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What is a good moveset for Gothitelle?

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I think she has potential as a special tank.


asked Oct 1, 2010 by Speed freak
edited Feb 10, 2011 by Pokemaster
Likely tier: Overused

16 Answers

3 votes

EV train S. attack and S. def and a little def
Nature: Modest

Psychic(stab good power)
Shadow ball(covers ghost weakness)
Thunderbolt(great power)
Calm mind(a great move for a special tank)

item: leftovers

answered Oct 1, 2010 by Speed freak
3 votes

Gothitelle is undoubtedly one of the best back up mons you can ever have. Capable of eliminating much of OU's threats and walls, Gothitelle must be taken seriously, before you happen to lose your Skarmory or Ferrothorn.

Stallbreaker and wallbreaker

Gothitelle @ Choice Specs
Ability: Shadow Tag
EVs: 252 SAtk / 140 Spd / 116 HP
Timid Nature
- Psyshock
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power [Fire] / Hidden Power [Fighting] / Hidden Power [Ground]
- Trick

This set is easily one of the metagame's scariest. It has the ability to trap and kill any one of your opponent's threats. Choice Specs is chosen for the damage output, since the Scarf set is pretty slow, and doesn't get enough KO's. However, a Timid Nature is prefered, allowing you to only need 140 Speed EVs to outspeed Mega Venusaur and Rotom-W who run sufficient EVs tou outspeed Max Speed Azumarill. In case you haven't noticed, this set also outspeeds Max Speed Azumarill, allowing you to always hit before a strong Play Rough or Waterfall reaches you.

It is rather important to run this specific spread. You will always hit MVenu before a crippling Sleep Power, hit Rotom-W before a Volt Switch, and force Azumarill into Aqua Jet. An alternate spread of 36 HP / 252 SAtk / 220 Spd and a Modest Nature produces the same Speed result, with more power. However, Gothitelle's ability to take hits will be hugely noticeable. Additionally, you can substitute some SAtk EVs into it's HP stat, since a Modest Nature will keep its damage output higher than a Timid Nature.

As for the set, it is somewhat similar to a gen 5 trapping set. Psyshock allows you to anything weak or neutral to it for tons of damage, specifically Chansey. Psychic can be used an alternative, as it could hit mons who run Bulk Up (Conkeldurr), but the damage output isn't notably different on mons you should use a Psychic STAB on, bar Chansey. Next is Thunderbolt, being one of your best coverage moves. It allows you to take on Dark types (if HP Fighting isnt your HP of choice) and opposing Gothitelle. Next is you Hidden Power of choice. Fire completely destroys Ferrothorn, whereas Fighting has better coverage, and can hit much more, such as Tyranitar and Heatran for big damage. Lastly, if Heatran is a nuisance and myst be eliminated at all costs, running Ground can guarantee a 2HKO all Heatran variants that aren't Air Balloon. Finally, Trick is your stallbreaking move, allowing you to just mess up any Chansey out there, or screw over Assault Vest mons such as Conk or Azumarill.


Dragonite - Dragonite appreciates what Gothitelle can do for it. She eliminates Skarmory and Ferrothorn for it, while Dragonite can rid of Aegislash and Bisharp for her.

Mega Scizor - The Bulky SD set loves Gothitelle support, having her get rid of Skarm and Ferro, as well as crippling common phazers such as Hippowdon, while Scizor cleans up the game after a +2.

Landorus - All Lando sets (bar Rock Polish sets) detest Keldeo. Gothitelle can do a favor for Lando and rid of Keldeo, whom cannot OHKO Gothitelle (even Specs Hydro Pump cant OHKO, granted you are at full HP and rocks are not on the field), allowing you to Psyshock it to oblivion wing. Landorus then is capable of doing a favor for Gothitelle, and eliminating Aegislash, Tyranitar, Heatran, and Bisharp, whome all threaten and/or wall her.

Bisharp - Gothitelle helps beat bulky Steels whom Bisharp has a slight but of trouble beating, as well as beating Mach Punch users and faster fighting types. Once Gothitelle does her job, Bisharp is free to roam the vast playground known as OU.

answered Jun 30, 2014 by Lusty
2 votes

A bit different, but I like the unexpected.

