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What are Gastrodon's weaknesses in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

A trainer encountering a wild Gastrodon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)
A trainer encountering a wild Gastrodon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)
Brandon Moore

Gastrodon is a popular competitive Pokemon that can be found in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

If you come across a Gastrodon, you may find your frustration increases with every round of a battle. Whether you are going against another trainer or taking one down in the wild, Gastrodon can be brutally tanky.

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Gastrodon, whether blue or pink form, is a Water/Ground-type Pokemon. This unique type combination makes it resistant to many types and weak to only Grass-type attacks.


Gastrodon's weaknesses in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A Gastrodon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)
A Gastrodon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)

If you plan on using an Electric-type attack against Gastrodon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl-- don't. It is completely immune. It also receives less damage from Steel, Fire, Poison, and Rock-type attacks.

Grass-type moves are the only ones that will deal supereffective damage. Every other type just deals regular damage. Grass-type attacks will do a little bit extra than normal, however.

The Water/Ground-typing that Gastrodon comes with means Grass-type attacks do 4x supereffective damage, since both of those types are weak to the Grass-type maneuvers.

A Torterra battling a Luxray in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)
A Torterra battling a Luxray in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)

This means the following Pokemon will be a good choice to take on Gastrodon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl:

  • Torterra and pre-evolutions
  • Roserade and pre-evolutions
  • Wormadam
  • Cherrim
  • Carnivine
  • Abomasnow and pre-evolution

Not every Pokemon that will succeed against Gastrodon is a Grass-type. There are several dreatures that can learn Grass-type attacks even if they have a different typing.

An example of Giga Drain in Sword and Shield. (Image via Game Freak)
An example of Giga Drain in Sword and Shield. (Image via Game Freak)

You may want to try some of these Grass-type attacks in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl to defeat Gastrodon:

  • Giga Drain
  • Leaf Storm
  • Energy Ball
  • Petal Dance
  • Solar Beam

Those are just a handful of Grass-type attacks among the 33 found in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Pairing it with a Grass-type creature will ensure ultimate damage.

They receive a Same Type Attack Bonus when using a Grass-type move, meaning the 4x supereffective damage will be paired with even more power coming from the Pokemon using the attack.


Edited by Mason J. Schneider

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