Granbull, The Fairy Pokémon. Its well-developed lower jaw and heavy fangs are its weapons. As long as it’s not provoked, it rarely bites. More timid than Snubbull, this Pokémon is doted on by young people amused at the contrast between its looks and its attitude. While it has powerful jaws, it doesn’t care for disputes, so it rarely has a chance to display their might.Although it’s popular with young people, Granbull is timid and sensitive, so it’s totally incompetent as a watchdog.
Granbull is a Pokemon with all the right tools but lacks the means to execute it. It boasts access to two of the best abilities in the game, but has too low of a Speed stat to really abuse them effectively. However, Granbull still functions well as a defensive pivot with its high base power allowing it to still pressure threats while being quite tanky. Unlike other Pokemon like it, such as Landorus Therian in OU, Granbull has access to strong support moves such as Heal Bell and Thunder Wave allowing it to cripple threats as well as wall them.
Intimidate - Lowers the opposing Pokemon's Attack by one stage - One of the best abilities in the game, Intimidate allows Granbull to pressure out a lot of threats. Combined with its typing this allows Granbull to pivot into some of the top threats in formats where you'd commonly use it.
Aiming to abuse Granbull's strong movepool and base Attack, a Choice Band is a solid option. Intimidate is a strong option as it creates room for Granbull to get in but Quick Feet is also good for switching into Status moves. Play Rough is the STAB option of the set and a solid option as Fairy isn't resisted by a lot. Fire Punch and Earthquake are there for the Pokemon that would sponge Play Rough while Stone Edge gives neutral coverage and hits Poison types with Levitate such as Weezing. The EV investment into Speed is needed so Granbull can outpace threats such as Drampa and Guzzlord.
With the prominence of Fighting-types in its range, Granbull makes for an excellent wall. Intimidate is the only option this time as it helps shore up Granbull's bulk to complement the Defense EVs for maximum physical bulk. Heal Bell allows Granbull to cleanse the team as well as function as a one time heal with a Normalium Z. Thunder Wave allows Granbull to cripple fast threats such as Sceptile but Toxic is an option to stall out walls. Play Rough and Earthquake round the set out for STAB and some coverage, but Earthquake can be switched to Roar so Qwilfish doesn't boost on Granbull.
While better before getting Fairy typing, Quick Feet still earns a mention as it turns Granbull into a revenge killer (sort of). Adamant can be used but as Quick Feet scales off of the Speed you have, so Jolly is really nice here. Play Rough makes for a powerful STAB with Fire Punch and Earthquake rounds out coverage against Steel-, Fire-, and Poison-type threats. The last slot is open for any move of choice, strong options being Super Fang for chunking walls, Close Combat for Normal threats, Facade for a 140 base power neutral move to hit Weezing, or Stone Edge for flying threats such as Charizard.
Other Options and Partners
-Bulk Up - Being the better of Granbulls boosting moves, Bulk Up mixed with Substitute and a defensive EV spread can make Granbull a pain to deal with without a phasing move. However, this leaves Granbull with only 2 move options.
VGC & Double Battle Options
Don’t expect to see Granbull running around this format, since it is outclassed by a variety of Pokemon that can outperform anything this mean dog can do. Regardless, this tough pup has a few features that are worth mentioning.
Granbull actually has a decent attack stat to capitalize on a fully physical set. Play Rough is a reliable physical Fairy-type attack with the added bonus of having the chance of dropping the opponent’s Attack stat, sans the occasional miss. Fire Punch or Ice Punch depends of your needs if you want to incinerate Ferrothorn or chill out Landorus. Earthquake or Rock Slide really depends on what you want to cover, as Earthquake aids your coverage against both Steel- and Poison-type Pokemon, but Rock Slide deals with the plethora of Flying-type Pokemon. Your last slot depends on your team needs; Close Combat targets a single Pokemon which avoids a drop in power. Stealth Rock reduces longevity of your opponent if the match is a full on 6v6. Protect eases prediction. Again, healing your Pokemon back to a health range can be accomplished by Iapapa Berry. Alternatively, Assault Vest can be used to buffer Granbull’s mediocre special defense if you choose to only use non-defensive moves.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- Granbull easily benefits from Life Orb, though the recoil is not welcomed.
Checks & Counters
-Qwilfish - Qwilfish really hurts Granbull as its defensive sets can pivot easily into Granbull sets that lack Earthquake, while offensive Swords Dance can set up on Granbull due to its access to Intimidate.
Little Cup Options
Dog Days are Over
- Play Rough
With Intimate being the crux of its ability to tank physical hits, Snubbull has been oriented to dish damage whilst tanking a hit or two. Play Rough is its best and only choice for a physical stab attack, hitting Vullaby and the array of Fighting-typed Pokemon that dominate the tier. Thief is a surprise attack against Ghost-typed Pokemon, especially when Berry Juice has already been activiated which allows Snubbull to deal damage and steal the opponent’s item for its own use. Earthquake or Fire Punch depends on your needs, as they cover completely different set of opponents. Either one aids in the elimination of its two weakness. Your last slot depends on what you want to accomplish. Full on attacker has its benefits if you opt for a set with Earthquake as your last move. Thunder Wave establishes much needed speed control, especially if Snubbull’s Intimidate forces a switch. Bulk Up is not necessarily used to establish a sweep, but rather to be used early in the match to increase its ability to tank and deal damage. Substitute can be considered if you want a way to avoid being hit with status.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- Heal Bell can be considered if you want to sacrifice a move slot for it.
Locations in Games
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