Dragalge, The Mock Kelp Pokémon. This vicious Pokémon sprays a poisonous liquid on opponents that come near. For whatever reason, it gets along really well with Dhelmise. It blends in with seaweed to ambush its prey and then takes them down with a poisonous liquid strong enough to melt metal.
Dragalge is an interesting Pokémon with a lot of flexibility and some strong points on its side. Having one of the best offensive abilities in the game in Adaptability, allowing it to apply pressure even being a defensive pivot. However Dragalge does lack in some areas, namely the offensive side lacking the Speed and power to truly abuse Adaptability. Overall, Dragalge is a powerful Pokémon in RU and can find a home on most team styles.
Adaptability - STAB multiplier becomes 2x (1.5x normally) - This is an amazing ability as a free bonus to STAB is really strong, as Mega Lucario has shown. Dragalges best ability hands down
Offensively Dragalge applies a lot of pressure with its STAB moves. Draco Meteor hits incredible hard but drops Dragalges Special Attack making it good to hit and run while Sludge Wave is more consistent damage. Hidden Power Fire is needed to check Steel threats such as Escavalier that would otherwise wall it. Last slot is open to with Toxic Spike to set up hazards to help the team out or Focus Blast to also help with Steel types, hitting most harder than Hidden Power Fire does.
Dragalge base stats lend it to being an offensive pivot to the team. Draco Meteor just brings too much power to the table to pass up while Sludge Wave is just strong consistent damage. Toxic Spikes are a must on this set as Dragalge creates the space to set up the hazards easier than on the offensive set. Last slot is open to Scald to cripple physical attackers as well as Ground threats that switch in such as Rhydon while Dragon Tail is nice to phase out boosting threats that try to boost up on it.
Other Options and Partners
-Icium Z + Haze - Icium Z allows Haze to not only remove stat boost, making it a nice option on the pivot set, but also fully heals Dragalge. However this means giving up the passive recovery of Black Sludge making it a tough choice.
Checks & Counters
Steels - Steel threats are the best and easiest way to handle Dragalge as it can use either of its STAB moves effectively. Steels like Bronzong and Escavalier can easily beat the pivot set switching in without a lot of concern, however Escavalier hats the burn of Scald. Escavalier also has a hard time with the offensive set as Hidden Power Fire will roast it.
In LC, Skrelp is a powerhouse wallbreaker having near perfect coverage with its STAB moves. Hydro Pump hits the hardest but has shaky accuracy while Sludge Wave has much better accuracy but less power. Hidden Power Fire allows Skrelp to get around Ferroseed as well as hit Croagunk decently which Hidden Power Psychic just destroys Croagunk as well as hits other Water/Poisons. Last slot is a utility slot, Toxic Spikes are nice for residual damage while Scald has better accuracy than Hydro Pump and a 30% chance to Burn. Evs are important here for survivability as it allows Skrelp to like an Earthquake from Drilbur and Diglett, as well as Abras Psychic.
Other Options & Team Ideas
Magnemite - With Magnemites ability to trap Ferroseed, this frees up Skrelp to run Hidden Power Psychic to push through Croagunk and other Poison types.
Diglett - With Arena Trap, Diglett can come in after Skrelp KOs a Pokémon and, as long as there are no hazards, tank a hit with Focus Sash and KO Skrelp with Earthquake.
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