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If you have a good competitive moveset for Archeops, 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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Archeops Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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OK here is a Physical set for the hell of it. Archeops has the 3rd highest non-legendary Attack so we can probably KO a good few pokemon before HP falls.

Nature: Jolly/Adamant
EVs: Attack+Speed
Item: Flying Gem

  • Acrobat - Flying Gem activates before the move used so we get the 110 base power!
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • Endeavor (assuming we can survive one hit) or alternatively, U-Turn to make a quick exit.
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Archeops is a beast, and the main point of Archeops is the hit hard, and hit fast.

Archeops (Any gender)

-Ability: Defeatist (Deal with it, you have no choice)

-Nature: Adamant

-Item: Flying Gem


Acrobatics - STAB and Flying Gem Boost = App. 124 Base Power (The Flying Gem activates before the move is used, so that's how you get the boost. After the Flying Gem is used up, Archeops can still hit hard with Acrobatics)

Steel Wing/ U-Turn = 70 Base Power (Though it's not much, steel wing can sometimes boost your defence, and U-turn can make for a quick exit)

Rock Slide - STAB = App. 113 Base Attack (Great move, and will often make the target(s) flinch, since Archeops is likely to go first. Also a great help against ice types)

Earthquake - 100 Base Power (How does a bird create an earthquake I do not know, but this move is awesome with Archeops. Great type coverage: Steel, Electric, and Rock. Three opponents of Archeops.

As for Ev's max out Attack, and Speed, since your going to be mostly using them. The rest can go into HP and the Defences.

Hope this helps!

This is a great moveset
Amazing move set just saying acrobatics is not base 124 with flying gem an stab. Really it's 55X2 so 110 then for flying gem it's 110X 1.5=165 then with stab 165X1.5=247.5so that is pretty powerful.
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Archeops (M) @ Flying Gem

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

  • Acrobatics
  • Stone Edge
  • Earthquake
  • Roost

Roost. -Screams for joy-

You know that Archeops can only learn roost in Black and White 2?
Yeah, and since many battles take place on online battle simulators, we have access to Black and White 2 moves.
But that only works for online battle simulators or not?
Exactly. The main point of these movesets. They are for use in Battle Simulators such as Pokemon Showdown! and Pokemon Online.
Ok I didn't you because I'm new here as you can see and thank you for telling me.
Ok, well here's my Archeops:

Ability: Defeatist

Nature: Modest

EVs: Sp. Atk+Speed

Item: Wise Glasses

**-AncientPower    STAB + 10% to raise all stats
-Earth Power      Coverage and 10% chance to lower Sp. Def.
-Focus Blast       More Coverage and 10% chance to lower Sp. Def.
-Hidden Power (Ice)**    **Coverage aginst Gliscor, Dragonite and the like that could wall it**.
I don't know about it Mew. He has pretty low defenses, most Pokemon with lower him down to at least half HP in 1 hit.
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Stone Edge: STAB
Earthquake: coverage
Dragon Claw: coverage
U-turn or Acrobatics:exit-STAB

Earth Power: coverage
Dragon Pulse: coverage
Hidden PowerGrass: coverage
Ancientpower: STAB

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Archeops (M) @ Choice Band

Trait: Defeatist

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Rock Slide
  • U-turn
  • Earthquake
  • Aerial Ace
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Let's see if we can get a good Mixed set out of this prehistoric monster...

Archeops (M) @ Flight Gem
Trait: Defeatist
EVs: 16 Atk / 240 SAtk / 252 Spd
Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)
- Acrobatics
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Hidden Power [Grass]

Evs make each Attack stat 319. That's pretty good. Acrobatics is a given STAB, and with the Flying Gem, it takes out bulky Fighting types like Conkeldurr easy. Rock Slide is also STAB, and also covers Ice weakness, which is pretty nifty. Earthquake is AWESOME, and covers other Rock types, along with Electric and Steel types. HP Grass completes this prehistoric monster by covering levitating Rock types, and covering Water types. Also covers Ground types in case of Gravity and if this guy survives Smack Down. You gotta admit, this set is pretty unexpected...

It's called a flying gem
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Archeops (F) @ Choice Band

Trait: Defeatist

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Stone Edge
  • Earthquake
  • Dragon Claw
  • U-Turn

Stone Edge gives a nice 150 base power on top of archeops 568 attack stat with choice band (!!!!)
Earthquake gives nice coverage.
Dragon Claw is there for dragon that think they can come in and start boosting with dragon dance and get away with it.
U-Turn is nice scouting, it gives some coverage as well.

