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What is a good moveset for Ariados?

2 votes

Mine knows:

Toxic: Inflicts toxic poison.

Spider Web: Stops the foe from switching out from Toxic poison.

Bug Bite: Complements Ariados's higher Attack stat, decent damage, high accuracy, gains effect of Berry held by foe, STAB.

Agility: Greatly increases Speed.

Ariados Learnset

asked Jul 19, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Ariados (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sniper
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Sucker Punch
- Agility
- Poison Jab
- Twineedle

10 Answers

7 votes

Your battle styles for your Ledian and Ariados should be switched, haha. :P

This may be an amusing moveset (Like a real spider: trap the victim, then slowly wear it away to nothing. So cruel, yet hilarious!), but Ariados does not have the bulk to trap an opponent and whittle away its HP little by little, when you could just sweep the opponent with a strong attack. Ariados just doesn't have the survivability to utilize Toxic and wait it out, along with the other unnecessary tactical moves.

If anything, you'd want to keep toxic to make the opponent switch out, not be trapped and forced to attack a defensively average fighter like Ariados. Keep Toxic if you want to, but I'd replace it with a Poison-type STAB, like Poison Jab.

Spider Web? Forget about it. It's a great tactical move, but the only Pokemon that can learn it just don't have the bulk to trap the opponent and make them scared of not surviving. Replace it with Psychic, so you can hit other Poison-types, hit Pokemon that resist your other attacks, and to pick off Fighting-types with ease.

And Agility should be dumped too. Even with 40 Base Speed and maxed Speed from agility, you're still not going to outrun many threats. Replace it with Shadow Sneak, so you can revenge kill, and not have to worry about that terrible Speed Stat.

Bug Bite, like you said, compliments Attack, STAB, blah, blah, blah, etc. etc. You know what you're talking about.

All in all, you have a good strategy, but Ariados isn't about strategy. If Ariados had some kind of reliable recovery move or more general bulk, then that would be a great moveset, but due to Ariados' mediocre Defenses and HP, it just doesn't work on him. Go for a more straightforward, offensive approach.

answered Jul 19, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
2 votes

Yours is good, but it is poison type. Give it poison jab instead of agility and you will have a bug and a poison type move.

answered Jul 19, 2010 by ohioscyther
since this comment is made on 2010
theres no point in having poison jab since its only advantage is grass type
and ariados already has a move that beats grass
but in 2014 terms..
poison jab would do good
2 votes

Gen V

Ariados (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Insomnia

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Substitute
  • Baton Pass
  • Spider Web
answered Jun 18, 2011 by trachy
2 votes

Gen V

Ability: Sniper!

  • Cross Poison
  • Night Slash (breed)
  • Bug Bite / Toxic Spikes
  • Return

Wear a Scope Lens or Razor Claw to improve Crit chance for the already high crit chance of Cross Poison and Night Slash 8D

answered Jun 18, 2011 by dr_clock
2 votes

BABIES (Ariados) (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Insomnia

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Bounce
  • Poison Jab
  • Hone Claws

Interesting pokemon!
Hone Claws will get your Accuracy nice and boosted up, so Bounce will get up to 100% accuracy, Sucker Punch benefites greatly from the attack boost, making for a hard hitting priority move, and Poison jab makes STAB work, since he lacks any super good Bug type STAB moves.

answered Oct 4, 2011 by Josh
Not true. Breed one with Scolipede to get a STAB Megahorn
This is like 3 years ago and Ariados learns Megahorn in Gen 6 by breeding so :/
1 vote

This guy got a great buff this generation! :3

Ariados (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sniper
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Toxic Spikes
- Sticky Web
- Poison Jab
- Shadow Sneak

Posing a great threat to fairies and now lowering all speeds of Pokemon that switch in by -1 stage, Sticky Web is the main reason to use Armaldo, due to its rather limited distribution. Toxic Spikes also can be set up. Poison Jab threatens Fairies, and Shadow Sneak gets a little damage to the target before going down.

answered Oct 23, 2013 by Mewderator
I think you meant Ariados..? Not Armaldo.
0 votes

Double/Triple Battle

Ariados (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Swarm
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Bug Bite
- Poison Jab
- Bounce
- Shadow Sneak

Bug Bite and Poison Jab are STAB. Bounce can hit any foe and is less predictable in multi-battles. Shadow Sneak is priority.

answered Jan 22, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

Has some nice tricks but outclassed by Galvantula.

Ariados@Focus Sash
Ability: Insomnia
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spe/4 HP
Nature: Jolly

Sticky Web- The main reason to use a Ariados.

Spider Web/Toxic Spikes- Honestly, I don't think you can set up the Toxic Spikes so Spider Web is another nice trick that Galvantula does better(even though I have never seen Spider Web on a Galvantula).

After that it is just filler. Sorry I can't give a specific moveset but it is really all up to what you think is best. Poison Jab, X-Scissor, Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Bounce , Giga Drain and Electroweb are all great attacks while status moves suck as Protect, Agility, Baton Pass, Endure, Substitute, and Swagger are also good.

I hope I helped :)

answered Feb 28, 2014 by ChewyDonuts
0 votes

Your moveset is pretty good, and is also very similar to mine!
My Ariados has:
Item - Black Sludge (Heals effectively)/Scope Lens (Increase Crit Ratio)
Ability - Sniper (Powers up Crits)
- Spider Web (Stops the opponent switching)
- Toxic (Badly poisons target)
- Venom Drench (Decreases a poisoned opponents Atk, Sp. Atk and Speed by one stage)
- Cross Poison (High Crit Rate along with sniper...Just owns the place, STAB and takes advantage of Ariados' Attack stat)

answered Apr 10, 2014 by Zephuros
0 votes

This is gonna be a challenge.............................
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Ariados @ Focus Sash
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 Hp
Ability: Insomnia
-Poison Jab
-Fell Stinger/X-Scissor
-Shadow Sneak

So the plan here is to set up under Sticky Web and just sweep. It can work without Sticky Web, but just not nearly as good. Now for the moves! Agility makes this thing hit 392 which isn't all that bad. Poison Jab is standard STAB and Fell Stinger is when the opponent has a Sash, you have +2 attack! Hopefully you understood. X-Scissor is more reliable STAB but doesn't give you that nifty +2 after a KO. Shadow Sneak is to quickly finish off foes at low health. This can work up to RU but anything above that, this thing just dies.

Hope this set brings victory to many! :D

answered Jan 15 by Smoke Weed Everyday
How can it set up Sticky Web if it don't have the move?
Have something else do it obv.