Tuesday, 8 February 2011
An in-depth look: Stealth Rock
So what is Stealth Rock or SR for short? Well you may have heard the name somewhere before but let me explain what this move does exactly and why it's so important in the Pokemon metagame.
Let's start by the description of SR in the actual game.
" The user lays a trap of levitating stones around the foe. The trap hurts foes that switch into battle."
Why is that important you might ask...
Stealth Rock is unique among the Spiking moves because the amount of damage inflicted upon switching in is affected by type effectiveness.
0.25× effective = 3.125%
0.5× effective = 6.25%
1.0× effective = 12.5%
2.0× effective = 25%
4.0× effective = 50%
So lets say I want to switch in my Moltres (Fire/Flying) and Stealth Rock is set-up, I'd lose HALF OF MY HP (as both Fire and Flying are weak to rock) just by switching in...
Now you can see why this move centralises the metagame and is an extremely important asset of any team. Not to mention the move is a TM and a large number of Pokemon can learn it so it'd be rare to come across a team that doesnt use this move.