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What is a good moveset for Donphan?

1 vote

Mine knows:

Body Slam: Good power, high accuracy, good chance to paralyze.

Earthquake: High power, high accuracy, double damage against Pokemon using Dig, STAB.

Fire Fang: Decent power, decent accuracy, chance to cause flinching or cause a burn, used to deal with Grass and Ice types.

Seed Bomb: Good power, high accuracy, used to deal with Water types.

Donphan Learnset

asked Jul 20, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
What is the 2nd best choice if seed bomb isn't available for me?(I know this was 9 months ago sorry)
Donphan (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Ice Shard
- Rapid Spin
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock
Nice, but why not Stone Edge?  Has awesome coverage against Ice, Bug, Flying, and Fire plus it has Critical-Hit ratio.
I think this Donphan is a lead Donphan.
Oh, I see.
a clever move set but donphan doesnt learn stealth rock

10 Answers

8 votes

I'd say this set is good. Maybe carry rapid spin to deal with entry hazards, but that's not a necessity.

answered Jul 20, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
5 votes

Good, but for Donphan, I always liked poison jab. Its much better than body slam in my opinion.................... But bod slam works too.

answered Jul 20, 2010 by Swampert
Why not Stone Edge, it's Rock and Rock Types are commonly used Offensively with Ground-type Pokemon!
3 votes

UU stealth rock layer

  • Stealth Rock-Sets up rocks against the opponent. Perfect for things like hail teams.
  • Earthquake-STAB.
  • Rapid Spin-Allows him to blow away entry hazards midgame if necessary; also deals with early game antileads or entry hazards early on.
  • Ice Shard-Gives him basic priority over the opponent.
answered Jul 27, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
3 votes

F.E.A.R.-PHAN

Item: Shell Bell
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Brave
EVs: 252 Attack(No other EVs)


Endeavor
Ice-shard
Roar
Rapid-spin


Yes this is a F.E.A.R. set, this works best with a level 25 Donphan(Lowest possible level for him) and is even better with Sand support, he is the new Aron! You will want minimum IVs in every stat except Attack, his stats should be: 80 Hp, 96 Attack, 65 Defense, 35 S.Attack, 35 S.Defense, 27 Speed on PO he can be lvl 1 though. Endeavor is for lowering the opponent down to your HP. Ice-shard is Priority in case you are up against a Pokemon that is not immune to sand or you are no on a sand team. Roar is for switching a Ghost type away. Rapid-spin is for getting rid of hazards.

answered Dec 24, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Speed freak
Warning this set is insanely cheap especially on Sand teams.
2 votes


Item: Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Rock-polish
Earthquake
Stone-edge
Seed-bomb


Rock-polish boosts Speed. Earthquake is STAB. Stone-edge is Coverage. Seed-bomb is Coverage.

answered Dec 24, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Speed freak
1 vote

Here's my Donphan:

Adamant Nature
(252 HP/252 Atk/4 Def)

-Earthquake-STAB
-Stone Edge-Coverage
-Fire Fang- covers Ice and Grass Types
-Seed Bomb covers Water Types

answered Jul 5, 2012 by Brandonerd91
1 vote

My Donphan:

Lonely Nature
(252 Atk/252 Def/4 HP)
Item: Muscle Band

Ice Shard-Priority Move
Seed Bomb-Deal Awesome Damage against Water-type opponents
Earthquake-STAB
Fire Fang-Cover Grass and Ice Weaknesses

answered Jul 11, 2012 by googleman225
edited Jul 11, 2012 by googleman225
Speed EVs on a Donphan??
Oh I'm sorry. I meant defense not speed. I was working on something else and accidentally put speed
It's changed
1 vote

Now Donphan is commonly used as a spinner. But let's take a little initiative here and try out a different set. Donphan's attack stat is a base 120. Let's abuse that sucker attack stat with Choice Band

Donphan @ Choice Band
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Head Smash
- Ice Shard
- Seed Bomb/Superpower

Earthquake is STAB and super powerful. Head Smash is realllllly powerful coming off that Attack stat, even with recoil. You can add some wish support for the guy if you want. Chansey would work well. Ice Shard is priority and for hitting dragons like Salamence. Seed Bomb and Superpower is your choice, Superpower offers more coverage all around but maybe you want Seed Bomb to hit pokes like Gastro and Jelli. Now the poor guy is pretty slow, but with Sturdy and that Bulk he can do pretty well for himself. Again with Wish support from Chansey or others you can play him out again and again, reviving sturdy every time. Give it a try, you might be surprised. I know I was.

answered Jul 4, 2013 by MrKijani
1 vote

Donphan@Life orb
Nature Adamant/Impish
-Earthquake
-Rockslide
-Play Rough(EggMove)
-Ice Shard(EggMove)
This amazing little tanky sweeper is a huge help when trying to put your enemy in a bad spot.

answered May 27 by derpystar
0 votes

Donphan Moveset

Donphan Moveset @ Life Orb/Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant
EVs HP 252/Def 140/Atk 116

Rapid Spin
Knock Off
Earthquake
Ice Shard

answered 11 hours ago by EvilAngel