Competitive Cloyster.


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Apr 19, 2020
Cloyster is a Pokemon that has been around since Gen 1. It has always been a solid Pokemon, but we really found its competitive battling niche somewhere around Pokemon Diamond.

This set is an absolute given. Meaning as SOON as you see Cloyster in match preview. You know EXACTLY what it is doing.The best part is............that does not mean it can be stopped lol.

The set utilizes the ability Skill Link, which will allow our multi-hit moves, Icicle Spear and Rock Blast, to hit for 5 times. Combined with a Shell Smash to get us to attack first, and hit extra hard for all 5 of those hits... Cloyster has been a nightmare for opponents with this set for years.

This set usually features a Focus Sash, even if we are brought to 1 HP, Cloyster can reverse sweep several Pokemon to close it out.

Cloyster has a 180 base Defensive stat. The only way to really handle this set is with things like Taunt and Encore. After a shell smash, Cloyster just about out speeds all the meta unboosted. Even if we take a good hit after Shell Smash, most always we will return with a KO hit in response.

Cloyster can benefit greatly from Psychic Terrain. In the last gen, he was paired alot with a Tapu Lele, and Indeedee in Sword and Shield can be really good to have on the team. Psychic terrain will prevent Fake Out from happening. Fake Out is bad for Cloyster because it breaks our sash and is a priority move.

Lastly we have Ice Shard to round out the set... A good way to get Cloyster into the battle late game, is to revenge kill with Ice Shard. Meaning, your opponent knocks out one of your Pokemon and is at low HP, your bring Cloyster in, finish it off with the priority move Ice Shard, then proceed to Shell Smash.

This set is amazing and fun, and if you have never used it.. give it a go! It will not disappoint!

The set is:

Cloyster @ Focus Sash

Ability: Skill Link

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Jolly Nature

- Shell Smash

- Icicle Spear

-Rock Blast

- Ice Shard