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

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Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers

Role: Rain Tank

Trait: Hydration

EVs: 252 HP / 96 Def / 160 SDef

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Rest
  • Muddy Water
  • Acid Armor
  • Shadow Ball

With Rain support

Tons of hp for a Hefty Leftovers boost, Rest takes you right back up to full with no Waiting in the Rain for a Hydration user,

Muddy Water gives you a chance at the ever so annoying Accuracy Decreaser, which can sometimes force a switch, while it still has good power, and Shadow ball gives good coverage, while Acid Armor builds your Defense stat to be as good as your Special defense, and then much much better.

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if your running rest, you should run sleep talk as well. that way, you arent a sitting duck.
@eseer1337 but with rain support and hydration, the user automatically wakes up from Rest while healing itself.
I was going to make a rain tank moveset for vaporeon but this is exactly what I was going to recommend except different EVs lol
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Vaporeon (M) @ Choice Specs
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- Signal Beam
- Shadow Ball

Everyone will be expecting a Wish,Protect,Toxic,Scald Vaporeon so why not surprise them?

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Gen 8 NU

Vaporeon @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 216 Def / 40 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Scald
- Wish
- Protect
- Heal Bell / Toxic / Ice Beam / Roar

This set is similar to the one on Smogon, but with a another option that's not mentioned and the EV spread is different. The difference is that this has more than 4 special defense EVs. 40 Special Defense EVs with a Calm Nature makes sure that you don't get 2HKOed by a +4 Dark Pulse from Blastoise, as shown in this calc:

+4 252+ SpA Blastoise Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 40+ SpD Vaporeon: 196-231 (42.2 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO after Leftovers recovery

Set Analysis

Scald is pretty good STAB that most Pokémon in the tier don't really enjoy switching into. It's 30% chance to burn can help with its checks that use physical moves like non Rest Guzzlord, Decidueye, and Dhelmise. Wish provides good healing for you and your teammates if they need recovery since Vaporeon has a high HP, meaning that you can give your teammates big recovery from Wish. Protect is useful for scouting moves from opposing Pokémon and can guarantee that you get recovery from Wish, and also allows you to get a free turn of Leftovers recovery. Heal Bell is really useful that cures you and your teammates of status conditions, meaning that they don't have to be crippled with status like poisoning, burns, and paralysis. Toxic can be used for Pokemon who are immune to water moves like Heliolisk and Mantine. Ice Beam is an option to prevent grass and dragon types to come in on Vaporeon for free. Roar is another option that can stop sweepers from setting up on you, and is very useful against Sub Shell Smash Blastoise and can even threaten it with Toxic Spikes support.

Teammates

You can refer to the link that was mentioned earlier, but there is one teammate I would like to mention:

Xatu is a good fighting resist thanks to its typing that can help with your matchup against Toxicroak, a Pokemon who can literally switch into Vaporeon for free. Xatu's Magic Bounce ability is useful for catching incoming hazards and status conditions, which is useful so Vaporeon doesn't have to worry taking chip damage from Stealth Rock. Xatu also has Teleport, which can be used to bring in Vaporeon saftley.

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Vaporeon (Staller)

  • Calm nature (^Sp. Def -Atk)
  • 252 HP EVs / 100 Def EVs / 158 Sp. Atk EVs
  • 252 HP EVs / 200 Sp. Atk EVs / 58 Def EVs

  • Surf/Scald (Powerful STAB, and take advantage of its high Sp. Atk!)
  • Wish (If used properly, you can heal yourself as well as others!)
  • Protect (To actually stall, and even stall your way to healing yourself with Wish!)
  • Aqua Ring/Ice Beam (This depends on your type of team, and style of playing)
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Gen V

Vaporeon (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Surf
  • Toxic
  • Ice Beam
  • Wish

The original bulky water. Use Toxic on the foe, then use Wish to stay alive and hit hard with STAB Surf and your Ice Beam type coverage to bring the foe down quicker. You have plenty of bulk, and nice Special Attack. Water Absorb allows you to heal back up by switching in on Water attacks, and Leftovers heals you.

