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If you have a good competitive moveset for Heracross, 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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Heracross (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Earthquake Spiral
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Close Combat
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge
- Megahorn

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Megahorn- STAB, pick off psychic types.

Rock Slide/stone edge- Deal with Flying and fire weakness.

Close Combat-High Power, STAB, Accuracy, combined with swords dance, can be deadly, plus a physical flying attack will OHKO him anyway so the lowered defense isn't too much of an issue, as for his special, you can always switch out.

Swords Dance-self explanatory.

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Nice job making me actually want to teach a Pokemon Close Combat.
What about item? Muscle band? Expert belt?
I'd say Night Slash instead of Megahorn. I mean that 185 base atk can kill anything.
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Heracross (M) @ Salac Berry

Role: 1 Hp Sweeper

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Endure
  • Reversal
  • Night Slash
  • Frustration

Endure Reversal with Salac Is Beast.

And Fighting, Dark, and Normal all having 100% accuracy makes for good Neutral coverage Killing your opponent.

That Sprite = Come At Me BRO!!!
xD You are so right!
He is surprised
don't waste evs on hp on a one hp sweeper :(
His animation in HeartGold/SoulSilver = him performing a "BOI" pose, FYI.
3 votes

Gen V

Heracross (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 252 Atk / 156 SDef / 100 Spd

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Megahorn
  • Stone Edge
  • Close Combat
  • Night Slash
I have this exact heracross 0_o
me too.It is the best moveset that any heracross can have.
No,replace night slash with shadow claw,that's MUCH better
Why Night Slash?
@Miaueissai it has night slash so you can hit ghost types super effectively.
2 votes

Standard Sweeper

Suggested Item: Life orb/Choice Scarf
Suggested ability: Moxie
Suggested nature: Jolly (+Spd, -SAtk)
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

  • Close Combat
  • Earthquake
  • Megahorn
  • Stone Edge

These moves all give great coverage and hit hard, so anything coming up on him better be careful.

Mine has these exact same moves!
2 votes

Now with the mega evolution this baby wrecks...

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Ability:Guts/Skill Link
Ev:252Atk/100Sp. Def/156Def

Rock Blast
Pin Missile
Arm Thrust
Night Slash/Bullet Seed/Aerial Ace

Rock Blast is for Flying and Fire Types, your main weaknesses
Pin Missile/Arm Thrust is for STAB(Pin Missile is also to cover Psychic weakness)
Last slot is up to you to decide, Night Slash also covers Ghost(and Psychic ofcourse), Bullet Seed, like your other 3 moves, makes use of Skill Link and can deal with bulky Water types like Blastoise or Azumarill. Aerial Ace is maybe low on BP, but never misses, and covers bulky Grass Types as well as other Fighting types

This thing is OP with a 185 Atk BP...but his speed is not that great...maybe in a Trick Room he can deal quite some damage...otherwise you just have to hope that Heracross doesn't get hit with a Flying Type move

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I'd recommend Close Combat over Arm Thrust, it's far stronger than a Skill Link Arm Thrust and Mega Heracross has defense to spare.
brick break is better
deserves a +1, this moveset  is the best one here, i promise. (well in my opinion.)
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Nature adamant
Ability guts
Item-Choice Scarf
Close Combat-Stab move!!!
Megahorn-for psychic/stab move!!!
Rock slide/stone edge-coverage for fire and flying.
Thunder punch/shadow claw-For ghost and water.

Uhh. What's with the Uxie picture?
Epic pic
Badass Heracross : You gotta bone to pick up with me?
Yes that is an awesome heracross moveset!(use shadow claw,not t-punch)
Just gonna point out, Heracross can't learn Thunder Punch. And from what I'm seeing, never could.
That is, hands down, the most awesome Heracross pic ever.
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Facade Heracross
Heracross (M) @ Toxic Orb
Ability: Guts
Nature: Jolly (+Spd -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Spd
-Close Combat - Gains STAB
-Rock Slide - For Flying- and Fire-types
-Megahorn - Gains STAB and for Psychic-types
-Facade - Facade doubled power with badly poison status that Toxic Orb gives me plus the ability Guts making even more stronger

Flail Heracross
Heracross (M) @ Scope Lens
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Jolly (+Spd -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
-Endure - For resting 1 HP
-Flail - After you have 1 HP by help of Endure you can OHKO anything
-Rock Slide/Stone Edge - Flying- and Fire-type coverage
-Close Combat - For Steel- and Rock-types that Flail is not very effective plus gains STAB

Attack Heracross
Heracross (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -SpAtk)
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
-Close Combat - Gains STAB
-Megahorn - Gains STAB plus can take some Psychic-types
-Stone Edge - Flying- and Fire-type coverage
-Swords Dance - For boosting its attack and go OHKOing anything.

Defense Heracross
Heracross (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Guts
Nature: Impish (+Def -SpAtk)
EVs: 172 HP / 168 Def / 168 SpDef

Flail and reversal would work better together than close combat and flail because reversal is also based on hp and becomes insanely powerful with STAB
But CC is more suefull at full health.
Close combat > Megahorn on that defense Hera, or he'll never take down a Steel type (I think, bug typings always confuse me)
Why not Flame Orb? Guts ignores the attack decrease and the Burn does way less damage.
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My Heracross knows..

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SpAtk)

Ability: Moxie or Guts

Item: Leftovers.

STAB. Great move with Atk stat. Deals with Psychics.

