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Hapu & Mudsdale

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Strike (Physical) Tier 5
Analysis by Svidrigailov

Trainer

Pokemon Info

Type Ground
Weak Vs Grass
Role Strike (Physical)
Base Potential
Gender Male

Pokemon Description

It remains calm and unmoving no matter the situation. It mixes dirt with the saliva in its mouth to make a special kind of mud.

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Stats

HP 62
ATK 13
DEF 9
Sp. ATK 8
Sp. DEF 5
Speed 7
HP 471
ATK 236
DEF 174
Sp. ATK 230
Sp. DEF 79
Speed 152
Bulk 424

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Pokemon Analysis

Overview

     Hapu and Mudsdale are a middling single target Physical Strike pair that struggle to find a niche in a game with multiple other pairs (such as Lucario and Empoleon) who outclass them completely. They are, however, a good budget choice for new players as one of the early 3 Star story Sync Pairs.

Unfortunately, the game’s lack of Physical Support pairs that new players have easy access to makes them a much worse choice in this role compared to an early Special Striker like Empoleon or Dewgong. Until something changes on that front, Hapu & Mudsdale will remain a pair useful only for the first couple of story missions before quickly being outclassed and forgotten about as the player gains access to better Strikers.

Strengths

Unique Typing:

     Mudsdale is one of the few Ground type Strikers in the game, and this lets it somewhat makes up for its drawbacks in early story missions by virtue of being the only pair with a type advantage against some stage bosses. 

Good Bulk:

     Mudsdale’s high defensive stats and ability to boost its Defense by 3 stages through “Stand Strong!” afford it considerable survivability in comparison to other strikers.

Weaknesses

Low Offensive Stats: 

     One of the biggest things holding Mudsdale back as a Striker is its mediocre at best stats. It directly competes with Mega Lucario (also an early game story pair) for the role of single target physical striker, yet Lucario possess almost double Mudsdale’s base Attack and a much better moveset to boot. While Mudsdale’s bulk stats are better than those of most strikers, its Attack is the lowest of any Physical Striker in the game, including unevolved Totodile. Trading offensive stats away in favor of defensive ones is rarely, if ever, a good tradeoff for damage dealing Sync Pairs.

Lack of Powerful Boosting Moves:

     Another huge weakness of Mudsdale's is its lack of boosting moves that help it to effectively fulfill its role as a Striker. Its sole offensive self-buff is “Stand Strong!”, which only increases its Attack by a single stage.

Team Synergy

     Mudsdale’s low damage and good (for a Striker) bulk make it a better candidate for a secondary Striker on teams which already have plenty of setup with their Support than as a team’s solo Striker. It works particularly well with self-sufficient Strikers who don’t need two Supports, such as Pinsir and Lycanroc, and with Supports who can raise its Attack like Oshawott or Dusclops. 

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Moves

Type Ground
Category
Power
13 / 15
Accuracy 90
Target An opponent
Cost
Lowers the target’s accuracy.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Sharply raises the user’s accuracy.
Unlock Requirements
Unlocked by Default
Type Ground
Category
Power
106 / 127
Accuracy 95
Target An opponent
Cost
No additional effect.
Move Unlock Requirements
Category
Power
0 / 0
Accuracy 0
Target Self
Uses 2
Raises the user’s Attack. Drastically raises the user’s Defense.

Sync Move

Type Ground
Category
Power
250 / 300
Accuracy -
Target An opponent
Effect Tag -

No additional effect.

Passive Skills

Clearheaded

Prevents the Pokémon from becoming confused.