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What is a good moveset for Salamence?

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asked Jul 19, 2010 by ohioscyther
edited Aug 27, 2012 by Pokemaster
lol Now it's |SentByRavens|.
I think this is a good moveset for salamence.

Dragon Claw

Item: Life Orb/Draco Plate/Sitrus Berry/Yache Berry/Cell Battery
Never put fly on a competitive pokemon cuz the oppenent could switch into a other pokemon that can take flying types
Do we have enough info to give him a mega evelution moveset
If you want a good Flying-type move on Salamence, do Hyper Voice. This strategy only works in the Gen. 3 Remakes, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If you Mega-Evolve it, it gets the Aerialate ability, which turns Hyper Voice into a Flying-type move.

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This is My Personal Salamance


Dragon Pulse
Iron Tail/Earthquake

Lots of people use Fire Blast or Flamethrower but I'm usin heat wave to defeat both enemies in battle also does more damage then flamethrower. My Salamance also is an Attacker and Sp Attacker so he's a Sweeper for my Team

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answered Jan 13, 2013 by Blaziken_Rox92
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Physical Sweeper Salamence. This is all physical, so Adamant. And no DW, since some people are too lazy to find a DW Bagon.

Salamence@Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Attack/252 Speed/4 SpDef (Most Ice moves are special)
Nature: Adamant nature (+Attack/-SpAttack)

Stone Edge (Type coverage)
Earthquake (Because Earthquake)
Dragon Rush (STAB, Coverage, Egg move)
Aerial Ace (STAB, Nevermiss attack)

answered Feb 16, 2013 by Zirrix
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Draco meter
Stone edge - ( For ice types )
Earthquake - ( For rock types )

answered Jun 15, 2013 by Thunderstreak
edited Jun 15, 2013 by Thunderstreak
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All Pain No Game Salamence [Physical Attacker]
Nature: Adamant
-Dragon Rush
-Brick Break
-Shadow Claw
-Dragon Dance

-Dragon rush for least amount of riskyness with outrage and being locked in it.

-Brick Break for destroying Surpressing barrier attacks such as reflect and light screen
doesn't work on ghost types and can't break barriers if ghost type is out with these on.

-Shadow Claw to apply back up with brick break against ghost types and others it has a high critical ratio.

-Dragon Dance to outspeed/increase damage on moves.

Hope this moveset is helpful to you :) comment to me on what should the moveset be changed and improved to be better.

answered Jun 28, 2013 by TheTeamChooser
edited Jun 28, 2013 by TheTeamChooser
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I think this is a good move set for Salamance:
Outrage(High power and STAB.You can switch it out after it is confused)
Aerial Ace(STAB and always hits)
Crunch(Can finish psychic type Pokemon like Cresselia
Stone egde(High power and type coverage)
All of these attacks are physical because Salamance has very high attack.
Hope this helps!

answered Aug 15, 2013 by ZekromMaster
My salamence movements are
Dragon Dance
Dragon Rush
Dragon Claw
Are this moves ok?
This is good for in-game but not competitve.For competitve,lose dragon dance and put in crunch and dragon rush for outrage.
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Gen IV Physical Sweeper
Salamance @ life Orb / Dragon Fang
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Adamant or Jolly (probably Jolly)
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 speed, 4 HP
Dragon Rush -- Because I don't want to get locked into Outrage.
Nasty Plot -- Instead of DD, to fix Dragon Rush's accuracy
Earthquake -- For steel types who resist Dragon rush
Steel wing / Shadow Claw -- Either kill pesky fairy types, or get at least neutral coverage against everything.

answered Apr 2, 2014 by Raymi
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Salamence @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpAtk)

-Dragon Claw
-Aerial Ace
-Brick Break

Dragon Claw has good STAB, Aerial Ace has STAB as well and never misses, Earthquake covers electric types, and its a must have on Salamence. Brick Break covers ice and rock type weaknesses.

answered Jun 1, 2014 by MarioTheTrainer
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Here's a mixed salamence:

Salamence@Lum Berry
Trait: Moxie
Nature: Naive
EVs: 252 atk, 252 sp. atk, 4 spd
Dragon Dance- Boosts speed and attack
Dragon Claw- Good power, good accuracy, covers dragon weakness, STAB
Hidden Power Steel- Covers every single weakness, that's why dragon claw is there
Hydro Pump- Coverage

