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If you have a good competitive moveset for Haxorus, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Haxorus Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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Likely tier: OU
haxorus got his S*** handed to him by chandelure, his UU!
Now he's OU. xD

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High attack power... 3 guesses what this set will be!

Ability: mold breaker

Dragon Dance/Swords Dance-These moves let you prepare before killing things. He actually has pretty decent defense, considering the fact that he's a sweeper.

Earthquake-Makes use of mold breaker, covers a ton of types...come on, it's Earthquake.

Outrage/Dragon Claw-the STAB move...quite literally.

Iron Tail/Brick Break-Covers Ice weakness. Power or reliability, your choice.

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is poison jab preferable instead of iron tail?
A good nature for this set is adamant nature
Perfect set. Absolute perfection.
Anyone know what a good item for this wonderful moveset would be??
I’m assuming this set was made before Fairy type, I think the best way to go with this set would be

Haxorus @ Assault Vest
Ability: Mold Breaker
Nature: Adamant/Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack/ 252 Speed/ 4 HP
Dragon Claw
Iron Tail
Poison Jab

Assault Vest may seem odd here but I like it evening out the Defense and Special Defense Stats
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This dude is just plain AWESOME. Excellent attack and great speed.

Ability: Mold Breaker is great, but Rivalry is worth a look
EVs: All out on Attack and Speed.
Item: Focus Sash/Band

  • Dragon Claw
  • Earthquake
  • Reversal, or Brick Break for reliability
  • Dragon/Swords Dance
I can't believe I didn't think of earthquake! this changes everything! thanks so much!

I just realized how old this post is. but still, thank you.
You can post on moveset posts, no matter how old they are.
Regular questions on the other hand are different
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Okay, I just want to say that I was for this guy whenhe was first revealed. You all know that I hope. And looks like I was right, although not about it being a Bug type :) This Pokemon, while in my opinion not going to be a replacement for Garchomp, might replace Salamence. At the very least it makes another great addition to the powerful Dragon line. He even makes it onto my Black version team.

Ability: Mold Breaker

EVs: Attack, Speed, Sp. Def. Nature: Adamant
Outrage/Dragon Claw: Outrage is more of an Uber move. If it is Overused, Dragon Claw is your best bet.

Dragon Dance: I like this move a lot better than Swords Dance. Let's face it, this makes anything into a sweeper. And since Ononokusu is already a sweeper, this makes it a super-sweeper.

Earthquake: Make use of Mold Breaker, take down anything that thinks they are safe from Earthquake just because of Levitate.

Night Slash: Okay, I expect some arguements on this one. But if this guy is Uber like I think he is, then that means there are going to be a lot of Psychics to deal with. Even if he isn't Uber, I really like this move.

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I think that night slash shoud be repaced with brick breack for ice coverage.
yeah night slash is an awesome move because its dark and everythng
Its funny cuz his name is King Of Shadows
what is your black team tranchy?
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Haxorus (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Mold Breaker
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Outrage
  • Earthquake
  • Aqua Tail
  • Superpower
Jolly takes -SA, not -A.
I don't know whether to get a jolly nature or adamant
Oh my goodness you are amazing
MootwolsBoss I would run a Swords Dance set for a Jolly nature and a Dragon Dance set for an Adamant nature. You could also do Dragon Dance for Jolly, but Swords Dance is the better choice for  the Jolly set. This is for Pokemon Sword and Shield.
2 votes

Awesome dragon type

Ability Mold Breaker

Nature Adamant

Dragon Dance-hit harder and faster
Earthquake-taking advantage of moldbreaker
Brick Break-covers ice type weakness
Outrage-STAB kill then die

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Nature: Jolly/Hasty/Naive
Ability: Mold-breaker
Evs: 252 attack, 252 speed, 6 hp


Dragon-claw/Outrage is for STAB. Earthquake is coverage. Reversal has 200 bp at 1hp and by then he will have the salac berry boost and pwn all. This is a strategy no-one uses because everyone thinks Haxorus is running D-dance or Choice scarf this is a strong and fun Strategy.

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The Ripper (Haxorus) (M) @ Salac Berry / Lichie Berry / Leftovers

Trait: Mold Breaker
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Dragon Dance
- Dragon Claw
- Earthquake

Interesting moveset here.
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Name: Necrogon X
Trait: Mold Breaker
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SAtk)
Item: Wide Lens (for Dual Chop: new accuracy: 99%)

  • Dual Chop: STAB, Breaks Subs takes care of Focus Sash and Sturdy monsters.
  • Brick Break: Ice, Steel, Dark and Rock Coverage.(But mostly Ice XD) Wall Breaker
  • Shadow Claw: Type Coverage, High Critical-hit Ratio
  • Dragon Dance: This is OBVIOUS!! +1 Attack & +1 Speed

Somemight say replace Dual Chop with Dragon Claw.
-Both hits from Dual Chop can be critical hits.
-Breaks subs, sturdy, and focus sash.

So, no dragon claw.

