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This is a strategy guide for using Gastrodon in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Gastrodon, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Sticky Hold||Protects the Pokemon from item theft.|
|Storm Drain||Draws in all Water-type moves to up Special Attack.|
|Sand Force (Hidden)||Boosts certain moves'power in sandstorm.|
|Takes 4x damage|
|Takes 2x damage||
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage||
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Bold (+Def, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4|
|Final Stat Values||HP 218 / Def. 132 / Sp.Atk. 112 / Sp.Def. 103 / Spd. 59|
A build which takes advantage of Gastrodon's high defensive stats and its lone weakness to Grass. While forcing difficult opponents to switch with Yawn, it can use its damaging attacks together with Recover to hold on and continue the fight.
Its defensive power and few weaknesses allows it to switch in on hard-hitting opponents, using a Held Item which allows it to take heavy attacks. Sitrus Berry or Rindo Berry will give it an extra cushion to set up. In situations where you want to deal just a smidge more damage than normal, Rocky Helmet is a better option.
|Earth Power||A possibility for a Ground-type attack. Can deal powerful STAB damage.|
|Mirror Coat||Its high HP and Special Defense allow it to survive a Special attack and turn it against its user to take it down in a single blow, as long as it's not a Grass-type move or Freeze-Dry.|
|Ice Beam||A possibility for an Ice-type move. Although there are fewer Pokemon weak to Ice than in previous games, it's reliable for hitting a variety of targets.|
With a single weakness to Grass and high Base HP, Gastrodon will fit just right in your team in a defensive position. As its Special Attack isn't particularly low either, it can withstand attacks while dealing out a certain extent of damage itself.
A lone weakness it may be, but a 4x weakness to Grass is enough to leave opponents with plenty of room to take out Gastrodon. It can largely be taken out in one hit with a Grass move of sufficient power. Plus, although normal Ice-type attacks deal 1x damage to it, the unique move Freeze-Dry, with its effect of super effectiveness against Water types, stacks with Gastrodon's Ground type to become a new 4x weakness.
・Can knock out Gastrodon in one hit with a Grass move
・Can take Gastrodon's attacks with reduced damage
・Can take most of Gastrodon's attacks with 1x or reduced damage
・Can deal massive damage with Power Whip even without EVs in Attack
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・Can deal 4x damage with Freeze-Dry
・Can take most of Gastrodon's attacks with reduced damage
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・Can deal super effective damage with Power Whip
・Can inflict Burn with Scald
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