Meta Battle Subway PokeBase - Pokemon Q&A

Good moveset for Pinsir?

4 votes
asked Jul 24, 2010 by DarthDestiny
edited Jul 10, 2011 by Pokemaster
Pinsir (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Earthquake Spiral
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- X-Scissor
- Close Combat
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge

14 Answers

5 votes

This is a good moveset:

Swords Dance: Doubles attack stat.

X-Scissor: STAB, good power, high accuracy.

Earthquake: High power, high accuracy, double damage against Pokemon using Dig, used top deal with Poison (although not a weakness, they are annoying, Earthquake can also help against Weezing with Mold Breaker), Steel (which your moves aren't very effective against), and Fire types.

Stone Edge: High power, good chance for a critical hit, used to deal with Flying types and Fire types if Earthquake runs out of PP.

answered Jul 24, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 24, 2010 by trachy
4 votes

A good moveset would be..
Earthquake to take advantage of mold breaker
X scissor because its a bug type
Rock slide for flying types
Swords dance to increase attack power

answered Jul 24, 2010 by &Psychic x
4 votes

Gen V

Pinsir (M) @ Lum Berry

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 184 Atk / 72 Def / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Bulldoze/Close Combat
  • Swords Dance
  • Stone Edge
  • X-Scissor

Now, since you want to max out your Speed, your Attack won't be incredibly high. As such, you'll want to get in a Swords Dance. Then you can start defeating the foe and gaining more power with Moxie. X-Scissor provides STAb. Stone Edge gives type coverage. The choice is then between Bulldoze and Close Combat. Bulldoze lowers Speed, which helps cause even with maxed Speed you'll only be at 295. Close Combat has more power, but it lowers your defenses, making you more vulnerable to priority. Your EVs give you max Speed and good Attack (you'll be getting Swords Dance and Moxie, you won't need 252 Attack EVs) and also some defense EVs to protect against priority. Lum Berry protects from status, mainly paralysis.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 3, 2011 by trachy
3 votes

Gen V Sweeper

Pinsir@ Zoom Lens/Life Orb

Trait- Moxie

Adamant Nature(- Sp Attack + Attack) or Jolly Nature(- Sp Attack + Speed)<--(more prefered)

EVS- 252 Attack 128 Defense 128 Speed or 252 Attack 4 Defense 252 Speed

  • Swords Dance
  • X-Scissor
  • Earthquake/Bulldoze
  • Quick Attack/Rock Slide/Close Combat
answered Jun 16, 2011 by &Psychic x
edited Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
Why brave if you want speed EVs?
Why not Adamant (- Sp Attack + Attack)
Oh, my mistake. I'll edit that.
3 votes

Pinsir (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Close Combat
  • X-Scissor
  • Stone Edge
  • Earthquake

X-Scissor is STAB, pretty nice power. It works. While Close Combat is great coverage even though it screws over your defenses afterard. Stone Edge is more coverage, topped with Earthquake for coverage.

answered Aug 17, 2011 by Josh
edited Oct 25, 2011 by Josh
Pinsir is unfortunately only Bug, thus it doesn't get Dual STAB.
Whoa, I always thought he was fighting too.
i have a pinsir in gen II can you help me whit a good moveset ( i am at the normal type gym )
3 votes

Gen VI:

Pinsir (M) @Pinsirite
Trait: Aerilate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature

  • Return/Thrash
  • X-Scissor
  • Close Combat
  • Stone Edge

This is the Mega Pinsir it thought up with. Its new ability, allows Normal Type Moves to change into Flying Type Moves, which explains which Return is even there. The rest is straight up standard really. Pinsir has potential to move up with those nasty stats, the typing is what's holding it back a lot though...

answered Oct 18, 2013 by &Psychic x
edited Oct 30, 2013 by &Psychic x
2 votes

Double/Triple Battle

Pinsir (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Rock Slide
- Bulldoze
- X-Scissor
- Brick Break

