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What is a good moveset for Honchkrow?

1 vote

I got one, but it has a really bad moveset.

Honchkrow Learnset

asked Jul 25, 2010 by ohioscyther
edited Jul 12, 2011 by Pokemaster
Murkrow (M) @ Evolution Stone
Trait: Mischievous Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 100 Def / 156 SDef
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Roost
- Substitute
- Perish Song
- Mean Look

18 Answers

6 votes

Honchkrow, #430, Dark/Flying type, looks like a pimp, etc, etc.

Honchkrow really changes from the awesome Murkrow between evolving. It loses Speed, but gets better in everything else. It really is an odd Evolution, but it's by no means a bad one! Anyway, judging by Honchkrow's stats, it screams, "Sweeper." Whether a Special Sweeper or Physical Sweeper is your choice, so I'll give a quick overview of both paths!


Drill Peck
(Very reliable Stab and PP capacity. It really is a birdie's best friend in battle)

Payback/Night Slash
(Honchkrow gets a bit slower once it evolves, [falling from a respectful 91 Base Speed to a less-than-impressive 71] so most of the time, Honchkrow can utilize this attack fairly well, even if it ends up outspeeding the opponent, Payback will still get more power from STAB. Still, if you're worried about Payback, then Night Slash is also just as good, as well as abusing Honchkrow's ability, Super Luck)

Steel Wing
(Deal with Rock-types that soak up your attacks and KO you, along with Ice-types, which are a big threat.)

Confuse Ray
(Good annoyer attack. Also helps you dodge a few attacks and continue to sweep)


Dark Pulse
(The only Special-Base Dark attack in the game, so it's mandatory for your STAB. The chance of flinching really helps out)

Air Cutter
(Sort of a middling Base Power, but it has a High Critical Hit-Ratio, which helps in abusing Super Luck)

Calm Mind/Nasty Plot/Thunder Wave
(The two moves that makes Honchkrow able to use a Special Sweeper set instead of Physical Sweeper. Calm Mind is to develop a Special Tank, and Nasty Plot for raising that Special Attack high, very quickly. And yes, Honchkrow can use Thunder Wave. Since you don't have Payback to deal with, you can paralyze the opponent to compensate for middling Speed. Pick your poison)

Heat Wave
(Heat Wave is the best for melting Steels and Ice-types. It can deal with Grass and Bug-types too, but Air Cutter does just as good. Use it to deal with a weakness and a walling hindrance)

Honchkrow is one of few Pokemon that can work both sides of the attacking Spectrum, so pick whichever route your team needs most. The Special Set, if you can max Nasty Plot, ends up being the strongest, but the Physical sweeper set can annoy the foe, and has all-around better Type coverage. Both sets also take advantage of Super Luck, and can beat down the Ice-types.

It's a matter of preference, Bro.

answered Jul 25, 2010 by ~-~WILL~-~
5 votes

Murkrow W/ Evolite

Perish Song-works with perish song.

Mean Look-Traps foe.

Roost-Restores health.

Substitute/protect-Stall things out

Prankster makes this extra fun.

answered Jul 9, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jul 30, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Just saying he asked for honchrow.:) Good set anyway though
If there are unevolved pokemon, you can put their evolite sets...We've done this with several pokemon. The moveset questions aren't asking specifically for them, it's just a place to put the movesets.
works with mean look perish song doesn't work with perish song
2 votes

Honchkrow is easily one of my most favorite pokemon, so I did this to work well with him.

