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Seismitoad Best Moveset & Build

Seismitoad
Total Base Stats509
Type water IconGround Icon

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Swift Swim Special Attacker

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Swift Swim
Raises speed in Rain.
Best Moveset
Hydro Pump / Earth Power / Sludge Bomb / Grass Knot
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp.Atk 252 / Speed 252 / HP 4

Powerful Max Geyser User

Seismitoad is now capable of providing its own rain to activate its ability Swift Swim, meaning its speed will increase by 2 stages and its attack stats by 1! This effect is even better than max Airstream, making Seismitoad an incredible Dynamaxing ace.

Invest In Speed

While under the effects of Swift Swim, Seismitoad can outspeed a Charizard with a Max Airstream buff. Combining this excellent speed with excellent move variety allows it to take on a wide range of opponents.

Strong Against Yawn Users

Dynamax aces are typically weak to Yawn users. However, Seismitoad can one shot Hippowdon, Gastrodon, and Quagsire, not allowing them to even get a taunt off in the first place. This is something that other priority Dynamaxers cannot do!

Capable Of Taking A Hit

Seismitoad's HP/Def/Sp.Def stats are 105-75-75, with its only weakness being grass. It is more than capable of with standing a hit and then turning the tide using Max Geyser.

Consider Running One Status Move

By syncing Dynamax with your opponent, you can stall out their Dynamax by using Max Guard - Max Geyser - Max Guard. This will allow you to set up your Rain while avoiding the majority of your opponent's moves. At the end of Dynamax, you should come out on top due to the Swift Swim bonus. To do this, run at least one status move!

Try To Get A Max Ooze Off

Max Move raises your Sp. Attack by one stage, meaning that if you combine this with the Rain boost, you'll be almost unstoppable. Depending on the roll, you'll even be able to one shot a 252 HP Corviknight!

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Hydro Pump
water Icon
Powerful STAB move. Low accuracy, but it's mainly used for Max Geyser anyway.
Earth Power
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move.
Sludge Bomb
Poison Icon
90 power Poison move, good type coverage in a pinch, but also useful for Max Ooze.
Grass Knot
Grass Icon
Deals more damage the heavier the opponent is. Useful for other Water types.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Sludge Wave
Poison Icon
An alternative to Sludge Bomb, 95 power but has a lower chance to poison.
Focus Blast
Fighting Icon
Coverage move. Chance to lower SpDef.
Stealth Rock
status icon
Could be useful in general, but mainly brought for access to Max Guard.
Toxic
status icon
Poisons the opponent badly. Useful, but mainly used for Max Guard.

Build #2 - Swift Swim Physical Attacker

Best NatureBest Item
Adamant (Atk↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Swift Swim
Raises speed in Rain.
Best Moveset
Liquidation / Earthquake / Power Whip / Drain Punch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252 / Speed 252 / HP 4

Learned The Physical Move Of Its Dreams

In Sword and Shield, Seismitoad finally got access to a good physical Water-type move in the form of Liquidation, thus paving the way for viable physical builds. In addition to this, it learned Power Whip, giving it a good Grass move as well.

Same Battle Plan As The Special Build

This build is essentially very similar to the previous special variant: it has incredible speed and an excellent move pool. The main difference is that your offense-boosting move is now Max Knuckle. Power Whip + a damage boosting item can even one shot Wash Rotom! However, it's worth noting that this build is not capable of one shotting a Hippowdon.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Liquidation
water Icon
Powerful physical STAB move. May lower Defense.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move.
Power Whip
Grass Icon
High power Grass move. Useful coverage.
Drain Punch
Fighting Icon
Heals the user for damage dealt. Mainly used for the Max Knuckle Attack boost.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Poison Jab
Poison Icon
An alternative coverage move. Could be useful vs. Grass or Fairy types.
Brick Break
Fighting Icon
An alternative for Drain Punch. Goes through Reflect and Light Screen, which can be quite useful.
Ice Punch
Ice Icon
Ice coverage move.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Rock coverage move.
Stealth Rock
status icon
Could be useful in general, but mainly brought for access to Max Guard.
Toxic
status icon
Poisons the opponent badly. Useful, but mainly used for Max Guard.

Build #3 - Water Absorb

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk↑ / Atk ↓)Sitrus Berry
Best Ability
Water Absorb
When hit by a Water move, take no damage and heal instead.
Best Moveset
Stealth Rock / Toxic / Earth Power / Scald
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252 / Speed 252 / Def 4

Set Up On Rotom!

