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What is a good moveset for Forretress?

4 votes

Mine holds the Macho Brace. It knows:

Rapid Spin: Gets rid of entry hazards, something I don't use but that I sometimes allow my foes to be able to use.
Gyro Ball: Forretress has incredibly low Speed (mine has 76), especially with Macho Brace. It also has high accuracy and STAB, and can deal with Rock and Ice types.
Earthquake: Is Earthquake.
Zap Cannon: High power, always paralyzes when it hits, deals with Water and Flying types.

Foretress Moveset

asked Aug 20, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Forretress (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd)
- Volt Change
- Rapid Spin
- Toxic Spikes
- Stealth Rock

14 Answers

8 votes


Forretress is famous for its spinning, and placing hazards, so make him a Suicide lead!

Stealth Rock (Open up with this. As much as I hate it, it's got its use)

Sandstorm / Gyro Ball / Counter (Set this up for more
damage. If you're team doesn't mix well with Sandstorm, try Counter. There are rarely Special-based leads on a team, because of their usual frail defense [there are exceptions of course], so Counter is Viable. If you're still not satisfied, then just try Gyro Ball)

Rapid Spin (Spin off whatever the opponent tries to lay down. Makes for a predictable, but nonetheless, effective Lead Counter)

Explosion (When the opponent has been spinned, if necessary, and you've placed down your Stealth Rock, sandstorm, hit with Gyro Ball, etc. Use Explosion for the guaranteed (99.99% of the time!) KO.

For me though, personally, Dual Screener / Anti-Lead mix is the best. It won't rip holes through a team (Who expects Forretress to do such a thing anyway, right?), but it provides incredible support. It's all Defensive, but I've never seen a Taunting lead before (Taunt-Steelix maybe, but how often do you see that?), so you should be safe. To make it appealing though, I can add some alternatives:

Light Screen (One screen.)

Reflect (Two screens.)

(Note that, if your team may not need one of the screens, then you can replace one of these with Gyro Ball, Bug Bite, etc.)

Rapid Spin (Spin off whatever the opponent tries to place down)

Swagger (Base 75 HP and Base 140 Defense? Why not!)

One more set. This one is more of a gimmicky, tricky set, but it still works great! It works similarly to Baton Pass Attacking Shuckle, except it's easier to utilize. You don't NEED to Baton pass any Defense to Forretress, but it saves time, is all. Here it is, folks. Forretress' newest set addition from Gen IV: A PHYSICAL SWEEPER SET. =D

Power Trick (With Base 90 Attack, and Base 140 Defense, you're not really losing out on much. Forretress' Steel typing also makes that 90 Defense look better!)

Gyro Ball (Strong STAB, and with the extra Attack, it makes this deadly)

Bug Bite / Pin Missile (Bug Bite for STAB, but wait, Pin Missile? Again, a bit gimmicky, but it can break Substitutes. Also, on a 5-hit streak, paired with STAB, it's STRONGER than Bug Bite. Feeling lucky? ;D)

Payback / Rock Slide / Earthquake (One flinches and has coverage, the other is strong and has coverage, and the last one is just...Godly. Pick your poison)

WOW, it's been a while since I wrote something this long. xD

Anyway yeah, these are my recommendations. The above sets are good too, but I always found Forretress too Wall-like to just go ahead and sweep, like in the above answers. It's fine for In-Game, but he'd get eaten alive on a competitive-scale, and even on a Battle Tower-scale.

answered Aug 20, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
edited Sep 28, 2011 by Pokemaster
Long...long...looong answer, huh? WHAT? IT COULD LEARN COUNTER? how? and Power Trick, what is it?
Wow, once again you gave out a wonderful answer narwhals. And once again I am questioning how you don't have more points than me. Great job.
Wobbuffet, both Counter and Power Trick are egg moves. Power Trick is a new one that it can only get as an egg move in HG/SS.
Good answer. But for the record, I did mention rapid spin,I abbreviated it as RS tough.
Oops, I take back the caps, DT. :P
Egg move... I hope Pokemaster put it on this site!
4 votes
answered Apr 10, 2011 by DarthDestiny
that is a cool picture, it's now my desktop background
3 votes

Earthquake - as you said
Zap Cannon - paralyzed the foe if hits
and the other (mine moveset)
Toxic - annoying badly poison
and Explosion - I don't know, but if you low on HP and don't know what to do, use it (but don't use it against wild pokemon, you know why, didn't get exp)
that's my moveset...
or you can keep gyro ball and don't use my explosion!

answered Aug 20, 2010 by Wobbuffet33
edited Aug 20, 2010 by Wobbuffet33
I have 2 Forretress in my platinum, one male and one female, the moveset above is male one. The female moveset and strategy (usually use in wireless battle against higher level) are
Stealth Rock, after that I use Toxic Spikes, and then Spikes, and you must be low on HP, right? Just use Explosion... lol xD
and don't use this moveset, it's terrible. I use it just for beat my friend's Mewtwo lv80...(all of my pokemon lv70)
3 votes

How about-

Earthquake-covers only weakness
Gyro ball-Works well with speed. STAB
Light Screen-Covers his special defense
Toxic or toxic spikes-poisons foe


Earthquake-just like you said
Gyro ball-look above
Zap cannon
stealth rock/toxic spikes/RS/spikes-Only ONE!! I hate when people use all 3, like wobbuffet said, it looks good on the surface, but is terrible in application.

