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172 votes

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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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)
Wait?You got 164 votes by only posting a question! So,Why your point is only 200 now? It should be 1640.

190 Answers

4 votes

Try Gliscor with toxic orb and poison heal, use facade, then use fling. start using agility.

lots of fun/annoyance!

4 votes

On a Ludicolo, I would say that Leech seed, Substitute, Giga Drain, and Rain Dance with the Rain Dish ability would be a great wall. Since rain dance and leech seed will heal over time and substitute will protect Ludicolo. Giga Drain can be replaced if you want but I like it there since it restores HP.

On a Blissey, I would do Defense Curl, Reflect, Rollout, and Work Up/Tail Whip. Defence curl and Reflect boost defence while Defence Curl also Powers up rollout while work up/tail whip can boost your attack or the enemies defense.( Move tutor is needed for rollout )

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u spell seed wrong
You spelled:You, Spelled:Wrong. And you forgot your period.
Spelling and punctuation doesn't really matter here, as long as people can understand what you're saying.
it does in the answer and questions
4 votes

a pokemon with trick
gallade is best metagross can work as well
gallade uses trick swaps lagging tail
now foe has -7 priority on every move
gallade use focus punch seen as focus punch hits on -5 or -6 you can easy ko the foe with stab fpunch

Trick Room...
trick rooms not so common why was this downvoted it was upvoted the other day
I up voted for you.
No problem :)
4 votes

Mesprit + Mesprit

Pokemon with Skill swap + Pokemon with Poison Heal + U-turn. Pokemon with Skill Swap would need to be faster. Skill swap Poison Heal onto Skill swapper, other pokemon U-turns out into Snorlax or Slaking etc.. Next turn, Snorlax / Slaking uses protect to let it's Toxic Orb activate, partner Skill Swaps Poison Heal onto him.

Mesprit or Mesprit

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This is great! Giving facade will be even better!
3 votes

Focus Sash + Cotton Spore + Destiny Bond

the same as the last one, get a decently speedy pokemon ( i use cacturne ) but still slow, use cotton spore, and now your opponent is slower than you. So you can use destiny bond before they faint you.

3 votes

Use Mean look or a Shadow Tag ability pokemon
then use perish song
then switch
use a move that attacks on the second turn like fly, dig ,ext. or use a double protect or detect,or fake out
do this till the other pokemon faints 3 turns after perish song
repeat the step

  Hope this helps :)
Mean Look/Shadow Tag wears off once you switch.
It'll work,the effects would wear off,but by the time they do,the opponent wouldn't be able to switch.
Wynaut, Wobuffet, gothitelle, and Chandelure are the only pokemon with the ability shadow tag, and I don't believe any of them can learn Perish song.
DT, there's still the possibility of Mean Look.
Yes, but that means your pokemon is gonna take about two hits before finishing then off, and your opponent probably would have switched to something better, so those attacks are likely super effective.
3 votes

Lopunny - Ability:Klutz - Move:Switcheroo - Works well with Burn\Toxic Orb.

Machamp -Ability:No Guard - Move:DynamicPunch - BIG Damage and a chance of confusing that won't miss!

Marowak,Golem,etc - Ability:Rock Head - Move - Double Edge - 120 Damage and NO recoil!

Double Battles.

Electrode,etc + Ghost-Type - Move: Explosion - 250 Damage and your Ghost-Type Ally won't get hurt!

Tyranitar,etc + Flying-Type - Move-Earthquake - Damage opponents BADLY but won't hurt your flying-type ally.

A Pokemon Team Strategy Example

Mr Mime,Pinsir,Glalie

As a Psychic-type,Mr Mime is weak against Dark-Types,that's why Pinsir is there,it's strong against Dark-types as it is a Bug-type,but Pinsir is weak to flying-types,so you send in Glalie as it is strong against flying-types.If your opponent switches to a fighting type to defeat your ice-type Glalie,you send in Mr Mime again.If you build a team this way,you'll be prepared for your opponents' weaknesses even as you guard your own.

For Machamp: A Choice Scarf would work BEAUTIFULLY!!!!
3 votes

I have my Musharna use Hypnosis, then Nightmare, and then just spam Dream Eater. It works, unless the opponent has Early Bird, Vital Spirit, Insomnia, etc.

3 votes

porygon-Z with discharge paired up with electivire, making electivire friggin fast physical sweeper.


skill swap
shadow ball
focus blast


ice beam
charge beam
Hp fire

you can use this set in a double battle against a shedinja
Gardevoir uses skill swap to give trace to Porygon-z, trace copies wonder guard, making porygon-Z unstoppable. Fighting is covered by Psychic from Gardervoir, focus blast for pkemon like Lucario or cobalion.

if Gardevoir gets Wonder guard, Porygon-Z is for coverage.

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And the chances of facing a Shedinja are...?
this is if you are lucky. Even so, this is still a good combo
You can't trace Wonder Guard
Yes you can. you can also roleplay wonder guard
Okay, I was wrong, you can trace it. But you can't Role Play it.
3 votes

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

Ragequit strategy! Nice!
3 votes

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

Lol I love this combo!
3 votes


Encore forces the opposing Pokemon to be stuck with one move, and Disable disables it, forcing them to Struggle.

3 votes

Thunder Wave/Body Slam+Air Slash/Iron Head+Serene Grace

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3 votes


3 votes

Covet+Fling works well.

3 votes

Calm mind+Stored Power

3 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...
3 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
3 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.....

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

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

avalanche and revenge already has decreased priority.