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I breed pokemon in the game and am pretty good at IVs and EVs and such. I have thought of a few good tactics, such as

  • Safe Guard and Outrage/Petal Dance/Thrash (avoids confusion ailment)
  • Mimic and Imprison (permanent Disables last move)
  • Swagger/Flatter and Psych Up/Haze (either gives you upped stats or resets theirs)
  • Defense Curl followed by Roll Out (makes roll out stronger)
  • Rain Dance and Thunder (Thunder never misses)
  • Belly Drum and Rest (works best with a chesto berry. Maximizes attack)
  • Sunny Day and Solar Beam (solar beam no longer needs to charge)
  • Endure and Flail/Reversal (makes the attack moves really strong compared to normal)

What are some of the best move combos that you have found so far? :D
Explain your choices, and why they make good combos.

Please read all the answers before posting, to avoid duplicate answers. Yes, all 100+ of them.

And no full on movesets either, there are separate questions for that :-)

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We already have that combo listed.
Oh. Thanks. (So it *is* a "combo"!)
Wow I never thought this would pass 110...
Exactly 150 upvotes. o3o
I think a snorelax with rest and snore (you can keep hp up and still attack)
supersonic and thunderwave (makes it hard for them to attack)

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Try this set it will trap your opponent completely!
Ok so have a Poke'mon with this moveset:

  • Roost
  • Feather Dance
  • Sucker Punch
  • Taunt

And this set:

  • Mean Look
  • Psychic (Your Choice.)
  • Heal Pulse
  • Earthquake

Set one Strategy:

Here is how you use it Start up with a use Taunt Attack to Make the opponent use offensive moves for sure, Then, use a Feather Dance to lower it's Attack, After that, use a Sucker Punch that is sure to hit, (With alot of Power!). Roost is to heal all the damage it's taken while doing this. Keep doing this for Ultimate power! Try out an Metronome or a Leftovers as an item.

Set two Strategy:

Heal Pulse Just in-case team-mate needs help.
Mean Look Keeps the opponent from switching out & ruining this combo.
Earthquake Covers The Electric Weakness the Flying Poke'mon Team-Mate
has. Psychic is STAB to Gallade.

Needed Poke'mon:
(Set 1.)
Murkrow Honchkrow
Murkrow or Honchkrow

Needed Poke'mon:
(Set 2.)

Hope I Helped! ^_^

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I can switch out, then all that wears off.
well for double battle maybe a poke'mon with mean look...
When you edit the answer, i can see it on the front page. You do not need to comment.
Oh, xD ok
5 votes

One of my favorite troll techniques, the following works very well for sweeping teams, and will almost always make your opponent feel stupid.

Zoroark/Life Orb

EVs: 252 special attack, 252 speed, 4 HP
Nature: timid
Ability: illusion
Nasty plot (boosts for sweeping)
Dark pulse (STAB, more reliable than night daze)
Focus blast
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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Dude, that's a Toxicroak.......
You already have one person fooled it seems. XD
Haha i guess so. XD
it's sarcasm........
Suuuuure it is
I am with Ben. You got fooled XD
Giggity giggity giggity
4 votes

this one only works for a limited amount of pokemon but is very deadly.

meanlook + hypnosis + nightmare + punishment (punishment is to finish them. it is even better with darkrai!)

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Why Punishment?
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Rather annoying i must say commonly people switch out when affected by yawn but also setting up rocks they have a though choice :D

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This is one i like to use you will need a Pokemon with encore though and it has to unaffected the opponents Pokemon that's out in the field, first pokemon needs a focus slash/Ability to allow it to survive/or it being able to survive the first hit, a move to keep the Pokemon in or a ability works too.

step 1:Start the battle and send out a Pokemon that has a weakness against the opponents Pokemon make sure it has a focus slash or a ability that can let it survive or that it can survive on its on.(if the first Pokemon has mean look or anything like that you can use that and skip step 4)

step 2: Switch to the Pokemon that has encore after the first hit and use it.(make sure it can unaffected by the move,not the Pokemon or they will switch,It also has to be faster than the other Pokemon so it cant use a different move).

Step 3:Use encore.

Step 4:Use move to keep Pokemon in(or a ability that keeps them in works too).

