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 spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Cloyster, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|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|
|Final Stat Values||HP 135 / Atk. 147 / Def. 200 / Sp.Def. 65 / Spd. 124|
|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.
|Liquidation||A physical Water-type Move. A choice for when not using priority moves.|
|Hydro Pump||Allows it to take advantage of the Special Attack boost of Shell Smash. When using this move, a Naive (+Spd, -SpDef) nature is preferable to avoid the Jolly nature's Special Attack drop.|
|EV Spread||Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4|
|Final Stat Values||HP 126 / Atk. 161 / Def. 200 / Sp.Def. 65 / Spd. 122|
|Held Item||Choice Scarf|
By holding a Choice Scarf, Cloyster can catch its opponents off guard and knock out physical attackers like Mimikyu in one hit while they are still trying to power up. Because most players use the Shell Smash build described above, opponents won't be expecting Cloyster to strike fast and hard right off the bat.
|Hydro Pump||Effective for hitting Steel types with high Defense. When using this move, a Naughty (+Atk, -SpDef) nature is preferable to avoid the Adamant nature's Special Attack drop.|
|Ice Shard||A priority STAB move. Unfortunately, it doesn't pair well with Choice Scarf, but it's great to have when you definitely need to hit first.|
Cloyster combines a high physical Defense with its ability to raise its stats using Shell Smash. Its towering Defense allows it to take a hard initial hit from a variety of opponents, following up on the second turn after its Shell Smash by switching to a fast attacking role and seizing the first hit.
Cloyster's ability Skill Link allows its multi-hit attacks to land 5 times without fail. These attacks are particularly useful for their potential to break Substitute and Mimikyu's Disguise, but typically are difficult to use due to their low reliability. Skill Link makes these moves highly reliable and invaluable in depriving opponents of any opportunity to power up.
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
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