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here's how to make your ferrothron a great staler.

first you want it to have a impish nature. that cuts speed for defense
second for it's ability iron barbs. that's it signature ability
third have it hold the rocky helmet that with iron barbs is sure to annoying those physical types
forth EVs in defense and sph defense
and finally it's moves
first have it know toxic the TM is in the sea side cave
second curse cuts speed (like it can out speed anything) for attack and defense
third payback is always fun if it moves last in battle it has a power of 100 rather than 50
and forth explosion to deal a lot of pain for when your health is in the red

now just some final things this works for my play style and by mo means am i competitive my online play record is as good as glass Joe's i just like to have a little fun and if your like me it will work fine
Just to clarify, impish nature cuts SPECIAL ATTACK for defense, not SPEED. Relaxed nature will cut speed for defense.

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So many nice moves to choose from...

Gyro ball- Works perfectly with that low speed.

Stealth Rock /Spikes/Thunder wave- Sets up hazards, or cripple stuff. Thunder wave wouldn't be as good an option as it conflicts with gyro ball, so use one or the other. Ferrothorn is one of the few generation 5 Pokemon that learn it, take advantage of it.

Power Whip/Seed bomb- While unreliable-It's very powerful. Seed Bomb is the better choice.

Iron Defense/leech seed- boosts defense even higher, or slowly gain HP even faster.**

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Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet

Trait: Iron Barbs

EVs: 120 HP / 252 Atk / 8 Def / 128 SDef

Adamant/Brave Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Power Whip
  • Shadow Claw
  • Bulldoze/Gyro Ball
  • Swords Dance

Power Whip Strong STAB.
Shadow Claw Good move.
Bulldoze Is good if some sort of steel type comes in, Gyro Ball STAB.
Swords Dance Nice boosting move.

There might be better sets for Ferrothorn, But most sets here include Leech Seed and hazards. so this is a little different set.

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An interesting Pokemon, I expect to see it a lot. Have it hold that new helmet item (Rocky Helmet), and attacking it will knock away 25% of the foes total health. Plus, it has the ever popular Stealth Rock. Bug/Steel is better typing in my opinion.

Ability: Iron Barbs

EVs: Defense, Sp Def, Attack Nature: Adament

Explosion: About to be defeated? Kill everything in sight!

Leech Seed: Damage the foe even more.

Toxic: More damage to the foe. Did you know that in Gen1, Toxic made Leech Seed heal you more?

Stealth Rock/Seed Bomb: Okay, I hate using entry hazards, but they are really popular. If you are like me though, go for Grass STAB.

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Yeah, l agree, don't really like entry hazards, but l don't have a Status Move problem. Stealth Rock, I like. Spikes and Toxic Spikes, don't like them too much :p
BTW it's grass steel
I agree, a Bug/Steel type like Scizor or Durant only have one weakness, Fire, by 4x.
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Bit of a shame Ferrothorn doesn't learn many Ground/Rock moves to combat the fire weakness.

EVs: max out HP then either max out Attack for physical wall, or split over Def/Sp.Def. In short one of these:
(a) 252 HP, 252 Attack
(b) 252 HP, 100 Def, 156 Sp.Def

Ability: Irons Barbs
Item: Big Root (more HP from Leech Seed) or Iron Ball (for better Gyro Ball)

Moves mostly by breeding!
- Leech Seed
- Stealth Rock or Bulldoze
- Gyro Ball
- Seed Bomb

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You forgot explosion .-.
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Curse(Boost defense and attack while powering up gyro ball)

Gyro ball(STAB)

Seed bomb(More reliable than power whip)

STealth rock(Entry hazard)

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Gosh! I can't tell if yours or Pokemaster's is better, but I'd vote for this one if I could figure out how to vote.
I would go with payback instead of stealth rock, because you will almost certainly be hit before you move, due to your low speed. This will make the base power 100, and give you lots of coverage. Only three types resist dark, and only 29 Pokemon resist both dark and steel... Use it with gyro ball for a great coverage combo!
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ferrothorn Sub-seeder.
Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
Nature: Impish
EVs: 252 Hp / 128 Defense / 128 SpD


Thunder Wave

Substitute

Leech Seed

Power Whip


This guy is a pain in the rear end. First you Paralyze them with Thunder Wave to cut their Speed and chances off hitting you. This gives you a chance to set up Substitute to block damage and Leech Seed for healing and damaging. Power Whip is STAB. Between Rocky Helmet and Iron Barbs, any foe that tries to physically hit Ferrothorn will lose tons of HP, not to mention damage from Leech Seed.


You could also go fast sub-seed if you really want to.

Just swap T-wave for Rock-polish and/or give it Jolly nature and put some EVs in Speed. Also if you give it Jolly and T-wave you may want to swap Powe Whip for Iron Head for some annoying Para-flinch.

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Ferrothorn (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

  • Bulldoze
  • Power Whip
  • Gyro Ball
  • Poison Jab / Explosion

Don't worry Pokemaster, I used DB sprites.

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good use of brave Mew.
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This version is meant to be a setup for a sweepers. The idea is pulling off both Stealth Rock and Spikes and do a lot of damage after doing so.

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
Nature: Impish / Brave
EVs: 252 Def / 252 Atk
-Ingrain / Leech seed - I prefer Ingrain because of its field presence
-Spikes
-Stealth Rock
-Explosion / Power Whip / Gyro Ball-
Explosion is just for the fast damage, PW will help against a lot of the Rapid Spinners (except Forretress) and Gyro Ball is a good STAB move.

