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What is a good moveset for Ferrothorn?

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Great type combo and interesting stat distribution.


asked Sep 30, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Feb 11, 2011 by Pokemaster
Likely Tier: Overused.
here's how to make your ferrothron a great staler.

first you want it to have a impish nature. that cuts speed for defense
second for it's ability iron barbs. that's it signature ability
third have it hold the rocky helmet that with iron barbs is sure to annoying those physical types
forth EVs in defense and sph defense
and finally it's moves
first have it know toxic the TM is in the sea side cave
second curse cuts speed (like it can out speed anything) for attack and defense
third payback is always fun if it moves last in battle it has a power of 100 rather than 50
and forth explosion to deal a lot of pain for when your health is in the red

now just some final things this works for my play style and by mo means am i competitive my online play record is as good as glass Joe's i just like to have a little fun and if your like me it will work fine

36 Answers

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one of my favourite Pokemon

Adamant nature for +atk -sp.atk

Ability: Iron Barbs
Held Item: Rocky Shelmet XD

This is what I used for the in-game, and I really like it:

Seed Bomb/Power Whip - I like Seed Bomb for consistency, but if you want the force you know what to go for.

Thunder Wave - slow em down, cause snorlax runs faster than this guy. cant blame him, he only has those puny vines to drag his giant steel head around

Iron Head - strong attack, and with Thunder Wave, it lets you utilize the flinching effect

Rest - I dont know why more people dont use this, but its great with thunderwave, and hes a brick house. I wouldn't use it against sp.atk Pokemon, but if hes put up against a physical attacker [and that's the point right?], let it kill itself while Ferro catches up on some Z's.

answered Nov 24, 2012 by johnmorisi
why not leech seed over Rest? or a Leftovers + Leech seed combo?
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New to this, bear with me.

Gyro Ball Gives you STAB, with Curse becomes beastly.
Seeb Bomb Powerful, yet unreliable. Power Whip also works, but Seed Bomb is better IMO.
Bulldoze Screw you other Steel Types. Also works on Fire Types that could take out Ferrothron.
Curse Boost for attack, defense, and even helps boost Gyro Ball for even more beastly STAB.

Hope this helps.

answered Dec 19, 2012 by MonochromeFurret
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Ferrothorn @ Leftovers
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 88 Def / 168 SDef
Impish Nature
-Power Whip
-Stealth Rock
-Leech Seed
-Thunder Wave
This Ferrothorn is a lead. T-Waves and sets up Stealth Rock. Power Whip is for damage and Leech Seed is for healing.

answered Feb 16, 2013 by Justice SwordsMaster
This is a standard set...
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Sweeper Ferrothorn (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 56 HP / 252 Atk / 72 Def / 128 SDef
IVs: 0 Spd
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Power Whip
- Gyro Ball
- Explosion
- Aerial Ace / Shadow Claw / Payback

Power Whip for STAB.
Gyro Ball for STAB and 0 IVs, Brave Nature meaning its super powerful.
Explosion for killing everything when the job is done.
Aerial Ace is for hitting everything, Shadow Claw for coverage or Payback for making use of this terrible speed.

answered Mar 10, 2013 by alexander757575
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Ferrothorn- level 70
Item-rocky helmet/leftovers


-Iron head
-Power whip/Seed bomb
-Iron defense

answered Apr 3, 2013 by Artist KS
edited Apr 3, 2013 by Artist KS
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I've used this moveset with my level 84 Ferrothorn and it's great:

  • Power Whip
  • Iron Head
  • Bulldoze
  • Hone Claws

Power up accuracy and Attack with Hone Claws, making Power Whip more reliable. Bulldoze is great for Fire-types, and lower's speed. People seem to be using Gyro Ball with Bulldoze, which makes no sense because Bulldoze lowers Speed and higher opposing Speed is crucial for Gyro Ball to work the best. Iron Head is the better choice here. c:

answered Apr 7, 2013 by Dat LaprASSc:
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Ah, Ferrothorn, how much I love you...

