Feraligatr

Feraligatr, The Big Jaw Pokémon. It intimidates its foes by opening its huge mouth. In battle, it will kick the ground hard with its thick and powerful hind legs to charge at the foe at an incredible speed. It is hard for it to support its own weight out of water, so it gets down on all fours. But it moves fast. When it bites with its massive and powerful jaws, it shakes its head and savagely tears up its victim.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Feraligatr would have to be this:

Attacks:

Earthquake
Rock Slide
Sword Dance
Hydro Pump / Surf / Substitute

Items Attached:

Leftovers OR
Salac Berry

Preferred Nature:

Naughty OR Naďve OR Jolly

Strategy Using Feraligatr

Generally the standard Feraligatr set up. It's able to deal out solid damage special based damage with STAB boosted Hydro Pump or Surf against the more common UU physical walls and with the aid of Sword Dance can sweep effectively. Substituting down to a Salac Boost is also a viable option.

EV Corner:

For sets that don't rely on a Salac boost:

EVs: 252 Atk / 192 Spd / 66 SAtk
Naughty Nature (+Atk, -SDef)

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 6 SAtk
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)

For sets that rely on a Salac boost:

EVs: 252 Atk / 192 Spd / 66 SAtk
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)

Other Optional Sets:

Feraligatr @ Leftovers
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 108 Atk / 58 Def / 20 Spd / 132 SAtk / 192 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Focus Punch
- Substitute
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam / Hidden Power [Bug]

Sub-Punch set up. Does decent damage on both ends of the spectrum. Lack of 101 Subs hurt this set somewhat. 20 Speed gives it enough to outrun Skarmory, Metagross [and other Base Speed 70 Pokémon] at their base, a minimal investment for something that may potentially save you. Ice beam if you're concerned about Salamences or HP Bug for Celebis.

Feraligatr @ Leftovers
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 66 HP / 192 Spd / 252 SAtk
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Surf
- Crunch
- Hidden Power [Grass]
- Ice Beam

Because surprise special sweepers are cool! Decent special attack and element of surprise combined with a passable special move pool make this set workable.

Other Optional Moves

Counter, Scary Face, Roar, Screech and Toxic have some potential on Feraligatr but are hard to find a single set to mix it with. Good HP and good Defence could allow for a huge chunk of HP to be taken with Counter. Scary Face, Roar and Screech could be used alongside triple layers of Spikes for switching damage, Screech especially could also be used in conjuncture with Focus Punch, same could be said for Scary Face but to a lesser extent, since the loss of Speed isn't always as threatening as opposed to the loss of defence. Toxic can be used to shift some of the bulkier water types.

Strategy Against Feraligatr

As with most physically based water types sweepers, they can deal solid damage to both physical and special walls. Bulky grass-types (such as Meganium and Celebi) can do a passable job of walling it and have the offence to scare it off. Breloom resists every move on the standard set but doesn't truly have the defences to handle repeated abuse. The likes of Venusaur and Cradily can fall under the category of bulky but their lack of EQ resistance hurts. Without Hydro Pump (or Ice beam), Flygon and Claydol can freely wall it's Earthquakes and Rock Slides. Faster electric types can force a switch if they are placed in smartly (on a Sword Dance usually), main examples of such Pokémon being Zapdos, Jolteon and Manectric.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Feraligatr would have to be this for the Beauty Contest best with Modest, Mild, Rash or Quiet Nature:

Attacks:

Water Pulse
Hail
Ice Beam
Blizzard

Items Attached:

Blue Scarf

Strategy Using Croconaw

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Ice beam, 2nd - Hail, 3rd - Blizzard, 4th - Hail, 5th- Blizzard

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Trade from EColXD(R/S), Evolve Croconaw (Emerald)

Colosseum/XD

Evolve Croconaw

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from EColXD

Animé Appearences

Feraligatr has had a few Animé Appearences. First it was seen in a Sumo Contest and battled against Ash's Snorlax. After that, Misty battled one in the Whirl Cup. The rest are cameos

Episode 196: The Ring Masters!
Episode 219: The Perfect Match!
Episode 291: Gonna Rule The School!
Chronicles 9: The Blue Badge of Courage!
Chronicles 19: Of Meowth & Pokémon!
Chronicles 20: Trouble In Big Town!

 
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