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Good moveset for Cradily?

3 votes
  • Confuse Ray
  • Toxic
  • Protect
  • Block

Cradily learnset

asked Jul 21, 2010 by DarthDestiny
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Cradily (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Storm Drain
EVs: 252 HP / 84 Def / 168 SAtk / 4 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Stockpile
- Recover
- Grass Knot
- Hidden Power [Rock]
Hidden Power has higher BP + More PP.

11 Answers

5 votes

Here are some movesets, ordered from best to worst:

  1. Physical Attacker
    Recover: Reliable healing move.
    Rock Slide: Decent power, good chance to cause flinching,STAB, higher accuracy and more PP than Stone Edge, deals with Bug and Ice types.
    Seed Bomb: Good power, high accuracy, STAB.
    Swords Dance: Increases Attack.

  2. Defensive Cradily
    Rock Slide: Decent power, good chance to cause flinching,STAB, higher accuracy and more PP than Stone Edge deals with Ice and Bug types.
    Recover: Reliable healing move.
    Amnesia: Increases Sp. Def.
    Toxic: Inflicts bad poison.

  3. Healer: Big Root
    Giga Drain: Decent power, STAB, high accuracy, heals Cradily.
    Ingrain: Heals Cradily.
    Toxic: Inflicts toxic poison.
    Rock Slide: Decent power, good chance to cause flinching,STAB, higher accuracy and more PP than Stone Edge deals with Ice and Bug types.

  4. Mixed Moveset
    Confuse Ray: Confuses the foe.
    Giga Drain: Decent power, high accuracy, STAB, heals Cradily.
    Rock Slide: Decent power, good chance to cause flinching,STAB, higher accuracy and more PP than Stone Edge deals with Ice and Bug types.
    Earthquake: Must I say why?

answered Aug 13, 2010 by trachy
3 votes

Uh-uh, Cradily's style on the field is stalling, Bro. Cradily is great at hindering its opponent, mostly due to the three manageable weaknesses, which are merely Ice, ground and Fighting.You want to drag out the battles with Cradily, not attempt to sweep the opponent.

Sunny Day/ Solarbeam combo just doesn't work well on Cradily. There are better choices for those two move slots (Not to mention that once you use Sunny Day, it's pretty obvious what you plan to do next. The opponent will likely switch in a wall). Replace them with best-known stalling moves, Block and Stockpile.

Confuse Ray is a great move for Cradily. If you plan to keep it, then I see no way to complain. If you want to get rid of it, then replace it with Seed Bomb for a more reliable STAB.

Lastly, and most importantly, you'll want Toxic. Paired with Confuse Ray and Block, you'll have one crippled opponent!

Some other alternatives is to replace Stockpile with Protect, to work in Unity with Toxic and Confuse Ray, in case the Pokemon doesn't hurt itself. Replacing Ingrain with Synthesis is fine, but can be hindered by weather very easily. Lastly, if you want to keep Stone Edge over Seed Bomb for STAB, then I think it's a great idea.

Cradily is the Defensive one, and Armaldo is the sweeper. Remember this, because both Cradily and Armaldo do poorly at trying to do the other's job.

answered Jul 21, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
Cradily is not weak to ground, but it is weak to bug and steel
3 votes

Cradily @ Life Orb
EV's: 252 SAtk, 252 HP, 4 Def
Nature: Quiet
Ability: Storm Drain

  • Earth Power
  • Giga Drain
  • Hidden Power Fire
  • Sludge Wave

This is a dangerous special sweeper, with Trick Room support of course. Switch Cradily in when you senses a water type attack. With Life Orb and Storm Drain you're now ready to sweep! Earth Power is a powerful special attack (90 BP), that covers Steel weakness. Giga Drain is also a powerful special attack (75 BP + STAB), and it recovers Cradily's HP. Hidden Power Fire covers Ice, Bug and Steel weaknesses. Slugde Wave have also a powerful BP at 95.

answered Dec 19, 2012 by NO1974
Great set. I like it. TR Cradily is so dangerous.
2 votes

