Garchomp uses the Sand Veil Ability, which increases its Evasion by one level during a Sandstorm. Its Hidden Ability is Rough Skin. Using this Ability, whenever an opposing Pokémon's attack makes physical contact, that Pokémon loses one-sixteenth of its HP.
Garchomp takes on the appearance of a bipedal land shark. The horns on its head resemble those of a hammerhead shark. It has a fin on its back, arms and fins on its tail, with spikes on its arms above the elbow, and on its legs above the knees.
A Male Garchomp has a notch in the dorsal fin on its back, a feature that Female Garchomp doesn't have.
The only way to obtain a Garchomp is to evolve a Gabite, which is consistent in all of its game appearances.
Garchomp appears at Hidden Land 1F-15F & I1F-8F and Shimmer Desert 3F-8F in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky. Garchomp is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Mystery Plains 12F-19F.
Garchomp has appeared as a Boss Pokémon twice in the Pokémon Ranger series. Garchomp is a Boss at Hippowdon Temple in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, and at the Altar Room in the Oblivia Ruins in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs. Garchomp also appears at the Dark Temple mission "Glowing Roads in the Darkness" in the Past, and can be obtained by defeating it and obtaining its Slate.
Garchomp appears within the Granite Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. To obtain it you'll have to obtain Mew, then battle Garchomp. In PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Garchomp can be found within the Crag Area's Colosseum. Battle it to befriend it, after which you'll be able to call it into battle.
The only way to obtain a Garchomp in Pokémon Conquest is to evolve Gabite.
Trading Card Game
Garchomp is listed in the Diamond/Pearl Promo and the Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Promo set as a Lv. X Card, and is also in Pokémon Organized Play Series 9 as a Rare Card. It is listed as an Uncommon Card in the Supreme Victors set, and as a Rare Card in the Mysterious Treasures, Supreme Victors and Dragons Exalted (2) sets. Garchomp is listed as an Ultra-Rare Card in the Majestic Dawn and Supreme Victors sets.
Almost all of Garchomp's appearances in the Anime have been with Cynthia, the Champion of the Sinnoh League, making its first appearance in the episode Top-Down Training!, and most recently in the episode All For The Love of Meloetta.
Garchomp's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
In Generation VI, Garchomp resides in the Overused (OU) tier. With the Sand Veil ability banned from standard competitive play, Garchomp is no longer the broken force it once was back in Generation IV. However, it is still a massive threat in the tier, providing strong offensive prowess and surprisingly good defensive prowess to the table and is one of the best Pokemon in the tier. Garchomp is an incredibly versatile Pokemon, capable of performing numerous roles due to its high 130 base Attack, nice speed tier, and ability to sweep with Swords Dance, wallbreak with a Life Orb or Garchompite, or provide utility with Stealth Rock. Garchomp's best set is a Swords Dance + Life Orb set that allows for it to go full force offensively with its STABs and Fire Fang to hammer Skarmory brutally hard when boosted. Garchomp can take an offensive route as a support Pokemon with full investment in Attack, acting more like a suicide lead for hyper offense teams. Garchomp is also capable of running a more defensively oriented set with Stealth Rock and Dragon Tail. Garchomp's ability Rough Skin along with Rocky Helmet allows it to punish physical attackers like Mega Lopunny, Bisharp, and Talonflame with a major amount of residual damage. If one wants to sweep with Garchomp, it can run a Substitute + Swords Dance set with its great overall coverage that it gets from its STABs while Substitute blocks it from Intimidate and Will-O-Wisp. One can take a mixed attacker route to have Garchomp tear apart and surprise defensive cores with Draco Meteor and Fire Blast to weaken physically defensive walls like Landorus-T or roast Steel-types like Skarmory and Ferrothorn. Garchomp can use a Life Orb or choose to opt for its Mega Evolution, Mega Garchomp, when taking the mixed attacker route. Lastly, Garchomp can use its classic Choice Scarf set to perform as a nice revenge killer and pick off weakened threats. Garchomp's only real downfall is its big weakness to Ice, which allows Electric-type Pokemon like Mega Manectric and Raikou to take advantage of the weakness with a Hidden Power Ice. Garchomp also struggles with defensive Pokemon that are fully capable of walling it, although Garchomp can find its way around many of those defensive Pokemon with the right set.
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Transfer Only Z-Moves
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Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Whirlpool (Heart Gold/Soul Silver Only)
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