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What is a good moveset for Excadrill?

5 votes
asked Oct 10, 2010 by trachy
edited Feb 11, 2011 by Pokemaster
Likely tier: Underused
"Likely tier: Underused" 6 months later...
Real Tier Overused 6 months even later....
And Uber even later!
Meh. It wouldn't be there if not for Sand Rush. I use a Mold Breaker Scarf Set.

12 Answers

7 votes

Excadrill (M) @ Air Balloon

Trait: Sand Rush

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Swords Dance
  • X-Scissor
  • Rock Slide
  • Earthquake
answered Jun 28, 2011 by trachy
My favorite moveset for my favorite Pokemon!!! :D
Youre a pro a movesets. I am interested in how you do it, and how good you are in the game.
You're awesome, dude.
Omg I beat the leage for with this pokemon and this moveset!!!! (I didnt mean I deafeted the whole elite 4 with only this pokemon)
I prefer using brick break over swords dance because I think excadrill is a perfect revenge killer in sandstorm. This allows him to come in and KO through screens, as well as hitting hard against levitating steel types. While swords dance is useful when it can be set up, a choice band excadrill in sand storm can OHKO a large portion of the meta game
3 votes

A Pokemon that I have considered for my main team, although its typing would leave me to have too many like weaknesses, meaning it was out of consideration at that point. It also has surprisingly poor defensive stats for a Steel type.

Ability: Sand Throw

EVs: Speed, Attack, HP Nature: Jolly

Sandstorm: While the damage to the foe is nice, the main point of this is to increase Speed. While it has decent Speed, most foes will still be abl to outrun it without Sand Throw.

Swords Dance: Allows for an attack increase also.

Earthquake: STAB. Incredible move.

Rock Slide: Useful to have the flinch, due to this guy usually being able to go first.

answered Oct 10, 2010 by trachy
1 vote

Excadrill (M) @ Air Balloon
Trait: Sand Force or Sand Rush
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Hone Claws
- Drill Run
- Rock Slide
- Metal Claw

Most of the time you can get away with running Sand force and fake your opponent into thinking you have Sand Rush.

All moves benefit with either ability. Hone Claws jacks your attack from the start and fixes all of your accuracy issues. Drill run gets STAB and a good crit chance. that crit chance is probably the only reason you would ever consider running it over earthquake. ( excluding the fact that drill run has a cool animation and it's excadrill's signature )

rock slide is coverage. Metal Claw is STAB and a decent chance to boost your attack. between STAB and Sand Force is can actually do some decent damage too!

answered Apr 7, 2012 by 10%
1 vote

Excadrill
@ Smooth Rock/Expert Belt
Ability: Sand Rush
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Earthquake
Sandstorm
Swords Dance
Shadow Claw

Earthquake is pretty predictable, but that does not stop it from being a powerful move with 100 accuracy.
Sandstorm is to raise speed, you can opt for Smooth Rock to make it last if you want.
Swords Dance is practically icing on the cake, and Shadow Claw hits those Ghosties in the Uber Teir(I'm looking at you, Giratina).
Expert Belt adds more juice to Super Effective moves.

answered Nov 2, 2012 by Poke'slash
reshown Nov 2, 2012 by Poke'slash
0 votes

Excadrill (M) @ Air Balloon
Trait: Sand Rush
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

Earthquake
Rock Slide
Brick Break
Swords Dance

answered Nov 2, 2012 by Exca le roi
0 votes

Here is what I think: Ability: Sand Rush
Item: Earth plate

Earthquake-Strongest ground type move and STAB
Rock slide-Deals with flying types and some others too
Sandstorm-Because of its ability Sand Rush
Swords Dance-It can raise its attack which can be very helpful

enter image description hereHopefully I helped!

answered Mar 2, 2013 by FrozenVanillite
edited Mar 4, 2013 by FrozenVanillite
0 votes

excadrill@life orb
ability:sand rush
nature: jolly
ev-252 atk 252 speed 4 hp
moves- sandstorm-upgrades speed with sand rush, 50% increase in sp.def and takes advantage of ground typing
earthquake- main STAB, 100 base power
rock slide- takes care of pesky flying types that are immune to earthquake
swords dance- makes excadrill destroy any Pokemon not immune to its attacks

answered Mar 12, 2013 by aidanbunachita673
0 votes

Excadrill Adamant nature with Focus Sash. Sand Rush ability with Tyranitar or Hippowdon on your team
Move Set
Sword Dance
Rapid Spin-To get rid of the field hazard right after a Sword Dance boost.
Earthquake-STAB and to kill those fire or E-quake rock types who dare go against Excadrill.
Iron Head-STAB Plus a chance to flinch opponent.

answered Jun 3, 2013 by PokEntropy
0 votes

Excadrill @ Metal Plate/Quick Claw

Ability: Sand Force

EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 Sp. Def

Adamant nature (Atk+/Sp. Atk -)

Moves:

Drill Run: Chance of critical hits, STAB

Metal Claw: Chance for boost of ATK stat, STAB

Swords Dance: Sharp boost of ATK stat

Earthquake: High power, hits mult. foes, STAB

(I would prefer to pair this with a Tyranitar because of the Sandstream ability to utilize the Sand Force ability. Also make sure Tyranitar holds an Air Balloon to prevent damage from Earthquake usage.)

answered Aug 11, 2013 by PokeIdeals
0 votes

Item: earth plate
Ability: mold breaker
EVs: 4 Sp Atk, 252 Atk, 252 Def

Move set:

Earthquake- STAB most powerful ground move
Rock slide- Coverage
Swords dance- SUPER ATTACK
Rapid spin- This is a competitive excadrill

answered Dec 5, 2013 by koenigseggw
–3 votes

attack
1 Skull Bash
2 Hidden Power
3 Hyper Beam
4 Earthquake

answered Apr 28, 2012 by ethan63525
How does this make sense?
It's special attack is too low for hidden power and hyper beam to make sense
–3 votes

Hey,
I think that Excadrill is a great choice for your team, and you should keep it to help in the Elite Four. Here is a moveset that I think is the best for Excadrill:

Fissure PP. 5

Drill run PP. 5

Horn drill PP. 10

Sandstorm PP. 10

Fissure is a great move, but usually only works on slower Pokemon. Sandstorm is a great move also, and it does damage to your enemy. It also boosts your speed stat IF you have the ability Sand Rush, but if you have Sand Force ability, then it raises the power of Rock, Steel, and Ground types by 30%. Drill Run and Horn Drill are also good moves, seeing as that they are powerful in themselves.

Hope this helped!
~Disdestroyer~

answered Mar 2, 2013 by disdestroyer
That is awful, tons of ghosts can wall it and OHKO moves are terrible