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What is a good moveset for Arbok?

1 vote

Mine knows Gunk Shot, Giga Drain, Crunch, Earthquake.

Arbok Learnset

asked Jul 6, 2010 by trachy
edited Jan 9, 2012 by Pokemaster
Arbok (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 152 Atk / 104 Def / 252 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Gunk Shot
- Snake Coil
- Sucker Punch
- Earthquake

17 Answers

4 votes

Arbok (M) @ Black Sludge

Role: Tank

Trait: Shed Skin

EVs: 64 HP / 128 Atk / 64 Def / 252 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Rest
  • Coil
  • Gunk Shot
  • Crunch

With Ev's in Special Defense Plus Coil Boosts to his Regular Defense, He makes a great tank.

Rest is there because with Shed Skin, it becomes mega Beastly.

Gunk Shot for STAB and Crunch For Coverage.

answered Jul 15, 2011 by Josh
1 vote

I would recommend replacing Giga Drain with Ice Fang(to take advantage of Arbok's higher Atk than Sp. Atk)and still cover the ground weakness and it does more base damage(Giga Drain-60...Ice Fang-65)

answered Jul 6, 2010 by nasakuho
1 vote

Gen V

Arbok(M) @ Black Sludge


EVs:252 Attack / 128 Defense/ SDef 128

Adamant Nature(+Attack, -SAttack)

  • Gunk Shot
  • Crunch
  • Ice Fang
  • Coil
answered Jun 5, 2011 by Tonito
that is what i have only for i have shed skin makes it better
1 vote

Gen V

Arbok (M) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Shed Skin

EVs: 160 HP / 176 Atk / 136 Def / 36 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Coil
  • Earthquake
  • Gunk Shot
  • Rest

Coil raises Attack, Defense, and Accuracy by one stage each. This makes it into a nice little tank, especially with the EVs given. Earthquake provides type coverage. Gunk Shot is high powered STAb, which gets an accuracy boost from Coil. Rest works to keep Arbok tanking away, as Shed Skin helps wake it up. Black Sludge also provides Arbok with healing.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Basic, generic Sweeper

Poison Jab/Gunk Shot-STAB. Poison stab isn't the most frequently used, so GS might have some use.

sucker punch/Pursuit/crunch-Give priority and protection against psychic types.

Earthquake/Seed bomb/ aqua tail/fire fang/ice fang/dragon tail-Type coverage as you see fit.

Haze/Switcheroo/glare-Haze resets stat abuse, and switcheroo can be used to give your opponent a bad item. Glare slows the opponent down.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
1 vote

Adamant: nature

Item: Black Sludge (great combo with ability)

Ability: Shed Skin (goes good with item)

My Arbok knows:

Gunk Shot-Stab, Powerful

Crunch-Takes out weakness

Earthquake-Awesome move, takes out many types

Seed Bomb-Takes out Ground weakness (or MAYBE rock slide during double/triple battles)

answered Apr 20, 2013 by SuperGeorge
0 votes

Gunk shot-Good Power

Crunch or TM Dark Pulse-Both cover for Psychic weakness

Ice fang-Covers for Ground weakness

Not sure.You can choose.Edit:Maybe Toxic?

May I suggest getting some PP ups for Gunk Shot,since it only has 5PP?

answered Aug 1, 2010 by PokeGirl
edited Aug 11, 2010 by PokeGirl
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Arbok @black sludge
Ablity Intimidate
EVs:252 def 252 sp def 4 sp.atk
Bold nature (+def -atk)

  • stockpile (get that defense up)
  • Giga drain (the foe finally gets past stockpile boosts then get it all back with this move)
  • Toxic (STALL)
  • venoshock (DIE)

    A baisic stockpile wall/annoyer

answered Aug 27, 2011 by Tysonyoshi
Arbok has a much higher attack than sp attack.
this set is mainly dedicated to stockpile walling giga drain being used as when hes about to die to last a little longer really stalling is the main concern in this set
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Arbok (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Shed Skin

EVs: 252 Atk / 128 Def / 128 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Rest
  • Sludge Bomb - Physical
  • Earthquake - Physical
  • Stockpile

Shed Skin + Rest makes for great tanking, and Stock Pile increases your Defenses.
Now you have a STAB Sludge Bomb, and Earthquake coverage.

