Golisopod, The Hard Scale Pokémon. With a flashing slash of its giant sharp claws, it cleaves seawater—or even air—right in two. It battles skillfully with its six arms, but spends most of its time peacefully meditating in caves deep beneath the sea. The shell covering its body is as hard as diamond. This Pokémon will do anything it takes to win. Its claws, which it can extend and retract at will, are its greatest weapons. Golisopod is sometimes accompanied by Wimpod.
Golisopod has a lot of tools to make it a powerful threat including two STAB priority moves, a healing attack, and high Attack. However, Golisopod is held back by its subpar Speed and then further handicapped with its terrible ability Emergency Exit. These two problems really cripple Golisopod's ability to play, and puts it in an awkward spot as its too powerful to drop below but is outclassed by other Pokemon such as Feraligatr.
Emergency Exit - Pokemon switches out when it reaches ˝ or less of its maximum health - This is just bad, but we have no real way around it, its your only option
Liquidation is Golisopod's strongest Water STAB, allowing Golisopod to really pressure threats such Gligar, Flygon, and Registeel. Leech Life is a nice secondary STAB and overall will be the secondary Bug STAB, and really helps make Golisopod more workable with Leech Life's buff now having increased base power while healing 50% of the damage dealt. First Impression is the primary Bug STAB, having slightly higher base power as Leech Life but being a priority move. However First Impression, as the name suggests, can only be used on the first turn Golisopod enters. Last slot is open based on the item you decide to use and what you need. With an Insect Plate both Spikes or Toxic can be used to apply pressure in other ways. Spikes allows for easier KOs while Toxic helps Golisopod handle bulky Water threats such as Milotic that Golisopod has a hard time with. With a Choice Band, Aqua Jet is better as its a more spammable priority move due to not being locked to a single turn use like First Impression. EVs are important here as 88 Speed allows Golisopod to outpace base 50 Speed Pokemon such as Registeel, while the HP EVs make Golisopod's HP an odd number meaning it will be 1 HP above the cut off for Emergency Exit so you can switch into Stealth Rock twice without being immediately forced out the second time.
Other Options and Partners
Savage Spin-Out - Golisopod can use a Bugium Z for a powerful wallbreaking attack, and seeing as First Impression has a base 80 power, same as Leech Life, it's not as big of a deal which you use it on.
Electric threats - Golisopod struggles to handle Electric threats. While Rotom Cut can't switch into Golisopod due to its Bug STABs, and Rotom Heat has to fear Water STABs, both are faster. Galvantula is also a big threat as it can set up Sticky Web and make it harder for the rest of the team.
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