Granbull

Granbull, The Fairy Pokémon. It is timid in spite of its looks. If it becomes enraged, however, it will strike with its huge fangs. It is actually timid and easily spooked. If attacked, it flails about to fend off its attacker. Because its fangs are too heavy, it always keeps its head tilted down. However, its bite is powerful.

Overview

Granbull is a hugely cool Pokémon. Even though I've only used it in one tier (Metro; the only real way to play), I've always liked it. Pink is a cool colour, has a ridiculous bottom jaw (Jay Leno joke here), it's just awesome. Shame that it is so… meh. Great physical movepool, good Attack, good abilities, but crippling Speed. This really shuts it down. To improve its Speed you need to run Quick Feet, which requires either being paralyzed or just running Toxic Orb, slowly killing yourself. Don't expect much special here, Granbull is a generic physical sweeper. However, be prepared to for something COOL. B)

Abilities

Intimidate: we all know what this does. Enemy Pokémon takes -1 Attack when Granbull enters the battle.
Quick Feet: a pretty uncommon ability, but one that suits Granbull down to the ground. It's like Guts, but you get 1.5x Speed and ignore the Speed loss from paralysis. Not bad.
Rattled: if Granbull resisted Dark, Bug and Ghost moves, this would be good. It doesn't, so it is bad. You get +1 Speed when you get hit by one of said move types.

Movesets

Toxic Toes

- Facade
- Close Combat / Earthquake
- Fire Punch / Ice Punch / Crunch
- Fire Punch / Ice Punch / Crunch
Item Attached: Toxic Orb
Ability: Quick Feet
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk /252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

Sweeping Granbull. Façade will lay down the pain once you are hit by Toxic Orb, as it reaches a pretty cute 140 base power without STAB. You get STAB, so you have 210 base power. Close Combat is a great move that allows you to deal with Steels like Ferrothorn easily. Earthquake is one of the best moves in the game, coverage is great, no point in using point Earthquake and Close Combat though. Fire Punch kills Ferrothorn, Forretress, Scizor, that sort of gang. Ice Punch ruins Dragons and Gliscor. Crunch is handy for smacking Ghosts that try to come into your Façade, and it partners really well with Close Combat.

Choice

- Return / Double-Edge
- Close Combat / Earthquake
- Fire Punch / Ice Punch / Crunch
- Fire Punch / Ice Punch / Crunch
Item Attached: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
Ability: Intimidate / Quick Feet
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd or 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) / Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) / Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

Hit hard, leave. Just like a good party. Return is the most reliable Normal move you have, but Double-Edge hits like a truck and has an awesome name. Close Combat and Earthquake are both amazing, but pointless together as the coverage is very similar. Fire Punch helps get rid of 4x weak Steels, Ice Punch is for 4x weak Dragons and Flying/Grounds. Crunch beats Ghosts and gets some cutie coverage with Close Combat.

Support?

- Super Fang
- Heal Bell
- Toxic / Thunder Wave / Taunt / Roar
- Toxic / Thunder Wave / Taunt / Roar
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Intimidate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

Super Fang always deals a good bit of damage, and as you aren't running any Attack EVs, it's the best move for the job. Heal Bell cures your team of status, which is handy. Toxic deals crippling poison to beat walls, Thunder Wave halves Speed, so ruins sweepers. Taunt is for stuff trying to heal up and set stuff up. Roar can phaze, which is brilliant at spreading damage with entry hazards.

EVs & Natures

Granbull
Unless you're running the support set, you'll want max Attack, and either max Speed or max HP.

Other Options

Bulk Up, Metronome, Reflect, Stone Edge
Bulk Up can turn Granbull into a sort of sweeper, but it won't do very well outside of Trick Room.
Metronome is only useful in Metro, but that's where I've found Granbull best anyway.
Reflect is an option on the support set.
Stone Edge is another physical attack you could opt for.

Double & Triple Battle Options

There's only really one tactic that would make Granbull worth using, and that's Beat Up Rattled, to give it the Speed it always needed. That's really about it. It's a fairly generic Normal type, outclassed by most others..

Partners

There are very few Pokémon that can partner up with Granbull successfully. Having Pokémon who can boost Attack and Speed and Baton Passing to Granbull can help make Granbull a sweeping master, but other than those, you're somewhat limited

Countering Granbull

The one problem with Granbull is its defenses, they're pretty low meaning that any powerful hit can get in and do considerable damage. Fighting-types like Throh, Sawk, Conkeldurr, Hitmonlee and Hitmontop can easily take Granbull out with their Super Effective Fighting moves while various other Pokémon such as Ferrothorn can easily stall Granbull who don't have Fire Punch. Ghost-types are also good at blocking one thing that Granbull is good at; Super Fang usage

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Evolve Snubbull (Emerald)
Trade from Emerald/Colosseum (Ruby/Sapphire).

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Trade from Emerald/Colosseum .

Colosseum/XD:

Snagged from Cipher Peon Tanie in Cipher Lab (Colosseum)
Trade from Emerald (XD).

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Snubbull .

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Snubbull .

Black/White:
Transfer from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver
Evolve Snubbull obtained from Dream World

Animé Appearences

Granbull has made a few appearances in the anime, mostly cameos. Team Rocket member Cassidy used one and one evolved from a Snubbull after following Meowth through Johto.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
M3 The Spell of the Unown The Lord of the Unknown Tower Pics
177 Trouble With Snubbull Snubbull, Meowth And Granbull!?  
196 The Ring Masters Feraligatr Vs. Blastoise! Sumo Match! Pics
P4 Pikachu's Pikaboo Pikachu's Hide & Seek Pics
230 Extreme Pokémon! Ride the Swiftly Running Pokémon!! Pics
437 Harley Rides Again! Munchlax's Battle Debut! Harley & Taking the Game Seriously! Pics
519 Glory Blaze Chimchar VS Zangoose! Battle of Fate! Pics
533 Sleight of Sand! Pachirisu in Hippowdon's Mouth!? Pics
614 Dressed for Jess Success! Pokemon Contest! Suiren Convention!! Pics
628 A Marathon Rivalry! Get Fired Up Snorlax! Prince of Pokéthlon! Pics

 
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