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What is a good moveset for Venusaur?

7 votes

I know that it was already asked and answered but I'm looking for good strategy AND moveset for my Venusaur:

HP 311
Attack 231
Defense 196
Sp.Attack 255
Sp.Defense 248
Speed 197

Leech Seed
Petal Dance

I'm using something like strategy "hurt everyone, heal yourself", but I think it's quite stupid.

Venusaur Learnset

asked Jul 29, 2010 by DarthDestiny
edited Aug 22, 2011 by DarthDestiny
5th Gen Tier: OU
Venusaur (M) @ Black Sludge
Trait: Chlorophyll
EVs: 28 Def / 252 SAtk / 228 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Growth
- SolarBeam
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Sludge Bomb
Ivysaur (M) @ Evolution Stone
Trait: Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Growth
- SolarBeam
- Sludge Bomb
- Hidden Power [Fire]

36 Answers

14 votes

Venusaur (M) @ Life Orb

Role: Mixed Sunny Sweeper

Trait: Chlorophyll

EVs: 176 Atk / 128 SAtk / 204 Spd

Naughty Nature (+Atk, -SDef)

  • SolarBeam
  • Earthquake
  • Hidden Power [Fire]
  • Growth

Growth beefs up both attack stats, now he can throw off an STAB Solar Beam, a great powered Earthquake, and a Sun powered Hidden Power Fire!

answered Aug 16, 2011 by Josh
nobody would of thought of that
Wow I'm WAY behind on Growth I didn't know it raised both attack stats! Nice thinking, Josh!
I upvote, because that was exactly the moveset I thought of!
and now it boost becomes doubled in the sun :)
Growth boost both stats by 2 in sun
8 votes

Toxic-Venusaur is nothing without this move

leech seed-restores health goes well with toxic

energy ball/sludge bomb-Goes well with higher spATK. I wouldn't use petal dance since it locks him into that move, allowing your opponent to switch into a different pokemon, one more resistant and ready to deal with your confused venusaur. sludge bomb has higher power, but isn't as useful since your opponent would be poisoned by toxic.

ingrain/ synthesis-ingrain if you want even more health at the cost of switching, synthesis for instant healing

it also works well to give him the item leftovers for more healing,

or you can make him a sub seeder:

leech seed
energy ball

last, you could take the unexpected route by using swords dance ti power up venusaur, then using physical moves like double edge and earthquake to take out your foes, while healing with leech seed. The only downside to this is his low speed. I've seen this before, it can be deadly when unexpected, many foes use taunt on venusaur, not knowing that it plans on attacking them directly. He has sleep powder to, letting you stop your foes while you power up.

sleep powder
leech seed
power whip
swords dance

answered Jul 29, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jul 29, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
Yeah, I know that, but what should I replace?? ;P
I'll change my answer into something more descriptive. sorry about that.
Great, thanx:))
I know a good move set for venasaur
Item   venasaurite
Moves grass knot sleep powder leech seed sludge bomb
greninja i think its better to replace grass knot with giga drain
sure its late but grass knot is kinda unreliable
I think a good set would be Sleep Powder, Sludge Bomb, Energy Ball and HP (Ice) Sleep Powder because it can survive a hit then attack with a Pokemon's weakness Energy ball is for rock and ground and water types that can learn ice attacks
5 votes

Venusaur (M) @ Leftovers

Role: Tank

Trait: Overgrow

EVs: 64 HP / 96 Atk / 96 Def / 252 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Curse
  • Seed Bomb
  • Synthesis
  • Earthquake

Ah Venusaur, An old classic, That I honestly don't mind as a sub seader, but with Quite nice Special Defense, and workable Physical Defense, I prefer this set for him.

Being a physical Attacking tank, Earthquake hitting most everything Seed bomb doesn't hit for neutral damage with Neutral or super effective, with a few exeptions.

