up quickly
• If you're at the bottom lane, prioritize taking Indeedees for more exp.
• You can try to get early kills, but don't overextend
• Choose Fury Cutter immediately, as this move is great for finishing off Bunnelby as quickly as possible.
5 - 9 • Crustle learns Shell Smash at level 4, replacing its newly learned Rock Slide. The speed bonus that it grants Crustle is useful for quickly getting to Indeedees and Baltoy and knocking them out for valuable EXP.
• Help your allies secure Regieleki and/or Regice, Registeel, or Regirock with Crustle's X-Scissor
10+ • Stick with your team to hunt targets, secure objectives, and push lanes
• Reach level 13 before or when Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset
• Make sure you have Rubble Rouser available when Rayquaza spawns
• Help your allies win a teamfight and secure Rayquaza

Crustle Combos

Rock Tomb Combos

This set of combos utilizes the trapping capabilites of Rock Tomb.

Stealth Rock Trap Combo

Stealth Rock Trap Combo
Rock Tomb IconStealth Rock IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Pokemon UNITE - Crustle Stealth Rock Trap Combo
Rock TombStealth RockStandard Attack ~
Start by cutting your opponents path and prevent them from escaping with Rock Tomb. Then thro a Stealth Rock to create a kill zone in the crevice spawned by Rock Tomb. For this to work, you need to hit Rock Tomb directly behind the opponent and then use Stealth Rock right away.

X-Scissor Trap Combo

X-Scissor Trap Combo
Rock Tomb IconX-Scissor IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Pokemon UNITE - Crustle X-Scissor Trap Combotd>
Rock TombX-ScissorStandard Attack ~
Create a wall behind the opponent, then smash them into the wall using X-Scissor to stun them. This will leave them open for more attacks from teammates or at the very least, render them unable to escape.

Ultimate Rubble Fighter Combo

Ultimate Rubble Fighter Combo
Rubble Rouser IconShell Smash IconX-Scissor IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Pokemon UNITE - Crustle Ultimate Rubble Fighter Combo
Rubble RouserShell SmashX-ScissorStandard Attack ~
This is an initiating combo that is great for brawls. Start by activating Rubble Rouser to generate a large amount of shields. Follow it up with Shell Smash to convert Crustle's defenses into offense. Then, seek out a target to fight. For a devastating entrance, use X-Scissor to stun the target in place before you start brawling.

Matchups & Counters for Crustle

Crustle Matchups

Hard Counter
GarchompVenusaur
Fair Matchup
AegislashAlolan NinetalesAzumarillBlastoiseBlazikenBlisseyBuzzwoleChandelureCinderaceClefableDragapultDragoniteEspeonGengarGlaceonGoodraGreedentGreninjaInteleonLaprasLeafeonMamoswineMega Mewtwo XMega Mewtwo YMetagrossMewMimikyuMr. MimePikachuScizorSlowbroSnorlaxSylveonTalonflameTrevenantTsareenaTyranitarUmbreonUrshifuZacianZeraoraZoroark
Good Matchup
AbsolCharizardComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDodrioDuraludonEldegossGardevoirGyaradosHoopaLucarioMachampMeowscaradaSableyeWigglytuff
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Crustle.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Hard Counter with Disables or Overpower with Damage

Crustle's moves gives the Pokemon incredible versatility in terms of gameplay, making the Pokemon hard to fully counter. However, Pokemon that are able to stun or overpower Crustle with damage can definitely win against it.

Pokemon Explanation
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Rating: ★★★★★
• Can quickly deplete Cruslte's HP from afar using Solar Beam.
• Can overpower Cruslte in a fight with Petal Dance and Giga Drain.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Rating: ★★★★
• Can win in a 1-on-1 brawl against Crustle thanks to its Boosted Attacks.
• Can displace or reach Crustle with Dragon Rush.

Even Matchups for Crustle

Taking advantage of Cruslte's versatile moveset and high durability can help it get the upper hand against these Pokemon.

Close the Gap or Force Them to Move

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Alolan Ninetales Image Chandelure Image Cinderace Image Dragapult Image Espeon Image Glaceon Image Greninja Image Inteleon Image Mega Mewtwo Y Image Mew Image Pikachu Image Sylveon Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Crustle. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Crustle fast.
• When using Shell Smash, use the move to head straight for them, then follow up with X-Scissor to knock them out.
• When using Stealth Rock, force them to relocate by trapping them first with Rock Tomb, then following up with it.
• Use Rubble Rouser to stay alive longer when Crustle's HP is low.

