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What is a good moveset for Ferrothorn?

6 votes

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

10 votes

So many nice moves to choose from...

Gyro ball-Works perfectly with that low speed.

spikes/Thunder wave-Sets up hazards, or cripple stuff. Thunder wave wouldn't be as good an option as it conflicts with gyro ball, so use one or the other.

Power Whip/Seed bomb-While unreliable-It's very powerful. Seed Bomb is the better choice.

Stealth rock-One of the few generation 5 pokemon that learn it, take advantage of it.

Iron Defense/leech seed-boosts defense even higher, or slowly gain HP even faster.

answered Sep 30, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
8 votes

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet

Trait: Iron Barbs

EVs: 120 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def / 128 SDef

Adamant/Brave Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Power Whip
  • Shadow Claw
  • Bulldoze/Gyro Ball
  • Swords Dance

Power Whip Strong STAB.
Shadow Claw Good move.
Bulldoze Is good if some sort of steel type comes in, Gyro Ball STAB.
Swords Dance Nice boosting move.

There might be better sets for Ferrothorn, But most sets here include Leech Seed and hazards. so this is a little different set.

answered Sep 30, 2011 by Hex
edited Aug 30, 2012 by Pokemaster
5 votes

An interesting Pokemon, I expect to see it a lot. Have it hold that new helmet item (Rocky Helmet), and attacking it will knock away 25% of the foes total health. Plus, it has the ever popular Stealth Rock. Bug/Steel is better typing in my opinion.

Ability: Iron Barbs

EVs: Defense, Sp Def, Attack Nature: Adament

Explosion: About to be defeated? Kill everything in sight!

Leech Seed: Damage the foe even more.

Toxic: More damage to the foe. Did you know that in Gen1, Toxic made Leech Seed heal you more?

Stealth Rock/Seed Bomb: Okay, I hate using entry hazards, but they are really popular. If you are like me though, go for Grass STAB.

answered Sep 30, 2010 by trachy
edited Sep 22, 2013 by MrKijani
4 votes

Bit of a shame Ferrothorn doesn't learn many Ground/Rock moves to combat the fire weakness.

EVs: max out HP then either max out Attack for physical wall, or split over Def/Sp.Def. In short one of these:
(a) 252 HP, 252 Attack
(b) 252 HP, 100 Def, 156 Sp.Def

Ability: Irons Barbs
Item: Big Root (more HP from Leech Seed) or Iron Ball (for better Gyro Ball)

Moves mostly by breeding!
- Leech Seed
- Stealth Rock or Bulldoze
- Gyro Ball
- Seed Bomb

answered Sep 30, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Mar 18, 2011 by Pokemaster
You forgot explosion .-.
3 votes

Curse(Boost defense and attack while powering up gyro ball)

Gyro ball(STAB)

Seed bomb(More reliable than power whip)

STealth rock(Entry hazard)

answered Feb 22, 2011 by Speed freak
Gosh! I can't tell if yours or Pokemaster's is better, but I'd vote for this one if I could figure out how to vote.
3 votes

ferrothorn Sub-seeder.
Item: Rocky-helmet
Ability: Iron-barbs
Nature: Impish
EVs: 252 Hp, 128 Defense, 128 S.Defense





This guy is a pain in the rear end. First you Paralyze them with Thunder-wave to cut their speed and chances off hitting you. This gives you a chance to set up Substitute to block damage and Leech-seed for healing and damaging. Power-whip is STAB. Between Rocky-helmet and Iron-barbs any Foe that tries to physically hit Ferrothorn will lose tons of HP, not to mention damage from Leech-seed.

You could also go fast sub-seed if you really want to.

Just swap T-wave for Rock-polish and/or give it Jolly nature and put some EVs in Speed. Also if you give it Jolly and T-wave you may want to swap Power-whip for Iron-head for some annoying Para-flinch.

answered Mar 20, 2012 by Speed freak
edited Aug 30, 2012 by Pokemaster
3 votes

Ferrothorn (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

  • Bulldoze
  • Power Whip
  • Gyro Ball
  • Poison Jab / Explosion

Don't worry Pokemaster, I used DB sprites.

answered Apr 28, 2012 by Mewderator
edited Aug 30, 2012 by Mewderator
good use of brave Mew.
2 votes

This version is meant to be a setup for a sweepers. The idea is pulling off both Stealth Rock and Spikes and do a lot of damage after doing so.

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
Nature: Impish/Brave
EV's: Def and Atk
-Ingrain/ Leach seed- I prefer ingrain cuz of its field presence
-Stealth rock
-Explosion/Power whip/Gyroball-
Explosion is just for the fast damage, PW will help against a lot of the rapid spinners (except forretress) and Gyro Ball is a good STAB.

answered May 7, 2011 by Tiger-San
1 vote

Ferrothorn @ Iron ball
Abilty: Iron barbs
Nature: Brave
Curse - boost attack, defence and Gyro ball
Gyro ball - Gave it away
Seed bomb - Reliable STAB
Iron head - STAB You might need it when gyro ball runs out of PP

answered May 2, 2011 by BlackHaxorus
1 vote

"My favorite grass Pokemon of all time!"

