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[VGC] [VGC 2017] Gigalith - Physical Attacker - (Rockium Z / Curse / Assault Vest) Movesets
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[VGC 2017] Gigalith - Physical Attacker - ( Rockium Z / Curse / Assault Vest ) Movesets
 
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Deviant Art by ChocoChaosFun
 
With the introduction to Gen 7, Gigalith has seen a metric rise in usage as the sole Sand Stream user in the VGC 17 format, and surprisingly capable in this format thanks to its varies offensive and defensive qualities. Like most Rock-type Pokemon, Gigalith has a high base Attack and Defense stats respectively, a boosted Special Defense thanks to its Sand Stream ability summoning sand, and viable move coverage to utilize. Despite having an abysmal speed stat of 25, this actually benefits Gigalith in maintaining its sand against opposing weather setters, and outspeed nearly all Pokemon in a Trick Room setting. From an offensive standpoint, Gigalith is a great tank who can withstand most non-super effective hits thanks to its naturally high defensive stats and can pressure its opponents with its STAB Rock-type moves and useful options like Earthquake, Wide Guard, and Curse. Thanks to its defensive capabilities, Gigalith checks a good portion of the format such as Tapu Koko, Arcanine, Alolan Muk, Porygon2, Nihilego, and a host of other Pokemon.

That said, Gigalith's Rock-typing and slow speed stat is a let down given the plethora of strong Water-, Grass-, Fighting-, Steel-, and Ground-type there are in the current VGC 17 format. Even with its high defense stat and boosted special defense from the sand, Gigalith cannot respond fast enough to faster threats and might have to withstand such super effective hits and needs Trick Room support to function well. Fortunately, Gigalith's has a high attack stat with reliable coverage moves like Rock Slide, Stone Edge, Earthquake, etc to hit most of the format for near perfect coverage. Even with its slow speed stat, Gigalith is a difficult mon to stop with Trick Room support if its partner manages to set itself into good positioning. Its best to use Gigalith when the opponents don't have clear responses to a capable Rock-type tank who can withstand most hits and retaliate hard in return.  
 

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Gigalith

Type:
 Rock
Base Stats: 85 HP / 135 Attack / 130 Defense /  60 Special Attack / 80 Special Defense / 25 Speed
Weaknesses:  Ground [x2] , Steel [x2] , Fighting [x2] Water [x2] Grass [x2]
Resistances: Normal [x0.5], Flying [x0.5], Fire [x0.5] Poison [x0.5]
Immunities: None
Ability 1 : Sturdy  - Prevents Steel-types from switching out unless they have certain abilities/items. 
Ability 2: Sand Stream - Summons a Sandstorm and lasts for about 5 turns. 
Hidden Ability - Sand Force - Grants 30% boost in power in Rock-, Ground-, and Steel-type Pokemon.
 

 
Rockium Z (and other items)

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Gigalith @ Rockium Z  / Groundium Z / Weakness Policy
Ability: Sand Stream  
Level: 50  
EVs: 212 HP / 116 Atk / 180 SpD  
Brave Nature  
IVs: 0 Spe  
- Stone Edge / Rock Slide  
- Earthquake  
- Wide Guard / Heavy Slam
- Protect

Milestones:
- Has a 3.5% chance of being 2HKOed by Timid Life Orb Tapu Koko's Thunderbolt
- Tapu Lele's Z-Psychic has a 12.5% chance to OHKO Gigalith in sand.
- Can potentially OHKO 252 HP Arcanine, Alolan Marowak, and Araquanid with Stone Edge. 
 
As mentioned, Gigaliths high defensive stats and usable coverage moves makes itself a potent bulky offensive Pokemon in the format. Rockium Z is a popular item and Z-move choice that allows Gigalith to inflict massive Rock-type damage against a target who doesn't appreciate it like Fire-, Flying-, Bug-, or Ice-type Pokemon. Despite the shacky accuracy and power point value, some Gigalith base their Continental Crush on the Rock-type Stone Edge for a whopping 180 base damage before STAB. If Stone Edge isn't as good option, Rock Slide is slightly more accurate with high Power Points, yet its Z-Move will be signifcantly lowered to 140 base damage instead. To round off its coverage, Earthquake is a staple strong Ground-type move to hit the ever common Electric-, Steel-, Fire-, Poison-, and opposing Rock-types Pokemon. 

