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

Sprite

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Blastoise (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 16 HP / 64 Def / 176 SAtk / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Dragon Tail
- Scald
- Rapid Spin
- Ice Beam
Wartortle (M) @ Eviolite
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 252 HP / 88 Def / 168 SDef
Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)
- Scald
- Aqua Ring
- Refresh
- Haze

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Gen VI

Blastoise (M)@ Blastoistinite
Trait: Mega Launcher
EVs: 240 HP / 252 SAtk / 16 SDef
Modest Nature

  • Water Pulse/Hydro Pump
  • Aura Sphere
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Dark Pulse

What we thought was the worst Mega Evolution turned out to be one of the top Megas out there. It can fully abuse it's new Ability with it's buffed SAtk and Defenses. Breed these Moves with a Male Clawitzer to obtain such a behemoth. By far the best Kanto Starter Mega Evolution.

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It can learn Aura Sphere? o.o
You know that Hydro Pump is also boosted, right?
I didn't lol
Hydro Pump isn"t boosted.
Isn’t ice beam more effective than dragon pulse? Most dragon types are 4 times weak to ice and ice beam helps with slow grass types
Aura Sphere is a Squirtle’s egg move.
My mega blastoise special attack Stat is the same as my level 100 hawlucha speed stat lol
Thou I want my blastoise to be focused in SPECIAL ATTACK and NOT ATTACK!!!!!
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Hello people! How you doing? Never mind. Anyway, today I plan on a short but hopefully interesting review on the famous Blastoise! I'll do this in sections, giving an overview, pros,cons, and sets for it's respected tiers and uses. I this case, lets begin!!


Overview

Everyone knows about this overgrown Squirrel turtle hybrid. It's got bulk to jump at and a very decent movepool. Although it's never really seen much shine since Gen 3/4, it's definitely not a forgotten Pokemon. It also has access to the rather exclusive rapid spin, making a fairly reliable spinner. It doesn't however appreciate the poison damage from toxic spikes, and with almost no recovery, it doesn't appreciate repeated switch ins. Play it carefully however, and you'll be laughing at your opponents petty Night slash or psychic right in their face.


Sets

Bulky Spinner

Blastoise @ Leftovers
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 252 Def / 252 HP / 4 Atk
- Toxic
- Scald
- Rapid Spin
- Dragon Tail

This is one of the most common used sets in UU. By spreading toxic out then tailing your opponent of of the arena, you'll find your sweepers will be making short work of your enemy's walls. Spin gets rid of the obvious hazards with is good with Pokemon like Yanmega with needs. Speaking of which, Yanmega struggles to 2HKo even with no SpDef investment.

Choice Specs

Blastoise @ Choice Specs
Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 HP / 4 SDef
Modest Nature
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam
- Hidden Power [Grass]
- Surf

The power that this far underrated set brings catches many Pokemon off guard. Hydro pump does immense damage against everything not named Snorlax or Milotic. Hp Grass hits annoying Swampert or Quagsire (unless your names flare you won't be using Quag very often, but whatever). Ice beam 2HKOs SpDef Roserade, and KOes all others. Tho it won't like a leaf storm to the pokeballs.

I would put more sets, (i got so many it isn't even funny >.<) but I am going to break the limit.


Pros.

Respectable bulk mixed with a good movepool that includes Rpaid spin makes for a troll and a half. The specs set isn't half bad either in terms of power.

Cons

Although it is a good bulky water type, it isn't the best. If you don't nee rapid spin, it's best just to go with Swampert, Miltolic or Suicune. All have good ovepools and greater bulk.

Blastoise also don't have any real recovery unless you count ChestoRest. And that isn't exactly reliable.

I hope this helped you in anyway, or at least you got a cheap laugh from it.

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0.0 that first one you totally stole from me. :P jk.
'Hydro pump does immense damage against everything not named Snorlax or Milotic.'

*names Arcanine one of those*
the firs one, as it says, is one of the most common sets around >.<
Actually 252 HP / 4 SDef Blastoise can survive a LO Leaf Storm from Rosy with around 8% HP if it was at 100% when it got hit c:
Any water ground type has only 4x weaknesses: all attacking grass moves and freeze-dry!
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Gen V

Blastoise (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Rain Dish

EVs: 128 HP / 184 Def / 196 SDef

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Scald
  • Aqua Ring
  • Protect
  • Ice Beam

A more defensive Blastoise, that can do decnt damage with Scald and Ice Beam, Scald especially with STAB and hopefully Rain support. A combined Rain Dish, Leftovers, and Aqua Ring can do quite a lot of healing, and Scald can burn the foe, meaning Blastoise has even better defensive capabilities. Protect can give you a free turn with healing and burn damage for the foe.

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Another Rapid Spinner/Staller

Rapid Spin-get rid of Stealth Rock etc..
Surf/Ice Beam-STAB or Grass types
Toxic-you know why
Protect-one turn to increase Toxic

Evs:252 HP 128 DEF 128 SP DEF
Ability:Torrent
Item-Leftovers

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SP Attacker:

Surf/Water Spout-STAB
Ice Beam-Grass types
Focus Blast-coverage
HP Ground-Electric types

Item-Choice Specs
Evs-252 SP ATT 252 HP
Ability-Torrent

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Blastoise (M) @ Leftovers

Role: Annoyer

Trait: Torrent

EVs: 4 HP / 96 Def / 156 SAtk / 252 SDef

Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Iron Defense
  • Mud-Slap
  • Muddy Water
  • Aqua Ring or Toxic

If you ever want to really get on someones nerves, Add this to your team.