Disrupt Their Attacks or Combos

All-Rounder
Aegislash Image Azumarill Image Blaziken Image Buzzwole Image Dragonite Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Scizor Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image Urshifu Image Zacian Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. They are also durable enough to tank Crustle's damage. However, they do need to go toe to toe with Crustle to defeat it, putting them in range for the Pokemon's moves.
• When using Shell Smash, activate it first to gain more damage, then disrupt their attacks or combos using X-Scissor.
• When using Stealth Rock, force them to relocate by trapping them first with Rock Tomb, then following up with it.
• Alternatively, just use Rubble Rouser when they decide to attack and fight them head on.

Tank Their Damage, Then Retaliate

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Gengar Image Leafeon Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, Crustle can tank their damage and easily retaliate thanks to Sturdy.
• When using Shell Smash, activate the move and just head straight for them, then follow up with X-Scissor.
• When using Stealth Rock, place it in their path to discourage them from approaching, or wait for them to dash in, then trap them with Rock Tomb and follow up with Stealth Rock.
• Use Rubble Rouser to stay alive longer when Crustle's HP is low.

Utilize Their Numbers

Supporters
Blissey Image Clefable Image Eldegoss Image Mr. Mime Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Crustle, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• Take advantage of them being in close proximity to each other by either heading straight for them using Shell Smash, then following up with X-Scissor, or trapping them with Rock Tomb, then placing Stealth Rock on their position.
• Use Rubble Rouser to stay alive longer when Crustle's HP is low.

Group Up with Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Blastoise Image Goodra Image Greedent Image Lapras Image Mamoswine Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image Trevenant Image Umbreon Image
How to Beat
• Much like Crustle, these Pokemon are extremely durable, making it difficult for the Pokemon to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Crustle.
• When using Shell Smash, use it to stay in front of them, then push them back using X-Scissor.
• When using Stealth Rock, trap them first with Rock Tomb, then place Stealth Rock on their position.

Easy Matchups for Crustle

Crustle has enough offense that it can go toe-to-toe with these Pokemon. Once it catches them in Stealth Rock or disable them with X-Scissor, it will have a high chance of knocking these Pokemon down.

Close the Gap or Force Them to Move

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Cramorant Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Duraludon Image Gardevoir Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Crustle. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Crustle fast.
• When using Shell Smash, use the move to head straight for them, then follow up with X-Scissor to knock them out.
• When using Stealth Rock, force them to relocate by trapping them first with Rock Tomb, then following up with it.
• Use Rubble Rouser to stay alive longer when Crustle's HP is low.

Disrupt Their Attacks or Combos

All-Rounder
Charizard Image Gyarados Image Lucario Image Machamp Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. They are also durable enough to tank Crustle's damage. However, they do need to go toe to toe with Crustle to defeat it, putting them in range for the Pokemon's moves.
• When using Shell Smash, activate it first to gain more damage, then disrupt their attacks or combos using X-Scissor.
• When using Stealth Rock, force them to relocate by trapping them first with Rock Tomb, then following up with it.
• Alternatively, just use Rubble Rouser when they decide to attack and fight them head on.

Tank Their Damage, Then Retaliate

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Dodrio Image Meowscarada Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, Crustle can tank their damage and easily retaliate thanks to Sturdy.
• When using Shell Smash, activate the move and just head straight for them, then follow up with X-Scissor.
• When using Stealth Rock, place it in their path to discourage them from approaching, or wait for them to dash in, then trap them with Rock Tomb and follow up with Stealth Rock.
• Use Rubble Rouser to stay alive longer when Crustle's HP is low.

Utilize Their Numbers

Supporters
Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Crustle, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• Take advantage of them being in close proximity to each other by either heading straight for them using Shell Smash, then following up with X-Scissor, or trapping them with Rock Tomb, then placing Stealth Rock on their position.
• Use Rubble Rouser to stay alive longer when Crustle's HP is low.

