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What is a good moveset for Dusknoir?

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Perhaps the only Pokemon I considered to be evil (except for Darkrai and for Dusknoir, until Explorers of Sky.) Mine knows:

Will-o-wisp: Burns the foe, lowering attack as well.


Thunderpunch: Decent power, high accuracy, chance to paralyze. Deals with Water types and Flying types.

Pain Split: Heals Dusknoir and damages the foe.

Dusknoir Learnset

asked Jul 30, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Which elemental punch should I use?
Or has a better use in wifi, like ice punch for those annoying dragons.
Dusclops (M) @ Evolution Stone
Trait: Pressure
EVs: 252 HP / 16 Def / 240 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Will-O-Wisp
- Pain Split
- Night Shade
- Confuse Ray
May I suggest replacing painsplit or will-o-wisp with gravity, thus meaning you can deal with flying and pokemon with levitate using Earthquake.
why not focus - room trick

32 Answers

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My Dusknoir ShadowBlast Combo (which hardly anyone uses)!

Nature: Bold

Held Item: Leftovers

EVs: 252 Def 252 SpA 4 HP


  • Shadow Ball
  • Charge Beam
  • Focus Blast
  • Calm Mind

Ok, so here's how it goes: You're already bulky in defense which would be at 405 with perfect 252 EVs and 31 IVs in Defense. That only leaves your Sp. Atk & Sp. Def to rely on the boosts of Calm Mind and Charge Beam for Sp. Atk. Shadow Ball is STAB and Focus Blast is immense coverage which compliments the ShadowBlast combo. Leftovers is there so you can stay in the field while boosting your stats as well as lowering your opponents.

answered Oct 24, 2012 by Brandonerd91
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252hp/252att/4sp def

shadow sneak
brick break
e quake
suker punch

it works deal with it and you want defensive just use dusclops

answered Apr 19, 2013 by ragewolf
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Dusknoir @ Leftovers

Trait: Pressure

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd

Adamant Nature

  • Substitute
  • Focus Punch
  • Shadow Punch
  • Ice Punch/Payback

My version of Sub Punching set. Substitute protects from damage when using Focus Punch, which does huge damage. Shadow Punch covers other Ghost types that Focus Punch can't hit. Ice Punch covers Flying types, while Payback covers Psychic types.

answered Jul 20, 2013 by JarJar~
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Ability: Frisk
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 HP/252 Atk/4 Def

Power-Up Punch- Raise attack.

Shadow Sneak- Priority STAB.

Shadow Punch- STAB

Brick Break- Coverage.

answered Mar 10, 2014 by ChewyDonuts
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Dusknoir (F) @ Shell Bell
Ability: Pressure
Evs: 252 HP, 250 Atk, 4 Def, 4 Sp. Def
Nature: Adamant
- Power Up Punch
- Shadow Sneak
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch

Power Up Punch boosts Atk by +1 and provides coverage, Shadow Sneak is priority STAB, & Earthquake and Ice Punch are coverage. Shell Bell provides some healing.

answered Mar 24, 2014 by Soundwave
edited May 23, 2014 by Soundwave
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LC Duskull set:

Duskull @ Eviolite
Nature: Careful
Ability: Frisk
EVs: 196 HP, 196 Sp.Def or Def, 76 Speed, 40 Attack

Confuse Ray
Mean Look
Destiny Bond
Shadow Sneak

Mean Look prevents switching, followed by confuse ray works amazingly. Destiny Bond if you fear his life. Shadow Sneak as he needs an attack in case of taunt, and gives priority. He works best if you use him as a lead, and usually goes through one Pokemon minimum before he goes. He normally takes a second with destiny bond.

answered May 30, 2014 by Lobster44
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Item: Assault Vest

Nature: Adamant (+Atk ,-S.Atk) or Brave (+Atk, -Spd)

EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Def, 4 Sdef

Payback (Max damage of 100 compared to Shadow Punch's 90, works well with low speed)

Brick Break (Destroys barriers, deals with Dark and Normal types, coverage)

Thunder Punch (Coverage, works great against Gyarados)

Shadow Sneak (STAB, priority)

answered Jul 13, 2014 by Blazing_Zekrom
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Tweaking a previous set, just a little bit

Dusknoir @ Life Orb

Trait: Pressure

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef

Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

  • Trick Room
  • Thunder Punch
  • Mean Look
  • Shadow Punch

Trick Room- Works very well with Dusknoir because of his abysmal speed, brave nature support this move as well

Thunder Punch- Decent damage. High accuracy. Chance to paralyze. Deal's with Water and or Flying types

Mean Look- They're not going anywhere.

Shadow Punch- Covers ghost type weakness, STAB. Mixing with Trick Room. You get the first hit, always

answered Aug 23, 2014 by Yukang
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Item: Leftovers
Trait: Pressure
Nature: Sassy (+Sp.D -Spd)
EVs: 4 Hp, 252 Def, 252 Sp.D
-Pain Split
First use Toxic to poison the other Pokemon, then use Protect once every two turns. In betwene those turns, use Earthquake to K0 faster, and Pain Split when you are low on health.
it is cruel but strangly funny seeing your opponent slowly away. Which way? the way to death>:)

Hope I helped

answered Dec 2, 2014 by Almighty Aggron
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I personally like:

Dusclops @ Eviolite
Trait: Pressure
EVs: 252 def/252 spdef/4 hp
Nature: Anything neutral(or Relaxed(+Def, -Spd) specifically)
- Will-O-Wisp(crippling physical leads)
-Pain Split(heal if low on HP)
-Night Shade(constant damage)
-Taunt(to stop setup)

answered Mar 20 by goodralisk
–1 vote


Item: Leftovers


Brick Break: Good move plus takes care of dark types

Ice beam: Because

Shadow ball: STAB and takes care of ghost types


answered Sep 16, 2013 by Progamerfiles
–1 vote

Dusknoir @ Leftovers/Iron Ball
Nature: Sassy (+SDef -Spd)
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 252 SDef, 252 Atk, 4 HP
-Shadow Punch
-Brick Break
-Trick Room

answered Sep 7, 2014 by Kawaii Raichu