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What is a good moveset for Chesnaught?

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Chesnaught Pokedex & learnset

Chesnaught sprite

asked Oct 22, 2013 by MovesetBot
edited Oct 31, 2013 by Pokemaster
Likely Tier: RU.
It's an interesting Pokemon. It has a lot of great resists, but in exchange it has a lot of horrible weaknesses. It's possible that those resists will make it see play in RU, but in terms of a Fighting type Pokemon, you have things like Gallade which are a much better choice. I'd say NU.
Avoid the All Caps, geodududue.
It's a powerhouse and spiky shield proves very useful.

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Bulky Setup Artist

Chesnaught @ leftovers
Ability: Bulletproof
Nature: Impish
EVs: 252 Hp 252 Def 4 Sp. Def

Leech Seed/Toxic
Spikey Shield

answered Nov 5, 2013 by Hiccups
Leach seed because of STAB. ( would it be effected by STAB? )
What about Sludge Bomb?
Yay! Complete Gengar protection!
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Bulky Band

Chesnaught@choice band
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 hp 252 atk 4 sdef
-Wood Hammer/Seed Bomb
-Hammer Arm
-Stone Edge
-Shadow Claw/Earthquake/Seed Bomb

Power up punch may also be used as a psuedo-moxie for late game cleaning

answered Oct 23, 2013 by Dudeicolo
Where do you get the TMs for Stone Edge, Shadow Claw, and Earthquake?
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A slow tank
ability:either one is good
EVs:252 health,252 atk,4 special def
seed bomb/wood hammer-your basic strong grass move
hammer arm-your basic strong fighting move
gyro ball-since he's slow and hammer arm makes him slower this will be great!
belly drum-to make him an offensive/defensive tank

or you can give him:
defensive/offensive tank
EVs:252 health,252 def,4 special def

seed bomb/wood hammer/hammer arm/earthquacke-a basic strong move,don't use stone edge (it's accurecy is to low)
leach seed/synthesis/pain split/giga drain/swagger-to gain health/or if swagger,to confuse
spikey shield/substitute/a health gaining move-to deflect/to gain health while the other Pokemon is confused
belly drum-too make him invincable

and my personal favorite: the subpuncher moveset
ev's:252 health,252 sdef,4 def
ability:they're both pretty good but I went with bulletproof

-focus punch
-seed bomb-so you don't get walled by ghost types
-belly drum

notes:substitute and pain split work well together.There's hardly any point of using swagger and spiky shield.depending on if you use seed bomb or wood hammer a good item would be miracle seed just to make him even stronger.left overs is a good item because if you use leach seed and this item he gains 1/8 of his health every turn so in 4 turns of using spiky shield he'll have full health.The reason you shouldn't use bulk up instead of belly drum is because bulk up takes to long and bulk up does the defence,your opponent could use special moves.

answered Jun 25 by kobrah
edited Aug 7 by kobrah
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Chesnaught @ Leftovers
Trait: Overgrow
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature

  • Bulk Up
  • Hammer Arm
  • Seed Bomb
  • Stone Edge/Earthquake/Pain Split

Bulk Up boosts its defense and attack to increase its ability to take and dish out physical hits. Hammer Arm and Seeb Bomb are STABs that will hit hard after some boosts. Stone Edge is recommended for the last slot to hit flying types, Earthquake also gets some type coverage, although not as useful. Pain Split is also a viable option to keep it healthy and going, and is also unfortunately its only form of recovery.

An alternate spread of 252 HP / 252 SDef / 4 Atk and a Careful Nature can be used to have an easier time taking on special attackers, but the extra attack seems more useful imo.

answered Oct 22, 2013 by JarJar~
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Chesnaught (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Overgrow
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Leech Seed
- Spiky Shield
- Seed Bomb

answered Oct 23, 2013 by Mewderator
Instead of Substitute, an other attack maybe ?
and maybe an EV Spread like that : 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef and a Careful nature ?
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When I saw this, I thought PHYSICAL TANKS GALORE!!!
Chesnaught 252 Atk 252 Def 4 HP
Item: Focus Sash
Nature: Impish
Ability: Bulletproof
Wood Hammer is because it doesn't have great speed anyway.
Spiky Shield. Well, duh!
Stone Edge is a Rock type move. This is like Rock Slide for Sceptile!
Power-Up-Punch is for the STAB and the extra attack bonus.
Chesnught doesn't have the greatest typing, but when you use him carefully, he can be great.