Step 5:Have fun making them mad

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Ragequit strategy! Nice!
4 votes

Have 2 Pokemon with Flash Fire (Heatran) use Lava Plume in a Double Battle.

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Lol I love this combo!
4 votes

A pokemon with the ability Hydration having the moves Rain Dance and Rest
Rain dance will cure any status even self-inflicted one, so its like having unlimited chesto berries.
This is the source/from where I got the idea....
Pokemon that can use this combo :

Pokemon with Hydration as Primary ability: [please replace with list instead of images]

Hydration as Hidden Ability: [please replace with list instead of images]

Note : Make the Pokemon hold a Damp Rock for added fun!

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good one but to be fair actually look before you answer :p
yea,sure, next time...
4 votes

Super fang + Brine. Works best in hail/sandstorm or with any residual damage(e.g. burn/fire spin...)

Those that can learn: Carvanha, Sharpedo, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein, Relicanth, Mew.
Best candidates: Mew, Walrein.

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Don't forget about smeargle
4 votes

I couldn't find this one in this list......

Flying Type Pokemon + Flying Gem + Acrobatics

= STAB + 50% extra power + Base 110 damage(flying gem activates before the actual attack)

= 1.5 X 1.5 X 110 = :D

But, if I'm wrong about the fact that this wasn't in the list,please comment.....

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My Mienshao uses this, and he gets a power of 165 (No STAB), so with STAB, its 248 (if the math is correct.)
4 votes

How about Lagging Tail+Payback/Avalanche/Revenge? Or Agility and Electro Ball?

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This could be good for lower tier double battles.
Have one Pokemon such as charizard with belly drum and max speed.
Then have another polemon with follow me holding focus sash
That gives Bellyzard a chance to use belly drum then use a powerfully move next turn without the chance of being killed the first turn unless the foes quiker.
Then Bellyzard uses moves such as earthquake paired up with a flying or levitating Pokemon.

These two could work alright i would recomend if using this strat to have maybe two follow me pokemon one for setup and one such as Togekiss that can support charizard on low health as well as dodge its earthquakes.
Other pokemon work well.

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pokemon not polemon
4 votes

Double Battle Strategy:
Use This With A Poke'mon That Knows Spite.
Use This With A Poke'mon That Knows Trump
Card. Ok So First Use Trump Card And After
Use Spite, Spite Will Lower The PP To Make
It Stronger And It Should Reach A Power
In The Range Of: 8O Which Is A Mostly
Double Battle Strategy AND, My
Best Candidates Are:

For Spite:

![][1] ![][2] & ![][3] ![][4]

For Trump Card:

![][5] ![][6] & ![][7] ![][8]

Hope I Helped! :)

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This strategie kills and if these two pokemon are your leads you can sweep entire teams.
(Only for use in double battles)
Ok so looking back at this strategie it works similar to Pikas idea where you spam surf with Gastrodon, just this is an idea thats leading off from my bum bait idea and this hits twice as hard.

Heatran (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd (394 SAtk and 339 Spd)
Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
- Eruption
- Flamethrower
- Earth Power
- Dragon Pulse

Typhlosion (F) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd (317 SAtk and 439 Speed)
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Eruption
- Flamethrower
- Extrasensory
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Okay a Flamethrower from a Heatran hurts but an Eruption is deadly and as is Typhlosions.
So Typhlosion uses Eruption unfortunatly it gets reduced by 25% (Because of new gen5 double battle mechanics) but it is still dealing deadly damage thanks to stab and its sheer power.
This will hit all pokemon very hard already even taking around 25% off pokemon resisting it and the fact that it hits the whole field is a plus because not only are you hitting 2 opponents very hard but you also are giving Heatran a free 50% boost on its next move.
Now you have managed to suvive an Eruption from a Typhlosion with 317 SAtk now can you take an Eruption from a Heatran with 394 SAtk as well as having a 50% boost on a stab attack with 112 base power (Stupid new double battle mechanics) alowing it to deal super effective damage on a neutral effected pokemon.
Heatran is also scarfed making this couple a very hard double team to take down and if you manage that you will possibly loose many pokemon as the result.
But it can be countered but if you alow it to take your first two pokemon you have a few problems.
This is because now typhlosion gets a boost for its next eruption.
(Note that when using the Heatran set it is using quiet as that is the only compatible nature with Heatran that can leagally abuse Eruption)

Ok so Cresselia is common in double battles and posses no threat to the strat so its a good example.
Typhlosions(first Eruption on a calm 252 Hp 252 SDef) 21.8% - 25.9%
Heatrans(Now has flash fire boost) 40.8% - 48.2%
Okay now ive given you them stats you may be thinking thats rubbish but this Cresselia is the best special wall from Ou and down excluding Blissey and Chansey who are never used in double battles.
Heatran (Now on standard Zapdos) 124.6% - 147%
Remember that Zapdos has good SDef.