Item:Life Orb/Focus Sash/Leftovers
Ability: Super Luck
Nature: Jolly/Adamant
Evs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 HP

  • Night Slash/Sucker Punch
  • Brave Bird
  • Superpower
  • Tailwind

From my experience, almost everything Honchkrow can handle will switch out for fear of sucker punch, and since it requires the foe to attack you to work, they essentially get a free switch out of you. You could use Pursuit, but it limits you since it's not powerful enough to take out some essential targets without them switching out, and if you want another STAB move, you severely limit what he can cover. This tries to use honchkrow's dependability on the opponent's movements to his advantage. Send him out against a pokemon you know will switch out with. Once it switches out, use Tailwind to double his speed. It makes him dangerously powerful, and with 530 speed (using a speed nature) not even Deoxys-S can outspeed him without a boost of its own. However, he's the only pokemon that can if you give him an attack nature. You should watch out for enemies in his tier with speed boost, such as Yanmega, Combusken, Ninjask and Sharpedo, for fear of their outspeeding him. If your opponent has priority, you can answer back with sucker punch. Brave bird gives him an extra bit of power, while superpower's stat drops won't bother him since he'll switch out once Tailwind wears off. You could use this with moxie, but I wouldn't really recommend it from testing. Also note that he can't learn Superpower with his DW ability.

answered Dec 27, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Dec 28, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Congrats once again at 56,000!
2 votes

Honchkrow (F) @ Life Orb
Trait: Super Luck
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Night Slash-(STAB)
- Brave Bird-(STAB)
- Superpower-(Coverage)
- Roost-(Heals)

answered Feb 17, 2012 by (Abnormal1!)
edited Apr 21, 2012 by (Abnormal1!)
1 vote

Try This awesome Special Moveset:
Nasty Plot(start with this to double your sp. attack for easy sweeping)
Dark Pulse(After Nasty Plot, this move becomes incredibly strong)
Steel Wing(covers rock and ice weakness)
Shadow Ball/Psychic(for more Coverage. Choose whichever one you like. They are both super strong after nasty plot).

Hope this helps!

answered Jul 25, 2010 by Swampert
1 vote

Gen V

Honchkrow (M) @ Lum Berry
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 4 HP / 248 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Drill Peck
- Thunder Wave
- Sucker Punch
- Roost

answered Apr 28, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 16, 2011 by trachy
1 vote


Suggested Ability: Super Luck

Suggested Item:Choice Scarf, Life orb

Choice Scarf is useful to counteract his mediocre speed. With his frail defenses and superpower, he'll have to switch out a lot anyway. Life orb can work pretty well with roost, but requires something to slow down the opponent.

  • Brave Bird/Drill peck-STAB. Brave bird gives all out power, and Drill peck is weaker, but doesn't have recoil.
  • Sucker Punch/thunder wave-STAB. Offers priority when necessary.
  • Superpower-Covers a wide range of types. Can do incredible amounts of damage at times with ability.
  • Roost/Night Slash-Use roost only if you have a non choice item. Night slash works as a more reliable STAB than brave bird or sucker punch. It also works nicely with his ability.

Honchkrow is such a pimp.

answered Jul 12, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jul 12, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
1 vote

Honchkrow (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Moxie
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Superpower
  • Brave Bird/Drill Peck
  • Roost

Credit to UberPwnage.

answered Jun 25, 2012 by Mewderator
1 vote

Murkrow @ Eviolite

Trait: Prankster

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, - SAtk)

  • Mean Look
  • Perish Song
  • Tailwind / Taunt / ( Other annoying move )
  • Roost

Creds to DT on this one.

answered Dec 4, 2012 by Ninja
edited Dec 4, 2012 by Ninja
Why Tailwind over Featherdance or Taunt?
0 votes

Adamant nature, EVs 252 attack 252 Hp 4 speed, Item Razor Claw, Ability Super Luck.
So it appears razor claw is banned on this site, whatever replace it with life orb or leftovers.

Thunder Wave, Cuts opponents speed by x4.

Night Slash, Abusing ability, would be abusing item but that's banned,STAB.

Drill Peck, Fresh STAB and abuses ability.

