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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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Basic Information for Cloyster

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Ice Type
Abilities
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.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
69 90 60 90 60 121

Best Nature for Cloyster

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Naive
(+Spd, -SpDef)
Naughty
(+Atk, -SpDef)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Cloyster

Focus Sash → Shell Smash Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 180 / HP 78
Ability Skill Link
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Shell Smash
Icicle Spear
Rock Blast
Ice Shard

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.

Counters for Cloyster

Pokemon which can resists its moves

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take its attacks with high Defense and its good type matchup
・Can remove the effects of Shell Smash with Haze
Best Ranked Battle Build for Toxapex
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take almost all of Cloyster's attacks with reduced damage
・Can deal massive damage with Special Electric-type moves
Best Ranked Battle Build for Wash Rotom

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