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

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Naganadel @ Dragonium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)
- Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
- Fire Blast / Flamethrower
- Sludge Wave
- Nasty Plot

Draco Meteor with Dragonium Z is incredibly strong and hits really hard after a Nasty Plot. Dragon Pulse can be used if you don't want to have to deal with stat drops. Fire Blast / Flamethrower hit Steel-types and Sludge Wave is more STAB. Naganadel is hard to stop after a Beast Boost.

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Nice Moveset!
I agree that this is a great moveset but I'd recommend Sludge Bomb because while it does 5 less damage, it has a 30% chance of poison.
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Naganadel @ Life Orb
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 4 HP, 252 Sp.Atk, 252 Spe
Nature: Timid
- Sludge Bomb
- Dragon Pulse
- Fire Blast/HP Ice
- Nasty Plot

Standard sweeping set: Set up with Nasty Plot, sweep & snowball with Beast Boost. Sludge Bomb & Dragon Pulse are STAB. That leaves the choice between Fire Blast & HP Ice: Fire Blast covers your Ice weakness and hits Steel-types that resist and are immune to your 2 main STABS, but HP Ice can hit Ground-types hard too.

I would go Sludge Wave instead of Sludge Bomb
Why? Sludge bomb has a 30% chance to poison, sludge wave is 10%. Sludge wave only has 5 more base power, and sludge wave hits your ally in a double battle too (unless they are a steel type).
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Naganadel @ Kings Rock
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: SPD 4 / 252 SPA / 252 SPE
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
Nasty Plot
Dragon Pulse (STAB)
Sludge Bomb (STAB)
Air Slash (Flinch Chance)

With the Kings Rock, Air Slash has a higher chance to cause flinching.
Nasty Plot ups the your SpA by two stages, making it an OP sweeper.
Every time you KO a Pokemon, Naganadel will up its speed, making it a fast sweeper.

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Kings rock only boosts moves that have no chance to flinch already. Air slash has a 30% chance to flinch, so kings rock does nothing. A better item would be life orb or choice specs. Also, this set doesnt really do anything against steel types, air slash for fire blast or flamethrower. Personally I run dragonium z
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Naganadel @ Life Orb/Wise Glasses/Choice Specs
Ability: Beast Boost
Nature: Modest
- Sludge Bomb (So you wouldn't hit your allies in a double or multi battle plus STAB)
- Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor (Draco Meteor can reduce special attack by two stages)
- Flamethrower/Fire Blast (Coverage against ice types)
- Air Slash/Dark Pulse (Air Slash has a chance to make an opponent flinch except for Pokemon with the Inner Focus ability while Dark Pulse is coverage against Psychic Types)
With the best boost ability, the special attack will boost with the help of some items I suggested.

Hmmmm... If your doing singles then Sludge Wave, if your doing doubles or multi battles go with the Sludge bomb
@RainboeSheep, I'd still go for sludge bomb as 20% higher chance of poisoning is probably better than 5 more BP. Unless you talk about those situations where the opponent is left with 1 HP and naganadel is your last Pokemon.
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What about PIMPNITE's Naganadel moveset:

Naganadel @ Dragonium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Evs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpA)

  • Fell Stinger
  • Gunk Shot
  • Dragon Claw
  • Throat Chop

Expanation: You know PIMPNITE, always looking for crazy movesets! Now we can have fun too. Make your foe faint with Fell Stinger to get a +3 in Attack. Gunk Shot and Dragon Claw are your Relialble STABs for Naganadel. Throat Chop is just for some extra Ghost and Psychic coverage.

Heres the link to PIMPNITE's Epic Naganadel Sweep: https://youtu.be/PUu8NRYTZSY

Come on guys, we know that naganadel is a special attacker, but don't we have enough of them for now? I mean, no one thought about a physical moveset yet.
Plus: one advantage- they won't be expecting it.
Still don't use it- it's a cool moveset, but won't work a lot.
Have you played Pokemon enough?
He does, its just a PIMPNNITE set. Naganadel physical eats garbage in ubers and is generally hard to sweep with it. Especially with primal Groudon and defensive zygarde. Naganadel only has a 73 attack stat. Generally a PIMPNITE set, he clearly said. Also this could be a storyline (not competitive) set, but very rare, as everyone would have sludge bomb or sludge wave tm, fire blast/flamethrower, and if they used it on their team a lot, draco meteor (and since this is required in order to evolve) dragon pulse.
Apologies if this is a late comment. I actually used this set and it’s pretty funny to use. Only two changes on my Naganadel are:

The nature on mine is Jolly instead of Adamant. I didn’t keep soft resetting on my game, but my wife got a Jolly Poipole with 31 IV’s in Atk, HP, Speed and Sp.Def. Def is pretty good, but not perfect. I was lucky for her to give me it!

Instead of Gunk Shot, I went for Poison Jab. More accuracy.