Most options for Gigalith usually deviate from here given the team compositions and what best suits the Rock-type. Wide Guard is a good support move to block spread damage like Earthquake or Discharge from harming its allies. Heavy Slam is a decently strong coverage option notably used against Fairy-type Pokemon such as Tapu Lele, Mimikyu, and Alolan Ninetales who don't appreciate a base 120 Steel-type move. Groundium Z can be used to lure potential ground-weak Pokemon such as Alolan  Muk or Tapu Koko and potentially OHKO them in one hit. Lastly, Weakness Policy is an interesting item choice which give Gigalith +2 Attack, but needs to be hit with a super effective move, so timing and potentially self damage is key. 

For a list of damage calculations for this Magnezone set, see below for offensive calcs. 

Offensive Calcs




Z-Stone Edge 

116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 181-214 (123.9 - 146.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 164 HP / 92 Def Tapu Lele: 178-210 (107.2 - 126.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
-1 116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 254-300 (128.9 - 152.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Tapu Fini: 123-145 (69.4 - 81.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Leftovers recovery
116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 244 HP / 92 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 103-123 (53.9 - 64.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage


Z-Rock Slide

116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 141-166 (96.5 - 113.6%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 164 HP / 92 Def Tapu Lele: 138-163 (83.1 - 98.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
-1 116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 198-234 (100.5 - 118.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Tapu Fini: 96-114 (54.2 - 64.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Leftovers recovery

Stone Edge 

116+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola: 162-192 (97 - 114.9%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 212-252 (107.6 - 127.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Araquanid: 186-222 (106.2 - 126.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gyarados: 216-254 (127 - 149.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO


Earthquake

116+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain: 102-120 (69.8 - 82.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
116+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Xurkitree: 116-138 (72.9 - 86.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
116+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 248 HP / 0 Def Magnezone: 156-184 (88.6 - 104.5%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Nihilego: 316-372 (170.8 - 201%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gengar: 132-156 (97.7 - 115.5%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Raichu-Alola: 150-178 (110.2 - 130.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO


Heavy Slam

116+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 164 HP / 92 Def Tapu Lele: 158-188 (95.1 - 113.2%) -- 75% chance to OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Mimikyu: 168-198 (103.7 - 122.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 124-148 (70 - 83.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Grassy Terrain recovery
116+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (100 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Nihilego: 210-248 (113.5 - 134%) -- guaranteed OHKO
116+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Clefairy: 102-122 (57.6 - 68.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage



Defensive Calcs




Physical Defense

252+ Atk Choice Band Arcanine Close Combat vs. 212 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 160-190 (85.5 - 101.6%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 212 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 102-122 (54.5 - 65.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Gyarados Waterfall vs. 212 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 116-140 (62 - 74.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Snorlax High Horsepower vs. 212 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 86-102 (45.9 - 54.5%) -- 45.3% chance to 2HKO
252+ Atk Water Bubble Araquanid Liquidation vs. 212 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 170-204 (90.9 - 109%) -- 50% chance to OHKO
180 Atk Celesteela Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. 212 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 86-104 (45.9 - 55.6%) -- 69.1% chance to 2HKO


Special Defense 

252 SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 212 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 148-175 (79.1 - 93.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Magnezone Flash Cannon vs. 212 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 102-120 (54.5 - 64.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Nihilego Power Gem vs. 212 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 58-70 (31 - 37.4%) -- 73.3% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 212 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 79-95 (42.2 - 50.8%) -- 3.5% chance to 2HKO
164+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Fini Muddy Water vs. 212 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 92-110 (49.1 - 58.8%) -- 98.4% chance to 2HKO

 

 
Curse Setup

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Gigalith @ Rockium Z / Figy Berry
Ability: Sand Stream  
Level: 50  
EVs: 244 HP / 84 Atk / 180 SpD  
Brave Nature  
IVs: 0 Spe  
- Stone Edge / Rock Slide  
- Earthquake  
- Curse  
- Protect
 
Milestones:
- OHKOs up to228 HP / 116 Def Celesteela with +1 Z-Stone Edge after a boosted Curse.
- Withstands two Earthquakes from Garchomp with +1 defense boost.
- Withstands Z-Psychic from Tapu Lele with sand.
- Takes two Life Orb Timid Tapu Koko's Thunderbolt.
-Takes less hail damage due to HP value. 
 
