May 072011


They shoot paralyzing liquid from their head bumps and use vibration to hurt their enemies. It increases the power of its punches by vibrating the bumps on its fists and can reduce a boulder to rubble with one punch.

It’s Seismitoad, the Vibration Pokémon.

When giving Seismitoad a first glance, it’s easy to think it might be a new and improved Swampert, but that is not the case. While Seismitoad does have the same Ground/Water typing which grants it one immunity, four resistances, and only one weakness, that is really where its similarities with Swampert end. It lacks the bulk and attack power of it’s third generation cousin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find room for one of these bumpy bipedal frogs on your team.

Nature: Modest | Held Item: Life Orb | Ability: Swift Swim

EVs: 132 HP, 164 Special Attack, 212 Speed

1. Surf/Muddy Water/Hydro Pump
Surf gives great power and accuracy in the rain, but you will need a partner that is immune to water attacks. Jellicent would be a good choice because it has the Water Absorb ability that will actually heal it when hit with Surf. Jellicent can also set up Rain Dance that Seismitoad needs to be truly successful, and could learn Ice Beam to fend off grass types that threaten Seismitoad. If you want to use Seismitoad on a doubles team but don’t want to limit its partner selection, you could use Muddy Water instead since it will hit both of your opponent’s Pokémon but not your partner. Muddy Water also has the chance of lowering your opponent’s accuracy which can buy you some valuable time. Hydro Pump is there for those trainers who prefer more power at the sake of accuracy and the ability to hit both of your opponent’s Pokémon in a double battle.

2. Hidden Power – Ice/Earth Power
Quite frankly getting the right Hidden Power move is a pain in the butt. However, in Pokémon Black and White you can now reuse TMs and speak to a character to tell you what Hidden Power type you have, so it is a slightly less tedious and expensive process than it was in previous generations. Hidden Power Ice can be extremely valuable though, as it not only let’s Seismitoad fend off the grass types it’s weak to, but can usually OHKO the heavily used dragon types. If you’d prefer Earth Power, that does give Seismitoad two STAB attacks but will only hit grass types for neutral damage and most dragons will be immune.

3. Grass Knot
This will enable your Seismitoad to OHKO or 2HKO most bulky waters and especially opposing Seismitoad that don’t have the same move.

4. Protect
I’m personally not usually a fan of Protect, but it could be especially valuable on this particular Seismitoad. It will let you stall out moves like Whirlwind or Roar, and in a double battle can keep Seismitoad alive long enough for its partner to dispatch opposing Pokémon Seismitoad is weak to.

Good partners for Seismitoad:
Even in single battles, leading with a Pokémon that can set up Rain Dance is essential. Politoed would be a good partner or lead with its Dream World ability of Drizzle. Unfortunately, that is the only use poor Politoed has. As mentioned before, Jellicent is a great partner due to its Water Absorb ability and access to Rain Dance. Other options would be a Jinx with Dry Skin, or any other Pokémon with Rain Dance if you opt for Muddy Water or Hydro Pump for Seismitoad’s water STAB.Counters for Seismitoad:Don’t go against Seismitoad without a strong grass type or a good grass attack in your group. Samurott could probably switch in and take a Grass Knot from Seismitoad before OHKOing it with one of its own.


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