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Ferrothorn
Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
Nature: Relaxed (+Def, -Spd)
EVs: 252 Def / 128 SpD / 128 Atk

  • Stealth Tock
  • Leech Seed
  • Gyro Ball
  • Power Whip / Toxic

Very self explanatory. Haven't seen this particular one so I decided to post it. Power Whip works fine but I started to use Toxic lately. Both work really nicely, its your choice.

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Ferrothorn @ Iron Ball
Abilty: Iron Barbs
Nature: Brave
-Curse - boosts Attack, Defence, and Gyro Ball
-Gyro Ball - Gave it away
-Seed Bomb - Reliable STAB
-Iron Head - STAB You might need it when Gyro Ball runs out of PP

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"My favorite grass Pokemon of all time!"

item: rocky helmet (get touched, and you will give 1/8 of damage)

moves:

toxic---defensive pokemon works great with this

gyro ball---very powerful against fast pokemon and STAB

leech seed---more damage to poisoned pokemon and heals yourself

power whip---devestating and STAB

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Ferrothorn (M) @ Rocky Helmet
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 252 HP / 168 Atk / 88 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Curse
- Explosion
- Power Whip
- Gyro Ball

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  • Iron Head -Gyro ball sucks. It's unpredictable and max PP is 8. Iron head works better for the adventuring type, challenge to elite four, ect.-
  • Ingrain -Leech seed has to be breed in, AND you have to renew it every time the foe switches or dies.-
  • Power whip -Seems reliable enough, again you don't have to breed it-
  • Anything from Explosion, to Toxic, to Sandstorm, to an entry hazard. I find this one tough to decide on. Curse is nice, but it's too much geared toward gyro ball for my tastes.
  • Leftovers or Rocky helmet, one keeps you alive, the others kills the enemy. I'm a bit more conservative about this, so leftovers work for me -that plus ingrain is a pretty good hp intake every turn. Rocky helmet only works if you get attacked by a physical move-.
  • Any nature that lowers Speed or Spl Attack -except for the nature that affects just those two- is great for setting up a big wall of sorts. Of course maybe if you did give up Speed for Spl Attack, you can vary your attacks and use maybe Solar Beam or Flash Cannon.
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Gyro-ball definitely does not suck. It is a great move competitively and Ferrothorn pulls it off well because of that good attack and low speed.
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Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 248 HP / 224 Def / 36 SpD
Careful Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Leech Seed
- Substitute
- Power Whip

set-up tank

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet/leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Curse
- Seed Bomb/iron head

this set is really underrated in my opinion

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Held Item: Rocky Helmet / Occa Berry
Ability: Iron Barbs
Nature: Sassy (+Sp. Def, -Speed)
EVs: 204 Atk / 102 Def / 102 SpD

  • Power Whip
  • Gyro Ball / Iron Head
  • Ingrain / Bulldoze
  • Curse

Curse can power up Gyro Ball a lot, but if you want to go for a Steel STAB move that has more PP, choose Iron Head. Ingrain helps you recover HP and the Rocky Helmet with Iron Barbs makes you pretty dangerous to touch. :D If you're scared from the 4× Fire weakness, go with Occa Berry and Bulldoze. However, it might weaken Gyro Ball's power.

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Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what did i just read? I think I just saw a Curse Ferrothorn and I'm convulsing in cringe.
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WARNING: This set sucks against a Pokemon with Taunt.

Ferrothorn @ Rocky Helmet
Ability: Iron Barbs
Nature: Careful (+Sp. Defense, -Sp. Attack)
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Defense / 128 SpD
Role: Wall

Toxic: Stall them to death
Leech Seed: Heal yourself while destroying them
Ingrain: Heal yourself
Protect: So the opponent takes Toxic and Leech Seed damage, and you heal from Ingrain and Leech Seed, all without being hit.

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Protect would we way better than rest, because The opponent would take poison damage and leech seed damage and you would heal health with leech seed and Ingrain, and you would be fully protected that turn
That's a good idea. I'll switch them.
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Ferrothorn (M) @ Rocky Helmet
Trait: Iron Barbs
EVs: 128 Atk / 252 Def / 128 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Spikes
- Thunder Wave
- Gyro Ball
- Power Whip

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you might tell from my username what i'm going to say

first, make sure your ferrothorn has a nature that makes it slower, then give it an iron ball
moves:
gyro ball
toxic
stealth rock
protect/spikes

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I think he could be a nice status Pokemon,

Ferrothorn (M) @ Leftovers / Rocky Helmet (Leftovers for extra health, Rocky Helmet for big damage when touched) - physical/sp tank

EVs: 104 HP / 252 Def / 152 SpD
Nature: Impish (+def, -sp attack)
Ability: Iron Barbs

  • Thunder Wave / Toxic (Toxic recommended for single battles)
  • Leech Seed / Ingrain (health gain)
  • Gyro Ball (for damage once setup is done)
  • Curse (stats)
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How can you get it to learn leech seed?
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Ferrothorn leftovers
Trait Iron Barbs
252HP 128defense 128SpD careful
Leech seed/ingrain nice healing with leftovers either way but with ingrain you can't switch out I personally prefer leech seed which can heal the team
Stealth rock/spikes entry hazard
Toxic/thunder wave thunder wave is nice if your other Pokemon aren't real fast. And toxic as a reliable damage on a tank or something.
Gyro ball/ power whip/iron head which ever one you choose. I prefer power whip with thunder wave but gyro ball if you chose toxic or you could do iron head and thunder wave for a little not very likely para flinch . It won't work amazingly well though.

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