My 2nd set pretty much agrees with wobbuffet.

answered Aug 20, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Aug 20, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
I used that comment moveset just for battling my friend's team (and which has sableye wonder guard ability like in my earlier question!) so, I don't use it when battling with other people!
3 votes

Gen V

Forretress (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Sturdy

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Rapid Spin
  • Stealth Rock
  • Spikes
  • Toxic Spikes
answered Jun 18, 2011 by trachy
2 votes

Call me whatever you want. But this set works for me. :D

Forretress @ Leftovers
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Trait: Sturdy

EVs: 252 Def / 252 HP / 4 Atk

Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd)

  • Counter
  • Gyro Ball
  • Rapid Spin
  • Stealth Rock/Spikes/Toxic Spikes

This probably one of the strangest Forretress sets out there, and for a good reason. Counter + Gyro Ball Forretress takes a more offensive approach at this bagworm, providing hazards, spinning your opponents' out and dealing damage. Using Counter means you need to keep your prediction skills sharp; it isn't easy to pull off, but it is very rewarding if you can. If you catch a Dragon going for Outrage, for example, you can use Counter to deal massive damage while the opponent is locked into the move. And with Sturdy, Forretress can switch into something with some ridiculous Attack boost and OHKO it with Counter.

Rapid Spin is Forretress' claim to fame; remove your opponent's hazards, which helps your team a lot. The last moveslot is your way of getting entry hazards, choose whatever one. Gyro Ball is for fast sweepers who won't appreciate a hit. I know Choice Scarf Gengar is OHKO'd by it, which is pretty stupid really.

The best teammate for this guy is any user of Wish. This allows it to heal and take more damage, and stick around for longer to spin away hazards. Blissey/Chansey are probably the best users of this. This pretty much recreates SkarmBliss, although that isn't a bad thing.

This kind of Forretress fits perfectly with teams focused on HO, which love the resistances and support it provides.

answered Jun 9, 2013 by ƒιzz
2 votes

Forretress @ Leftovers
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Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 Def / 252 HP / 4 SDef
Impish Nature
- Rapid Spin
- Toxic Spikes
- Spikes/Stealth Rocks
- Pain Split

A wicked set that I like using in Ubers especially to help take down Kyogre. Spikes (Or Rocks if preferred) setter and Spinner with a twist. Pain Split + Sturdy allows me to stay in on any strong special attack, live, and suck them dry before switching out. I once got a rage quit on the first turn doing it (xD).

answered Sep 25, 2013 by MrKijani
edited Sep 26, 2013 by MrKijani
1 vote

Here is a good one:Evs need to be in S.def, def, and Hp

Toxic spikes(With great bulk he can set up 2)

Stealth rock(What two entry hazards watch out!)

Rapid spin(Don't you try to get even with me)

Explosion(I am done seting up now it's time to go...and I am taking YOU WITH ME!............. KABOOM!)

answered Feb 15, 2011 by Speed freak
1 vote

Forretress@Iron ball
Nature Brave
-Gyro ball(stab with high power from holding iron ball)
-Bug bite(Another stab, can eat berries:Oran berry or any other hp healing berry is greatly appreciated)
-Spikes(Entry hazard)
-Pain split(Heal)

Im trying to make him a sweeper and also defend at the same time.

answered Feb 17, 2012 by HellDoom
i like this idea but im not much for spikes i would give him earthquake instead. Also i would give him 252 att/252h hp to make his att ass high as i could and the maxed out hp would support that awesome 140 def really well
1 vote


Forretress (M) @Red Card
Trait: Sturdy
Role: Leader
Nature: Impish (+Def. -Sp.Atk.)
EV's: 252 Def., 252 Sp.Def., 6 Hp.

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Spikes
  • Stealth Rock
  • Rapid Spin
answered Sep 10, 2012 by Hyper Flares
1 vote

Forretress @ Chesto Berry
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Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 HP
IVs: 0 Spd
Impish Nature
- Rapid Spin
- Stealth Rock
- Gyro Ball
- Rest

Need a Spinner/Rock Setter that is exceptionally bulky and can live for a great deal of long, drawn out battles? ChestoRest Forretress is your man. One of the most reliable Rock Setters and Spinner in OU, Gyro Ball provides STAB and hits faster Pokemon, such as Dragonite, Landorus, and even OHKO'ing most Terrakion. Rest is the crux, using his Chesto Berry to effectively shrug off status, completely replenish his HP, and refresh Sturdy. Also, Forretress's abysal Speed allows him to move last every time, allowing Rest to heal the most HP, and guarantee that Sturdy is not broken by the opponent moving last.

answered May 13, 2013 by |SentByRavens|
like a boss der master Ben. sweet set xD
And even with th elack of Lefties, people tend to assume you're running Custap Forry, so it still manages to deceive a  bit.
0 votes

Forretress (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Def / 128 SDef
Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)
- Spikes
- Toxic Spikes
- Stealth Rock
- Explosion

Set up your entry hazards, then explode. He can also be used a rapid spinner.

answered Mar 10, 2013 by alexander757575
0 votes

I just noticed that I have been using a set that nobody else has posted. It's my go-to forretress set:

Forretress@ leftovers or custap berry
Ability: sturdy
252 hp/ 252 def/ 4 sp att
Nature: +def -att
Rapid Spin
Stealth Rock
Volt Switch

I have used this set countless times. He is able to lay down hazards, spin them away, and get sweepers in for free. The item depends on what your team needs, but I find that leftovers works best in OU and custap works best in ubers.

answered Jun 9, 2013 by Extremespeed
0 votes

Forretress (Adamant nature) {Iron ball}
My forrestress is my entry hazard king

Stealth rock- is super effective on four types
Toxic spikes - use twice then all there team wiklbe double poisoned
Heavy slam- use that weight and iron ball
Power trick / counter - use to get your attack and heavy slam up to 140

For a physical one, same nature and item
Heavy slam - heavier with iron ballin otherwords THEY DIE
Gyro ball - slow as hell so use it to your advantage
Power trick - boost attack even more
Zap cannon -paralyze your enemies

answered Apr 7 by Joesene