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What is a good moveset for Tentacruel?

7 votes

Mine knows:

Wring Out: Used as the first attack can do a ton of damage, allowing the foe to be easily finished off.

Brine: Used in combination with Wring Out to easily finish off the foe. Decent power otherwise, high accuracy, STAB.

Sludge Bomb: Good chance to poison, good damage, high accuracy, STAB.

Swagger: Confuses the foe. My Tentacruel is EV trained in defense.

asked Jul 18, 2010 by trachy
Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Liquid Ooze
EVs: 160 SAtk / 96 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Toxic Spikes
- Rapid Spin
- Hydro Pump
- Venom Shock

15 Answers

3 votes

Gen V

Tentacruel@ Black Sludge

Trait- Liquid Ooze

Bold Nature(- Att + Defense)

EVs- 128 Defense 128 Sp Defense 252 Sp Att/Speed

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Rapid Spin
  • Scald
  • Barrier/Ice Beam
answered Jun 15, 2011 by Psychic x
edited Jun 16, 2011 by Psychic x
2 votes

Gen V

Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Rain Dish

EVs: 136 Def / 24 SAtk / 96 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Venoshock
  • Surf
  • Aqua Ring

Use in rain to maximize effectiveness.Combined Black Sludge, Rain Dish, and Aqua Ring provides nice healing. You can set up Toxic Spikes, which causes your opponent trouble. It also makes Venoshock an extremely powerful STAb Attack, and Surf can deal with plenty of Steel types. Surf gets powered up by the rain and is STAb. Your defensive EVs are there to provide you with nice bulk, which makes you hard to defeat along with great typing and plenty of healing. Your Speed is mainly there for setting up Toxic Spikes, and is nice for when you attack the foe. You don't have much Special Attack, but Venoshock will have high power thanks to STAB and Toxic Spikes, while Surf will have high power thanks to Rain and STAB.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
Gen V Set for Tentacruel
Trait: Liquid Ooze
EVs: 252 Sp At 252 Sp df 4 HP

-Toxic spikes -- The main ability in this moveset.
-Hex             -- It has a normal 50 base damage but.. with toxic spike they are always poisoned making it 100!! :D
-Toxic Shock -- Obviously.
-Surf            -- So u can surf.
1 vote

Gen V Set for Tentacool

Tentacool (M) @ Eviolite

Trait: Liquid Ooze

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Aqua Ring
  • Barrier
  • Confuse Ray

Eh, set up Toxic Spikes. Then survive for as long as you can with Confuse ray, Barrier, and Aqua Ring. EVs are for walling. Liquid Ooze is nice for switching in on Giga Drain or Drain Punch, as well as Will's Gengar.

answered Jun 27, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Tentacruel (M) @ Leftovers

Role: Tank

Trait: Liquid Ooze

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Swords Dance
  • Waterfall
  • Poison Jab
  • Confuse Ray

Okay, Simple Yet effective EV's.
In realy time Gameplay, this guy is great to switch into on a Drain Punch or Giga Drain and piss someone off, so you get to confuse them on the switch, Set up your Swords, and Start Tank murderering.

Waterfall and Poison Jab are both Straight up STAB, While Swords Dance is there for attacking Support, and Confuse Ray to help him Safely set up Swords Dance.

answered Jul 16, 2011 by Josh
1 vote

Who'da thunk it. Choice Specs Tentacruel.

Tentacruel @ Choice Specs
Ability: Clear Body
Modest Nature
236 HP / 80 Def / 92 SpA / 100 SpD
-Scald / Muddy Water / Hydro Pump
-Dazzling Gleam
-Sludge Wave / Acid Spray
-Ice Beam / Icy Wind / Giga Drain

This set absolutely wrecks unprepared teams, however, Stealth Rock and Sticky Web support is vital. Without it, Tentacruel will not be able to one-shot Victini with Scald, and will not be able to 2HKO Heracross. The choice of Water STAB depends on whether you want burns, annoying accuracy drops, or pure power. The choice of Poison STAB depends on whether you want quick, immediate power or to wear down something over time. And the choice of Ice coverage depends on whether, again, you want pure power or the ability to outspeed certain threats. This is a rather flexible moveset, the only thing you cannot forgo is Dazzling Gleam, as it nets surprise kills on Scrafty and Hydreigon.

answered Jan 25 by Radicool21
edited Jan 25 by Radicool21
0 votes


Tentacruel - Bold nature (^Def -Atk) # Black Sludge
+ 252 Sp Def EVs / 200 Def EVs / 58 Sp Atk EVs

  • Toxic Spikes (To set up)

  • Sludge Bomb (STAB, good power, 30% chance to Poisin, wow!)

  • Barrier (If you get a chance to set this up to prepare for Earthquakes or something)

  • Surf (STAB good power)

By the way, this moveset is pretty geared toward Gen IV, but you probably can make use of this in Gen V. You can of course switch Surf with Scald if you wish.

