Krenko’s Guide to Pokemon: Kabuto Line
It’s a Pokemon AND a hat!
Not quite a Horseshoe Crab and not quite a Trilobite, Kabuto is a pretty simple design that’s striking and effective. It’s just a shell with four little pointy legs and two red eyes, but that’s enough. It’s cool, it’s memorable, and it’s straightforward.
Kabutops, meanwhile, is just pure badassery. Based on an extinct creature called the Sea Scorpion, Kabutops was strongly reinvented and only bears a passing resemblance, but is still clearly some sort of prehistoric beast from before things were evolved into what they are today. Its flat head and huge pointy arms say that it’s only here to hunt and fight, and with a segmented body that clearly seems to be some sort of bug…
...Which is why it’s super weird that we see Kabutops’ skeleton repeatedly throughout Pokemon.
Look, I get that Pokemon biologies are fanciful and unique, but doesn't’ Kabutops clearly look like something with an exoskeleton? Look at its knees, its ankles, its hips, its shoulders. Nothing in there tells me that there’s a skeleton beneath, and everything tells me that it’s an arthropod of some sort.
Either way, I have a Kabutops-based theory: Kabutops appears to be a large arthropod with a humanoid shape and blades for arms. Kabutops lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Shiny Kabutops is green. Thus, I theorize that Scyther is a modern-day descendant of Kabutops. That is, Kabutops evolves into Scyther not in the Pokemon sense, but in the Darwinian sense.
The Best Art of a Dome Fossil I Could Find, by Ishmam
Like with Omanyte, Kabuto is Rock/Water. Similarly, this gives good type coverage and solid resistances. As Kabuto is more offensive than Omanyte, the coverage here matters a bit more than the resistances, but either way a double resistance to Fire is great, and a double weakness to Grass can be troublesome.
Kabutops’ stats come in at pretty average overall, and while its Defense stat is above average, a low HP stat evens that out, and it’s actively weak to Special Attacks. Offensively, Kabutops hits at 115 Attack, and its Speed sits at an average 80, which isn’t going to be winning any contests on its own. But that’s the key phrase here: On its own.
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Kabutops has the same three abilities as Omastar: Swift Swim, Weak Armor, and Battle Armor, but unlike Omastar, Kabutops isn’t here to take hits. Thus, while Battle Armor’s critical hit immunity and Weak Armor’s trade of defense for speed upon getting hit are both good, competitive Kabutops builds are generally going to be Swift Swim builds, aiming to outspeed and strike with powerful moves. Kabutops simply doesn’t have enough of anything good without Swift Swim active.
Art by Kisufisu, which sounds like something a Kabutops might say
Have I mentioned lately I love Swords Dance? It’s really all the setup most things need to start sweeping, and sure, it’s not Shell Smash but as long as Swift Swim’s up, you’re good.
Kabutops is generally going to use Waterfall as its main water attack, gaining the STAB bonus and hoping to Flinch what it can’t kill. Liquidation is also an option as it does a bit more damage, but its secondary effect isn’t as good.
Kabutops’ other main attack form is Stone Edge, which has 100 Power even before STAB, though its low accuracy can lead to some pretty embarrassing moments.
After that, there’s options. Aqua Jet, the water-type Quick Attack, is always good, and sometimes you just really want Rapid Spin on your team. For coverage, Kabutops can get Leech Life, Psycho Cut, Cross Poison, Super Power, or Knock-Off, all of which are great options depending on what your team needs to be able to fight.
Kabutops also has access to one of my personal favorite moves, Flip Turn, and though it sadly resets Swords Dance the ability to get damage in when you switch out a Pokemon is always helpful.
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Kabutops uncomfortably sits with a number of other Pokemon who are fine options but only when the weather’s up. Kabutops is a decent Rain Sweeper, but without Rain it’s too slow, not overly durable, and doesn’t do anything particularly special. Kabutops’ unique niche, though, is that most Swift Swim Pokemon are Special Attackers, and Kabutops is a Physical Attacker with good coverage. Thus, Kabutops makes a great addition to any Rain team, even alongside something like Omastar with the same types, using different coverage.
But without the rain? Without the rain Kabutops is weak to the point of being useless.
And I’m still confused about the bones thing.
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