Despite not having Adamant, getting that Fell Stinger Atk boost still hits like a truck!
What is pokemon if its not fun? Its just an expensive screen saver. You need to have fun when playing pokemon. I dont spend hours searching for the best move sets for pokemon, i try myself. Even though my pokemon may be “non-meta”, there still alot more fun to battle with then my older pokemon that i did alot of resaerch for. I knew i was going to win, there was no challange. That was back in my white 2 days. Know, i just see what pokemon are good, get them, and find a moveset that I like. It may not be the best, but it was fun, and still is.
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[email protected] Z
Trait:Beast Boost
EVs:252 Sp.Atk/252 Def/4 Spd
Nature: Timid (+Spd -Atk)/Modest (+Sp.Atk -Atk)
Sludge Wave-STAB/ Sludge Bomb-STAB(Sludge Bomb for VGC Doubles)
Nasty Plot
Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor-STAB

The Devastating Drake will do big damage to whatever comes in except for fairies, but you got Sludge Wave for fairies so screw you Clefable, Thunderbolt or Flamethrower it's your decision for coverage but personally I would go Flamethrower because it covers ice types, The Nasty Plot is essential to sweep.

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Naganadel @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk / 252 Speed / 4 Sp. Def
Nature: Modest (+Sp. Atk / -Atk)

  • Sludge Wave (this is singles Naganadel)
  • Draco Meteor
  • Fire Blast
  • U-turn

Sludge Wave, Draco Meteor and Fire Blast have perfect coverage together, so... reck stuff. U-turn to get the heck out of there.

why would you waste a moveslot on U turn? other than that, great moveset!
Nasty plot is kind of useless because naganadel wrecks a lot in ubers. Also if naganadel wants to get chip damage on stuff it cant touch, then it could use u-turn. But kind of pointless cuz of choice scarf, maybe dragonium z?
U-Turn is actually very good on a Scarfed Pokemon. If you're good at predictions that is. You bring it in, predict them to switch, U-turn the heck out of there, and get a more favorable matchup against what they send in. It works really well, IF you can predict well.
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Naganadel @ Life Orb/Firinium Z
Trait: Beast Boost
EVs: 252 sp. attack, 252 speed, 4 HP
Nature: Modest
Nasty Plot/Flamethrower/Fire Blast
Dragon Pulse

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Taco is a hacker? No, he is an expert. If you answer or ask any question, HT will edit it if he find any mistake.
Oh. I understand. That explains a lot! Thanks!
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Choice Specs

Naganadel @ Choice Specs
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk/4 Sp. Def/252 Spe
Nature: Modest

-Draco Meteor/Dragon Pulse
-Sludge Wave (Singles)
-Fire Blast
-Dark Pulse

Draco Meteor is your main move, but Dragon Pulse can be used if you don’t want to deal with stat drops. Sludge Wave is STAB for singles, but Sludge Bomb should be used for STAB in doubles. Fire Blast is for coverage against Steel types, who would otherwise wall Naganadel. Dark Pulse is for coverage against Psychic types.

Have fun with this set!

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Evs: 252 spatk, 252 speed, 6 hp
Item: life orb
Venom drench
Dragon pulse
(This set is pure power)

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Awesome design. I give this Pokemon overall a B+

Naganadel @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 SpA 252 HP 4 Def
Nature: Modest
Ability: Beast Boost

Dragon Pulse (STAB, Dragon Coverage)
Sludge Wave (STAB)
Flamethrower (Ice Coverage)
Dark Pulse (Psychic Coverage)

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This is Wolfe Glicke's (2016 Masters Division VGC Champ) favorite Naganadel set, seen here. I used this set to get high on the VGC 2018 Showdown ladder and win tournaments in the VGC room on the main server.

Naganadel @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 44 HP / 164 Def / 116 SpA / 4 SpD / 180 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draco Meteor
- Sludge Bomb
- Flamethrower
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Other options for moves are U-turn, HP Ground, Snarl, Sky Drop and Dragon Pulse.

This set outspeeds modest max speed Ludicolo in rain, OHKOing it with Sludge Bomb, can outspeed and OHKO boosted Kommo-o over 50% of the time with Draco Meteor, and does solid damage to would be checks like steel types and Landorus-T with flamethrower and hidden power ice respectively. The only viable Pokemon to wall it is Heatran, and you can run HP Ground if that's an issue.

Some replays that show off the advantages of using scarf Naganadel over the typical tailwind set:

Outspeeding and OHKOing Tapu Koko
Surviving powerful physical attacks thanks to bulk investment

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Ultra beasts are intresting. Here is a set for the combination of mega beedrill, zekrom, and poipole.
[email protected] Sash
Ability:Beast Boost
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
•Nasty Plot
•Sludge Bomb
•Dragon Pulse
Start with a nasty plot to raise special attack through the roof. Timid makes speed>special attack, so beast boost boosts speed. Sludge bomb is STAB, and so is dragon pulse. Flamethrower covers ice.