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If you have a good competitive moveset for Skeledirge, 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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Skeledirge @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Fighting
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
- Torch Song
- Slack Off
- Hex / Shadow Ball
- Will-o-Wisp / Earth Power / Roar

A very cool new Pokemon. Torch Song is STAB and boosts Skeledirge's Special Attack stat by 1. 16 PP makes it quite spammable too. Slack Off is recovery, which is necessary for almost every defensive Pokemon. Shadow Ball is the reliable Ghost type STAB, but Hex can be used on Will-O-Wisp or Roar sets. Earth Power lets it do damage to Pokemon like Garganacl, Chi-Yu, Great Tusk, Tyranitar, and Toxapex. Will-O-Wisp makes it absurdly bulky on the physical side, wears the opps down, and makes Hex stronger. Roar can be a cool tech on hazard stack teams, by accumulating hazard damage and potentially making Hex stronger if Toxic Spikes are on the field. Fighting Tera is so that it can better deal with Dark and Rock type moves, and so that it wont be such a big deal if its boots are knocked off.

Good teammates for Skeledirge
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The best core this gen, able to set up hazards with Glimmora and block all forms of hazard removal (other than Tidy Up on Maushold) with Gholdengo. This makes Skeledirge more able to get KOs, all while having excellent defensive utility at the same time. Pretty neat.


Booster Energy Iron Valiant is a nice sponge for Knock Off, and beats stuff like Baxcalibur, Roaring Moon, and Ting-Lu (the latter two of which completely destroy non Will-o-hex variants).

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Cool specially defensive support. Skeledirge can switch into Fighting moves and U-turns (and a lot of physical moves in general) while the pink blobs can help take special hits for Skeledirge, are immune to Ghost type moves, and can make Hex more easy to use, as they pack Thunder Wave


Great Tusk is a helpful teammate for Skeledirge, as it has helpful Rapid Spin support for if Skeledirge loses its Boots, and it has a nice matchup against Tyranitar, Garganacl, and Chi-Yu. Scarf sets can revenge kill things that have been weakened by Skeledirge, and the Knock Off support is always nice.


Very fast and has STAB on Knock Off and U-turn, coming off of a 110 attack stat. Meowscarada is helpful offensive utility

You can use other Pokemon with it, like Garganacl, Ting-Lu, Dondozo, Clodsire, and Orthoworm but i'm kind of in a rush while writing this.

Overall thoughts
Great physical wall that is not at all passive, Unaware with reliable recovery is really nice. A solid A or A+ Pokemon, probably will still be good when Heatran comes back.

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This thing tanky as hell
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Skeledirge @ Leftovers/Colbur Berry
Ability: Unaware
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def /252 Sp.Def
Nature: Calm
IVs: 0 Atk
- Torch Song
- Hex
- Slack Off
- Will-O-Wisp

EV placement adds max Special Defensive bulk, while Will-O-Wisp cripples Physical attackers. Unware makes the opponent boosting irrelevant to your survivability. Torch Song is STAB that also boosts your Special Attack, Hex is STAB that combos well with Will-O-Wisp, Slack Off heals off the damage you do take. Leftovers can be used for HP recovery or a Colbur Berry can be used if you fear Knock Off. 0 ATK IV is to reduce damage from Foul Play.

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Skeledirge @ Blunder Policy
Ability: Unaware
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Sing
- Slack off
- Torch Song
- Earth power

Sing is to activate Blunder Policy to sweep with Torch Song, Earth power is coverage and Slack Off to heal.

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Alright, Skeledirge to me has the best potential out of the starters for competitive play. Using Terastalize for a defensive advantage over offense.

Skeledirge @ Assault Vest
Ability: Unaware
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 SpA
Calm Nature
Tera Type: Grass
- Torch Song
- Shadow Ball
- Tera Blast
- Earth Power

This is a balanced set. Torch Song provides a stat boost offense, Shadow Ball is STAB, and Earth Power is coverage. The reason for Grass Tera Type is that it provides a very solid defensive change. Grass being resistant to Ground and Water, big problems for fire types and it doesn’t share any weakness to Ghost. Grass is also very well covered by Fire as well, with Skeledirge’s original typing, fire, ice, bug, and poison are resisted. This isn’t explained in the best way, but Grass Tera Skeledirge is Good!

