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What is a good moveset for Poliwrath?

2 votes

Mine knows:

Brick Break: STAB, decent power, high accuracy, breaks through Light Screan and Reflect.

Waterfall: STAB, good power, high accuracy, decent chance to cause flinching.

Body Slam: Good damage, high accuracy, good chance to paralyze.

Rock Tomb: Lowers speed, used to deal with Flying types.

Poliwrath Learnset

asked Jul 18, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Poliwrath (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 24 Atk / 96 Def / 136 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Bulk Up
- Overhead Throw
- Waterfall
- Rock Slide

11 Answers

1 vote

Nature: Brave (if going with Payback), Adamant (if going with Brick Break)
Ability: Water Absorb

Waterfall- STAB, takes care of Fire, Ground, and Rock.
Ice Punch- Takes care of Flying, Grass, and Ground
Payback/Brick Break- Payback: covers Psychic and Ghost, low
speed makes it more likely to do 100 damage. Brick Break: STAB, covers Rock, Steel, Dark, and Ice.
Earthquake- Covers Electric, Fire, Poison, Steel, and Rock

answered Apr 28, 2011 by Z.Z.
edited May 9, 2011 by Z.Z.
Don't forget Normal coverage on Brick Break.
Give him EXPERT BELT with those 15 super effectiveness (unless I counted wrong...)
1 vote

Poliwrath (M) @ Leftovers

Role: Belly Sweeper

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 160 HP / 96 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Belly Drum
  • Hypnosis
  • Waterfall
  • Wake-up Slap

Okay, most think this is Gimmiky, but I have swept whole teams with it.

If You can plan a switch right, you can Water Absorb an Attack, pissing someone off and most likely getting them to switch Out.

On that turn, you can pull off your Belly Drum.

Now, you can Put something to sleep and use Wake-up Slap, or just use it in General to take down Resisting foes, such as other water types, or Ferrothorn.

Hypnosising those who You doubt you can OHKO.

answered Jul 16, 2011 by Josh
i don't think its gimmicky at all its a very effective move set i prefer hypnosis over substitute any day because of poliwrath's sub par health he cant hold a decent sub to begin with. you just don't have that edge against dark types, but when you have the belly drum you aren't really worried about that. on my poliwrath i have substitute and focus punch as the only differences. but very good move set very effective poliwrath can be dangerous when used proporly
1 vote

Gen III

Poliwrath (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Water Absorb

EVs: 252 Atk / 40 Def / 80 SDef / 136 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Hypnosis
  • Focus Punch
  • Earthquake
  • Bulk Up

This is a fun to use " Try your luck " Set.

You can switch into a water move to force a switch, or just hope for a hit and use Hypnosis.
Now you can bulk up, or Hit someone in the face with an STAB Focus Punch, your choice.
And Earthquake gives great coverage.

Warning: Do not use agaisn't Gengar

answered Sep 13, 2011 by Josh
1 vote

Poliwrath

Nature: Adamant
Ability: Swift swim
Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 speed, 6 hp


Waterfall
Brick-break
Earthquake
Bulk-up/Belly-drum/Rain-dance


Leftovers keeps him alive he has decent bulk which can provide him the ability to survive longer. Waterfall is great STAB that he can even flinch with. Brick-break and Earthquake provide great coverage. Bulk up is for reliable attack raising and Def Raising, Belly drum is great but lowers his hp by half which is a huge draw back even with healing from leftovers use rain dance when you lack Rain support.

answered Sep 13, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Josh
1 vote

Physical Sweeper

Poliwrath (M) @Leftovers
Trait: Water absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk. -Sp.Atk.)
EV's: 252 Atk. 252 Def. 4 Hp.

  • Ice Punch
  • Waterfall
  • Bulk Up
  • Brick Break

Ice Punch- Coverage against Flying and Grass.
Waterfall- As Trachy Said Waterfall has STAB, Accuracy, And a good chance to make the foe flinch.
Bulk Up- Raises Attack & Defense for Poliwrath.
Brick Break- STAB, And Accuracy.

answered Jul 6, 2012 by ∞Charizard∞
0 votes

How about Rock Slide instead of Rock Tomb because Rock Slide may cause the opponent to flinch.

answered Jul 18, 2010 by Nelson Cruz
I should have put down that my Poliwrath has really horrible Speed. I didn't EV train it in that stat at all. Should I still keep Rock Tomb to even things up.
Then how about Ice Beam to deal with flying types
How will you kill Psychic types
I'll take Ice Beam. Freezing might also even things up.
Poliwrath has horrible sp. atck.
so ice beam isn't a good choice
ICE PUNCH
poliwrath deserves OU
0 votes

Gen V

Poliwrath (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 136 HP / 124 Atk / 248 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Circle Throw
  • Waterfall
  • Bulk Up
  • Ice Punch

Bulky attacker. Use Bulk Up and you'll be hard to take down. Circle Throw is a really nice move, as it does nice damage while preventing the foe from setting up. If you have entry hazards up already, so much the better. Waterfall is there for STAb of course. Ice Punch is type coverage. Water Absorb and Leftovers help with making it bulky, and the EVs also fit in with that, while also providing a nice starting Attack for Bulk Up to boost.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
0 votes

Double/Triple battle

Poliwrath (M) @ Damp Rock
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 156 HP / 252 Atk / 100 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Waterfall
- Rain Dance
- DynamicPunch
- Rock Slide

Rain Dance actually makes things very interesting. Okay, so most people will expect Poliwrath to have Water Absorb. But then you use Rain Dance and they'll think you have Swift Swim. But then it turns out you have Water Absorb. A bit of a mind-game going on here. Waterfall is STAB. DynamicPunch is also STAB. While it has horrible accuracy on its own, having Gravity support brings it up to 80%, the equal of Cross Chop. Rock Slide is coverage that hits multiple foes.

answered Jan 17, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

Poliwrath (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 128 HP / 254 Atk / 128 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Bulk Up (Stat)
- Waterfall (Stab)
- Earthquake (Coverage, Power)
- Brick Break (Stab)

answered Jul 6, 2012 by MiloticHeaven
edited Jul 6, 2012 by MiloticHeaven
0 votes

Poliwrath@ leftovers
evs 252 defence 252spdefence 4hp role anoyer

mind reader ...
dynamicpunch goes with mind reader
waterfall STAB
toxic...

answered Sep 7, 2012 by ThunderMaster
0 votes

SUB-DRUM-SALAC POLIWRATH
Poliwrath(M/F) @ Salac Berry
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 12 HP 244 ATK 252 SPEED
Nature: Adamant (+Atk-SpAtk) Jolly (+Speed-SpAtk)
-Substitute
-Belly Drum
-Brick Break|Waterfall|Ice Punch (emerald move tutor)
-Brick Break|Waterfall|Ice Punch (emerald move tutor)

Switch in against a water type Pokemon/one that will flee, Set up Substitute on the switch-in, Belly Drum as they break the sub, Activate the salac berry for boosted speed stat, and sweep!

answered Jan 19 by MGgamer1209