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Pokemon of the Week DP: Rampardos

by Ninjomewtwo




Item Held
Choice Scarf
Adamant (+Attack, -Special Attack) / Jolly (+Speed, –

Special Attack)

Effort Points
252 Attack – 252 Speed – 6 Special Defense

We have a beast here, with a base Attack stat of 165, able to hit 429

with Jolly nature and a base Speed of 58, stopping at 236 with Jolly nature.

Obviously, the first set that one would think would be the Choice Scarf based

one. The STAB boosted Stone Edge will obviously be your main offensive move

and it will deal impressive amounts of damage to anything that doesn’t resist

it. Earthquake offers the usual type coverage and works with Rampardos’

ability, Mold Breaker, preventing Levitate users like Gengar from avoiding the move. Even though Head

Smash is quite the high risk move, it’s a great way of finishing off the likes

of Milotic and Suicune if they’re already weakened. As for the

last move, it’s mostly a filler. Choose Pursuit if you think you can catch

some Pokémon off guard or Crunch for hitting Claydol and Dusknoir.

As far as the nature goes, both Adamant and Jolly are viable. Adamant packs

a better hit to anything while Jolly lets you outrun those +Speed natured

base 110 Pokémon like Gengar.

Choice Bander

Item Held
Choice Band
Jolly (+Speed, -Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 Attack – 252 Speed – 6 Special Defense

A Choice Band Rampardos is definitely a really heavy hitter. Expect to

be outrun by nearly everything though. The moves work just like as in the

Choice Scarf set, with Focus Punch being an option now as it can hit some

Pokémon really hard on the switch. Of course, Rampardos’ Speed won’t help at

all your attempt to sweep so Adamant nature is not an option here.

Rock Polish Rampardos

Item Held
Focus Sash
Adamant (+Attack, -Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 Attack – 252 Speed – 6 Special Defense

With such a pathetic Speed stat and a move like Rock Polish in its

movepool, it is just obvious that a Rampardos user should use it. Rock Polish

once, enduring any hit with your Focus Sash and getting ready to sweep. The

moves work as described in the previous movesets. Just be sure to blow away

any Spikes / Stealth Rock before switching Rampardos in. Losing your Focus

Sash may be lethal.

Swords Dancer

Item Held
Focus Sash
Jolly (+Speed, -Special Attack)
Effort Points
252 Attack – 252 Speed – 6 Special Defense

Get yourself a skilled Baton Passer like Jolteon or Ninjask to pass some Speed boosts to Rampardos,

then pull off a Swords Dance while standing on 1 HP and start sweeping. The

most difficult set to use but the most powerful one once it sets up. Of

course, once again, Rapid Spin support is essential.

Other Possible Options

Endeavor is probably the best move for

Rampardos not mentioned in the sets. In a Focus Sash using set, like the Rock

Polish one, if you cannot beat the Pokémon your opponent sent out, just lower

its HP to 1, as it did to yours. Avalanche

on the Physical side and Ice Beam on the

Special one can be used for taking down threats like Garchomp and Torterra.

Finally, Natural Gift with a Liechi Berry

can grant you a Grass-type attack with a base damage of 80 for hitting Swampert and Hippowdon.


Defensive Ground-type Pokémon are the best way to go for countering this

beast. Hippowdon is certainly the most

effective counter out there, taking easily hits from Rampardos and healing

itself with Slack Off. Rhyperior, Swampert and Skarmory can also take hits and strike back,

either directly or indirectly (via Stealth

Rock). Torterra can counter a Rampardos

lacking the Ice-type move. Claydol can show up

against a non-Choice Band Rampardos as well.

Opinion & Notes

Although its Attack stat is stellar, Rampardos stands in the BorderLine tier,

unable to move up due to its awful Speed. Of course, Snorlax is slow too, but it isn’t as fragile as

Rampardos is. A base stat of 60 in Defense and 50 in Special Defense mean it

will be going to down by any powerful move. Of course, let’s not forget the

great Mold Breaker, an ability cancelling other abilities. That means Gengar

and Bronzong are weak to its Earthquake

instead of immune to it. Even though, Rampardos is not the Pokémon that will

satnd out much. You may get some lucky sweeps if you manage to set up, but

that will rarely happen.