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

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Golurk Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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Golurk @ Chesto Berry

Role: Sub Punching Beast

Ability: Iron Fist

EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 28 Def / 28 SpD

Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spe)

  • Substitute
  • Focus Punch
  • Shadow Punch
  • Rest

Ba.. Ba.. Oh yes. Freaking Beast!

Substitute sets you up being brave and bulky and all, so if you time it right, you'll keep your sub for the next turn, Or if you can force a switch, thats always cool.

Now focus Punch beasts em up, with Shadow Punch for Ghosties who won't get touched.
Resto Chesto to be able to have a reliable form of healing.

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Lol nice Pic
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Golurk @ Leftovers/Life Orb

Ability: Iron Fist

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)

  • Shadow Punch
  • Earthquake
  • Substitute
  • Focus Punch

Shadow Punch: Boosted by ability STAB.
Earthquake: STAB.
Substitute: Allows him to punch someone in the face with his iron fists.
Focus Punch: boosted by ability POWA

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That is one cool picture :)
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Golurk @ Expert Belt

Ability: Iron Fist

EVs: 128 HP / 252 Atk / 64 Def / 64 SpD

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)

  • Shadow Punch
  • Hammer Arm
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
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"Did I just get hit by a high-speed truck?"

Golurk @ Expert Belt
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 HP
Jolly Nature (+Spe, -SpA)
- Shadow Punch- with STAB and boost from Iron Fist, this move has over 100 power plus it never misses
- Earthquake- high power, STAB, and an all around great move
- Rock Polish- I know what your thinking, Golurk is pretty slow, but with maxed out speed and this move, golurk's speed will be ridiculous (Just wanted to offer an alternative support move/moveset instead of sub punch or gyro ball and hammer arm)
- Stone Edge/Brick Break- more power or one more type being cover by brick break

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Rock Polish is kind of a no-no for Golurk dude!

I DOUBT anybody will let you get a chance to use it three times to max it.
EVEN IF you get to the sixth stage boost of Speed, Golurk will still be outsped by Scarfers or other Pokemon with Agility, or a Speed boost of their own!
if a fast pokemon shows up just let it pwned them ur forgetting that golurk has quite a high amount of hp
Actually, Shadow Punch with Iron Fist does clock in at 108 base power.
So many doubters! You would not believe the sweeps I have done with this Golurk. 252 Speed, 252 Attack.  Rock Polish turns this Golurk into a beast, especially if you have a nice light screen up beforehand.  I gave it a Hard Stone to add stab to Stone Edge. Rock Polish, shadow punch with iron fist, and Earthquake.
See it to believe it.
Rock polish golurk is amazing, for all you reading over this now, as his tier is nu,nu,NU! No garchomps, rotom-ws or azumarills and the like that could destroy him, take a look at nu then tell me rock polish golurk is bad.(sorry for old comment post but just couldn't help correcting about go lurk.)
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Choice Scarfed "high-speed truck".


Golurk @ Choice Scarf
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Dynamic Punch
- Stone Edge
- Poltergeist
- Earthquake / Heat Crash

Okay, let me get something straight here first. This set sucks outside NU. I saw this got edited recently, so it brought back a concept that was created by a naïve 13-year old me who thought 343 Speed was the $#&#%. It's enough to get by but there are still things that outspeed this without a Scarf, so be warned. I've also changed Heavy Slam to Poltergeist; you'll read below why.

Earthquake, while it seems an obvious choice for STAB reasons and good coverage anyway, I actually wondered if it should be replaced by Heat Crash now that it learns it. It would leave less vulnerability to Grass types, while still adequately covering Steel. However, I liked the extra security that EQ provides me in the damage bonus, and Steels are generally heavy, so it might lessen the effectiveness. So I would understand why you might choose Heat Crash here, but my preference and recommendation is Earthquake.

