Galvantula, The EleSpider Pokémon. They employ an electrically charged web to trap their prey. While it is immobilized by shock, they leisurely consume it. When attacked, they create an electric barrier by spitting out many electrically charged threads. It creates barriers from electrified silk that stuns foes. This works as a weapon as well as a defense.
Galvantula is one of the more interesting Pokémon coming into Gen 6, and it's all due to one new move: Sticky Web. This singular move turned Galvantula into a relevant threat early into the new generation, as per usual with New Toy Syndrome, and unlike other users of the move, Galvantula has Speed and actual offensive presence to actually threaten foes even after setting Sticky Web. Its unique Bug/Electric typing allows it to threaten any Magic Bounce Pokémon due to their tendency to be Bug-weak, while having the strong neutral coverage that Electric STAB offers. With Compound Eyes, Galvantula can also get away with firing off an accurate Thunder without rain, giving it a powerful STAB move with a nasty chance of paralyzing the foe, which really solidifies Galvantula's superior offensive presence when compared to other Sticky Web users. However, while Galvantula is by far the best Sticky Web user, the fact remains that Galvantula is not that amazing itself. It lacks a great deal of power despite having fairly accurate Thunder to boast about, and it's as frail as you might expect from an oversized spider which means it struggles to take hits unless it runs Focus Sash. In addition, Sticky Web is more or less the only reason to run Galvantula over another Electric-type due to its lackluster Special Attack, so this limits what Galvantula can really do effectively. It still remains as one of the more interesting Bug-types out there, but unfortunately without better stats, Galvantula unfortunately must settle with the fact that it's not strong enough to keep up with the biggest threats.
Compoundeyes: Raises the Pokémon's accuracy by 30%. This is Galvantula's best ability and the one you should expect every time, a more accurate Thunder is too good to pass up.
- Sticky Web
Sticky Web is the main reason to use Galvantula at all, an entry hazard that lowers the Speed of grounded foes makes it popular with teammates that have below average Speed so Galvantula will often try setting up with this early in the game. Thunder is Galvantula's primary STAB move and is more accurate thanks to Compound Eyes. The 30% chance to paralyze also allows it to potentially cripple a foe that resists Electric, making it more threatening to switch into since nothing likes being paralyzed. Bug Buzz is Galvantula's secondary STAB move and allows it to hit Grass-types that don't mind Thunder. It also hits Espeon and Mega Absol who might otherwise try switching into a Sticky Web, making it safer for Galvantula to set up Sticky Web despite these matchups. The last slot gives Galvantula a way to hit Ground-types harder, which is an advantage that the EleSpider has over other Electric-types. Giga Drain has great synergy with Life Orb to allow it to heal off recoil damage, though Energy Ball can be used for the extra power since Galvantula is unlikely to survive for very long.
The EV spread maximizes Galvantula's damage output while making it as fast as possible, and it's too frail to make any use of defensive investment anyway. Galvantula hits a solid Speed benchmark so Timid is the preferred nature, so that it can set Sticky Web against as many threats as possible. Life Orb boosts Galvantula's middling damage output so that it can actually pose an offensive threat, though Focus Sash guarantees it can survive and set up Sticky Web against faster threats. Compound Eyes is also necessary for Thunder to be reliable, and offers more use than any of its other abilities.
- Volt Switch is an option over Grass-type coverage so that Galvantula can maintain momentum after setting Sticky Web, though this is difficult to justify most of the time.
Galvantula's job is usually to set up Sticky Web and that isn't always answered by simply taking Galvantula down. Taking the oversized spider down isn't particularly difficult since it's incredibly frail, and since it isn't overly powerful, anything that can survive a hit can usually bring Galvantula down. Ground-types that aren't weak to Grass are solid answers, so Landorus-T, Gliscor, and even Gligar can switch into Galvantula comfortably assuming it doesn't carry Hidden Power Ice. Faster threats also threaten Galvantula from even getting Sticky Web up unless it runs Focus Sash, so Alakazam, Aerodactyl, Crobat and Choice Scarf Pokémon such as Chandelure can prevent Galvantula from doing anything unless it runs Focus Sash. In the event that Galvantula succeeds and sets up Sticky Web up, hazard removal can effectively make all of its efforts go to waste, especially if Galvantula goes down. Hazard removal from the likes of Latios, Latias, Excadrill, Salamence, Gligar and Mega Blastoise are all solid choices to completely negate Galvantula's attempts to set up Sticky Web for its team, though some of these do not enjoy dealing with Galvantula directly so they're better off waiting until after Galvantula switches out or has been KOed already. Galvantula is also easily walled by foes with high Special Defense, so threats like Blissey, Chansey, and Florges can comfortably switch into Galvantula and wall it all day thanks to their reliable recovery moves. While Galvantula may be the only remotely viable offensive Sticky Web setter, its insane frailty and lack of raw power make it simple to take it down. With effective hazard control on top of that, taking down this oversized spider is more or less as simple as using bug spray for those unwelcome guests in your backyard.
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