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Likely tier: Overused
Actual Tier UU
i would have it learn bounce covers both weakneses
Now RUBL

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I guess the best name for this set would be a Lead disruptor, this is my Zoroark:

Zoroark (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Illusion
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)
- Sucker Punch
- U-turn
- Focus Blast
- Taunt
This guy is fast enough to out speed even base 100 leads, which is cool, he makes a good scout, and he hits hard, just what I like in a lead. Taunt is the go-to move in the set, it doesn't allow to get set-up on, and can often catch an opponent off guard when Zoroark doesn't look like someone who can Taunt. Sucker Punch has good synergy with Taunt, has STAB, and priority. U-Turn makes him a scout, while getting him out of the way of an incoming SE attack into something resistant. Focus Blast takes care of just about anything resistant to Sucker Punch for great coverage, making this a mixed set.
EVs boost the stats Zoro uses most, he isn't likely able to take more than 2 hits, so no point investing EVs in Def of HP. Focus Sash is a great item for Zoroark, allowing him to almost always survive two turns.
I like to use this guy with a Wish support Espeon; this allows him to use Espeon's magic bounce for faster opponent leads, and allows him to be healed by Wish, thus re-using Focus Sash. Also, making him look like a Ghost on the first turn might delay the use of Fighting type moves, avoiding weakness.

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Could you use night daze instead of sucker punch?
Too Much info and u can only use focus sash 1 tine
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Zoroark


Suggested Nature: Illusion
Suggested item: Focus Sash
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 252 Spd, 4HP

  • Night Daze
  • Nasty Plot
  • Counter
  • Flamethrower/Taunt

I love this guy, despite what people might think about him. He is the very epitome of a dark pokemon, depending on his cunning and trickery to get by. It kind of sucks that his identity is given away on wifi matches though. It kind of defeats the purpose.

Anyway, on to the set. This is intended as a lead to break through guys that try to go for a sweep. For the passive guys, you set up nasty plot and go for the kill, and for those physical hitters, you've got the focus sash+ counter to do a number on the opponent. It's a nice way to get a clean kill on a pokemon. From my tests with this set, it makes an excellent partner with him using his illusion to be Xatu. Xatu's got a 4X fighting resistance, neutral to bug, and his magic bounce ability means people won't try to cripple or taunt Zoroark as a lead, so they'll think to attack (prompting a free turn of set up or use of counter)On top of that, Xatu can send a wish to him to bring back a bit of health if needed, though you probably won't need much of that due to his frailty. Flamethrower helps him break through steel types that try to resist him, or guys like Lucario and Cobalion that try to pick up on Justified boost. Taunt is there to disrupt guys that might give you trouble. Just remember that his HP will be a giveaway to his illusion.

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I spot a mistake, " Suggested Nature: Illusion ". Just saying Illusion isn't a nature.
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Loki

Item: Focus-sash/Choice-scarf
Ability: Illusion
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 S.attack, 6 hp


Toxic
Protect
Night-daze
Flamethrower/Trick


First off Loki=Norse god of mischief. Second the Magikarp is joke having to do with his ability. Ok Toxic is super annoying and thanks to his ability and the focus-sash he has a very good chance of setting it up. Protect gives you another turn for the toxic. Night-daze has chance to lower acc which will drive you opponent insane. Flamethrower will get rid of steel type but if you already have something to do that go with Trick+Choice scarf, it will work well with an ability like his XD.

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Please note I am not suggested you put a Magikarp on your team for Zoroark to impersonate.
lol i agree:)
use a zorua for impersonate!
Flamethrower also covers bug types
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Cosmic @ Choice Specs
Trait: Illusion
EV's: 252 SAtk. 252. Spd. 4 HP.
Timid Nature

  • Night Daze/Dark Pulse
  • Flamethrower
  • Focus Blast
  • Grass Knot/Extrasensory
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OK, this is one unique Pokemon, and he is devastating if you use him right. I have tried this set and it works well under the circumstances that I use it under.

Zoroark - special sweeper - life orb
EVs: 252 special attack, 252 speed, 4 HP
Nature: timid
Ability: illusion
Moves:
Nasty plot (boosts for sweeping)
Dark pulse (STAB, more reliable than night daze)
Focus blast (coverage)
Hidden power ice (coverage)

The trick here is that you set up your team so that zoroark will be disguised as a Toxicroak, which is pretty much the perfect pokemon for zoroark to look like. With toxicroak's 4X weakness to psychic, and zoroark's immunity to it, you are often able to set up with nasty plot and use dark pulse to belt the fool who switched in with a psychic type. Also, HP ice covers all of toxicroak's non-psychic weaknesses, effectively murdering anything that switches in on zoroark for what they believe is a type advantage. One more thing that makes this strategy ruthless is that Toxicroak can learn all of the moves in this set, leaving less suspicion as to whether it is an actual Toxicroak.

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Cosmic @ Focus Sash
Trait: Illusion
EV's: 176 Atk. 100 SAtk. 234 Spd.
Naive Nature

  • Dark Pulse
  • Agility
  • U-Turn
  • Flamethrower
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I used this guy on a UU team for quite a while, and after looking through all these, I was surprised to find no Choice Scarf sets.

