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If you have a good competitive moveset for Metagross, 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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Metagross Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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Ik this isn't about a moveset but... why does none of the metagross line get iron fist as an ability? I mean they actually have iron fists... unlike ledian.. who gets iron fist instead of metagross.

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Metagross

Nature: Adamant

Role: Tank

Ev's 252 Atk 128 Def 128 Sp Def

Ability: Clear Body

Item: Leftovers

  • Meteor Mash ( STAB )
  • Earthquake ( Coverage )
  • Zen Headbutt ( STAB )
  • Ice Punch / Bullet Punch ( Further Coverage or Priority )
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I know this is an Old Answer but that's the same Set I Have but the Item I use is the Metagrossite Mega Stone.
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Gen V

Metagross @ Life Orb

Trait: Clear Body

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Meteor Mash
  • Earthquake
  • ThunderPunch
  • Ice Punch
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Metagross @ Life Orb
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 36 HP / 252 Atk / 220 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Rock Polish
- Earthquake
- Meteor Mash
- Ice Punch

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Physical:
Meteor Mash-STAB
Earthquake-Fire types
Ice Punch/Zen Headbutt-Ground Types or STAB
Explosion-Revenge Kill before you faint

Evs:252 Attack 252 HP/SP Defence
Item:Life Orb
Ability:Clear Body

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Look at what dark typhlosion has to say about explosion : " your last attack varies from what your team needs. Many people will add explosion as a last resort for when metagross' health is low, many can see this coming and usually switch in with a ghost type.
Use a move that will compliment your team, covering any types that metagross can't hit with the previous moves mentioned. "
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Gen V Set for Metang

Metang @ Eviolite

Trait: Clear Body

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Light Screen
  • Reflect
  • Toxic
  • Bullet Punch
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Item: Evolite
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk / 128 Dec / 128 SpD


Hone Claws
Meteor Mash
Earthquake
Ice Punch


Hone Claws boosts the rather average Attack stat. Meteor Mash is STAB. Earthquake is coverage over other Steel types and Fire types. Ice Punch covers Ground types and Dragon types.

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I like it, but replace ice-punch with zen headbutt and hone claws with agility. Also, change the item, Evolite doesn't work on Metagross.
Rather average attack stat????? Metagross is a physical sweeper! + A pseudo legendary ! And if you look at them , most of them are physical sweepers. ( Excluding hydreigon because of wider sp. movepool ) replace hone claws with agility - that , is kinda rather average , and replace ice punch with bullet punch. It can sometimes save Metagross from pinches.
He is talking about metang
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Gen 8 Doubles OU

Metagross @ Shuca Berry / Occa Berry / Leftovers
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Ice Punch
- Steel Roller
- Bullet Punch
- Stealth Rock / Toxic

This is a little gimmicky, but this set makes Metagross a terrain remover. Ice Punch is for coverage. Steel Roller is STAB and works when a terrain is up and ends the terrain, removing the active terrain from Pokemon like Rillaboom and Tapu Fini, two of the Pokemon who dominate the current meta. Bullet Punch is priority STAB. Stealth Rock is for an entry hazard. Toxic can be used instead to punish Pokemon switching in.

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Gimmicky,but could be really annoying and awesome.+1
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Mixed Metagross with Grass Knot
Gen 8 RU

Metagross @ Leftovers
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 76 HP / 252 Atk / 88 SpA / 92 Spe
Naughty Nature
- Earthquake
- Meteor Mash
- Zen Headbutt
- Grass Knot

A Mixed Metagross set with Grass Knot so you can lure in and surprise Seismitoad and Gastrodon. Earthquake deals with fire types trying to switch in. Meteor Mash and Zen Headbutt are STAB moves. Grass Knot is to surprise Gastrodon and Seismitoad upon them switching in, being able to 2HKO them after Stealth Rock, assuming the Seismitoad is a defensive set. If an offensive Seismitoad switches into a Grass Knot, it gets OHKOed. 252 Attack EVs is to maximize power of your physical attacks. 92 Speed EVs allow you to outspeed defensive Seismitoad, which runs 56 Speed EVs, putting it at a speed of 198, meaning you outspeed it by 1 point. 88 Special Attack EVs ensures the 2HKOing of Gastrodon and Seismitoad upon them switching in and with Stealth Rock on their side. The leftover EVs are dumped into HP.