But nothing will suvive 3 Eruptions and ecen if they do there is over a 70% chance of a burn to finish them off but i doubt anything will suvive more than two.

Its good to use these pokemon as leads to avoid the uncommon rocks but ive been using them later on in the team a sive been using sun which brings there power to insane levels, but does decrease the chance of them being on the field at full hp at the same time.

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Interesting... But don't forget E-Quake!!!
Quiet and Scarfed? You mean Timid, right?
Just have to say, add Sun.
Palkia and Kyogre will dominate this, but it's pretty cool! AFter all, all combos have their counters...
Only quiet heatran can learn eruption, thanks to TrollFreak
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OK, this is pretty ballsy, but i think it could be fun.
This is a Double Battle Strategy!!

First, you get Exeggutor with Harvest & then your choice of Groudon or Ninetales(Drought).


Exeggutor (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Harvest
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

- Skill Swap
- SolarBeam
- Stun Spore
- Psychic

Ninetales (M) @ Custap Berry
Trait: Drought
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
IVs: 0 HP 0 Def 0 SpDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

- Endure
- Dark Pulse
- Flamethrower
- SolarBeam

Groudon @ Custap Berry
Trait: Drought
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd
IVs: 0 HP 0 Def 0 SpDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

- Endure
- Hammer Arm
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake

So here is what you do:

You send out Exeggutor and, for now, Ninetales. Ninetales uses Endure while Exeggutor uses Skill Swap on Ninetales(weather is already set up, so it won't matter.) Now, Ninetales has Harvest. Most likely, people want to take out weather leads, so it is knocked down to 1 HP or whatever as long as it is below 25%. Exeggutor is done. Now, next turn, Ninetales' Custap Berry will activate allowing it to go first. With Harvest, it will get the berry back every turn(as long as it is Sunny). Give it any attacks you think are good.


This can work on any Pokemon that can learn Endure. I just chose Ninetales & Groudon because of the instant sun. So if you choose a non-Drought Pokemon, setup sun beforehand.
Try using a Pokemon with low overall bulk. Groudon might not work too well because of his natural bulk, but hey.

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I like that Ninetales has Flash Fire :P
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Good for stealing other teams advantages

1.Have a pokemon that has skill swap
2.You just so happened to run into a rain/hail/sand storm/sun team
3.wait until he switches some of his pokemon that can gain stats in certain weathers like swift swim/sand rush/snow cloak/solar power
4.use skill swap and BAM!! you ended up getting the advantage

The chances of success are very low but higher in certain tiers like NU

NOTE:make sure the pokemon with skill swap can take some hit just in case their pokemon is faster than you and can hit hard

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Have a pokemon with pickpocket such as weavile hold a rare bone (100 fling damage) and teach it fling. You use fling and then there is a good chance that you pickpocket the foe's item, letting either reuse fling, or keep it if it is beneficial, or does very little fling damage.

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Encore + Torment. Like Mew's Encore + Disable, but more Pokemon can learn :)

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Put a Metronome as an item on a Poke'mon and then use either
Rollout or Ice Ball. Metronome will power it up since it was used
Consecutively. Not many will agree that Rollout/Ice Ball are Good
Choices of moves but I suggest you should still try this.

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Or use a choice band/scarf
OK ^_^
Fury Cutter too
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The cruel Thief + Fling. Steal an item, then chuck it at them!

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+1 for comedy value, even though it's probably not that effective in battle.
Lol Amazing  combo!
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Swagger + Mean Look/Spider Web + Screech.

Galvantula Watchog Umbreon and Smeargle can use this combo

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Umbreon can
Thanks I'll edit it right now.
plenty of others as well.