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If you have a good competitive moveset for Ariados, 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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Ariados (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sniper
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Sucker Punch
- Agility
- Poison Jab
- Twineedle

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Gen V

Ariados (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Insomnia

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Substitute
  • Baton Pass
  • Spider Web
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BABIES (Ariados) (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Insomnia

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Sucker Punch
  • Bounce
  • Poison Jab
  • Hone Claws

Interesting Pokemon!
Hone Claws will get your Accuracy nice and boosted up, so Bounce will get up to 100% accuracy, Sucker Punch benefites greatly from the attack boost, making for a hard hitting priority move, and Poison jab makes STAB work, since he lacks any super good Bug type STAB moves.

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Not true. Breed one with Scolipede to get a STAB Megahorn
This is like 3 years ago and Ariados learns Megahorn in Gen 6 by breeding so :/
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This guy got a great buff this generation! :3

Ariados (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Sniper
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Toxic Spikes
- Sticky Web
- Poison Jab
- Shadow Sneak

Posing a great threat to fairies and now lowering all speeds of Pokemon that switch in by -1 stage, Sticky Web is the main reason to use Armaldo, due to its rather limited distribution. Toxic Spikes also can be set up. Poison Jab threatens Fairies, and Shadow Sneak gets a little damage to the target before going down.

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I think you meant Ariados..? Not Armaldo.
@Abbysol Armaldo don't have "Sniper"!
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This is gonna be a challenge.............................
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Ariados @ Focus Sash
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 Hp
Ability: Insomnia
-Agility
-Poison Jab
-Fell Stinger/X-Scissor
-Shadow Sneak

So the plan here is to set up under Sticky Web and just sweep. It can work without Sticky Web, but just not nearly as good. Now for the moves! Agility makes this thing hit 392 which isn't all that bad. Poison Jab is standard STAB and Fell Stinger is when the opponent has a Sash, you have +2 attack! Hopefully you understood. X-Scissor is more reliable STAB but doesn't give you that nifty +2 after a KO. Shadow Sneak is to quickly finish off foes at low health. This can work up to RU but anything above that, this thing just dies.

Hope this set brings victory to many! :D

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How can it set up Sticky Web if it don't have the move?
Have something else do it obv.
Fell Stinger does 3+ attack
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The only good Ariados is the sweeping baton pass support Critiados that is 2 OP 4 U You nooblet.

Ariados is one of my favorite mons, it sweeps well, but isn't very good without baton pass support. here is the set I run with baton pass support (4x speed focus energy, used by Scyther with focus energy and a Scolipede)

360 Noscope (Ariados) (M) @Scope Lens
Trait: Sniper
Nature: Adament (+atk -sp def)
EVs: 252 atk/252 speed/4 sp. def

-Megahorn/Shadow Sneak (either we all forgot Ariados gets Megahorn as an EM, or its just not avalible) (if you don't have Megahorn, go shadow sneak, it prioraty and gives you a way to deal with those pesky psychic types)

-Poison Jab (80 power STAB 30% poison chance. dem fairies gonna die.)

-Fell Stinger (you would be surprised at how much a fell stinger can to with STAB 2x critical, it does more than you'd think, and that 2x atk up is SWEET)

-Pin Missile/Hone Claws/X-Scissor (every hit is a critical hit, STAB, and breaks substitutes.) (Hone Claws is probably pretty useful, especially with the low accuracy Megahorn, but I never use it. Ariados doesn't have the bulk to set up.) (X-Scissor is probably the best out of the three, and since you might not have Megahorn, you'll probably want it.)

The only semi-good Ariados is the sweeping no baton pass support Ariados thats kinda lame, Nooblet.

Ariados (M) @Black Sludge
Trait: Insomnia/Swarm (Insomnia I recomend more, because with this set you need to set up)
Nature: Jolly (+speed - sp atk)
EVs: 252 atk/252 speed/4 sp. def

-Hone Claws/Substitute (your going to need those boosts.) (because getting OHKO'd is bad.)

-Poison Jab (same reasons as above)

-Agility (3Fast5U)

-X-Scissor/Megahorn (same reasons as above, although Megahorn benefits more from the Hone Claws boost.)

The only lame Ariados is a Trick Room Ariados you NOOBLET.

Ariados (M) @Black Sludge/Scope Lens (anything works Trick Room.)
Trait: Insomnia/Swarm/Sniper (anything works with Trick Room, again.)
Nature: Brave (+atk -speed)
EVs: 252 atk/128 def/128 sp def

-Poison Jab/Megahorn/X-Scissor/Pin Missile (same as above)

-Toxic Spikes (get up some more entry hazards while you have the chance)

-Sticky Web (^ same as above)

-Spider Web (so they can't switch out from the toxic)

And those are the sets I use for Ariados, and they are pretty decent. (exept for that last one)

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Gen 6

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Critiados (Ariados) @ Lansat Berry/Scope Lens/Razor Claw
Ability: Sniper
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Agility
- Megahorn/Fell Stinger
- Cross Poison/Poison Jab
- Baton Pass