Zoroark @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Illusion
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- U-Turn
- Sucker Punch
- Trick
- Low Kick / Pursuit / Knock Off / ???

This set excels at preserving Zoroark throughout the match, keeping the opponent in a state of uncertainty whenever you switch. As such, it’s less of an all-out sweeper and more of a fast, powerful pivot with ScarfTrick disruption. Although it can certainly nab its fair share of KOs when needed; its Atk may not be as high as its SpA, but 105 base Atk is still perfectly serviceable. You can really run whatever you want in the last slot; I found the coverage of Low Kick to be really useful, but Pursuit has really good synergy with ScarfTrick.

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Showdown: National Dex
Role: Looking Like a Toxicroak
Zoroark
Zoroark @ Choice Specs
Ability: Illusion
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Focus Blast
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Dark Pulse
Explanation: Zoroark should be used when Toxicroak is in the last Pokemon in your party. That way, Zoroark can be disguised as Toxicroak, which can scare away Fairy Types. What can make it scarier for the opponent is that the moves Zoroark knows in this moveset are moves that Toxicroak can learn. Focus Blast is coverage against Fighting Types. Shadow Ball is to make use of Zoroark's Special Attack. Sludge Bomb is for Fairy Types. Dark Pulse is STAB.

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Gen 8 UU

Partner it up with a Steel type that is neutral to or immune to Fighting, like Metagross or Aegislash.

Zoroark @ Life Orb
Ability: Illusion
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Timid Nature

  • Dark Pulse / Night Daze
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Flamethrower
  • Nasty Plot / Focus Blast / U-Turn

Dark Pulse is STAB, Night Daze is stronger but less accurate and has no flinch chance, but can lower accuracy. Sludge Bomb covers those darn Fairies, Flamethrower for Steel and bug types. Nasty Plot to set up, usually used when your Illusion is up and you're disguised as Aegislash. Focus Blast is coverage, U-Turn to pivot.

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this is pretty good, but what is the nature? i wish this pokemon can take a hit you didn`t even boost it low defense a bit
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Zoroark (F) @ Sitrus Berry

Trait: Illusion

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Night Daze
  • Focus Blast
  • Flamethrower
  • Nasty Plot
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He will not live long enough to use a Sitrus Berry. You get one Attack without a Focus Sash
Not necessarily, chances are he will not be OHKOed on the first turn, thanks to Illusion most moves that hit him will be neutral damaging giving him a chance to survive.
Then she might get a second turn. But she probably wont make it past that turn. Once they know ts Zoroark, its over
Once they know it's Zoroark, he's already set up a Nasty Plot, and has enough HP to survive a priority hit.
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Zoroark @ Focus Sash

Trait: Illusion

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

-Protect: To see if wat you would have gotten hit with was physical or its not the right Pokemon

-Counter: S.A.W. (Survive, Annihilate, Wait for Death)

-Night Slash: For one last hit, if your fast enough and there are no priority moves.

-Whatever last move you wish, though it is not needed.

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pokemons can learn 4 moves , where is the fourth move ?
You have one move slot left...
I know they can learn 4 moves, but Zoroark does not need one with this Stragety. Put whatever you want.
he needs ,you know what ? flamethower
He is EV Trained in Attack though.
a good last move is good with his signature move NIGHT BURST if you have the time to use it ANNOY THE HECK OUT OF YOUR OPPONET WITH IT TO
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My favorite set for this guy:

2Chic4U (Zoroark) @ Choice Specs
Trait: Illusion
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 HP
Timid Nature

  • Dark Pulse (good STAB move)
  • Flamethrower (Bug)
  • Extrasensory (fighting)
  • Hyper Voice

Usually my strategy with Zoroark is having a ghost type in the last slot of my party because nobody would be crazy enough to use a fighting move on a ghost, right? Or even a bug type move. Timid nature and EV investment in speed almost always guarantees Zoroark going first.
I gave Zoroark Hyper Voice because I know one Pokemon that keeps screwing me up. Yes, you better believe it: Houndoom. I can't use Flamethrower because of Flash Fire, no Extrasensory because of immunity, and I cooould use Dark Pulse, but, well. Hyper Voice KOs Houndoom. A lot of people say Focus Blast is good, but I find it misses way too much, especially when you need it most :/
So, hope you like this set!

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2Chic4U <3 :D
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I have used a Zoroark many times before and I know a pretty nice moveset for a sweeper:
Nature: Hasty
Item: Focus sash
EVs: 252 Speed 252 Sp Attack and the rest on defense
Nasty Plot: Use this move once and you will lose your focus sash but your special attack will be almost 400 after you use this

Flamethrower: Covarage for grass/ice types

Grass knot: Covarage for Water/ground types

Shadow Ball: Covarage for Psychic/Poison types and for STAB and chance to lower special defense
Try this out and you will have a Zoroark with over 330 speed and if you use Nasty Plot with 252 Sp Attack EVs you will get over 360 Sp Attack.

