Gogoat, The Mount Pokémon. It can tell how its Trainer is feeling by subtle shifts in the grip on its horns. This empathic sense lets them run as if one being. They inhabit mountainous regions. The leader of the herd is decided by a battle of clashing horns.
Gogoat is an interesting Pokemon in theory, with a lot of tools to separate it from other Grass-types. Gogoat has access to solid recovery in Milk Drink and Leech Seed as well as being a good user of Bulk Up with its high health and decent defenses, and its base 81 Special Defense synergizes well with Bulk Up. However, Gogoat lacks the tools to truly set itself apart from other Grass types in a significant way, stuck in the shadow of things like Tangela, but is still a strong option for a bulky team.
Grass Pelt - Raises Defense by 50% in Grassy Terrain - Overall a bad ability as there's not a real reason to set it up, and no reliable way to set it up without unnecessarily stacking weaknesses.
- Bulk Up
A bread and butter set, Bulk Up is the core move working with the EV spread to hit bulk points needed to survive some special threats. Milk Drink is there to heal off damage taken while boosting or attacking when the chance is available. Horn Leech the primary attacking move of the set, healing while only being marginally weaker than Seed Bomb. Lastly, Earthquake hits Steel-, Poison-, and Fire-type threats that resist Horn Leech, but Rock Slide is an option for Flying threats that also resist Gogoat's STAB moves.
- Horn Leech
A more unorthodox set, Gogoat's natural bulk makes it decent at using an Assault Vest. Horn Leech is the STAB of the set, giving it a healing option as well. Earthquake and Rock Slide make the QuakeEdge combo which gives Gogoat powerful coverage, hitting many of Gogoat's checks and counters for super-effective damage. Last spot is open to whatever you want or need, Aerial Ace is one of the best options as it hits Grass threats that resist Horn Leech for super-effective damage.
Other Options and Partners
-Leech Seed is an option in combo with Substitute. Leech Seed can be used to stall out non Grass-type targets and provide healing in order to make Gogoat a nuisance for the enemy. However, you must give up coverage to really make use of this and Milk Drink, and Leech Seed stalling isn't unique to Gogoat by any means.
VGC & Double Battle Options
Gogoat at first glance seems like a natural Pokemon for the Doubles scene. Upon further analysis, he does not have the lasting chops to stand out and make a lasting impression. This is due partially to his low stats overall, and its movepool redundancy with Tapu Bulu who automatically activates Gogoat's Grass Pelt ability.
- Horn Leech
Gogoat is the only pokemon with the combination of Horn Leech and Milk Drink, giving it a unique niche. Horn Leech offers an excellent source of recovery, especially if paired up with Grassy Terrain. Superpower is used over Earthquake as a way to cover steel typed Pokemon, given that it does not suffer a drop in power under Grassy Terrain. Rock Slide is a solid spread move, though it won't be killing anything with the lack of STAB. Alternatively, Bulk Up can increase its attacking prowess while simultaneously increasing its already heighten defenses to tank more hits. Protect is a doubles staples that allows for better prediction and allow Gogoat to survive another round or so. Milk Drink offers a reliable way to restore health, though it might not get too many chances to use it given how quickly it go down if targeted by special moves. Grassy Seed boosts defenses an additional stage under Grassy Terrain, which is only further augmented by the ability Grass Pelt. If you prefer an immunity to Grass typed moves, Sap Sipper can be chosen over Grass Pelt, though the drop in defenses is noticeable.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- Wild Charge can be considered as a surprise attack against an unsuspecting Pelipper, or other Flying-types that might resist its main Grass STAB.
Checks & Counters
-Taunt Users - With Gogoat's dependence on Bulk Up and Milk Drink to really be a threat, Taunt can stop it hard. This neutralizes Gogoat's good bulk as Horn Leech won't heal enough to really keep it going, and most Taunt users such as Alolan Persian outpace Gogoat with ease and create space for other Pokemon to boost on Gogoat.
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