Ariados is one of those weak Bug-types you find in every game. Pokemon such as Galvantula easily outclass it. This moveset attempts to use Ariados as a sweeper. Agility is for raising Ariados' pitiful Speed stat. After 1 Agility and the given nature + EVs, Ariados reaches 392 Speed, which is not bad and can actually outspeed most threats in PU. Megahorn is extremely strong, especially if you get a critical hit. However, Fell Stinger, although weak, can be used to finish off a Pokemon that is slower then Ariados and get a +2 Attack stat right off the bat. Cross Poison is a good STAB move with a high critical hit ratio, although Poison Jab is stronger and you're probably gonna get a critical hit anyways even without Cross Poison. Baton Pass is for when you're fighting a Pokemon Ariados cannot touch (such as a Steel-type), so you pass on an Agility and a potential Fell Stinger and Lansat Berry boost to one of your allies. Lansat Berry raises Ariado's critical hit ratio by 2, plus you can Baton Pass it to an ally, but you have to be at low health for it to activate. Scope Lens and Razor Claw both raise Ariado's critical hit ratio by 1, plus they take effect immediately, but it cannot be Baton Passed.

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I really love Ariados, shame it's so awful. I'll try to make a physical attacker set for it anyways.

Gen 4 PU


Ariados @ Focus Sash
Ability: Swarm
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Agility
- Poison Jab
- Sucker Punch / Shadow Sneak
- Bug Bite

Ariados doesn't have Sniper, Hone Claws, Swords Dance, X-Scissor, or any of that good stuff in Gen 4, sadly. Focus Sash guarantees you pull off at least on Agility to boost Ariados' godawful Speed. Swarm is almost a guarantee to be triggered because of Focus Sash. Bug Bite is a pretty bad Bug move, but it's the best Ariados can do. It's at least boosted by Swarm and Ariados' manageable Attack stat, so it can do decent damage. Poison Jab is an actually solid STAB move, though Poison as an attacking type doesn't do a whole lot in Gen 4. Sucker Punch requires some predicting, but it's a solid priority move if you play it right. Shadow Sneak is weaker, but safer than Sucker Punch.

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Double/Triple Battle

Ariados (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Swarm
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Bug Bite
- Poison Jab
- Bounce
- Shadow Sneak

Bug Bite and Poison Jab are STAB. Bounce can hit any foe and is less predictable in multi-battles. Shadow Sneak is priority.

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Has some nice tricks but outclassed by Galvantula.

Ariados @ Focus Sash
Ability: Insomnia
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Nature: Jolly

Sticky Web - The main reason to use a Ariados.

Spider Web / Toxic Spikes- Honestly, I don't think you can set up the Toxic Spikes so Spider Web is another nice trick that Galvantula does better (even though I have never seen Spider Web on a Galvantula).

After that it is just filler. Sorry I can't give a specific moveset but it is really all up to what you think is best. Poison Jab, X-Scissor, Sucker Punch, Shadow Sneak, Bounce , Giga Drain and Electroweb are all great attacks while status moves suck as Protect, Agility, Baton Pass, Endure, Substitute, and Swagger are also good.

I hope I helped :)

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Fun thought I just had:

Ariados @ Scope Lens
Ability: Sniper
Brave Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk
IVs: 0 Spe

-Put it on a Trick Room set, with someone that could Baton Pass a sub to it preferably (oh just imagine a sub AND Belly Drum Baton Pass, ooooo)

Once that happens, do the following:

  1. Focus Energy set up first turn
  2. Cross poison for increased crit rate, STAB, and good base power
  3. Shadow Sneak for when the Trick Room wears off
  4. (Either of these) Fell Stinger for the lols and STAB / Leech Life for any sustain, and STAB

Late game sweeper anyone?

Now obviously this require a lot of set-up, but just... imagine sweeping with an Ariados. And yeah, this isn't JUST an individual moveset, it's an accessory for a team, but stillllllllllllll I thought it was pretty funny. Tweak it any way ya like.

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Ariados (M) @ Black Sludge
Ability: Insomnia
EVs: 100 HP / 190 Atk / 120 Def / 100 SpD
Careful Nature
- Leech Life
- Cross Poison
- Stomping Tantrum
- Foul Play

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SWEEPER SET
Ariados @ Razor Claw
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP
- Swords Dance / Focus Energy
- X-Scissor
- Poison Jab
- Sucker Punch

Swords Dance to increase its Attack. Alternatively, Focus Energy could work because of Sniper, Razor Claw, and Focus Energy. X-Scissor and Poison Jab are STAB. Sucker Punch is an interesting move that moves before the target, which helps Ariados' poor defenses.

STALLER SET
Ariados @ Focus Sash
Ability: Insomnia
Nature: Impish (+Def -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 Def / 252 SpD / 4 HP
- Toxic / Toxic Thread
- Spider Web
- Sticky Web / Scary Face / Swagger
- Protect

Toxic to badly poison them, or Toxic Thread poisons the target and lowers their Speed. Spider Web stops them from switching. Sticky Web is possibly an option to set hazards, or Scary Face or Swagger to lower their stats as they can't switch. Protect to let poison do its job.

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