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Rating: 2.70

Date Reviewed: 04.22.08

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



# 476.

Type: Rock / Steel.

Ability: Sturdy / Magnet pull.

Locations: Evolve Nosepass (Diamond / Pearl).

Base stats:

            HP: 60

            Attack: 55

            Defense: 145

            Special attack: 75

            Special defense: 150

            Speed: 40


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


This Pokémon was a suggestion from our reader Rick, who told me it was a good idea to review Probopass. I took my time because I have to admit I had to train a couple of these to fully understand how it works. Now after a couple months later (sorry Rick) I have finally battle with and against Probopass and I can give you a more accurate review. As you can see it is all about defenses. It is the classic slow and defensive rock type but with a nice steel addition thanks to evolution.


Sturdy ability might be good against some very specific and uncommon strategies so it is not the best ability ever. Magnet pull is better; at least you trap steel Pokémon with you, messing with some strategies. I’ll say more about trapping with this Pokémon later.


So, the move combinations for today are…



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

Equip: Leftovers.

EV´s: 252 HP, 129 Attack, 129 Defense.

- Toxic

- Protect

- Magnet rise

- Explosion


Use magnet rise if necessary (almost always, you want to be protected against earthquake from a faster Pokémon), then toxic and then protect. Let time pass as your opponent dies/switches and repeat. Explosion is a nice finisher, but maybe a little predictable.



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

Equip: Leftovers, Bright powder, Sandy rock, Focus band.

EV´s: 252 Defense, 252 Special defense, 4 HP.

- Iron defense / Gravity / Thunderwave

- Toxic / Sandstorm

- Block

- Double team / Rest


Use block and sandstorm / toxic. Gravity is for flying types. Double team will make you almost unbeatable but rest is a decent move as well. This one is excellent as a supporter in doubles.


When should I use this Pokémon?

It is good against choice band / scarf users as it will stand even pretty strong and boosted moves. Probopass is good stopping sweepers and giving you some time to rearrange your strategies.


What should I use against this Pokémon?

Earthquake is your worst nightmare and unfortunately is it often used in competitive gameplay. Be careful of close combat as well. It causes massive damage.


Bottom line:

Our new structure is almost done. I’ll add some cool stuff to hopefully have better and more complete reviews. They are coming soon, I promise…





Hope you enjoyed.



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