Dynamic Punch is purely abuse of No Guard. Fighting covers a wide array of types, and this is among Golurk's most powerful moves. Why I don't use Close Combat? Well, I prefer to avoid the drops if I can, the court is still out on damage calculations, so I might change that later. Plus, the 100% confusion rate is enticing if I don't knock my target flat on the pavement.

Stone Edge, again, is pure abuse of No Guard. Earthquake and Stone Edge are a famous coverage combo, and you can't have enough of that when you're choiced, except you don't have to worry about it being "Stone Miss" this time.

While Heavy Slam is more useful now even than before now that it hits Fairies, Poltergeist is such a powerful move that it's not worth passing up. In addition, Fairies aren't particularly worrisome to Golurk, and a physical Ghost move of this proportion didn't exist back then. Ghost on Ghost is much more of a danger to Golurk, and if you don't put this on him, you may very well be giving yourself the short end of the stick when it comes to a duel between two of them.

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Golurk
Ability:No Guard
Nature:Adamant
EVs:252 Attack 252 HP 4 Defense
•Poltergeist:STAB, ability makes perfect accuracy
•Earthquake:STAB
•Dynamic Punch:Strong, perfect accuracy with ability
•Stone Edge:Strong, perfect accuracy with ability

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I like this set
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Sorry, didn't see right below me was the exact moveset I wanted to edit into! Hope you don't mind as long as I had another item idea...
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Golurk @ Leftovers
Trait: Iron Fist
EVs: 80 HP / 252 Atk / 176 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Focus Punch
- Shadow Punch
- Earthquake

I'm very surprised that I don't see this set mentioned. Or maybe I'm blind. Probably the blind part.
SubPunch Golurk hits pretty damn hard, mainly due to Golurk's good Attack stat and access to Iron Fist. Golurk's access to Substitute eases prediction, allowing for more efficient sweeping, as well as protecting Golurk from any status. Focus Punch works in conjunction with Substitute, and is powered up by Iron Fist, Both Shadow Punch and Earthquake are STAB.

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Stomping Tantrum gimmick set, it's probably not the best, but it's cool

Golurk @ Assault Vest

Ability: Iron Fist

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)/ Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spe) {if it's a Trick Room team}

  • Shadow Punch
  • Focus Punch
  • Stomping Tantrum
  • Stone Edge

With Focus Punch, you'll either hit with a 180 base power move thanks to Iron Fist, or you'll lose focus & double the power of Stomping Tantrum, making it a 225 base power move thanks to STAB. You can also use moves that the foe is immune to, like Shadow Punch on a Normal type. Stone Edge is for coverage.
Assault Vest for tanking hits.

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Rocket boi (Golurk) @ Choice Band
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Dynamic Punch
- Poltergeist
- Earthquake
- Trick
I don't think anyone has used poltergiest on it yet, and it's amazing. No gaurd let's dynamic punch always hit, as well as poltergiest. With a choice band and max atk investment, it can be an amazing wallbreaker. Trick allows it to be annoying and possible force a switch, which can end in a free ko with its massive attack. Earthquake is strong STAB. Dynamic Punch can confuse the opponent and works as nice coverage against dark types. It's actually successful enough I use it in uu, even with its ru tier. And for course, what's not to like about a rocket giant?

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i have
Oh you did I didn't see that
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GOLURK IS LOVE
GOLURK IS LIVE
I'm here to give EVERY SINGLE SET I KNOW. And I know quite a few.

Specs, yes, specs.
Terminator (Golurk) @ Choice specs
Ability: No Guard
Evs: 252 SpA/ 252 HP./ 4 Def

Modest Nature
- Focus blast
- Shadow ball
- Earth power
- Ice Beam
Actually decent sometimes.

AV
Collosus (Golurk) @ Assault Vest
Ability: Iron fist
EVs: 126 Atk/ 126 SpD/ 252 HP
Impish/ Careful/ Adamant Nature
- Drain punch
- Earthquake
- Shadow punch
- Ice punch
Focused Sp.Def.

