NFE SpDef RestTalk (Mudbray) @ Eviolite
EVs: 240 HP / 252 SpD / 16 Spe
- Heavy Slam
- Sleep Talk
- Choice Band
- 244 HP / 176 Def / 80 SpD / 8 Spe (Careful)
- 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe (Jolly)
Overview: Mudbray is a reasonably good offensive Stealth Rock setter or setup wincon. With good defensive and offensive stats and Stamina, Mudbray can consistently set up Stealth Rock and act as a defensive check to physical threats such as Alolan Grimer, Metang, Klang, and Pawniard. The RestTalk set also sets up relatively well on these Pokemon. However, a lack of reliable recovery and weaknesses to the very prevalent Grass- and Water-types in the tier make it very easy to wear down. It is also somewhat outclassed by Marshtomp as a bulky Ground-type Stealth Rock setter.
Offensive Rocker: Earthquake hits Fire-, Poison-, and Steel-types such as Monferno, Alolan Grimer, Mareanie, Metang, and Pawniard very hard and hits most frail neutral targets hard. Rock Slide hits Earthquake-immune Flying-types such as Staravia, Vullaby, and Rufflet for good damage. Close Combat provides good coverage for Dark-types such as Krokorok. It also hits Ferroseed harder than Earthquake and hits Magnet Rise users such as Klang hard. Heavy Slam hits Fairy-types such as Clefairy and Togetic very hard. This set typically forces out Fire-, Flying-, Poison-, and Steel-types such as Monferno, Alolan Grimer, Combusken, Pawniard, Metang, Klang, Togetic, and offensive Staravia and can either get up Stealth Rock or threaten the switch-in.
SpDef RestTalk: The specially defensive RestTalk set acts as a late-game wincon against weakened teams. This set is capable of tanking special hits from the likes of Clefairy, Electabuzz, Kadabra, defensive Togetic, Prinplup, and Wartortle while accumulating Defense boosts from a multitude of non-setup physical attackers in the tier. Rest recovers all HP while Mudbray sleeps for two turns and Sleep Talk ensures Mudbray is not setup fodder for the turns it is asleep.
Checks and Counters: Bulky Grass-types such as Servine, Quilladin, Tangela, and Gloom can comfortably switch into Mudbray, recover any damage incurred, and then threaten it with their Grass-type STAB attacks. Bulky Water-types such as Marshtomp, Prinplup, and Wartortle can tank hits from Mudbray and threaten out non-Rest sets with their Water-type STAB attacks or Toxic. In addition, Servine, Prinplup, and Wartortle all come in on Mudbray fairly easily and can instantly remove the Stealth Rock with Defog or Rapid Spin. Bulky physical walls like Staravia and Dusclops can also switch into and pivot around Mudbray, or Haze all defensive boosts. Strong offensive Pokemon such as Frogadier cannot switch into Mudbray but hit it hard.
Optional EVs/IV(s): An alternative spread of 244 HP / 176 Def / 80 SpD / 8 Spe with a Careful nature is also viable for the Earthquake, Heavy Slam, Rest, and Sleep Talk set. This set gives up some special bulk in exchange for being able to better tank and act as a wincon against physical threats such as Machoke, Monferno, Pawniard, and offensive Staravia. It can also tank physical Z-Moves from the aforementioned threats. However, it is easier to chip and break on the special side. Most notably, it is always 3HKOed by Choice Specs Electabuzz and Focus Sash Kadabra. It is also almost guaranteed 2HKOed by Hex Haunter while Mudbray is sleeping.