Swampert

Swampert, The Mud Fish Pokémon. Swampert is very strong. It has enough power to easily drag a boulder weighing more than a ton. This Pokémon also has powerful vision that lets it see even in murky water. Swampert predicts storms by sensing subtle differences in the sounds of waves and tidal winds with its fins. If a storm is approaching, it piles up boulders to protect itself. It can swim while towing a large ship. It bashes down foes with a swing of its thick arms.

Overview

The final stage of Mudkip, Swampert has been a pokémon dear to fans of the series being the first starter for some. With a simple design and type shared only with Quagsire, Swampert made quite the splash on its release for fans of the games and in the competitive scene being a top rated OU threat due to a combination of typing and bulk. However Swampert has slowly started falling from grace due to lack of recovery combined with the powercreep of the game.
Positives
Bulk - 100 base health with 90 in each defense, Swampert can take a beating and keep chugging. This makes it a premium physical defensive wall when its typing is brought into the mix as it can pivot well into a lot of UU threats being able to complete resist Rotom Heat and tank Bisharp quite well.
Typing- Swampert packs excellent typing with Water/Ground. This gives Swampert only one weakness in Grass while having resistances to Fire, Rock, Steel, Poison, and an immunity to Electric. This in combination with Swamperts good bulk makes it a defensive staple as it walls common physical threats, namely Cobalion and Mega Aerodactyl while being able to pivot into Nidoking. Swamperts typing also lets it be offensive with powerful STAB Earthquakes and Waterfalls with Superpower and Ice Punch for coverage.

Negatives
Lack of Recovery - Swampert probably would have remained an OU staple if it got one key thing, a recovery option. As it stands, Swampert has to use Rest or lean hard on Leftovers which can make it rough for Swampert against heavily physical teams.
Speed - Swampert has good stats in all areas except Speed. It should be expected but at 60 Speed it hurts Swampert as it is outpaced by some wallbreakers without Speed investment and easily falls prey to other Pokémon such as Nidoking and Hydreigon who are in subpar Speed tiers. Finally Swampert will always get doubled meaning it can have a hard time switching into some Pokémon its supposed to check such as Mega Aerodactyl with Aqua Tail.

Abilities

Torrent - Raises Water types moves power by 1.5% when below 33% health - Neither good nor bad but Swampert's best ability so you use it
Damp - Prevents damage from Self Destruct, Explosion, Aftermath,

Movesets

Stealth Rock

-Stealth Rock
-Scald
-Earthquake
-Toxic/Roar
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Torrent
EVs and Nature:
252 HP/252 Def/4 SpDef
Relaxed Nature

Playing a role Swampert was almost made for, Relaxed helps Swampert soak up damage from the powerful physical Attackers in tier such as Mega Aerodactyl and Heracross. Stealth Rock is a great support option to get some free damage for your team while the choice of Toxic or Roar depends as Swampert can be set up on without Roar but Toxic gets around other walls. Scald is the primary move as its 30% chance to burn can make Swamperts job much easier. Finally Earthquake is just a strong STAB option for Pokémon such as Cobalion.

Other Options& Partners

Choice Band - 110 isn't as good as it used to be but is still strong. Swampert as such can make a strong Choice Band user with its nice coverage and power combined with its bulk and typing.

Mega Pidgeot - Being one of the best answers for Mega Aerodactyl and Bisharp, Swampert and Mega Pidgeot pair well together as Swampert can pivot into these checks and remove them or set up hazards on their switch out as neither want to take a Scald and Bisharp really doesn't want an Earthquake. Meanwhile Swampert baits in Pokémon such as Amoonguss that Mega Pidgeot can feast on.

Countering Swampert

Spikes/Status - Swampert is really prone to being worn down due to its lack of recovery making it weak to Spikes due to its tendency to switch in and out to absorb damage. Toxic is equally hard for Swampert as it has to depend on a teammate to cleans the status or just slowly lose all of its health.
Grass Attackers- With a quad weakness to Grass moves, any Grass coverage can be a death sentence for Swampert. Even with its reduced power most Pokémon can score a OHKO on Swampert with Hidden Power Grass making Swampert also weak to wallbreakers.