Ferrothorn @ Leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252HP - 252Sp. Def - 4Def
Nature: Careful (+Sp. Def, -Sp. Atk)

  • Stealth Rock
  • Spikes / Thunder Wave / Toxic
  • Leech Seed
  • Protect

Stealth Rock is basically a given on Ferrothorn, if it's not Banded/All Out Attack, it has Stealth Rock. Spikes is also very helpful to get all the hazards up with one Pokémon, but can be replaced by Thunder Wave to help piss off opponents, or Toxic to take them down twice as quick with Leech Seed wracking up damage. Leech Seed is double the recovery, paired with Leftovers. Finally, Protect is used to scout out moves, get four times the healing if you have Leech Seed set up, stall out Toxic damage if you have Toxic on the set, give them another chance to get fully paralyzed if you have Thunder Wave on the set, and just stall out PP. Probably the second most useful move, next to Stealth Rock.

This was a mouthful, or rather, a typeful, but I hope it helped you out!

answered Dec 5, 2013 by PkmnMasterSexy
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I have 3 different Ferrothorns. Each have a different role. That's how much I love this guy.

Stall defensive ferrothorn(Warning: Do not go up against any steel types when using this moveset.)

Item:Leftovers/rocky helmet


Ability:Iron barbs


Toxic: A necessity move for most stall Pokemon.

ingrain: Heals ferrothorn's hp a little each turn.

Leech seed: Steals a little health from the opponent each turn.

Explosion:Oh no my ferrothorn is about to faint. Might as well commit suicide!!! :D

Strategy:The strategy here is pretty self explanatory. You have toxic which takes more and more health from your opponent each turn. Then using ingrain will make ferrothorn gain health each turn. Then leech seed will steal some health from your opponents Pokemon each turn. Finnally when all else fails and your stalling strategy comes to an end commit suicide using explosion!!! If I die you die with me!!!

Mix attack and defensive ferrothorn:

Item:Rocky helmet/leftovers


Ability:Iron barbs.


Gyro ball: works well with that low speed ;D

Power whip:A powerful physical grass type move

shadow claw: Good move with decent power and high critical hit ratio.

Curse:Attack and defense raises but speed lowers. There are two reasons why this is good however: 1: Its speed sucked to begin with and 2: It powers up Gyroball.

Strategy: Curse will power up pretty much everything. Your attack, defense, and your move gyro ball. Shadowclaw is for incase you come across steel types. (its not super effective against them but it does do normal damage. Not to mention it can be used against other Pokemon.)

Physical sweeping Ferrothorn:

Item:Rocky helmet


Ability:Iron barbs.


Power whip: Strong physical grass move.

Gyro ball: The slower you are compared to the opponent the greater the damage.

Giga impact/shadowclaw/poison jab/bulldoze: Giga impact is a very powerful move but you must recharge for one turn. Shadowclaw has decent power and a good critical hit ratio. Poison jab is a physical poison type move with good power. Bulldoze will not only do damage but will also lower your opponents speed and is good on steel types.(though sadly this will decrease gyro balls power, you can however replace gyro ball with iron head. The choice is up to you). I personally would give mine shadowclaw but like I said before its up to you.

Swords dance/Explosion: Either faint yourself along with your opponents if your gonna faint anyways or increase your attack even further.

Strategy: Unlike the other Ferrothorns. This one is a full offensive physical sweeper. Gyro ball is used for slow users. Power whip like I said previously is a strong physical grass move. Give it another physical move of your choice. .Finally You can either give it swords dance (which will strongly increase its attack.) or give it explosion (incase your Ferrothorn is almost dead.)

answered Mar 31, 2014 by nintendogamer64
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TR Wall/Sweeper Ferrothorn

Ferrothorn @ Iron Ball/Leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Defense, 4 HP
Nature: Brave

Seed Bomb/Power Whip
Gyro Ball
Stealth Rock/Iron Head

Seed Bomb/Power Whip for STAB (SB for reliability, PW for Power), Gyro Ball for STAB and low speed, Stealth Rock for hazard setup, Iron Head for another STAB move or against a slow opponent (Stealth Rock for a wall, Iron Head for a sweeper), and Curse boosts Attack, Defense and Gyro Ball. Since this is for a TR team, Curse actually makes you move first. You would need to rely on switching out on a singles team, as Ferrothorn cannot learn TR.

answered May 3, 2014 by Lobster44
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With this Gen IV metagame grass types are so I believe this should work well

Ferroseed (Hugs?)