Even with an impressively high base 135 attack and 130 defense stat, Gigalith has access to the move Curse which can bolster these two stats to formidable heights. Unlike most Curse user like Snorlax or Alolan Muk who have somewhat respectable attack stats, Gigalith already a higher attack and better defense on both ends to start out with and can become an immediate threat to the opponent with one Curse boost. Likewise, make sure to have a Trick Room option for Gigalith to ensure it can outspeed its opponents its lackluster speed, and pick off any target with with Rock- and Ground-type coverage. For Rock-type coverage, Stone Edge is preferred for a couple of reasons given Gigalith has a stronger base Z-move with it than Rock Slide and doesn't get blocked by Wide Guard. Rock Slide is a decent alternative for more Power Points and the flinch option (in Trick Room), however note Z-Rock Slide is much less powerful and a Wide Guard user can potentially block this set. Earthquake is Gigalith's main response to any Fire-, Steel-, Poison-, and Rock-type Pokemon on the field. In fact, a +1 Earthquake from this set has a 100% chance to OHKO 4 HP Tapu Koko and 2HKO other Gigalith. For item choice, it comes down to whether the user wants a one-time nuke in Z-Stone Edge / Z-Rock Slide likely coming from a boosted Curse, or if HP replenishment and more setup chances from Figy Berry or other 50% berries is preferred. 

Offensive Calcs:



+1 Z-Stone Edge 

+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 228 HP / 116 Def Celesteela: 201-237 (100 - 117.9%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 228 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 177-208 (93.6 - 110%) -- 62.5% chance to OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 244 HP / 92 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 153-180 (80.1 - 94.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Tapu Fini: 178-211 (100.5 - 119.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 236 HP / 228 Def Tapu Lele: 223-264 (127.4 - 150.8%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Muk-Alola: 241-285 (113.6 - 134.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (180 BP) vs. 68 HP / 252 Def Snorlax: 237-279 (97.1 - 114.3%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO

+1 Z-Rock Slide

+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 228 HP / 116 Def Celesteela: 156-184 (77.6 - 91.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 228 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 138-163 (73 - 86.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 244 HP / 92 Def Eviolite Porygon2: 118-139 (61.7 - 72.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Tapu Fini: 139-165 (78.5 - 93.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Leftovers recovery
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 236 HP / 228 Def Tapu Lele: 174-205 (99.4 - 117.1%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 68 HP / 252 Def Snorlax: 184-217 (75.4 - 88.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Gluttony Figy Berry recovery
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Continental Crush (140 BP) vs. 252 HP / 156 Def Muk-Alola: 187-222 (88.2 - 104.7%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO


+1 Earthquake

+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain: 146-174 (100 - 119.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 236 HP / 4 Def Xurkitree: 168-198 (89.3 - 105.3%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Metagross: 102-122 (54.5 - 65.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 84+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Muk-Alola: 162-192 (76.4 - 90.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Gluttony Figy Berry recover


Defensive Calcs:




Physical Defense (With +1 Defense from Curse)


252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. +1 244 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 68-84 (35.6 - 43.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
44+ Atk Celesteela Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. +1 244 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 56-68 (29.3 - 35.6%) -- 20.8% chance to 3HKO
252+ Atk Water Bubble Araquanid Liquidation vs. +1 244 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 116-138 (60.7 - 72.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Metagross Meteor Mash vs. +1 244 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 96-114 (50.2 - 59.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Kartana Leaf Blade vs. +1 244 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 108-128 (56.5 - 67%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 Atk Garchomp Tectonic Rage (180 BP) vs. +1 244 HP / 0 Def Gigalith: 168-198 (87.9 - 103.6%) -- 25% chance to OHKO


