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asked Nov 10, 2013 by MovesetBot

13 Answers

3 votes

Carbink @ Light Clay
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Sp. Def
Nature: Bold
-Light Screen
-Stealth Rock
-Toxic/ Gyro Ball

Utility set; an alternative to Shuckle I guess, considering Shuckle can't learn screens and is weak to Stealth Rock. Carbink also provides a few more resistances than Shuckle does, but has a x4 steel weakness.

All things considered, steel is not common in the lower tiers. Mawile is NU, but taking account for the recent changes, it'll probably move up and Carbink will most likely be NU like Shuckle.

answered Nov 10, 2013 by fondant
edited Nov 13, 2013 by fondant
I will say I've tried breeding Carbink with a few other pokemon in the mineral group and only ditto gave a response other than "These pokemon prefer to play with other pokemon than each other."

Also, do you think you could replace Stealth Rock with Trick Room and run him in a TR team?
Oh right I forgot; Carbink is genderless and can't breed with anything other than Ditto. I think that lowers its usability when compared with Shuckle, since Shuckle has Power Split.

And yea sure, Carbink can run a Trick Room support set. I think that'd be a main reason to choose it over Shuckle for support.
Honestly, I don't know about you, but I HATE THIS POKEMON.  It looks like a bunny in a rock...
1 vote

Investments in: Sp. Attack, Speed, and Attack

Power Gem
Nature Power
Hidden Power(Fire)

This set is really great for an attacking Carbink. It has enough bulk that it doesn't need to boost anymore. Power Gem and Moonblast are STAB and provide excellent coverage. Nature Power changes the move depending where you are, providing more coverage options. Hidden Power Fire gives it coverage against Steel and Grass, two of its weaknesses, and if a steel attack happens to be a OHKO against Carbink, Sturdy is there so you can get a free super effective Hidden Power.

answered Nov 14, 2013 by Goodra521
By the way, this works really really well for me, so if it doesn't work for you, then don't use it. I'm just trying to help.
Did you use this set in-game?
Both in game and competitive. It worked both ways.
Actually, this set is pretty viable because if you have a Pokémon with Grassy Terrain, it takes care of its Water & Ground weaknesses, so Nature Power is surprisingly useful!
I don't see how this is or could ever be a remotely viable set.  Firstly, Nature Power.  In Generation VI, Nature Power is never Physical, and in competitive environments Nature Power is by default Nature Power, which neither adds more coverage, nor is it seemingly worthwhile to support it with Terrain moves as they themselves are not very useful.  While Carbink is generally Bulky, 50/150/150 Defenses are only slightly better than 100/100/100, and that's easily 2HKO-able with Super Effective moves, not to mention no recovery whatsoever.  It maxes out at 218 Sp. Attack, which is so Pathetic that it's almost if not more vulnerable to setup than the vast majority of defensive Pokemon, the only difference being it wastes more moveslots to potentially hit others Super Effectively.  In this sense it is outclassed in almost every way, even in the lower tiers.
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Calm Mind ORAS Carbink

Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 SpA
Nature: Bold
Item: Leftovers

Calm Mind boost its already respectable Special Defence and its low Special Attack to good levels.
Moonblast is a great STAB move that can also lower the Special Attack of opposing Pokemon. It hits Dark, Fighting and Dragon types.
Earth Power is one of the new toys Carbink received through the ORAS move tutors. It hits the Steel and Poison types that resist Moonblast whilst also hitting Electric, Fire and Rock types.
Power Gem is another STAB move that hits Fire types harder than Earth Power (due to STAB), Flying, Ice and Bug types.

Hidden Power Fire is an option to hit certain Steel types harder than Earth Power. This Carbink set is meant for lower tiers.

answered Feb 15 by K1
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while carbink doesnt evolve it has a surprisingly high special defense and defense and therefore making a great wall. here is an example:

carbink @leftovers

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calm nature
trait: clear body

EVs: 252 Hp/ 202 Def/ 54 sDef


  • light screen
  • calm mind
  • reflect
  • moonblast

light screen for high Sdef, reflect for defense and calm mind for both special defence and special attack
moonblast for STAB

answered Nov 10, 2013 by Dr Dude
edited Nov 15, 2013 by fondant
1: Change the image; too big.
2: Not a great set for a wall. I would suggest fondant's moveset.
Someone complained about image
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Trick Room setter.

