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What is a good moveset for Cresselia?

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Moonlight: Used to heal Cresselia.

Ice Beam: Good power, high accuracy, chance to freeze, deals with Dragon, Flying, and Ground.

Psychic: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, chance to lower Sp. Def, also deals with Fighting and Poison types.

Calm Mind: Increases special stats.

Cresselia learnset

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I stole this from a guy who stole it from a guy, it could very well be the most annoying thing I have ever encountered, I love it:

Cresselia (F) @ Flame Orb
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 80 HP / 252 Def / 4 SAtk / 172 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Psycho Shift
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
Basically, it is a status-proof tank with dual status. Psychic is to avoid being Taunt trapped, and offers nice STAB, Psyshock can also be used if you want to hit that physical Def. Psycho Shift is what makes this girl work, with Flame Orb, it can burn and cripple the Opponent's attack, while you can Rest off the burn, and heal the damage. If you encounter something that can't be burnt, Rest + Sleep Talk can Psycho Shift a nice Sleep to an unburned opponent, or you can do some damage with Psychic. This thing is great utility and a beast of a tank, especially physically.
EVs give it 401 HP, even defenses (339 each), and the rest is in SpAtk. I use Modest Nature so your choice of Stab attack will actually do some damage.

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I know this post is old, but I Love this set!!
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This is a great standard moveset! Coverage, STAB, buffing, and recovery! I must say, Cresselia is my favorite legendary.

If you're interested, Cresselia can also utilize a straight sweeper set, and a full support set:

SWEEPER (Needs Baton Pass support for Speed/ Special Attack. Works in perfect synergy with Girafirig):

Shadow Ball (Coverage against Ghosts and other Psychics)

Signal Beam (Coverage against Darks, Psychics, and even Grass-types)

Psychic (Obvious STAB. This and Shadow Ball lower Special Defense for improved sweeping)

Ice Beam (Coverage against Dragon, Flying, Grass, and Ground-types)


Reflect (Screens and adds Defense for the team)

Light Screen (Screens and adds Special Defense for the team)

Moonlight (Reliable recovery in case you need to set up screens again)

Lunar Dance (When Cresselia's about to faint, use this to fully restore that fainted Sweeper. Works incredibly in any team)

Cresselia makes an incredible supporter, and with its enormous bulk and already passable offensive stats, it can do anything, with the right Baton-Passer support. The only problem with Cresselia is that, for a legendary, its movepool is pretty shallow (Ice Beam, but no Thunderbolt? Epic fail...), so make the best out of what you have.

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The sweeper is very good. However, I have one complaint for the dual-screens moveset: Taunt. A foe uses that and you are dead. Perhaps some Taunt coverage of your own? I think Taunt would be worth it more than Moonlight when you are going to sacrifice a Pokemon anyways for the good of the team. Plus, it will only be in there three turns max.
It might need EV training in Speed for reliable Taunt though.
EV training in Speed would be extremely helpful.

Taunt, even in the current Standard Metagame, is quite uncommon. The only regular taunter is Steelix, so if you avoid him, you should be okay.

Or if simply putting in some kind of attack (Like Psychic) would seem better, rather than Moonlight, then that'd still be good.

Moonlight is only there if you want to stretch out the length of the battle, and need to repeatedly set up screens.
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Cresselia is a support Pokemon often seen in Doubles.
I'll give two sets for her.

Cresselia @ Sitrus Berry
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 220 HP / 196 Def / 92 SAtk
Calm Nature
- Icy Wind
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Trick Room
- Psyshock

This is the set I run on my RainRoom team. Calm nature and 196 Def EVs give equal Defenses. Icy Wind for Speedcontrol. Hidden Power Fire to kill Ferrothorn and his companions (Scizor, Forretress). Trick Room to let my slower pokes move first.
And Psyshock as STAB.

Cresselia @ Sitrus Berry
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 220 HP / 184 Def / 104 SDef
Modest Nature
- Icy Wind
- Helping Hand
- Trick Room
- Psyshock

Almost the same set but this one is a little more Defensively orientated. Only change here is Helping Hand > Hidden Power Fire so she can turn your ally's attack in a OHKO.