252Defense 252SpecialDefense Rest in HP

Ingrain(Warning, only use this if you plan on staying in until you go down)
Leech Seed(You will be gaining a lot of HP back since you have base 44 HP)
Toxic(We all what this is for)
GyroBall or any move that wont make you taunt bait

answered May 4, 2014 by MrMagius
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Physically Defensive
name: Physically Defensive
move 1: Leech Seed
move 2: Protect
move 3: Gyro Ball
move 4: Stealth Rock
ability: Iron Barbs
item: Rocky Helmet
evs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
ivs: 0 Spe
nature: Relaxed

answered Jul 1, 2014 by SM979
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I'm thinking
Nature: Relaxed (+def -spd)
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: Def and Attack
Item: Rocky Helmet
-Gyro Ball
-Stealth Rocks
-Sucker Punch/ Bulldoze/ Payback

If you are using it for double battles I would go with Bulldoze and pair it with a Trick Roomer but if not Sucker Punch or Payback will really start to hurt after a couple Curses

answered Jul 9, 2014 by CoolPorygon
Ferrothorn can't get Sucker Punch.
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Ferrothorn@Rocky Helmet
trait:Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 Atk, 100 Def, 156 Sp.D
Nature:Brave (+Atk -Spd)
Role: Trick Room sweeper
-Power Whip
-Iron Head

Firstly, use Toxic to wear them away (not needed if the opponent is weak to grass or steel) then you can use Iron Head and Power Whip until the opponent faints. When you get low on HP, use Explosion. This will probably not be necessary however as the Rocky Helmet and Iron Barbs combo will make the opponent loose 1/4 of there health when hit, and toxic will kill them of pretty Quickly. Remember, only for use as a trick room Pokemon as it is not very good otherwise.

Hope I Helped

answered Dec 2, 2014 by Almighty Aggron
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Ferrothorn @ Leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs /// Nature: Careful (+SDef,-SAtk)

EVs: 252HP/ 252SDef/ 4Attack or defense .
IVs: 31 HP,Att,Def,SDef ... N/A SAtk ... 0 Speed.

Gyro Ball-Got to love that 100-150 power in most cases.

Leechseed-you can take on even fire types if you have seeded them.

Protect-to get healing from leftovers and leechseed

Curse/Stealth Rocks-your choice.... I do curse so that my curse damage is at max always plus I get an attack and defense boost I mean what else can I ask for.but stealth rocks are great if you go against alot of fire types/flying types.

I love this Pokemon it is very powerful.

answered Dec 4, 2014 by MasterTim
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Such an annoying Pokemon. That's why I love it so much. <3

HUG ME PLS (Ferrothorn) @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
Impish Nature
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
-Knock Off
-Leech Seed

Knock Off = no item = no recovery. Toxic + Leech Seed = painful residual damage. Block = no escape.
Watch as your opponent screams as their Pokemon's life is slowly drained away by a spiky metal octopus plant.

Truly horrifying.

answered Jan 21 by Radicool21
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This set has had epic successes and fails cough mega manectric with flamethrower cough and has swept teams. as a tank. Just look at this set and think of the possibilities!

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Relaxed Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Curse
- Gyro Ball
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
Just... Brilliant...
Okay, so normally ferro lacks reliable recovery. Its only forms of it are leech seed and rest. So what's more efficient: getting 1/8 of your HP back every turn, or getting all of it back immediately? Wait a moment, it puts you to sleep. No problem, just use sleep talk. And then for the rest of his moveset. curse+gyro ball is a monster to deal with if used right. Curse boosts the power of gyro ball twice while also making you even more physically bulky. Speaking of, if your opponent tries to touch you, they're eating a nasty recoil with both iron barbs and rocky helmet. And if you've already set up curses, you're not going to be taking much damage from their attacks (unless they're special). And if they do damage you a lot, you can always rest it off. Overall, if your opponent has no special attackers left, ferrothorn will usually cough talonflame cough win you the game.

answered Mar 21 by SoDaftMN