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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.

Be sure to include full set details in your post, e.g. items, abilities, natures and EVs. Some detail, including the intended game mode for your set, is also appreciated. Access the full list of guidelines here.

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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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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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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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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Tanky goat:

Pokemon: Arceus
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Multitype
EVs: 252 HP/4 Sp. Def/252 Def
Calm Nature

  • Cosmic Power
  • Defog/Stealth Rock
  • Judgement/Toxic
  • Recover

Cosmic Power allows Arceus to become insanely bulky, taking even super effective hits easily. Defog allows Arceus to clear away entry hazards such as Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Stealth Rock, while Stealth Rock can be used to set up your own entry hazards. Judgement is your way of doing damage, while Toxic puts your opponent on a timer. Recover is self explanatory.

The EVs given are to maximize bulk. Leftovers is to provide steady recovery. Multitype is the only ability Arceus can have. Finally, a calm nature is used to give Arceus some special bulk without any EV investment.


Steel types: Arceus can’t poison them, and cannot do much with Judgement.

Marshadow: Judgement has no effect on Marshadow, does good damage with Close Combat, and can take Cosmic Power boosts with Spectral Thief.

Taunt users: completely shuts down non- Judgement Arceus.

Let me know if there are any more counters.

This thing will annoy your opponent to the point of a forfeit!

Another Counter:

Haze Users like Toxapex that can't be Poisoned and can get rid of Cosmic Power boosts. It's also bulky.
Thanks for the help, Molthree!
You are welcome!
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Arceus Ghost w/ ghostium-z
Ability: Multitype
Evs: 252 Attack/6 special defence/ 252 speed
Nature: Jolly
Swords Dance
Shadow Claw
Extreame speed

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Don't think anyone posted this set yet. Sorry if a duplicate

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252 def/ 252 sp def/ 4 hp
Bold nature

Recover- healing
Flash Cannon- attack/stab
Iron Defense- defense of course
Calm Mind- even more defense and attack power

I have used this set several times and have even defeated primal groudon with this. Maybe I'm just lucky but this seems like a good set. Basically spam iron defense/calm mind until maxed using recover when needed. Then spam flash cannon like no tomorrow until everyone dies. Obviously not perfect with Imposter dittos around, critical hits, and taunt being a problem. Overall its had huge success on my end but again, maybe I'm just lucky. Maybe it's actually good. Or maybe, just maybe, it's Maybelline

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Arceus@Zap Plate
ABILITY: Multitype
IVs: 252 SpAtk/252 SpDef/4 HP
NATURE: Modest

Earth Power
Ice Beam

Covers A LOT of types. When they send in Groudon, which is what people normally switch into once they figure out you're an Electric type Arceus, use Earth Power. Also, this is specially defensive, so you should be able to take a good Earth Power or two. Alternatively, you could split Defense and Sp.Defense evenly to make for a more evenly spaced out bulk Pokemon.

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Well, I think its safe to say that Arceus is a monster
Arceus @ Silk Scarf
Admant Nature
252 HP/252 Atk/4 SpD
-Swords Dance
-Extreme Speed
Swords Dance lets you set up, ideally to +6 but +4 works as well and sometimes even +2. Refresh allows you to get rids of burns or toxic, and finally extreme speed. Extreme Speed lets you bypass all of the fast Pokemon, and when its +4 silk scarf stab boosted, it sweeps. A lot. Earthquake is for Steel and Rock types that resist as well as hitting Ghost types who are immune.

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