Gogoat, The Mount Pokémon. It can tell how its Trainer is feeling by subtle shifts in the grip on its horns. This empathic sense lets them run as if one being. They inhabit mountainous regions. The leader of the herd is decided by a battle of clashing horns.
Gogoat is certainly an interesting Pokémon. It is primed as a physically offensive Grass-type Pokémon, which isn't something you see all that often. While it was revealed along the premise of being able to ride it, sadly confined to Lumiose City, Gogoat is in fact a viable Pokémon and can be used to decent success. It has a nice rounded movepool and significant bulk so it can do incredibly well. While it has great physical fortitude and movepool, its Special is almost as good, just lacking the movepool, which is disappointing.
Sap Sipper: Attack is raised by one stage when the Pokémon is hit by a Grass-type move. User receives no damage from Grass-type attacks. - This is a handy ability, allowing you to switch in to Grass-type moves to get a decent boost. Unfortunately, Grass-type moves aren't that common.
Wake Me Up, Before You Gogoat
This is a standard set you'll see for Gogoat. Bulk Up will boost Gogoat's Attack to beautiful levels, and make its Defense something that is actually passable. If you manage to set up a couple of these, Gogoat will be nigh-on unstoppable. Horn Leech is a great move at Gogoat's disposal. While it's not overly powerful, it will automatically give you back half the damage inflicted. Earthquake is Earthquake and really needs no explanation while Milk Drink is a cool move that is only known by a couple of Pokémon, and heals Gogoat by 50% of its maximum. If you can start this by switching into a Grass-type move, Gogoat is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Gogoat Gadget Choice Band
Gogoat hits hard in general, this is a fact, so what you can do is run a Choice Band set to make it hit further. Switch into a Grass-type move at the start and you're even more powerful. Horn Leech has the STAB, and also helps Gogoat recover, which is especially nice to have on a move in a Choice set. Earthquake speaks for itself. Rock Slide hits hard, with a chance of flinching. For the final move, Wild Charge hits hard, but has recoil which may be at detriment to you, while Brick Break can break through screens, which is always beautiful. Payback also monopolises on Gogoat's lack of Speed, meaning it will have its power doubled if moving after the opponent.
Aerial Ace, Assault Vest, Bulldoze, Energy Ball, Leaf Blade, Substitute/Leech Seed, Surf
Double & Triple Battle Options
For a Pokemon that gives people rides, it's disappointingly slow, clocking in at base 68 speed.
- Horn Leech/Leaf Blade
If you're in a level 50 environment use 204 Speed, the goal being to outspeed max speed Tyranitar according to your nature (if you're Jolly, you'll outspeed all Jolly Tyranitar, unless they are holding a scarf and so on).
Your Grass STAB is up to preference. More damage and higher crit rate? Or lower damage at the cost of health being restored?
Sap Sipper is a great ability, but it's fairly situational, especially since Gogoat is already a Grass type, so only really inexperienced players will target it with a Grass Type attack. One could try and give Gogoat a partner with Petal Blizzard, but that's more or less putting a little too much faith into Gogoat in my opinion, especially when Mega Charizard Y exists.
Great partners for Gogoat would be Pokemon who lure in Grass Type attacks, but generally can pose a threat to flying types, like Talonflame, Swampert comes to mind immediately, but also some Rain teams would prefer to have a grass immunity rather than resistance, so Gogoat could fit in there too.
Overall, Goagoat's speed is its greatest let down, with some higher speed, it might be able to appreciate more of its movepool like Rock Slide or Swagger, moves that appreciate going first. Beyond that, Gogoat has a niche somewhere, but for now it is pretty overshadowed by fellow Grass Types.
Talonflame. Talonflame is the ultimate anti-Gogoat. Its Brave Bird and Flare Blitz will just utterly destroy any Gogoat, even one trained in Defense. It's just the thing that Gogoat fears at night. It acts like the bird has grabbed the goat off the mountain and dropped it. Alternatively, just pummelling it with physical Flying-type moves or Fire-type moves in general. Burning a Gogoat is a good option, as well, since it shuts down most Gogoat sets
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