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If you have a good competitive moveset for Lunala, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Lunala @ Life Orb
Type : Psychic / Ghost
Ability : Shadow Shield
Nature : Modest ( Spa+ Atk- ) / Timid ( Spe+ Atk- )
EVs : 4 Hp / 252 Spa / 252 Spe

  • Moongeist Beam
  • Psyshock / Psychic
  • Calm Mind
  • Moonblast

Moongeist Beam and Psychic are STAB. Psyshock deals with special walls like Blissey. Moonblast deals with Dark types. Calm Mind is great while dealing while dealing with special attackers, also allowing Lunala to sweep. But I recommend only using it when Lunala starts first. Life Orb is great for sweeping.

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Here is a bulkier set I just thought of to take advantage of Lunala's signature ability. This one is a doozy.


Lunala @ Leftovers
Ability: Shadow Shield (basically Multiscale)
Nature: Bold (-Attack, +Defense)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 Sp Att / 252 Speed


  • Moongeist Beam There is literally no reason to not use this move on Lunala. Next.
  • Psyshock This is mainly against Blissey, as well as the unpredictability factor.
  • Cosmic Power While Moonblast seems attractive, this set requires more bulk for its maximum troll factor. I'll explain in a moment.
  • Roost It's one thing that this restores health, but if you manage to bring your health back up to 100%, Shadow Shield will be in effect yet again, making you take even less damage on the next hit.

So the set basically dictates you to bring out Lunala, out-speed some things with that max speed EV investment, set up Cosmic Power, get hit probably, Roost, rinse and repeat. If the opportunity arises, hit some enemies with those sweet STABs in Moongeist Beam or Psyshock.


Now this set has a couple of issues that need to be addressed. For one, if you receive Stealth Rock damage before setting up Cosmic Power, then Shadow Shield will not protect you from the first hit which will likely be Ghost or Dark Type, given that they cause 4x damage. This is even a bigger problem if the opponent out-speeds you.
Secondly, any and all status will cause problems.

But then again, all sets have their flaws.

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Lunala @ Aguav Berry/Wise Glasses
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 100 HP / 130 Def / 160 SpA / 120 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moongeist Beam (STAB)
- Psychic (STAB)
- Moonblast (coverage)
- Will-O-Wisp (coverage agaisnt physical Pokémon)

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nice move set, but seriously? NO ONE uses shadow ball? that stinks
Why would anyone use shadow ball when moongeist beam is stronger?
The only reasons I can see for using Shadow Ball is the SpDef drop or the extra PP.
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Eccentric Lunala

Lunala @ Bright Powder
252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Timid Nature

  • Moongeist Beam
  • Night Daze
  • Focus Blast / Moonblast
  • Moonlight / Roost / Confuse Ray

Practically annoy opponent by making Lunala hard to hit. Healing moves pair well with Shadow Shield, and Confuse Rayy to make yourself harder to hit.
Focus blast hits Normal types super effectively, but it has low accuracy, so Moonblast can also help with Dark types and perhaps STAB Outrage users.
Max HP instead of Speed is ok with Modest Nature.

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Annoying as heck. I love it. 1+
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Lunala
Ability:Shadow Shield
Nature:Timid
EVs:252 SpA/252 Spe/ 4 Hp
•Moongeist Beam
•Meteor Beam
•Dazzling Gleam
•Psychic
Power Herb+Meteor beam boosts SpA, and hits incredibly hard as an added bonus. Moongeist beam and psychic are STABs. Dazzling Gleam covers Dark.

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[email protected] Leftovers
252 SpA/252 HP/4 Def or SpD
Modest nature

-Moongeist Beam
-Moonblast
-Roost
-Will-o-Wisp/Calm Mind/Cosmic Power

This is Lunala's defensive set with great offensive power in it (making taunt less of a worry). With Moongeist Beam being insane to Lugia and friends (it neglects Lugia's Multiscale, isn't that amazing!), Moonblast is there for Dark types. These two moves cover up her weaknesses. Roost is for reliable recovery and activation of Shadow Shield and Will-o-wisp is just one of the many big surprises this Pokemon has. Calm Mind and Cosmic Power are also recommendations for Offensive and Defensive pressure respectively. You should be wary of status conditions with this set though...

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Bulky
Lunala @ Leftovers
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Calm Mind
- Moonblast
- Moongeist Beam
- Roost

Special
Lunala @ Life Orb
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Ice Beam
- Moonblast
- Moongeist Beam
- Psyshock

Defensive
Lunala @ Leftovers
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Roost
- Moongeist Beam
- Protect
- Will-O-Wisp

Physical
Lunala @ Flying Gem
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Acrobatics
- Shadow Claw
- Return
- Will-O-Wisp

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You can't get the flying gem in Gen 7
Why psyshock on the special set? psychic is a better option for gen 8
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Shadow Tank

Modest Nature
252 HP, 252 Sp. Attack, 6 Def
Item: Leftovers

  • Moongeist Beam
  • Psyshock/Focus Blast
  • Roost
  • Thunder Wave

So basically, the first move you use is Thunder Wave to paralyze faster targets, then, if you feel like it, spam Roost until your opponent gets fully paralyzed and you've gotten a free Roost off. Shadow Shield and max HP mean Roost will pretty much always reactivate Shadow Shield unless you're hit by a Ghost/Dark-Type move. This means that you'll be left with a full-health Lunala and free paralysis on your foe, so after that just attack using Lunala's high Sp. Attack and decent, high-powered signature move. You can rinse and repeat spamming Roost to get free turns when you feel like thanks to this combination of Thunder Wave+Roost+Shadow Shield. Focus Blast has perfect type coverage with Moongeist Beam, but Psyshock is a secondary STAB option, hits Specially defensive Pokemon hard, and helps conserve Moongeist Beam's PP (it can only be used 5-8 times per battle, and Focus Blast isn't really helping with that).