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Coverage not Covarage and we usually use it at weakness not a move's super effective type.
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Zoroark

@Expert Belt
Ability:Illusion
Brave Nature

Night Daze-STAB and has a chance to lower accuracy
U-turn-Works well with the ability
Aerial Ace-Type Coverage/Doesn't miss
Focus Blast-Steel type coverage

Fling
Aerial Ace
Foul Play
Flamethrower

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Most of the time I use Zoroark in Doubles so this set is more of a Doubles set, but it can still be used in Singles well.

US/UM Shenanigans Set:
Salty (Zoroark) (M) @Toxic Orb/Black Sludge
Ability: Illusion
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 HP / 252 Spd
Nature: Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
Moves
-Night Daze (STAB+Signature Move+High chance of lowering target's accuracy)
-Focus Blast (Coverage)
-Flamethrower (Deals with Bug)
-Trick (Set Gimmick)
Suggested Disguise: Delphox

Trick is the key to this strategy. On the first turn you have Zoroark out you trick your item onto an opponent. Try to figure out which Pokemon has the best item to steal and/or who would be crippled the most by Toxic Orb/BlackSludge,
i.e. if there's an opposing Dusclops on the field, use Trick on it; it'll most likely have an Eviolite you could steal to lessen the Dusclops' stalling potential. If you're playing Doubles I suggest having the other lead Pokemon have Frisk to scout the opponents' items.
The reason I suggest Delphox as the disguise is that Delphox learns Trick, Focus Blast, and Flamethrower. A key to a good Zoroark strategy is to have it disguised as a Pokemon that can learn the majority of your Zoroark's moveset. This way opponents won't immediately be suspicious when you use your Zoroark.
Save Night Daze for later in battle/when you get hurt, so you don't immediately give away your illusion
Another suggested second lead (Doubles) or just a lead with Zoroark being the second Pokemon (Singles) aside from a Frisk Pokemon is a Pokemon that can set up Psychic Terrain. This is entirely because priority moves such as Fake Out are this Zoroark's worst nightmare,
i.e. first turn your Zoroark is hit with Fake Out before it can Trick; not only is your Illusion busted but you will be badly poisoned from the Toxic Orb. This is a scenario you do not want.

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Here is my shiny team’s sweeper.
[email protected] specs
Nature:Modest(mine has rash, but modest is better, if you can get it)
EVs:252 sp.atk 252 speed 4 hp
•Night Daze:STAB, signature move, good power.
•Focus blast:covers ice,steel,rock,and normal
•Flamethrower:also covers ice and steel and covers bug and grass
•Grass Knot:covers water,ground,and rock. Awesome against Kyogre and groudon.

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Night daze is inaccurate. Run dark pulse instead
You can use dark pulse if you prefer dark pulse but the 40% chance to lower opponent’s accuracy and 5 higher power and the fact it is his signature move makes me choose night daze. 95 accuracy is still almost perfect accuracy.
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Zoroark @ Focus Sash
Ability: Illusion
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Nasty Plot
- Shadow Ball
- Sludge Bomb
- Dark Pulse

I suggest use it with poison type, first turn someone hit you with psychic move, but it has no effect on Zoroark.

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Physical zoroark
I was researching a strategy and realised zoroarak has the ability to carry it out and get STAB.
Swag master(zoroark)@leftovers
Evs: 252spe/252atk/4hp
Jolly nature
Max speed is essential but adamant is still possible. Can swap some evs into def.
Moves:
-Swagger
hope for them to whack themselves with a hammer
- punishment
Yep. Swag then punishment(for not bowing down to the swag master). Punishment hits with a 100bp or more if you swag more or they boost themselves.
Many other Pokemon can do these strategy, I just chose zoroark as I felt it would be interesting.
- U-turn
Pivot out of any bad situation
- sucker punch/pysch up/sword dance/return /frustration/low kick
Sucker punch - priority
Pysch up/sword dance- to hit harder with punishment and dish more damage with U-turn. Pysch up can get copy opponents boost ( if they boost themselves) but also copies negative ones.
Return/frustration - have you been nice to ur Pokemon?
Low kick - coverage.there are few other options.

Other items like life orb, berries(no juice), and many others are good but no choice or assault vest.

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EVs on Special Attack and speed
Ability: Illusion
Nature: Modest
Item: Expert Belt
Moveset:
Night Daze-STAB
Extrasensory-Coverage
Flamethrower-Coverage
Nasty Plot-Setup

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Special [email protected] Orb(?)
Nature: Hasty (+Speed, -Defense) or Timid (+Speed, -Attack)
EVs: 252 Sp. Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Trait: Illusion
Role: Special Sweeper

Moves:

Night Daze: STAB, has a good chance of lowering opponents accuracy
Nasty Plot: Increases Sp. Attack by 2 stages.
Flamethrower: Covers Bug weakness, good power
Extrasensory or Focus Blast: Extrasensory covers Fighting weakness. Focus Blast has really bad accuracy, but has really good power. I would go with Extrasensory.

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why hasty over timid when you aren't running a mixed set?
Well no real reason. I just like my Zoroark's Hasty.