Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were released on November 19, 2021, and player interest is still going strong. One Pokémon which continues to cause trouble for gamers of the newest Pokémon installment is Bastiodon. So what are Bastiodon’s weaknesses, and what are the best counters to the fossil Pokémon?
It’s no surprise that Bastiodon would cause trouble for players in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as it is literally classified as a shield Pokémon. If nothing else, Bastiodon is a defensive wall that can make it difficult to take down but not impossible when employing its weaknesses.
Bastiodon’s Weaknesses in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
While being a living shield, Bastiodon boasts a top 15 maximum defensive stat, ranking at number 11 in the list of most defensive Pokémon. Its defense may be incredibly high, but that’s at the cost of its offensive stats.
Bastiodon is a Rock/Steel-type Pokémon, making its weaknesses Fighting, Ground, and Water-type moves. Using a Fighting or Ground-type move would be ideal as they are both super-duper effective. These types of moves basically deal out 2x the amount of damage regularly when paired with Bastiodon’s combined weakness becomes 4x the damage. Although a water-type move will also play against the shield Pokémon’s weakness, these types of moves remain at the standard 2x damage.
Below is a list of a few Pokémon and their moves that would deal some major damage to Bastiodon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl:
- Lucario – Counter, Aura Sphere
- Garchomp – Mud Shot, Earth Power
- Machamp – Counter, Dynamic Punch
- Golem – Mud-Slap, Earthquake
The Rock/Steel-type Pokémon does not have the attack power to strike back once it has suffered a major health deficit. Playing on Bastiodon’s weaknesses will definitely result in a win against the Pokémon. Its high defensive stat may mean the battle lasts longer than usual, but with patience, trainers can take down Bastiodon.