Supapowa, covers some annoying weaknesses.

answered Jul 25, 2011 by Hex
edited Sep 7, 2011 by Hex
0 votes

Item: Evolite
Ability: Prankster
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 Defense, 252 S. Defense, 6 Hp


Night-shade is for direct damage and for those who taunt you. Thunder-wave because there are few things more annoying than having your top Sweeper Paralyzed. Confuse-ray would give them an even lower chance of hitting you when combined with his previous move while Tailwind would be for team support. Roost is for healing. He does not have great defenses even with Evolite about 300 Defense, and 270 S.Def, with 262 Hp so he is unlikely to be OHKOed and can stall but do not over estimate him or under estimate him.

answered Nov 3, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 26, 2012 by Speed freak
0 votes

Double/Triple Support-krow

Item: Evolite
Ability: Prankster
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 Defense, 252 S.Defense, 6 Hp


Quash is great to make fast and strong Pokemon epically fail. Tailwind makes your team Super fast. Haze can get rid of stat boosters, while Sunny-day and Rain-dance would be if you were running a weather team. Roost is for healing.

answered Nov 3, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 26, 2012 by Speed freak
0 votes

For me, Honchkrow is a nice Pokemon, because his attack high and speed fast too!

Nature: Brave
IVs: Speed

Aerial Ace: Is nice than Wing Attack, you know.
Faint Attack: 1 Flying type, 1 Dark type, wont miss attack too!
Night Slash: Good damage, can increase Honchkrow critical hit radio too!
Fly/Drill Peck/Return: Fly is good to dodge 1 turn like solar beam. Drill Peck is nice damage in Flying type. Return will give your oppenent cry.

Item: King's Rock/Leftover

answered Nov 4, 2012 by JustEMO
edited Nov 4, 2012 by JustEMO
beat the 7th gymleader with this. very useful!
First, why does it have no coverage at all?
Second, why would you take a speed reducing nature then give speed EVs? Give it adamant instead.
0 votes

Honchkrow @ Salac Berry
Trait: Moxie
Ev's: Speed and Attack
Nature Jolly (-Sp.Attack,+Speed)
Foul Play
Brave Bird

answered May 14, 2013 by Alexjogos1999
Wow that is an awesome  move set except for one thing. A choice item may be a better choice so this guy with tailwind support is unstoppable
0 votes

this is my honchkrows moveset. and he is the strongest Pokemon ive ever trained!
special moveset: 252 sp. atk, 252 spd, 4 def/ sp.def item; focus sash

  • nasty plot(power up)
  • tailwind(allows him to outspeed almost any thing)
  • dark pulse(STAB and chance of flinching)
  • heat wave(deals with anything else because of high power. covers ice)
answered Jul 14, 2013 by samurisceptile
0 votes

Gen VI

Ability: Super Luck
Nature: Adamant (+ Attack, -SpAtk)
Item: Dark boosting item or flying boosting item
EVs: 252 Attack/ 252 HP/ 4 Speed

Night Slash: STAB, also works well with Super Luck ability.
Drill Peck: STAB, not as powerful as Brave Bird but safer and no recoil.
Steel Wing: Covers weakness to Ice, Rock, and Fairy type.
Roost: Healing move, works well with his high HP, and I just like healing moves.

answered Jan 10, 2014 by Eternal_Dragon88
0 votes

Gen VI

Honchkrow @ Dread Plate (or any other Dark Boosting Item)

Ability: Moxie

Ev's: 252 Attack 252Speed 4Hp (You Can Also Run 252 Attack 128 HP 128 Speed)

-Drill Peck/Aerial Ace (Both Have Same Power)
-Night Slash
-Sucker Punch
-Brave Bird

answered Jan 30, 2014 by YouXatuBeKiddingMe
0 votes

Scarf set

Honchkrow @ Choice Scarf
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 Hp
Ability: Super Luck/Moxie
-Night Slash
-Brave Bird
-Steel Wing/Return
Alright lemme explain.
This set works out well for me. 70 base speed and scarf is OK. Night Slash + Super Luck = Insane crits. And a Brave Bird crit can be extremely dangerous from a Pokemon with base 125 Attack. This thing is the Big Boss (pun intended). The 3rd move is a filler as the 3 moves are the best and only good moves in Honchkrow's physical movepool. Return works well while teel Wing is coverage. Superpower is OK since it has crappy defense and you're gonna switch out because Honchkrow sees many threats in UU.
Hope this set brings victory to many! :D

answered Dec 30, 2014 by Vektor K10
edited Jan 14 by Vektor K10