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If you have a good competitive moveset for Excadrill, 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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Likely tier: Underused
"Likely tier: Underused" 6 months later...
Real Tier Overused 6 months even later....
And Uber even later!
Meh. It wouldn't be there if not for Sand Rush. I use a Mold Breaker Scarf Set.
Though I use an awesome one I would say OVERUSED

18 Answers

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Excadrill (M) @ Air Balloon

Trait: Sand Rush

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Swords Dance
  • X-Scissor
  • Rock Slide
  • Earthquake
My favorite moveset for my favorite Pokemon!!! :D
Youre a pro a movesets. I am interested in how you do it, and how good you are in the game.
You're awesome, dude.
Omg I beat the leage for with this pokemon and this moveset!!!! (I didnt mean I deafeted the whole elite 4 with only this pokemon)
I prefer using brick break over swords dance because I think excadrill is a perfect revenge killer in sandstorm. This allows him to come in and KO through screens, as well as hitting hard against levitating steel types. While swords dance is useful when it can be set up, a choice band excadrill in sand storm can OHKO a large portion of the meta game
trachy, i know this is an old awnser, but still, please, admins, do not delete it. i just want to tell you can use STAB iron head instead of rock slide which is more powerful, accurate, and has a better or same ( i don't remember) chance of flinching.
4 votes

A Pokemon that I have considered for my main team, although its typing would leave me to have too many like weaknesses, meaning it was out of consideration at that point. It also has surprisingly poor defensive stats for a Steel type.

Ability: Sand Throw

EVs: Speed, Attack, HP Nature: Jolly

Sandstorm: While the damage to the foe is nice, the main point of this is to increase Speed. While it has decent Speed, most foes will still be abl to outrun it without Sand Throw.

Swords Dance: Allows for an attack increase also.

Earthquake: STAB. Incredible move.

Rock Slide: Useful to have the flinch, due to this guy usually being able to go first.

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Excadrill (M) @ Air Balloon
Trait: Sand Force or Sand Rush
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Hone Claws
- Drill Run
- Rock Slide
- Metal Claw

Most of the time you can get away with running Sand force and fake your opponent into thinking you have Sand Rush.

All moves benefit with either ability. Hone Claws jacks your attack from the start and fixes all of your accuracy issues. Drill run gets STAB and a good crit chance. that crit chance is probably the only reason you would ever consider running it over earthquake. ( excluding the fact that drill run has a cool animation and it's excadrill's signature )

rock slide is coverage. Metal Claw is STAB and a decent chance to boost your attack. between STAB and Sand Force is can actually do some decent damage too!

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@ Smooth Rock/Expert Belt
Ability: Sand Rush
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP
Swords Dance
Shadow Claw

Earthquake is pretty predictable, but that does not stop it from being a powerful move with 100 accuracy.
Sandstorm is to raise speed, you can opt for Smooth Rock to make it last if you want.
Swords Dance is practically icing on the cake, and Shadow Claw hits those Ghosties in the Uber Teir(I'm looking at you, Giratina).
Expert Belt adds more juice to Super Effective moves.

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Here is what I think: Ability: Sand Rush
Item: Earth plate

Earthquake-Strongest ground type move and STAB
Rock slide-Deals with flying types and some others too
Sandstorm-Because of its ability Sand Rush
Swords Dance-It can raise its attack which can be very helpful

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Excadrill Adamant nature with Focus Sash. Sand Rush ability with Tyranitar or Hippowdon on your team
Move Set
Sword Dance
Rapid Spin-To get rid of the field hazard right after a Sword Dance boost.
Earthquake-STAB and to kill those fire or E-quake rock types who dare go against Excadrill.
Iron Head-STAB Plus a chance to flinch opponent.

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Excadrill is a fast and powerful ground/steal type with poor defenses how ever here's what I think is the best moveset at least for a sweeper

first it's ability should be sand rush with it's already high speed it's doubled in a sandstorm meaning it's moving first unless speed priority moves are in play or very rarely quick claw

second EV's in speed and attack it will be worth it

third move set

first swords dance to raise is attack power by 2 stages

second earth quake fora high power almost never miss STAB move

third X-Scissor for a high power bug move with can cripple and psychic or dark type

forth iron head for a second high power STAB move why not sandstorm? I love Tyranitar that's why

finally a hold item the quick claw just to be a even bigger jerk to people

What about nature? Adamant or jolly?
I love this set!
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i love this Monty mole with wolverine claws
EV's in speed and attack
adamant nature +attack -SP attack
ability sand rush doubles speed is sandstorm
swords dance
iron head.
why no sandstom you might ask. I LOVE TYRANTIAR!

