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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 200+ 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.

205 Answers

2 votes

When up against a Ditto, use the move Imprison.
Foe Ditto keeps using Struggle.
You can also use Substitute, to not take damage from Struggle/

This will always work, for Ditto's only move is Transform.
It's Hidden Ability is Impostor , which is almost same as Transform.

Happy Foe-Ditto-Annoying! :)

Always work, unless Ditto uses imprison on you first.
And since that Ditto user would most likely have enough of a brain to see imprison and have equal speed, you've got a 50% chance of it counter-trolling you.
2 votes

In front of Ditto, use aPokemon with the ability Pressure.
This way, when Ditto uses Transform, and gets 5/n PP of our moves, we can quickly end the foe Ditto's PP supply.

This makes Ditto start using Struggle faster, and the recoil finishes it off, if you do not.

Good Pokemon for this : Spiritomb, which can resist most of its own attacks.

Beware of Leppa Berries.

Happy Ditto Annoying. :)

This is not a very good strategy as most Ditto run imposter.
2 votes

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

Hex + Nasty Plot + Will-o-Wisp
Good Candidate: Ninetales

Mismagius for some low tier bossin.
Not Bad :D
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
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
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Hope I Helped! :)
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2 votes

This one works real well to cripple entire teams. Involves Stealth Rock, Aggron / Tyranitar, Roar, and Toxic / Thunder Wave.

Turn 1: Lead with Tyranitar / Aggron, and use Stealth Rock. Make sure he has BULK.

Turn 2: Use Status inflicter.

Turn 3: Use Roar.

Turn 4: Return to step 2.

Note: Skarmory can also do this with Whirlwind.
Note: Use Aggron for the low tier, and Tyranitar is OU, unfortunately.

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2 votes

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

Use Soak on the Opponent's Poke'mon and use Grass/Electric Type Move,
x2 Damage Instantly!

Hope I Helped Ya!

Yeah, but you could do more damage by just using a neutral move twice, good idea though.
Thanks :D
2 votes

Two Pokemon sweep.

Genesect @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Download

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Speed

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • U-Turn
  • Thunderbolt
  • Ice Beam
  • Flamethrower

Genesect @ Life Orb

Trait: Download

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Speed

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • U-Turn
  • Thunderbolt
  • Flamethrower
  • Ice Beam

These sets are dominant, an amazing combo.

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*Send Out Heatran*
um... species clause?
Doesn't matter, this is a combo question. That is optional anyways.
ok then :D
2 votes

Manaphy with atleast rest as a move then some other good moves and then because of its ability Hydration you can use rest the hydration will wake you up!!

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Other moves should be tail glow and bolt beam coverage
2 votes

Alright so you need a gliscor
[email protected] gem
The others don't matter

[email protected] life orb
Use a standard set but replace a move for toxic

This is a doubles stradegy.
Gliscor get poisoned by absol activating poison heal and it can still acro with flying gem and they are a pretty good core.

For Gliscor you would want the other moved to be substitute ( for use after toxic is used), swords dance, and earthquake.
2 votes

This is a pretty killer Psychic type combo that has proven extremely useful against any Pokemon besides ones that endure or are immune to psychic (which are very few compared to how many this combo can affect).

Future Sight (automatic psychic attack 2 turns later)
Reflect (cuts damage from physical attacks)
Psychic (STAB)

Future Sight automatically deals damage right after Psychic as a finishing move or double damage combo. You can also use Recover instead of Reflect if you find your opponent's attack uber strong. Just make sure your Pokemon can withstand more than one attack (OHKO) :)

This is a moveset, not a combo.
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

Use this to destroy Mono-psychic teams or any Psychic type Pokemon for that matter!
(Stuff in bold is a must!)

Turn a move with a Base Power of 40 into a destructive 320 power attack!!!

Scizor @ Life Orb
Nature: preferably Adamant
EVs: preferably Atk/Spe

This will do Base Power x Tech x Life Orb x Switching outx Super effective= pwnage

By switching thic guy in they automatically think "get my guy out of there" Next use Pursuit no matter what. They will either not switch out and it will do (BPxTechxLifeOrbxSE=40x1.5x1.5x2) 180. Ooor they will switch out and it will do (BPxTechxLifeOrbxSExSO=40x1.5x1.5x2x2) 320. Either way they will be at leat 2HKO if not OHKO on the first one!!!

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Sorry to break this to you, but Technician doesn't work if Pursuit's power is doubled.
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
2 votes

Okay. I did not find this one.

Step 1 : Set up hazards (Spikes/ T-spikes/ S-Rock/ Leech Seed? etc)
Step 2: Switch into ghost type.

Okay foe. Good bye.

For those who did not understand it, the main idea is to prevent the use of Rapid Spin, which removes all the hazards. This works because Rapid Spin is a Normal type move, so it will not hit the ghost Pokemon. Because that happens, any added effect (i.e. in this case, removal of the hazards) will also not occur.

P.S. Beware of ForeSight.

P.P.S. I know it'll not work all the time. Use a Pokemon like gengar to sweep, and have additional ghost types for back up.

It's called Spinblocking
It's actually quite common
i see. I have not yet been fortunate( or is that "i'm lucky" ? )enough to encounter it...
Giratina works great here, with dragontail and roar
In comes a Hitmontop with Foresight XD
There"s a Flying type move called Defog, that takes away all hazards, and is common on Mandibuzz sets
2 votes

This one is very annoying.

If you have a Pokemon like Alakazam, teach it Trick and Torment. Then give it a Choice Item. Trick will give the foe the Choice Item, meaning it can only use one move. Then use Torment, which prevents using the same move twice in a row, resulting in the opponent using Struggle until it faints!

Nope. If they have a Choice item, Torment won't work.
Oh. Thanks! I didn't know that.
Torment works on choiced pokemon...
2 votes

Haley told me about this one. Doubles only.

Volt Absorb Lanturn with Surf. Scarfed.

Water Absorb Lanturn with Discharge. Specs.

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Banded Lanturn?
2 votes

Swellow with a toxic orb and facade also ursaring with the same stuff and some so basically Pokemon with guts that can learn facade also some Pokemon
can do this do not know all of them but fake out and last resort.