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

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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 by Pokemaster
One more flaw is if the move is like rock blast or ice shard and can break sturdy.
That is true.
We already have that combo listed.
Oh. Thanks. (So it *is* a "combo"!)
Wow I never thought this would pass 110...

168 Answers

1 vote

Double Battle.

Zapdos and Gyarados

Have Zapdos have the Ability Lightning-rod and Gyarados Intimidate is better IMO for this but Moxie is also great.

Now Gyarados has only 1 weakness and anytime someone tries to use an Electric move on Gyarados, Zapdos gets a boost. Also if you use Intimidate your Pokemon get great bulk with both of them already having good base S.Defense they get an effective boost to their Defense. Because of this boost it actually safe to use D-dance on Gyarados to make him fast and have an even Higher Attack.

answered Apr 11, 2012 by Speed freak
edited Jun 19, 2012 by Pokemaster
Gyarados is weak to rock.
Yes, I said "has only one weakness" that weakness is rock. His electric weakness is nullified by Zapdos' Lightning-rod.
I need better reading skills.....
first: You can't legitly get a zapdos with lightning rod.

second: If you switch into zapdos, you do get the boost except if you switch back to gyrados, you lose it.

overall, I just recomend giving the gyrados a battery.
First: PO allows you to.
Second: It says DOUBLE BATTLE.
Third: You still take damage from Electric moves even with Cell Battery.
1 vote

When up against a Ditto, use the move Imprison.
Foe Ditto keeps using Struggle.
You can also use Substitute, to not take damage from Struggle/

This will always work, for Ditto's only move is Transform.
It's Hidden Ability is Impostor , which is almost same as Transform.

Happy Foe-Ditto-Annoying! :)

answered Apr 20, 2012 by ~Infinity
Always work, unless Ditto uses imprison on you first.
And since that Ditto user would most likely have enough of a brain to see imprison and have equal speed, you've got a 50% chance of it counter-trolling you.
1 vote

In front of Ditto, use aPokemon with the ability Pressure.
This way, when Ditto uses Transform, and gets 5/n PP of our moves, we can quickly end the foe Ditto's PP supply.

This makes Ditto start using Struggle faster, and the recoil finishes it off, if you do not.

Good Pokemon for this : Spiritomb, which can resist most of its own attacks.

Beware of Leppa Berries.

Happy Ditto Annoying. :)

answered Apr 20, 2012 by ~Infinity
This is not a very good strategy as most Ditto run imposter.
1 vote

Drought ability with Overheat, Hypnosis, Nasty Plot. Only possible on Ninetales.

Overheat in the sunny weather is pretty deadly though the special attack loss is a bummer. Thats when you put them to sleep and use nasty plot to get the loss back. Now you are ready to attack full force overheat again. Energy ball is just there to cover ground and water weakness. Ill put this on the ninetales moveset question too.

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Pokenubz
edited Jul 25, 2012 by Pokemaster
Ninetales has the ability Drought so why don't you put Solarbeam instead of Energy Ball ?
because its not so reliable when politoad or tyranitar switch in making it a 3 turn attack
This goes in the moveset question for Ninetales.
thats why i put one there to my main combo is nasty plot and overheat
1 vote

Flatter/Swagger and Own Tempo/Safeguard

To be used in double battles.

Pachirisu used Flatter!
Lilligant's Sp. Att. rose!
Lilligant's Own Tempo prevented it from getting confused!

You get a free stat boost with no harmful effects.

answered May 6, 2012 by Mewderator
1 vote

Hex + Nasty Plot + Will-o-Wisp
Good Candidate: Ninetales

answered May 7, 2012 by Danny
Mismagius for some low tier bossin.
Not Bad :D
1 vote

Serperior with the trait Contrary(Unreleased)+Leaf Storm=Deadly Killer on first turn

answered May 11, 2012 by DracoArceus
1 vote

In a double battle, use a Magnezone with Magnet pull and a Kecleon. Have Kecleon skill swap his color change ability to a desired target, then follow up with Magnezone using Flash cannon. This changes its type to steel, meaning it cannot switch out because of magnet pull, it gives them a useless STAB on top of eliminating their own, it potentially gives Kecleon a great ability considering some of the stuff out there, and it also locks in a potentially dangerous pokemon. Obviously carry moves super effective against Steel to bring them down.

answered Jun 8, 2012 by DarkTyphlosion
OMG that is such a good idea! I need to use that in double battles every single time it is soooo going to be OP.
1 vote

Have a Slow pokemon with Assurance and Confuse Ray. Use Confuse Ray to confuse opponent. Just spam Assurance and if the opponent is faster and hits itself, You get the 2x bonus with Assurance.

answered Jun 27, 2012 by Faked Thrower
1 vote

This one works real well to cripple entire teams. Involves Stealth Rock, Aggron / Tyranitar, Roar, and Toxic / Thunder Wave.

Turn 1: Lead with Tyranitar / Aggron, and use Stealth Rock. Make sure he has BULK.

Turn 2: Use Status inflicter.

Turn 3: Use Roar.

Turn 4: Return to step 2.