1 vote

Excadrill (M) @ Smooth Rock
Ability: Sand Force
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Atk / 8 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Iron Head
- Rock Slide
- Sandstorm

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Wall breaker and sweeper

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Ability: Mold Breaker/ Sand rush
Item: Life Orb
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Nature: Jolly/Adamant
Iron head
Swords dance
rock slide/X-scissor/shadow claw

This thing is really scary. Even without SD, it can do serious damage. Let this thing set-up even one SD, and it'll have a chance of wrecking your entire team. It can be insanely good on sandstorm teams, thanks to the access of Sand Rush. (which outspeeds everything with a Jolly nature),

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Excadrill (M) @ Air Balloon
Trait: Sand Rush
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

Rock Slide
Brick Break
Swords Dance

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ability:sand rush
nature: jolly
ev-252 atk 252 speed 4 hp
moves- sandstorm-upgrades speed with sand rush, 50% increase in sp.def and takes advantage of ground typing

        earthquake- main STAB, 100 base power
        rock slide- takes care of pesky flying types that are immune to earthquake
        swords dance- makes excadrill destroy any Pokemon not immune to its attacks
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Excadrill @ Metal Plate/Quick Claw

Ability: Sand Force

EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Speed, 4 Sp. Def

Adamant nature (Atk+/Sp. Atk -)


Drill Run: Chance of critical hits, STAB

Metal Claw: Chance for boost of ATK stat, STAB

Swords Dance: Sharp boost of ATK stat

Earthquake: High power, hits mult. foes, STAB

(I would prefer to pair this with a Tyranitar because of the Sandstream ability to utilize the Sand Force ability. Also make sure Tyranitar holds an Air Balloon to prevent damage from Earthquake usage.)

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Item: earth plate
Ability: mold breaker
EVs: 4 Sp Atk, 252 Atk, 252 Def

Move set:

Earthquake- STAB most powerful ground move
Rock slide- Coverage
Swords dance- SUPER ATTACK
Rapid spin- This is a competitive excadrill

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Excadrill @ Leftovers
Ability: Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Iron Head
- Stealth Rock
- Rapid Spin

Good as a lead to get rocks up and prevent other team from getting their hazards up. Earthquake and Iron Head are STAB. Mold Breaker is great for getting super-effective damage on Gengar and Rotom-Wash in OU.

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Ah, Excadrill, One of my favorite Pokemon!

Pokemon: Excadrill
Item: @Leftovers
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -Sp. Atk)
Ability: Sand rush
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Speed


Poison Jab: Poison jab has good power, Takes out Grass types and Fairy types AND has a 30% chance of Poisoning the opponent!,

-Earthquake: GREAT power and its a STAB move,.

-Metal Claw: STAB move and takes care of Ice types, rock types and fairy types, plus it has a 10% chance of Raising your Atk by 6+!.

-Rock Slide/Swords dance: Rock slide for flying types, bug types, ice types and fire types, Or you can go for swords dance, which sharply raises your attack!

Well thats what I have for excadrill, hope this moveset helps.

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1 Skull Bash
2 Hidden Power
3 Hyper Beam
4 Earthquake

How does this make sense?
It's special attack is too low for hidden power and hyper beam to make sense
Why you people sooo mean!  XD 3 downvotes
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I think that Excadrill is a great choice for your team, and you should keep it to help in the Elite Four. Here is a moveset that I think is the best for Excadrill:

Fissure PP. 5

Drill run PP. 5

Horn drill PP. 10

Sandstorm PP. 10

Fissure is a great move, but usually only works on slower Pokemon. Sandstorm is a great move also, and it does damage to your enemy. It also boosts your speed stat IF you have the ability Sand Rush, but if you have Sand Force ability, then it raises the power of Rock, Steel, and Ground types by 30%. Drill Run and Horn Drill are also good moves, seeing as that they are powerful in themselves.

Hope this helped!

That is awful, tons of ghosts can wall it and OHKO moves are terrible
give it hone claws
+ accuracy mold breaker OHKO.
once you start, you can't stop