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Assault vest tosses skeledirge’s access to slack-off away for no good reason, as well as will-o-wisp to a lesser extent. Grass may be good to turn the tides of a singular matchup, but after that, it’s a depressing defensive type that won’t do you many favors, and very much feels like a wasted tera.
This set dies really fast due to no Slack off or Heavy-Duty Boots, it won't be of much defensive use for very long.
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Skeledirge @ Life Orb
Ability: unaware
Tera: Fire
EVs: 252 HP, 252 SpA, 4 Def
Modest Nature
-Torch Song
-Flame Charge
-Shadowball
-Slackoff

So my plan is to make this bulky guy into a bulky sweeper. Requires some set up and good predictions but if you can start off with a flame charge or 2 before firing Torch Song you should be outspeeding most Pokemon at that point. Slackoff to recover off the damage while trying speed up.
Tera Fire makes Flame Charge do a bit more damage but FC is mostly for the speed boosts. The chip damage is just a plus.
Im sure smarter people can make this set better but its been working for me.

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Gen 9 RU Specially Defensive

Crocalor @ Eviolite
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Water
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Flamethrower
- Will-O-Wisp
- Encore
- Slack Off

A Specially Defensive Crocalor set for Gen 9 RU. Crocalor is actually good in Gen 9 RU Alpha, having Unaware, nice bulk due to Eviolite, and Fire being a good type in the RU Alpha meta. Flamethrower is used for Fire STAB. Will-O-Wisp is used to spread burns to Physical wallbreakers to cripple them. Encore makes Pokemon repeat their previous move, which can cripple Pokemon who can't afford being locked into one move. Slack Off is used to give Crocoalor a source of HP recovery. If you want to use a Tera Type, you can use Tera Water for a good defensive type. Otherwise, you don't have to Tera since Fire is a good type in the RU Alpha meta at the time of this post. Make sure you have good hazard removal on the team since Crocalor can't use Heavy-Duty Boots like Skeledirge.

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Gen 9 OU tanky special attacker set (for both doubles and singles)
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Fighting/Grass (chose them because Fighting handles Skeledirges Rock and Dark weaknesses, while Grass handles its Water, Rock, and Ground weaknesses)
EVs: 252 SpA, 192 HP, 66 Def
Nature: Bold (lowers Atk, boosts Def)
- Torch Song
- Shadow Ball
- Tera Blast
- Earth Power

Torch Song and Shadow Ball are STAB. Tera Blast is because Skeledirge doesn’t learn any Fighting moves, and while it does learn a couple of Grass moves, they’re both either Physical or two turn moves. Earth Power is for coverage.

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Why specifically Tera Grass/Fighting? You explain the pros and cons of both Teras, but not why you specifically chose those two types.
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A very popular new Pokemon, with many different sets, but I hope this one is pretty unique
Skeledirge @ Throat Spray
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Dark
EVs: 88 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD / 160 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Fire Spin
- Torch Song
- Shadow Ball
- Imprison
Mainly used to just set up on Opposing Skeledirge, first you Fire Spin, then you go for imrpison, then you can do whatever you want, hope this helps someone!

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Bulky Offensive Skeledirge

Skeledirge @Throat Spray (more offensive)/Leftovers (more defensive)
Ability: Unaware
Tera Type: Your choice. Offensive: Fire/Ghost. Defensive: Grass/Fighting/anything that resists or is immune to one of Skeledirge's weaknesses.
EV Spread: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD (Typical Bulky Special Mon)
Modest Nature

-Torch Song (Main attack. Great STAB attack and gets immediate +2 with the Throat Spray. Hits very hard with Tera Fire.
- Shadow Ball/Hex (Ghost STAB. Shadow Ball hits harder and pairs better with the +1 from Torch Song. Hex works with the status moves on this build.
- Slack Off (Takes advantage of Skeledirge's bulk and is a great recovery option. Works especially well with Leftovers.)
- Will - o - Wisp/Yawn/Earth Power (Will - o - Wisp and Yawn are both good status condition moves that make Hex a 65 BP move to a 130 BP move. Will - o - Wisp helps with Skeledirge's defense as burn halves the foes attack stat, but is more risky as it is 85% accurate. Yawn can apply more pressure because it is 100% accurate and tempts the foes to switch around a little more. Earth Power is mainly for coverage against potential Rock Types that can hurt Skeledirge. It also gives you the choice of Shadow Ball over Hex.

I hope this is good! Thank you for reading!

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