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What are some of the best move combos in Pokemon you have found?

153 votes

I breed pokemon in the game and am pretty good at IVs and EVs and such. I have thought of a few good tactics, such as

  • Safe Guard and Outrage/Petal Dance/Thrash (avoids confusion ailment)
  • Mimic and Imprison (permanent Disables last move)
  • Swagger/Flatter and Psych Up/Haze (either gives you upped stats or resets theirs)
  • Defense Curl followed by Roll Out (makes roll out stronger)
  • Rain Dance and Thunder (Thunder never misses)
  • Belly Drum and Rest (works best with a chesto berry. Maximizes attack)
  • Sunny Day and Solar Beam (solar beam no longer needs to charge)
  • Endure and Flail/Reversal (makes the attack moves really strong compared to normal)

What are some of the best move combos that you have found so far? :D
Explain your choices, and why they make good combos.

Please read all the answers before posting, to avoid duplicate answers. Yes, all 100+ of them.

And no full on movesets either, there are separate questions for that :-)

asked Apr 28, 2010 by uberchrisp
edited Apr 7, 2014 by Pokemaster
That is true.
We already have that combo listed.
Oh. Thanks. (So it *is* a "combo"!)
Wow I never thought this would pass 110...
Exactly 150 upvotes. o3o

179 Answers

2 votes

Focus Sash + Cotton Spore + Destiny Bond

the same as the last one, get a decently speedy pokemon ( i use cacturne ) but still slow, use cotton spore, and now your opponent is slower than you. So you can use destiny bond before they faint you.

answered Sep 15, 2011 by With Extra BBQ
2 votes

Use Mean look or a Shadow Tag ability pokemon
then use perish song
then switch
use a move that attacks on the second turn like fly, dig ,ext. or use a double protect or detect,or fake out
do this till the other pokemon faints 3 turns after perish song
repeat the step

  Hope this helps :)
answered Sep 24, 2011 by oshawott
Mean Look/Shadow Tag wears off once you switch.
It'll work,the effects would wear off,but by the time they do,the opponent wouldn't be able to switch.
Wynaut, Wobuffet, gothitelle, and Chandelure are the only pokemon with the ability shadow tag, and I don't believe any of them can learn Perish song.
DT, there's still the possibility of Mean Look.
Yes, but that means your pokemon is gonna take about two hits before finishing then off, and your opponent probably would have switched to something better, so those attacks are likely super effective.
2 votes

Lopunny - Ability:Klutz - Move:Switcheroo - Works well with Burn\Toxic Orb.

Machamp -Ability:No Guard - Move:DynamicPunch - BIG Damage and a chance of confusing that won't miss!

Marowak,Golem,etc - Ability:Rock Head - Move - Double Edge - 120 Damage and NO recoil!

Double Battles.

Electrode,etc + Ghost-Type - Move: Explosion - 250 Damage and your Ghost-Type Ally won't get hurt!

Tyranitar,etc + Flying-Type - Move-Earthquake - Damage opponents BADLY but won't hurt your flying-type ally.

A Pokemon Team Strategy Example

Mr Mime,Pinsir,Glalie

As a Psychic-type,Mr Mime is weak against Dark-Types,that's why Pinsir is there,it's strong against Dark-types as it is a Bug-type,but Pinsir is weak to flying-types,so you send in Glalie as it is strong against flying-types.If your opponent switches to a fighting type to defeat your ice-type Glalie,you send in Mr Mime again.If you build a team this way,you'll be prepared for your opponents' weaknesses even as you guard your own.

answered Oct 6, 2011 by PokeGirl
For Machamp: A Choice Scarf would work BEAUTIFULLY!!!!
2 votes

I have my Musharna use Hypnosis, then Nightmare, and then just spam Dream Eater. It works, unless the opponent has Early Bird, Vital Spirit, Insomnia, etc.

answered Oct 7, 2011 by ShadowBuizel
2 votes

porygon-Z with discharge paired up with electivire, making electivire friggin fast physical sweeper.


skill swap
shadow ball
focus blast


ice beam
charge beam
Hp fire

you can use this set in a double battle against a shedinja
Gardevoir uses skill swap to give trace to Porygon-z, trace copies wonder guard, making porygon-Z unstoppable. Fighting is covered by Psychic from Gardervoir, focus blast for pkemon like Lucario or cobalion.