Carbink @ Light Clay/Leftovers
252 Def / 252 SDef/ 4 HP
- Spd + Def/SDef
Light Screen
Trick Room
Gyro Ball

answered Nov 14, 2013 by Poke'slash
I personally use Stealth Rocks over Gyro Ball for more setting up, but that's me.
This is the set I will use in my TR team.
Why, thank you.
Would Moonblast be an option over Gyro Ball? I've just realised I'm planning on using Carbink for the coverage fairy brings, but I don't have a fairy type move!
Moonblast is definitely a possible alternative.
Then I'll use moonblast then. Ferrothorn's my gyro baller, and I don't really need two.
Sounds good.
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Carbink @ Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 def, 252 HP, 4 sp. attack

  • Calm Mind
  • Moonblast
  • Power Gem
  • Psychic / Substitute

A set up set for Carbink. Carbink is not that good offensively, but it can take hits very well, even with its 4x weakness to steel. For this set, make sure to get rid of all steel types beforehand, then set up to your heart's content. Rock and Fairy isn't the best coverage, but it's all this Pokemon gets. For the last moveslot, you can either set up a virtually indestructible Substitude or go for slightly better coverage to knock out poison types with Psychic. Overall, this moveset is gimicky and isn't the best, but maybe, at the bottom of NU, this Pokemon will have a chance to sweep.

answered Nov 27, 2013 by OutragedArcanine
Hidden Power Fire is also a great choice instead of Psychic or Substitute if you can get it. Covers that x4 Steel weakness.   :3
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Actually I had this set in mind:
Carbink @Leftovers/Lum Berry/
Sturdy Ability
Bold/Careful Nature
- Light Screen
- Reflect
- Stealth Rocks
- Dazzling Gleam
- Calm Mind/ Toxic
- Stealth Rocks
- Dazzling Gleam
- Protect
-Stealth Rocks
-Calm Mind
-Dazzling Gleam/Psychic
Both are to make Carbink a support Pokemon, but in the second set, I thought needed to added at least 1 attacking move in case of a taunter. I use Charizard Y, so steel types are no problem (except for a certain someone called 'Mega Mawile'). The Calm mind in the second set was to prepare the Dazzling Gleam. the Stealth Rocks are self-explanatory, and protect is well, protect. I'd really like to pair him up with my Gliscor. Both are wall monsters, but if I were to use it as support, I'd use the first set. Light Screen and Reflect are awesome, and that Dazzling Gleam will surely help
a little. Stealth Rocks are just plain hazards. But I myself am a BIG fan of set #3. Calm Mind + Dazzling Gleam, after a few moments, BAM! You've got a Wall/Sweeper. The Reflect just covers up Carbink's Defence.

answered Jan 7, 2014 by daguy122
i would use moonblast not dazzling gleam
What if someone uses this set in a double? DAZZLING GLEAM will hit both then.
It should be dazzling gleam/moonblast, based on the battle type.
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Carbink @ Leftovers
Nature: Relaxed (252 Def/252 SpD/4 HP)
Ability: Clear Body
-Gyro Ball
-Stealth Rocks
-Stone Edge

Gyro ball is to counter other fairies and reflect is to give Crabink a crazy defense boost. stone edge is to counter flying types (mainly Talonflame) and stealth rocks is to set up entry hazards. I use this set as a lead and is not in any way offensive.

answered Feb 13, 2014 by DJCashpal
edited Feb 14, 2014 by DJCashpal
Lol Assault Vest won't work unless you only use Gyro Ball and Stone Edge.
lmao i completely forgot about that. thanks for poitning that out!
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Carbink Sprite
Carbink @Babiri Berry
Ability: Sturdy
Modest: 252 Def, 252 SpAtk, 4 HP

Power Gem
Hidden Power Fire
Calm Mind
Stealth Rock

Base 50 SpAtk is silly and quite low, but many common OU Pokemon dislike STAB Power Gem regardless (Talonflame, Rotom-W, Charizard). This can be especially impact full if you manage to get your sneaky pebbles set up in advance, or set up with a Calm Mind. Due do Carbink's ridiculous base defenses, it's not uncommon to force a switch. With proper prediction and good timing, Carbink can dent plenty of Pokemon, especially those who don't expect a HP Fire.

answered Mar 26, 2014 by March The Burg
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Carbink@Expert Belt/Leftovers/Light Clay enter image description here

Ability: Clear Body

EVs: 252 Special Defense, 252 Defense, 4 Attack

Nature: Impish


  • Light Screen-Improves its already beastly Special Defense, making it some tank
  • Reflect-Improves its already beastly Defense, making it some tank
  • Stone Edge-Good, powerful move
  • Hidden Power(Fire)-Strong move, gives coverage over one of Carbink's x2 weaknesses and it x4 weakness (to Steel)
answered Mar 29, 2014 by Torterra02
edited Mar 30, 2014 by Torterra02
1 Light Clay isn´t an ability it´s an item that makes the endurance of Reflect and Light Screen longer
2 Power Gem / Moon blast for Stone edge
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Carbink @ Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
EV's: 252 HP/252 Sp.Atk/4 Spd(whatever you wanna use it for)
Nature: Modest
-Stealth Rock

It can double as a Hazard Placer and a Toxic Staller with a move that has a good chance of putting out a special effect.

answered Apr 21, 2014 by salindy13
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Try this set

Nature: Modest
Ability: Sturdy
Item: Bright Powder

- Reflect
- Substitute/Calm Mind
- Moonblast
- Power Gem

answered Apr 25, 2014 by kool27
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Ability: Clear Body
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 Def. / 252 SpDef. / 4 Attack

Gyro Ball
Trick Room

This one is self explanitory. Also, Trick Room does not effect Speed Stats, but instead reverses the order Pokemon move, so Gyroball is still good to use.

answered Sep 27, 2014 by Entity1037