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What is a good moveset for Politoed?

2 votes

Mine knows:

Ice Beam: Good power, high accuracy, chance to freeze, used to deal with Grass types.

Mud Shot: I find that the higher accuracy is a good trade off for the lower power than Mud Bomb. It also lowers Speed for sure. Used to deal with Electric types.

Hyper Voice: Good power, high accuracy.

Swagger: Used to confuse the foe.

Politoed Learnset

asked Jul 19, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Politoed (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Drizzle
EVs: 216 HP / 136 SAtk / 156 SDef
Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
- Scald
- Ice Beam
- Focus Blast
- Attract
Boil-over? Did you mean Boiling water? AKA Scald?

22 Answers

8 votes

I remember having a Politoed on my first Playthrough of Soulsilver (I named him "Ribbit," because I'm that frikken' origninal)... Anyway, this is a fairly mediocre moveset for Politoed, except for Ice Beam. Hyper Voice is debatable, but I won't go into the controversy.

The quesiton is whether you want a Special-based, or Physical-based Politoed. Believe it or not, Politoed can utilize both extremely well (Just as a warning, NEVER try to mix Special and Physical attacks on Politoed. For some odd reason, everything just begins to clash).

I'll make this quick, and give a small overview of both routes:


Hypnosis (Put your opponent to sleep.)

Belly Drum (Use this right after Hypnosis for the Attack Boost. Make sure you have Leftovers attached!)

Brick Break/Earthquake/Bounce (Yes, the little amphibian can learn all of these attacks. Brick Break to deal with Steels. Earthquake to hit Steels, Rock, Electric. FInally, use Bounce to deal with Pesky Flying and Grass-types.)

Waterfall (Your physical STAB, with a chance of flinching.)


Hypnosis (Put the opponent to sleep.)

Surf (Your Special STAB with incredible power!)

Ice Beam (Use that to deal with pesky Grass, Ground, Flying, and Dragon-types. The chance of Freezing is pretty overlooked, seeing as your focus is to inflict sleep on the opponent.)

Focus Blast/Mud Bomb/Psychic (Focus Blast is your equivalent to Brick Break, except stronger. Mud Bomb is your Special alternative to earthquake. Psychic is used to hit Tentacruel, Muk, and other Poison-type Special Walls that try to counter you.)

These are my best recommendations for Politoed. It's got a great movepool, but the tough part is deciding which ones to use. Like I said, it can sweep Physically AND specially, but because the physical route needs Belly Drum support, there's no room to add diversity in Special moves. Like I mentioned beofre: mixing the two causes clashing.

I hope I helped!

EDIT: OOPS, you already picked a best answer for this question. My bad. xD

answered Jul 20, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
7 votes

Politoed (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Drizzle

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Wake-up Slap / Focus Punch / Frustration / Return
  • Hypnosis
  • Waterfall
  • Belly Drum

My little sweeping beast :] if you've battled any of my rain teams, ( Heck, most all of my teams have a Politoed lead like this ) then you've met this guy.

Hypnosis for the Belly Drum get up, Belly Drum for beastly attack, Waterfall for STAB Sweeping, Wake up Slap, Focus Punch, Frustration , Return for neutral coverage sweeping or super effective coverage sweeping.

answered Sep 21, 2011 by Josh
6 votes

Sexy (Politoed) (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Damp

EVs: 128 Atk / 128 Def / 252 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Attract
  • Defense Curl
  • Ice Ball
  • Earthquake / Waterfall

My little seductive tramp xD

Poli here uses her attractive self to immobilize her opponents, then she curls up, and pounds e'm like.. well yeah.

Attract makes your opponent have trouble hitting you, or just plain switch. Defense curl raises your defense slightly, but is mainly for use with Ice ball, for coverage sweeping. Earthquake for more coverage, although Waterfall is also usefull.

answered Sep 21, 2011 by Josh
5 votes

Klub Frog (Politoed) (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Drizzle

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Hydro Pump
  • Hypnosis
  • Focus Blast
  • Ice Beam

Drizzle is for the rain lead aspect, this just takes a bit of a cool twist for Poli.
You're maxing a little bit over 300 Special attack, then you're pairing that with Life orb.
Rain + STAB + 120 Base power is making Hydro Pump the bomb.
Hypnosis will let you not take Life orb damage, due to it not being an attack
Focus Blast is coverage, and I mean, we've said screw it to high accuracy anyway.
And Ice Beam keeps annoying crap like Dragonite at bay, while showing grass types like Venusaur who's boss in the process :D ( Klub is Bulk backwards if you didn't notice )

answered Dec 20, 2011 by Josh
I like the pic!
You have some pretty low accuracy moves...
4 votes

