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What is a good moveset for Keldeo?

2 votes
asked Oct 24, 2010 by trachy
edited Feb 11, 2011 by Pokemaster
Oh thanks. I thought this guy just look Uber to me.
Keldeo doesn't lead the others in the Musketeer quartet. Cobalion is the leader.
Oh sorry. Then I wonder why they made keldeo so much smaller and why did he get the whole giveaway? If it were me I would have given away colbalions and made keldeo available in-game.
Keldeo is smaller as he was a young pokemon raised by the musketeers. My guess is he was a giveaway because he wasn't an important member of the quartet.
its because they are the three musketeers and  he is dartanion ( sorry if i misspelled it)  and  he is the  newer member of the group who eventually surpasses his  mentors and  becomes the most famous and  powerful of the quartet

12 Answers

3 votes

A physical set.

Ability: Heart of Justice

EVs: Attack, Speed, HP Nature: Adamant

Swords Dance: Makes this set possible.

Aqua Tail: STAB. I would rather have Waterfall, but this weakling doesn't get it.

Sacred Sword: A powerful move, going through stat changes.

Stone Edge: To deal with Flying types.

answered Oct 24, 2010 by trachy
Great set trachy! You're a boss! Just a question, do you think keldeo is worth adding to my team? I'm just not sure because I hate it's typing, but then again it is the leader of that lame dog or whatever trio. Man I hate all of the Unova legends other than Genesect and Zekrom. The others all look lame.
I haven't liked it in Clear Skies OU, but I've heard it is very effective on a Rain team.
Yeah but typically this guy would not be anyone's first choice for a rain dance team.
It can take down Blissey/Chansey better than most Special Rain sweepers. And it still has a high Special Attack and Speed, so a Specs+Rain+STAB Hydro Pump can do some serious damage.
That is if hydro pump hits. I'm one of those guys that usually doesn't rely on those 120 power 80 accuracy moves or ones similar, with the exception of my hydreigon knowing focus blast. But your point is proven.
3 votes


Keldeo @ Life Orb

Trait: Justified

EVs: 4 SAtk / 252 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Hidden Power [Electric]
  • Surf / Focus Blast
  • Scald
  • Secret Sword

Hidden Power gets coverage. Surf gets powa, and Focus Blast is STAB plus takes out those god damn Ferrothorn. Scald is STAB, plus the burn chance is nice. Calm Mind boosts. Keldeo takes so many hits with those EVs.
This guy needs OU or UU, IMO. Most of you have faced this set, and it proves domiance.

answered Jun 9, 2012 by Ninja
edited Jun 25, 2012 by Ninja
why not HP (ice) provides both flying and grass coverage and hits for neutral damage on electric.
2 votes

A Pokemon with what I think is a very poor movepool, which is bad for a Legendary. Not a very impressive event Pokemon.

Ability: Heart of Justice

EVs: Sp Attack, Sp Def, Speed Nature: Calm

Sword of Mystery: The signature move. Not as good as other signature moves, pretty much Psycho Shock with five more base power and Fighting and type. Useful for Blissey, but this guy shouldn't be in OU.

Surf: STAB.

Hidden Power Ice: I have never seen a Water type without Ice Beam (at least not in my memory.) This guy has a horrible movepool.

Calm Mind: Filler.

answered Oct 24, 2010 by trachy
You forget Magikarp trachy XD Though the Seismitoad family also lacks Ice-beam. But I do get your point.
2 votes

Keldeo @ Lum Berry

Trait: Justified

EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Secret Sword
  • Calm Mind
  • Scald
  • Hidden Power [Bug]
answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
2 votes

Keldeo-R @ Choice Specs/Life Orb

Trait: Justified
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Surf
  • Hidden Power [Electric]
  • Icy Wind
  • Secret Sword
answered Jun 25, 2012 by Mewderator
edited Aug 12, 2012 by Mewderator
1 vote

Keldeo @ Life Orb
Trait: Justified
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Aqua Jet
- Hidden Power [Electric]
- Focus Blast
- Secret Sword

answered Mar 2, 2012 by Ninja
instead remove Aqua jet for scald and give it choice scarf

also remove focus blast for calm mind
Why should (he) change to Calm Mind if you want to replace Life Orb with Choice Scarf? Should it spam Calm Mind or what?
0 votes


