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If you have a good competitive moveset for Arceus, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for Arecus of any type can and should only be posted on this thread.

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Arceus Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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Does arceus have the best state total?
Apart from both Mega Mewtwos, yes.
Just a reminder, Poison Arceus (or any other than the Normal) can't hold any item, as it has to hold the respective Plate to change the type anyway, so there's no slot for an item.
People would only stop answering if you choose one best answer

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Arceus @ Zap Plate
Trait: Multitype
EVs: 252 SAtt / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Modest nature (+SAtt -Att)
- Recover / Flamethrower (429 or 488 Pokémon covered? Your choice!)
- Judgement
- Ice Beam
- Earth Power
With Recover, I would use 252 SAtt / 128 Spe / 128 HP  

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This is good. But, replace ice beam with energy ball and replace earth power with calm mind. This is to raise spatk and spdef. Hope I helped!
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Arceus-Ghost @ Spooky Plate

Trait: Multitype

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Attack / 252 Speed

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Swords Dance
  • Shadow Force
  • Brick Break
  • ExtremeSpeed/Recover

Swords Dance Boosts Arceus' already good attack to nice levels.
Shadow Force is an awasome Ghost type move, only Arceus and Giratina can learn it so it's pretty awasome, STAB.
Brick Break hits Steel-, Dark- and Normal-types super effectively all whom recist Shadow Force.
Does give perfect coverage along with Shadow Force.
ExtremeSpeed allows Arceus to hit faster revengekillers, Recover lets Arceus get up more Swords Dances and is good for staying healthy overall.

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Hahaha, leave it to you do do the Ghost Arceus.
actually Arceus cant learn Shadow Force there was a one time give away around the release of Platinum which it knew judgement shadow force roar of time and spacial rend but unless you have one of those and plan on ruining its one time event status then you have no way of getting arceus with shadow force without hacking etc
Shadow force?
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Ask and you shall recieve. Here is a physical moveset for Arceus, the pokemon god. I use it myself in my ubers team, and it works VERY well.

Arceus
Adamant nature (life orb/leftovers)
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, and 4 HP

Swords Dance
Extremespeed
Earthquake
Recover

Swords dance is a very helpful move, as Arceus can take almost any hit and, after a swords dance, is an instant powerhouse. Extremespeed is one of the premier moves, to be used right after SD to demolish the opponent's team. Earthquake takes out the rock and steel types. Recover is used to increase Arceus's longevity. Why no plate, you ask? Well, Arceus, being a normal type, already has only one weakness, and you can really notice the difference of power when you have a life orb instead of a plate, and the main move is extremespeed, so why would you change the type when you can have a life orb boosted STAB move with +2 priority? Leftovers is also a good item to be used instead of life orb, though you will definitely notice the lack of ridiculous power that life orb gives.

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Flame plate


Item: Flame plate
Ability: Multi-type
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Judgement
Ice-beam
Thunderbolt
Earthpower


Judgement is powerful STAB that even gets boosted by the item, if you use this in the Sun then you will be doing tons of damage. Ice-beam, Thunderbolt, and Earth-power give him super effective coverage over 488 Pokemon and neutral over the rest.

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This is a really great set. I use this but with my Arceus-Electric.
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Arceus

Disgruntled goat of BULK!

Nature: Bold
Ability: Multitype
Item: Steel plate
EVs: 252 Defense, 252 S.def, 6 hp


Cosmic-power
Recover
Toxic/Will-o-wisp
Refresh/Earth-power


Cosmic power makes your defenses over 500 after one use. Recover is for healing. Toxic is for stalling while Will-o-wisp can also be used but can be used to cut opponents attack. Refresh can remove status ailments while Earthpower can be used to get rid of the steel type that would kill you choose toxic.

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I'd definitely go with steel as the best type as it has so many resistances
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Sweeper

Arceus @ Leftovers/Ground Plate
Trait: Multitype
EVs: 252 Atk / 128 Def / 128 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- ExtremeSpeed
- Shadow Claw
- Swords Dance
- Earthquake

Hooray!

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Freezing Rain

Item: Icicle-plate
Ability: Multitype
Nature: Timid
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Judgement

Thunder

Shadow-ball

Recover or Calm-mind


You do not need splash plate to perform in the Rain, he even works as Groudon Killer! Judgement is his signature move, always STAB, it has 180 Base-power and is super-effective on Groudon, it will always OHKO unless full EVs are spent in Groudon's S.Defense and HP, and it has super-effective coverage on about half of the rest of Uber as well. Thunder get 100% with Kyogre support and his great coverage paired with Judgement. Shadow-ball is awesome coverage in Uber. Recover is for you to last longer while Calm-mind would be for boosting.


Note: If you plan on running this outside of rain remember to switch Thunder for Thunderbolt.

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Arceus-Grass @ Meadow Plate

Trait: Multitype

Role: Sunny Sweeper

EVs: 60 HP / 252 SAtk / 196 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • SolarBeam
  • Flamethrower
  • Earth Power
  • Ice Beam
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Remove ice beam for scald or waterfall for fire/flying types
But then scald and waterfall would be less powerful in the sun
Arceus can’t learn Scald
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Arceus-Rock @ Stone Plate

Trait: Multitype

EVs: 200 HP / 200 Def / 108 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Calm Mind
  • Judgment
  • Grass Knot
  • Recover

Tyranitar should be in the team.

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Arceus-Dark @ Dread Plate

Trait: Multitype

EVs: 124 HP / 100 Atk / 32 Def / 220 SAtk / 32 SDef

Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)

  • Judgment
  • Earthquake
  • Ice Beam
  • Brick Break

I have 3 favorite types, and dark probably comes out on top of the bunch.
But Arceus-dark? Oh... I love it.

