First off, we need to preface this post by saying: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokémon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the twelfth of 22 “episodes” by Redonkulous Gaming. We will provide overviews of all the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Croagunk
- Health Pool: 540 HP
- Pokémon Type: Speed
- Play-Style: Poisonous
- Speed: great
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Support Focused
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
Croagunk is a set-up-style attacker who relies heavily on imposing negative status effects on his opponents. He has great speed in field and duel phase and is surprisingly strong when attacking from the air. Croagunk’s special attacks and power ups balance the randomness of positive and negative status effects. Your goal is to keep negative status effects on your opponents, steal the positive ones, and use (DOWN+A) in duel phase to deal big damage if you have balanced status effects properly.
Croagunk has a solid skill tree available to him for both phases. (A,A,A) will have Croagunk perform Poison Stink, which can be performed in either phase. If you hold and charge (A) and release it, a random status effect will impose Croagunk for better or worse and his synergy gauge will fill slightly. (FORWARD+A) will perform Poison Jab which causes a negative status effect to your opponent at random.
In duel phase, Croagunk also has a powerful counter ability for enemies who attack from above. By pressing (UP+A) you will perform Foul Play and if the attack lands, you will counter the enemy and decrease their defense while increasing Croagunk’s attack power.
Croagunk does have a good grab (B+Y) attack, but just like all fighters, it can be easily countered, so use with caution.
To be effective with Croagunk you must ensure positive status effects for you and negative status effects for your opponent. Mastering these combos will help you maintain status effects appropriately in conjunction with your special moves mentioned above. As a faster fighter, take advantage of field phase to properly set up combos in duel phase. Any status effects applied in field phase will ensure duel phase works in your favor.
FROM MIDAIR (Y)(Y,Y,Y,Y) to jump down and slap the opponent around with your salamander hands and end it with the Thief ability to steal any positive status effects and synergy gauge. Another effective and simple combo to use from midair is (UP+X)(Y,Y,Y)(A,A,A) to perform a critical attack and control your opponent by consecutively thrashing them while they are in the air and ending it with a negative status effect.
Try the below sequence when you have the opening and you will chain a couple of weaker attacks and jump and perform a poisonous shot which will give your opponent yet another status effect.
If you are utilizing Croagunk’s buddy, Croagunk, as support, then use this combo and take advantage of the Support Cheer to maximize it’s use:
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Croagunk stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: Croagunk is pretty fast, but his synergy phase left us wanting more. The best part about his synergy phase is that it’s easier to get negative status effects up on your opponent. We give him a 7 here.
- Coolness Factor: Croagunk is a blue salamander thing that appears to be on fire during synergy phase. We give him a 6 on the coolness scale.
- Finisher: Croagunk’s finishing (ultimate) move is pretty average by itself. It does just about 200 HP damage, which is pretty close to the average norm. You can couple it with the combo below for some extra damage, and the end result is only about 50 HP additional damage. Croagunk gets a respectable 8 for his finisher when coupled with a combo.
In addition to your playable Pokémon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokémon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokémon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Croagunk: When the support Croagunk is summoned, he will attack anything that enters within his radius, but will not move unless provoked by your opponent. Time it properly as it will also reduce your opponents defense.
- Sylveon: Sylveon is helpful support as it will boost your defense and heal you for a small amount before departing the battlefield.
The choice is yours, so be sure to play around with other support options that fit your play-style!
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