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If you have a good moveset for Kartana, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Remember, this is for competitive movesets, not in-game. Ability, EVs etc should be included, and we encourage sets for VGC doubles as well as singles. Make sure to read all the guidelines here.

Kartana Pokedex & learnset for reference.

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Interesting fact: upon the removal of HMs in Sun and Moon, Kartana is now the only Pokemon who can learn Cut in SM.

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Kartana @ Life Orb / Choice Scarf
Type : Grass / Steel
Ability : Beast Boost
Nature : Jolly ( Spe+ Spa- )
EVs : 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

  • Leaf Blade
  • Smart Strike
  • Sacred Sword
  • Psycho Cut

Kartana is simply a great Physical Attacker with Life Orb, also with a great movepool. Beast Boost is always a great ability for sweeping. The EV spread is suitable for him. Leaf Blade and Smart Strike for STAB. Psycho Cut covers fighting types. Sacred Sword provides even more coverage. Just remember to keep him alway from fire types and some of the Scarfers and quicker attackers since they may outspeed Kartana. If you really fear Scarfers and quicker attackers, than put Choice Scarf on it.

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That's a pretty cool set! Though since Kartana has pretty awesome physical bulk, it could take a turn to set up Swords Dance against physical attackers. Of course that would not work with a scarf set, but it is definitely something to keep in mind
that was exactly my original set for kartana ._.
This is the same Set I run but I use Adamant nature with a Life Orb for more power but with the Same Ev's as well.
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Z-Tailwind


Edgelord (Kartana) @ Flyinium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant/Jolly Nature
- Tailwind
- Psycho Cut / Night Slash
- Leaf Blade
- Sacred Sword

A few minutes ago, someone used this on me in Showdown. It's so laughable to think about, it's ridiculous. I'm dying over here. If I hadn't managed to burn this thing with a Mimikyu's Wisp, it'd have literally been a hot knife through my butter of a team.

First, let's review why the way crits work in this generation is ridiculous.

First column is how they worked from Gen 2-5.
Second is Gen 6.
Third is Gen 7.
The far left numbers represent how high your crit ratio has been upgraded.

0: 1/16 (6.25%) 1/16 (6.25%) 1/24 (~4.167%)

1: 1/8 (12.5%) 1/8 (12.5%) 1/8 (12.5%)

2: 1/4 (25%) 1/2 (50%) 1/2 (50%)

3: 1/3 (~33.3%) Always (100%) Always (100%)

4+: 1/2 (50%) Always (100%) Always (100%)

You want to know what Z-Tailwind does? Not only does it give you the standard tailwind boost that makes Kartana faster than literally anything without prior setup or priority, it gives you a +2 crit rate. Your Speed is now 634-696 and you automatically have a 1/2 chance to land a devastating crit with that 459-507 Attack.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!

With access to LEAF BLADE and PSYCHO CUT (even Night Slash, if you choose) - that's right - you are now guaranteed a critical hit. Sacred Sword, not so much, but you've still got an excellent 1/2 chance. Who cares if you've got 31 base Sp Def when they can't even land it? And, of course, if you can't manage to stay alive, the Tailwind will give great support for the rest of your team.

WEAKNESSES (not types):
Just watch out for Sash Pokemon. If you have hazards up before this and you play smart, this can singlehandedly be game over for them. It also isn't a fan of Mimikyu - while it can take it down without a problem, you're almost guaranteed to be suspect to a burn attempt, such as I used.

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Very gimmicky, but cool moveset. I upvoted
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Kartana @ Life Orb / Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Leaf Blade
- Sacred Sword
- Smart Strike
- Swords Dance / Night Slash

Life Orb goes with SD, Night Slash for Choice Scarf.

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CRITICAL KARTANA
Jolly; held item is Razor Claw
252 Speed, 252 Attack, 4 Def
Beast Boost (duh)

Psycho Cut
Night Slash
Leaf Blade
Sacred Sword/Smart Strike

Three of these moves have increased Crit Rate, + Claw
Smart Strike for guarenteed STAB, or Sacred Sword for fighting move and ignores star change
Not as much crit chance as a Super Luck Absol, but pretty good nevertheless.

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Special Moveset (Because why not)
Kartana @ Leftovers
Calm Mind
Air Slash
Hidden Power Grass
Vacuum Wave
Evs- 252 Special Attack, 252 Special Defense, 4 HP
After four calm minds, you hit 488 special attack, which is pretty good. Hidden Power Grass makes up for this set's lack of stab. Considering that your only othe special options are air cutter and round, this is probably the best thing possible.