Link to Keldeo's Resolution Forme- http://images.serebii.net/corocoro6124.jpg
Ability: Justified
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Item: Leftovers
- Scald
- Secret Sword
- Calm Mind
- Hidden Power (Ice)

answered Mar 6, 2012 by mblinginballer
edited Jun 13, 2012 by mblinginballer
0 votes

Keldeo @ Life Orb
Trait: Justified
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance -- doubles attack
- Aqua Tail -- stab water move, and it's physical
- Close Combat -- stab fighting move, physical
- Stone Edge -- great coverage

item for better attacking power, he really needs all of the stacking on his attack he can get
evs give good physical sweeper traits
nature is adamant > jolly because he's still lacking too much attack and his speed ain't too bad

answered Mar 6, 2012 by G0LD
0 votes

Keldeo-R @ Leftovers

Trait: Justified
EVs: 184 HP / 64 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Substitute
  • Calm Mind
  • Surf
  • Secret Sword
answered Sep 26, 2012 by Mewderator
Wow. This is a very viable set with great potential. He could easily set up with his awesome defenses, and then hit back hard with a solid 129 SAtk to easily 3HKO almost anything!!!
0 votes

I suppose I must answer this

Keldeo@life orb

Special moveset:
Surf(Power+STAB)
HP Ice(Cover against grass types)
Calm Mind(Increasing sp defence and increases offences)
Secret Sword(Very useful for other Pokemon on your team to use screech+STAB)
EVs:252 speed,252 sp attack,4 hp
Nature:Modest

answered Dec 5, 2012 by AegisDatLash
0 votes

I know I don't have to answer, since it was asked about 2 years ago, but I think it's good.

Special Set:

Item: Life Orb
Ability: Justified
EVs: 252 Speed/252 Sp. Atk/4 Sp. Def
Nature: Timid (+Speed -Atk)

Moveset: Hydro Pump (STAB)
Secret Sword (Why not)
Focus Blast (STAB, good power)
Hidden Power Electric (Type Coverage)

Physical Set:

Item: Life Orb
EVs: 252 Speed/252 Atk/4 Sp. Def
Nature: Jolly (+Speed -Sp. Atk)

Moveset: Aqua Tail (STAB, just because)
Sacred Sword (STAB, good for dealing with stat freaks)
X-Scissor (Type Coverage)
Poison Jab (Type Coverage)

answered Jan 25, 2013 by Zirrix
Wait Stone Edge not Poison Jab, got X-Scissor for Grass Coverage.
Edit it then
0 votes

Keldeo-R @ Expert Belt

Trait: Justified
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Surf
  • Secret Sword
  • Icy Wind
  • Hidden Power [Bug]

This specific Keldeo is one of the best checks to Celebi, in my opinion, It just catches so many Pokemon off guard due to the current popularity of the Choice Scarf set, which runs Surf / Hydro Pump / Secret Sword / Hidden Power [Ice]. Easily walled by Celebi, and even an HP Ice does around 40%, which Celebi can simply recover off with Recover or Giga Drain.

Expert Belt is the item of choice, so Keldeo can easily bluff a Choice Scarf / Specs set, causing an easier time dealing with the number 1 switchin into Keldeo. EVs grant Downloaders a great Attack boost instead of Special Attack.

Surf is your primary STAB move, hitting Pokemon more reliably that Hydro Pump. It's rarely gonna be not powered up, due to the prominence of Rain in the current Metagame. Secret Sword is the secondary STAB move, hitting Pokemon like Blissey on their weaker Defensive side. Expert Belt allows for the switching of moves, and Ferrothorn is knocked out by Surf and Secret Sword, usually. Icy Wind is the Ice move now that the Hidden Power slot is occupied, and it really helps if you are threatened by Dragon Dancing Pokemon like Haxorus and Salamence, and lowers their Speed in time to get damaged again the following turn. Finally, Hidden Power Bug nails Celebi, one of the best switchins into Keldeo, extremely hard. Here's a damage calculation:

252SpAtk Expert Belt Keldeo Resolution (Neutral) Hidden Power (Bug) vs 252HP/252SpDef Leftovers Celebi (+SpDef): 65% - 77% (264 - 312 HP). Guaranteed 2HKO.

That's a pretty hefty amount for a Celebi to take from any Special Attack. And since Celebi will usually have taken damage beforehand, Keldeo usually can clean uo Celebi easily. Stealth Rock and Spikes damage help even more against Celebi.

And I think I talked more about Celebi then Keldeo...

answered Jul 17, 2013 by Mewderator
That calc. Flippin 2HKO's max SDef Celebi O.O