Note: Skarmory can also do this with Whirlwind.
Note: Use Aggron for the low tier, and Tyranitar is OU, unfortunately.

answered Jul 5, 2012 by Nindzya
edited Jul 6, 2012 by Nindzya
1 vote

Hammer Arm + Gyro Ball + Curse + Brave + Attack EVs + Golem = Destruction!!!

answered Jul 6, 2012 by heracross
LoL nice one :D
1 vote

An i have a combination to lock your opponent into a status move, which will ruin those boosters.


First send in a kadabra (or someone to set up stage one)and wait for someone to use a boosting move like Calm Mind. Then use Encore to ensure they keep using Calm Mind for a while. If they dont switch you can move on to the next step.

Switch into a Choice item pokemon(Band,Specs,Scarf, though the Scarf works best.) like this guy and have it use trick while the person is locked into Calm Mind. They are now stuck to not using that boosting move for the rest of the match.

P.S. i used these guys as an example because they are what im using one one of my NU teams.

answered Jul 7, 2012 by Pokenubz
edited Aug 29, 2012 by Pokemaster
Until they switch out. Maybe specs or band, since you giving them scarf will just make them faster and can pose a problem for you. Imagine giving Scizor specs?? It's murderous.
yea it would
I would pair with mean look...
1 vote

Why not some crippling combos:

  • Toxic + supersonic/confuse ray = guaranteed increased damage every turn and a possibility for damage
  • Swagger + leer = more damage when it hurts itself because of higher attack and even more damage because of lower defense
  • Shock wave + supersonic/confuse ray = lower the opponents speed, possibility for opposition self damage, and a high chance of not your opponent not attacking at all

On any/all of these you can then leech seed the opponent to regain hp every turn while they take damage either occasionally or every turn depending on which strategy you use.

Just be aware of pokemon with the ability guts when applying statuses because the attack will increase, but supersonic/confuse ray will add the possibility of that higher attack being used against them.

answered Aug 1, 2012 by Chimcharizard
edited Aug 1, 2012 by Chimcharizard
I upvoted.
what the hell is this
1 vote

My own double battle stategy!!
So, you send out electivire (with motor drive) and jolteon (with volt absorb)
1. Have Electivire use protect while Jolteon uses magnet rise.
2. Use discharge with jolteon to up electivire's speed. Then, use earthquake with Electivire and jolteon wil remain untouched.
3. repeat step 2 until magnet rise runs out. then, use step 1
Doubles only!!

answered Aug 24, 2012 by Lust
1 vote

This one kills.

Magic Guard + Cosmic Power.

Switch in on a wall or staller, set up Cosmic Power many and many times, and then youare invincible! Watch out for phazing...

answered Sep 27, 2012 by XtremeKiller
1 vote

Use this to destroy Mono-psychic teams or any Psychic type Pokemon for that matter!
(Stuff in bold is a must!)

Turn a move with a Base Power of 40 into a destructive 320 power attack!!!

Scizor @ Life Orb
Nature: preferably Adamant
EVs: preferably Atk/Spe

This will do Base Power x Tech x Life Orb x Switching outx Super effective= pwnage

By switching thic guy in they automatically think "get my guy out of there" Next use Pursuit no matter what. They will either not switch out and it will do (BPxTechxLifeOrbxSE=40x1.5x1.5x2) 180. Ooor they will switch out and it will do (BPxTechxLifeOrbxSExSO=40x1.5x1.5x2x2) 320. Either way they will be at leat 2HKO if not OHKO on the first one!!!

answered Sep 27, 2012 by DracoArceus
edited Sep 27, 2012 by DracoArceus
1 vote

This one Boushes xD

You need a gliscor holding a toxic orb and poison heal...o ya fling too

Act 1:

Gliscor gets into battle with a opponent whos not poison/steel/unaffected by poison

Gliscor happily absorbs toxic orbs power

Gliscor:Aw its empty here you can have it Fling

Opponent:Oh thx...Gets badly poisoned...

Gliscor Uber Pwned xD

answered Sep 27, 2012 by A Very Nice Guy
1 vote

This one is very annoying.

If you have a Pokemon like Alakazam, teach it Trick and Torment. Then give it a Choice Item. Trick will give the foe the Choice Item, meaning it can only use one move. Then use Torment, which prevents using the same move twice in a row, resulting in the opponent using Struggle until it faints!

answered Oct 27, 2012 by StormBorn
Nope. If they have a Choice item, Torment won't work.
Oh. Thanks! I didn't know that.
Torment works on choiced pokemon...
1 vote

Haley told me about this one. Doubles only.

Volt Absorb Lanturn with Surf. Scarfed.

Water Absorb Lanturn with Discharge. Specs.

answered Dec 8, 2012 by Nindzya
edited Dec 8, 2012 by Nindzya
Banded Lanturn?
1 vote

Ok I didn't see this one anywhere so here it is.

Drapion. With his speed you can set up a toxic spike, with his one weakness you probably won't have him be OHKO. So you can set up another toxic spikes.
You have achieved badly poisoned.

Then send out a Pokemon who knows venoshock. Mine is Weezing but it can be anyone.
Use Venoshock for a startling 120 base power.

This strategy DOES NOT work against steel, flying, poison or Pokemon with levitate.
I would teach the venoshock Pokemon toxic so that you can deal with flying and levitate.

answered Jan 4, 2013 by MrKijani