Sadly, Rustle doesn't know any switching moves, but it is heavily defensive with both Spikes and Stealth Rock. STAB Stone Edge is also rather helpful for dealing with Flying types.
Normal Poison does more damage the first turn than Toxic Poison does, and the intention here is to force the opponent to switch via Dragon Tail, Roar, and Whirlwind as much as possible to force more Stealth Rock and Spikes damage. After you've completely disrupted the enemy's whole team with all the force switching and applied Poison to everything, now you're throwing down one of the most irritating tanks in the entire Poked ex for them to deal with, abusing both Lefties and Ingrain alongside Iron Barbs for retaliation.
Mitotic also ends up being a bit of a surprise, since most sets featuring it use Spark. This works great with Coil, since it raises your ATK along with your Def and accuracy.
And Life's Dew helps not just Mitotic itself, but also your other Pokémon (remember, this team had Doubles in mind). A lot of battles in the main story can boil down to selecting the best attack to win or cheesing with X-Items.
However, competitive battles have a lot of extra layers to manage and build a team around. Primarily, trainers will likely be familiar with Stealth Rock, a status move that does percent max-health damage on entry into battle.
In many cases, trainers will opt into using Shell Smash to allow Cloister to clean up opposing teams. This strategy works well in mid-tiers of play, but in the highest tiers Cloister has trouble finding enough safety to sweep.
In addition, its astronomical defense allows it to tank physical hits even after a Shell Smash. With Icicle Spear and Skill Link creating a dangerous combo for many premier leads, Cloister can deal some serious damage.
It's very easily walled by Taunt due to a poor offensive presence, but the support it provides is often worth it. Although some trainers, particularly those familiar with Gen 3 games, will likely have their eyes glaze over upon seeing this Pokémon, Tentacles still lives up to its name.
Most importantly, it frequently has space to bring along Haze, a move that stops set-up sweepers in their tracks. It is unlikely at this point that Glister will get its green card to enter Gen 8 competitive battles, but its history shows what it's capable of.
Glister boasts a great stat line and solid typing in combination with a whole ocean of fantastic moves. Combined with either Knock Off as an aggressive option or Toxic as a passive one, Glister completes its role in neutering popular hazard setters.
For the highest tiers of play, Tape Fine serves fantastically at its niche role of checking a majority of the prominent entry hazard setters in the meta game. Tape Fine is one of few Pokémon that has access to Defog while not being weak to Stealth Rocks.
On top of this, Nature's Madness is incredibly effective at shredding defensive walls by inflicting set damage. With the screens set, Regained has the option to Rapid Spin and clear hazards before blowing itself up.
Most hazard careers don't pack insane offensive presence, taking a supportive role. While maybe not as iconic as its brother Landon, Tornados packs similar strengths in the form of meaty bulk and fantastic offense with a number of different build options.
These pairs Defog up with U-Turn, allowing it to do its job in clearing hazards before quickly pivoting to a Pokémon better suited for the matchup. Since the switch will occur before more hazards hit the field, it allows an opening for certain Pokémon to enter the arena.
For years, this bird sat in the pits of competitive play, unable to compete to the point that it couldn't even be considered underrated. However, through years of training, this beloved bird learned how to summon rain with the Drizzle ability.
With Scald or Hydro Pump boosted by rain, it can blast a hole through a number of premier hazard setters. Great defensive typing combined with an incredibly good stat line, particularly in its attack stat.
It also has a move set perfect for challenging a majority of the hazard setters, with Earthquake and Iron Head providing solid coverage. However, for teams lacking their own hazards, Excedrin can also bring Stealth Rocks into the game.
Its low defense doesn't really allow it to get a lot done in a supportive role, but it still has the tools to make it work fairly well. Corviknight trades that utility for a bit more bulk and a lot more of an offensive presence.
U-Turn allows it to abandon bad matchups and escape Magnet Pull, something Armory can't do. He has previously written for and helped lead a student publication about entertainment in college before writing for GameR ant.
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In the wild, Whirlwind blows the target Pokémon away if they are of a lower level, and the battle ends. Pokémon with the ability Suction Cups or those rooted by Ingrain are not affected by Whirlwind.
In Generations 1-4, Whirlwind works on any level Pokémon in wild battles. When a Pokémon is holding Formalism Z and uses its Z-Power, Whirlwind turns into Z- Whirlwind and raises Special Defense one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.
Type: Appeal: Jam: GamesDescription GSC Blows away the foe & ends battle. RSE Blows away the foe with wind and ends the battle.
Depths The foe is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party. BY The target is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party.
XYORASSMUSUMPE The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. Whirlwind's chance to fail does not apply to Trainer battles.
However, in Trainer battles, Whirlwind will always fail if used before the opponent has made its move. Whirlwind will fail when used against Pokémon with the Ability Suction Cups or rooted by Ingrain.
If the user's level is less than the target's, the chance of failure is now calculated slightly differently. In wild Pokémon battles, Whirlwind will now always fail if the user's level is less than the target's.
In Trainer battles, Whirlwind will now succeed if it hits, regardless of either Pokémon's level. Games Description Star Generates a powerful wind that blows away wild Pokémon.
RSE Blows away the foe with wind and ends the battle. Depths The foe is blown away, to be replaced by another Pokémon in its party.
PBR The foe is blown away and replaced by another Pokémon in its party. XYORASSMUSUMSwSh The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out.