Gen V

Cradily (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Suction Cups

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef

Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Recover
  • Stockpile
  • Giga Drain
  • Earth Power
answered Jun 21, 2011 by trachy
Quiet (-Spe +SAtt) would be better, wouldn´t it?
nah i'd go with modest or relaxed
0 votes

Cradily @ Leftovers

Trait: Suction Cups

EVs: 252 HP / 72 SpA / 184 SpD

Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)

  • Giga Drain
  • Earth Power
  • Recover
  • Hidden Power Rock/Sludge Bomb

Special tank.
Giga Drain is excellent STAB with a nice bonus of healing.
Earth Power gives some nice Coverage.
Recover is very nice reliable healing.
Hidden Power Rock is STAB and hits Flying types, while Sludge Bomb has a nice chance of poisoning the opponents and gives some neutral coverage.

answered Mar 5, 2012 by Hex
It's good, but why not AncientPower?  It's reliable (at the expense of low PP) and has a 10% chance to boost all stats by one stage.  I mean, c'mon, it could take a while to get Hidden Power (Rock) anyway, so AncientPower is a more suitable choice.
It's also a weaker choice, and the 10% chance isn't worth it IMO.
True, but at least you get STAB from it.
You do too on HP Rock.
Hmmm, Ok, I guess it's doable.
0 votes

Cradily @ Leftovers
Bold Nature: EVs- 252 HP / 53 Def / 150 S.Atk / 53 S.Def
Ability: Suction Cups
Sunny Day: To set up other moves
Solarbeam: Powerful move with STAB
Synthesis: Gives more HP with Sunny Day
Stockpile/Giga Drain/Ingrain: Stockpile if you want defenses, Giga Drain if you want to deal damage while getting HP, and Ingrain to get a whole lot of HP per turn with Leftovers

I've used this set before and its pretty good and haven't really seen it alot

answered Mar 20, 2012 by ImGreen
0 votes

Item: Choice-specs
Ability: Storm-drain/Suction-cups
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 140 Defense, 112 S.Defense




Ancient-power or Earth-power

Giga-drain is STAB and healing at the same time, and by the way Cradily can have Giga-drain and the ability Storm-drain at the same time because it is one of the special moves that lileep can have when it comes from the DW. Sludge-wave is coverage. Hidden-power(Fire) is coverage. Ancient-power is STAB, but if you decide to use Suction-cups he should have Earth-power for coverage.

answered Mar 21, 2012 by Speed freak
0 votes


Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP 128 Def 128 S. Def
Nature: Modest
Ability: Suction Cups

  • Ingrain
  • Toxic
  • Confuse Ray
  • AncientPower
answered Oct 6, 2012 by NO1974
0 votes

Lileep @ eviolite
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 252 sp. def, 252 HP, 4 def
Nature: Calm

Stealth Rock

This thing has defences of a monster. It's LC, but it can be used in higher tiers. It's defensive all the way, lacking the offence that Cradily has, but it's usually used defensively anyway. The point of this set is to stall the bulkier foes out with poison and set up rocks.

answered Jun 3, 2013 by OutragedArcanine
0 votes

Oh Cradily, yet another victim of my crazy mastermind stalling Pokemon.

Ability: Storm Drain
Nature: Bold
EV's 252 Def 252 SDef 4 HP

Ingrain: First part of regaining health
Recover: Second part of regaining health
Giga Drain: Third part of regaining health
Confuse Ray: To confuse opponent making it harder for them to hit you.

I chose confuse ray over toxic because with this moveset, its better for you to give your opponent less of a chance to hit you rather than having them take even more damage. If your opponent hits themselves, then a combination of ingrain and leftovers, as well as either a recover or giga drain attack will heal a bunch of health, while confuse ray still will deal damage to the opponent if they hit themselves.

answered Jul 3 by sparky2245
0 votes

Cradily @ Leftovers
Ability: Suction Cups
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
- Infestation
- Toxic
- Recover
- Sandstorm

Infestation stops the opponent from switching while dealing damage per turn and works really well with toxic
Recover is to annoy the opponent while you regen
Sandstorm is to boost SpD and also a little more turn damage.

answered Jul 17 by GamerOmega