-Stone Edge/Rock Slide:
We all have this choice. Both great coverage moves, both deal with Fire and Flying weakness.

-Close Combat/Brick Break:
Close Combat is powerful but risky at the same time. Brick Break goes through Reflect and Light Screen. Your choice.

Unexpected move with Heracross. STAB.

Please comment!!

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earthquake won't have STAB on heracross....
I don't think Leftovers is the right choice with a sweeper like Heracross. If you need the healing, use Shell Bell. Otherwise, use something like the Expert Belt.
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Heracross @ Leftovers

Ability: Moxie

Nature: Rash (+ Sp. Atk., -Sp. Def.)

-Megahorn (STAB, good power, good to deal with Psychics)

-Stone Edge (Good to deal with Fires and Flyings)

-Earthquake (Good to deal with Fires)

-Brick Break (STAB, good power and accuraccy)

*You can replace Megahorn with Night Slash, because of the accuraccy. Also, you can replace Brick Break with Rain dance to weaken those pesky Fire moves.

This one's actually a good set, but I gotta ask.. Why Rash Nature on a physical set?
Thnaks, and also.
You can put Naughty nature. Rash is a recomendation for a Special set for this bro.
The point Poke/ is making is that the nature you gave it lowers a useful stat and raises the one stat you don't make any use of whatsoever.
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look,this is My Idea of a heracross (swept Gershwin's team with it)

''Yes! I swept another uber team!''-the heracross in the picture aka MY heracross
Yes! I swept another uber team!

@coba berry ability swarm
trait:physical sweeper
EVs 252 attack,252 speed,4sp.def
moves v
Megahorn-STAB bye-bye psychic types
Close Combat-STAB coverage
stone edge-fly no more flying types XD
shadow claw-he,he no exeptions, fight-psy types

Hope I helped you

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Heracross (M) @ Heracrossite
Trait: Moxie -> Skill Link
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature
- Pin Missile
- Arm Thrust
- Bullet Seed
- Rock Blast

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most of you will have guessed that I will have answered on this one but lets get to the moveset already,
@flame orb
trait: guts
EVs/252atk./252spd./4 HP
close combat

unless you are dumb I think you will get the point of this moveset.

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Im not going to notpick, but flame orb would be better that toxic orb. I like to use Stone edge > rock slide. Shabby accuracy, but Stone Edge has more power and therefore able to OHKO many more pokés than rock slide
1. rock slide has 100 accuracy stone edge has 80
2. a burn lowers attack so if you think about it you are lowered because of burn then hightend by guts so it is just normal :)
Don't be an idiot cool heracross, guts negates the drop in attack caused by burn, and Dr.Dude, it depends on how you use him, on a U-Turn set, toxic would be better, since you take less damage in the first two turns, however, if you want him to stay in and sweep,  flame orb is  the only option
hey, I am a heracross I should know how to battle
Heracross doesn't learn U-turn.
Rock Slide has 90 accuracy, not 100.
Guts negates the Attack drop from burn.
Unless you are dumb, I think you will get what I'm trying to say here.
And the user name is ''the cool heracross''. I think he understands of Heracross jk xD
Exactly lol
dat picture of heracross is me, lol
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the sub-reverser
item:salac berry
EV's-252 speed,252 atk,4 hp
-endure/substitute-the main part of the stratagy
-reversal-another key element
-megahorn/earthquake/rock slide-pick megahorn if you picked the ability swarm
-swords dance-pick this if you picked substitute over endure,if not choose one of the above moves,unless you want to play risky(just keep in mind he's 4 times weak to flying)

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My move set for heracross is
Item-Flame Orb

Move set
Protect- Use this to get the burn without taking damage from your opponent.
Megahorn- Use this for STAB and taking out psychic type.
Earthquake/Stone edge- Use this for fire or flying type.
Close Combat- Use this for STAB and for MASSIVE damage.

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Heracross (M) @ Black Belt

Trait: Guts

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk) or Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Megahorn - STAB
  • Rock Slide - Coverage
  • Brick Break - STAB
  • Swords Dance - Boost Attack
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Ability: Moxie -------> Skill Link
Nature: Adamant/Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 HP

- Arm Thrust/Brick Break/Close Combat
- Pin Missile
- Rock Blast
- Bullet Seed

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Heracross (M) @ Heracronite
Nature: Adamant (+ATK, -SpATK)
Ability: Skill Link
EVs: 252 HP / 252 ATK / 4 SpDef
Close Combat/Arm Thrust
Pin Missile
Rock Blast
Bullet Seed

This is what mine knows.

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Let's give this boi a good use of its mega...
I should first warn you that I took this moveset from Smogon, so even though it made it to OU (Over Used), it doesn't mean that people don't already know how to hit back to it, but if you just want to do some Battle Tree related stuff with it, then it's ok.
Just wanted to clarify that...

Heracross @ Heracronite
Ability: Skill Link (automatically makes all multiple hit moves hit 5 times)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk/-SpA)
- Swords Dance
- Close Combat
- Rock Blast
- Pin Missile

[Swords Dance] for boost.
[Close Combat] of course.
[Rock Blast] best for coverage against flying types, plus it makes a great use of its ability.
[Pin Missile] AMAZING thanks to its ability and STAB damage.

Mega Heracross is the Pokemon with the highest base attack stat, next to Mega Mewtwo X. Plus it also has amazing defenses and decent HP and Speed. Not to mention his AMAZING ability. This guy is just OP!!!