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What is a good moveset for Basculin?

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asked Oct 18, 2010 by trachy
edited Feb 11, 2011 by Pokemaster
Likely tier: Neverused.

10 Answers

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Reckless: Yay?
Nature: Adamant: Of Course.
EVs: 252 Attack, 128 Speed, 124 HP

Double Edge: Give It Some Leftovers, to recover the huge Recoil. But Hey, Your Doing Damage right?
Aqua Tail: Its Got power....
Life Gamble: All Right.
Flail: If Your Health is High, but you have a dissadvantage, Gamble Your Life. if Your Health is low, and your at a disadvantage, Flop Around on the ground and Flail to Destroy all.

answered Oct 18, 2010 by Swampert
Life Gamble causes fainting of user. This is just so people don't confuse this as a strategy involving Life Gamble making Flail powerful. The point is that you should do a lot of damage at the extremes of health.
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This guy might be able to set up with his Focus Sash provided the opponent doesn't carry priority moves. Aqua Jet, combined with Adaptability, makes for a priority-80-Base power water attack. Aqua Tail also doubles, dropping in at 180 base power. With no defenses but a sash to keep you in the mix to set up speed, Agility will double up your speed to ensure your choice of Flail or other moves might hit first. I personally haven't used it but I intend to breed such a fish.

Basculin @ (Focus Sash)

Trait: Adaptibility

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP

IV's: Try for high attack and even speed if you can, "Fantastic" or "Can't be better" from the IV checker will be what it needs

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Aqua Jet
  • Aqua Tail
  • Flail
  • Agility

answered Dec 13, 2012 by The Adamant Ditto
edited Mar 17, 2013 by The Adamant Ditto
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The final moveset till we recieve some confirmation on a few things. The unfortunate thing is ending with this guy. I was going with the theory that every odd numbered generation we would get A gyarados/Milotic type evolution line. Unfortunately, we get this guy instead.

Ability: Rock head

EVs: Attack, Speed, HP Nature: Jolly

Waterfall: STAB.

Double-Edge: A powerful move with no recoil

Crunch: Type coverage.

Life Gamble: Just make this guy do 300 some damage right off the bat and take down plenty of Pokemon in Neverused.

answered Oct 18, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 25, 2012 by Speed freak
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Basculin (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Mold Breaker

EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Final Gambit
  • Aqua Jet
  • Crunch
  • Soak
answered Jun 29, 2011 by trachy
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Basculin-A (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Adaptability

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Aqua Jet
  • Crunch
  • Return
  • Agility
answered Jun 29, 2011 by trachy
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double edge
ice beam

answered Mar 14, 2012 by stanbobjones
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Basculin (F) @ Mystic Water
Trait: Adaptability
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Waterfall
- Aqua Jet
- Crunch
- Taunt

Crunch is coverage and a back up move, mainly.
Taunt is kind of unpredictable on this guy, so it's a nice touch. It's mainly there if you use this guy as a lead ( like me ) to avoid having your opponent set up hazards.
Waterfall is standard STAB with Mystic Water and Adaptability behind it to super charge it's power. Aqua Jet is his priority move for foes who can out speed him.

answered Apr 29, 2012 by 10%
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Item: Life-orb/Focus-sash
Ability: Adaptability
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp

Waterfall or Aqua-jet



Zen-headbutt or Super-power

He got some useful move tutor moves this game. Waterfall is for powerful STAB, while Aqua-jet is good priority, both are boosted by his ability. Crunch is coverage. Bounce is coverage over grass types. Zen-headbutt is coverage while Super-power is very strong coverage though you can not use it repeatedly.

answered Jul 25, 2012 by Speed freak
edited Jul 25, 2012 by Speed freak
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Ability: reckless
Item: life orb
Double-edge(DO THE DAMAGE)
Chip Away( isn't affected by stat changes)
aqua tail( KO the fire types)
Crunch(STAB, good damage, and might lower opponent's defense)
Wipes out battle subway with Raichu

answered Mar 9, 2013 by bobbito
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Basculin @ Life Orb / Leftovers

Role: NU Wall Breaker

Ability: Adaptability / Mold Breaker

EVs: 248 Atk / 8 Sp. Atk / 252 Speed

Naive Nature (- Sp. Def, + Speed)

  • Taunt
  • Final Gambit / Superpower
  • Waterfall / Aqua Jet
  • Hidden Power [Electric] / Ice Beam


Basculin does have a niche as a Stall Breaker. With access to Taunt and Final Gambit, it can easily defeat most walls.

Taunt + Final Gambit is always a nice combo for breaking through walls and works well with Leftovers. The problem is that if it wants to use attacks, the lack in power is considerable. Superpower is a nice alternative to Final Gambit for more coverage and has good power when combined with Life Orb.

Waterfall has great power and STAB. Aqua Jet would work better with Final Gambit because it can revenge kill with Aqua Jet and then take down a bulky wall (that switches in) with Final Gambit.

Hidden Power [Electric] has more situational uses, but it is alot more better with Seismitoad gone. It is meant to nail Water-types like Poliwrath, Samurott, Pelipper, and Prinplup (although you have to be careful around with Lanturn because it might have Volt Absorb). On the other hand, Ice Beam deals with Grass-types, such as Lilligant. Basculin also could work as a lure for physically bulky Water-types because most people are expecting a phsyical sweeper set and Water-types can wall Basculin.

Note: Adaptability should be used with Aqua Jet to boost its power, while Mold Breaker can be used with Hidden Power [Electric] / Waterfall just in case if there is a Water Absorb or a Volt Absorb Lanturn (or any other Pokemon with the same abilities).

answered Aug 25 by MechSteelix
edited Aug 25 by MechSteelix