item: rocky helmet (get touched, and you will give 1/8 of damage)


toxic---defensive pokemon works great with this

gyro ball---very powerful against fast pokemon and STAB

leech seed---more damage to poisoned pokemon and heals yourself

power whip---devestating and STAB

answered Aug 4, 2011 by daEpad
1 vote

Ferrothorn (M) @ Rocky Helmet
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 168 Atk / 88 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Curse
- Explosion
- Power Whip
- Gyro Ball

answered Mar 3, 2012 by Ninja
1 vote
  • Iron Head -Gyro ball sucks. It's unpredictable and max PP is 8. Iron head works better for the adventuring type, challenge to elite four, ect.-
  • Ingrain -Leech seed has to be breed in, AND you have to renew it every time the foe switches or dies.-
  • Power whip -Seems reliable enough, again you don't have to breed it-
  • Anything from Explosion, to Toxic, to Sandstorm, to an entry hazard. I find this one tough to decide on. Curse is nice, but it's too much geared toward gyro ball for my tastes.
  • Leftovers or Rocky helmet, one keeps you alive, the others kills the enemy. I'm a bit more conservative about this, so leftovers work for me -that plus ingrain is a pretty good hp intake every turn. Rocky helmet only works if you get attacked by a physical move-.
  • Any nature that lowers Speed or Spl Attack -except for the nature that affects just those two- is great for setting up a big wall of sorts. Of course maybe if you did give up Speed for Spl Attack, you can vary your attacks and use maybe Solar Beam or Flash Cannon.
answered Mar 5, 2012 by Tails101
Gyro-ball definitely does not suck. It is a great move competitively and Ferrothorn pulls it off well because of that good attack and low speed.
0 votes

Ferrothorn (M) @ Rocky Helmet
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 128 Atk / 252 Def / 128 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Spikes
- Thunder Wave
- Gyro Ball
- Power Whip

answered May 1, 2011 by trachy
0 votes

you might tell from my username what i'm going to say

first, make sure your ferrothorn has a nature that makes it slower, then give it an iron ball
gyro ball
stealth rock

answered Sep 4, 2011 by statusfighter
0 votes

I think he could be a nice status Pokemon,

Ferrothorn (M) @ leftovers/rocky helmet(leftovers for extra health, rocky helmet for big damage when touched) - physical/sp tank

EVs- 104 hp/252 defence/152 sp defence
Nature- impish(+def,-sp attack)
Ability-iron barbs
- thunder wave/ toxic(toxic reccomended for single battles)
- leech seed/ingrain(health gain)
- gyro ball(for damage once setup is done)
- curse( stats)

answered Nov 29, 2011 by Eoko
edited Nov 29, 2011 by Eoko
How can you get it to learn leech seed?
0 votes

Ferrothorn leftovers
Trait Iron Barbs
252HP 128defense 128SpD careful
Leech seed/ingrain nice healing with leftovers either way but with ingrain you can't switch out I personally prefer leech seed which can heal the team
Stealth rock/spikes entry hazard
Toxic/thunder wave thunder wave is nice if your other Pokemon aren't real fast. And toxic as a reliable damage on a tank or something.
Gyro ball/ power whip/iron head which ever one you choose. I prefer power whip with thunder wave but gyro ball if you chose toxic or you could do iron head and thunder wave for a little not very likely para flinch . It won't work amazingly well though.

answered Mar 14, 2012 by Jona
0 votes

Ferrothorn(M) @ Rocky Helmet/Leftovers

Ability- Iron Barbs

EV's- 252 Def. 252. Sp.Def 4 HP

Nature- Relaxed/Sassy


  • Stealth Rock
  • Spikes
  • Toxic
  • Power Whip/Gyro Ball

answered Mar 17, 2012 by Spark Pichu
edited Aug 30, 2012 by Pokemaster
0 votes


Nature: Brave (+Atk, -Spd)

Ability: Iron Barbs

Item: Rocky Helmet/Lagging Tail

Power Whip/Seed Bomb: STAB and powerful
Gyro Ball: STAB and works with low Speed+ Curse and Lagging Tail
Ingrain/Leech Seed: Heal yourself
Curse: Raise your stats and power up Gyro Ball.

answered Apr 10, 2012 by R000
edited Aug 30, 2012 by Pokemaster
0 votes

Here is Ferroseed.. A spikey pokemon. you can tell from the sprite s/he is Rowdy, but it has a relaxed nature -______-

Ferroseed @ Eviolite
Trait: the only possible... Iron Barbs
Evs: 252 Hp 252 Def 4 SpD
Ivs: 31 everything and 0 Spe
Relaxed Nature (+Def -Spe)
~ Curse
~ Gyro Ball
~ Spikes/Stealth Rock
~ Leech Seed/Stealth Rock
Seed gets A-M-A-Z-I-N-G bulk from eviolite but lacks leftovers recovery. If you run leech seed, however, you can recover from that. Spikes and Rocks help you sweep better. Curse + Gyro Ball + Horrid Speed + 0 Ivs in speed = lots and lots of Kos!

answered Aug 26, 2012 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
edited Aug 30, 2012 by Pokemaster
0 votes

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet

Trait: Iron Barbs

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 HP

Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

  • Power Whip
  • Payback
  • Curse
  • Gyro Ball

Power Whip Great STAB Without Side Effects
Payback Coverage Dealing x2 Damage due to Speed.
Curse Raises Attack / Defense & Lowers Speed
Gyro Ball 1 Hit K.O. After Curse

This build is a Combo between a Physical Wall and a Physical Sweeper. By using curse your Defense and Offense go up as your Speed goes down. Gyro Ball, the slower the user, the greater the damage. As you gain power and prepare you not only can take physical hits, you bounce alot of damage back with the Rocky Helmet / Iron Barbs combo.

answered Oct 21, 2012 by OreoKirby
edited Oct 22, 2012 by OreoKirby