Competitive Information for Shellder [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Shellder shellder
Base Stats for Shellder

Water

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

Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Shellder? 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.


Shellder is an interesting Water-typed Pokemon. Shellder is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Shellder's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Shellder
Item: King's Rock / Razor Fang
Ability: Skill Link
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 60 Hp / 252 Atk / 196 SpD
Moveset:
- Liquidation / Razor Shell
- Icicle Spear / Avalanche
- Double-Edge / Headbutt
- Rock Blast

Physical Sweeper Shellder (Skill Link)

Shellder is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Skill Link, Shellder'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).
Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Icicle Spear is a physical 25-base power Ice-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Avalanche is a physical 60-base power Ice-type move (power doubles if Shellder is damaged by the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Headbutt is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Rock Blast is a physical 25-base power Rock-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).


Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Shellder? 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.


Species: Shellder
Item: King's Rock / Razor Fang
Ability: Skill Link
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 60 Hp / 252 Atk / 196 SpD
Moveset:
- Liquidation / Razor Shell
- Icicle Spear / Avalanche
- Double-Edge / Headbutt
- Rock Blast

Doubles Physical Sweeper Shellder (Skill Link)

Shellder is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Skill Link, Shellder'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).
Razor Shell is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Water-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Icicle Spear is a physical 25-base power Ice-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).
Avalanche is a physical 60-base power Ice-type move (power doubles if Shellder is damaged by the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Headbutt is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Rock Blast is a physical 25-base power Rock-type move (hits 2-5 times in one turn).


Movepool


Wondering what moves can Shellder 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.
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.
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.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Explosion
250
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Shard
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
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.
Rapid Spin
50
100%
40
Free user from hazards/bind/Leech Seed; +1 Spe.
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.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Aqua Ring
--
--
20
User recovers 1/16 max HP per turn.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
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 its allies by 1/4 their max HP.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
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.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Teleport
--
--
20
User switches out.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Withdraw
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Shellder 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 Shellder

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