Tentacruel can use one of two Abilities: Clear Body, which prevents opponents from lowering its Statistics by way of moves or Abilities, but its own Moves can still reduce its Statistics; or Liquid Ooze, which causes opponents that use Energy-Draining attacks against it to lose HP instead of recovering HP. Its Hidden Ability is Rain Dish, which restores one-sixteenth of its Maximum HP during periods of Heavy Rain.
Tentacool can evolve into Tentacruel at Level 30.
Tentacruel is in the Water 3 Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Tentacruel 1,250,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Tentacruel hasn't made any dramatic changes through evolution. It has gotten much larger and has grown many more tentacles. Its face appears to be black, with two beak like features attached to it that are colored blue.
The gem-like feature on its forehead grows in size after evolution, and there are two gem-like domes on the sides of its head.
Tentacruel doesn't have any visible differences to differentiate between male and female.
The only way to obtain a Tentacruel in Red and Blue is to evolve a Tentacool. Wild Tentacruel can be found on Routes 19, 20 and 21 in Yellow by using the Super Rod. In Gold, Silver and Crystal, Tentacruel can be found on Routes 12, 13, 19-21, 32, 34, 40 and 41, along with Cherrygrove City, Cianwood City, Cinnabar Island, Olivine City and Whirl Islands 1F & B2 by Surfing; Olivine City's Harbor by using the Super Rod; and Routes 26 & 27, New Bark Town, Union Cave B2, Vermilion City and Pallet Town by both Surfing and using the Super Rod.
Tentacruel can be found at Abandoned Ship B1 by both Surfing and Fishing in Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. In Fire Red and Leaf Green, Tentacruel can be found on One Island, Bond Bridge, Green Path, Five Island, Five Isle Meadow, Icefall Cave 1F, Kindle Road, Memorial Pillar, Treasure Beach, Outcast Island, Resort Gorgeous, Tanoby Ruins and Trainer Tower.
Tentacruel can be found on Routes 205 South, 213, 218-224, 226 and 230, along with Pastoria City, Fuego Ironworks, Valley Windworks, Sunyshore City, Pokémon League, Iron Island and Canalave City in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, all by Surfing. Tentacruel can also be found on Route 212 South in Platinum. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Tentacruel can be found at Routes 12, 13, 19-21, 26, 27, 32, 40, 41 and 47, along with New Bark Town, Cherrygrove City, Union Cave, Cianwood City, Olivine City, Whirl Islands, Cinnabar Island, Vermilion City and Pallet Town all by Surfing but some areas also include the possibility of finding one using a Super Rod.
In Pokémon X and Y, the only way to obtain Tentacruel is to evolve a Tentacool. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it can be caught in the wild at Routes 124-134, Mossdeep City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Seafloor Cavern, Shoal Cave, Victory Road and the Battle Resort by Surfing.
Tentacruel makes appearances at Secret Storage 11 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Tentacruel can be found at Stormy Sea 31F-39F, Silver Trench 35F-44F and Far-Off Sea 21F-30F in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Tentacruel can be found at Miracle Sea B1-B18 & DPB1-B4, Bottomless Sea B1-B49 and Surrounded Sea B1-B20. Surrounded Sea is known as Enclosed Sea in Explorers of Sky with the same floor range. While Tentacruel is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, the only way to obtain one is to evolve a Tentacool.
Tentacruel can be found in the Sea of Wailord in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Tentacruel can be found in the Eastern Sea Undersea Cavern, inside the Dark Room and Bottom Right Dark Room.
Tentacruel can be found at Sunny Seashore Beach 4-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Tentacruel is listed in seven sets and the Southern Islands mini-set. It is listed as an Uncommon Card in the Fossil, EX Hidden Legends, EX Legend Maker, Legends Awakened and Triumphant sets; and as a Rare Card in the Gym Heroes and Aquapolis sets.
In Tentacool and Tentacruel, an episode that has since been banned, a Wild Tentacool would have a barrel of Team Rocket's "Super Secret Stun Sauce" land on it, causing to evolve into a ginormous Tentacruel. It would proceed to lead an attack on the city, destroying the hotel that was in construction over their habitat amongst other damage until the words from Pikachu and Misty got through to Tentacruel, ending the rampage.
A villain named Captain Crook would use Tentacruel to try and poach the same Wild Lapras that is also in the same family as Ash's Lapras in Viva Las Lapras. Not the only time that a criminal would utilize a Tentacruel, as Cassidy of Team Rocket would use her own Tentacruel in The Search For A Legend. Kim, Kai and Kail would also use Tentacruel for trouble-making purposes in Gotta Catch Ya Later! and Cerulean Blue.
A trainer named Fergus would appear with a Tentacruel in Mewtwo Strikes Back, which was subsequently cloned, with the clone making a subsequent appearance in Mewtwo Returns. Wild Tentacruel make an appearance in The Power of One and Zoroark: Master of Illusions, along with the Pikachu Short "Pikachu's Vacation."
Wild Tentacruel make appearances in Chapters 12 and 58. Koga would use his Tentacruel to assist Red and Blue in finding a shortcut to Ilex Forest in Chapter 176.
Archie would ambush Ruby with a Tentacruel at Sootopolis City, appearing in Chapters 264-267, and once again under disguise as Guile Hideout in Chapter 328.
Tentacruel resides in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. With a great defensive typing, solid bulk, and some great utility moves in Rapid Spin and Toxic Spikes, Tentacruel makes for a standout utility Pokémon that is the most reliable spinner in the tier. Since Tentacruel brings immense utility, it can find itself on many different team archetypes in the UU tier. It also has a good Speed stat for a defensive Pokémon and is not complete set-up bait with decent offensive prowess and the threat to burn an opposing Pokémon with Scald, which includes spinblockers like Doublade and Sableye that try to prevent it from getting rid of the entry hazards. It checks threats like Cobalion, Infernape, and Doublade relatively well, and a resistance to Fairy allows for it to check Florges and Sylveon pretty well. Moves like Haze and Acid Spray add to Tentacruel's utility, as the former allows for it to remove boosts against certain foes and the latter can make it so Tentacruel is not easy set up bait against bulkier Calm Mind sweepers and allow for it to break through troublesome Ghost-types like Sableye. It can even deviate from the normal defensive spinner set to run an offensive set that can break through some of its typical counters. However, Tentacruel does not have the best physical bulk, leading to it struggling against physical Fire-types like Entei, which can wear it down through Sacred Fire burns. It also is not as consistent against teams that utilize Spikes due to it being affected by the entry hazards itself and being worn down in the process if it cannot get past a Ghost-type like Sableye.
Tentacruel is also a viable option in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. With a defensive typing that allows it to check numerous threats such as Keldeo, Azumarill, and Clefable, Tentacruel is certainly capable of holding its own in the OU tier. Tentacruel is one of few Rapid Spin users that can beat Mega Sableye with Acid Spray and Scald to wear it down immensely. Tentacruel does suffer from having weaknesses to common attacking types, such as Electric, Psychic, and Ground. It also faces fierce competition as a Rapid Spin user from Starmie, which has access to reliable recovery in Recover, a better Speed tier than Tentacruel, and the ability to go offensive, but Tentacruel does offer some unique resistances and and lacks a Pursuit weakness.
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