Competitive Information for Cloyster [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Cloyster cloyster
Base Stats for Cloyster

Water / Ice

Abilities:
Shell ArmorShell Armor: This Pokemon cannot be struck by a critical hit.
,
Skill LinkSkill Link: This Pokemon's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times.
,
OvercoatOvercoat: This Pokemon is immune to powder moves and damage from Sandstorm or Hail.


Evolutions / Family:
Shellder
Cloyster

Weakness Chart for Water/Ice-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
2x
  
2x
  
  
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
  
0.25x
  
  
  
2x
  
0.5x
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Cloyster? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Cloyster in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

DracovishPelipperLudicoloBarraskewdaRaichuCorviknightCharizardGyaradosTogekissIncineroar


Cloyster is a remarkable Water and Ice-typed Pokemon. It's normal to find yourself dealing with Cloyster when battling in the 8th generation meta. Cloyster is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Cloyster
Item: Focus Sash / White Herb
Ability: Skill Link
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 108 Atk / 156 Def / 128 SpD / 116 Spe
Moveset:
- Liquidation
- Icicle Spear
- Rock Blast
- Shell Smash

Physical Tank Cloyster (Popular/Trending)

Cloyster is a stupendous Physical Tank. It's designed to take a great amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Focus Sash helps protect Cloyster from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out (usually Shell Smash to boost Cloyster for the following turns). With Skill Link, Cloyster's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times.

Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Icicle Spear is a physical STAB-boosted 25-base power Ice-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Rock Blast is a physical 25-base power Rock-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).




Species: Cloyster
Item: King's Rock / Razor Fang
Ability: Skill Link
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Icicle Spear / Icicle Crash
- Liquidation
- Pin Missile
- Rock Blast

Physical Sweeper Cloyster (Skill Link)

Cloyster is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Cloyster from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cloyster's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Skill Link, Cloyster's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times.

Icicle Spear is a physical STAB-boosted 25-base power Ice-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Pin Missile is a physical 25-base power Bug-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Rock Blast is a physical 25-base power Rock-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).




Species: Cloyster
Item: King's Rock / Razor Fang
Ability: Skill Link / Overcoat
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Ice Beam / Aurora Beam
- Tri Attack / Hyper Beam
- Mud Shot

Special Sweeper Cloyster (Skill Link)

Cloyster is an awesome Special Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Cloyster from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cloyster's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Skill Link, Cloyster's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Aurora Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Tri Attack is a special 80-base power Normal-type move (20% chance to paralyze or burn or freeze target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Cloyster cannot move next turn).
Mud Shot is a special 55-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).




Species: Cloyster
Item: White Herb
Ability: Skill Link
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Razor Shell / Hydro Pump
- Shell Smash
- Rock Blast
- Icicle Spear

Cloyster Physical Sweeper (Smashing Cloyster)

Cloyster is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Skill Link, Cloyster's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times. Cloyster's main set is one that can sweep most teams with ease; in fact, it's a liability to have a bulky Ground-type when your opponent has a Cloyster. This set is best used on an offensive team, where other sweepers can open up holes in defensive cores for Cloyster to take advantage of. Shell Smash is the crux of this set, doubling Cloyster's Attack, Special Attack, and Speed to threatening levels. Icicle Spear is the perfect move for Cloyster; because of Skill Link, it will always hit five times, effectively making it a 125 Base Power STAB move. Rock Blast offers great coverage with Icicle Spear, hitting Fire-, Water-, and Ice-types for at least neutral damage. In the last slot, either Hydro Pump or Razor Shell is acceptable. Hydro Pump is the preferred option for getting past Skarmory, Scizor, Forretress, and Metagross, since it hits their weaker Special Defense; however, Razor Shell will destroy Tyranitar and Heatran without fail, as they both commonly run specially defensive sets.

Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Hydro Pump is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Water-type move that deals a notable amount of damage.
Shell Smash is a status move (lowers def, spd by 1 stage; raises atk, spa, spe by 2 stages).
Rock Blast is a physical 25-base power Rock-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Icicle Spear is a physical STAB-boosted 25-base power Ice-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Cloyster? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Cloyster in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

DragapultGrimmsnarlDugtrioTogekissBisharpHattereneExcadrillCinderaceMimikyuHawluchaToxtricityVikavolt


Species: Cloyster
Item: King's Rock / Razor Fang
Ability: Skill Link
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Icicle Spear / Icicle Crash
- Liquidation
- Pin Missile
- Rock Blast

Doubles Physical Sweeper Cloyster (Skill Link)

Cloyster is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Cloyster from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cloyster's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Skill Link, Cloyster's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times.

Icicle Spear is a physical STAB-boosted 25-base power Ice-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Liquidation is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Water-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Pin Missile is a physical 25-base power Bug-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Rock Blast is a physical 25-base power Rock-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).




Species: Cloyster
Item: King's Rock / Razor Fang
Ability: Skill Link / Overcoat
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Tri Attack / Hyper Beam
- Mud Shot

Doubles Special Sweeper Cloyster (Skill Link)

Cloyster is an outstanding Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Cloyster from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cloyster's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Skill Link, Cloyster's multi-hit attacks always hit the maximum number of times.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Icy Wind is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Tri Attack is a special 80-base power Normal-type move (20% chance to paralyze or burn or freeze target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Cloyster cannot move next turn).
Mud Shot is a special 55-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Cloyster learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Aurora Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Hydro Pump
110
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Mud Shot
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Tri Attack
80
100%
10
20% chance to paralyze or burn or freeze target.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Shard
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Icicle Crash
85
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the target.
Icicle Spear
25
100%
30
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Liquidation
85
100%
10
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Pin Missile
25
95%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Razor Shell
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Blast
25
90%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Self-Destruct
200
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Smart Strike
70
--
10
This move does not check accuracy.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Aqua Ring
--
--
20
User recovers 1/16 max HP per turn.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Life Dew
--
--
10
Heals the user (and allies) by 1/4 amount.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
Shell Smash
--
--
15
Lowers Def, SpD by 1; raises Atk, SpA, Spe by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spikes
--
--
20
Hurts grounded foes on switch-in. Max 3 layers.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Toxic Spikes
--
--
20
Poisons grounded foes on switch-in. Max 2 layers.
Withdraw
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Cloyster can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Cloyster

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