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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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Apart from both Mega Mewtwos, yes.
Arceus-Poison @ Black Sludge
Ability: multitype
EVs: 96 HP / 96 Atk / 96 Def / 28 SpA / 96 SpD / 96 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Substitute
- Swords Dance
- Roost
- Return
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
Best type for Arceus is Normal type (weak only for Fight and u can hold Life Orb to 1 hit KO - Sword Dance + ExtremeSpeed Combo ^^)  
Best Move for it is:
Judgment (Never Del, cuz  it realy good, depend on your Type, face again alot of Build)
Combo Sword Dance+ExtremeSpeed (ExtremeSpeed's priority make you be a God) ^^
and Spychic to again Fight and Ghost Type ;)

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

Brick Break
Ice Beam

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

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
earth power
shadow ball
ice beam

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

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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Dragon type Arceus
Item: Draco Plate
Judgement (A super-affective move)
Gravity (to keep pokemon who know Fly or Bounce down)
Recover (so you don't have to use potions or anything)
Draco Meteor (another super-effective move and the held plate powers it up)

Hope this helps!
This moveset is actually used by my Arceus and it helps with battles with people who keep using Fly or Bounce.

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

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

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.

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.

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.
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I would have it like this enter image description here

Item:Light clay
Role:Team helper
Light screen- Reduces special damage
Reflect- Reduces physical damage
Toxic/Will-o-wisp/Thunder wave- Makes the opponents Pokemon weaker
Recover- Keeps it in good shape

no offense but that moveset is horrible
1. It doesn't have its signature move.
2. It doesn't have an attack move.
I know but i have tried this set and it really works and is a good teamhelper and like i wrote it is a teamhelper
Why recover? He can last 2 turns to setup screens, and then switch.
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Arceus: stone plate/earth plate
Nature: jolly
Evs: 4 hp 252 atk 252 spd
Ability: multitype
Swords dance
Stone edge
Extreme speed/shadow claw

Move over excadrill there's a new sand sweeper in town and he's ready to bring his divine power to all his opponents. Stone plate can be used for the 50% special defense boost in sand while earth plate can be used for the "better" STAB. Anyway this simple yet powerful set is quite usable in and out of sand, and can handle multiple meta game threats such as zekrom, reshiram, and the many flying types. Swords dance is the standard boosting move for a physical attacker and the edge quake combo provides superb coverage. In the last slot you can either run extreme speed, which is the preferred move, for the nearly guaranteed first move, or shadow claw, for the numerous ghost and psychic types in ubers, most notably giratina. Good teammates for this arceus include shaymin, who can deal with opposing weather setters, and tyranitar, who sets up sand and can deal with giratina and other such bulky ghosts/psychics.

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The ultimate arceus with
No effect: 0
not very effective: 0
Normal Effect: 172
Super Effective: 503

Arceus @ Dread Plate
Trait: Multitype
- Focus Blast
- Fly
- Stone Edge
- Judgement
This is the strongest move set Arceus can learn

This is an AMAZING moveset ! I was going to say I would change Focus Blast but there isn't much selection for Fighting type moves so Bravo!
“This is the strongest move set Arceus can learn” unless you don’t want a mixed sweeper. Just saying. Also, that’s quite a big-headed thing to say, no offence.
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I haven't posted in forever. Well, anyways, this is the best arceus set I have ever used. Absolutely love it:
Arceus (Normal)@ leftovers
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Ability: Multitype
248 hp/ 252 att/ 8 spe
+att -sp att
Swords Dance/ Bulk Up
Brick Break
Shadow Claw

This is an Extremekiller arceus set that uses his fantastic bulk to tank big hits and hit back even harder. He's a good answer to the 252 spe variant of Extremekiller. 8 speed ev's help outspeed other 4 speed arceus. Brick break and shadow claw provide good neutral coverage, and after a boost or two, can take down dialga and giratina respectively.

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Arceus the Electric Killer

Item: Zap Plate
Ability: Multitype


Charge Beam
Ice Beam

First of all, the type. EVERYONE wants a Draco Arceus. EVERYONE. But why have three weaknesses when you can have one with the Electric type? Sure you don't have any effect on Ground as an Electric Pokemon but that goes the same way with Dragon.

Now, the moves. Thunderbolt and Charge Beam because Arceus will need those since it will be an Electric type so why not have any decent Electric moves? Recover to always live and never have to see the tragedy of the killing machine faint. (No one can live through that) But Ice Beam? Taking care of the Ground types will be a peace of cake with an Ice move. Also it gives way of advantage to Dragon, Grass, Flying (Electric already covered that ._.) and Ground (Like I said before) so you will have no weaknesses. Be a boss today.

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Best set in my opinion will be this set

EVs 252 Attack/252 Speed/4 Hp
Nature: Careful (-Sp. Attack +Sp. Defence)
Ability: Multitype
Item: Metal Plate

- Earthquake
- Swords Dance
- Recover
- Poison Jab

Earthquake will be Weakness coverage against fire-types, swords dance for increasing damage, poison jab will be coverage against fairy types (aka. this is for Pokemon x and y and Arceus cannot learn and physical steel move) and Recover if you have low HP.