Special Defense

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 244 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 160-190 (83.7 - 99.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 244 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 99-118 (51.8 - 61.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Tapu Lele Moonblast vs. 204 HP / 36 SpD Goodra: 122-146 (63.8 - 76.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
164+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Fini Muddy Water vs. 244 HP / 180 SpD Gigalith in Sand: 92-110 (48.1 - 57.5%) -- 90.6% chance to 2HKO
156+ SpA Porygon2 Ice Beam vs. 204 HP / 36 SpD Goodra: 62-74 (32.4 - 38.7%) -- 97% chance to 3HKO
252 SpA Ninetales-Alola Blizzard vs. 204 HP / 36 SpD Goodra: 68-84 (35.6 - 43.9%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after hail damage
252+ SpA Adaptability Porygon-Z Hyper Beam vs. 204 HP / 36 SpD Goodra: 134-158 (70.1 - 82.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Golduck Ice Beam vs. 204 HP / 36 SpD Goodra: 64-76 (33.5 - 39.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO


 
Assault Vest

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Gigalith @ Assault Vest  
Ability: Sand Stream  
Level: 50  
EVs: 244 HP / 196 Atk / 52 Def / 16 SpD  
Brave Nature  
IVs: 0 Spe  
- Rock Slide  
- Earthquake  
- Heavy Slam  
- Stone Edge / Bulldoze
 
Milestones:
- Withstands 2 boosted Life Orb Psychic and Thunderbolt from Tapu Lele and Tapu Koko respectively. 
- OHKOs up to 164 HP / 92 Def Tapu Lele with Heavy Slam.
- Has a 0.4% chance to be 2HKO by Magnezone's Flash Cannon. 
- OHKOs 252 HP Arcanine, Alolan Marowak, and Araquanid with Stone Edge. 
- Takes two Boomerangs from Alolan Marowak.
- Has a 1/8th chance being OHKOed by Araquanid's Liquidation. 

Gigalith is one of the few Pokemon in the format who benefits greatly with the Assault Vest given it has a workable coverage options and few necessary status moves aside Protect or Wide Guard. With the raised special defense stat thanks to the sandstorm it brings, Gigalith's special defense stat reaches at about over 200 (223 for this set) and is capable of withstanding some of the strongest special attacks in the format. Two examples of these incredible feats include Gigalith withstanding two Life Orb Psychic from the common Tapu Lele or Thunderbolt from Tapu Koko in their respective terrain and with the chance to OHKO them afterward. With the Assault Vest, Gigalith can be used as a decent check to many special attackers in the format who aren't able to OHKO it back immediately such as Tapu Lele, Tapu Koko, Nihilego, Porygon-Z, etc. For coverage, Rock Slide is listed to deal spread damage against foes and can flinch targets down, assuming Gigalith is under Trick Room. Earthquake inflicts super effective damage against Fire-, Electric-, Steel-, and Rock-type Pokemon who are common such as Arcanine, Tapu Koko, Nihilego, Metagross. Heavy Slam is decent Steel-type coverage to potentially OHKO most Fairy-type Pokemon like Tapu Lele, Mimikyu, Comfey, etc especially given Gigalith's weight. Stone Edge is a secondary Rock-type STAB which can deal better than than Rock-type against super effective targets with a high crit chance, but has flimsy accuracy. Lastly, Bulldoze is an option in case Gigalith's team needs speed control of sorts by lower the speed of the targets by one stage. 
 


