Stunfisk, The Trap Pokémon. Living in mud with a high iron content has given it a strong steel body. Its conspicuous lips lure prey in as it lies in wait in the mud. When prey gets close, Stunfisk clamps its jagged steel fins down on them.


A Galarian form I don't think a lot of people saw coming, Galarian Stunfisk is a pesky Pokemon with solid defensive stats and typing but held back by its lack of a recovery. Its further hindered by its ability Mimicry which could be a unique gimmick once the Tapus are rereleased, but as of now its less than useful. However, Galarian Stunfisk does have positives, mainly being a fantastic Stealth Rock setter due to Yawn forcing out Defog users, making the opponent choose in playing 5 vs 6 or let Stealth Rock go up. In the end though you're still working with Stunfisk so don't expect the most meta-defining Pokemon out of this thing.
-Access to Yawn allows Galarian Stunfisk to force switches easily and can create space for a stronger teammate to get in or set up hazards unopposed.
-Steel/Ground is a strong defensive typing giving resistance to some common threats such as Grimmsnarl, Snorlax, Tyranitar, and Toxtricity.

-Lack of a recovery means Galarian Stunfisk is easily worn down by hazards or just repeated switching in doing its job.
-Mimicry is a neat idea and if Galarian Stunfisk kept its Steel typing it would be better but overall losing Steel/Ground typing to gain Electric, Grass, Psychic, or Fairy isn't worth it.


Stealth Rock Setter

-Stealth Rock
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Mimicry
EVs and Nature:
252 HP /4 Def /252 SpDef
Careful Nature

With Yawn to inflict status and Stealth Rock for pressure all game, Galarain Stunfisk is a nice option on most slower paced teams. Yawn is a nice option as it allows frail Pokemon to capitalize off Stunfisk that would normally struggle for a way onto the field. Protect allows Stunfisk to get some recovery going with Leftovers the same way defensive Heatran and Swampert have done in the past, while Earthquake makes sure you aren't Taunt fodder.

Stunfisk wants to be as bulky as possible so that it can set Stealth Rock multiple times if necessary, with an emphasis on Special Defense to switch into Fairy-types more easily. Stunfisk needs Leftovers to have any form of recovery, and Mimicry is the only ability option so there's unfortunately not much choice there.


-Wallbreakers - Powerful wallbreakers like Hydreigon and Dracovish enjoy having a reliable Stealth Rock setter to chip away at threats to health. This helps them further build pressure by forcing switches and wearing down the opposing team with their damage and Stealth Rock chip.

Countering Stunfisk

-Mandibuzz - Mandibuzz with Taunt can easily force out Stunfisk as it's faster and Stunfisk lacks the ability to do anything to it without Yawn, but Mandibuzz can't do much in return either.
-Dragapult - While not wanting to take Yawn, if Dragpault can get in for free and sub, Stunfisk can't do much to stop it.

Locations in Games

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Route 8, Icirrus City, Moor of Icirrus

Black 2/White 2:
Route 8, Icirrus City, Moor of Icirrus

Route 14, Route 19, Friend Safari

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Trade from X/Y

Trade from Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon:
Ultra Space Wilds

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

Dusty Bowl, Galar Mine No. 2, Lake of Outrage, Slumbering Weald

Animé Appearences

Stunfisk has made a few appearances in the anime. Most notably, Cilan used one throughout his Unova journey

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
694 Facing Fear With Eyes Wide Open! Palpitoad & Stunfisk! Battle at the Waterfront! Pics
698 Archeops in the Modern World! Fossil Revival! Ancient Mysterious Bird Archeops!! Pics
M14 Black: Victini & Reshiram Victini & The White Hero: Reshiram Pics
702 The Club Battle Hearts of Fury, Emolga Versus Sawk! Heated Don Battle! Emolga VS Sawk!! Pics
717 The Lonely Deino! Iris & Deino! Training at the Day Care!! Pics
720 Stopping the Rage of Legends! (Part 1) Tornadus VS Thundurus VS Landorus!! (Part One) Pics
723 Crisis at Chargestone Cave! Joltik, Galvantula! Chargestone Cave!! Pics
725 Explorers of the Hero's Ruin! The Black Hero's Ruins! Sigiliyph and Cofagrigus!! Pics
728 Cilan Takes Flight! Mistralton Gym Air-Battle! Challenger Cilan!? Pics
729 An Amazing Aerial Battle! Mistralton Gym! Decisive Aerial Battle VS Skyla!! Pics
742 Crisis at Ferroseed Research Ferroseed Research Institute! Iris and Vanilluxe!! Pics
743 An Epic Defense Force! Movie Showdown! Sortie, Unova Defense Group!! Pics
747 Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! Piplup VS Pansage, the Magnificent Battle!! Pics
M15 Kyurem VS The Sword of Justice Kyurem VS The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo Pics
752 Battling Authority Once Again! Power Battle! Iris VS Dawn! Pics
770 New Places... Familiar Faces! Juniper's Laboratory! A New Journey! Pics
780 Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry! Team Rocket VS Team Plasma! Meowth and Colress!! Pics
789 To Catch a Rotom! Rotom VS Professor Oak! Pics
792 The Path That Leads to Goodbye! Ash and Iris Break It Off!? Highway to Separation!! Pics
M16 Genesect & The Legend Awakened Extremespeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens Pics
801 Survival of the Striaton Gym! Cilan VS The Ice Challenger! The Crisis at Striation Gym!! Pics
S33 TBC Cilan and Brock! Gyarados' Outrage!! Pics
865 The Future Is Now, Thanks to Determination! Protect the Future of Science! The Labyrinth of Electricity!! Pics
XYZS2 To be confirmed The Ultimate Duo! Clemont and Cilan!! Pics
1129 A Crackling Raid Battle! VS Zapdos! Legendary Raid Battle Pics
1162 TBC Commander Pikachu! Head Forth, Falinks!! Pics