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What's a good moveset for Kabutops?

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I didn't find a question for it, so I decided to ask. I battled against DT's Kabutops, and it's amazing. What should I teach it?

asked Aug 29, 2010 by houndoom
Kabutops (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Swift Swim
EVs: 252 Atk / 28 Def / 228 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Stone Edge
- Waterfall
- Swords Dance
- Low Kick

15 Answers

4 votes

Kabutops (M) @ Choice Band

Role: Rain Abuse Sweeper

Trait: Swift Swim

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Stone Edge
  • X-Scissor
  • Waterfall
  • Night Slash / Superpower

Stone Edge and Waterfall are STAB, good power. Nice coverage.
Night Slash and X-Scissor are Coverage.

answered Oct 25, 2011 by Josh
edited Oct 26, 2011 by Josh
3 votes

I would give it this set:

Aerial Ace-Covers fighting and Grass weakness (grass weakness is 4X)

Aqua tail/waterfall-Aqua tail for a bit more power, or waterfall for the chance to flinch and a bit more accuracy. also deals with ground weakness

Rain dance-Powers water move and doubles speed.

iron defense/Brick break/Stealth rock/Stone edge/ swords dance- All of these moves are excellent on Kabutops. Iron defense to make him a powerful physical tank, Brick break to deal with screens, stealth rock to damage foe, stone edge for a powerful STAB, or swords dance to make him a lethal sweeper.

Kabutops is a fatal pokemon in the right situation.

answered Aug 29, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Aug 29, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
Oh. So do you think it should have return or aerial ace? that's the main difference in our sets.
I like Return better. Aerial Ace isn't too much better, and it is more situational. It requires a Rain Dance set up for sure, which is probably why you had Rain Dance stand on its own, but it also needs a Swords Dance set up if you want to OHKO. However, both options work well, it just depends on what you think are a bigger threat.
Given Kabutop's base 105 defense, there really isn't a point in using iron defense. Besides, he's a sitting duck with that below average sp def. Rain dance is fine as it serves two crucial purposes: boosting his average speed and powering up those STAB waterfalls/aqua tails.

You could go with aqua tail over waterfall but keep in mind that both get STAB on top of an already high base atk. Just a matter of preference, I suppose but I'd go with waterfall just to be on the safe side.

Swords dance may be the best overall fit but keep in mind that many grass/fighting types have weak def stats anyway, so it may not be the most efficient way to use a turn. All in all though, I'd go with stealth rock for the added support.
It would be better if you switched rain dance with something else and have another pokemon set up the raindance.
3 votes

Gen V

Kabutops (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Swift Swim

EVs: 252 Atk / 156 Def / 100 Spd

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Aqua Jet
  • Stone Edge
  • X-Scissor
  • Swords Dance

Swift Swim sweeper. Aqua Jet is going to be powerful for a priority attack, thanks to Rain boost (if you aren't using this guy in the Rain, you're wasting potential) Life Orb, and Swords Dance, as well as STAB. Stone Edge also gets STAB. X-Scissor provides type coverage. Your EVs give you enough Speed, especially with Swift Swim and you using Aqua Jet most of the time. Full Attack, and a good amount of bulk so you can survive hits.

answered Jun 19, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 4, 2011 by trachy
Splash plate is gonna be better most likely.
3 votes

A new thing I thought up (might be fualty).

Kabutops@Weakness Policy

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Ability:Weak Armour
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd
Nature: Adamant/Jolly
-Aqua Jet
-Night Slash

First use Endure, get hit by a super effective, survive with 1hp, activate Weakness Policy and Flail of everything. Night Slash for Ghosts and Aqua Jet for STAB priority. Fails if they don't hit with super effective, they get a 2nd hit, or they resist.

answered Jan 21 by Almighty Aggron
1 vote

Stone Edge: High power, STAB, good chance for criticcal hit.

Waterfall: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, good chance to cause flinching.

Return: High power with Friendship, high accuracy.