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Metagross has to be one of the best Pokemon ever created. Here's my Metagross:

Metagross @ Never-Melt Ice
Adamant Nature
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 SpD
Ability: Clear Body

Meteor Mash: STAB,good power, decent accuracy and a chance to raise Attack.
Earthquake: Good power, good accuracy, deals with Fire weakness.
Ice Punch: Almost as strong as Earthquake due to Never-Melt Ice, deals with Ground weakness and type coverage.
Zen Headbutt: STAB, decent power, good accuracy and chance to make the foe flinch.

Alternatives:
Agility is also a good choice is you want to get Metagross fast.
Or teach Hammer Arm to a Brave Natured one to use in a Trick Room team.

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I like it , unusual movesets with potential.But just adding to your alternatives , bullet punch. We need priority once in a while right?
People don't keep more than one ground type usually, to OHKO it reliably i recommend replacing nevermeltice with icium -z
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DestroyThemWithLazers (Metang) @ Life Orb

Trait: Clear Body

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Bullet Punch
  • Ice Punch
  • Meteor Mash
  • ThunderPunch
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This is for Metagross not metang
It says any pre-evolution is fine as well
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CHOICE BAND METAGROSS!

Metagross @ Choice Band
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 Spd
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Clear Body

  • Bullet Punch

  • Meteor Mash/Iron Head

  • Zen Headbutt

  • Ice Punch

What with his attack topping off at 405 I find it incredibly hard to believe that no one here has posted a Choice Band set for this monster. Bullet Punch is STAB, and great for revenge killing weakened opponents, while your choice of Meteor Mash or Iron Head is primary STAB. Zen Headbutt is secondary STAB, and Ice Punch is coverage.

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Band ain't that good because he'll get revenge killed pretty easily.
Any slow pokemon with a band can be revenged
Right :P Which is your case.
Hence the EV investment in HP
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Gen. V - Mixed Metagross

Metagross @ Leftovers
Ability: Clear Body
EV's: 252 HP / 188 Def. / 70 Atk
Bold Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
- Bullet Punch
- Meteor Mash
- Psychic
- Calm Mind

Physically Defensive Metagross who quickly develops into a Mixed Wall after 2 Calm Minds or more. Bullet Punch takes down faster foes, while Meteor Mash is primary STAB with a chance to raise Attack. As stated before, Calm Mind raises his SDef to transform him into a Mixed Wall, and it's other effect of raising its SAtk. strengthens it's STAB Psychic Attack, hitting Pokemon weak in the SDef. area. This set is quite classic, using Dual STAB Attacks and boost that increase his bulk. Leftovers grant him SOME form of recovery, while the Bold Nature grants him monstrous Def.

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I like how you call the Metagross "her" and "him" in the same sentence, where in reality Metagross doesn't even have a gender.
1.) Doesn't matter, what I call it is so trivial that the fact that you noticed it means you failed to grasp the point.

2.) You can call an inanimate object a him or her, like a vehicle. Big deal.
inanimate object :o metagross has feelings too you know
Obviously it did matter if you changed it :P
Why is this bold metagross running physical attacks?
+Dudeicolo

Bold lowers sp. Atk. So maybe you mean " Why is this bold Metagross running sp.atk s "
Skyttymew, actually, bold nature lower physical attack instead of lowering Special attack.
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Metagross @ Choice Band
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 132 HP / 252 Atk / 124 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Meteor Mash
- Explosion
- Earthquake
- Sludge Bomb / Rock Slide

or...try this one

Metagross @ Leftovers
Trait: Clear Body
EVs: 204 HP / 52 Def / 252 SAtk
Rash Nature (+SAtk, -SDef) / Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
- Meteor Mash
- Psychic
- Ice Punch
- Thunderpunch

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Metagross @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Meteor Mash
- Ice Punch
- Earthquake
- Zen Headbutt

Niche: So basically, with his lackluster Speed, it's going to be outsped by everything. By giving it Max Speed EVs and a Choice Scarf, it allows it to outspeed more Pokemon, i.e. It outspeeds any unboosted Pokemon up to base speed of 130.