Sun Toed (M) @ Choice Specs

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 56 HP / 200 Def / 252 SAtk

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Hidden Power [Fire]
  • Focus Blast
  • Psychic
  • Ice Beam

For use in the "Sun" weather

HP Fire is like STAB in the sun for him, then standard Politoed coverage.
I use mine for Water Absorb soaking up water attacks for my poor fire types.

answered Dec 23, 2011 by Josh
You and Politoed.
I like it... And Riles is using it, meaning it must be good.
2 votes

I don't like Swagger, if the opponet hits you with a physical move, their sharply raised attack will be too risky. I would Replace it with Surf a its a powerful, accurate move.

answered Jul 19, 2010 by Swampert
I can't believe I didn't teach it Surf. I was without a STAB move the whole time I've been using it and it's level 84 right now.
Major major Lol
LOL, hahahahah, funny
2 votes

Gen V

Politoed (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Drizzle

EVs: 128 HP / 128 SAtk / 252 SDef

Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)

  • Surf
  • Hypnosis
  • Ice Beam
  • Protect
answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
i would prefer phychic over protect, but kudos on the ev spread
2 votes

The epic Physical Tank!

Politoed (M) @ Leftovers / Lum Berry
Trait: Damp
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Ice Punch
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Payback

Leftovers to give recovery, while Lum Berry clears annoying status. Evs are standard Physical Tank. Nature is good for a Tank. Ice Punch kills Grass types. Waterfall for STAB. Earthquake for coverage against Electric types, while also killing about everything else. Finally, Payback is an unexpected twist. When the foe sees that this guy is Physical, they’ll switch to something like Slowking that Politoed can’t do crap to. But Payback kills it, and with the lowered Speed, it hits the maximum pretty well.

answered Sep 17, 2011 by Fate Itself
Atlast a set that doesnt involve drizzle
Damp is good to switch in against stuff like Exploding Electrode (just to annoy the foe XD) and Forretress.
2 votes

Bulk Frog (Politoed) (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Drizzle

EVs: 252 HP / 196 Atk / 60 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Encore
  • Earthquake
  • Waterfall
  • Hypnosis

Another Drizzle variant.

Encore can annoy someone who's setting up Stealth Rocks, or that's setting up. Earthquake and Waterfall provide coverage, Ev's make for a bulky toed. Hypnosis puts opponents to sleep.

answered Sep 22, 2011 by Josh
2 votes

Politoed (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 116 HP / 252 Atk / 128 Def / 12 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Mind Reader
  • DynamicPunch
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake

I really like Politoed, Okay?

Read your opponents mind ( Frogs are just awesome like that ) And then hit for a Dynamic punch, which will bring confusion ( Did that freaking frog just punch me!!? ) Now you can hit for an STAB Waterfall ( I'm not even sure how that should be possible ) And then Cause Earthquakes by hopping up and down, covering some annoying types.

answered Sep 22, 2011 by Josh
2 votes

Politoed (M) @ Choice Scarf
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Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Hyper Voice / HP Ground / Mud Bomb
  • Hydro Pump
  • Ice Beam
  • Focus Blast

Choice Scarf sweeper Toed, A nice classic.

Hyper Voice gives epic Neutral coverage with Water, although HP Ground and Mud Bomb covers Electric, and Mud Bomb offers accuracy hax.

I prefer Hydro Pump over surf any day, it doesn't miss that often and is awesome STAB for pokemon like this who's Sp Atk is only peeking slightly over 300.

Ice beam gives Grass coverage, And mostly Dragon coverage.
And Focus Blast covers other various things, such as dark. And is high powered.

answered Sep 22, 2011 by Josh
2 votes

Poliwhirl (M) @ Eviolite


Trait: Swift Swim

EVs: 4 HP / 120 Atk / 132 Def / 252 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Belly Drum
  • Hypnosis
  • Waterfall
  • Body Slam

Fun in the rain, that's where I use him!