This set is also usable without his Dream World Ability if you don't have Access to the Dream World

answered Jul 15, 2011 by Josh
Sends in Skarmory uh oh....
Every moveset has its flaw. Most people will expect him on sun teams anyway, so they'll be a bit wary of using skarmory since they'll have fire power-Even if he doesn't have chlorophyll.
Lol, And thats when you switch out to Typhlosion!
2 votes


Venusaur (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Overgrow

EVs: 96 HP / 252 Atk / 32 Def / 128 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Curse
  • Earthquake - Physical
  • Sludge Bomb - Physical
  • Leech Seed

An interesting developement of the Gen III meta game.

This guy is normally showing up with 2 or 3 STAB Grass moves, or he's mixed, which isn't THAT bad.
Curse lets him become a total tank, it's hard to do anything without being super effective, And now you can Leech Seed for Seedover combo.
Earthquake gets sweet type coverage, go figure, And Sludge bomb is his Physical STAB Option.
Decent Tank.

answered Sep 9, 2011 by Josh
2 votes

A Weird, yet successful Ubers set
Venasaur @ Life Orb
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Role: Physical Sweeper
Ability: Chlorophyll
EV's: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Jolly Nature

  • Sleep Powder/Seed Bomb
  • Growth/Swords Dance
  • Outrage
  • Earthquake

This thing loves the sun. Sleep powder is just amazing, as it lets Venasaur set up a Growth/Swords Dance and then decide to risk another or proceed to sweep.Seed Bomb is just there if you think that Venasaur can take a hit, or is on the field against a Hazard setter, or something.Then, use it on Kyogre, Groudon, Tyranitar, and Hippodown. Outrage is just the perfect move to hit all those Dragon types the lurk in Ubers. Earthquake it to finish off the steel types that resist Outrage. This dude is just amazing. Sadly, there are flaws.

Air Balloon Heatran and Skarmory can easily resist both attacking moves and kill Venasaur off with a STAB move.

In the end, who uses Skarmory in Ubers? Lol, beware and have fun using this set.

answered Dec 15, 2012 by Lusty
edited Dec 17, 2012 by Lusty
I practically invented the Outrage Venusaur :p
and I think you mean "who resist Outrage".
Its a risky set. You will need too many turns to set this babe up. Then a single Whirlwind is all you need to trash all those turns. Even a switch to the oh so common Heatran/Infernape will demolish this set.
risky, but worth it, as it can pick of Scarfed dragons such as Palkia, hit them with a sleep powder, and set up and kill. risky DOES define this set, but i am LeBoss, and my middle name is risky
I thought it was Dude as you said in chat the other day...
This is cool, but why not Petal Blizzard instead of Seed Bomb? Its power is higher. Also, no need to have Growth up there because there are no SAtk moves.
At the time this was made, Petal Blizzard didn't exist. Also, growth in Sun (perma-weather in gen 5) boosts by +2, and maintains the illusion of a special set.
1 vote

*Energy Ball/Grass Knot-pick your main STAB; Energy Ball deals consistent damage but Grass Knot hits hefty foes harder.
*Sludge Bomb-decent STAB that hits a fair amount of other types for at least neutral damage/gets rid of Grass-types, which resist/are immune to your STAB Grass attacks and Leech Seed. Has a chance of poisoning, too.
*Leech Seed-Vensaur isn't complete without this!
*Sleep Powder-put 'em to sleep, then Seed 'em!

answered Feb 24, 2011 by BanetteFan
1 vote

Special DW

Nature: Modest; Evs: 252 S.attack, 252 speed, 4 def

Sunny day(fast frog)

Solar beam(STAB)

Sludge bomb(STAB)


pretty much his entire special movepool

Physical DW

Nature: Adamant; EVs: 252 attack, 252 speed, 4 def

Sunny day(again)

Return(strong neutral hit)

Seed bomb/Power whip(STAB)


if you have sun support already switch sunny day with S. dance

answered May 27, 2011 by Speed freak
edited May 27, 2011 by Speed freak
Excellent moveset I'm gonna teach it to my venusaur but I think that you should place somewhere synthesis..
he is a sweeper so no need
1 vote