Rock polish.
Godlurk (Golurk) @ Focus sash
Ability: Iron Fist / No Guard
EVs :252 Atk/ 252 Spe
Jolly Nature /Adamant Nature
- Stone edge
- Earthquake
- Shadow punch
- Dynamic punch/drain punch
Really good IMO, once you get a polish or two off your set.

Band.
Fat man (Golurk) @ Choice band
Ability: Iron fist
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 Spe/ 4 HP

Adamant Nature
- Shadow punch
- Ice punch
- Drain punch
- Earthquake
Main set I use, I usually use the tips for phantom force and dynamic punch at the end.

Scarf
Literally rock polish replacing focus sash and rock polish for scarf and something else.

Defensive
Brick wall (Golurk) @ Leftovers
Ability: Iron fist
EVs: 252 HP/ 126 Atk/ 126 Def or 126 SpD (Drain Punch is main healing)
Impish Nature /Careful Nature

  • Stealth Rock
  • Mirror coat
  • Power Up Punch
  • Drain punch
    If you want, replace the attacks with Heavy Slam and Iron defense and grab 252 SpD. Becomes a decent tank.

Life orb.
Robocop (Golurk) @ Life orb
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 HP/ 4 Def
Adamant Nature

  • Stealth Rock
  • Earthquake
  • Shadow punch
  • Drain punch
    SR with some attacks.

Boltbeam punches with STAB.
Godlurk (Golurk) @ Expert Belt (Bolt beam with more coverage, SE will not be rare.)
Ability: Iron fist
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 HP/ 4 Def.
Adamant Nature
- Ice punch
- Thunder punch
- Shadow/Fire punch
- Earthquake
Replace shadow punch with fire punch for 4 more SE's. Not much.

Sub punch.
Death (Golurk) @ Life orb
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 HP/ 4 Def.
Adamant Nature

  • Substitute
  • Focus punch
  • Earthquake
  • Shadow punch
    Sub punch.

Trick room.
Gotta go last! (Golurk) @ Life orb
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 HP/ 4 Def
Brave Nature
- Hammer arm
- Shadow punch
- Earthquake
- Gyro ball
Bronzong is great for the trick room setter, as it has levitate.
Tips: You can replace a lot of attacks for Heavy Slam. You can change the ability to No Guard and replace the fighting coverage (if it has it) with Dynamic Punch. Every Shadow Punch can be replaced by Phantom force.

If I missed any good sets, comment it and I'll put it here.

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good sets but for some reason im not allowed to post multiple sets in one post, does that have anything to do with points?
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Dr.Punch (Golurk) @ Life Orb
Ability: Iron Fist
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
IVs: 0 SpA
- Shadow Punch
- Thunder Punch
- Fire Punch
- Earthquake
Well...it’s the punching giant!
Shadow/Thunder/Fire punch are all boost by Iron fist, and Earthquake...do I need to explain?
Of course, the point I do not use the newest ghost type move—Poltergeist is because some Pokemon like Hawlucha often don’t hold item.
And why I do not used a No Guard Golurk is because it’s is it HA, which is hard to get.

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Gen 6 Moveset
Golurk @ Expert Belt
Ability: Iron Fist
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -Sp.atk)
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 HP/ 4 Spd

Phantom Force
Low Sweep/ Drain Punch
Thunder Punch/ Earthquake
Fly

Strategy: Aim for super effective hits to power them up with the Expert Belt. This moveset is good for countering Golurk's weaknesses.