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Vaporeon (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Water Absorb

EVs: 252 HP / 160 Def / 96 SAtk

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Toxic
  • Roar/Aqua Ring
  • Surf
  • Wish

The idea is to Toxic something, Roar takes out another pokemon so you can use toxic again or aqua ring to stall 1 at the time, surf for some fresh STAB, Wish for healing when needed.

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How do you get Roar on Vaporeon?
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Double/Triple Battle

Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Surf
- Helping Hand
- Blizzard
- Hidden Power [Electric]

Surf is STAB that hits multiple foes. Blizzard hits multiple foes. helping Hand provides team support. HP Electric is coverage.

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Why Surf and Blizzard if you trained in Attack? why not train in special attack? unless the entire point  was to get the hidden power.
He has it trained in SAtk, and all the moves are special
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Vaporeon
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Calm (+SDef, -Atk)
EV's: 252 HP / 252 SDef

  • Toxic
  • Aqua Ring
  • Acid Armor
  • Muddy Water
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Vaporeon @ Leftovers
Role: Special wall on my Trick Room team
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP, 252 sp. def, 4 def
Sassy Nature
Scald
Yawn
Roar
Heal Bell

Scald is for the status (burn). Yawn is to either put the foe asleep or force them to switch out. Roar is for annoying Pokemon that try to sweep my team. Heal bell for obvious reasons.

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i liked that one,
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This is my first suggestion, so here goes nothing...

Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Water Absorb

EVs: 252 SDef / 128 Def / 128 Speed

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Surf (High power, good accuracy, STAB)
  • Ice Beam (Good power, covers weakness against Grass, also deals with Dragon, Flying and Ground types)
  • Acid Armor (Increases defense by +2 stages, covers Vaporeon's naturally low defense)
  • Hyper Beam (To destroy the most threatening such as electric types... until it comes to Magnezone...)

Now most people say +SpDef but I'm going with Defense as Vaporeon seems in need of some good Defense. We can always add to Special Defense in the EVs. If you plan to use Vaporeon in Double or Triple Battles, I prefer to use Muddy Water instead of Surf as it avoids friendly fire and has a +30% chance of lowering opponent's accuracy.

Hope I did good! ^_^

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Mine (Gen IV) knows:

Vaporeon @Leftovers
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk/ 128 Def/ 128 Sp. Def
Modest Nature (+Sp Atk/ - Atk)
Ability: Water Absorb

Surf: STAB, nice power, perfect accuracy
Ice Beam: Great move, good power, perfect accuracy, used to deal with grass types
Aqua Ring: Combined with Leftovers make a huge, useful difference of HP between turns
Fake Tears: Decreases foe's Sp. Def two stages powering up Surf and Ice Beam.**

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Another one of my favorite eeveelutions and water type Pokemon, Vaporeon has great HP and Special attacks anyway this moveset is gonna make Vaporeon bulky so sit back and watch.

Vaporeon
Item: Quick Claw or Wacan berry (Wacan berry if your going with ba trick room team)
Nature: Modest or Calm (if you really wanna make him/her more bulky agenst sp.atks then calm is for you but modest is great for sp.atking moves and for a trick room team Relaxed or Quiet will do the trick.)
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 Sp.Atk, 252 HP and 4 Sp.Def
Moveset:
- Surf/ Muddy Water/ Scald
-Ice Beam
-Acid Armour
-Baton Pass

Surf hits almost all opponents in double battles and has good power and accuracy and is STAB, Muddy Water is okay and it has the same power as surf and is STAB and has the chance of lowering the targets accuracy wich makes up for the opponents moves missing but has a little lack of accuracy for the move its self so its devistateing for it to miss and then, we have Scald wich has STAB has slightly less power but still good and I think it has a 20% of burning the target, Ice beam I for coverage agenst grass types and has a 10% chance of leaveing the target frozen, Acid Armour is to raise defense by 2 stages so use this two times and vaporeon is bulky agenst physical attacks and baton pass is to pass Acid Armour to Pokemon who have a lack of Defense. The Quick claw is used so Vaporeon has a little ofd a chance attacking first and wacan berry lowers the damage agenst electric type moves but can onley be used once and heres a little tip of how to use its Water Absorb, so if your Pokemon are attacked by water type moves then quickly switch to vaporeon and its HP will be restored and will gain imunity to that type.