Moxie is great. If you take down multiple foes wth Rock Slide or Bulldoze, you get a nice Attack boost. Bulldoze is helpful in that it lowers the Speed of your foes. In Doubles/Triples, Bulldoze is worth it. X-Scissor is STAB. Brick break is dual-screen breaking coverage.

answered Jan 20, 2012 by trachy
2 votes

Pinsir@Assault Vest
Trait: Moxie
Impish nature(+def, -sp. atk)
EVs: 252 attack, 252 sp. def, 4 def
Moves:
X- Scissor
Earthquake
Rock Slide
Quick Attack

answered May 4 by !-<~Quagmire~>-!
Why not Pinsirite?  It's your freaking account name!!!
Assault vest + impish nature = extreme bulk, plus I'll make a mega pinsir moveset soon
OK, fair enough.
0 votes

Pinsir @ Pinsirite
Ability: Hyper Cutter / Aerilate
EVs: 156 attack, 100 speed, 252 HP
Nature: Adamant
- X-scissor
- Return
- Swords Dance
- Earthquake

Mega Pinsir has potential, though it is cursed with the horrible dual typing of Bug and Flying, arguably the worst typing in the game. Even with this obstruction, Aerilate is a wonderful ability, not unlike Mega Gardevoir's Pixilate, although Mega Pinsir's ability is much more useful.

The EV spread on this Pokémon may seem odd, but it is to have Mega Pinsir to be able to live at least one hit, set up a Swords Dance, then attack the next turn when it's speed has actually become the speed of the Mega Evolution.

When using this Pokémon, do keep in mind that the move Return becomes flying-type when used by this Pokemon; Return is already a devastating move, but with 153 power with stab, and the ability to be super effective, no Pokemon will enjoy taking this hit, even before a Swords Dance. Also, Earthquake is an excellent coverage move, making Mega Pinsir able reek havoc amongst all Pokemon, and not be forced to be switched out by the rock types and other common weaknesses that it's horrible typing fears.

answered Nov 10, 2013 by OutragedArcanine
0 votes

EDIT: Turns out Mega Pinsir is S rank on Smogon. Not exactly a hidden gem.

Mega Pinsir@Pinsirite
Ability: Aerialate

Sword's Dance- You want this guy to be an all out sweeper and since Pinsir is more bulky he can max out his attack.

Quick Attack- This is like Shadow Sneak on Aegislash. Priority move boosted by Aerialate STAB and Sword's Dance.

Earthquake- Bug Flying is some pretty bad typing so this is a no-brainer for coverage.

Return/X-Scissor/Rock Slide- You can vaporize them with Return or get STAB for psychic types or more coverage.

EDIT: Adamant/Jolly nature and 252 Atk/252 Spe/4 HP. I dunno what I was thinking when I made a set for this guy so I fixed the EVs.

EDIT: Usage Tips

Mega Pinsir can be a complete monster with enough support. The obvious teammate is a Defogger/Spinner. After that get something that counters Rotom Wash and Zapdos as they both resist his Flying- Ground coverage. Now just set up and sweep.

answered Jan 18 by ChewyDonuts
edited Apr 21 by ChewyDonuts
How can you have 4 HP if all the EVS are used with Atk and Spe?
0 votes

Ok, I'll write a good moveset for each Generation


Gen I

Pinsir enter image description here

Ability: Mold Breaker

Nature: Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Defense/4 Speed

Moves:

  • Seismic Toss-Good move, especially if you are a very high level
  • Swords Dance-Combined with Pinsir's great Attack, this makes Pinsir one hell of a dangerous Pokémon
  • Hyper Beam-One hell of a powerful move, and in Gen I, if it KOs a Pokemon, it does not need to recharge
  • Slash-A good move with an increased critical hit ratio

Gen II

Pinsir@Life Orb enter image description here

Ability: Mold Breaker

Nature: Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Defense/4 Speed

Moves:

  • Fury Cutter-STAB, and after every successful consecutive hit the move doubles in power
  • Swords Dance-Combined with Pinsir's great Attack, this makes Pinsir one hell of a dangerous Pokémon
  • Submission-Good, powerful move
  • Seismic Toss-Good move, especially if you are a very high level