answered Oct 23, 2013 by MasterLucario300
Focus Sash? Really?
And Wood Hammer causes recoil :P
Wood Hammer has recoil, you are thinking of Hammer Arm
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Trait: Overgrow
Evs: 252 HP/128 atk/128 def
Impish Nature
-Bulk Up
-Spiky Shield
-Wood Hammer/Seed Bomb
-Stone Edge

This guy has good potential to be a offensive physical wall. A great defense stat and a good attack set take advantage of bulk up. Stone edge gives it a powerful comeback on any fire or flying types shouldn't be on this guy. Wood Hammer is powerful and reliable STAB(minus recoil) or you can have non recoil seed bomb. Spiky shield lets it be a further physical wall, acting like protect AND causing damage. It works pretty well with leftovers

answered Oct 23, 2013 by Generekt
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I have not really got into Gen 6 due to my work schedule but after seeing it's movepool I believe Chesnaught would make a great physical wall and has a great hidden ability in Bulletproof. This would be great for it .

Physical Wall

Ability: Bulletproof
Item: Leftovers
Nature: Impish/Adamant
EVs: 252 HP, 244 Def & 8 Atk
-Spiky Shield
-Pain Split
-Power- Up Punch

I placed Spiky Shield in the 1st slot because, it's a Protect move that dishes out damage if contact is made which is a very useful move. Pain Split is placed in the 2nd slot since this Chesnaught's only reliable source to recover HP besides holding Leftovers, which leads to placing Toxic at the 3rd which can go great with Pain Split for stalling purposes. And at the 4th slot Power-Up Punch takes it's place there just in case your opponent uses Taunt on you and you get an automatic +1 increase in Attack which can come in handy.

answered Nov 1, 2013 by Sho'Nuff1988
Personally i think it would be best for 252 Def 252 SpDef and the last 4 into HP because it is weak to fire which are largely special attack and flying which are a lot of both so is poison and ice and psychic and fairy how many weaknesses does this guy have? so anyway it has more Sp Atk weaknesses but you know whatever floats your boat
No Pain Split, it gets Synthesis.
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Weakness Policy
- if hit by a Super Effective move, it's Attack will go up / Shell Bell or Leftovers- it heals HP (Shell Bell- it has to inflict damage)
4 HP/ 252 Attack/ 252 Defense
Seed Bomb- 80 damage
Low Sweep- Good damage (65) and lowers Speed
Spiky Shield Protects Chesnaught from attacks & if hit, it damages the attacking Pokémon.
Bulk Up- Raises Chesnaught's Attack & Defense by 1

answered Dec 2, 2013 by FenaFox
edited Dec 3, 2013 by FenaFox
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Chesnaught@Choice Band
Ev's: 252 Defense/ 252 Attack/ 4 Hp
-Wood Hammer
-Hammer Arm
-Stone Edge
-Dragon Claw

answered Jan 9, 2014 by jy161
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Bulky physical attacker

Chesnaught @ Life orb/Lum berry
Ability: Bulletproof
Nature: Adamant
EVS: 252 Hp 252 Atk 4 Sp.def

Wood hammer/Seed bomb
Hammer arm/ Brick break
Rock slide/Toxic/Synthesis
Synthesis/Substitute/Leech seed

answered Jan 14, 2014 by Pohkayman
Exactly what i would have said except i would have spiky shield as an option somewhere. I happen to have already ev trained him before looking and when i saw this i was happy that someone else had chosen mine too! BTW, i am going to use this :)
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health involved tank!
ability; bulletproof
item; leftovers or any health restoring item
nature; impish

  • belly drum(max attack)
  • pain split(gain lost health from opponent)
  • wood hammer(STAB)
  • hammer arm(STAB)
answered Feb 3, 2014 by samurisceptile
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Bulky Physical Attacker

Chesnaught@ Expert Belt/Leftovers enter image description here

Ability: Overgrow

Nature: Impish

EVs: 252 Defence, 252 Attack, 4 HP


  • Earthquake (All-powerful Earthquake gives Chesnaught coverage against Poison and Fire-types and, duh, its like one of the best moves around)
  • Stone Edge (Powerful move and also gives coverage against Flying and Ice types)
  • Spiky Shield (Protects Chesnaught from attacks and if hit, it damages the attacking Pokémon)
  • Seed Bomb (Strong move and recieves STAB and benefits from Chesnaught's ability, Overgrow)
answered Feb 20, 2014 by Torterra02
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Slow Tank/Sweeper

Chesnaught @ Assault Vest

Nature: Brave (+Attack -Speed)
Ability: Bulletproof
EV's: 252 Attack
252 HP
4 Defense