answered Sep 9, 2011 by Josh
great idea because sludge bomb is phisical make use for it whal u can
That would be good except Stockpile doesn't increase defenses in Gen III. So basically you're just wasting a move there where you could add Ice Fang or Crunch to cover a weakness.
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Item: Leftovers
Ability: Shed-skin/Intimidate
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 200 Attack, 252 Speed, 58 S.Defense


This is a bulky-sweeper set, Coil is for boosting Defense and Attack (Acc. is boosted to but that does not help much on this set). Sucker-punch is priority and coverage. Earthquake is coverage. Poison-jab is STAB.

answered Dec 29, 2011 by Speed freak
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Double/Triple Battle

Arbok (M) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 152 HP / 252 Atk / 104 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Coil/Protect
- Gunk Shot

Intimidate hits all the foes, so that gives Arbok some bulk. This can allow you to set up Coil, although that is still risky. So Protect can be used instead of Coil, to protect you from your team's attacks such as Earthquake or your foe's attacks such as Earthquake. Rock Slide and Earthquake are both great moves in multi-battle, and give great coverage. Gunk Shot is STAB, and if you use Coil will be made more accurate.

answered Jan 16, 2012 by trachy
edited Jan 16, 2012 by Mewderator
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Arbok@Expert Belt
Ev's: 252 Speed/ 252 Attack/ 4 Hp
-Gunk Shot
-Fire Fang
-Thunder Fang
-Ice Fang

answered Jan 10, 2014 by jy161
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Arbok @ Life Orb
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Ability: Shed Skin
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature
- Coil
- Dragon Tail
- Poison Fang
- Rest

answered Mar 29, 2014 by YHN
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Kobra (Arbok) @ Leftovers/Black Sludge
Ability: Shed Skin
EVs: 252 SDef / 252 HP / 4 Def
Careful Nature
- Coil-Set-up move
- Rest-Recovery, sleep doesn't hurt much because it has shed skin
- Gunk Shot-STAB, it's bad accuracy is fixed with coil
- Crunch/Sucker Punch coverage (both), priority used to compensate arbok's bad speed (sucker punch)

this set has almost perfect coverage only resisted by lucario and cobalion (correct me in comments if I'm wrong)

answered May 9, 2014 by Tambourine
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Arbok (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Shed Skin
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Coil (Boost it's accuracy, attack, and defense)
  • Glare (Slows down the opponent and have a chance they might not attack)
  • Gunk Shot (STAB; Gunk Shot is powerful but with risky accuracy that can be fix with coil)
  • Dragon Tail / Ice Fang / Rock Slide / Aqua Tail / Iron Tail / Wrap (Further Coverage)
answered Nov 21, 2014 by frczen
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Role: Annoying Stall
Ability: Shed Skin/intimidate
EVs: 252 Def, 252 SP Def, 4hp
Nature: Bold/Impish or (if your Arbok has the ability intimidate) Calm/Careful
Item: Black Sludge
Toxic: Obvious reasons
Stockpile: Increases Def and Sp.Def by 1 stage but can only be used 3 times.
Switcheroo: Cripple them with Black sludge :D
Rest/Protect/infestation: If your Arbok has shed skin, I reccomend rest. However if he has intimadate you can give him protect or infestation to deal your foe extra damage.

Its best to use this set in PU or NU and even NU is pushing it. Depending if you play by smogon tiers of course.

answered May 1 by nintendogamer639
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I like the following set on an Arbok to mix it up a bit:

Nature: Adamant

Ability - Intimidate (Often forces a switch allowing for the moveset to work, but also helps arbok take an extra non-stab hit)

Item - Life Orb (Boosts that attack) or Black Sludge (for the hp restoration)

Stats/EVs: 252 Attack, 252 HP, 4 Def

1. Coil (Self explanatory - Att, Def and Accuracy boosts)
2. Gunk Shot (STAB + Coil = Awesome power)
3. Aqua Tail (for coverage + with Coil boosted)
4. Rock Slide/Earthquake (additional coverage, depending on what you want him to be able to counter - also good power and accuracy with coil and even if not super effective, good chance of a nice 2HKO)

Other potential moves:
Crunch (for his psychic weakness)
Ice Fang (chance to freeze target and flinch, also a very decent coverage move)

The set works well with the above EVs because you've not only given arbok every chance of survival, but also every chance of a good kill rate. If you can get one with 5IV's (all except special attack), you've got a decent chance to tank and sweep most opponents it comes up against.

answered Sep 14 by Rhino127