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If you have a good competitive moveset for Thievul, 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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Thievul @ Choice Specs
Ability: Stakeout (when it's available, otherwise any other ability is fine)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Dark Pulse
- Psychic
- Grass Knot
- Parting Shot / U-turn

Stakeout is Thievul's best ability. Dark Pulse is STAB, Psychic is Fighting coverage, and the rest of the moveset is coverage against other things.

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I'd highly suggest you replace Shadow Ball with Parting Shot or U-turn, as Dark Pulse covers the same things Shadow Ball does but gets STAB, and the ability to pivot on a Choice user is an important asset.
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Thievul @ Focus Sash
Ability: Unburden
EVs: 4 Atk, 252 SpAtk, 252 Spe
Nature: Rash
IVs: 0 HP, 0 Def, 0 SpDef
- Dark Pulse
- Psychic
- Grass Knot
- Nasty Plot

The goal of this Set is to get one-shotted so your Sash will activate, giving you a Speed boost, which is why you want the frailest Thievul possible. Then attempt to sweep with Thievul's trash coverage.

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Thievul @ Life Orb
ABILITY: Stakeout
NATURE: Timid (+Spd -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpAtk/252 Spd/4 HP

Nasty Plot
Dark Pulse
Grass Knot

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EVs on Special Attack and speed
Ability: Stakeout
Nature: Modest
Item: Expert Belt
Dark Pulse-STAB
Grass Knot-For heavy Pokemon
Nasty Plot-Setup

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[email protected] Berry
Trait: Unburden
Nature: Timid (+Speed, -Attack) or Modest (+Sp. Attack, - Attack)
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 Sp. Attack, 4 HP
Role: Special Sweeper/Baton Passer


  • Dark Pulse
  • Psychic
  • Nasty Plot
  • Baton Pass
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Thievul @ Choice Band
Ability: Stakeout
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Assurance
- Ice Fang
- Play Rough
- Thunder Fang
With Stealth Rock and/or Toxic Spikes, Assurance is absurdly powerful - about 540 BP, I believe.

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Item:Focus Sash

Dark pulse(STAB)
Psychic (Coverage)
Nasty Plot(Set Up)
Grass knot(Nothing else)