Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pokemon of the Week - Donphan

Hallo everyone, and welcome back to another Pokemon of the Week! I know I've neglected the blog for the last week (hell, this post is a day late), but I've been busy with college, and my other projects. Now I'm not making excuses, so don't take it as that, ok? I just haven't felt that motivated to write as much lately, but I'll make one thing clear. This blog will not die off...

Serebii.net - Donphan Pokedex Entry

Ok, today's little lesson on Pokemon will be directed at the most badass elephant you will ever know! Yeap, we got Donphan here! Now, Donphan is one of the (rare-to-be-good) pure Ground-Types, and he does his job extremely well, and is very well-rounded. Donphan is very slow (though the anime has always taught us otherwise), and his Special stats are both pretty abysmal.  Outside of that, he has a pretty decent HP stat, and his Attack and Defense are both very good! Basically, any physical attacker will have trouble with Donphan. Its movepool starts off slow, but eventually shine through to his great assets.

Base Stats:
HP - 90
Atk - 120
Def - 120
SpAtk - 60
SpDef - 60
Spd - 50


Donphan @ Leftovers

Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP, 188 Atk, 68 Def
Nature: Adamant
- Earthquake
- Rapid Spin
- Assurance
- Ice Shard/Stealth Rock

Donphan has the potential to be one of the most useful Rapid Spinners in the game! As one of the few Pokemon who viably use it, he can even excel in an OU environment. Donphan is a UU Pokemon, but is capable of walling and crushing a lot of common attacker of the OU environment. If used against a physical opponent, his job is set. Even the infamous Tyranitar, Scizor, and Metagross can't hit him hard enough to be a major threat. Earthquake is his strongest STAB (and if that wasn't obvious, learn about Pokemon!). Assurance halts the Spin-Blockers like Rotom-A super-effectively. Rapid Spin is the bane of a lot of common Pokemon, especially in OU. Donphan resists Stealth Rock, and can send it away easily. I couldn't decide between Ice Shard and Stealth Rock. With his ability to end SR on the other side, he can just as easily do it here too. Ice Shard gives more coverage, and gives priority that helps with his low Speed (especially since the Pokemon weak to it are likely Specially-oriented). Overall, it's up to you, so try it out~!

I will not actually go into a 5th Generation set here. The only real difference I can say (besides any combination of the above set's moves) is to use a Custap Berry. This will make any attack that brings it to low health (easy with Sturdy, as long as you don't get hit by Icicle Spear) cause Donphan to get a priority for its next attack. Using this, you can get in at least one more devastating attack to your enemy! Uhm... just watch out for Pranksters.. o3o"

Hope you guys had fun reading this, and I'll see you next time! So comment! 8U

Gute nacht! Ja ne, oyasumi! :3


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