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Sudowoodo Weaknesses and Counters in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Sudowoodo Weaknesses and Counters in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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You wouldn’t believe how many playground arguments I had growing up about Sudowoodo, specifically, on whether it was a Rock type or a Grass type. Kids would shout at me, “it’s a tree, so it’s Grass!” And then I’d show them my Game Boy as proof of its Rock typing, and they’d accuse me of hacking my cartridge. I guess all that bickering just proves that Sudowoodo is good at its job of imitating foliage. To prevent any further disagreements, here are Sudowoodo’s weaknesses and counters in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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As I mentioned previously, and contrary to what Charlie in third grade said, Sudowoodo is a pure Rock type Pokémon. As a pure Rock type, Sudowoodo’s resistances break down like this:

  • Resistant to: Normal, Flying, Poison, Fire
  • Weak against: Fighting, Ground, Steel, Water, Grass

While Sudowoodo doesn’t have a lot going on in the offensive department, its ability to take a punch is well-documented, compounded by defensive abilities like Sturdy and Rock Head. As such, using types that it isn’t explicitly weak against, while not necessarily dangerous, can turn into an unnecessarily lengthy battle of attrition. 

Sudowoodo Weaknesses and Counters in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Luckily, as is often the downside to being of pure typing, Sudowoodo has plenty of weaknesses to exploit. Sudowoodo’s particular blend of weaknesses makes Water and Steel type Pokémon like Empoleon or Dialga its mortal enemy. 

Strong Grass types like Carnivine, Tangrowth, or Torterra will also work, though be aware that Sudowoodo can use the Grass move Wood Hammer, which Ground types will be weak against.

Probably the least viable type of Sudowoodo’s weaknesses is Fighting. Don’t get me wrong, a good Fighting type like Lucario can bring home the bacon, but Sudowoodo can use a few Dark moves like Sucker Punch, so going with a Fighting type may be a bit of a gamble.

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Daniel Trock
Since the first time he picked up a controller as a child, Daniel has been a dyed-in-the-wool gaming fanatic, with a Steam library numbering over 600 games. His favorite pastime, aside from playing games, is doing deep dives on game wikis to learn more about their lore and characters.