Special moveset with DW ablity

  • Sunny day (more speed and sloarbeam setup)
  • solarbeam (STAB+extra power with sunny day)
  • Toxic/sludge bomb
  • Leech seed/sleep powder creates an excellent staller. Venoshock, worry seed, synthesis, are all good replacements
answered Jun 24, 2011 by Tysonyoshi
He is a sweeper with DW. Why worry seed? Solar beam doesn't get extra power.
worry seed gives foe insomnia a little like gastro acid
1 vote

Gen V

Venusaur (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Chlorophyll

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 108 SDef / 144 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Hidden Power [Fire]
  • Sleep Powder
  • Sludge Bomb
  • SolarBeam

Okay, this guy should be used along with Sunny Day, which is why you have Chlorophyll, HP Fire, and Solarbeam. Sleep Powder is helpful for facing down Fire types, which you can then 2HKO usually with your STAB Sludge Bomb. Sludge Bomb also deals with any Grass types better than HP Fire (which is more for Steel types) such as Serperior, or any Grass types on another Sun team. The EVs give it enough Speed with Chlorophyll, power, and some bulk. Leftovers helps reduce the impact of priority and residual damage.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Double/Triple Battle Venusaur

Venusaur (F) @ Black Sludge

Trait: Overgrow/Chlorophyll
EVs: 252 Atk / 196 Def / 60 SDef or 40 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Curse/Swords Dance/Growth
- Razor Leaf/Power Whip
- Earthquake
- Frustration

If you do not have Sunny Day support, use Overgrow. Also, use the first set of EVs. If you do have Sunny Day support, use Chlorophyll and the second set of EVs. Curse should only be used on the Overgrow set. However, even on the Overgrow set Swords Dance is probably a better option. On the Chlorophyll set, you can use either Swords Dance or Growth. Swords Dance will make Psych Up less effective if used by a Special Attacker on Venusaur. However, Growth can help your own Psych Up user asnd more importantly it makes the foe unsure as to whether you are using a physical, special, or mixed sweeper. You need a stat boosting attack, otherwise Venusaur will not be doing anything. Razor Leaf can hit multiple foes in a multi-battle. However, its low base power might make you want to use Power Whip. Earthquake is an incredible move in multi-battles, and should be used on any Physical attacker that can learn it. Frustration is neutral type coverage.

answered Jan 16, 2012 by trachy
edited Jan 16, 2012 by Mewderator
1 vote

Venusaur (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Chlorophyll
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Growth
  • Giga Drain
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Hidden Power [Fire]
answered Oct 19, 2012 by Mewderator
0 votes

Physical moveset

  • Power whip (powerful moveand STAB)
  • toxic
  • Earthquake (good unexpected coverage move)
  • Double edge/worry seed/leech seed/return/venoshock all work well
answered Jun 24, 2011 by Tysonyoshi
0 votes

role sunny staller

venusaur @leftovers

sunny day or toxic sunny day for a lead toxic for already sunny conditions
growth either can use a physicle or special moveset
solarbeam take advantage of sun
synthisis staller move with sun

venusaur @leftovers
sunny day or toxic
growth great move
e quake cover
synthisis staller

special sweeper clhrophll @ life orb
sunny day or sludge bomb
growth ( opponent wont know if special or physical )
leech seed recover the lost hp from this giant

attackless staller
- sunny day / solarbeam
- synthisis
- leech seed
- sleep powder

sorry no evs i will edit with evs nature and anything else
hope you liked :|

answered Aug 16, 2011 by Sh!nyFlygon
edited Aug 16, 2011 by Sh!nyFlygon
0 votes


Item: Evolite
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 200 Speed, 58 Defense

Nature-power (Earthquake)

Swords-dance makes your Attack stat useable. Seed-bomb is STAB. Nature-power becomes Earthquake in Wi-fi/PO so it is great for coverage. Return is neutral coverage.

