What are Gastrodon's weaknesses in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl?

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Sinnoh's Pokémon League Champion Cynthia has a wide variety of Pokémon on her team when players first battle her. Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl kept Cynthia's team relatively the same as the original 2007 games, making the battle just as difficult as it was back then.

When researching his team, players may notice an inconsistency. Cynthia employs two Water-type Pokémon, Milotic and Gastrodon. Milotic is a standard Water-type while Gastrodon has the secondary Ground-type to make them even harder to take down. For any gamers stuck on Cynthia's Gastrodon or just want some tips on getting it passed out, keep reading below.



Gastrodon's Weaknesses in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl

Gastrodon is the evolved form of Shellos. (Photo: Game Freak)

Since Gastrodon is Water and Earth, it has one glaring weakness and counter: Grass-type Pokémon. Grass is four times effective against Gastrodon and by far the most useful move you can use in battle against the Pokemon.

You're mostly limited to Grass-type moves, as the Electric weakness on Water-types is negated by Gastrodon's Ground-type. A Pokémon like Torterra is a great option if you picked the Turtwig starter at the start of Pokémon Sparkling Diamond or Sparkling Pearl.

If you haven't, then the next best option is Roserade. Roserade's Poison typing isn't great against Ground, so you'll only want to use moves like Giga Drain, Energy Ball, Solarbeam, or Magical Leaf. You can also use Roserade on Toxic Spike Cynthia's team or use Toxic on Gastrodon to make him faint faster.


Gastrodon is sensitive to Grass-type moves. (Photo: Game Freak)

If your party lacks Grass types, you can use the free Mew if you decide to train it. Mew can learn any move in the game, including some powerful Grass-type TMs. The free Manaphy given to you through the mystery gift system can also learn certain grass moves, including the grass knot.


In short, any Grass-type move is very effective against Cynthia's Gastrodon in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl.


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