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Metagross @ Weakness Policy
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 Spd
Adamant Nature

-Earthquake
-Zen Headbutt
-Meteor Mash
-Ice Punch

You should switch in a scarf Flygon because neither Fire Punch not Earthquake will do too much damage. If you don't trust me, try it, and Metagross should live 1 Earthquake and wreck.

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Metagross @ Metagrossnite
Metagross
Ability: Clear Body———>Tough Claws
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
• Meteor Mash: Strong STAB
• Zen Headbutt: Strong STAB
• Earthquake: Strong coverage
• Bullet Punch: STAB, always nice to have priority

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Man just slap jolly nature and rather add ice punch
You can't just "slap" anything on a serious competitive set; you have to look at it's Pro's and Con's and other things.
I believe that Adamant is there for more firepower, and I guess there was no move slot left for Ice Punch?
I made this as a noob, and I think Jolly might be a good idea
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Metagross @ Choice Specs
Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Flash Cannon
- Psychic
- Shadow Ball
- Trick

Flash Cannon is STAB. Psychic is also STAB. Shadow Ball is for Ghost Types. Trick is to be an annoyance to wall Pokémon.

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Why both psyshock and psychic? Use trick, it can learn it
Edited. I forgot that it could learn Trick.
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Metagross @Choice Specs
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 SpA, 252 HP, 4 SpD
Ability: Clear Body

  • Flash Cannon/Steel Beam
  • Psychic
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb/Shadow Ball

Weird special Metagross set. 95 SpA isn't bad. STAB and coverage.

Salamence @ Salamencite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Hyper Voice
- Draco Meteor
- Heat Wave
- Bulldoze

Metagross @Weakness Policy
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk, 56 Spe, 200 HP
Ability: Clear Body, to nullify Lando-T and Incineroar's Intimidate

  • Meteor Mash
  • Zen Headbutt
  • Agility
  • Rock Slide

Salamence uses Bulldoze first turn, activate Metagross's Weakness Policy, while Metagross uses Agility. Then, mega evolve Salamence and go crazy with Metagross' boosted attacks. Meteor Mash and Zen Headbutt are STABs while Rock Slide is disgusting spread damage that buries the common Fire types in the metagame.

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Metagross @ Metagrossite
252 Atk/252 Spd/4 Hp
Adamant/ Jolly nature (your choice as it is fast enough at 110 base speed)
-Meteor Mash
-Zen Headbutt
-Earthquake
-Ice Punch/Fire Punch/Thunder Punch

Alright lemme explain.
Meteor Mash is common STAB and good base power at 90 and a 20% chance of raising attack and covers Rock, Ice and Fairy. Zen Headbutt is a good STAB move and a decent 205 chance to flinch while covering Poison and Fighting. Earthquake because............ well its Earthquake and covers Fire-types. The last slot is depending on the rest of your team.

Hope this set brings victory to many! :D

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Metagross @ Metagrossite
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Ability: Clear Body
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe or 248 HP / 252 SpDef / 8 Atk
Jolly or Careful Nature
- Hone Claws/Agility
- Meteor Mash
- Zen Headbutt
- Bullet Punch/Earthquake/Elemental Punch of your choice/Stealth Rock

Note: Only run Careful if you're running the Specially Defensive spread.
You can take two takes with this Metagross set. If you decide to run the all out offensive set, then it's more focused around setting a Hone Claws up if possible right from the get-go to start sweeping. However. the specially defensive spread makes it easier to set up lots of Hone Claws as well as making Metagross's already good bulk better. There's also the option of Agility for Speed.
Hone Claws makes you hit hard and gives you an accurate STAB Meteor Mash and Zen Headbutt. The last moveslot is depending on the type of coverage you want. Bullet Punch is priority, Earthquake is for Heatran, you could use something like Ice Punch for Salamence, or Stealth Rock for a lead Metagross.

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