His speed will top 400 with swift swim, giving no Ev's so people won't hate you too much. Hypnosis puts your opponent to sleep, nighty night! Then you can Drum up and sweep with heavy neutral coverage from Body Slam and Waterfall, Waterfall has a flinch rate ( 10% ) and Body Slam has a paralyze rate, so even if you somehow don't OHKO, you have a decent chance of something happening that your opponent can't move. His defenses land at 199, so Eviolite boost makes them about 300, so he can take some good hits.

answered Sep 28, 2011 by Josh
This this should be in the poliwhirl move set question,but there isnt one, as its not a final evolution. If I'm missing something here please correct me.
2 votes

Globox -- Politoed --

Held Item: Mystic Water / Leftovers / Lum Berry
Nature: Jolly
Ability: Drizzle
Evs: 252 HP / 196 SPEED / 60 ATTACK

Belly Drum - The first move he'll normally be using, preferably on a switch or something setting up hazards on me. The latter happens quite often.

Rest - After drumming, he needs to rest up and recover the HP lost. He should have enough bulk to take an attack from a lead.

Waterfall - His single attacking move, STAB. Gives decent coverage, gets rain boosted. Get's STAB. Can use with the next move..

Sleep talk - Used to utilize Waterfall while he's sleeping from using Rest. Even when using the Lum Berry, he'll probably get to go back to sleep later on to rest up again.

Slightly gimmicky, but very effective.

answered Mar 9, 2012 by Josh
Switch Lum for Chesto in case you get burned, paralyzed, or poisoned.
1 vote

Politoed (M) @ Choice Specs

Role: Specs Tank

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 196 Def / 252 SAtk / 60 SDef

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Psychic
  • Ice Beam
  • Hydro Pump
  • Hidden Power [Ground] / HP Fighting / Focus Blast

Well, this is pretty simple.

His defenses are pretty jacked up thanks to hit Ev's and nature, on top of their regular high bases.
Now he has a 252 Ev'd Specs boosted Special attack, with Hydro Pump ( I honestly prefer this to surf over time, atleast on PO ) Ice beam for coverage, HP Ground for nice coverage, And Psychic for even more coverage!

answered Sep 21, 2011 by Josh
edited Dec 20, 2011 by Josh
1 vote

Choice Band!

Item: Choice-band
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Attack, 100 Speed, 100 Defense, 58 Hp





I pretty much stared at Politoed until I came up with a set that no-one had posted yet and was still competitively usable XD. The way I have distributed EVs Politoed will obviously outspeed Hippowdon and Tyranitar but will still be slower than Ninetales so as to get the weather. Waterfall is STAB, and can easily take care of Ninetales in the Rain (Though in the sun get Poltoed out of there he does not like Solar-beam) Hippowdon can be 2KOed. Brick-break can OHKO Tyranitar providing he does not have full investment in HP and Defense(That would be a rather strange spread XD). Earthquake is coverage. For your last move you have Bounce which not only covers your Grass weakness and the very common Fighting types but has a 30% paralyze chance :D.

answered Apr 16, 2012 by Speed freak
TKOR approves.
Thanks XD
0 votes

I like this set


Ice beam(Coverage)


Hyper voice(Power)

Hypnosis is an option.

answered Feb 22, 2011 by Speed freak
This set was before drizzle so it should not be downvoted.
0 votes

I tried alot of sets but this one I found very good for politoad

  1. Hyper Voice
  2. Bounce
  3. Surf
  4. Toxic/Double Team/Attract/Rest
answered Sep 22, 2011 by Jellybean101
0 votes

Politoed @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 56HP/ 200Def/ 252SpAtk
Quiet Nature +SAtk, -Spd
Ice Beam

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Danny
0 votes

Politoed (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Drizzle
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Scald
- Ice Beam
- Rest
- Sleep Talk

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Mewderator
0 votes

This is prolly not the best, but this is what moveset I ran for Politoed and it worked out just fine for me at least.

Ability: Absorb Water
Held Item: Leftovers
-Ice Beam
-Brick Break
- Hypnosis
- Swagger

Okay, so what I would do in battle is that I can either use Hypnosis or Swagger first, but lets say I use Hypnosis first. Opp. goes to sleep,then I use swagger, WHILE its asleep so when it wakes up it'll MOSTLY still be confused and it'll give you that CHANCE of the opp. pokemon to hit itself. If that task is successful and it does hit itself, you have the choice between Ice beam, Brick Break and or Hypnosis depending on the situation. I would honestly use Hypnosis if you know brick break or ice beam wont be super effective. Also the Leftovers Item will be healing you little by little as your Opp's pokemon are Asleep/Confused. This move set is not the BEST but its different from the others and it works.

answered Jun 16, 2012 by Carlo