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Cloyster Best Build & Moveset

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Cloyster Best Build & Moveset

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The Best Build for Cloyster in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Pokemon SV). See the recommended Move set, held items, how to distribute EV, and build up for each type.

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Cloyster Summary & Review


Ability & Hidden Ability

  1. Protects the Pokemon from critical hits.
  2. Increases the number of times multi-strike moves hit.
  3. Protects the Pokemon from things like sand, hail, and powder.

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Cloyster Review In Match Battles

  • The strength is its capability to defeat all the 3 Pokemon with [Shell Smash] + Multi-strike Moves.
  • More types of opponents to break through with Terastal
  • Easy to run out of slots for Moves.

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Cloyster Best Build & Moveset

IconSS Attacker Style

Tera TypeNatureAbilityItem
FireAdamantSkill LinkFocus Sash
Base Stats125161201×65122

Recommended Moves

  1. Normal
  2. Ice
  3. Rock
  4. Normal


Build Type

Strengths & How to Use

It wouldn't be hard to defeat the opponent's 3 Pokemon

Shell Smash can increase Attack and Speed by 2 levels. If Cloyster's move is effective to more than one opposing Pokemon, it can inflict great damage to the opponent's entire party.

Able to break through the Focus Sash

Pokemon with [Focus Sash] and [Sturdy] are commonly used to against [Stats Boosting Attacker]. Cloyster's [Icicle Spear] and [Rock Blast] are multi-strike moves that can break through the Focus Sash to defeat the opponent.

The support of Reflect is not a MUST

Due to the high Base Stat of Defense, it can withstand most attacks of Physical Attackers even without [Reflect]. For example, even the [Dragon Darts] of an Attack enhanced Dragapult and the [Shadow Sneak] of a Mimikyu with Life Orb.

Things to Keep in Mind

Weak against the Pokemon with Unaware

Cloyster has difficulty against Pokemon with [Unaware], which can ignore Cloyster's stats change. However, among them, you can exploit the weakness of Clodsire because it chose [Unaware] as its Ability over [Water Absorb]. But basically, you are at a disadvantage when facing Pokemon with [Unaware], it is necessary to have preparations when building a team.

Weak against the combination of Special Moves and Fast Moves

Since Cloyster needs to use [Shell Smash] no matter what it does, so it may be easily defeated if it receives heavy damage from a Special Move on the turn it uses [Shell Smash] and the opponent uses Fast Move on the next turn. Be especially careful if your opponent has a Pokemon with Fast Move.

Too dependent on [Focus Sash]

Cloyster's Special durability is highly dependent on [Focus Sash], and if it is attacked by a Special move in combination with [Stealth Rock], it may be defeated before the effect of Focus Sash being activated. It is necessary to put Cloyster as the Lead before the opponent uses Stealth Rock, or avoid facing the opposing Special Attacker after Stealth Rock.

Pokemon Team Compositions

Grimmsnarl IconGrimmsnarlIt can support with [Screen Setting] and [Thunder Wave] in various ways and is powerful to use [Taunt], which can block the opponent's [Stealth Rock].
Wash Rotom IconWash RotomIt is used to defeat Pokemon with Unaware and Tank Pokemon. [Choice Specs/Scarf + Trick] style is easy to defeat.
Mimikyu IconMimikyuIt is at the top of the list for builds that overwhelms the opponent with the strength of the Pokemon itself.

Other Suggestions

Suggested Items Other Than [Focus Sash]

Lum Berry IconLum BerryRecommendations for curing Sleep or Burn. Since Cloyster's Physical durability is quite high, if the opponent is a Physical Attacker, you may be able to use [Shell Smash] even without [Focus Sash].
KingKing's RockIt has a 41% chance of causing the opponent to flinch when hitting with [Icicle Spear] and [Rock Blast], allowing you to break out of a deadlock.

Suggested Tera Types

GroundIt can nullify Electric moves that Cloyster is weak against, and exploit the weakness of Steel type, which is resistant to Ice and Rock, with [Tera Blast].
GrassThis Terastal can halve the damage from Cloyster's weaknesses, Electric and Grass types. And it is also effective against Water types, which can halve [Icicle Spear].

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