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This Kartana set looks like Something PIMPNITE would do if he ever did an "Epic Kartana Sweep".
IKR this set sucks so badly it’s good I love it
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OK, here's my Kartana's stuff (which is pretty good, I think)
Kartana @ Steelium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Quiet (I wish I could change that...)
EVs: I don't know. I forgot what Pokemon I defeated.

Leaf Blade
Smart Strike
Psycho Cut
Sacred Sword
Here are my explanations for each move:
Leaf Blade: Awesome Grass-type damage
Smart Strike: Good STAB damage, just in case accuracy is lowered.
Psycho Cut: Covers weakness of fighting types, good for critical hits.
Sacred Sword: For amazing Fighting-type damage, when going up against Pokemon such as Incineroar or Heatran.
All these moves are physical, so they'll do extreme damage especially with Beast Boost.
Steelium Z is a last resort. Fighinium Z works too.

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Not a bad set, but with Quiet, wouldn't you want a SpA moveset? With Agility or another +Speed move since Quiet inhibits Speed?
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Grass/Steel
Ability: Beast Boost

-Leaf Blade
-Aerial Ace
-Sacred Sword
-Guillotine

Great moves for Battle Tree. Got me a 12 win streak.

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Nature: Jolly
Ability: beast boost
Type: Grass/Steel
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Speed/ 4 Sp.def
Moves:
Psyco cut (for the fighting types)
Leaf blade (high crit ratio, high base power move + STAB)
Smart Stike (ignores accuracy and evisiness)
Sacred Sword/Brick break (sacred sword ignores stat changes and brick break breaks through reflect and light screen and destroys light clay)

Kartana's huge attack plus choice band = destruction. Beast boost also raises attack which makes kartana even stronger

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Problem: Kartana has awesome attack and average speed.
Solution: Choice Scarf

Pokemon: Kartana
Item: Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 Atk/4 Def/252 Spe
Adamant/Jolly Nature

  • Leaf Blade
  • Smart Strike
  • Sacred Sword
  • Psycho Cut

Leaf Blade and Smart Strike are your reliable STABs, Sacred Sword is for coverage against steel types, who would otherwise wall this set. Psycho Cut is for coverage against fighting types.

The EV spread maximizes Kartana’s sweeping potential. Choice Scarf allows Kartana’s speed to go from good to insane without setting up. Beast Boost is the only ability Kartana can have. Beast Boost is also a great ability, making Kartana deadly after a KO. Finally, an adamant nature gives Kartana maximum wallbreaking power, but a timid nature allows Kartana to outspeed more threats, like timid Choice Scarf Blacephalon.

This Kartana is shure to be a huge threat to your opponent’s team!

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Why not run Jolly instead of Timid? Timid cuts Kartana’s attack
Sorry. Got natures confused. Will edit.
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Kartana
Ability: Beast Boost (always boosts attack)
Nature: Own Choice

Moves:
- Leaf Blade
- Smart Strike/False Swipe
- Guillotine
- Sacred Sword

Move Explanations:
- Leaf Blade: Good Grass-Type attack with an increased chance of critical hits. (+Kartana's insane attack = devastation)
- Smart Strike: Good if the opponent has lowered Kartana's accuracy.
- False Swipe: Good for catching Pokémon.
- Guillotine : When you are in need (low HP)
- Sacred Sword: Good if the opponent's Pokémon has high evasion and/or defense.

(There are TMs for Smart Strike and False Swipe, so you can switch between the two. (depends on what you want to do).

Hope you like my moveset
Kartana Origami

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"Guves Kartana trash nature* Y u no give meh good nature boi??????
These movesets are supposed to be for competitive, so False Swipe is useless for catching Pokemon.
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kartana has moves I really do like, awesome attack and terrible special attack. so i'm getting in a physical sweeper.

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Trait: Beast Boost.
Nature: adamant (+atk-spa)
Evs: 4 hp, 252 spa, 128 def, 128 spe

Moves:

Leaf Blade (507 atk + 135 base power move. critical hits OHKO shuckle, no kidding.)
Smart strike (obviously)
Sacred Sword (ovbiously)
Knock Off (eliminates opponents items, if it doesnt OHKO)

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