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This is a great idea with Dual Chop, even though outrage is there it cant help kill sub users.
even if dual chop gets two crits it gets 160 power same as one crit with dragon claw which is also more likely and more accurate
So no Earthquake...... What kind of trainer are you? WHEN A PHYSICAL SWEEPER CAN LEARN EARTHQUAKE, YOU TEACH IT EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!!!!!
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Haxorus (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Dual Chop
- Rock Slide

Earthquake and Rock Slide get good coverage together. Dual Chop is there instead of Dragon Claw for Substitute. Dragon Dance increases Speed and Attack.

dual chop can be a pain because of its 90 accuracy when you want dual chop to hit it misses :(
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Also theres this but its not recommended
Keys: with outrage
Haxorus (M) @ persim berry

Abilty: Rivalry
Nature: admant
Attract: If Rivalry fails use attract
Rock slide : coverage and its more useful then you think
Aerial ace: cant miss, more useful than you think
Dragon claw/outrage: Outrage is overused but if you want it give haxorus a persim berry

Good moveset but I gotta say since this set is 4 yrs old with the addition of  fairy outrage is a bad choice get dual chop and a wide lens. I laughed when I saw that attract idea and make the gender female
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Set for Fraxure

Fraxure (M) @ Eviolite

Trait: Mold Breaker

EVs: 252 Atk / 96 Def / 160 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Swords Dance
  • Dragon Claw
  • Night Slash
  • X-Scissor
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yay necropost

Super-Sweeper/Catching Tool
(maximize Attack)

Ability: Rivalry

Swords Dance/Hone Claws (for Double Team spammers, TM interchangeable)
Dragon Dance
Dragon Claw/Outrage
X-Scissor/Shadow Claw/Poison Jab/False Swipe/Brick Break/Aerial Ace (all interchangeable TMs)

You might not need Hone Claws if you have Aerial Ace, but then again Aerial Ace is comparatively weak for a max attack strategy, unless you're against Renbu.

incredibly versatile, really...

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Here is my sexist moveset. Enjoy.

Nature: Rivalry
Outrage Pure awesomeness
Rock Slide Coverage
Attract Since Rivalry makes you stronger against others of the same gender, this will annoy the enemy if it is the other gender.
Earthquake even more awesomeness

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I know this is quite old, but it doesn't hurt to post a late answer. XD

Basically, I would suggest different movesets for different abilities. (Even though Mold Breaker really is the way to go)

Haxorus with Mold Breaker
- Dragon Dance (useful stat boosts)
- Dual Chop / Outrage (it depends if you want reliable hits and a Focus Sash breaker, or a powerful attack that leaves you locked in)
- Superpower (it deals with Ice-types that may get in your way, and the Attack drop can be replenished by Dragon Dance)
- Earthquake (a lot of coverage)

Haxorus with Rivalry
- Attract (in case of an opposite-gender opponent)
- Dragon Claw (steady hits)
- Earthquake (coverage)
- Dragon Dance (set up, especially if your opponent is infatuated)

Haxorus with Unnerve
Just no. Don't even bother.

I'm not the best at suggesting movesets, but this is what I would use.

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I love this guy.....
Haxorus (M) @ Dragon gem/fang
abilty: Rivalry
Nature: adamant
Dragon claw: outrage is overused
Dragon dance: Its better than sword dance I win most battles with this
Brick break: coverage
Night slash: Crit Hit, its btter than slash which isnt super effective on anything

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1st of all EVERYONE should know that a haxorus has very high attack and defense so you should be very wise if your teaching it and these are the moves that i thought my haxorus which i think is awesome and very powerful

1st:Dragon claw(cause i cant find any other powerful dragon type moves yet and i dislike dragon tail
2nd:Sword dance(Rises the atk power rapidly which most of the times blows out the enemy)
3rd:Poison Jab(Its very succesful on poisoning the opponent and has very high damage)
4th:Shadow Claw(for high critical ratio and has quite high damage)

Item held:quick claw,razor claw,griseus orb(optional:if ur willing to teach it shadow claw)

When did base 90 defense become "Very high"?
The Griseous Orb doesn't affect any Pokemon except for Giratina. It's one of those items that its effects will only be activated by a certain Pokemon. http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Griseous_Orb
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Haxorus has great attack so it does powerful psysikal moves.

My haxorous has the ability rivarly and does even more powerful attack on male pokemon.

My moveset is:

Earthquake-powerful,covers a lot of types
dragon claw-STAB covers dragon weakness
outrage-even more powerful.used to the the 2 remaining pokemon in battle
brick brake-deals with ice types

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Ev's: 252 attack & 252 speed
Ability:Mold breaker
Item: expert belt
Dragon dance: to add to his already good attack and speed
brick break: wide coverage gets rid of ice weakness
dual chop: STAB move and gets rid of focus sash and sturdy
Earthquake: to utilize ability and wide coverage
Along with the expert belt, brick break and earthquake can give you some great results due to these two moves having a wide coverage. And if you use dragon dance first, the results will be devastating to your opponent.

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Haxorus @ Persim Berry

Ability: Unnerve

Nature: Hasty (+Speed, -Defense)

-Dragon Pulse (STAB, good power, deals with Dragon type)

-Brick Break (Deals with Ice type)

-Earthquake (Good power, deals damage to Pokemon in Dig invulnerability)

-Outrage (STAB, good power, Persim Berry will snap off confusion)

*You can replace Brick Break with Iron Tail, although it has lower accuraccy.

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Haxorus (M) @ Salac Berry
Trait: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Endure
- Reversal
- Outrage
- Earthquake

Haxorus has an incredible 147 base attack meaning he has the 3rd highest non-legendary attack stat after Rampardos and Slaking.

Endure lets him activate his Salac Berry, meaning that Reversal has huge BP.
Reversal for Endure + Salac Berry.
Outrage for incredible 180 Base Power. Also with 147 Base Attack Maxed Out, its pretty darn powerful.
Earthquake for Mold Breaker + Coverage. And its Earthquake.

I really like Iris in game moveset, on the rematch on challenge mode. Haxorus survives with a focus sash, uses D-Dance, and then sweeps. Unfortunately Iris doesnt realise that and uses a full restore leaving Haxorus to be killed. Focus Sash doesnt work as well in competitive, because Haxorus can probably survive an attack unless its a pretty powerful move, where he just has endure instead.