Dewpider Guide: How This Bubble Pokemon Causes Trouble

Dewpider, the water bubble Pokémon, is a Water/Bug-type Pokémon introduced in the Seventh Generation. It is the pre-evolution of Aquaranid.

Dewpider and its evolution, Aquaranid, is based on the Diving bell spider or water spider. This spider can only live in the water. Dewpider shares the capability to only breathe in the water with the water spider; that’s why it uses a water bubble to breathe in the land.

Dewpider is really small, measuring only 0.3 m in height and having 4 kg of weight. It has a grey body and head and six green legs, using three to maintain the bubble on its head and the other three to walk. But, despite being so small, it can learn some interesting attacks like Surf, Liquidation and Waterfall.

Dewpider’s name comes from the combination of Dew and Spider.

Dewpider Summary of Appearances in Pokémon Versions and Media (Games, Anime, Movies)

In the games, you can find Dewpider:

  • Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon: in Brooklet Hill, only in the day. You can find it while surfing or walking.
  • Sword and Shield: Route 5, Motostoke Riverbank, Stony Wilderness, Rolling Fields, Dappled Grove, West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, Bridge Field, Lake of Outrage, and Dusty Bowl.

Dewpider has a special episode dedicated entirely to it in the anime, named Dewpider Ascending! A Dewpider explores the lands, searching for a new home when it meets Lana, sticking with her through the whole episode. It finally got a new home near the Pokémon School. In the same episode, you can see a pack of Dewpiders with an Aquaranid in the water.

Dewpider hasn’t appeared in the manga. Dewpider has 6 different cards in the TCG, appearing in Sun & Moon, Burning Shadows, Ultra Prism, Forbidden Light, Unified Minds and Cosmic Eclipse expansions as a common card.

Dewpider Evolution Line: When Does Dewpider Evolve?

Dewpider

Dewpider can evolve into Aquaranid at level 22 and Aquaranid doesn’t evolve.

Dewpider Stats

Dewpider is weak. Nonetheless, it has a part in the LC (Little Cup) tier. Its better stat is its Special Defense and Defense, but it also can have a good Attack and Special Attack. Dewpider is really slow, but you can use it as a Lead to start battles with it and its strategy.

Abilities

Dewpider can have the following abilities:

  • Water Bubble: This ability halves the damage dealt by a Fire-type attack on the user and doubles the damage dealt by a Water-type attack from the user of the ability. Water Bubble can also heal the burns of a Pokémon if it gets burned by its rival.
  • Water Absorb (As a hidden ability): If the user gets hit by a Water-type attack, the attack will not affect it. It also will get healed by a quarter of its maximum HP. If the user is full HP, the Water-type attack will do nothing.

Natures

Dewpider, as well as its evolution, Aquaranid, are Special Defenders. It can have good Defense stats too. By its form, you could think Dewpider should be pretty quick and have good Speed stats, but that’s not the case; the explanation of this is can probably because it is fighting on the surface while it is a water Pokémon.

Nonetheless, we don’t recommend buffing only Dewpider’s Special Defense; after evolving, Aquaranid can be an excellent Special Attacker or having a good Speed. Knowing that we recommend using natures that increases its Speed or its Special Attack. So, these are the natures we recommend:

  • Timid (Increases Speed, reduces Attack)
  • Hasty (Increases Speed, reduces Defense)
  • Jolly (Increases Speed, reduces Special Attack)
  • Naive (Increases Speed, reduces Special Defense)

Think of Hasty or Timid as your main options. It’s better to avoid Jolly because we want a Dewpider that can be quickly and harmful with Special Attacks.

  • Modest (Increases Special Attack, reduces Attack)
  • Mild (Increases Special Attack, reduces Defense)
  • Quiet (Increases Special Attack, reduces Speed)
  • Rash (Increases Special Attack, reduces Special Defense)

Your better options can be Modest or even Mild. Don’t use Quiet because of the same reason why you shouldn’t use Jolly as Dewpider’s nature.

Stats

Dewpider stats are the following:

  HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
Base Stats 38 40 52 40 72 27
Favorable Nature 280 196 223 196 267 168

These stats make Dewpider a Special Defender, but as we said, you can use the Attack or the Special Attack to make it a good sweeper or use its Speed for using it as a Lead. We are using a strategy that makes Dewpider a Lead to the rest of its team to start a strategy with Sticky Web.

Dewpider only has 269 points, a pretty standard Pokémon considering it only has an evolution. Every time you defeat a wild Dewpider, it will give your Pokémon 1 EV in Special Defense.

Moves list per level (Gen 8)

Dewpider can learn the following moves through TM/TRs:

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Water Gun Water Special 40 100% 25
1 Infestation Bug Special 20 100% 20
4 Bug Bite Bug Physical 60 100% 20
8 Bite Dark Physical 60 100% 25
12 Bubble Beam Water Special 65 100% 20
16 Aqua Ring Water Status —% 20
20 Headbutt Normal Physical 70 100% 15
24 Crunch Dark Physical 80 100% 15
28 Soak Water Status 100% 20
32 Entrainment Normal Status 100% 15
36 Lunge Bug Physical 80 100% 15
40 Liquidation Water Physical 85 100% 10
44 Leech Life Bug Physical 80 100% 10
48 Mirror Coat Psychic Special 100% 20

Moves list per TM/TR

Dewpider can learn the following moves by leveling up:

