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If you have a good competitive moveset for Zarude, post an answer below and upvote the best ones.

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yeah this thing is UU

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Zarude @ Leftovers
Ability: Leaf Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 116 Atk / 140 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Power Whip
- Jungle Healing
- Bulk Up
- Darkest Lariat

Probably won’t be very popular, but this is a bulky attacker/cleric. Leftovers allow it to gradually regain health. I chose those EVs because they allow it to be decently fast, pretty bulky, and hit like a truck with Bulk Up. Jolly is to give an increase to Speed. Power Whip is STAB. Jungle Healing is to heal your team, and it works well if you’re against a Toxic Staller who sets up Toxic Spikes, such as Toxapex. Bulk Up is to raise your Defense and Attack, the main reason why I didn’t put 252 EVs in Attack. Darkest Lariat is STAB that ignores your opponent’s stat changes.

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I might go for Crunch instead of Darkest Lariat for the chance of a Defense drop, but I suppose both options work. have a nice day :D
Darkest Lariat is to counter dancers, with moves like bulk up, because it does damage regardless of the opponents stat changes. But crunch would probably work as well
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Zarude @ Life Orb
Ability: Leaf Guard
Nature: Adamant / Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
- Power Whip: Strong STAB
- Darkest Lariat: Strong STAB
- Rock Slide: Covers Bug, Fire, Ice, and Flying
- U-turn: To escape a sticky situation

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Revenge Killer

Zarude @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Leaf Guard
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Darkest Lariat
- Power Whip
- U-turn
- Close Combat

I feel like Zarude's terrible typing doesn't allow it to stay in for more than a few turns. This is just meant to come in, punish a Pokemon, and switch out. Darkest Lariat and Power Whip are strong STABs. U-turn in for pivoting. Close Combat is cool coverage for Ice types.

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cool haha
thanks haha
i use this exact same set, evs, and item lol
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Doubles supporter

Zarude @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Leaf Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 116 Atk / 12 SpD / 128 Spe
Nature: Careful / Jolly
- Jungle Healing
- Snarl
- Taunt
- Power Whip

Seems a good support Pokemon. Leftovers is not as good as Sitrus Berry for doubles. Jungle Healing heals the ally. Snarl lowers opponent's Special Attack, which is useful for lower special defence Pokemon like Rhyperior. Taunt helps prevent Trick Room. Power Whip is your offence move.

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Zarude @ Wide Lens
Ability: Leaf Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Nature: Adamant / Jolly
- Power Whip
- U-Turn
- Synthesis
- Jungle Healing

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Zarude @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Leaf Guard
Evs: 252 Atk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Adamant Nature
Moveset:
Power Whip / Grassy Glide
Darkest Lariat
U-Turn
Close Combat

Grassy Glide is only if you are using it with grassy terrain. U-Turn is to escape with a bad matchup and reset scarf. Darkest Lariat is for dancers, because it does damage regardless of Opponent stat changes. Close Combat is for coverage.

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There is no Pokemon with Grassy Surge in RU (unless you count Thwackey), and using a turn to set up Terrain isn't a good idea. Thus, Power Whip is almost always better than Grassy Glide -- Glide is only a good pick if you're playing another format in which both Zarude is viable and you can set up Grassy Terrain via Ability.
Im playing on Ubers tier, so Rillaboom is legal I believe
But I still prefer Power Whip
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Zarude @ Leftovers
Ability: Leaf Guard
Evs: 252 Spe, 126 Atk, 65 SpD, 65 Hp
Jolly Nature
Moveset:
Bulk Up
Jungle Healing
Brick Break / Power Whip
Taunt

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126 and 65 are not evenly divisible by 4. You're wasting EVs.
It adds up to 508 though?
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Gen 8 1v1

Zarude @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Leaf Guard
EVs: 76 Atk / 32 Def / 168 SpD / 232 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Darkest Lariat
- Power Whip
- Bulk Up
- Encore

Darkest Lariat is STAB that ignores the opponent's stat changes. Power Whip is also STAB. Bulk Up boosts your attack and defense. Encore forces Pokemon trying to use moves like Calm Mind, Fake Tears, etc to repeat the move for a few turns, allowing you to set up and sweep.

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What nature?
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Zarude @ Leftovers
Ability: Leaf Gaurd
EVs: 240 Attack / 240 HP / 28 Defense
Jolly Nature
- Jungle Healing
- Power Whip
- Rock Slide
- Throat Chop/Darkest Lariat

Jungle Healing is it's signature move, and is a really good healing move, Power Whip is it's strongest Grass STAB Move, and Darkest Lariat is it's strongest Dark STAB. I used Rock Slide because it is super effective to a bunch of it's weaknesses, and is incredible coverage. It also, because of it's EVs, will last pretty long, do a ton of damage.

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You said you use Superpower, but you put Rock Slide?
Woops, I accidentally put the wrong move.
There, Rock Slide was the right move, I just accidentally put Superpower in the description.