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If you have a good competitive moveset for Giratina, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for its pre-evolutions, if any, can also be shared on this thread.

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Giratina Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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I think of giratina as a god, so i gave it a random moveset
Nature: Serious
Item: Griseous Orb
Ability: Levitate
Form: Do I even have to say?
- ThunderBolt (Good Damage, May paralyze)
- Psychic (May lower SP.Defense)
- Shadow Claw (Type Coverage, Hi-Critical Ratio)
- Shadow Force (High Damage, Type Coverage, Also Stops Protect or Detect)
This all started from teaching giratina thunder for no reason.
Sorry for all of the info too :P.
Origin Forme:
Giratina (Shiny) @ Griseous Orb.
Ability: Levitate.
EV spread: 252 Sp. Atk., 252 Spd., 4 Def.
Nature: Modest.
Personality: Thoroughly cunning (All IVs are perfect).
- Dgragon Pulse: STAB, decent Power, coverage for Dragon-types.
- Shadow Ball: STAB, decent Power, coverage for Ghost-types.
- Aura Sphere: A must for Giratina, coverage for Dark-types.
- Earthquake/Calm Mind: Why not?! And Calm Mind is great for this set.

**Altered Forme**:
Giratina @ Quick Claw.
Ability: Pressure.
EV spread: 170 Def., 170 Sp. Def., 170 HP.
Nature: Modest.
Personality: Thoroughly cunning (All IVs are perfect).
Will~O~Wisp: Just wait and see...
Hex: Haha! A 100 base Power Ghost-type move! No ghosties can survive!
Dragon Pulse/Draco Meteor: ...The best Dragon-type move. Well, arguably so. But it has STAB, and deals with those nasty dragons...
Aura Sphere: Why would you say no?! Deals with Dark and Ice-types.

21 Answers

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Shadow force/Shadow Ball/Shadow Claw, stab and type coverage

aura sphere, type coverage, never miss

dragon claw/dragon pulse, stab, type coverage

earth power/earthquake, type coverage, strong move

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Shadow Ball, Aura Sphere, Dragon Pulse and Earth Power
252 SAtk /252 Speed/4HP?
Do you get Dragon Pulse from 5th gen Move Tutors as it doesn't appear in its Level-Up Movepool?
Wit? This got 5 votes but no EVs no Natire and no Ability?
It’s because he’s speed freak and can get away with trash movesets
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Aura Sphere- Deal with Dark Types, good power, perfect accuracy

Dragon Pulse- STAB, good power, good accuracy

Shadow Ball/ Or shadow Force- I would suggest shadow ball since it has more PP, and your opponent could switch into a normal type to evade the attack.

Stone edge/Earthquake-Both are high power, stone edge covers ice types, but Earthquake is more accurate. But earthquake as you know is one of the best attacks in the game.

Just a suggestion.

Aura Sphere already has Ice Covered so I'd go Earthquake
You're right, good point.
Special set though, trying to keep it within special moves is all.
Yes however, Stone Edge is physical as well. Earth Power is an option for special. Not quite as powerful and only hits one target but it has a 10% chance of lowered SpD.
And if you really wanted a special rock type move, it does learn Ancient Power. 10% chance of lowering Sp.D, or 10% chance of raising all stats? Although, 5 less PP and 30 less power. Aura Sphere isn't very good against flying and bug types. Flying types are usually paired with normal, so Shadow Ball becomes useless. But rock can fend off flying and bug types, which are combine commonly.
Ah *****, *****, *****. Posted 3 years ago. Bug types are barely present in Ubers and dragon pulse already covers the few flying types that pop up dualing as a dragon.
252 Attack /252 HP /4 Sp. Def.?
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Your Dad (Giratina) @ Leftovers
Trait: Pressure
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SDef
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Roar
- Will-O-Wisp
- Dragon Pulse
- Protect

Yuss this is a phazer. Deadly bulkiness will-o-wisp is for those who won't take t-spikes, protect stalls, dragon pulse is for taunters, roar does the phazing stuff

NOTE: this is Giratina Altered form

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Why is this voted down you know how good this set is?
I hope Pokebase isn't going to turn into a version of Smogon... Smogonites hate originality.
This is a brilliant set! Someone had better upvote it.
Nice set man!
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Well, it depends solely on what form it's in, seeing as Origin Forme Giratina is an offensive beast, but Altered Forme Giratina is more of a Tank. I'll just a give a moveset for both. :D

ORIGIN FORME (Seeing as you're playing Platinum, it's probably the forme you're using.):

Shadow Claw (STAB, used to hit other Ghosts.)
Outrage (STAB, deals with other Dragons)
Stone Edge (Used to deal with Ice-types, along with coverage against Bug, Fire, and Flying-types.)
Silver Wind (Weak Base Power, but it may boost all stats. Also provides coverage against Grass, Dark, and the rare Psychic-type with good Defense.)


