A PvP Evaluation on Carbink… the BETTER Bastiodon?!

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Prepared for Bastiodon 2.0? Nicely prepared or not, right here it comes! CARBINK has sneakily made its strategy to Pokémon GO for many who have already bought the World GO Fest ticket. How good is it in PvP? Nicely, maintain onto your butts, people, as a result of the one abstract I must put right here on the high is that Carbink is actually, REALLY good and will impression Nice League instantly. Learn on for the small print!

CARBINK Stats and Strikes



Nice League Stats

Assault Protection HP
85 (84 Excessive Stat Product) 248 (251 Excessive Stat Product) 126 (127 Excessive Stat Product)

(Highest Stat Product IVs: 5-15-15, 1498 CP, Degree 49.5)

So the plain comparability, for a number of causes, is Bastiodon. Carbink is ever so barely inferior in bulk (Bastie averages barely much less Protection but additionally a couple of dozen extra HP) and stat product (Bastiodon outpaces it by about 100, 2760-something quite than Carbink's 2650-something). However these are quite minor quibbles… the High 4 Pokémon in Nice League by stat product are Chansey, Bastiodon, Blissey, after which Carbink, and the subsequent closest Pokémon (Umbreon) is about 200 behind that. Bastiodon and Carbink are shut sufficient that the slight distinction in bulk actually isn't an enormous issue.

The REAL distinction between them is the typing. Each are Rocks, in fact, however Bastiodon's Metal subtyping leaves it with 9 resistances (Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Psychic, Rock, Flying x2, Regular x2, and Poison x3), and solely three weaknesses, although two of them (Combating and Floor) are very famously double tremendous efficient. (The opposite weak spot is to Water.)

Carbink drops Metal in favor of a Fairy subtype. This does some good issues, like makes Combating harm deal solely impartial, which is a large distinction between it and Bastiodon. It additionally makes Floor harm solely a single stage of tremendous efficient, and retains the weak spot to Water. However the draw back is that Metal is generally an excellent defensive typing… a lot moreso than Fairy. Carbink is nonetheless left with extra resistances (six: Bug, Darkish, Hearth, Flying, Regular, and 2x to Dragon) than vulnerabilities (4: Floor, Water, Grass, and 2x to Metal), so it's nonetheless wanting good. Simply know that if it feels much less tanky as Bastiodon, it's rather more the inferior resistance profile than the precise stats.

The opposite distinction, in fact, is the strikes.

Quick Strikes

  • Rock ThrowRock kind, 4.0 DPT, 2.5 EPT, 1.0 CoolDown
  • Sort outRegular kind, 3.0 DPT, 3.0 EPT, 0.5 CD

Sort out is viable and MAY have extra use in sure Cup codecs, however 90% of the time, it's set-it-and-forget-it with Rock Throw. It's a greater transfer in practically each method, dealing 33% extra harm (and truly greater than even that, because of STAB) with solely a 17% drop in vitality technology as in comparison with Sort out.

The extra fascinating comparability, maybe, is to a transfer that Carbink doesn't even have: Smack Down, as a result of Smack Down is Bastiodon's quick transfer of selection. And it's a higher transfer, dealing the identical 4.0 Harm Per Flip as Rock Throw, however producing 2.66 Vitality Per Flip as a substitute of Rock Throw's 2.5 EPT. You possibly can quibble a bit on the truth that Rock Throw is a “sooner” transfer (with a 1 second/2 flip cooldown versus Smack Down's 1.5 second/3 flip cooldown interval), however that's unlikely to be seen as a lot because the (admittedly slight) distinction in vitality. As only one instance of that: if Carbink had the identical Stone Edge that Bastiodon does, Carbink would constantly be not less than one flip behind Bastie in firing Stone Edge off, as you can see in this example. Not an enormous distinction, however it IS one other small benefit to Bastiodon.

The place Carbink has the potential to tug forward, nonetheless, lies within the cost strikes.

Cost Strikes

  • Rock SlideRock kind, 75 harm, 45 vitality
  • MoonblastFairy kind, 110 harm, 60 vitality, 10% Likelihood to Scale back Opponent Assault -1 Stage
  • Energy GemRock kind, 80 harm, 60 vitality

Rock Slide shouldn't be a “higher” transfer than Stone Edge, having a worse Harm Per Vitality than Edge, which means principally you're getting much less harm to your vitality funding. BUT, I believe it's secure to say it might be a greater transfer for one thing caught with subpar vitality technology, like Carbink and Bastiodon are. Coming 10 vitality cheaper than Stone Edge means two much less Rock Throws. (It's 9 of them to hit precisely 45 vitality for Slide, and eleven to get to the 55 vitality required for Edge.) That distinction may be HUGE.

