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Rating: 3.30

Date Reviewed: 01.25.08

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



# 411.

Type: Rock / Steel.

Ability: Sturdy.

Locations: Evolve Shieldon (Diamond, Pearl)


Hi everyone. Welcome to another Pokémon of the Week. Today we’re reviewing Bastiodon, the Shield Pokémon.


Bastiodon is the typical slow and strong defensive Pokémon. Being a fossil automatically means being a rock type and we already had some interesting fossils as Cradily and Aerodactyl. There is a 50% chance your opponent will switch Pokémon when you try to fight with Bastiodon, but there is a nice and effective strategy involving this fact but we’ll discuss that later.


The sturdy ability is not that great, Bastiodon is unaffected by OHKO moves thanks to it, but you are not going to face many (if any) foes with this kind of strategy, at least not in competitive battles.


Let’s move on to the move combinations, let’s see what’s up with this guy…



Nature: Adamant (+ Attack, - Special attack), Impish (+ Defense, - Special attack), Careful (+ Special defense, - Special attack).

Equip: Chesto berry.

EV´s: 252 HP, 129 Attack / Defense, 129 Special defense.

- Curse

- Avalanche

- Stone edge / Iron head

- Rest


Curse will make this Pokémon even slower, and will benefit Avalanche. Use rest when necessary and sweep as long as you can.



Nature: Sassy (+ Special defense, - Speed), Impish (+ Defense, - Special attack), Careful (+ Special defense, - Special attack).

Equip: Leftovers.

EV´s: 252 HP, 129 Attack / Defense, 129 Special defense.

- Roar

- Stealth rock

- Stone edge / Metal burst

- Taunt


Taunt will make your opponent attack without a choice. If they switch you still take advantage thanks to Stealth rock, or you just can force them to switch thanks to roar. This is a pretty annoying set and definitely not very common; your opponent won’t probably see it coming unless they are experimented trainers.


When should I use this Pokémon?

You should probably use this if you need a physical wall and try to make some damage with it as well. The first set is very defensive, but the second set is probably more creative and unexpected, you can take advantage of your opponent’s initial shock and prepare a convenient scenario for Bastiodon to last extra turns (a couple more curses will be a huge advantage).


What should I use against this Pokémon?

Earthquakes are going to be a good option for you. As you will be facing a slow and strong Pokémon, you better hit fast and hard. I suggest using Dugtrio with sand trap ability. That way Bastiodon won’t change. And if it tries to roar, as you are faster, you will hit hard, probably won’t OHKO it, but a couple hits and you will be ok.


Bottom line:

Wow, time really flows fast. This is our 3rd Pokémon of the week this year, and there will be many more, so see you all next week.





If you have some questions about any game or specific strategy feel free to write to reeve@pojo.com if you find that you can’t write to that address or I don’t answer because of some issues, then try reeve.ryu@gmail.com I’ll be glad to help, trade or battle you…


Hope you enjoyed.


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