if Gardevoir gets Wonder guard, Porygon-Z is for coverage.

answered Nov 11, 2011 by Pwnyta
edited Feb 7, 2012 by Pwnyta
And the chances of facing a Shedinja are...?
this is if you are lucky. Even so, this is still a good combo
You can't trace Wonder Guard
Yes you can. you can also roleplay wonder guard
Okay, I was wrong, you can trace it. But you can't Role Play it.
2 votes


Encore forces the opposing Pokemon to be stuck with one move, and Disable disables it, forcing them to Struggle.

answered Nov 20, 2011 by Mewderator
2 votes

Thunder Wave/Body Slam+Air Slash/Iron Head+Serene Grace

answered Nov 20, 2011 by Mewderator
edited Nov 26, 2011 by Mewderator
2 votes


answered Nov 20, 2011 by Mewderator
2 votes

Covet+Fling works well.

answered Dec 10, 2011 by Mewderator
2 votes

Calm mind+Stored Power

answered Dec 17, 2011 by Tysonyoshi
2 votes

To eliminate the threat of weather leads eliminating your weather, get a Pokemon with the Move Entrainment as it gives them a different ability for the remainder of the battle thus making your weather dominate.

I use Loppuny myself, Durant is better but with Traunt is WAY too Haxy.

answered Feb 3, 2012 by Speed freak
edited Jun 19, 2012 by Pokemaster
2 votes

Thunder Wave + Hex + Smelling Salt
Hypnosis/Dark Void/ Sleep Powder + Hex + Wake-Up Slap

Annoys your foes!

answered Feb 12, 2012 by ~Rex
2 votes

Substitute and Disable.
Works great for fast Pokemon like Gengar.

answered Feb 12, 2012 by Mewderator
2 votes

Cosmic Power + Bide
Cosmic Power makes your Pokemon bulkier, and be able to take more damage and return it with Bide with 2X power.

answered Feb 16, 2012 by ~Rex
wouldnt increasing bulk cause you to take less damage per attack which would cause you to return less damage ? the only way to make bide stronger would be to increase the hp of a pokemon which can be done by using wish
I think the idea with this one is to be able to survive more hits. If you have lower defense the opponent might KO you before you get to retaliate.
2 votes

Yawn + Pursuit

When you use yawn your opponent will be likely to switch out on the next turn, but when you use pursuit it will go before the switch and double the power.

Works well with STAB and defense/attack lowering/raising, experiment with different combinations for some stronger power!

answered Feb 18, 2012 by omg698
edited Feb 18, 2012 by omg698
This is actually very clever! Either they go to sleep, or take damage.
This is really good, I would have never thought about it.
2 votes

In Triple/Double battles have pokemon with the ability Storm Drain.The best choose is

Then use again and again Surf .While you are hitting the foe, your Gastrodon is getting more Sp.Att. and the power of Surf is awesome.Also when Gastrodon hits,gets STAB.Works best in Triple Battles .

That's why I love Surf.

answered Mar 10, 2012 by Mr.Bombastic
edited Mar 21, 2012 by Pokemaster
I also love SURF, and GASTRIDONS!
2 votes

Here is a good combanation: Have a pokemon use overheat, Close Combat, Draco Meteor, Hammer Arm, Psycho Boost, or Super Power. then have a pokemon like Crobat, Cofagrigus, Cryognal, Weezing, or Seviper use Haze to get rid of the lowered stats from the move you used. This could also work for lowered stats that your opponent used on you.
Another combo would be to have a Machop, Machoke, or Machamp with NO GUARD out and another pokemon with a OHKO move for always knocking out the opponent.

answered Mar 10, 2012 by caleb1fan
Actually the no guard only works on the machamp and the Pokemon that's attacking it, so ur 2nd Pokemon ex. Articuno with sheer cold will have the same accuracy it normally has ); I tried a team like that. I wondered y it missed, so researched it!!
2 votes


Medicham & Dusclops Lead:

Pure Power Passover (P.P.P.)
Medicham (M) @ Focus Sash
Nature: Hasty (+Spd, -Def)
Trait: Pure Power
Role: Ability Pass