TM/TR (GEN VIII) Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM21 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
TM24 Snore Normal Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Normal Status —% 10
TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15
TM28 Giga Drain Grass Special 75 100% 10
TM31 Attract Normal Status 100% 15
TM33 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
TM39 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM71 Wonder Room Psychic Status —% 10
TM72 Magic Room Psychic Status —% 10
TM76 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
TR04 Surf Water Special 90 100% 15
TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 90 100% 10
TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110 70% 5
TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 80 100% 15
TR18 Leech Life Bug Physical 80 100% 10
TR20 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
TR26 Endure Normal Status —% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 80 100% 15
TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status —% 15
TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 80 100% 20
TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 80 100% 15
TR61 Bug Buzz Bug Special 90 100% 10
TR84 Scald Water Special 80 100% 15
TR98 Liquidation Water Physical 85 100% 10

Dewpider Strengths

Dewpider Strenghts

Dewpider is a Water/Bug-type Pokémon, which means it is strong against the following types:

  • It gets only ½ of the damage against Steel-type.
  • It gets only ½ of the damage against Water-type.
  • It gets only ½ of the damage against Ice-type.
  • It gets only ½ of the damage against Fighting-type.
  • It gets only ½ of the damage against Ground-type.

Little Cup or LC is the Dewpider’s league. It gets used as a Lead, which means it will be first in a battle, and its work is to set a Sticky Web. It can do this since its ability, Water Bubble gives Dewpider a good advantage against those LC kings like Ponyta, Timburr, and any other Fire or Fighting-type Pokémon.

Thanks to Water Bubble, it can deal a lot of damage to its objectives with standard Water-type attacks, like Surf or Waterfall, and can leave its rival pretty damaged. Dewpider is a great counter to basically any Fire-type Pokémon or every single Pokémon whose strategy is to burn its rival. It can also win against those Ground-type or even some Rock-types only if it hits first.

Dewpider Weaknesses

  • It takes x2 damage against Electric-type.
  • It takes x2 damage against Rock-type.
  • It takes x2 damage against Flying-type.

Dewpider is weak against Rock-types, making Pokémon like Aron, Anorith, and Archen a problem to Dewpider. This is why Dewpider has to be used as a Lead since you don’t want to release Dewpider in a field with Stealth Rocks; it can potentially faint it.

Dewpider will struggle the most against Flying and Electric-types since it cannot learn attacks to counter those types. Fletching, Rookidee, Zubat, Wingull, Yamper, Toxel, Mantyke, Natu or Pichu will disable the Dewpider strategy since those Pokémon have a better Speed than Dewpider and can One Hit-KO it (This is why we recommend using Focus Sash on Dewpider).

Dewpider Moveset

Dewpider Moveset

This is Dewpider’s recommended moveset:

  • Sticky Web
  • Surf
  • Icy Wind
  • Giga Drain

With Focus Sash as its item, Water Bubble as its ability and Modest as its nature.

Evs: 52 HP / 20 Def / 196 SpA / 20 SpD / 220 Spe

Let’s explain all of this. First: its moveset. Sticky Web and Icy Wind are the key moves here. Dewpider’s only task is to do entry hazards controlling the Speed of its opponents and then holding on enough to deal damage or healing itself until it faints.

On the other hand, Surf is on its moveset to benefit from its Special Attack and its ability: Water Bubble. As we said, this ability doubles the damage of Dewpider’s Water-type attacks. And Giga Drain is on its moveset to try to give Dewpider a chance to hold on in the battle enough to slow all the Pokémon it can.

Now about EVs. We recommend those EVs to try to deal the most damage with Surf and the Water Bubble buffs while attempting to control the Speed of its opponents by being the first to have a move in the battle. And we recommend Focus Sash to handle a potential One Hit-KO in the case of Dewpider being slower than its rival.

You can use Dewpider if you are against a solid Fire-type Pokémon since it can disable the burning strategy thanks to its ability.

Now, Dewpider can work well with every single sweeper Pokémon that can buff themselves with Swords Dance or Nasty Plot for its companions. Just remember using Dewpider as the setter of the hazards and then release your sweepers to win the battle!

Dewpider in a video:

We can see here a Dewpider with a different strategy, in where it is using Choice Specs, full EVs on Special Defense and Special Attack and Water Bubble as its ability. You can clearly see that Dewpider is strong enough to handle a hit from a Legendary Pokémon as it is Necrozma while sweeping every single Legendary Pokémon that is in front of Dewpider.

In this video, we can see the Icy Wind/hazard setter Dewpider slowing its rivals while having a good team with it.

FAQs

Question: What is Dewpider based on?

Answer: Dewpider is based on a water spider, but with a bit of tweak since it has a water bubble on its head, making it capable of breathing in the water.

Question: In which tier can Dewpider battle?

Answer: Dewpider and every single baby Pokémon can battle on the LC or Little Cup tier.

Question: With which strategy can Dewpider better?

Answer: Dewpider can work, as well as most Bug-type Pokémon, with Sticky Web. Its strategy is to slow down and control the Speed of its opponents to set an excellent advantage to its opponents. You can also use Dewpider as a Special Attacker using its ability, Water Bubble, that doubles the damage of Water-type attacks.

Conclusion

Dewpider can surprise more than one person with its features. We consider this Pokémon one of the funniest to play with, and we highly recommend exploring the LC tier, not only with Dewpider but also with other good options out there. For sure, you’ll have a great time with Dewpider and its Sticky Web strategy, infuriating every single trainer you’ll get there. Good Luck with your battles!

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