#169 – Crobat
Japanese Name: クロバット (Kurobatto)
Classification: Bat Pokémon
Weight: 165.3 lbs
Gender Ratios: Male 50% – Female 50%
Base Stats: HP 85 / Atk 90 / Def 80 / SpAtk 70 / SpDef 80 / Spd 130
Crobat, the saving grace for every Zubat we as trainers face as we walk through a dark cave. While this Pokemon is generally considered a part of the UU tier, one a good team with proper support, Crobat can be a terror on the OU tier as well. With blazing speed, he can make a powerful physical attacker. It’s almost enough to make us forget that he started his life as one of several thousand Zubat in every cave ever.
With fairly average base stats that are honestly rather lackluster, Crobat’s major saving grace is his absolutely blazing speed. It works very well in several team functions. It can be a powerfully fast physical attacker with proper investment in the Attack stat, but it can also work as an amazing stall-breaker. We’ll take a look at both builds here.
As a stall-breaker, Crobat becomes a ruthless force that has the potential to shut down just about everything. For this build, I would go with Crobat’s Infiltrator ability via the DreamWorld. This allows you to break through any Dual-Screening Magnezone. (Though I would not advise using Crobat to try and break the other common dual-screener, Espeon). With either halved or neutral damage from many of the most common walls, he has access to several moves that can bring some major pain to a foe attempting to stall you out. The three main moves you’ll want to include in this set are Taunt, Mean Look, Roost. Mean Look is vital to keep your foe from simply switching out to continue his stall at a later point. Taunt will stop any Pokemon using Protect, Synthesis, Rest, Leech Seed, Baton Pass, Aromatherapy, or any other non-damaging move. To make sure Crobat is able to keep up his Taunting and Mean-Looking, Roost will provide Crobat with a constant ability to refresh his HP. Crobat then has several damaging moves to choose from to finish off the set, perhaps the most powerful of which is Brave Bird, but if you are hesitant about the recoil damage, he has some other amazing options including Acrobatics, Cross Poison, X-Scissor, Zen Headbutt, and Steel Wing.
As a physical sweeper, Crobat can make amazing use of the Choice Band. With damaging moves listed above (including the amazing Brave Bird, X-Scissor for those pesky Psychic types, and Cross Poison), Crobat can become the best revenge killer you’ve ever seen. With full EV investment and an Attack-positive nature, a Choice Band throws Crobat into a true powerhouse position. With that base speed of 130, his own natural speed (with proper EV investment) allows him to outpace just about every Pokemon in the game, save perhaps a speed-positive Jolteon. Though if your Crobat comes across a Jolteon, you’re probably best off retreating for the Sandslash or other Ground type you have in the wings.
Both of Crobat’s abilities can be a bit of a crap-shoot. Inner Focus is great in the UU tier because any time you face a Mienshao, you can bet there will be a Fake-Out coming your way. While it isn’t terribly common, flinching can be a huge problem for Crobat if he comes across a Pokemon making strong use of moves with a high flinch rate. Crobat’s DreamWorld ability, Infiltrator, can make his life much easier on the off-chance that he ends up against a foe who has been setting up Light Screens, Reflects, Hazes, or other such moves. There are pros and cons to each ability, and it’s really up to you which will fit better on your team.
As you can see, Crobat has a lot of potential to fill some very interesting rolls on your team. If you’re feeling a bit brave and can support him properly, he can make an amazing foe even on the OU tiers, but in his natural UU territory, he is a complete monster. This speedy bat is a wonderful addition to any team and certainly deserves your consideration!