EV Distribution:
252 Atk
252 Speed
4 HP

  • Fake Out (very important)
  • Protect
  • Force Palm
  • Hi Jump Kick

U Mad Bro?
Dusclops (M) @ Eviolite
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
Trait: Pressure
Role: Wall/ Ability Switcher

EV Distribution:
255 Def
255 SpDef

  • Skill Swap (very important)
  • Protect
  • Pain Split
  • Toxic

GOD King
Slaking (M) @ Expert Belt/ Life Orb/ Muscle Band
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk) or Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
Trait: Truant (not for long)
Role: Pure Power Receiver

EV Distribution:
252 Atk
252 Spd
4 SpDef

  • Brick Break/Hammer Arm
  • Night Slash/ Shadow Claw
  • Return/ Retaliate/Strength
  • Earthquake/Rock Slide

This move set is all up to you!!


Regi GOD
Regigigas (X) @ Expert Belt/Life Orb/ Muscle Band
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk) or Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
Trait: Slow Start (again, not for long)
Role: Pure Power Receiver

EV Distribution:
252 Atk
252 Spd
4 SpDef

  • Fire/Ice/Thunder/Dizzy Punch
  • Bick Break/ Strength
  • Heavy Slam/ Eatrhquake/ Rock Slide
  • Whatever

This move set is all up to you!!

Method Behind The Madness!!

  • Medicham and Dusclops lead. Dusclops is bulky enough to take hits, while Medicham is frail enough to be taken out promply.

  • Medicham uses Fake Out on one Pokemon so he can only be attacked by one opponent, activating the Focus Sash if nessacery, while Dusclops uses Skill Swap on Medicham.

  • Dusclops now has PURE POWER.

  • Let Medicham attack with Hi Jump Kick. If he misses, it does not matter. You want him to faint. Dusclops can as attack well with Pain Split or Toxic.

  • Medicham faints. Send out Slaking or Regigigas. Use Skill Swap on Slaking/ Regigigas. Slaking/ Regigigas now has Pure Power, which DOUBLES (yes, 2x) the Attack stat, with no recoil or other consequences.


  • With Adamant and 252 Attack EVs and an IV of 31, your Slaking’s Attack is 466 at Level 50. At Level 100, 920!!

  • With Jolly and 252 Attack EVs and an IV of 31, your Slaking’s Attack is 419 at Level 50. At Level 100, 838!!


  • With Adamant and 252 Attack EVs and an IV of 31, your Regigigas' Attack is 466 at Level 50. At Level 100, 920!!

  • With Jolly and 252 Attack EVs and an IV of 31, your Regigigas' Attack is 419 at Level 50. At Level 100, 838!!


answered Apr 5, 2012 by 5th of November
edited Apr 12, 2012 by 5th of November
is the calculation different or hav u made a mistake in lvl 50 = 466 and lvl 100 = 920, cuz 466 X 2 = 932?
Their max attack at 50 is 233 (233 * Pure Power = 466).Their max attack at 100 is 460 (460 * Pure Power = 920). You can check the link to be sure.
2 votes

Swagger / Confuse Ray / Flatter or anything that lowers stats.. Screech being the most useful here. Works well when combined with Pursuit.

Turn 1: 10% used Screech! - Opponent: Aww crap! I better switch out!
Turn 2: Opponent goes to switch out, but Pursuit hits for a great deal of damage.

Basically you're trying to force a switch then hit them before they leave.

answered Apr 6, 2012 by 10%
Why to switch out because of the  Screech ?
If you have your defense cut in half, you can switch out into another pokemon and then defense cut is no longer there.

Same thing with confusion. If you switch out, it goes away.
but not everyone switches when they get hit with stat lowering moves;because most of them have either substitute or a move to raise stats them self...this also gives them time to set up so basically you just screwed yourself
2 votes

Whirlpool, Fire Spin, Bind, Clamp, Magma Storm, Wrap, or any other partial trapping move with Perish Song. The opponents would be unable to switch, Use Perish Song and then you switch out on the third turn. The opponents faint.
Politoed can use this, and more Pokemon, but I can't think of more at the moment.

answered Apr 6, 2012 by Mewderator