Palossand, The Sand Castle Pokémon. Possessed people controlled by this Pokémon transformed its sand mound into a castle. As it evolved, its power to curse grew ever stronger. Buried beneath the castle are masses of dried-up bones from those whose vitality it has drained.
Palossand is the Sun and Moons inanimate object ghost type following the Rotom trend. However Palossand is more defensive than its other versions boosting some nice defensive stats and decent defensive typing. However it`s no slouch in the offensive side having a really nice movepool to make use of its 100 base special attack as well as an interesting ability in Water Compaction.
Water Compaction - When hit with a water type move the users defense stat is raised by 2 stages - The better of Palossand`s two abilities, this allows for a high risk play in that if you survive the water move, Palossand is very hard to break through without special attacks
Sand Guardian, Guardian of the Sand
Palossand has just an wide enough move pool as well as a nice enough stat spread to make use of an assault vest to boost its average special defense to a level enough to allow it to be a strong pivot in NU, While its ground typing doesn't lend itself well defensively, its ghost typing does, allowing it to negate fighting moves giving it nice switch in options on fighting types like Hariyama. Once in Palossand functions similar to Abomasnow last generation in that once it gets in, its hard to switch into as its stab moves hit most pokemon in the tier for at least neutral damage. Giga Drain is the best move for its third slot as it allows for a method of recovery as assault vest prevents status moves so it cant use shore up but energy ball earns a mention as its got a little move base power if you really want. Last slot is for coverage, Hidden Power electric hits flying types that resist shadow ball while Sludge Bomb hits fairys that you check like Granbull.
Posiden Quivers Before Him
Palossand’s stats lend it to being a defensive pivot, allowing it to check physical threats in NU in tier such as Granbull, the Hitmon trio, and eviolite dragons. Shore up helps to maintain Palossand’s health so it cant be removed as easily while Toxic allows it to wear down threats it otherwise has a hard time answering as well as crippling sweepers and forcing switches. Earth Power and Shadow Ball round out the build for damage and coverage having pretty decent coverage struggling mostly with Flying types.
Other Options & Partners
-Rock Slide/Stone Edge - While Palossand has medicore attack compared to special attack, Rock Slide or Stone Edge are options as it creates the famous QuakeEdge Combo and is overall stronger for dealing with Flying types
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Palossand has had little notable success in large tournaments in VGC 2017. The ghostly sand castle does have, however, a moderate presence online on Battle Spot. While tough to use in a "best of 3" format at live tournaments, Palossand and its tricks can surprise an opponent in a single battle, especially if they have never seen it before. Typically alongside everyone's favorite sketch artist Pokemon, Palossand actually can become very difficult to take down as it accumulates boosts to its stats.
Size Matters Not
Ready to get boosting? Palossand's most common partner right now is Smeargle. Smeargle can learn Greninja's featured move, Water Shuriken, and by using it on Palossand with Compaction, quickly max out its defense within 2 turns. Even without Smeargle, Water Compaction is the preferred ability, unless running a sand team and you are feeling lucky. Water Shuriken will also activate Palossand's Weakness Policy. Max HP and special defense with a Sassy nature shores up (pun intended) the lower of Palossand's defensive stats, allowing it to take a special hit as well as it can before using Amnesia. The Sassy nature and a zero speed IV also lets Palossand be "fast" under Trick Room, since it is not outspeeding much normally anyway.
Earth Power and Shadow Ball are Palossand's two strongest STAB moves, and give decent coverage. Amnesia boosts special defense by two stages. Combined with the defense boosts from Compaction, Palossand can quickly become nearly impenetrable. Shore Up provides a form of recovery to improve its longevity.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Sand Veil can be considered on sand teams if you are not using the Water Shuriken trick.
Omastar - Omastar can scare off Palossand with its high power water moves but cant switch in or boost on it. However Palossand can’t one hit it in return if it runs a focus sash, which is common.
Locations in Games
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