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This is a strategy guide for using Crawdaunt 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 Crawdaunt, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Crawdaunt

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Dark Type
Hyper Cutter Prevents other Pokemon from lowering Attack stat.
Shell Armor The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.
Adaptability (Hidden) Powers up moves of the same type.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
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Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
63 120 85 90 55 55

Best Nature for Crawdaunt

Best Natures
(+Atk, -Sp. Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Crawdaunt

Focus Sash/Physical Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Speed 252
Final Stat Values HP 139 / Atk 189 / Def 105 / Sp. Def 75 / Speed 107
Ability Adaptability
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Aqua Jet
Knock Off
Swords Dance

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Focus Sash Physical Attacker Crawdaunt.png

This build guarantees that you'll get at least one strong attack due to Focus Sash and Adaptability. Also, putting EVs in Speed should allow you to outspeed Pokemon like Rotom-Heat.

On top of that, the Focus Sash helps Crawdaunt survive attacks from faster Pokemon, which allows it to strike first with the priority move Aqua Jet on the next turn and deliver the finishing blow.

Alternate Move Choices

Crabhammer Alternate Water-type move. While it has low accuracy, it has high power.
Close Combat Effective against Snorlax and Hydreigon
Brick Break Low power, but it can break Reflect/Light Screen

Life Orb Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
EV Spread HP 192 / Atk 252 / Spd 64
Final Stat Values HP 162 / Atk 189 / Def 105 / Sp. Def 75 / Spd 83
Ability Adaptability
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Aqua Jet
Knock Off
Close Combat

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Life Orb Attacker Crawdaunt.png

The Life Orb makes Crawdaunt's attacks much more powerful, to the point that it can defeat a non-Defense EV-trained Excadrill in one shot with Aqua Jet.

The EVs in Speed will also allow Crawdaunt to not only outspeed a Tyranitar but to also defeat one with 252 EVs in HP with Close Combat.

Crawdaunt can also outspeed Hydreigon with EVs and Nature maximized for Speed when paralysis is inflicted. However, note that you still might not outspeed a paralyzed Pokemon if it's holding a Choice Scarf.

Alternate Move Choices

Crabhammer Alternate Water-type move. While it has low accuracy, it has high power.
Swords Dance Raises attack, which lets you more easily defeat opponents
Brick Break Low power, but it can break Reflect/Light Screen

How to Use Crawdaunt Effectively

Attack using moves with STAB

Thanks to Adaptability, Crawdaunt can hit hard with STAB moves. In particular, he can hit hard with Knock Off, which allows you to deal a lot of damage while removing your opponent's held item.

Crawdaunt is also one of the few Pokemon that takes half damage from Water-type and Dark-type moves.

Counters for Crawdaunt

Strike first and take advantage of Crawdaunt's weaknesses

Take advantage of Crawdaunt's weaknesses by using Pokemon that are faster than it and that have good type compatibilty as these will be able to counterattack while taking damage from Crawdaunt.

Mimikyu in particular is a good counter against Crawdaunt as its Disguise ability allows it to resist an attack.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can defeat Crawdaunt with Play Rough.
・Can counter a Focus Sash Crawdaunt with Shadow Sneak
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu
Primarina ImagePrimarina Ranking: ★★★★★
・Takes only half damage from Water-type and Dark-type moves.
・Can beat Crawdaunt with Moonblast
Moveset & Best Build for Primarina
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・With EVs in Speed, it can outspeed Crawdaunt and weaken it.
・Has above average defenses and can withstand attacks from Crawdaunt
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom

Use Strong Defensive Pokemon

Pokemon with high defenses can beat Crawdaunt even with its powerful attacks. In particular, Pokemon that can resist Water-type moves can more easily defeat Crawdaunt.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Extremely high defense
・Can burn Crawdaunt with Scald
・Can regain HP with Recover
Moveset & Best Build for Toxapex
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Extremely durable when EV trained in HP and Defense
・Shuts down Water-type moves with Storm Drain
・Can burn Crawdaunt with Scald
・Can regain HP with Recover
Moveset & Best Build for Gastrodon

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