Suggested nature:Quiet (+ special attack, -speed) (only for the first set)

Trick Room-with all these new speedy pokemon, this move can decimate sweepers.

Psychic-a nice STAB move

Dark Pulse-Covers that ghost weakness

Hidden power [fire]/Thunderbolt/Calm mind-Hp covers you against bug types, which are gaining more power. Thunderbolt is a nice unexpected move, and calm mind lets you boost her special stats.

answered Oct 1, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
DT, you can post different movesets as separate answers if you like, then people can vote them separately.
Also, for your dual screener, I'd suggest using Dark Pulse so that you don't have any immunities.
As separate sets? No problem!
2 votes

Dual screener:

Light screen-more special coverage.

Reflect-More physical coverage, plus, there's not much a chance of somebody using brick break, since she's a psychic type, and it won't do much.

Psychic/Dark pulse-STAB, in case she must attack. Or dark pulse if you don't want immunities.


answered Oct 8, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
1 vote

Wall set:

Mean look-Trap in foe.

Toxic-slowly drain out foe.

Protect/Light screen/Reflect- Major stalling

Psychic-Deal with taunters, helps do more damage.

I like the idea of a wall, but it wastes that nice special attack.

answered Oct 8, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Oct 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
If you can get Shadow Tag you don't need Mean Look.
Good point, though note that this was posted before I knew what the dream world abilities were going to be.
1 vote

Gothitelle (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Shadow Tag

EVs: 252 Def / 128 SAtk / 128 SDef

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Calm Mind
  • Psyshock
  • Thunderbolt
  • Shadow Ball
answered Jun 3, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Gothitelle @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Shadow Tag
Evs: 4 Hp Hp 252 SpA 252 Def
Modest (+ SpA - Atk)
~ Trick
~ Hidden Power Fighting
~ Substitute
~ Psyshock

No description. Kill all that come in your path.

answered Aug 15, 2012 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
edited Oct 6, 2012 by trachy
I don't know what is good with this set. Trick only rapes Walls...
I never said it was bad. I just don't know why Trick is there. And the term ''rape'' was from his description...... I would prefer an all-offensive set. It's just a matter of opinion....
....... Ok?
1 vote

Gothitelle (M) @ Choice Specs

Trait: Shadow Tag
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Psyshock
  • Thunderbolt
  • Grass Knot / Energy Ball
  • Hidden Power [Ice]
answered Sep 15, 2012 by Mewderator
edited Sep 17, 2012 by Mewderator
Mew, I think I've used this before.
1 vote

No more Mega Gengar? Try this guy instead.

Gothitelle@Choice Specs
Ability: Shadow Tag
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spe / 6 SDef
- Psyshock
- Thunderbolt
- HP Ground
- Trick/Energy Ball

Usage Tips:

Gothitelle is designed to trap and dismantle pesky walls and cores that may otherwise destroy your team. Mega Venusaur, Heatran, Rotom Wash, Skarmory and more are 2HKO'd by Gothitelle. Pair him with deadly late game sweepers that benefit the removal of theese walls. Talonflame, Mawile, Azumarill, and more are all great options.

answered Apr 21, 2014 by ChewyDonuts
You need to lower the total EVs by 2
1 vote

Gothitelle @ Focus Sash Ability: Shadow Tag EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD Calm Nature - Foul Play - Magic Coat - Mirror Coat - Taunt

Gothitelle @ Focus Sash
Ability: Shadow Tag
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
- Foul Play
- Magic Coat
- Mirror Coat
- Taunt

Now this is a really unique build for specific team comps. This build is great to counter SP Sweepers, Hazards and/or Stat Boosters.

Foul Play- Something there to fight against Physical Sweepers (couldn't think of another move for this Gothiltelle build) Would prefer to put a SpA Move such as Shadow Ball, Physic/Psyshock, or Thunderbolt

Magic Coat- Prediction is key to this build. This counters Hazards and place it to the enemies team. Some Hazarders usually dont have an attack, and if they do, its usually really weak, and with Taunt and Shadow Tag, they become utterly useless.

Mirror Coat- Switch this Pokemon in when a SpA Sweeper rolls in on the other team. Mirror Coat would catch many players off guard. Then roll in a taunt, and mirror coat away!