Okay, the idea here is to set up Toxic Spikes to make an entry hazard for your opponents Pokemon. If you survive attacks after setting up Toxic Spikes twice, you can set up Barrier to become even harder to kill. After using as many Barriers as you wish, start spamming attacks until you get KO'ed. The main idea is to really set up Toxic Spikes to aid your other Pokemon however, keep it in mind!

answered Jun 16, 2011 by Sam Sam Sam Sam
Not a mad moveset, but I go with Scald because that will help Tentacruel's Defense and I go with Giga Drain over Sludge Bomb, not because for power, but more for coverage against Water Absorbers that are Water/Ground for 4x damage, notably Quagsire and Seismitoad that could wall you if have Surf and Sludge Bomb as your only attacking moves.  Besides, Toxic Spikes already does a good enough job as it is.  Lastly, Confuse Ray would be a great option on this set, so you can stall and hurt the opponent while you are freely attacking and/or setting up Toxic Spikes.
if you are gunna use toxic spikes wouldn't it be better to use venoshock instead of sludgebomb? if u poison the other pokemon with toxic spikes then venoshock doubles in power which would give it 130 base power.
He probably changed his set anyways since 1 year...
Ah.  I had no idea.
0 votes

Double/Triple Battle

Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 216 SAtk / 88 SDef / 204 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Surf
- Sludge Wave
- Acupressure
- Blizzard

Doesn't hit the hardest, but it does good damage with high base power. Black Sludge and Rain Dish give Tentacruel nice healing. Surf is STAB that hits multiple foes, as is Sludge Wave. Blizzard is coverage that can hit multiple foes. Acupressure can be used to increase the stats of a teammate (or Tentacruel. I would go with a mixed sweeper though.)

answered Jan 18, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

- Surf (Stab)
- Ice beam for ground types
- Toxic Spikes
- Venoshock (Stab AND double damage with poison)

answered May 13, 2012 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
0 votes


Octo Sexy (Tentacruel) (M) @ Spell Tag/ Sitrus Berry/ Black Sludge
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Scald
  • Hex
  • Venoshock
  • Rapid Spin/ Barrier/ Confuse Ray

This is when the other side has already been contaminated by Toxic Spikes

answered May 19, 2012 by 5th of November
edited Sep 24, 2012 by Pokemaster
0 votes

My tentecruel knows...

Toxic spikes
Giga drain

Item: Focus Band

Tentecruel has decent speed so it should go first allowing you to set up with toxic spikes and focus band for surviving if up against an electric or grass.

Venoshock is good at all times because of toxic spikes and now does 130 damage. Also has STAB

Tentecruels special attack is higher than physical so surf is a good water move with STAB

Giga drain to gain back health while doing modest damage and 100% accuracy

answered Dec 25, 2012 by williegunamn
Give evs a nature and focus band rarely works
Ya know
My tips:

- Give it Wise Glasses/Leftovers
- Switch Surf for Hydro Pump
And then also add your EV's and Nature as TBB said. Then this set is baws.
0 votes

Tentacruel (M) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 240 HP / 252 Def / 16 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Substitute
  • Toxic
  • Scald
  • Knock Off
answered Mar 17, 2013 by Mewderator
0 votes

Gen V

Dreamworld Tentacruel @Black Sludge
Dreamworld ability: Rain Dish


Scald - To inflict damage and probably burn the opponent
Sludge Wave - To inflict damage and possibly poison the opponent
Rain Dance/Acqua Ring - To heal; the the former only if not in a Rain Team
Protect/Barrier - To resist and heal after you burned the opponent

answered Apr 18, 2013 by WaterLover
0 votes

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Dock Ock (Tentacruel) (M) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Rain Dish, you could run Liquid Ooze but I use this on a rain team :)
EVs: 240 Def / 252 HP / 16 Spd
Bold Nature
- Toxic Spikes
- Rapid Spin
- Scald
- Knock Off

I personally love to use Tentacruel. It gets Rapid Spin AND it can set up Toxic Spikes. Scald is to burn and it does some nice damage, and Knock Off is helpful to get rid of the foe's item.

answered Mar 30, 2014 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
0 votes

Tentacruel @assault vest
Trait: liquid ooze
EVs: 129 HP/129 SP atk/252speed
Timid Nature (-Atk, +Spd)
-Rapid Spin (clear away stealth rock and spikes...oh and you absorb toxic spikes)
-Acid Spray (lower special defense by two stages)
-Scald (Might need some physical defense there)
-Dazzling Gleam (Coverage) / Hex (130 power when burned)

answered Apr 10, 2014 by Ki2436Chen
0 votes

Defensive set:


Ability: rain dish

EVs: 252 HP, 151 sp. attack, the rest in speed or sp. defense

Timid nature

Barrier: used to make it completely tanky.
Rain dance:when coupled with black sludge, it restores 1/8 of tentacruel's max HP for 5 turns due to rain dish. An alternative if rain is already set up is mirror coat or infestation for hitting special attackers and getting chip damage, respectively.

Sludge bomb: STAB, good chance to poison, good power. An alternative is mirror coat.

Giga drain: even more HP recovery and counters water types while having good power. An alternative is scald for water fire coverage instead of water coverage

Offensive set:

Tentacruel@life orb

252 Evs in speed and attack

Scald: chance to burn, good power, STAB

Sludge bomb: same reasons as above

Knock off: kills psychics, knocks of items

The last slot is up to u

answered Aug 3 by MasterPokemonElite