Due to its Ground/Water typing and Water Absorb build, this Seismitoad build can completely block out Heat/Wash Rotom's moves. Aim to set up Stealth Rock and Toxic asap. This build is also strong against Dracovish and other Seismitoads.

Not Suited For Taking Hits

If you compare it to Pokemon that fill a similar role such as Quagsire or Gastrodon, Seismitoad is direly lacking in an HP recovery move. This means that it doesn't function that well as a tank - getting out your hazards and dealing damage should be priority here.

Watch Out For Unexpected Grass Moves

Due to its 4x weakness to grass, Seismitoad really needs to watch out for rogue Power Whips or other strong moves, as they will likely one shot you. Mimikyu and Dragapult both can learn grass moves, so if you want to deal with that specifically, consider a Rindo Berry to decrease the damage.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Stealth Rock
status icon
Could be useful in general, but mainly brought for access to Max Guard.
Toxic
status icon
Poisons the opponent badly. Useful, but mainly used for Max Guard.
Scald
water Icon
Strong STAB move, can sometimes burn the opponent.
Earth Power
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful physical STAB move. Adjust nature if going for physical moves.
Liquidation
water Icon
Powerful physical STAB move. May lower Defense. Adjust nature if going for physical moves.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Rock coverage move. Adjust nature if going for physical moves.
Icy Wind
Ice Icon
Icy move that drops speed.
Fling
dark Icon
Power varies depending on held item. Good coverage.
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifice HP to set up a Substitute. Could be useful.

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Seismitoad - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Life OrbDeals more damage at the expense of health. General all-round good item to have.
Expert BeltDeals more damage with super-effective moves. Good alternative.
Choice Band150% more physical damage, but you're locked into one move. Can also be quite useful since you'll probably be Dynamaxing anyway.
Mystic WaterBoosts the power of Water-type moves.
Sitrus BerryRestores HP when at low health.
Rocky HelmetDeals damage back to the attacker.
Light BallParalyzes the holder. Can be used with the move Fling to inflict paralysis on your opponent.
Rindo BerryReduces the damage of a super-effective Grass move. Useful for preventing OHKOs.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Seismitoad - Best Natures And EVs

Seismitoad - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Recommended for special attack builds.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Recommended for physical builds.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Swift Swim Special Build

StatBase Point
Sp. Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

This build focuses on being a Dynamax ace! Offensive stats are the way to go.

Swift Swim Physical Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

This build focuses on being a physical Dynamax ace.

Water Absorb Build

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

This build doesn't focus as much on dealing damage, but rather on taking hits and setting up on Rotoms. HP is better than offensive stats here.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Seismitoad Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Seismitoad

PokemonExplanation
FerrothornFerrothorn Pros
- Deals 4x damage with Power Whip
- Immune to Poison
- Seismitoad doesn't know any Fire moves
Cons
- None
GyaradosGyarados Pros
- Deals 4x damage with Power Whip
- Resists water, immune to ground
- Reduces attack with Intimidate
Cons
- None
Rotom-MowMow Rotom Pros
- Deals 4x damage with Leaf Storm
- Immune to ground moves with Levitate
Cons
- With only 4 HP EVs you might be 1 shot by Life Orb Sludge Wave (comes down to a roll)
RillaboomRillaboom Pros
- Deals 4x with Drum Beating
Cons
- Weak to poison moves (and will be outsped in rain)
LaprasLapras Pros
- Immune to water moves with Water Absorb
- Deals 4x damage with Freeze-Dry
Cons
- Can be taken out with Max Quake

How To Play Against Seismitoad

Take It Out As Fast As Possible

Seismitoad is quite good at dealing with bulky Pokemon due to activating its own Swift Swim with Max Geyser. If Rain is still up, you'll be in a lot of trouble, so it's highly recommended to deal with it within 1 or 2 turns. The longer it stays out, the more dangerous it is.

Deal Lethal Damage With Grass Moves

Seismitoad's sole weakness is Grass, but it happens to be 4x. Even if it Dynamaxes, you should be able to take it out in one shot with the right Pokemon. Bring a Pokemon with an unexpected Grass move and take it out fast. Alternatively you could use Freeze-Dry, as it also does 4x damage.

Overwrite The Rain

Seismitoad relies on Rain to proc its Swift Swim and outspeed you. If you overwrite its weather with your own, you'll probably be able to go first again. Consider overwriting it with Sandstorm or a Drought user asap.

Seismitoad - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Seismitoad on Route 5
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Tympole
3Breed that Tympole until you get one with a Modest Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Sp. Attack, 252 EVs in Speed, and 4 in HP
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Hydro Pump, Earth Power, Sludge Bomb, and Grass Knot
7Equip a Life Orb
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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