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Tank Lunala
Lunala @ Lum Berry / Leftovers / Psychium-Z
EVs: 252 Def / 252 Sp. Def / 4 HP
Nature: Calm / Bold (Calm for Sp. Def, Bold for Def)
Ability: Shadow Shield

  • Moongeist Beam (Why not?)
  • Roost (Easy HP and lets you use the effect of Shadow Shield again)
  • Magic Coat (if you dont like status) Also +2 Sp. Def wth Psychium-Z)
  • Confuse Ray (just to be annoying)/Psychic (STAB, lowers opponent's Sp. Def) / Psyshock (For Special tanks) / Moonblast (Coverage from Dark types and hits hard, with a chance to lower Sp. Def)

Here's the idea. You send Lunala out and start tanking up. If you get anywhere near 1/2 HP, use Roost. Then, once you are maxed out, spam Confuse Ray and Moongeist Beam until your opponent gets you low. Using Roost and Leftovers lets you use the effect of Shadow Shield over and over. This is annoying as CRAP because your Pokemon is confused and you cant deal much damage on top of having to deal with STAB Moongeist. The Z-move for Mirror Coat lets you use it and raise your Sp. Def by 2 stages, giving you a good boost in defense against the great Sp. Atk Pokemon in today's meta.

(PS I know my grammar isnt great but I'm to lazy to fix it anymore than I have :)

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Lunala @ Choice Scarf
Type: Psychic/Ghost
Ability: Shadow Shield
Nature: Timid (+Speed, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk / 252 Speed / 4 HP (Standard Sweeper EVs)

  • Moongeist Beam
  • Psyshock
  • Moonblast
  • Ice Beam / Flamethrower / Thunderbolt

Scarf set. This allows Lunala to outspeed most of the Pokemon in the Uber tier. Moongeist Beam being an amazing move is a must (Kinda like its a must to have Earthquake on a physical Ground type). Psychic is Psychic STAB and able to hit special walls. Moonblast is used to deal with Dark types and Ice Beam, Flamethrower and Thunderbolt being coverage. I have been seeing many Life Orb sets but I don't think it is is a good idea since if it's HP is reduced even slightly, a fast (or scarfed) Dark or Ghost type will OHKO Lunala. Otherwise, with its ability Shadow Shield, it might survive the attack.

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Lunala @ Weakness Policy
Type: Dark/Ghost
Ability: Shadow Shield
Nature: Modest (Spa+ Atk-)
Evs : 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

  • Moongeist Beam
  • Psyshock
  • Calm Mind / Cosmic Power
  • Roost

This is a moveset me and a friend of mine came up with and I've used it ever since. I go in between Calm Mind and Cosmic Power, it's really up to you.

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Lunala is one of my favorite legends. Here's a really good moveset:

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Dec / 4 SpA
Nature: Bold
Item: Lum Berry / Leftovers

-Moongeist Beam (do I need to explain why?)
-Moonblast (great coverage against dark types)
-Roost (lunala is pretty defensive. If it does get close to fainting, just Roost up)
-Calm Mind (raises Lunala's already good Special Defense and Special Attack, adding to Lunala's amazing bulk)

This Lunala is meant to be a bulky special sweeper.

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Ability: Shadow Shield
Item: Ghostium Z / Psychium Z / Flyium Z / Leftovers / Colbur Berry / Kasib Berry
Nature: Impish / Adamant
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def (atk)/ 4 Spe (def,atk)

-Roost / Moonlight (for a sun team if you dont wanna use roost)
-Phantom Force / Acrobatics / Psyshock (any of these moves work well, or if you wanna go for a Skill Swap Pixilate, Refrigerate, Return, or Giga Impact.
-Cosmic Power (for even more bulk, and to stall your opponent into wasting PP)
-Toxic / Will-O-Wisp / Thunder Wave (I recommend Toxic to further weaken your opponent, and upon them switching, (if they do, and keep on switching) all of their team will be poisoned.

Lunala is really nice for a bulky staller, but with an Adamant one (or Impish or Careful) one, you're only limited to a few physical moves like Aerial Ace, Sky Drop, Sky Attack, Fly, Acrobatics, Shadow Claw, Phantom Force, Return, or Giga Impact.

If only Lunala learned Zen Headbutt as a tutor move, then she could have had another coverage move for Fighting and Poison types. But I guess you can count Psyshock as a physical move considering that it only affects the defense stat of an opponent. (knowing its a special move)

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BoltBeam Lunala

Lunala @ Leftovers
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 220 HP / 252 SpA / 36 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Ice Beam
- Calm Mind
- Moongeist Beam/Roost

BoltBeam covers a lot, Calm Mind to take advantage of the passive ability and boost up stats, and either Moongeist Beam for STAB, or Roost for longevity.

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Lunala @ Leftovers
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 236 Def / 4 SpA / 16 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hypnosis
- Calm Mind
- Roost
- Ice Beam

Hypnosis to spread sleep. Calm Mind to set up. Roost for recovery. Ice Beam is a filler move that no Pokemon has an immunity to (except Shedinja).

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Showdown: National Dex AG
Lunala @ Lunalium Z
Ability: Shadow Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Calm Mind
- Moongeist Beam
- Focus Blast
- Psyshock
Explanation: Calm Mind is to boost your already high Special Attack. Moongeist Beam is a strong STAB move and can be used for Lunala's Z-Move. Focus Blast is to hit Dark Types. Psyshock is for special walls.

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