Gastrodon can use one of two Abilities: Sticky Hold, which prevents opponents from taking its Held Item; or Storm Drain, which draws Water-Type moves to it, nullifying any damage that would have been done to it and increasing its Special Attack by one stage. Its Hidden Ability is Sand Force, which grants a 33% Increase to Ground, Rock and Steel-Type moves during a Sandstorm.
Shellos can evolve into Gastrodon at Level 30.
Gastrodon, like Shellos, has two different forms, the East Sea and West Sea forms. The West Sea Gastrodon has a Brown back, and its underside is pink. There are several pink spots and bumps on its back, and there are two horn-like structures on its head. On the East Sea Gastrodon, its back is green with blue spots, and there are several flap-looking structures. Its underside is blue, and there are two hornlike structures on its head as well.
Gastrodon has no gender differences.
Gastrodon can be found at Routes 213, 218, 224 and Fuego Ironworks in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. Gastrodon also appears at Routes 221, 222 and 230 in Diamond and Pearl, and at Route 205, Route 212, Pastoria City, Canalave City and Valley Windworks in Platinum.
West Sea Gastrodon can be found at Brine Cave B1-B9 & DPB1, while East Sea Gastrodon appear at Craggy Coast B6-B9 and Small Path B1-B5 in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky. Gastrodon appears in all three versions of Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Secret Archipelago, Legendary Volcanic Island, Secret Highland, Legendary Wetland, Secret Rockmountain and Legendary Mountains. The Secret-named areas feature Gastrodon on floors 18-29, while the Legendary-named areas feature Gastrodon on floors 1-25. In both areas both forms of Gastrodon appear on different floors.
Gastrodon can be found at Marine Cave and Volcano Cave in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Gastrodon can be found at the Hot Springs on Faldera Volcano in the Present, but Gastrodon doesn't appear in the Past Missions.
Gastrodon appears at Desolated Ruins Beach 3-1 and Sunny Seashore Beach 4-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Both forms of Gastrodon are featured in the Trading Card Game twice each, with both forms being listed as Rare Cards in the Secret Wonders and Rising Rivals sets.
Gastrodon has only appeared with a Trainer so far in the Anime. Cynthia would use a West Sea Gastrodon in the episodes Double Team Turnover! and Aiding the Enemy. Zoey would debut a West Sea Gastrodon of her own during the Sinnoh Festival, which had evolved from her Shellos. Paul used an East Sea Gastrodon in his Sinnoh League Battle against Ash in the first part of the battle, which occurred in the episode Familiarity Breeds Strategy!. It would give Ash's Staraptor all it could handle, but Ash made the substitution to Buizel, who managed to defeat Gastrodon.
Gastrodon has yet to appear in any of the films as of writing.
Gastrodon's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
Gastrodon finds itself in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. With a great defensive typing that allows for it to check Pokémon like Aggron, Steelix, and Swords Dance Charizard, Gastrodon provides a lot of utility for teams. Its ability Storm Drain is great as it gives Gastrodon a nice Water immunity while being able to gain a Special Attack boost. This, along with an Electric immunity, gives it the ability to switch into both Volt Switch and Scald, while being able to check Water-types like Floatzel, Kabutops, and Lanturn. Recover is a wonderful recovery move that gives Gastrodon the ability to pivot in and out throughout the match. However, Gastrodon suffers greatly from its x4 weakness to Grass, as it is threatened by Pokémon like Lilligant and Vileplume. It also is very slow, forcing it to take a hit most of the time before doing anything else. Gastrodon is susceptible to status, which can be problematic as it can be forced to use Recover more often than it would like. As a Fire-type check, Gastrodon struggles due to Fire-types like Magmortar and Pyroar tending to carry Hidden Power Grass for Gastrodon.
Gastrodon is a viable option in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. Due to its ability Storm Drain, Gastrodon can take on some of the omnipresent Water-types of the tier, such as Suicune and Swampert. Its access to reliable recovery sets it apart from other Curse users like Snorlax and Mega Swampert, and it can act as a good mixed wall of sorts with a boost under its belt. Gastrodon suffers from its inability to threaten Grass-types and its very slow Speed stat. It is also vulnerable to status ailments and lacks utility moves like Stealth Rock and Roar that Swampert possesses.
Gastrodon is also usable in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. Thanks to its typing, decent bulk, Water immunity courtesy of Storm Drain, and access to Recover, Gastrodon can handle numerous threats, such as Keldeo, Thundurus, Mega Metagross lacking Grass Knot, Mega Manectric, and Swift Swim users like Kabutops and Kingdra. Gastrodon can even opt for a different approach than its typical physically defensive set with a Curse set that makes it a set-up sweeper capable of handling Calm Mind Slowbro and Suicune. Despite these unique traits, Gastrodon is not flawless, as its overall raw bulk is not outstanding, meaning that it can be overpowered by stronger physical attackers. Gastrodon does face immense competition from other bulky Ground and Water-types, but its own set of niches allows for it to not be completely outclassed.
Transfer Only Z-Moves
Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Whirlpool (Heart Gold/Soul Silver Only)
Via Move Tutor
Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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