Let me just say what everyone is thinking first of all: THIS IS
A POKEMON THAT REPRESENTS WATER WELL, YET IS IMMUNE TO ELECTRIC!
HOLY TRIPE! *Ahem* Okay, now let's begin the actual review.
Swampert, you are a riddle.
On one hand...
You've got a very interesting strategy. This Pokemon packs the
ability Torrent, making him a rather powerful water fighting in
the end. Also, he has a plethora of counter moves. Endeavor,
Bide, and Protect, all are precautions for taking hits. This guy
wants to be punished! If you go into the fight, planning to take
a beating, this guy can most certainly do quite a bit.
On the other hand...
Planning on taking a beating is never a good idea in a game.
Especially Pokemon. Especially with a Pokemon with a hit gauge
only slightly above average. Especially with a Pokemon with a
double weakness as common as grass. This Pokemon is very easily
killed, but is able to deal with this by equipping Surf and
Earthquake. Now, here is the main problem.
What attacks do you equip Swampert with?
Well, to take advantage of the his Torrent, you would have to
plan on him having a hit guage that is being beaten. So let's
fill slot one with Endeaver. He is going to need to take
advantage of his Water, so let's snap Surf in there. To make him
decently Ground, add on a good ol' fashioned Earthquake. And,
for that Normal-Type style, let's add Take Down (Hey, he learns
it naturally and it can contribute tohis lowered hit gauge).
When I started out writing this review, I fully intended to hate
this Pokemon. I'm not going to lie, I was bias. The more I
researched this guy, though, the more I realized how well one
can play him. he can ever tack on a decent Rest and/or Bide in
order to be able to accentuate his counter attack method. He can
be a lot of fun, and has respectable fighting ability besides.
Combine this with his respectable water use that is unafraid of
electricity, and you have a pokemon that, while not the
"ultimate" Pokemon, has a difficult strategy that you can't help
but respect when used properly.
Though I would choose Blaziken over him any day of the week, I
can't help but give this guy:
P.S. Venusaur sucks.