Taunt- See above

answered Jan 8 by Kr0xy
0 votes

Ability: Shadow Tag
EVs: A little in SpDef, then the rest into SpAtk and HP.
Gochiruzeru has lower HP to EVs in that boosts defences better. She will be taking both Physical (Bug/Dark) and Special (Ghost/Dark) attacks.

  • Psychic (obviously)
  • Shadow Ball (covers Fighting, which Dark Pulse does not)
  • Thunderbolt (covers more types like Steel)
  • Reflect (to boost physical defense)
answered Oct 1, 2010 by Pokemaster
0 votes

A Pokemon who looks to be incredible. I expect great things to come from this person. As long as it comes from Dream World that is.

Ability: Shadow Tag (makes Mean Look quite useless)

EVs: Defense, Sp Def, Sp Attack Nature: Quiet

Trick Room: With such horrid speed, this is needed. And now the foe is trapped in the Trick Room. They are now doomed.

Charm: The foe isn't going anywhere, so you should feel safe lowering their stats.

Psychic: STAB.

Energy Ball: Type coverage.

answered Oct 1, 2010 by trachy
edited Oct 1, 2010 by trachy
0 votes

Nature: Timid

EVs: 252 Speed, 252 SA, 4HP


Psychic: Yep..

Dark Pulse: Uh-Hu.

Calm Mind: Raisin Stat Time.

Energy Ball/Thunderbolt/Shadow Ball/Charm: Whatever you want.

answered Oct 2, 2010 by Swampert
0 votes

untested but here's an annoyer set

Ability: Shadow Tag
Item: Leftovers

Tunder Wave chance of being paralyzed and lowers speed
Attract chance of being immolbilized by love
Swagger chance of hitting itself in confusion and raises foes attack to cause greater damage to themselves
Confusion/Pound STAB with chance to confuse or weaker attack( explained below)

Between paralysis, being infatuated, and confusion, your probably never gonna get hit once you've set up, then just nick away at your foe while you recover with leftovers if you took damage before and slowly kill ur foe while they're helpless to stop you. pound is probably better for this since it does less damage thanks to Gothitelle's low attack stat which gives you more time to recover with leftovers

answered Sep 14, 2012 by ScytheMasta
I would love to have TUNDER Wave....
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Gothitelle @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Shadow Tag
EVs: 252 SAtk / 158 Def / 100 SDef OR 100 HP
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Trick
- Calm Mind
- Hidden Power [Fighting]/Thunderbolt
- Psychic/Psyshock

This set is specifically made to counter sweepers that need to set up. Gothitelle uses Trick to pass off its Choice Scarf as the other Pokemon uses its set up move. Your opponent is now stuck - unable to switch out but unable to do any damage to you either. Gothitelle can then spam Calm Mind until it's at full, then it can be a devastating force on the offensive. Psychic/Psyshock are pretty much definite - powerful STAB moves with the boosts from Calm Mind - but you could replace the other move slot with Shadow Ball. The reason I don't recommend doing this is because Gothitelle should have a move that can hit Dark types for, at least, neutral damage. With the EVs, since it gets the boost in SDef from Calm Mind you don't really need the SDef EVs, so you can put the 100 into HP instead. However, I recommend it with 100 SDef EVs, just in case you don't get the opportunity to set up with Calm Mind.

answered Jan 23, 2014 by JellyWobbles101
0 votes

This is my favorite thing to do on battle spot.

Gothitelle@Choice scarf
Shadow tag
EVs full HP, full defense, rest on SPA
Modest is best
-dark pulse

This is not for sweeping or walling, not for stalling, simply it shall almost guarantee the doom of whoever the opponents first is.

Use trick first, its very likely that the opponent will be holding something, then use torment, now every other turn they are forced to struggle, killing themselves, as long as you stand ground they cant escape. If you want to be ven more evil, protect when they arent struggling. caution: if they go first they have the chance to change the move they get stuck using, beware dark, ghost and bug. Its better to switch to someone else for setup, but if you do the other can switch out too.

My friend refused to play with me if I used gothitelle, because it was "terrifying".

answered Oct 20 by Lord Zonar