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Awful movepool. Unless there's an error in our dex it only learns 19 TMs?!
Doubles or Singles?

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Trachy Suggesting HP? Hang on, Better pour some water on my face....

Course my set will pretty weird too....

Acupressure/Growth: Hope you have some luck for a speed boost or some stat rosen(or is it risen) thats decent.... Or Growth can raise Attack and SA.

Grass Knot/Giga Drain: I Wish everyone would stop forgetting of Giga Drains AWESOME NEW POWER!

Spikes: Yay.....

Toxic/Leech Seed: Support Your Team mates, or try to get some damage here...

Not forgotten, just useless with Water Absorb. Also Grass Knot would be more useful.
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I happen to love this prickly little guy, and even though they don't have much to work with, I came up with two movesets that I think have some potential!

Maractus @ Sitrus Berry
Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 4 Def
• Cotton Guard
• Seed Bomb
• Drain Punch
• Knock Off

You aren't get anywhere with Special Defense, so being physically tanky with good HP and Defense is the way to go. Cotton Guard drastically buffs Maractus's defense and since it only takes two turns to max out your defense, having to switch out against a special attacker while you are fully set up isn't so taxing. Knock Off will get rid of your opponents items and Drain Punch will provide consistent sustain, stacking well with Water Absorb and Maractus's Sitrus Berry. Finally, having a strong STAB attack is the perfect way to round out this moveset.

Maractus @ Leftovers
Storm Drain
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Atk, 4 Def
• Spiky Shield
• Cotton Guard
• Giga Drain
• Toxic/Accupressure

Cotton Guard returns for this moveset and pairs well with Spiky Shield, which will punish contacting physical attackers (and Draining Kiss, most likely from a Triage Comfey) who dare to try and get through your defenses. Maractus gives up Water Absorb for Storm Drain, boosting it's Special Attack and the new healing option of Giga Drain (along with Leftovers) hit even harder! Since Maractus has such a shallow Special movepool, I'd recommend filling it's last moveslot with a status move like Toxic or Accupressure. Toxic would be useful for wearing down Pokémon who resist Giga Drain or are very bulky, while also pairing nicely with Spiky Shield. Accupressure adds a little random zest to your battle, buffing one random stay for you or your ally in Doubles. If you are running this Maractus in Doubles, I'd recommend running it next to a wall (or just Specially tanky) Pokémon with Surf for Storm Drain. You could also have it run Toxic and Protect to help stall. I recommend Mantine, which could run Roost as it's last move.

These two Maractus make good use of their Abilities and limited movepool. Even though they aren't the strongest Pokémon out there, they could definitely catch your opponent off guard!

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For Singles

Maractus (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Giga Drain
- Leech Seed
- Spiky Shield
- Hidden Power [Fire]

For Doubles

Maractus (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs: 104 Def / 48 SpA / 104 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Synthesis
- Growth
- Solar Beam
- Ingrain

Has a good pairing with a Ninetales in doubles or the Solgaleo set below

Solgaleo @ Heat Rock
Ability: Full Metal Body
EVs: 108 HP / 52 Def / 252 SpA / 52 SpD / 44 Spe
Modest Nature
- Sunny Day
- Solar Beam
- Morning Sun
- Fire Blast

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Why does this guy even exist?!? We have Cacturne! And this guy isn't even a Cacturne, it is worse. I like Cacnea better, at least Cacnea can do some damage in Little Cup. With the standard poor movepool of most Grass types, the only redeaming feature is Water Absorb, which makes it a decent switch in on Water types. However, Water types also have Ice Beam. So not that much of a redeaming feature.

Ability: Water Absorb

EVs: Sp Attack, HP, Defense Nature: Modest

Grass Knot: Since this guy is going to switch in on Water types, why not kill those Bulky Waters?

Hidden Power Rock: To deal with those weaknesses.

Spikes: Once they realize that they can't do much to you (if for some reason they don't have Ice Beam) then switching is likely.

Substitute: Water Absorb will heal you.

cacnea is also cute <3
But Maractus is prettier
maractus looks like some freak
Why didn't they make this better?
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If I must say a moveset for this
crappy copy of Cacturne.
It would be...

  • Giga Drain: Just for a good stab and healing
                at the same time.
  • Acupressure: Ugh, if you have some luck this
                   move can help you.
  • Toxic: For an annoying problem to your
  • Substitute: It will help Maractus to kill your foe
                with Toxic and Hp loss can be healed
                by Giga Drain.
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Maractus (F) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Storm Drain
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SAtk
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Spikes
- Giga Drain
- Cotton Guard
- Hidden Power [Electric]

Why HP electric trachy?
It covers Water ( Already covered ) and Flying.
Why not rock ?
It would cover flying, and it would take out Ice.
I use it to completely counter any Water type. So the ones who resist Grass I now hit with Electric. This guy is a complete Water type counter.
Makes enough since I guess...
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  • Sunny Day
  • Synthesis
  • SolarBeam
  • Cotton Guard / Toxic / HP Rock
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Some people may disagree with me but maractus is BROKEN this thing is evil here is why

[email protected] orb/leftovers

Giga drain

This thing is a monster even if it is a rip off of cacturn it can still rip a hole in your team also this set is recommended for double battles ONLY send it out with a nine tails a charzard y or a groudon and it is unstoppable

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I find that running Maractus as a general physical attacker can work out sometimes

Maractus (F) @ Darkinium Z
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 4 Spd / 252 HP / 252 Atk
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -Special Atk)
- Petal Blizzard
- Sucker Punch
- Drain Punch
- Spiky Shield

Run as a bulky physical attacker, Darkinium Z to surprise opponents with a black hole summoned by a cactus.