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Samurott: Physical or Special Moveset?

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I want to know as I just traded for a Dewott but I do not know if it should be physical or special but I am thinking physical as it has no good special moves even if its special attack is more. Please suggest a nature and item along with a moveset.

asked Jun 16, 2013 by luke777

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Well, Samurott can run both, but physical set for in-game, special or physical for Showdown (depending on what your team needs).

Samurott @ Life Orb
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Timid
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- HP Grass
- Surf/ Scald

Samurott relies on Hidden Power as part of its moveset, so it's kinda hard to get the right type in game. If you really want to run a special set in game, go for Grass Knot. That's the only special move that gives coverage.

Samurott @ Lum Berry
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Nature: Jolly
- Swords Dance
- Aqua Jet
- Waterfall
- Megahorn

No Life Orb for this set because if you get burnt your ruined. I actually run X-Scissor on my Physical Samurott because of Megahorn's low PP & accuracy, but competitively I'd recommend Megahorn.


I would suggest a physical set over special, however, because of two reasons:
i. boosting move - Swords Dance. Samurott cannot learn Calm Mind/ Nasty Plot.
ii. +1 STAB priority, Aqua Jet. Samurott is slow even with speed EVs, so Aqua Jet is a really nice move.

answered Jun 16, 2013 by fondant
selected Jun 17, 2013 by luke777
But aqua jet is not really that strong and what about aqua tail?
Won't the life orb keep on taking our HP and there is no healing move.
Samurott is meant to sweep as fast & as much as possible before it faints. For the special set, it has no boosting move and therefore needs Life Orb.

And Aqua Tail is not a good move. 90% accuracy, compared to Waterfall which has 100% accuracy and a 30% chance to flinch. Also Aqua Jet is a brilliant move to clean up stragglers, i.e. Pokemon with just a few HP left, so that Samurott doesn't need to take a hit if they're faster than it.
OK thanks but I was really thinking razor shell over waterfall as it can lower target's defense and I think I might put X-scissor in because of the accuracy risk but still thanks again.
Razor Shell isn't worth it imo; 95% accuracy and 75 base power, okay yes it has a 50% chance of lowering defence, but what if it doesn't/ if it misses? Waterfall is better, at 80 base power, 100% accuracy and added bonus of 30% chance flinching. It also has more PP than Razor Shell.
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Samurott can run both, actually. It's great mixed offenses work well. Here's the moveset for both.


Physical:

Samurott (M) @ Lum Berry
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Aqua Jet
- Razor Shell
- Megahorn


Special:

Samurott (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- Hidden Power [Grass]
- Surf


answered Jun 16, 2013 by Mewderator
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Samurott is a balanced Pokemon so do half of your moves physical and half special
Special moves
Hydro pump
Ice beam
Physical
Megahorn
Razorshell/waterfall/aqua tail.

answered Jun 17, 2013 by pokemonmaster100