Conversely, Moonblast (and technically Energy Gem, however it's such a foul transfer in comparison with the alternate options right here that I gained't be mentioning it once more) is MORE costly than Bastiodon's typical protection transfer Flamethrower. However as a result of Rock Slide is so cheap, Carbink can get to a Rock Slide “bait” AND a followup Moonblast earlier than, say, Bastie can reach two 55-energy charge moves. So whereas Moonblast can really feel painfully sluggish, Carbink has greater than sufficient bulk to bait and STILL get to it in significant spots.

At the very least, in principle. What do the numbers say?

Carbink Pokémon: How to catch, Stats, Moves, Strength, Weakness, Trivia, FAQs


We will preserve this comparatively mild, since there's not likely a number of movesets and even a number of Leagues to have a look at. (Extremely League Carbink is not a thing, people!) So… you prepared? I'm undecided you might be, as a result of Carbink puts up even better numbers than does Bastiodon! (And sure, Bastie with Flash Cannon, as simulated there, quite than the extra customary Flamethrower IS placing its finest stubby foot ahead, because it beats every little thing Flamethrower can AND wins the mirror match.) Bastiodon's resistances enable it to outlast some issues that Carbink can not, corresponding to Azumarill, Cresselia, Toxapex, and Venusaur. However take a look at all that Carbink can try this Bastie can not: Medicham, Lanturn, Shadow Walrein, Vigoroth, Alolan Sandslash, Scrafty, Obstagoon, Protection Deoxys. That's a heck of an inventory of pickups, people.

And Carbink stays robust in different shielding situations as properly. With shields down, Carbink and Bastiodon are extra neck and neck, with Bastie remaining superior versus Grasses (Venusaur, Victreebel), Fairy harm (Cresselia, Azumarill), and issues like Toxapex (triple resisting Poison actually helps!), and Carbink as a substitute beating up Fighters (Medicham, DDeoxys, Scrafty, Obstagoon, Vigoroth, and now Toxicroak too!) and survives Shadow Walrein's Earthquake (not like Bastiodon) and pulling out the win there too. And extra of the identical in 2v2 shielding, with Carbink once more dealing with DDeoxys, Vigoroth, and Obstagoon, and Bastie remaining superior in opposition to Cresselia, Toxapex, Azumarill, Venusaur, and Victreebel. Once more, neck and neck, although I'd argue nonetheless benefit Carbink because of the additional wins that enable it to separate itself in 1v1 shielding.

And it might truly get a bit BETTER however getting a bit WORSE. Wait… what're you smoking now, JRE? Follow me.

Carbink is crazypants costly, identical to Bastiodon, having to be pushed principally all the best way to Degree 50 for many excessive rank specimens. Nonetheless, there IS a less expensive strategy to go: a 15-15-15 “hundo” Carbink, which hits a pleasant cool 1495 CP method down at Degree 41.5, a large financial savings in mud and XL Sweet. Usually that wouldn't be really useful, however what? Not solely does Carbink deal with this properly, however it may even be a bit higher for it. In 1v1 shielding, hundo Carbink maintains ALL the identical wins as the upper rank (and far greater stage) ones, and in 2v2 shielding and with shields down, it has a greater variety of wins! In each instances, it positive aspects Azumarill, and in 0shield it maintains all its different wins from earlier than. In 2v2 shielding, it additional positive aspects Alolan Sandslash and Dunsprace, although there's a tradeoff this time, with Protection Deoxys and Vigoroth slipping away. However nonetheless, it's fairly uncommon to see such a large hole between hundo (very low rank PvP IVs) and excessive rank IVs imply so little. I strongly advocate giving severe consideration to a hundo (or near-hundo) Carbink in the event you land one! Good luck, people.


Put merely, Carbink WILL have instant impression on any Nice League meta the place it's eligible, beginning now. Undecided if this may maintain, however PvPoke (whose rankings I belief greater than ANYone else on the market) has it arriving in Open Nice League at Rank #1 (!!!), knocking Registeel off its long-held throne. I gained't say it's strictly higher than Bastiodon, however I WILL say that its capacity to flip the “Fighters stop Bastie grinding” mythos on its head could be very intriguing, and it's one to control in future GBL codecs and even the Pokémon GO Championship Collection and Play! Pokémon tournaments. This may be essentially the most impactful addition we've needed to Nice League in fairly a while, and I don't suppose I'm exaggerating by saying that in any respect.

Gonna wrap it up proper right here, as I've TWO different in-progress analyses to get out the door: the brand new batch of Shadow Pokémon (nearly finished!) and a meta evaluate of Single-Kind Cup that we're going to have for again to again weeks! (Hopefully evaluation finished tomorrow, perhaps not till Friday.)

So till subsequent time, you may all the time discover me on Twitter with common evaluation nuggets or Patreon, in the event you're feeling additional beneficiant.

Good searching, people! Do keep secure on the market, and catch you subsequent time, Pokéfriends!

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