Best Teammates for Crustle

Pokemon Explanation
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Gengar ImageGengar Urshifu ImageUrshifu Combo-centric Damage Dealers
Pokemon whose gameplay centers on using combos can synergize well with Crustle. Crustle can use Rock Tomb and X-Scissor to block enemy movement and disable them, making it easier for them to execute their combos and finish off targets.
Dodrio ImageDodrio Sableye ImageSableye Speedy Scorers
Pokemon that can easily and aggressively score points throughout the game alongside Crustle can pressure the enemy team to rotate lanes and defend their goals or risk getting outscored. Crustle can use Shell Smash to mimic their gameplay all while staying versitile enough to join teamfights.
Pikachu ImagePikachu Snorlax ImageSnorlax Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff AoE Disablers
Pokemon with an arsenal of AoE disabling moves can benefit from Crustle's versitile moveset. They can easily land their AoE moves like Heavy Slam and Thunderbolt at enemies trapped inside Rock Tomb. They can also stun enemies and keep them inside Stealth Rock's area, dealing more damage as a result.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Frontline Duo
Mr. Mime has great synergy with Crustle and can become an unstoppable frontline duo. Mr. Mime can Power Swap Crustle and use Psychic as they chase down targets, causing a huge burst of damage around both of them. Alternatively, Mr. Mime can use Confusion to shove enemies towards Rock Tomb's wall and keep them in place as they continuously receive damage from Stealth Rock.

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Crustle Moves and Ability

Move Slot 1 (R)

Fury Cutter ImageFury Cutter
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 3.5s
Starting Damage: 494
Damage increase per hit: 20%
Final Damage: N/A
Damage increase per hit: 20%
Slashes opposing Pokemon with claws, dealing damage to them. Hitting the same opposing Pokemon multiple times in succession with this move increases the damage dealt.
X-Scissor ImageX-Scissor
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Starting Damage: 1317
First attack: 371, Second attack: 439, Third attack: 507
Final Damage: 1931
First attack: 542, Second attack: 644, Third attack: 745
Has the user dash forward with crossed claws, dealing damge to opposing Pokemon multiple times and shoving them. Leaves opposing Pokemon unable to act if they hit an object when shoved.
Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown.
Stealth Rock ImageStealth Rock
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Starting Damage: 3358
Initial damage: 275, Damage increase per instance: 10% to 15%, Number of instances: 8
Final Damage: 6262
Initial damage: 374, Damage increase per instance: 10% to 15%, Number of instances: 10
Throws many small rocks. When a rock hits an opposing Pokemon, or when the rocks have flown their full distance, a zone of many levitating rocks is created, dealing slowly-increasing damage over time to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect.
Upgrade: Increases the duration of this move's effects and decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time when this move hits.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Rock Slide ImageRock Slide
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Starting Damage: 270
Final Damage: 291
Drops a large rock at the targeted area. When this move hits, it deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and leaves them unable to act for a short time.
Shell Smash ImageShell Smash
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 7s
Starting Damage: N/A
Final Damage: N/A
Has the user smash its shell, converting a set percentage of Defense and Sp. Def into Attack and Sp. Atk and increasing the user's movement speed for a short time.
Upgrade: Increases this move's conversion rate.
Rock Tomb ImageRock Tomb
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Starting Damage: 897
Inital damage: 447 + 225, Damage when rock expires: 225
Final Damage: 1286
Inital damage: 636 + 325, Damage when rock expires: 325
Splits open the ground toward the designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and creating a barricade of rock. If used again, gets rid of the barricade.
Upgrade: Also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon for a short time when this move hits.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Rubble Rouser ImageRubble Rouser
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Buff
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 110s
Starting Damage: 2120
Damage per instance: 212, Number of instances: 10
Final Damage: 2690
Damage per instance: 269, Number of instances: 10
Grants the user a shield for a short time and elaves nearby opposing Pokemon unable to act, dealing them damage over time. If the user receives damage while this move is in effect, the move deals additional hits to nearby opposing Pokemon.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack. When this boosted attack hits, it deals damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Ability (Passive)

Sturdy ImageSturdy All Evolution Stages
Every time the Pokemon loses a certain amount of HP, its Defense and Sp. Def are increased.

Crustle Stats & Evolutions

Crustle Evolutions

1st Evolution Final Evolution
Dwebble.pngDwebble
(Lv. 1)
Dwebble.pngCrustle
(Lv. 4)

Crustle Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3300 97 67 175
2 3447 108 74 179
3 3615 120 82 183
4 4469 182 125 205
5 4692 198 136 211
6 4948 217 149 218
7 5242 239 164 226
8 5581 264 181 235
9 5971 293 201 245
10 6420 326 224 256
11 6936 364 250 269
12 7530 407 280 284
13 8213 457 314 301
14 8998 514 354 321
15 9900 580 400 344

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Crustle In-Game Stat Listings

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