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Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Sp. Atk, 4 Speed
Timid Nature (+Speed, -Attack)
-Hydro Pump/Scald (awesome stab move/Scald to inflict burn)
-Shadow Ball/HP Ground (good coverage moves, HP Ground mainly for electric types)
-Aqua Ring (increased healing of HP w/ the Leftovers)
-Ice Beam/HP Ice
(coverage against unwanted Grass types)

*If you are going to put Hidden Power on your Vaporeon, you can't have both HP Ground and HP Ice. You must choose between one of them.

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Special Defensive Vaporeon
EVs: 252 SAtk / 128 SDef / 128 HP
Item: Assault Vest
Scald/Surf
Shadow Ball
Ice beam
Hidden Power [Ground]/[Electric]

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This is a set that changes depending on the change of one move.
Vaporeon(M) Modest
item:zoom lens
Trait:Hydration
Moves:
Hydro pump/muddy water
Rest
rain dance
ice beam
The purpose of zoom lens is to increase accuracy by 20%.Since vaporeon is slow it will always trigger.
This makes muddy water have 100% accuracy (same for hydro pump).
Use rain dance which will boost you water type moves and allow you to use rest to insta-heal.
The power of the water type moves(with rain dance) will have a whooping 100% power boost(50% rain dance,50% stab).
This means hydro pump can have 220 power!You can also use muddy water which has only 180 power but it has a 30% accuracy lower. So make your choice.I hope this helped.

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Vaporeon @ Leftovers
Trait: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 SDef
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Scald - STAB
- Aqua Ring - Combined with Leftovers, you could get a good bit of HP.
- Ice Beam - Coverage for Grass
- Protect/Mud-Slap

Scald is for STAB, Aqua Ring + Lefties gives you a good bit of HP back per turn, Ice Beam is grass coverage and
with Protect you get more healing with Leftovers + Aqua Ring, with Mud-Slap you get Electric coverage + lower accuracy on your opponent.

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Vaporeon (M) @ Big Root
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 SpA
Mild Nature
- Scald
- Ice Beam (against grass types)
- Return (great move if it has maximum happiness)
- Aqua Ring (Perf when combined with big root - my opinion)

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Vaporeon (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SAtk / 252 Spe
Timid Nature (Spe+ Atk-)
- Subsitute
- Surf
- Aqua Ring
- Baton Pass

What we are gonna do here is set up a aqua ring and a subsitute then after that we will use surf if we want to or a baton pass to keep aqua ring going I raised speed instead of Atk due to I only need the Sp atk because only have surf

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I just came up with this on Pokemon Showdown and this is super new but ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Vaporeon: Leftovers
EVs: HP 252, Sp. Atk 252, Sp. Def 4
Modest Nature
Moves:
Aqua Ring
Laser Focus
Hydro Pump / Surf
Blizzard / Ice beam
Aqua Ring to give it extra life if you need it with the Leftovers, Laser Focus to hit hard with powerful moves PLUS the crit bonus, so goodbye to fire, grass (One of its weaknesses) flying, rock, ground and dragon type Pokemon

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No. Just no. Lazer focus is extremely gimmiky. Run toxic. Hydro pump jsn't great on a mon usually used on a defensive mon, run scald instead. Don't even think about using blizzard over ice beam. Aqua ring heals, but vaporeon has much better recovery is wish. Maybe even get rid of ice beam for protect.
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Vaporeon @ Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Bold Nature
- Scald
- Wish
- Protect / Toxic
- Flip Turn

Wish passing taken to a whole new level. Flip Turn isn't as good as Teleport, but with the amount of Pokemon that get it, and the niche part of being able to break sashes (unlike Teleport) is decent as well. Scald for standard STAB plus burn chance. Wish for health restoration. Protect to safely get a wish onto Vaporeon, although you could use Toxic for chipping bulky waters (like Milotic) if you are really bold. Flip Turn is the gimmick that allows Vaporeon to wish pass safely, due to the low speed Vaporeon has.

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