This is a strategy guide for using Cloyster in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Cloyster, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Evolution and Moveset||Build for Ranked Battle|
List of Contents
|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Shell Armor||The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.|
|Skill Link||Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.|
|Overcoat (Hidden)||Protects the Pokemon from weather damage.|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)|
|EV Spread||Atk. 252 / Spd. 180 / HP 78|
|Held Item||Focus Sash|
This build combines Cloyster's high Defense with the two-stage Attack, Special Attack and Speed boosts it obtains from Shell Smash to make it a physical attacker with fearsome speed. Focus Sash allows it to survive even attacks it's weak to, which, when used together with Shell Smash, allows it to even outspeed Hydreigon holding a Choice Scarf and take it down.
It's also possible to opt for an Adamant Nature to boost Attack instead of Speed, but this will cost it the ability to outspeed Choice Scarf Hydreigon.
The moves learned by Cloyster are easy to resist by a number of Pokemon. Because of its multiple-hit moves, it's not possible to survive its attacks for a big hit with techniques like Focus Sash and Substitute, so while bearing the brunt of its attacks with Pokemon excelling in physical Defense, hit back hard with Special attacks to take advantage of its low Special Defense.
・Can take its attacks with high Defense and its good type matchup
・Can remove the effects of Shell Smash with Haze
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・Can take almost all of Cloyster's attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal massive damage with Special Electric-type moves
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