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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
Your Poliwrath seems to have the roll of a Tank/Staller, because your moveset makes it difficult to take down. For your Poliwrath's roll, I suggest

Trait: Damp (Opponents who give up and use explode to try to take you down (which would usually work) will not be able to because Damp will prevent all damage from the attack while the user still faints, and since Aftermath never misses and always takes 1/4 of the opponents help away, it would work well against your Poliwrath, but not with Damp)

Nature: Timid/Hasty                  If you find attack more important then defense, use Hasty. If the other way around, use Timid.

Brick Break


--Use Body Slam until the target is paralyzed, then keep using Waterfall so the opponent can't attack--

Body Slam

Rock Slide (Higher accuracy and damage than Rock Tomb. Although Rock Tomb lowers speed, Rock Slide does 15 more damage and has 100 accuracy).

You picked out an amazing moveset.

Brick Break
Gen V+ (Generation 5 and up)

You could also do this, but it does not do type advantage very well, but it is a great set:

Hypnosis and Focus Punch (put the opponent to sleep with Hypnosis, then use Focus Punch. Unless it misses, it has no chance of failing since the user can't attack.)

Wake-Up Slap/Bulk Up (Use Wake-Up Slap after Focus Punch to finish off the enemy, or you could use Bulk Up until it wakes up to make Poliwrath even harder to take down.)

Hydro Pump/Waterfall: Hydro Pump, after breaking down the enemy with Hypnosis - Focus Energy - Wake Up Slap, will finish the enemy off, while Waterfall has a good chance of making the target flinch, making it hard for them to make a comeback after recovering from their slumber.

13 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...)
i would teach mine atleast a move to put the target to sleep and wake-up slap to deal double damage
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


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


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


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∞
1 vote

Poliwrath(M/F) @ Salac Berry
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 12 HP 244 ATK 252 SPEED
Nature: Adamant (+Atk-SpAtk) Jolly (+Speed-SpAtk)
-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, 2014 by MGgamer1209
Doomed by priority moves.
1 vote

I'm surprised no mind reader set:

Poliwrath @ Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (if not hydro pumping)/Brave
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Defence/Sp.Atk (if hydro pumping), 4 HP

Mind Reader
Dynamic Punch
Ice Punch
Waterfall/Hydro Pump

Totally outclassed by a no guard Pokemon, other than the coverage water brings. Mind reader to guarantee a hit next turn, then use dynamic punch or hydro pump. I prefer waterfall, as you don't need to EV train sp.atk for it, so you can have more bulk. Ice Punch is for coverage.

answered May 10, 2014 by Lobster44
edited Oct 27, 2014 by Lobster44
Ice Punch might be a better choice than submission, for the sake of coverage against Grass and Flying types.
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
poliwrath deserves OU
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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

answered Sep 7, 2012 by ThunderMaster
I'd call this a sweeper, not annoyer.
0 votes

Poliwrath@ zoom lens or water incense

Evs: invested in attack and defence/ speed

Role: physical tank

Ice punch: deals with flying and grass, good power, extra coverage. An alternative is power up punch because it raises attack and also has s

Earthquake/ bulldoze: high power, counters ground. Bulldoze has less power but also lowers speed of Pokemon hit. Both give extra coverage

Waterfall: STAB, God power, chance to flinch

Dynamic punch: this is what the zoom lens is for, STAB, high power,100% for confusion if the target is hit. An alternative is brick break because it has higher accuracy and it breaks screens while also having STAB.

Hoped this helped:)

answered Jun 22 by MasterPokemonElite