Gigalith

Gigalith, The Compressed Pokémon. Compressing the energy from its internal core lets it fire off an attack capable of blowing away a mountain. The solar energy absorbed by its body's orange crystals is magnified internally and fired from its mouth.

Overview

Gigalith.. Gigalith is something else. Actually its not really something else, its just another bad Rock type. Its stats are good (besides speed) but it doesn't really do much. Its like a Tyranitar without any of the good parts. Hey at least its sort of bulky. It can drop a powerful Stone Edge from time to time and I guess Explode. Too bad Explosion is much weaker this generation. Still 85 / 130 / 70 is solid defensively, especially with Sandstorm protecting you further. Gigalith also looks really cool. Its shiny form rocks... get it? ROCKS. Because Gigalith is a.. ok I'll stop.

Abilities

Sturdy: Makes you immune to OHKO moves and if you are at full health guarantees you survive any hit with at least one HP. Pretty useless on something as bulky as Gigalith. The best use Sturdy has is making all those Roggenrola in Wellspring Cave incredibly annoying.
Sand Force: Boosts Rock / Ground / Steel moves by 33%. This is actually a great ability on Gigalith. Sandstorm increases Gigalith's Special Defense by 50% and now even adds 33% damage to its primary moves. Pretty cool as this gives the rock some nice overall stats. Unfortunately Sand Force is still a hidden Dream World ability. It's not released yet so I guess we all have to make due with Sturdy until then.

Movesets

Why it's sedimentary, my dear Wattson.

- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Explosion / Heavy Slam / Rock Blast
- Stealth Rock / Toxic
Item Attached: Choice Band
Ability: Sturdy / Sand Force
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

Ok lets face it. Gigalith is terrible. Its stats are nice but typing is bad, and movepool is worse. It does have two useful abilities for a slow bulky Choice Bander though. Sturdy guarantees survival of at least one move meaning you can stay in against that Lucario or Politoed and blow them away. Sand Force is also usable as it boosts your main attacks significantly. Stone Edge is so strong in Sand that it can actually 2HKO Skarmory! Earthquake is nice to put those arrogant Steel types in their place while Explosion is good to go out with a bang. It no longer halves the opponent's defenses but it's still a respectable 250 base power attack, more than enough to OHKO something moderately tough, or even tear half the HP off something that resists it. Heavy Slam is another option that puts the pain on.. well not much. Stone Edge + Earthquake cover most things. Heavy Slam is only really usable for Breloom. Rock Blast can break through Substitutes but otherwise is usually weaker than Stone Edge (unless all five hit in a row). The last slot is filler. Gigalith's movepool really sucks. Stealth Rock is always a good move but Toxic can catch a Quagsire or Tangela with deadly Poison.

My pun skills shale in comparison to yours.

- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Explosion
- Stealth Rock
Item Attached: Custap Berry / Lum Berry
Ability: Sturdy
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

Notice something about this set? Yeah, its the same as the previous one. Gigalith's movepool is THAT bad. The item and slight move changes make this better to be used as a suicide lead set. Set up Stealth Rocks, attack a few times, then when you reach 25% or less health Custap Berry will activate letting you go first with a nightmare causing Explosion. Sturdy guarantees you will survive an attack while Custap Berry will activate immediately after. Lum Berry is another option to help ward off Sleep and Burn. Sturdy is used here over Sand Force as you are leading, and thus not have Tyranitar or Hippowdon (or Hippopotas!) to set up any sand.

Don't take Gigalith for granite

- Curse
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Rest / Explosion
Item Attached: Chesto Berry / Leftovers
Ability: Sand Force
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)

Gigalith has pretty good defenses and with Sandstorm this is even better. So good in fact that Super Effective Hidden Powers won't slow him down. What sets Gigalith apart from other Cursing Rock types is Sand Force. With no Attack EVs Sand Force boosts Gigalith's Attack to around 400 making its attacks sting after just one Curse. You do so much damage that after one Curse even Skarmory can not stop you (well not easily anyway). Stone Edge + Earthquake create the "edgequake" combination that hits most Pokemon at least neutrally. Rest is used in the last slot to keep Gigalith alive in longer games. Only use Rest with Chesto Berry though, as Resting without Chesto usually means Gigalith just ends up getting KOed soon after.