1. Spiky Shield (Protect + physical=damage)/Synthesis (Recovery)
2. Hammer Arm (STAB, Great power, Horrible speed anyway)
3. Seed Bomb (Good power & accuracy, STAB)
4. Shadow Claw (Psychic coverage, high crit rate)

Love this guy, he got outclassed by Greninja and gets overlooked so much.

answered Mar 27, 2014 by scyther used fly
Can't use Spiky Shield or Synthesis while holding an Assault Vest.
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Chesnaught @ leftovers
Ability: Bulletproof
Nature: Brave
EVs: 252 Def, 252 Atk, 4 SpDef

Spiky Shield
Hammer Arm
Seed Bomb
Toxic/Bulk Up

Hammer arm and seed bomb are STAB moves with good power. Wood Hammer is NOT used as this set is for good endurance. Bulk Ub for Atk and Def boosts, but I prefer toxic. Use toxic if you want to poison your opponent, then protect and damage with spiky shield to slowly damage the opponent, while any damage is healed with leftovers.

answered Apr 24, 2014 by Lobster44
edited May 8, 2014 by Lobster44
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Physical Tank EVs 252 HP/ 252 Atk/ 4 Sp. Def
Item – Aguav/Figy/Mago/Iapapa Berry
Nature – Adamant/ Implish/ Careful
Ability – Bullet Proof
- Spiky Shield Lv. 36/75
- Belly Drum Lv. 1
- Pain Split Lv. 52
- Hammer Arm Lv. 1/60

answered May 29, 2014 by backnaxt21
Why not use Sitrus berry instead of the heal/confusion berries? He also needs another attack, as he can't hit ghosts. This set is more wall than tank.
Would Belly Drum work though I can`t figure out if it is valuable enough when I could just go all out attack.
Yes, but not on this set. He needs 2 attacks to run an effective belly drum set, preferably with priority as he's slow.
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Physical Wall

Ability: Bulletproof
Item: Leftovers, any healing item or Rocky Helmet
- Seed Bomb
- Hammer Arm
- Toxic
- Pain Split

Seed Bomb and Hammer Arm for some contact/STAB. Toxic to poison the target to lower its HP and Pain Split to get back HP along with the Leftovers to stall the opponent or use the Rocky Helmet for some damage if hit by a contact move.

answered Jun 11, 2014 by Chesnaught&Pikachu
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There is a problem with most of these Chesnaught's; they won't survive a hit from something like a Mega Gengar, which is why I use this:

Chesnaught @Black Glasses
Ability: Bulletproof
Nature: Adamant
EVs: HP 4, Atk 252, SpDef 252

Spikey Shield,
Seed Bomb,
Hammer Arm,

The terms behind the use of Payback are amazing, hence why adding it onto something that can survive a hit from a Mega Gengar is great, especially when you actually use Payback, it becomes a OHKO! Also, the reason you EV train him in SpDef is because his Def is high enough already, this just makes him bulkier and more deadly.

answered Jul 30, 2014 by Doobason
Incorrect, he can in fact survive a mega gengar hit. Because of bulletproof it is immune to sludge bomb, focus blast and shadow ball commonly used on a sweeping gengar. If you want to counter mega gengar use earthquake. It sees more non recoil coverage
True, but quite a lot of sweeping Mega Gengar's use Dazeling Gleem, hence why I use Payback. And Hammer Arm decreases its speep, which increases the use of Payback.
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Good strategies...

Chesnaught @ Life Orb/Stone Plate
Ability: Overgrow or Bulletproof
Nature: Brave

-Rollout: It may not look strong, BUT it gets a boost from the Stone Plate/Life Orb and increases in power every turn until it misses. Amazing and unique Rock-type move.
-Wood Hammer: Amazing Grass-type move, but it chips away some of your HP. Talk about overpower!
-Drain Punch: Heals up damage from Wood Hammer and Life Orb.
Spiky Shield: Makes this Pokémon have a Direct Counter and protects itself in the process. Those spikes will really hurt a Machamp's fists.

answered Mar 9 by Arceac12
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Role: Bulky Physical Sweeper
Ability: Bulletproof
EVs: 252atk, 252sp def, 4hp
Nature: Adamant
Item: leftovers
Wood Hammer: Stab, 120 power but 33% recoil.
Drain Punch: Stab, heals back damage dealt.
Leech seed: Heals back a little bit of damage.
Spiky shield: Protects you from attacks and hurts opponent if they make contact

answered Apr 15 by nintendogamer639