  • Phantom Force has great power and accuracy and gets STAB, Gives ghost type coverage and is similar to fly because it is a 2 turn attack and makes you immune to most moves for 1 turn; In addition to that it can hit through Detect and Protect and gets auto-hit and x2 power if the target uses minimize
  • Low Sweep covers dark and ice type weakness, good power and accuracy and lowers their speed by 1; if you use it enough Golurk could outspeed the other Pokemon :0 ; Drain Punch could heal your Golurk if you are on low HP, and gets boost from Iron Fist, 75 power, 100 accuracy and dark and ice coverage
  • Thunder Punch has the same stats as Drain Punch but provides water coverage and a chance to paralyzing the target (another chance to outspeed the opponent; Earthquake has 100 power and accuracy +STAB for an awesome move.
  • Fly provides grass coverage and a cool 2-turn move that makes you immune to most attacks on the first turn and attacks with 90 power on the next turn

Tips: Watch out for moves that deal double damage while you are in the sky when you use fly. This moveset covers all of Golurk's weaknesses so you should be good. Grass Knot can deal a lot of damage, so watch out!

I hope you like this moveset! :)

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Gen 8 RU
Golurk @ Choice Band
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Brave Nature
IVs: 0 Spe
- Poltergeist
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Hammer Arm

This set is to be used during Trick Room. Poltergeist is strong STAB that doesn't miss due to No Gaurd. Stone Edge doesn't miss due to No Gaurd. Earthquake is also strong STAB. Hammer Arm is to lower your speed if you're up against something slower (i.e Drampa) so you can outspeed them once your speed drops during Trick Room.

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SwSh Golurk CoverWall Moveset

Golurk @ Life Orb / Any Compatible Z Crystal (If SMUSUM)
Ability: Iron Fist
Nature: Impish (Relaxed works too)
EVs: 252 Atk, 128 Def, 128 SpDef

-Shadow Punch (Lvl 12)
-Earthquake (Lvl 58)
-Drain Punch (TM 63)
-Ice Punch (TM 4)

This may seem like a strange moveset, but actually, it is one of the most broken movesets in the history of Pokemon. Here is why: with the combination of each of these moves allows you to hit EVERY SINGLE POKEMON at least normally effective. On top of this, you can hit about 75% of all Pokemon with at least one super effective attack.

Pokemon itself:
Iron Fist is the best ability Golurk can get. Since it can't learn Fissure, No Guard is rendered nearly useless. And Klutz just sucks. Special Attack is useless as well, so you most likely want to get a Golurk with a boosted Defense. However, if you happen to come across a Speed-Deprived Golurk, that is fine, because the point of this moveset is for Golurk to be a massive-coverage, defensive wall, not a quicksilver sweeper (though it sweeps nicely). Life Orb is to boost the attack, and can be helped by Drain Punch (I'll talk about that later). However, people think Z-Moves suck, but I think that if you don't want Life Orb, then any compatible Z-Move (especially those with STAB) can help you get out of a pinch. The attack EVs are for even more boost from the Life Orb, and defense EVs are for making it more of a wall. You can also use | 4 Atk, 252 Def, 252 SpDef | for being a near-indestructible wall instead of a normal wall with cannons.

Moves:
-Shadow Punch gets the boost from STAB and Iron Fist, effectively putting it up above Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball, and Phantom Force. It also has accuracy, which is a nice touch.
-Earthquake is STAB, and it has 100 base. Must I say more?
-Drain Punch will get the Iron Fist boost, and recover HP if you are using the Life Orb. If you are using a Z-Crystal, it will be a major pain to deal with a crazy bulky Pokemon regaining the little HP that it had taken from an attack. Especially if you are using the 252 defenses EVs that I mentioned earlier. It also nicely covers Ice types.
-Ice Punch, again, gets Iron Fist boost, and is mostly grass coverage.

Drawbacks: Golurk still cannot handle Water types with this moveset. Have an Electric or Grass type handy.

