Bastiodon, The Shield Pokémon. When attacked, they form a wall. Their rock-hard faces serve to protect them from the attacks. When they lined up side by side, no foe could break through. They shielded their young in that way. It is a docile Pokémon that feeds on grass and berries.
Bastiodon is so ugly. I don't really understand the appeal of it. Anyway, what it does have is stupidly huge Defence and Special Defence. Its HP is lackluster and its offences are pathetic, whereas its Speed is a joke. Bastiodon is meant to be a wall, barely offensive at all. You can tell this from its stats, its movepool, but mostly from its face which is distinctively wall shaped.
Sturdy: completely useless considering OHKO moves are banned. Oh well, it could be worse.
Another brick in the wall
Make Bastiodon even more wall like. Curse makes your Defence stat ridiculous, and your Attack... less pathetic. The Speed? Who cares, everyone is beating Bastiodon anyway. Earthquake and Stone Edge are awesome physical attacks, and Bastiodon gets STAB on Stone Edge, which is all good. Taunt stops phazers, Rest heals you, Metal Burst could work well with Curse as you could take stronger hits.
- Iron Head
Support Bastiodon is pretty effective. It takes hits and can deal out some poison or some rocks. Iron Head saves you from being Taunt bait, and is the most reliable attack Bastiodon has. Toxic messes with everything, especially strong defensive Pokémon. Stealth Rock is the best entry hazard possible, and Bastiodon can set it up easily. Taunt stops anything being set up, but Roar can be cool to get rid of any boosts.
- Metal Burst
Metal Burst is perfect for a slow bulky Pokémon with no offence like Bastiodon. It is basically Counter and Mirror Coat in one move. Taunt forces the opponent to attack you, which is what you want. Iron Head, Stone Edge or Earthquake depends on what you want Personally, I like Bastiodon with Iron Head as it is its most reliable move, and you only want an attacking move to stop Taunt. However, Stone Edge is stronger and Earthquake is more useful. Toxic hits defensive Pokémon that won't be dealing much damage to you for Metal Burst, and Roar phazes. Stealth Rock is still good here, and there is Earthquake for a second attacking move.
EVs and Nature:
Another brick in the wall
Block, Magic Coat, Magnet Rise, Metal Sound, Protect, Rock Slide, Torment
Bastiodon can do nothing really. It has weak offence and bad weaknesses. Throw a Fighting or Ground type at it and watch it flee. Either of the Hitmons, Donphan, anything like that. Bulky Waters are also great, just watch out for Toxic. They don't do as much damage as you'd probably expect, but they can easily beat Bastiodon, especially with recovery. Bastiodon isn't a threat at all really, just remember that it has Metal Burst. If you don't beat it in one hit or play smart, you will likely take a massive hit.
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