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What is a good moveset for Cacturne?

3 votes

Mine is EV trained in Attack. It knows:

Sandstorm: Raises evasion, damages foes.

Needle Arm: Decent power, high accuracy, good chance to cause flinching, STAB.

Payback: High accuracy, Cacturne's Speed is low, STAB.

Leech Seed: Heals Cacturne while damaging the foe.

Cacturne learnset

asked Jul 21, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
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Cacturne (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sand Veil
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Destiny Bond
- Dark Pulse
- Giga Drain
- Focus Blast

13 Answers

3 votes

I personally like the extra power of energy ball over needle arm, Its speed isn't that great, so it's not going first much. But since yours is trained in attack...

answered Jul 21, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
3 votes

I don't Trust needle arm. I think he can learn seed bomb if you still want a physical attack. If not, he still has good sp. attack so maybe energy ball? Payback is excellent.

answered Jul 21, 2010 by Swampert
He can learn Seed Bomb.
3 votes

With a worthless base speed stat of 55 he's not gonna be outspeeding anything, even with a scarf.
So here's a Cacturne that's meant to have Trick Room support.

Cacturne @ Life Orb/Focus Sash

Trait: Sand Veil

EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SAtk

Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)

  • Giga Drain
  • Dark Pulse
  • Destiny Bond
  • Focus Blast

Giga Drain Reliable STAB move with the added bonus of some healing.
Dark Pulse another reliable STAB move.
Destiny Bond can be used when you realise you're screwed.
Focus Blast is for the steel types.

If you bring Sashturne, a spinner should be used to be able to use the sash but Life Orb is the preffered Item anyway.

answered Sep 11, 2011 by Hex
edited Mar 2, 2012 by Hex
1 vote

Sandstorm is a must have since it has sand vail. Payback is like meant for cacturne. leech seed is good depending on the trainer. The only move I would change is needle arm.

answered Jul 21, 2010 by ohioscyther
1 vote


252 Atk 252 Spd

Seed Bomb ( Reliable STAB )
Sucker Punch ( He's not super fast, and even with the build in speed, this is usefull. )
Thunder Punch ( Coverage )
Drain Punch ( Health )

Ability : Storm Drain - Role: Water Killer


128 Sp Def 128 Def 252 Spd

Energy Ball ( STAB )
Dark Pulse ( STAB )
Nasty Plot ( Love this move.. )
Hp Electric ( Coverage )

Ability : Storm Drain - Role: Water Killer

answered Jun 1, 2011 by Josh
the physical set is actually the same as i use exept i run adamant but i have sand veil because you can't have water absorb and have Gen 4 moves.
1 vote

Mixed sweeper Cacturne in a sandstorm party

Cacturne@Life orb
Ability:Sand veil
-Sucker punch
-Energy ball
-Destiny bond

answered Mar 25, 2012 by HellDoom
1 vote

Cacturne@Focus Sash
Role: NU Spikes Support
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Sp. Atk / 252 Speed
Jolly Nature (+ Speed, - S. Attack)
- Counter / Destiny Bond
- Spikes
- Sucker Punch
- Seed Bomb


Cacturne pretty much is the only viable Spiker in NU. Water Absorb allows it to switch into a Scald or another Water-type move. The EVs and the nature gives it good Offenses and Speed. Counter is mainly used to deal with Physical attackers, such as Sawk and Archeops. Destiny Bond, on the other hand, is a last attempt to land a kill (although it is an inferior option to Counter due to Cacturne's low speed). Spikes is mandatory on any Cacturne lead sets. Sucker Punch finishes off the opponent and gets a nice dual STAB with Seed Bomb.

answered Aug 18 by MechSteelix
0 votes

Gen V

Cacturne (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Sand Veil

EVs: 128 HP / 252 Atk / 64 Def / 64 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Seed Bomb
  • Drain Punch
  • Swords Dance
answered Jun 1, 2011 by trachy
0 votes

Cacturne (M) @ Focus Sash

Role: Auto Kill

Trait: Sand Veil

EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Cotton Spore
  • Destiny Bond
  • Seed Bomb
  • Sucker Punch

I call him Auto Killer, because when you throw him out, he has the potential to take down nearly any opponent.

Basic strategy Anticipated your opponent not switching.

Okay, Your opponents got something on the field that keeps sweeping down your team,

After a pokemon of yours faints, You send in Cacturne, Use Cotton Spore, Now they have half of the speed they had before.

Now here is if you can know, Either they'll switch, Or they'll stay in , If they stay in....

Use Destiny Bond, because of your fragile defenses, They probably took your down to your sash mark on the first turn, Now with you knowing they'll finish you off, Destiny bond. Moving first because of Cotton Spore, You'll take dangerous sweepers down in a heart beat.

If your opponent is switching, You can just use Cotton Spore again, and they switch right into it, Or Try to hit hard with Seed bomb, and finish up with Sucker Punch.

answered Aug 4, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

Cacturne (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Sand Veil

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Seed Bomb
  • Destiny Bond
  • ThunderPunch
answered Mar 24, 2013 by alexander757575
0 votes

Cacturne (F) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Sand Veil
Evs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 6 Def
Nature: Brave (+Atk,-Spd)
Ivs: 0 Spd
- Seed Bomb
- Sucker Punch
- Thunder Punch
- Revenge

answered Aug 11, 2014 by Soundwave
0 votes

Cacturne @ Life Orb/Focus Sash
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature
~ Substitute
~ Sucker Punch
~ Drain Punch
~ Seed Bomb

This set is used mainly for the lower tiers. Substitute+Drain Punch allows for easy recovery gain with the power buff given from Life Orb. Sucker Punch gives off a nice priority that finishes off weakened Pokemon and destroys Psychics and Ghosts easily. Seed Bomb is an obligatory STAB that makes you use Cacturne for what it should do, beat out Tanky Water Types.

answered Aug 11, 2014 by Psychic x
0 votes

Now that Custap Berry is a thing in ORAS, here's a suicide lead set.

Cacturne @ Custap Berry
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Jolly
252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spe
-Seed Bomb / Cotton Spore
-Destiny Bond

Endure on an attack that would kill you. Grab the Custap boost. Take that one turn of glorious super-speed to Spikes, Cotton Spore, or Destiny Bond. Rather simple.

answered Feb 5 by Radicool21