Edit by J98 included adding a sprite and adding 1 space just to make things look pretty :P

answered Nov 21, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Josh
Just to let you know, Speed. I'm probably going to be editing a lot of your earlier sets with revised sprites since all Pokemonstadium sprites seem to not be showing up anymore.
( PS: I'll be editing them because I'm searching out old moveset Q's for terrible " need to be hidden " movesets. If you want to call a specific region and help me do a quick search to clean things up, just umm.. comment back? Or find me in the chat. )
0 votes


Item: Evolite
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 200 Speed, 58 Defense


Growth boosts S.Attack(And Attack but not important here) by 2 stages, making Ivysaur very strong. Solar-beam is STAB, but you could go with Giga-drain if you want healing instead of power. Sludge-bomb is STAB, but if you are running a team with Toxic-spikes then Venoshock. HP(Fire) is Coverage and is boosted by Sun.

answered Nov 21, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Speed freak
0 votes

Ivysaur (M) @ Eviolite

Trait: Chlorophyll

EVs: 52 HP / 252 Def / 204 SDef

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Synthesis
  • Growth
  • SolarBeam
  • Hidden Power [Fire]

Sun tank.
Out classed as a sweeper, considering the lowest tier he can be used in is BL.
So tanking is the way to go.
All defensive EVs and evoilite means that he can set up to +6 Sp Atk in peace.
While having Synthesis to heal off anything taken, just to start Solar + HP Fire killing.
He still gets like 300+ speed, so he's good there too, bulky sweeper, kinda.
But mostly used as a tank ( Speed used for setting up and fast recovery ).

answered Nov 27, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

Doubles / Triples

Venusaur (M) @ Miracle Seed
Trait: Overgrow
EVs: 60 HP / 196 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Swords Dance
- Earthquake
- Razor Leaf
- Power Whip

Similar to Trachy's.

Swords Dance gives a big boost to your attack, so you can actually start doing some damage.
Razor Leaf and Earthquake hit both opponents, while Power Whip is for focusing in on just one opponent. Miracle Seed due to double Grass STAB.

answered Jan 27, 2012 by Josh
0 votes

Frenzy Plant-Awesome STAB, most powerful Grass type move yet
Hidden Power (Rock)-Takes care of Fire, Ice, Flying and Bug types, four of it's weaknesses
Earthquake-Great type coverage, also takes care of Fire types, and just a good move overall
Sludge Bomb/Toxic

Sludge Bomb-Good STAB, nice chance of poisoning opponent
Toxic-Badly poisons opponent, a very good move to annoy the hell out of your opponent

Okay, I just started at this, so I am a bit of a noob, but I still think this is a decent moveset for Venusaur.

answered Jun 28, 2012 by PikaPower9001
PikaPower used to be my old username :O
Frenzy Plant may be powerful but the fact of not doing anything the next turn bothers me.
Well you can always have another Grass type move if you want, but I'm not really bothered by having to recharge after moves like Frenzy Plant for some reason.
0 votes

Item: Leftovers

Nature: Modest (won't be using atk. anyway)

EVs: 252 sp.atk 252 hp
he would make a good tank sweeper

Leech Seed - heals every turn and weakens the foe at the same time

Sunnny Day - it may up fire moves, but getting one-move solor beam is worth it.

Solarbeam - 100% acc., strong, and one turn with sunny day

Synthesis - if sunny day is on, this will resore 2/3 hp. if your hp is low, use this, plus your left overs, plus your leech seed, you get almost all your hp back in one move.

answered Aug 12, 2012 by amethyst3552
edited Aug 13, 2012 by Pokemaster
Long time but... this is my set too! Soloing tank. Darn then plenty have thought of this already or seen. Good job tho :)
0 votes

Abilt - overgrow
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Sludge bomb /Solar beam { [stab] petal dance works well with synthesis or giga drain and solar beam works well with sleep powder ] }
Petal dance [stab]
any two of these
Giga drain/synthesis/leach seed[HP recover]/Sleep powder [when ur foe is sleeping you can use solar beam with out damage ]

answered Dec 30, 2012 by sarvesh672