Offensive Calcs:



Rock Slide

196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Araquanid: 150-176 (85.7 - 100.5%) -- 6.3% chance to OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 126-150 (63.9 - 76.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery
-1 196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 84-102 (42.6 - 51.7%) -- 39.1% chance to 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery
-1 196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gyarados: 84-102 (49.4 - 60%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola: 96-114 (57.4 - 68.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko: 60-72 (41 - 49.3%) -- 16% chance to 2HKO after sandstorm damage
196+ Atk Gigalith Rock Slide vs. 12 HP / 252 Def Drifblim: 132-156 (58.1 - 68.7%) -- 93.8% chance to 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery


Earthquake

196+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Tapu Koko in Electric Terrain: 106-126 (72.6 - 86.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
196+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Raichu-Alola: 158-188 (116.1 - 138.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Xurkitree: 124-146 (77.9 - 91.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
196+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gengar: 138-164 (102.2 - 121.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Magnezone: 164-196 (92.6 - 110.7%) -- 56.3% chance to OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Muk-Alola: 118-140 (55.6 - 66%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after sandstorm damage and Gluttony Figy Berry recovery


Heavy Slam

196+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 164 HP / 92 Def Tapu Lele: 168-198 (101.2 - 119.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Tapu Bulu: 132-156 (74.5 - 88.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Grassy Terrain recovery
196+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Mimikyu: 178-210 (109.8 - 129.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Eviolite Clefairy: 110-130 (62.1 - 73.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage
196+ Atk Gigalith Heavy Slam (120 BP) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Ninetales-Alola: 380-448 (255 - 300.6%) -- guaranteed OHKO


Stone Edge

196+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola: 170-204 (101.7 - 122.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Arcanine: 224-266 (113.7 - 135%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 12 HP / 252 Def Drifblim: 234-276 (103 - 121.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
196+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 244 HP / 12+ Def Mandibuzz: 162-192 (75 - 88.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
-1 196+ Atk Gigalith Stone Edge vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Gyarados: 152-180 (89.4 - 105.8%) -- 37.5% chance to OHKO



Defensive Calcs:




Physical Defense

252 Atk Garchomp Earthquake vs. 244 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 102-120 (53.4 - 62.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Water Bubble Araquanid Liquidation vs. 244 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 164-194 (85.8 - 101.5%) -- 12.5% chance to OHKO
252+ Atk Muk-Alola Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 244 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 60-72 (31.4 - 37.6%) -- 86% chance to 3HKO
44+ Atk Celesteela Heavy Slam (80 BP) vs. 244 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 84-98 (43.9 - 51.3%) -- 6.3% chance to 2HKO
252+ Atk Gyarados Waterfall vs. 244 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 114-134 (59.6 - 70.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Snorlax High Horsepower vs. 244 HP / 52 Def Gigalith: 82-98 (42.9 - 51.3%) -- 5.1% chance to 2HKO

Special Defense

252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 79-95 (41.3 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Life Orb Tapu Koko Thunderbolt vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 66-78 (34.5 - 40.8%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ SpA Magnezone Flash Cannon vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 80-96 (41.8 - 50.2%) -- 0.4% chance to 2HKO
164+ SpA Choice Specs Tapu Fini Muddy Water vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 74-90 (38.7 - 47.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Nihilego Power Gem vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 36-43 (18.8 - 22.5%) -- possible 5HKO
68 SpA Gastrodon Scald vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 50-60 (26.1 - 31.4%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
252+ SpA Golduck Hydro Vortex (185 BP) vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 150-176 (78.5 - 92.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Tapu Lele Shattered Psyche (175 BP) vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 130-154 (68 - 80.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Tapu Koko Gigavolt Havoc (175 BP) vs. 244 HP / 16 SpD Assault Vest Gigalith in Sand: 106-126 (55.4 - 65.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO