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Isn't Trick Room and Icy Wind on the same set a bit contradicting?
It allows you to gain speedcontrol when Trick Room dies
Like on turn 4 and 5 Icy Wind the opponent so you will outspeed him when Trick Room dies.
The Cresselia animations moving in unison is a little creepy >.<
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Gen V

Cresselia (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Levitate

EVs: 128 HP / 128 Def / 56 SAtk / 196 SDef

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Moonlight
  • Calm Mind
  • Psyshock
  • Ice Beam
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Cresselia (F) @ Leftovers
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 Def / 180 SAtk / 76 Spd
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Moonlight
- Charge Beam
- Hidden Power [Fighting]
- Shadow Ball

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This works as an amazing wall/ tank. Especially in the sun.
Cresselia@ leftovers
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ability: levitate
EV's: 252def/ 252 hp/ 4 sp def
nature: +def -att
calm mind
hidden power fighting
You use calm mind a few times and heal off any damage taken with moonlight. After a few calm minds, she hits pretty hard. I have 6-0'd a few OU teams with her before.

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This is the move set for my cresselia.It works really well in doubles and provides a good survivor.

.SUBSTITUTE- costs HP, but another move in the move set covers for that.provides a wall from OHKOs,so it can save your skin

MOONLIGHT-heals cresselia's health,in general or after substitute

ICE BEAM/SHADOW BALL-main type covarage,either for ghost and other psychics or grass and flying

PSYCHIC-two words: STAB POWER! probably one of the best psychic type moves EVER!Keep it at all times

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My very unique set for Cressy

Cress@Kee Berry
EVs:252 HP, 252 Sp.Def, 4 Def

  • Recycle
  • Moonlight
  • Icy Wind
  • Toxic

Recycle renews Kee berry for more defense, Moonlight for HP, Icy Wind for outspeeding and Toxic for damage.
Simple but effective.

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Here's an unusual set:

Item: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Bold
EVs: 252 HP / 106 Defense / 152 Sp. Defense
-Psychic (STAB)
-Toxic (Status)
-Moonlight (Heal)
-Calm Mind/Charge Beam (Calm Mind for more reliable stat boosting and Sp. Defense boost or Charge Beam for a bit of extra damage)

This set is different, but be careful because you will likely get walled by quite a few Pokemon.

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Rain/Sun Support

Cresselia@Heat Rock/Damp Rock
Ability: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP/ 128 Sp. Def/ 128 Def

  • Sunny Day/Rain Dance
  • Moonlight
  • Toxic
  • Psychic

This is specifically for Rain or Sun teams. Obviously, you would have Heat Rock for Sunny Day and Damp Rock for Rain Dance. This can help boost the number of turns by 3 more (8 in total). Moonlight is useful under the sun (it gains more health). Even if its rainy weather, it still gives decent recovery. Toxic is a status move to hurt the opponent and Psychic is nice STAB damage.

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A rather new approach to sweeper Cress...

SubCM + Salac Cresselia!

Cresselia @ Salac Berry
Ability: Levitate
Bold Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 136 Def / 120 Spe
-Calm Mind
-Lunar Dance

Cresselia has famously annoying bulk, which allows it to have insanely bulky Substitutes as well. It can CM freely, and after a few Subs, it'll get down to Salac level, where it can start outspeeding and slaughtering everything. Or you can Lunar Dance off to a weak sweeper to give it another lease on life.

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Here's my set.

Cresselia (F)@Light Clay
Trait: Levitate
EV's: 252HP, 4Sp,Def, 252Spe
Timid nature (Spe+, Atk-)

  • Calm Mind
  • Reflect
  • Lunar Dance
  • Moonblast

This set is basically a screen/stall set. Timid nature with full investment to make her set up a screen as quick as she can and full Hp investment so she's capable of taking hits. Calm Mind will help with the lack of Sp.Atk. Reflect for those pesky physical attackers, along with Light Clay so eight turns should do the trick. Lunar Dance so you can bring an ally back if she is on the verge of fainting. Moonblast for dark type coverage. Other options could be Psychic, Ice Beam etc for attacking or Moonlight for health replenishment.

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