Japanese Name: シザリガー (Shizarigar)
Classification: Rogue Pokémon
Weight: 72.3 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 63 / Atk 120 / Def 85 / SpAtk 90 / SpDef 55 / Spd 55
This crustacean Pokémon is one mean customer. With huge pinchers and a massive base Attack stat, Crawdaunt sits quietly in the NU tier, biding his time and awaiting an unsuspecting opponent. This placement is mostly due to his abysmally low base Speed. But with some handy tricks, smart working, and a powerhouse of a moveset, Crawdaunt has the potential to become deadly not only in his own tier, but in much higher tiers as well!
Let’s take a look at those stats. Pretty much everything about Crawdaunt’s base stats are subpar, even rather distressing to work with – except for that hefty base Attack stat. Base 120 is an intense stat, putting Crawdaunt well up towards the top of the heaviest-hitting Pokemon in the game. To put in in perspective, Crawdaunt has the same base Attack stat as Donphan, Blaziken, and even Arceus and Palkia! He is outclassed by physical attackers like Terrakion, Haxorus, and Groudon.
Crawdaunt’s dual-typing gives him a unique set of type advantages and weaknesses. Weak to Electric, Grass, Fighting, and Bug, his biggest worries are going to be the myriad of Fighting type Pokemon out there that will likely outspeed him. Not to mention priority Mach Punch. At the same time, this pincer Pokémon resists Fire, Water, Ice, Ghost, Steel, and Dark and is completely immune to Psychic attacks.
More than that, though, his dual-typing gives him the best command over one of his abilities – Adaptability. Adaptability raises the Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) of a move from 1.5x to 2.0x! That means that Crawdaunt is getting a boost of 100% to any of his Water or Dark attacks. Crawdaunt is the ONLY dual-type in the game with access to this ability. Every other Pokémon with Adaptability has only one typing, including such Pokémon as Basculin, Eevee, and Porygon-Z.
Crawdaunt’s other abilities include Hyper Cutter, which keeps other Pokémon from lowering its Atk stat. This could be helpful when facing off against any Pokémon with Intimidate. Shell Armor also protects Crawdaunt from critical hits, though with his rather weak defenses, he probably isn’t going to be taking many hits anyway. With access to his DreamWorld ability, Adaptability is almost always going to be the way to go.
As far as his moveset is concerned, Crawdaunt has a fairly limited number of options. (Though not nearly so limited as, say, Jolteon.) Leveling up, Crawdaunt is treated to Night Slash, a STAB Dark type attack with a high critical hit ratio along with the slightly more powerful Crunch. Perhaps most interesting is his access to Crabhammer. Crawdaunt is one of only four Pokemon in the entire game that can have that move. Along with his preevolutionary form Corphish and his crustacean cousins Krabby and Kingler, these four Pokemon alone can bring down the base 90 physical Water hammer. Not to mention if you’ve opted for Adaptability, Crawdaunt will be bringing down a base 180 Water Attack off of his incredibly impressive base 120 Attack stat! In my humble opinion, Crabhammer is an absolutely vital part of /any/ Crawdaunt moveset. His other three slots can be filled as you so choose.
Some suggestions! Always opt for one STAB Dark attack to make best use of Adaptability (if that’s the ability you’ve chosen). Night Slash and Crunch are both good options. Night Slash gives you the chance for more critical hits, where Crunch gives you just a hair more power. Swords Dance will help boost your Attack even further, though his access to Dragon Dance as an egg move outclasses Swords Dance slightly by giving the Rogue Pokémon a much-needed boost to his low Speed stat. Brick Break, Rock Tomb, Aerial Ace, Payback, Giga Impact, Rock Slide, X-Scissor, Rock Smash, Waterfall and Facade are all available to him via TMs and HMs. Other than the aforementioned Dragon Dance, Crawdaunt has several other interesting egg moves including Superpower, Body Slam, Metal Claw, Double-Edge, and Chip Away.
Held Items are going to be entirely dependent on the set you run, how you plan on using this Pokémon, and where he fits in your team. A Focus Sash would be great for any Crawdaunt running a Dragon Dance set to ensure that boost to his Speed, though at that point, one has to be constantly wary of priority moves. You could opt for the Scope Lens to try and further boost Crawdaunt’s critical hit ratio if you plan to run Crabhammer and Night Slash, but that’s going to require you ensure he only faces off against foes to which he has resistance OR that are slower than him, which, to be honest, is rather few potential threats. You could even give him a Water or a Dark gem to boost one of his Attacks and keep him in the reserves to take down a foe who you otherwise would be unable to handle. Heck, even a Choice Scarf or Choice Band might work well for him. It’s all going to come down to your playstyle.
Crawdaunt is a fantastic Pokemon with some serious power underneath that slightly strange-looking exterior. With correct team support and a smart trainer behind him, he can really bring the hurt to several tiers. I absolutely suggest giving him a shot on your next NU team!