First introduced in Generation 8 with the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Orbeetle can be a surprisingly strong and tanky Pokemon. Orbeetle is a defensive Pokemon with a decent special attack stat.
As a Bug and Psychic-type Pokemon, Orbeetle has good natural resistances. Orbeetle takes reduced damage from Fighting, Ground, Grass, and Psychic-type moves.
Is Orbeetle good?
Combined with its high base Defense, Orbeetle can be a good defensive wall for your party. Orbeetle excels in buffing your team with moves like Reflect and Light Screen. Its access to U-Turn allows it to set up buffs and switch out with other Pokemon in your party so they can demolish your enemies.
While Orbeetle isn’t that impressive on its own, it’s a solid option for utility. If you just want to use Orbeetle for the main storyline, it’s a great pick as Sword & Shield aren’t tough at all. But for competitive play, Orbeetle is solely lacking.
At least Orbeetle’s Gigantamax form turns it into a UFO which is cool.
For reference, here are Orbeetle’s base stats:
- HP: 60
- Attack: 45
- Defense: 110
- Special Attack: 80
- Special Defense: 120
- Speed: 90
- Total: 505
But every Pokemon has a weakness – including Orbeetle.
What is Orbeetle Weak Against?
As a Psychic and Bug-type Pokemon, Orbeetle is weak against Flying, Fire, Rock, Dark, Bug, and Ghost-type moves. Orbeetle takes 2x damage from these moves.
Players can use Flying-type Pokemon like Corviknight and Fire-type Pokemon like Flareon to heavily damage Orbeetle. These Pokemon benefit from the 50% STAB bonus when using moves that match their type, so they’re a great option if you want to beat Orbeetle quickly to tear through its high defenses.
Pokemon that know Fire and Flying-type moves like Flare Blitz and Drill Beak can also deal extra damage to Orbeetle.