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Don't you think that you should have a flying type move?
Flying is unnecessary STAB for this guy.
Acrobatics is nice but a bit questionable on a choice set.
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My fav RU attacker is right here! he does kinda suck, but with a good set, he can shine!

Archeops @ Flying Gem
252 Atk/ 4 Def/ 252 Spe

Head Smash

Simple, yet effective, and super effective! He can pick his move of choice to hopefully OHKO the opponent. If he doesn't OHKO them, then he maims them for life! Head Smash is STAB and hits like a freight train. Anything that does not resist it dies. Acrobatics is also STAb and BAWS with the flying gem. Earthquake completes the EdgeQuake set. And U-Turn is for scouting and hitting a lot of stuff really hard.

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My prefered Archeops (offensive) moveset.

Nature: Adamant
EVs: Attack and Speed
Item Held: Flying Gem

Move 1- Acrobatics (Flying) PP: 15 ACC: 100 PWR: 55+Good DMG if opponent has no item 
Move 2- Dragon Claw (Dragon) PP: 15 ACC: 100 PWR: 80
Move 3- Earthquake (Ground) PP: 10 ACC: 100 PWR: 100
Move 4- Rockslide (Rock) PP: 10 ACC: 90 PWR: 75

Items to use on Archeops/EVs: Protein (+Attack) Carbos (+Speed)

Explanation to Item/Moveset

Archeops has been one of my favorite and most used Pokemon in the Black and White series of games. This moveset and items are mostly for an offensive attack first, and attack hard kind of Archeops. (like someone said previously) The move Acrobatics is a good move to have for this guy. Combined with the Flying Gem item which will boost its attack, this move has a 55 base power + more damage if your enemy has no held item. The move inflicts even more damaged if used with the Flying Gem item making it one of the best Flying type move/item combo in the game. Also this move has STAB.
The next move Dragon Claw is also good because its 80 base damage may not be strong but this move is a good finisher/backup type move. Its Dragon type also adds alot of move combos and offensive possibilities. This move can be replaced by almost any move you want because its the last choice/replaceable move. Earthquake is a brilliant move to have Archeops learn because of the coverage it gives this Pokemon. It inflicts tremendous damage against three of this guys weaknesses. Ice/Electric/Rock. The last move Ive been using with my Archeops is Rockslide. Along with the STAB this move is good against Ice types which are one of Archeop's most dangerous foes.

Thats my moveset for this sweet poke

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Little Cup moveset for Archen. :)

Archen @ Leftovers
Trait: Defeatist
252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
Adamant Nature
Rock Slide
Attract/Knock Off

Pluck is great in LC, as you may know. U-Turn gets it away from Defensive Walls, Rock Slide is STAB, and I figured Attract could buy it some time to get around Defeatist, especially when coupled with the wonderful item Leftovers.
I might post a Tailwind set later. :)

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Little cup? Do you mean archen?
A) EVs are different in LC

B) Archeops cannot compete in LC
*facepalm* sorry guys, I meant Archen.
And WTH do you mean about the EVs?
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Mixed Archeops
Archeops @ Flying Gem
Ability: Defeatist
EVs: 172 Atk / 80 SAtk / 252 Spd
Hasty Nature
- Acrobatics
- Earthquake/Earth Power/Focus Blast
- Stone Edge
- Heat Wave/Hidden Power Ice

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Thanks to Archeops ability, once this thing gets below half HP its Attack + Special Attack stats are cut in half meaning it's left useless for the rest of the battle. This set is a PokeBank OU set. If Archeops got any other ability other than Defeatist it would be all over the place with it's immense 140 base Attack stat along with 112 base Special Attack and 110 base Speed which are certainly not bad.

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Archeops @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Defeatist
Nature: Naive
252 Atk / 4 SpAtk / 252 Spe

- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Head Smash / U-Turn
- Heat Wave

Because Flying Gem is currently unavailable in Gen VI I have given it a Scarf, which isn't too bad anyway although the Flying Gem + Acrobatics combination is Archeops best bet. With this he plays a 'Hit + Run' style game as you switch/U-Turn into something that threatens you after dishing out hits. Unfortunately this set doesn't feature a Flying type move, this is because it can't take advantage of Acrobatics the best one turn Flying type attack it learns, you could run Sitrus Berry and hope you can get passed half your HP so you're intact with the 140 Attack avoiding Defeatist but that is very risky and you'll find Archeops a waste on your team. And yes you can carry Roost and Sitrus Berry but let's not forget how frail Archeops is with its poor HP and Defensive stats. You probably won't survive with more than half your HP from any one none resisted hit.