Thunder Wave/Will-o-Wisp (Use one of these to cripple the opponent. It's your choice, regarding which one.)
Rest (With Giratina's enormous Bulk, Rest is fairly safe to use.)
Outrage (Same as above.)
Shadow Claw (Same as above.)

There's lots you can do with Giratina, because of its bulk, so there's lots of choices and movsets for Giratina to utilize. =)

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Giratina Origin @ Griseous Orb


Ability: Levitate

EVs: 252 Atk / 120 Def / 120 SDef / 16 Spe

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Shadow Force
  • Outrage
  • Shadow Sneak
  • Will-O-Wisp/Dragon Tail

Giratina looks suspiciously like a Ghost/Steel type.
You cannot tell me it doesn't have like steel claws.

Shadow Force has an amazing base power of 216 including STAB and the Griseous Orb Boost.
Hearing some poeple prefer Shadow Claw/Ball over Shadow Force because afraid of a Normal type switching in, The only Normal types that might appear in the uber tier are Arceus and Blissey, Blissey cannot handle a STAB Griseous Orb Boosted Outrage, So that's not a problem.
Normal Arceus is more of a problem, But has immunity to all Ghost attacks anyway.
Outrage is also STAB and boosted further by Griseous Orb, 216 Base Power as well.
Shadow Sneak for some nice Priority being STAB. It has 72 base power with STAB and Griseous Orb, Which is good for a Priority move.
Will-O-Wisp can cripple something, Giving Giratina a nice Chance to use one of its attacks. Dragon Tail racks up some entry hazard and stops opponents who wants to set up.
[1]: http://www.gtsplus.net/files/images/art/hires/487origin.png
[2]: http://www.gtsplus.net/files/images/sprites/plat2fs/487origin.png

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The guy's got PLATINUM which is Gen IV, so Dragon Tail didn't even exist then.......
So he can still use him in Gen V, he could use the Poketransfer. And you can get the Griseous orb in B/W the shadow triad gives it too you.
plus these aren't specifically for the user who asked, we keep the questions here so we can post good movesets for the pokemon for all users to be able to use.
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Altered Forme:

Giratina @ Leftovers
Ability: Pressure
Bold Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 248 Def / 8 Spe
-Calm Mind
-Shadow Ball
-Aura Sphere

Sub CM, and perfect type coverage.

I like this one. Still effective to this day, unlike others. Rest is also a good option. While you're still passive when sleeping, if you play your hand right, that shouldn't be a problem.
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Gen V

Giratina @ Leftovers
Trait: Pressure
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Def / 4 SAtk / 124 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Will-O-Wisp
- Pain Split
- Shadow Ball
- Dragon Pulse

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Giratina @ Griseous Orb
Trait: Levitate
EVs: 252 HP / 144 Def / 108 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Aura Sphere
- Calm Mind
- Dragon Pulse
- Will-O-Wisp

CM set LeBoss said he had used before, I redid the EVs and worked Aura Sphere into it.

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This is a good moveset for Giratina enter image description here

Item:Griseous orb/Life orb/Choise specs
Shadow force- STAB, awesome damage and breaks trough protect and detect
Outrage- STAB, keeps on doing damage
Aqua tail- Coverage
Destiny bond- Who saw this coming???

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Telphaty lol
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Origin Forme
Ability- Levitate
Nature- Quiet
EVs- 252 Atk, 252 Sp.Atk, 4 HP
1. Shadow Force: Signature move+STAB+Semi invulnerability
2. Aura Sphere: Ice+Dark coverage
3. Draco Meteor
4. Shadow Claw/Dragon Claw/Shadow Ball

Alternate Forme
Ability- Pressure
Nature- Relaxed
EVs- 252 Def, 252 Sp.Def, 4HP
1. Shadow Force: Reasons listed above
2. Aura Sphere: Coverage needed still
3. Rest: Bulky in this forme
4. Heal Block/Will-O-Wisp: Healing prevented, slowly takes the foe down

NOTE- In the Origin Forme, you may not want a Modest or Adamant nature, seeing as how Giratina is an awesome mixed attacker, doing decent damage in both move categories.
In the Alternate Forme, however, Giratina is a tank, so a nature that boosts Defense or Special Defense but lowers Speed will help you a lot, seeing as how Giratina is fairly slow.

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I know this is an old post but I think that this mixed giratina origin set is neat.  :)
mfranceschetti92 i agree but i would put the griseous orb as item
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I would like to share my moveset

• Shadowforce ( Special move)
• Omnious wind (Decent ghost type move)
• Ancient power ( With pp up)
• Draco meteor (From Drayden)

Hope this helps

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[email protected]/Griseous Orb/Liechi Berry
Impish nature
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Defense / 4 Atk
Altered form

  • Substitute
  • Pain Split
  • Dragon Tail
  • Shadow Sneak

Sub-Split gives this bulky monster a nice sub to let him phase and share his pain whenever he gets low. Dragon tail is STAB phasing and Shadow Sneak finishes off weaker prey. Tis set works best if you have another team mate already set up hazards.