PE The target is blown away, and a different Pokémon is dragged out. # Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level IIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIII 012 ButterfreeBugBug 26 RGB 23 Y 23 23 22 22 22 29 MUSEUM 25 PE 20 016 PidgeyFlyingFlying 19 21 19 17 17 17 17 MUSEUM 21 PE 017 PidgeottoFlyingFlying 21 23 20 17 17 17 17 MUSEUM 25 PE 018 PidgeotFlyingFlying 21 23 20 17 17 17 17 MUSEUM 25 PE 042 GolbatFlyingFlying 1 PE 249 LugiaUndiscoveredUndiscovered 77 1 1 1 1 1 1 250 Ho-OhUndiscoveredUndiscovered 77 1 1 1 1 1 1 267 BeautiflyBugBug 27 27 27 27 BY 30 ORAL 30 269 DustoxBugBug 27 27 27 27 BY 30 ORAL 30 275 ShiftryFieldGrass 1 1 1 1 1 284 MasquerainWater 1Bug 53 54 54 1, 54 BY 1, 48 ORAL 1, 48 296 MakuhitaHuman-LikeHuman-Like 22 16 16 16 16 297 HariyamaHuman-LikeHuman-Like 22 16 16 16 16 357 TropiusMonsterGrass 27 27 27 27 BY 21 ORAL 21 396 StarlyFlyingFlying 21 21 21 21 397 StaraviaFlyingFlying 23 23 23 23 398 StaraptorFlyingFlying 23 23 23 23 561 SigilyphFlyingFlying 14 14 14 25 627 RuffletFlyingFlying 55 55 55 42 628 BraviaryFlyingFlying 57 1, 57 1, 57 42 629 VullabyFlyingFlying 55 55 55 36 630 MandibuzzFlyingFlying 57 1, 57 1, 57 36 637 VolcaronaBugBug 40 40 40 1 714 NoibatFlyingDragon 40 40 28 715 NoivernFlyingDragon 40 40 28 787 Tape BuluUndiscoveredUndiscovered 1 25 Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move. # Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine ITM04II -- III -- IV -- V -- VI -- VII -- VIII -- 012 ButterfreeBugBug 016 PidgeyFlyingFlying 017 PidgeottoFlyingFlying 018 PidgeotFlyingFlying 021 SpearowFlyingFlying 022 FearowFlyingFlying 041 ZubatFlyingFlying 042 GolbatFlyingFlying 049 VenomothBugBug 083 Farfetch'dFlyingField 084 DoduoFlyingFlying 085 DodrioFlyingFlying 142 AerodactylFlyingFlying 144 ArticunoUndiscoveredUndiscovered 145 ZapdosUndiscoveredUndiscovered 146 MoltresUndiscoveredUndiscovered 151 MewUndiscoveredUndiscovered Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move. # Pokémon Types Parentage Groups Egg MoveIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIII 021 SpearowFlyingFlying 041 ZubatFlyingFlying 142 AerodactylFlyingFlying 143 SnorlaxMonsterMonster 163 HoothootFlyingFlying 193 YanmaBugBug 198 MurkrowFlyingFlying 227 SkarmoryFlyingFlying 276 TaillowFlyingFlying 293 WhismurMonsterField SUM 325 SpoinkFieldField 408 CranidosMonsterMonster 446 MunchlaxMonsterMonster 449 HippopotasFieldField 451 SkorupiBugWater 3 878 CufantFieldMineral Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move. Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
Unlike in main series, this move cannot hit Pokémon in middle of Fly or Bounce. Games Description MDR Knocks the target flying.
If the target hits a wall or another Pokémon, it sustains damage. If the target hits a wall or another Pokémon, it sustains damage.
BSL Multi It blows away an enemy straight back. DragonitePidgeotBeautiflyDustox The user blows a large gust of wind at the opponent or an attack.
Ash's Butter free Clef airy and the Moon Stone Debut Ritchie's Happy A Friend in Deed None Lisa's Butter free Spell of the Known: Enter None Wander's Butter free Cater pie's Big Dilemma None Zubat flaps its wings at a high speed and a strong gust of wind is created from them. A wild Armory Deli bird's Dilemma None A wild Armory Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate Armory cannot legally know Whirlwind in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue TeamDragonite Dragon ite flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them.
Shifty could not legally learn Whirlwind at the timeDustox Dust ox flaps its wings and a strong gust is created from them. None Pinnate user flaps its wings and releases swirling winds.
A wild Ridge PW14 Debut BeautiflyTapu BuluBraviarySpearowThe user flaps its wings and releases a powerful gust of wind. The tornadoes then hit the opponent and spin them around, making them dizzy.
Professor Oak's Sparrow Do that Dodo Used via Mirror MoveBeautifly Beautify waves its wings and releases a powerful gust from them at the opponent. Winona's Beautify Master Class with Masque rain None Braviary waves its wings and releases a powerful gust of wind from them at the opponent, blowing it backwards.
A wild Tape Bulk An Urgent Task and the Capture of an Ultra Beast None StaraviaThe user flaps its wings and releases gusty winds. LanguageTool Chinese Cantonese Cherie * Syùhnfng *Mandarin / Chuffed * Kaifeng * Danish Hvirvelvind Dutch Wervelwind Finnish Tuulenpyörre French Cyclone German Whirlwind Greek Strobes Hindi Gandhi Too fan Italian Turbine Korean Nallyeobeorigi Norwegian Virvelvind Polish Cyklon×Wichura×Trba Powietrzna×Podmuch Wintry/AAK Wiatru×Moc Huraganu×Atak Powietrzny* Portuguese Brazil Ramada de Vento (anime)Statue de Vento (Base Set, Secret Wonders -present, manga)Plaque de Vento (Diamond & Pearl)*Curacao (The Official Pokémon Handbook) Portugal Remained Romanian Careful Serbian Vigor Spanish Latin America Tortellini Spain Removing Swedish Virvelvind Turkish Forum Vietnamese Thou Bay Variations of the move Horror • Whirlwind This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.