You need the Choice Scarf to ensure that you are out-speeding any none Scarfer on their team as you want to avoid taking hits or your Attack will be reduced to an average 70 base. Naive Nature to take advantage of its Special Attack stat. This set runs the Edge-Quake combination giving it nice coverage and a STAB Stone Edge. Head Smash is completely overkill, however it contributes towards losing his health activating Defeatist but the combination of the 140 base Attack stat and Head Smash's 150 base power it is going to OHKO anything not resisting it. Or you can use Archeops as a scout and leave dents on the opponent with U-Turn if you don't like the recoil. Heat Wave may seem weird but it helps with Pokemon such as Ferrothorn, Foretress and even things like Scizor.

Unfortunately for Archeops its ability is what kills it and ultimately a Pokemon like Aerodactyl another Flying/Rock type has access to a Mega evolution and doesn't have awful abilities such as Defeatist which definitely doesn't help. I don't think Roost is a viable option with Archeops as you're not going to get the chance to safely Roost a lot and priority Aqua Jets and Bullet Punches from Azumarill, Scizor & Lucario respectively are too common and too much of a problem. I guess with this set you just have to know how and when to use it. High risk high reward.

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I believe Archeops is highly underrated. It has a 567 base stat for goodness sake. Here's a Physical Attacker Set

[email protected] Gem
Ability: Defeatist
Nature: Adamant (Atk Up, Sp. Atk Down)
EV's: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 Def

Acrobatics (STAB, boosted by Flying Gem)
Stone Edge (STAB and Power, covers Ice weakness)
Earthquake (Power, covers Rock, Steel and Electric weaknesses)
U-Turn/Aerial Ace/Ancient Power (All depends if you want another STAB move, or to get out quickly.)

Overall, Archeops is a beast. He can smash anything when used properly. Highly underrated.

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Hit hard, hit fast, hit the Gen 6 meta game like a boss

Mother goose
@Sitrus berry
Naughty nature (+Atk -Sp Def)
252 Atk 252 Spd 4 Hp

Earthquake - is earthquake and part one
Stone edge - is STAB and part two
Brave bird - is super strong and to deal with the recoil...
Roost - Hallelujah!

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alright, this thing basically has no chance so your only hope is to try to get it as fast as possible

Gen 7
Abillity: Defeatist
Nature: Jolly
Item: Choice Scarf
4 HP EVs
252 Attack EVs
252 Speed EVs

Dragon Claw
Rock Slide

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Item=Assult Vest/Flying Gem
Ev's=252 Speed and 252 Attack
Purpose= Archeops is very quick and can hit hard
Rating=NU.. somehow

Moveset=Acrobatics Very good coverage and STAB + Flying gem = Ouch
U-Turn Makes a quick escape and a bit of coverage
Rock Slide STAB+Coverage
E-Quake Deals with the fire types and is a powerful move that you can trust.

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Ok Archeops is a beast and I have one in my 3Ds.
EVs:Attack,Special Attack,Speed
Ability:Defeatist(no choice,you gotta stick to it)
Item:Nil (Acrobatics' power decreases when you put an item,no use if you put flying gem,it is only for 1 turn)
•Rock Slide
•U-turn (in case you need to get a quick exit)
•Drangon Claw/Crunch (both are very strong moves,but you can only choose one,unless you get rid of U-Turn,but I recommend Crunch if there is already a dragon type in your team,so the last move is a tough choice,so you will choose it yourself) Good Luck!

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Archeops is pure strategy, having insane offensive status and great speed, while medium defenses. I have a TROLL counter for defeatist. take a look

[email protected] WEAKNESS POLICY xD (that is my troll counter, while if taking a super effective hit it got the stat boost, completely countering defeatist ,and, if it doesn't take a super effective hit, it's bulky enough to survive a hit and sweep the opponent after it. that if it doesn't attack first)

Trait: defeatist xC (unfortunately is the only ability it can have, but I already got the counter)

EV: 4HP, 252 ATK and 252 SPA (we need to max out those stats in ANY way, we can't boost speed)

Nature: Lonely (it has more weakness designed to use special moves that weakness designed to use physical moves, so it will need the special defense)


Hone Claws (needs the accuracy boost for stone edge, plus more attack boost for even more defeatist counter)
Stone Edge (cant use head smash cuz of defeatist)
Acrobatics (after Weakness Policy it becomes a BEAST move)
Dragon Pulse (special type coverage move)

With so much defeatist counters, it doesn't really have a disadvantage xD
Enjoy Trolling xD