Gen III

Pinsir@Life Orb enter image description here

Ability: Mold Breaker

Nature: Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Defense/4 Speed

Moves:

  • Earthquake-Really powerful move, and as Psychic said, it takes advantage of mold breaker
  • Brick Break-Great, powerful move
  • Seismic Toss-Good move, especially if you are a very high level
  • Swords Dance-Combined with Pinsir's great Attack, this makes Pinsir one hell of a dangerous Pokémon

Gen IV

Pinsir@Life Orb enter image description here

Ability: Mold Breaker

Nature: Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Defense/4 Speed

Moves:

  • X-Scissor-STAB, and is very powerful
  • Earthquake-Really powerful move, and as Psychic said, it takes advantage of mold breaker
  • Seismic Toss-Good move, especially if you are a very high level
  • Swords Dance-Combined with Pinsir's great Attack, this makes Pinsir one hell of a dangerous Pokémon

Gen V

Pinsir@Life Orb enter image description here

Ability: Mold Breaker

Nature: Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Defense/4 Speed

Moves:

  • Stone Edge-Great power and it has an increased critical hit ratio
  • X-Scissor-STAB, and is very powerful
  • Earthquake-Really powerful move, and as Psychic said, it takes advantage of mold breaker
  • Swords Dance-Combined with Pinsir's great Attack, this makes Pinsir one hell of a dangerous Pokémon

Gen VI

Pinsir@Pinsirite enter image description here

Ability: Aerialate

Nature: Adamant

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Defense/4 Speed

Moves:

  • Swords Dance-Combined with Pinsir's great Attack, this makes Pinsir one hell of a dangerous Pokémon
  • Stone Edge-Great power and it has an increased critical hit ratio
  • X-Scissor-STAB, and is very powerful
  • Earthquake-Really powerful move, and as Psychic said, it takes advantage of mold breaker
answered Mar 21 by Torterra02
Abilities didn't exist in Gen 1-2, nor did the EVs work as it does now. Solid sets though.
^^^^^^^^
A waste of  Aerialate imo...
0 votes

Gen 6:

Pinsir@pinsirite
Jolly nature
Evs: 252 atk/252 speed/4hp
Ability:Aerialate

Swords dance-boosts atk, set up for quick atk to start a sweep if wanted, np but not reliable

Quick attack-STAB with Aerialate, Piority

X-Scissor-Stab, main attacking move

E-Quake-For the ghost, rock, and steel types lurking In the shadows OR close combat-takes down rock and steel types, but defenses are lowered.

This set is pretty reliable, but main counters are rotom heat. It resists E-Quake with Levitate, resists X-Sissor, and flying type quick attack. Not to mention the OP talonflame. But other than that, this set should do fine in competitive play. It's good 155 attack with the fine 105 speed should out speed almost everything.

answered Mar 21 by Blazo
0 votes

I sweep ALOT of people with this moveset:

Item: Pinsirite

Ability: Moxie

Nature: Adament

Earthquake- takes out Fire and Rock-Type Pokemon that you're faster than, or if you survive the first hit.

X-Scissor- For taking out Psychic and Dark-Type Pokemon.

Close Combat- HIGH attack with Adament as its Nature.

Giga Impact- Mega Evolve it and its ability changes to Aerilate which boosts Normal-Type moves and changes it to Flying-Type. Use it after you raise its attack with Moxie a few times and just DESTROY IT!!!

answered Apr 17 by Lexard
edited May 6 by Lexard
X scissor isn't super effective against bug types
0 votes

Pinsir @ Pinsirite
Mold Breaker -> Aerialate
252Atk/212Spe/44HP
Jolly
-Quick Attack
-Frustration
-Earthquake
-Swords Dance/Stone Edge

Quick Attack is priority + STAB after mega evolving.
Frustration for immense power + STAB, 'nuff said.
Earthquake to hit levitate Pokemon before evolving.
Swords Dance(Jolly nature) for the Attack Boost or Stone Edge(adamant nature) to stop Zapdos from completely walling Pinsir.

answered May 13 by ☠ĐarkĦeart☠