Rain Dance/Swords Dance: Choose to either power up Waterfall and increase Speed, or power up everything by a greater amount. If you have the ability Battle Armor, choose Swords Dance for sure.

answered Aug 29, 2010 by trachy
1 vote


Aqua Jet (priority)

Stone Edge

Brick Break

Totally Attacking Kabutops

answered Aug 11, 2011 by skinner
1 vote

Kabutops (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Swift Swim
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Stone Edge
- X-Scissor
- Swords Dance
- Waterfall

answered Nov 4, 2011 by Mewderator
1 vote

IMPISH nature, ability: WEAK ARMOR
EVS: 252 ATK, 196 SPEED, 60 HP


he's got some physical bulk between impish and hp evs, so he can set up swords dance. on the same turn weak armor should activate if your opponent hits you, giving him a NICE speed boost!!
then you have dual stab with waterfall and stone edge ( aqua tail and rock slide are replacements if you wish ) with night slash as my favorite coverage move =)

answered Jan 29, 2012 by G0LD
1 vote

Kabutops actually works as a great Choice Scarf Rapid Spinner.

Kabutops @ Choice Scarf
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
-Rapid Spin
-Knock Off
-Stone Edge

Scarf makes Kabutops frighteningly fast. Any ability can be used, that's why there's no Ability slot. I run Weak Armor for the speed boost to outspeed other Scarfers. Rapid Spin is Rapid Spin, Waterfall and Stone Edge are nice STAB, and Knock Off punishes Ghosts who think they can switch in on you. Be sure to predict well, though.

answered Jan 8 by Radicool21
edited Sep 1 by Radicool21
Kabutops doesn't learn Earthquake.
I forgot I even added a moveset for this, haha. I was surprised to learn that. Thanks for correcting me.
0 votes

Rain-team Kabuto

Item: Evolite
Ability: Swift-Swim
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Hone-claws is for boosting Attack because he has no Swords-dance. Aqua-Jet is nice STAB and is great priority. Rock-slide is great STAB and coverage. Return is for Power.

answered Oct 21, 2011 by Speed freak
Why all the Speed boosting with EVs and Swift Swim, and you have a priority move?
This way he can hit first always. Sometimes you need to outrun and hit hard with things like rock-slide and Return.
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0 votes

Double/Triple Battle

Kabutops (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Weak Armor
EVs: 252 Atk / 216 Def / 40 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Rock Slide
- Aerial Ace
- Waterfall
- Brick Break

Use a classic DT strategy of using Fury Swipes to activate Weak Armor. Then sweep!!! Rock Slide is STAB that hits multiple foes. Waterfall is STAB. Aerial Ace can hit any foe in a Triple Battle. Brick Break is dual screen breaking coverage.

answered Jan 22, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

ability:swift swim
item: metronome/grip claw
swords dance
fury cutter
giga drain

answered May 23, 2012 by pokemaser
0 votes


Held Item: Damp Rock (extends Rain Dance)

Ability: Swift Swim

Nature: Adamant (ATK+/SP. ATK -)

EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Def, 4 Speed


Waterfall: Makes use of high Attack, chance of flinching by opponent PKMN, STAB

Stone Edge: Chance of critical hit, STAB

Rain Dance: Makes use of Swift Swim ability

Swords Dance: Sharply boosts Attack stat

answered Aug 11, 2013 by PokeIdeals
0 votes

Gen 5 or 6 (5 is better for rain)
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Ruler o' all thing (Kabutops) (M) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Aqua Jet
- Stone Edge
- Waterfall

In rain, this thing is practically unstoppable. It gets Swift Swim, which makes it's speed skyrocket. Also, if it sets up a Swords Dance, it's Attack is super high as well. Waterfall + Stone Edge for Stab, and Aqua Jet for priority incase you fear you are gonna get outsped.

answered Mar 31, 2014 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
0 votes

role fast physical sweeper
nature jolly
item focus sash
traits 252 atk 252 spd 4 hp
ability: Weak armour for more speed once they hit
-swords dance(to power up its other moves and it goes really well with Weak armour)
-Waterfall(for stab and possible flinch)
-aqua jet(for priority)
-rock slide/stone edge (for coverage and stab)

answered Apr 28 by Saucycord