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Arceus @Focus Sash
Trait: Multitype
EVs 252Atk \ 232Spe / 24Hp
Adamant Nature

-Swords Dance

If you can "see" what the opponent is about to use (Sucker Punch, Counter, Nasty Plot etc.) use either Swords Dance or Recover as you can recycle the Focus Sash if you get full Hp again.

You can't use focus sash more than once in a battle, that only works with sturdy.
I forgot
Focus Sash with 120 in each defence and HP?
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There's so much Arceus can do, this is one unsuggested set:

Arceus @ Flame Plate
EVs: 252 Sp.Atk, 252 HP/Speed, 4 Hp/Speed
Ability: Multitype
Nature: Modest

Sunny Day
Earth Power/Dragon Claw

Obviously, this set is for in the sun. Sunny Day sets the sun up, Judgement is not only his sig move, but gains sun boost and STAB, making it more powerful than any other option. Solarbeam covers all Arceus Fire's weaknesses, and doesn't need to be charged due to sunny day. Earth Power to cover fire types, or dragon claw to cover dragons.


SE on: 8/10 types
NFE on: 1 type (fire or dragon)

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Arceus - Electric Type
Just suggesting, I'm seriously VERY NEW to team-building.
Why not just take Arceus Electric Type @ Zap Plate

Moves: Heatwave/ Flamethrower
Spacial Rend

i just checked on move checker. the above moveset cover ALL types! 230 normal effectiveness Pokemons & an unbelievable 548 Pokemons will be hit super-effective with this one!Screenshot

Obviously, invest EVs as : 252 SpA, 248 HP, 8Atk
Mild Nature
what do you think?

rock slide, ice beam, brick break, earthquake. does normal effect to 5 types and super effective to 11 types and can effect 581 pokemon and normal effect to 197. 0 to the rest covers every type and more.
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Item:Toxic Plate. Type:Poison

Hydro Cannon
Dark Pulse/Shadow Ball/Thunderbolt/Ice beam

Judgement for STAB,signature move,very powerful.Hydro cannon for ground ,rock coverage and not very effective.Psychic for not very effective poison types.Dark Pulse and Shadow ball for fairy and Ghosts.Thunderbolt and ice beam for more power

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One of the, if not THE most diverse Pokemon. Let's try something different

@Draco plate
Adamant nature
252 Atk 252 Speed 4 Hp

Hone claws
Iron head/ Iron tail

Hone claws is setting up, Outrage is to absolutely wreck anything not fairy type, Iron head /tail is to kill fairies and explosion for when you somehow are close to death.

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Arceus @ Silk Scarf
Ability: Multitype
Adamant Nature
- Extreme Speed
- Swords Dance
- Shadow Claw
- Dark Void

Just love this moveset, I really love it You can mostly kill any Pokemon with this set by using Dark Void 2 times and using Swords Dance 3 times :3 and use extremespeed :P

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Doubles with Torkoal, will include both movesets
Jesus (Arceus) @ Flame Plate
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EV Spread: 252 Spe, 252 SpA, 4 HP
Judgement: Comeon. It's boosted by %130!
ThunderBolt: TB cover water weakness + Bolt-Beam
Ice Beam: BOLT-BEAM! Also covers other 2 weaknesses. Absolute coverage with Bolt-Beam
Calm Mind: Boosting, and Arceus has reasonable bulk to set up
Go in and set up a calm mind, unless the is a major threat, and then spam judgment. The sun pretty much makes water only 1/2 has effective, and 3 target judgment works really well in doubles. Torkoal isn't a huge powerhouse, you can use Judgement effectively.

TURTLE! (Torkoal) @ Heat Rock
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk) or Quiet (+SpA -Spe)
EV: 252 SpA, 252 Def, 4 HP
Heat Wave: STAB, Boosted by the sun, Two target
Gyro Ball: Use that speed for something
Solar Beam: coverage, instant in sun
Curse: Boosts amazingly, with the lower speed = more damage on gyro ball!
You can also run this set with just about any drought Pokemon, like P groudon or Ninetales
Hope this helped!

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Arceus @ Flame Plate
Ability/Trait: Multitype
EV's: 252 SAtt, 252 Spe, 4 Def
Timid Nature (+Spe - Att)
-Calm Mind (boost SAtk and SpDef - self explanatory)
-Judgment (signature move obviously)
-Ice Beam (Rock and Ground coverage)
-Thunderbolt / Thunder (water coverage, thunderbolt for more accuracy, thunder for power)

Very good moveset with good power and coverage - I am currently using this on my shiny Arceus and it is very strong. Not necessarily the best Arceus out there, but what I like about Arceus is he can be used in several different ways. And if you need a fire type in your team, then this is a good one.

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