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Z-Moves aren't in SwSh. Is this for NatDex?
128 Def / 128 SpD is a bad choice of EVs -- 252 HP is mathematically better. Speed EVs should also be considered, as there are plenty of Pokemon around base 60-70 that are worth outspeeding with offensive Golurk.
How is No Guard totally useless? It gets some moves like Poltergeist, Dynamic Punch, Stone Edge, etc.
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Rock Polish LO No Guard Wall breaker
Format: RU

Golemastoc (Golurk) @ Life Orb
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature

  • Poltergeist
  • Earthquake
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Rock Polish

Golemastoc aka massive golem. This thing's a beast. It pretty much 2OHKOes everything in RU. Here are some calculations showing its damage against the bulkiest Pokemon in the format:

252+ Atk Life Orb Golurk Poltergeist (110 BP) vs. 248 HP / 252+ Def Milotic: 208-246 (52.9 - 62.5%) -- 99.6% chance to 2HKO after Leftovers recovery

252+ Atk Life Orb Golurk Dynamic Punch vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Umbreon: 278-328 (70.5 - 83.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock and Leftovers recovery

252+ Atk Life Orb Golurk Poltergeist (110 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Slowbro-Galar: 374-439 (94.9 - 111.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock

Defensive counters demolished.
Rest of offensive checks are outspeed after Rock Polish. With 252 Spe neutral nature and at +2, you can outspeed most of the tier pretty easily. No Guard means Poltergeist and Dynamic Punch have infinite accuracy. Life Orb boosted STAB Poltergeist and Earthquake hit like a tank. Just take care of some Pokemon that have no item intentional to prevent Poltergeist. Earthquake does 2OHKO them, so you don't need Shadow Punch for secondary STAB, freeing space for Rock Polish.

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Gen 8 NU

Golurk @ Colbur Berry
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Stealth Rock
- Earthquake
- Poltergeist
- Dynamic Punch

Stealth Rock Golurk. Stealth Rock is to hurt opposing Pokemon upon switching in. Earthquake is strong STAB. Poltergeist is also strong STAB that can't miss due to No Gaurd. Dynamic Punch is coverage and has a 100% chance to confuse the target.

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Golurk @ Assault Vest
Ability: No Guard
Evs: 252 Hp, 252 Atk, 4 Def
Adamant Nature
Moveset:
Dynamic Punch
Poltergeist
High Horsepower
Fire Punch / Ice Punch / Thunder Punch / Stone Edge

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Why not Earthquake?
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Golurk @ Weakness Policy
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Dynamic Punch
- Earthquake
- Poltergeist
- Mega Kick / Stone Edge

Here's a different set if you don't want to be running Weakness Policy

Golurk @ Choice Scarf
Ability: No Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Dynamic Punch
- Stone Edge / Mega Kick
- Earthquake
- Poltergeist

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Mega Kick could be replaced because Mega Kick covers nothing.
Fast golurk? I don’t think you’re outspeeding much with 55 base speed
True. Only with rock polish the thing starts outspeeding
This isn't a good set, but "low base Speed -> don't use Speed EVs" is the wrong way to think about it. 252 Spe allows Golurk to outspeed everything up to base 87 with no investment (base 96 with 252+), which is a pretty good chunk of Pokemon and probably worth it for an offensive Pokemon.
I don't play any formats where Golurk is good so I couldn't be any more specific; but I looked at some NU stats and saw most high-rated players are running Speed on Golurk (albeit with Adamant, and definitely not with WP).
https://www.smogon.com/stats/2021-05/moveset/gen8nu-1760.txt
If WP isn't recommended, maybe Choice Scarf/Band instead?
Sorry for the somewhat late answer, I only just realized people commented on this

The entire reason behind me running Mega Kick was that 120 Base Power seemed too good to pass up, if you'd like, you can run Stone Edge
I noticed that a high speed nature wasn't worth being invested in Golurk, which is why I swapped it (or I'm going to) swap it to Adamant
Also, the whole gimmick of the set is that Golurk has 5 weaknesses, so I ran WP instead of Choice Scarf/Band because some of those 5 weaknesses (I think) are quite common
Mega Kick might seem high power, but STAB Earthquake or Poltergeist will do more damage. With STAB, Earthquake is essentialy 150 power and Poltergeist is 165. Also, Mega Kick doesn't hit anything super effectively so one of the other moves will always do more damage.
That's basically the entire reason I added Stone Edge, if you don't want to use Mega Kick, use Stone Edge instead