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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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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.

192 Answers

3 votes

Rest+Shed skin=Full heal!!
(Every turn, it has a 1 in 3 chance of healing from a status condition like sleep)

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2 votes

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.
2 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.
2 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!!!!
2 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.
2 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!
2 votes

Double strategy.

Have two Pokemon. Have one know Skill-swap and the other have the ability Intimidate. When sent out they will cut the opponents Attack. Then use Skill-swap and they will lower there Attack again. You can repeat this process again and again thus crippling users of Rock-slide, Earthquake Etc.


Note: This strategy can work with any pair with Intimidate and Skill-swap, Scrafty and Alakazam are not required.

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I would recommend having one of the Pokemon that you use being able to take on Special attackers as well to make it more effective.
multi hit moves: EQ, surf, have their power reduced by 25% in doubles/triples
Earthquake and Rock-slide are still very common, they can still be fairly strong Intimidate really helps sometimes.
2 votes

To eliminate the threat of weather leads eliminating your weather, get a Pokemon with the Move Entrainment as it gives them a different ability for the remainder of the battle thus making your weather dominate.

I use Loppuny myself, Durant is better but with Traunt is WAY too Haxy.

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2 votes

Thunder Wave + Hex + Smelling Salt
Hypnosis/Dark Void/ Sleep Powder + Hex + Wake-Up Slap

Annoys your foes!

2 votes

Substitute and Disable.
Works great for fast Pokemon like Gengar.

2 votes

Cosmic Power + Bide
Cosmic Power makes your Pokemon bulkier, and be able to take more damage and return it with Bide with 2X power.

wouldnt increasing bulk cause you to take less damage per attack which would cause you to return less damage ? the only way to make bide stronger would be to increase the hp of a pokemon which can be done by using wish
I think the idea with this one is to be able to survive more hits. If you have lower defense the opponent might KO you before you get to retaliate.
2 votes

In Triple/Double battles have pokemon with the ability Storm Drain.The best choose is

Then use again and again Surf .While you are hitting the foe, your Gastrodon is getting more Sp.Att. and the power of Surf is awesome.Also when Gastrodon hits,gets STAB.Works best in Triple Battles .

That's why I love Surf.

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I also love SURF, and GASTRIDONS!
2 votes

Here is a nice troll.
You need Zoroark, Mismagius, and Lucario.
1st turn: Lead with Zoroark(Sashed), and Mismagius last. Use Nasty Plot.
2nd turn: They see ghost, so they switch to dark. Use Focus Blast!
3rd turn: Use it again, they attack and see it is Zoroark, so they switch to fighting.
4th turn: Switch to Mismagius. They Switch.
5th turn: Switch to Lucario with Justified. Use Hi Jump Kick.

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Double Battle.

Zapdos and Gyarados

Have Zapdos have the Ability Lightning-rod and Gyarados Intimidate is better IMO for this but Moxie is also great.

Now Gyarados has only 1 weakness and anytime someone tries to use an Electric move on Gyarados, Zapdos gets a boost. Also if you use Intimidate your Pokemon get great bulk with both of them already having good base S.Defense they get an effective boost to their Defense. Because of this boost it actually safe to use D-dance on Gyarados to make him fast and have an even Higher Attack.

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Gyarados is weak to rock.
Yes, I said "has only one weakness" that weakness is rock. His electric weakness is nullified by Zapdos' Lightning-rod.
I need better reading skills.....
first: You can't legitly get a zapdos with lightning rod.

second: If you switch into zapdos, you do get the boost except if you switch back to gyrados, you lose it.

overall, I just recomend giving the gyrados a battery.
First: PO allows you to.
Second: It says DOUBLE BATTLE.
Third: You still take damage from Electric moves even with Cell Battery.
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Drought ability with Overheat, Hypnosis, Nasty Plot. Only possible on Ninetales.

Overheat in the sunny weather is pretty deadly though the special attack loss is a bummer. Thats when you put them to sleep and use nasty plot to get the loss back. Now you are ready to attack full force overheat again. Energy ball is just there to cover ground and water weakness. Ill put this on the ninetales moveset question too.

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Ninetales has the ability Drought so why don't you put Solarbeam instead of Energy Ball ?
because its not so reliable when politoad or tyranitar switch in making it a 3 turn attack
This goes in the moveset question for Ninetales.
thats why i put one there to my main combo is nasty plot and overheat
2 votes

Serperior with the trait Contrary(Unreleased)+Leaf Storm=Deadly Killer on first turn

2 votes

Double Battle Strategy:
Use This With A Poke'mon That Knows Spite.
Use This With A Poke'mon That Knows Trump
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It Stronger And It Should Reach A Power
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An i have a combination to lock your opponent into a status move, which will ruin those boosters.


First send in a kadabra (or someone to set up stage one)and wait for someone to use a boosting move like Calm Mind. Then use Encore to ensure they keep using Calm Mind for a while. If they dont switch you can move on to the next step.

Switch into a Choice item pokemon(Band,Specs,Scarf, though the Scarf works best.) like this guy and have it use trick while the person is locked into Calm Mind. They are now stuck to not using that boosting move for the rest of the match.

P.S. i used these guys as an example because they are what im using one one of my NU teams.

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Until they switch out. Maybe specs or band, since you giving them scarf will just make them faster and can pose a problem for you. Imagine giving Scizor specs?? It's murderous.
yea it would
I would pair with mean look...
2 votes

This one kills.

Magic Guard + Cosmic Power.

Switch in on a wall or staller, set up Cosmic Power many and many times, and then youare invincible! Watch out for phazing...

2 votes

This one Boushes xD

You need a gliscor holding a toxic orb and poison heal...o ya fling too

Act 1:

Gliscor gets into battle with a opponent whos not poison/steel/unaffected by poison

Gliscor happily absorbs toxic orbs power

Gliscor:Aw its empty here you can have it Fling

Opponent:Oh thx...Gets badly poisoned...

Gliscor Uber Pwned xD

Do some Acrobatics at the end for a finishing touch. XD