EVs & Natures

Gigalith
On most sets Brave with max Attack and HP is best. You are too slow to invest in speed. The Curse set runs max Special Defense and HP to take advantage of the Sandstorm boosting it's Special Defense. Sassy boosts Special Defense while lowering your speed. Lower speed means you potentially do better if your opponent uses Trick Room and so you take less damage from Gyro Ball.

Other Options

Very, very little. Gravity, Rock Slide, Bulldoze, Hidden Power Ice and... uhh.. Yeah, that's pretty much it.
Gravity boosts the accuracy of Stone Edge and lets Earthquake pound levitating Steels like Skarmory and Bronzong. Gigalith usually has a spare moveslot so its worth considering.
Rock Slide is a weaker, more accurate Rock STAB. Its not really worth using over Rock Blast though as they have the same accuracy and Rock Blast outdamages Rock Slide most of the time. You are hilariously slow so the Flinch chance is useless.
Bulldoze slows down whatever it hits, but you are so slow this doesn't really help much. You can use it to hit incoming counters witha speed drop that can help an ally but it won't do much for you.
Finally Hidden Power Ice can be used to lure in and weaken Gliscor, but runs off Gigalith's low 60 base Special Attack and doesn't really do much else.

Double & Triple Battle Options

None. If you're using Gigalith its probably as a joke. Gigalith is so slow it's not really useful in doubles. Anything it could do like Rock Slide spam in Trick Room or Explosion + Ghost are done better by others.

Partners

Hippowdon / Hippopotas (depending on what tier you play) gives Gigalith a 50% boost in Special Defense due to their abilities, Sand Stream. It also damages non Steel / Ground / Rock types so you can chip away more at Water / Grass / Fighting types. It also gives you a power boost if you can use Sand Force. Tyranitar also brings on permanent Sand but it shares Gigalith's Fighting / Water / Grass / Ground weakness. If fact Tyranitar itself should be mentioned as it does pretty much everything Gigalith does but better. Fighting resisting Dragons like Latios, Salamence or Altaria resist Gigalith's weaknesses while the rock is tankish enough to survive most Ice / Rock / Dragon attacks in sand despite not resisting them.

Countering Gigalith

Hit it with your strongest Water / Grass / Fighting / Ground attacks and it will fall quickly. Its very, very slow so it won't even sweep you. Bulky Ground types like Hippowdon and Quagsire fear nothing besides the rare Toxic and can dispatch Gigalith with a STAB attack. Defensive Virizion also resists pretty much anything Gigalith can do and runs it back into the ground with any of its STAB moves. Really the only thing Gigalith does is use Stealth Rock and spam Stone Edges so if you can handle that without being OHKOed you're probably a counter.

Pre-Evolution Corner

Pre-Evolution

- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Autotomize
- Explosion
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Sturdy / Sand Force
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 236 Atk / 236 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

In Little Cup Roggenrola, unlike its evolution, is able to make a slight niche for itself. Not having any 4x weaknesses is great ina tier where Super Effective priority moves run rampant. The concept is simple. Autotomize for a boost in speed, then sweep. Roggenrola reaches 24 speed after a boost meaning it will outrun all non Choice Scarfed Pokemon in the tier. After taking down as much as you can hit Explosion and incinerate anything that doesn't resist it.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Not in game .

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Not in game.

Colosseum/XD:
Not in game.

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Not in game

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Not in game

Black/White:
Evolve Boldore

Animé Appearences

Gigalith has made a few appearances, however most of these were simple cameos

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