Quagsire, The Water Fish Pokémon. It has a sluggish nature. It lies at the river's bottom, waiting for prey to stray into its mouth. This carefree Pokémon has an easygoing nature. While swimming, it always bumps into boat hulls. Quagsire hunts for food by leaving its mouth wide open in water and waiting for its prey to blunder in unaware. Because the Pokémon does not move, it does not get very hungry.
Quagsire is an interesting Pokemon, being neither good nor bad since its release. Quagsire is gifted with great typing and some solid abilities but is held back with its average stats. However, even with subpar stats and competing with its big brother Swampert, Quagsire still manages to carve out a niche for itself on defensive teams like stall in just about every Singles format you can find it.
Damp - Prevents Self Destruct and Explosion - A bad ability since the nerf to Explosion, please don't use it for any competitive reason.
Recover is the best move of the set and allows Quagsire to stay around and annoy the enemy team. Scald is the primary STAB move and a good spamming move as not a lot likes the burn that can come with the move. Earthquake is the main damaging move and allows Quagsire to check Steel-type threats such Doublade as well as hit things with Quagsire's higher Attack. The last slot is open to Curse to become more bulky and allow Earthquake to deal more damage, though Toxic can also be used to allow Quagsire to cripple other walls.
Other Options and Partners
-Ice Beam - While overall a weaker option, this allows Quagsire to poke at Grass-types that switch into it, picking at their weak defenses but gives up some of the utility and options that Quagsire normally has. Ice Punch also functions similarly but hits on the physical side.
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Quagsire is not a Pokemon you will ever really encounter in Doubles, nor is it something that's ever really had a niche for it. The competition for a Ground-type has always been rough with the likes of Garchomp and eventually Landorus-T, while the Water-type role is often filled by Tapu Fini, Milotic, and even Mega Swampert. Its stats are bad all around for a Doubles setting and it doesn't have any moves to really support a team either. Water Absorb is always convenient for a rain check, but this doesn't help it actually win against any common rain sweeper at all, while Damp and Unaware don't have enough viability to justify using them either. Unfortunately for Quagsire there's virtually nothing it can do that another Pokemon doesn't do better, as it just isn't strong enough or bulky enough to stand up to the Doubles environment.
Happy to be Around
Earthquake is a strong spread move that gives Quagsire a way to hit both foes as hard as possible with its middling Attack stat. Waterfall gives it a single-target STAB that hits harder than any of its other options, preferred over Scald since relying on burns in a format with Tapu Fini is not really worth the slot. Icy Wind is Quagsire's only form of team support, providing speed control for teammates to help them outspeed faster foes. This also hits Landorus-T as well as Grass-types, but between spread damage and Quagsire's weak Special Attack this is not really being used for the damage. Protect is standard fare for Doubles, but since Quagsire has no other moves it can really use here this slot doesn't really have any competition to begin with.
A 50% healing berry is used to give Quagsire some HP, Figy is listed since Quagsire is unlikely to be dropping its Attack stat. However, any of the berries are fair game, including Sitrus Berry if you're not comfortable with the riskier HP benchmark. Water Absorb gives Quagsire another immunity to try and use as switch-in opportunities, which is far more consistent than its other abilities. Meanwhile all EV investment goes into HP and Attack to give it as much bulk and power as possible, with an Adamant nature used to buff its Attack further./p>
Other Options & Team Ideas
- Scald can be used if the burn chance is desired, but that's really the only use it's going to have coming off of base 65 Special Attack.
Locations in Games
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