Yes salamence can learn hydro pump

answered Jun 1, 2014 by Mega Dragoon
please no hp steel. I would neither recommend hydro pump as fire blast covers much more :3
Or have it only Physical and replace HP Steel for Steel Wing and Hyfro Pump for Fire Fang
Hp steel covers every single one of its weaknesses except dragon, and dragon claw covers that. And it's mixed in case you get blocked by a physical or special wall
If you are going with an attack boosting move, you should only teach it psychical moves. Simple.
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Salamence @ Lum Berry/Life Orb
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Adamant/Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
-Dragon Dance
-Dragon Claw/Outrage
-Earthquake/Thunder Fang/Fire Fang/Crunch/Aerial Ace/Rock Slide/Steel Wing/Shadow Claw

The great thing about Salamence is that has such a deep movepool that you never really know what to expect from it. First off, Moxie is a MUST for all Physical Salamence sets. The natures speak for themselves, and the EVs are a given, but can be shaken up with more placed into HP for some bulk. Dragon Dance is an amazing set up for any sweeper and just has to be put on anything dealing damage that has access to it. Roost gives reliable recovery, and removes flying typing for the turn, taking away some weaknesses. The next slot is debatable, in that Dragon Claw doesn't lock you into a move, and keeps you away from confusion, but Outrage has a higher damage output and will be OHKOing a lot of stuff, especially after a Dragon Dance and a Moxie boost or two. I'd recommend Lum Berry for Outrage, but Life Orb all the way if otherwise. The last slot is mainly for what your team needs, and really, it's where Salamence's movepool shines. Any of these options are viable

answered Aug 14, 2014 by spottedowl8274
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Physical Mega-Mence

Ability: Intimidate/Moxie>Aerilate
EVs: 252 Att, 252 Spe, 4Def
Nature: Adamant/Jolly
Item: Salamenceite

With Return, Salamence finally has as good physical Flying STAB courtesy of Aerliate. It hit hards and demolishes anything that doesn't resist it, in particular Grass, Fighting and Bug types.
Outrage and Dragon Claw are the Draon STABs of choice. Outrage smashes anything that isn't a Steel or Fairy type, which makes it a risky choice. Dragon Claw is the weaker but more reliably choice.
Earthquake is a great coverage move that hits Steel, Rock, Fire, Electric and Poison types hard. If certain Steel types are a problem then Fire Blast can be used over it.
Dragon Dance is the preferred choice in the last slot as it raises the Attack and Speed stat's by one stage, making it even more powerful and harder to revenge kill. Roost can also be used in this slot to restore health.

answered Feb 15 by K1
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"Bagon and Cheese" the Salamence:

Item: King's Rock/Salamencite(King's Rock 'cause he's fast and just in case he doesn't OHKO)
Ability: Intimidate/Aerilate****(You'll most likely be Mega Evolving right away, so it doesn't really matter for me. I might use Moxie in X and Y, though-but we're talking ORAS here)

Shadow Claw/Crunch-for the Ghost and Psychic-types out there (Shadow Claw has better coverage, in my opinion)
Headbutt/Fly-for me, STAB Double-Edge isn't worth the damage. Headbutt, along with King's Rock, gives you a pretty good chance of flinching the target-and it gets STAB with Mega. Fly's another viable Flying-type move also.
Steel Wing/Flamethrower-Steel Wing for Super-Effective hits on 3 of his weaknesses(Fairy, Ice, Rock). Flamethrower for those tricky and Sturdy Steel-types.
Draco Meteor-Why not? Being it's only Special move, he can go for a couple regularly effective hits, if necessary.

answered Feb 21 by Tubanator
Use return 102 base power at full happiness.
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Salamance mixed sweeper set
Nature: Hasty so you don't have to worry about speed
EVs: 252 attack, 252 special attack, 4 HP
Item: perism or lum berry

Outrage- super stab
Flamethrower- coverage
Iron tail/ steel wing- covers all weaknesses
Calm mind/ Dragon Dance- gets him powered up

Use calm mind if you want to be more prepared for special hits
Use D-dance if you want to boost speed

answered Apr 7 by Fire-typemaster 927
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Physical Sweeper

Salamence @ Leftovers

Nature: Adamant (+atk - spatk)

Zen Headbutt
Dragon Claw
Dragon Dance

Zen Headbutt is for those fighting types...
Dragon Claw for dragons...
Crunch for psychics...
Dragon Dance for high atk and speed 3x dragon dance can defeat any Pokemon.

answered Apr 13 by MEGIKERP