Mega Corner

Swampert, The Mud Fish Pokémon.

Overview

With a Mega Stone, Swampert can jack up all of its stats, namely its attack getting a 40 base increase to 150 with its defenses getting 20 more base stats to 110. This in combination with its new ability Swift Swim makes Mega Swampert a staple on Rain teams that never a mega that really benefited their playstyle such as Sun with Mega Charizard Y
Positives
Bulk - Mega Swampert is really tanky which makes it the best user of Swift Swim in the game. With 100 health and 110 in each defense, Mega Swampert is difficult to out outpace in rain and will likely take at least 2 hits to take down. This as well as its prior mentioned good typing makes it easy for Mega Swampert to get in as well as lacks a weakness to a priority move.
Negatives
Rain Dependency - Without Rain Mega Swampert is basically just Swampert but slightly bulkier. This means you have to play very carefully with not just Swampert but also your rain setter to truly get the most use out of Mega Swampert unlike other megas

Abilities

Swift Swim - Doubles Speed in Rain - A great ability overall as it allows Mega Swampert to outpace most threats while its up with its base 70 Speed.

Movesets

Special Attacker

-Waterfall
-Ice Punch
-Earthquake
-Stealth Rock/Superpower
Item Attached: Swampertite
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs and Nature:
252 Atk/4 Def/252 Speed
Jolly/Adamant Nature

With Swamperts rain dependency Waterfall is the best move for Swampert to use due to the buff from Rain. Earthquake is a nice secondary coverage allowing Swampert to hit Steels harder and being a better option outside of Rain. Ice Punch is for coverage as Grass types resist both of Swamperts STAB options. Finally Stealth Rock can be used due to Mega Swampert's high Speed in Rain and the switches it forces compounded with its bulk but Superpower breaks Ferrothorn whos rough for Mega Swampert to handle. Nature is key here as Jolly outpaces Scarfed 108 base Speed Pokémon, namely Keldeo but the loss in power is rough.

Partners

Pelipper - The best Rain setting in OU, Pelliper is needed when you want to use Mega Swampert. Thankfully Pellipar is a great partner with its bulky nature and access to Defog and Hurricane to handle Spikes and Grass types respectfully while baiting Electric moves due to its quad weakness to them giving Mega Swampert a free switch in.
Other Swift Swim users - Due to Rain being needed, Mega Swampert partners well with other users of Swift Swim such as Kingdra and Kabutops. These Pokémon can be doubled up similar to Hyper Offensive teams and just overwhelm people with high power, high Speed water attackers with good coverage.



Locations in Games

Red/Blue/Yellow:
Not in game

Gold/Silver/Crystal:
Not in game

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Evolve Marshtomp

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Colosseum/XD:
Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Trade from HeartGold/SoulSilver

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Marshtomp

Black/White:
Transfer from Generation V

Black 2/White 2:
Transfer from Generation V

X/Y:
Trade from Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Evolve Marshtomp

Sun/Moon:
Trade from Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon:
Evolve Marshtomp

Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee!:
Not in game

Animé Appearences

Swampert has made a few appearances in the anime. Most notably, Morrison and Tucker have used them in their battles against Ash

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308 Abandon Ship! The Abandoned Ship! The Creeping Shadow! Pics
336 Delcatty Got Your Tongue! Skitty & Delcatty! Enter the Legendary Pokémon Co-Ordinator! Pics
399 Deceit And Assist! Fierce Fighting! Grand Festival! (2)! Pics
402 Like a Meowth to a Flame EverGrande City Arrival! Meowth in Boots!? Pics
403 Saved by the Beldum Start The Preliminaries! Morrison Appears!! Pics
405 Shocks and Bonds To The Tournament Finals! Every Day A Heated Battle! Pics
407 Choose It or Lose It Rival Confrontation! VS Morrison! Pics
430 Tactics Theatrics Battle Dome! Fusion of Fire & Water! Pics
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488 Mutiny in the Bounty! Pokémon Hunter J! Pics
559 One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! The Final Showdown! Pokémon Triathlon! Pics
577 Leading A Stray! The Missing Child Wailmer Pics
596 A Pyramiding Rage! Pyramid Battle! Brandon VS Paul! Pics
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