Potential Teammates include, but aren't limited to:
  • Grass-types - Both Water- and Ground-types heavily pressure Gigalith with their own super effective attacks. In response, Grass-types are useful to counter balance both these types with their strong STAB moves ( EX. Kartana, Tapu Bulu, Dhelmise, etc ) 
  • Electric-types - With the large influx of Water-types Pokmon in the format, having Electric-types can act as an offensive check most of them with their fast super effective Electric-type attacks. ( Ex. Tapu Koko, Xurkitree, Alolan Raichu, etc)
  • Fire-types - Two of Gigaliths main weaknesses are Steel- and Grass-type and its best counters such Kartana are extremely weak to them. Having a Fire-type on the team can at least keep any Steel- or Grass-types in check.  ( Ex. Arcanine, Talonflame, Alolan Marowak, Incineroar, etc etc. ) 
  • Fairy-types - Gigalith doesn't appreciate any strong Fighting-type who can OHKO it back, therefore Fairy-types can act as decent checks to them.  ( Ex. Tapus, Mimikyu, etc) 
  • Intimidate Support -  Any form of Intimidate support from its allies can benefit Gigalith in withstanding stronger physical hits meanwhile Gigalith can retaliate back with one of its coverage moves. ( Ex. Arcanine, Krookodile, Gyarados, Salamence, etc). 
  • Trick Room Support - Gigalith won't be outspeeding any threats with its base 25 speed, but certainly will after its partner setups the Trick Room field condition. ( Ex. Porygon2, Mimikyu, Oranguru, etc. ) 
  • Sand Storm Abusers: Certain Pokemon like Rock-types receive a 50% increase in Special Defense. Other Pokemon with Sand Veil like Garchomp receive boost in its evasion. 

Threats include, but aren't limited to: 
  • Steel-types - Kartana, Celesteela, Metagross, Scizor, etc. 
  • Grass - types - Kartana, Tapu Bulu, Dhelmise, Whimsicott, etc
  • Water - types - Milotic, Gastrodon, Tapu Fini, Gyarados, Araquanid, Pelipper, Politoed, etc. 
  • Ground types - Garchomp, Gastrodon, Krookodile, Mudsdale, etc. 
  • Fighting-types - Pheromosa, Buzzhole, Hariyama, etc.
  • Intimidate Spam - Arcanine, Gyarados, Krookodile, Salamence, etc
  • Capable Defensive Pokemon - Gastrodon, Porygon2, Milotic, Celesteela, etc. 
Other Notable Options 
  • Life Orb or Choice Band can increase the damage output of Gigalith, though at the cost of HP or move selection. 
  • Type-Resistance Berries such as Rindo, Passho, Chople, Babiri, and Shuca to reduce the damage taken. 
  • Toxic is interesting, but effective way to wear down defensive threats that Gigalith can't beat in a 1v1 directly.
  • Air Balloon is useful to allow Gigalith to be "immune" to all Ground-type attacks until it gets a direct hit. 
  • Explosion sacrifices Gigalith but in exchanges deals potential heavy damage against two Pokemon. 
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#2
I've been running a Gigalith recently for a Trick Room. @Black117 What do you think?
Pokemon:Gigalith
IV's: 0 Spd
EV's 252 Atk, 252 HP, 4 SpDef
Nature: Sassy
@ Choice Band
Ability: Sand Stream
-Rock Slide
-Stone Edge
-Earthquake
-Heavy Slam
Its been winning me tons of battles. However, is there any way to improve it?
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#3
@RetroTyphlosion that ev spread is literally impossible to obtain legally lmao. also i'd recommend using pokemon showdown exports when showing us sets, it'll make it easier for both you and for us. anyways, that set is definitely sub optimal as offensive gigalith appreciates being able to switch moves since its moves are easily wall-able.
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(May 12, 2017, 04:54 PM)écarlate Wrote: @RetroTyphlosion that ev spread is literally impossible to obtain legally lmao. also i'd recommend using pokemon showdown exports when showing us sets, it'll make it easier for both you and for us. anyways, that set is definitely sub optimal as offensive gigalith appreciates being able to switch moves since its moves are easily wall-able.

Oh, sorry, I see what went wrong with the ev's. I meant to put 4 in SpDef, but I Did a typo. Also, I have no idea what a showdown export is.
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#5
Idk if it's too late to post here but I have my2cents. The Curse set is particullary good in TR teams, using the Rock STAB and the low Spe to OHKO other TR abuser such as AMarowak and Araquanid, but the preferred items should be Groundium Z, wich makes EQ a more usefull coverage, and Fightinium Z, wich turns Superpower in a extraordinary tool to OHKO Snorlax. Rockium Z is ok if you just need sheer power, but Celesteela is the only reason to use it instead of the others two.
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