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This is a weird set I came up for it and it works great!
Note: This moveset is used when you were previously set up on Spikes and Stealth Rock
Giratina @ Griseous orb
Ability: Levitate
Jolly Nature (+ Speed -Sp Attack)
Evs: 252 Sp Def 252 Def 6 Speed
Role: Annoying bulky wall
- Roar (To switch out defending Pokemon to cause damage)
- Rest (Heal Move to keep the annoyance going!)
- Sleep Talk (You don't want to be completely defenseless!)
- Outrage (High Power, Stab, Pokemon won't get locked in if used in sleep talk)

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Staller Tina

Giratina @Leftovers
Trait: Pressure
EVs 252Hp \ 56Def / 200SpD
Careful nature

~Pain Split
~Dragon Tail

The plan is to Will-O-Wisp and protect so the opposing Pokemon get hurt and Tina heals. Then with dragon tail to damage and switch out the opponents Pokemon. Works well with entry hazards setters like Deoxys-D.

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Giratina is one of my favourite Pokemon, it can be a tank, or a sweeper. I'll add a tank set, as there aren't many on here:

[email protected] Leftovers/Chesto Berry
Ability: Telepathy for doubles, Pressure for singles
EVs: 252 HP, 100 Def, 100 Sp.D, 56 Sp.A/Atk
Nature: -Spd/Atk/Sp.A +Def/Sp.D
-Dragon Tail
-Rest/Pain Split

P.S it's Altered form, not Origin
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Giratina-Origin @ Griseous Orb
Ability: Levitate
Evs: 242 SpA / 252 Hp / 4 Def
Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)

  • Aura Sphere
  • Earth Power
  • Shadow Ball
  • Draco Meteor

Explanation: how about a Special Attacking Giratina set. Aura Sphere hits Arceus-Dark and Tyranitar. Earth Power hits Tapu Koko and Xurkitree as well as hitting Nihilego. Shadow Ball is STAB with that chance to lower the foe's Special Defense. Draco Meteor is STAB but at the risk of lowering Special Attack by 2 Stages.

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(Altered) Giratina:
Role: Bulky - Sweeper Hybrid
Item: Leftovers
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Attack)
Evs: 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Sp Def

Calm mind: Giratina's bulking move making him both tough and powerful
Rest: Risky but Giratina is bulky enough for it
Aura Sphere: Decent power, Coverage, Infinite accuracy
Shadow Ball: STAB, decent power, when with Aura sphere it is 0 none effectives

Giratina is a very strong Pokemon, definitely stronger than Dialga and Palkia whom he is often associated with. Not many complaints on him. He is out done by Lugia however who has a similar role with him. I do prefer altered over origin because origin doesn't really have the capacity to be a sweeper however he does show much promise.

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Giratina @Leftovers
Adamant Nature (+Atk -SpA)
EV's: +252 Atk, +252 HP, +4 SpD
-Destiny Bond, Use first if going against a Xerneas whom you suspect of having a Power Herb and Geomancy, or if you suspect the opposing Pokemon has a move capable of OHKOing Giratina. Note that Destiny Bond does NOT have Priority naturally.
-Shadow Sneak, When you want to go first against a faster Pokemon.
-Payback, to well, pay back.
-Dragon Tail, have every Pokemon in your Opponent's party have Damage

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My personal opinion:

Giratina Origin forme: High attack so this is a damage dealer set, it is still very bulky.
Griseous Orb: Extra Power to your STAB and high attack.
Levitate: Kind of required for Giratina Origin forme honestly.
Adamant/Jolly: Rather go for attack or go with speed for a move on my moveset.
EV: Max Attack, 100 HP, 158 Speed.
Shadow Force: The strategy you should use is if they run a protect Pokemon or detect, use this because most players do not know about it ignoring protection moves.
Dragon Claw: Raw Power from STAB, Griseous Orb, and Origin forme attack, Take them out!
Ancient Power: Normally I would say Ominous Wind, even if this is against sp. attack, Ominous wind does not effect normal types, go for the 10% stat boosts!
Destiny Bond: Last ditch effort! Try to outspeed your opponent on low health!

This is my set for Giratina, It is not the best but also just go for good IV's but try to stay on the offensive and stay bulky, make sure when you are very low health, take your opponent down with you with destiny bond, hope this moveset helps anyone.

This is like a set you use to troll noobs. “Not that many people know Shadow Force ignore protecting moves?” Maybe some idiot will call you a hacker but who are you battling? Nobody respectable in competitive Pokémon will not know that. Adamant Nature + Ancient Power = Cringe please fix that.
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IVs: 0 in Attk, max in everything else

252 SpAttk
252 Def
4 SpD

Item: Griseous Orb