The first member of Paldea’s Elite Four is making her debut in Pokémon Masters EX! Look forward to good ol’ Rika and her trusty Clodsire as they pair up to form a durable, tenacious sync pair that thrives at the center of battle. Rika & Clodsire are a Ground-type support sync pair that are not only adept at taking damage but also at sending plenty of punishment back their opponents’ way.

Case in point—after an opponent attacks Rika & Clodsire, their passive skill Take Hit: Opp 1 of 5 Stats ↓2 9 will lower at random that opponent’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, or Speed by two stat ranks. Additionally, their passive skill Team Triage Tank 9 will recover HP to all allied sync pairs each time Rika & Clodsire are hit by a damaging move, making them a strong choice against opponents with attack moves that hit all targets. They can also raise the Sp. Def of all allied sync pairs by two stat ranks with each use of X Sp. Def All, so be sure to bring them along against sync pairs that deal special attack damage.

In a battle of attrition, Rika & Clodsire are certainly in their element, but they have ways to accelerate victory, too. Their buddy move Rampant Mud Slap doesn’t deal a lot of damage, but it never misses, and it lowers the target’s accuracy by two stat ranks while also leaving them poisoned. It also creates a Ground Zone that increases the power of all Ground-type moves, making it a strong complement to offensive sync pairs packing those types of moves. And that’s not all—Rampant Mud Slap also increases the Physical Moves ↑ Next Effect and Special Moves ↑ Next Effect of all allied sync pairs by one rank. The opponent won’t even know what hit ‘em!

For more details on this sync pair’s passive skills and moves, check out Rika & Clodsire’s in-game sync pair scout screen. Rika & Clodsire are available to scout from April 25, 2024, at 11:00 p.m. PDT to May 15, 2024, at 10:59 p.m. PDT.

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