Judgement is that jacked up STAB that everyone loves, and when I say jacked up, I mean 100 base power, 100 accuracy, Dread Plate boosted STAB.

Earthquake is awesome coverage, especiall when paired with Ice Beam and Brick Break! :D

Dark, Ground, Ice and Fighting hits 152 pokemon for Normal Effectiveness, and 511 for super effectiveness. That's the awesome part about arceus, he can run awesome coverage.

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Goat power (Arceus-Water) @ Splash Plate

Trait: Multitype

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SAtk

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Calm Mind
  • Recover
  • Judgment
  • Thunder

For use in rain.

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Arceus-Fire @ Flame Plate

Trait: Multitype

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Speed

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Judgement
- Draco Meteor / Spacial Rend
- Earth Power
- SolarBeam / Energy Ball

According to the type checker, Fire + Dragon give almost perfect neutral coverage. I know that it does not account for abilities and the only Pokemon I can think of that resist this is Flash Fire Heatran.

So yea, Fire Judgement is powerful STAB, and in the Sun...BAWS. Spacial Rend is for consistent damage while Draco Meteor is more hit-&-run, so your choice.

Earth Power is for Heatran and coverage that might be too bulky for Draco-Flare cough Steel-Types cough .

The last slot is also your choice. SolarBeam is for Sun teams and powerful coverage, but if you are afraid that the weather might be changed on you, go for Energy Ball.

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Reshiram's Fire+Dragon hits everything.
... making an Uber Sun team later.
You invest EV's in Sp.Atk and give it all those special moves but it has a nature that favours Atk and lowers Sp.Atk. I don't get that.
yeah...
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Arceus
Gen 7
Item: Steel Plate
Role: Special sweep-tank combo
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Attack)
Evs: 252 hp, 252 defense
Moves:

Judgement: Great power, boosted by the plate, STAB

Recover: To heal

Earth Power: Coverage.

Calm mind: To increase the not invested sp def, make him sweep and complete this set.

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Arceus @ Splash Plate
EVs 4 HP 252 SpA 252 Spe
Timid Nature

Judgement
Thunder
Ice Beam
Energy Ball

IMO good coverage, strong stab, Thunder + Ice beam for Bolt-beam, but use in rain. Energy ball also for coverage.

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Sadly, you might as well use Kyogre with Hidden Power Grass instead of this.
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Arceus-Rock @ Stone Plate
Trait: Multitype
EVs: 200 HP / 56 SAtk / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Stealth Rock
- Will-O-Wisp
- Judgment
- Earth Power / Focus Blast


With Sand Support


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MIXED GUY
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Arceus @ Leftovers / Shell Bell / Life Orb
Trait: Multitype
EVs: 252 Spe / 128 Att / 128 SAtt
Neutral nature

Earthquake
Brick Break
Ice Beam
Thunderbolt

1 No Effect
0 Not Very Effective
133 Normal Effectiveness
529 Super Effective

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Speed freak sent out Shedinja!* Uh oh...
Like shedinja could defeat Arceus. You could stall it to death, since it's so weak it could barely win even if you can't attack it. O just switch.
Whats that 1 no effect?
its shedinja
I thought bug was weak to ice but oh well
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Since the best 4 move combo would be ghost/fighting/ice/ground
i would suggest
Arceus @ fist plate(fighting)
nature modest: +sp atk ,-atk
ability- Multitype
moveset
earth power
shadow ball
judgement(Fighting)
ice beam

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@Spooky Plate
252 Hp / 4 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (-Atk +Spd)
-Judgment
-Focus Blast
-Calm Mind
-Recover

This guy is great.
2 calm minds make a scarfogres water spout a 3 hit ko.
Judgment hits most of ubers very hard, and when it doesnt Focus Blast does.
He provides good synergy for teams and prooves a sucsessful spin blocker.

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I'll give a shot at this.
Arceus @Zap Plate

EVs:252 Sp. Atk 252 Atk 4 def
Moveset:
Focus Blast
Ice Beam
Earthquake
Payback

I mostly took advantage of it learning practictly every move. It's type is electric beacause it has only one weakness, ground, wich is covered by it's moveset. Focus Blast covers 5 diffrent types, wich are normal, ice, dark, rock, and steel.Ice Beam also covers a lot of types wich include grass, it's weakness ground,flying, and dragon types.Earthquake also covers a lot, a total of 3, these types are fire, electric, and poison. PAyback I put in here to cover two types on the E4 that are ghost and psychic.With this moveset and type, this Pokemon has 1 weakness wich is covered by one of it's moves. It also covers every type but
3 wich are water, fighting, and bug types.

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Walled by Palkia, and Earthquake also hits Rock and Steel types, so that is definitely a more reloable way to hit those 2 types as Focus Blast has a most annoying tendency to miss.
yay! ben has become an expert!!
What's another move that arceus can learn that's a fighting type move?
I use a fighting move to cover normal,dark, and Ice
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Arceus - Bug @ Insect Plate

Trait: Multitype

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Swords Dance
  • X-Scissor
  • Recover
  • Iron Tail / Waterfall

Loely bugs :3. Swords Dance will boost up your attack stat. X-Scissor is STAB. Not many will be surviving this. It provides solid damage, Mewtwo and Darkrai will go down. Recover heals when in a bind. Iron Tail / Waterfall are your coverage attacks. Pesky and annoying Arceus Ground / Rock :P.

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Don't use Arceus-Bug. Use Genesect ;D
Arceus has better things to do than be a bug type. Not the worst set about, but not the best.