Mud-Slap Muddy Water combo Lets Mud Slap Start for some annoying Accuracy hax, and then he can start doing a good amount of Damage, While still destroying your opponents accuracy.

Iron Defense lets him Quickly Shoot up his Defense to be as good as his Special Defense.

And You have the Option of Aqua Ring or Toxic for More consistant Damage or More Healing on top of leftovers.

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Gen III

Blastoise (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Torrent

EVs: 136 HP / 16 Atk / 252 Def / 104 SDef

Sassy Nature (+SDef, -Spd)

  • Toxic
  • Dig - Physical
  • Hydro Pump - Special
  • Ice Beam - Special

Equalized attacking stats by using just 16 Ev's, so another mixed Starter it is!

Toxic is painful to anything not steel or poison type, which is alot.
Dig takes out Poison and Steel types, but it's main purpose is stalling out Toxic without using protect, and dealing some decent damage when it hits, Sweet!
Ice Beam takes down birds who you can't hit with the Toxic + Dig ( Uh oh ) Combo.
And Hydro Pump ( He needs the extra power in there ) is for a nasty STAB hit to anything levitating or that just needs to be nailed.
Go Blastoise!

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Double/Triple Battle

Blastoise (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Torrent/Rain Dish
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Water Spout
- Surf
- Blizzard/Ice Beam
- Hidden Power [Electric]

Give this guy Rain Dance support, and you'll be OHKOing everything. Torrent is probably the best ability, as it helps make Surf better when you are down on HP. However, Rain Dish can keep you healthy, especially if you team up Blastoise with Heal Pulse support. Water Spout OHKOs every foe you'll face (exaggerating, but it still is incredibly powerful). Surf is for use when you are down on HP and is still an effective multi-battle attack, especially if you team it up with Water Absorb or Storm Drain. Blizzard gives coverage while also hitting mutilple foes. However, it is inaccurate, especially since you won't be having Hail support since if you will have any weather support it will be Rain Dance. Ice Beam is more accurate yet less powerful and only hits one foe. HP Electric is coverage.

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Blastoise-Mega @ Blastoisinite
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Ability: Mega Launcher
EVs: 252 SAtk / 252 HP / 4 SDef
Modest Nature
- Water Pulse
- Aura Sphere
- Dragon Pulse
- Iron Defense

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Blastoise (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Torrent
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Rest
- Toxic
- Protect
- Water Pulse

Here we have a basic Tank/Annoyer set for Blastoise. Toxic wears the opponents HP down each turn. Protect helps Toxic do its thing + Keeps Blastoise alive with Leftovers. Rest is when you have bad health and need to heal. Water Pulse is STAB + 20% chance of confusing the opponent.

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Blastoise @ Blastoisinite
Ability: Mega Launcher
Quiet Nature
EVs: 252 Def / 252 SpD / 4 SpA

-Surf / Hydro Pump / Scald (STAB)
-Dark Pulse / Dragon Pulse (with the ability Mega Launcher, this should do a lot of damage)
-Dragon Tail / Ice Beam / Earthquake / Aura Sphere / Aqua Ring (coverage)
-Rapid Spin / or one of the above moves (Rapid Spin is very useful and I believe Blastoise is the best Rapid Spin user.)

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Water pusle over surf it's the same power for mega launcher and it has confuse chance
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This is a set I used in RU a while back. It's not uber competitive, but it is silly to try and take down without a heavy hitter with electric or grass type attacks.

Blastoise @ Leftovers
Ability: Rain Dish
EVs: 212 HP, 76 Def, 220 Sp Def
Bold Nature
- Scald
- Rain Dance
- Aqua Ring
- Protect

Protect when you have Aqua Ring and rain going allows you to recover 36% of your health before they can hit you again. STAB + Rain boosted Scald hits extremely well considering there are no EVs invested. The burn chance is fantastic offensively and defensively as well. EVs are such that you hit a leftovers number on HP and a good threshhold on Sp Def. Def is somewhat helped out by the burn chance. This is the epitome of stall, but if you can avoid status, this Pokemon can pretty much outstall any other Pokemon (at least in RU at the time).

Another set that I didn't use competitively but certainly could throw someone off their game is this:

Blastoise @ Power Herb
Ability: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 HP, 4 Att, 252 Sp Def
Careful Nature
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Skull Bash
- Power Up Punch

Obviously dispose of any ghost types before bringing this one out, but it should be able to hold its own and dish out some hurt itself too. The opponent won't want to leave it in too long either or it could start steamrolling his/her team.

For a truly competitive build, I think Mega-Blastoise makes an excellent spinner and really discourages those spin-blocking ghosts with its Mega-Launcher boosted Dark Pulse.

Blastoise @ Blastoisinite
Ability: Rain Dish
EVs: 240 HP, 16 Def, 252 Sp Att
Modest Nature
- Rapid Spin
- Dark Pulse
- Aura Sphere
- Scald

I have always found Scald far more useful than the 10 base power increase you get from Surf or Water Pulse (after Mega Launcher boost), so that's why it's the water STAB of choice. Rapid Spin for obvious reasons. Dark Pulse discourages spin blocking, and Aura Sphere can do some nice solid damage after the Mega Launcher boost. The EVs are set up to maximize the punch Blastoise deals out. I pushed 240 into HP to maximize HP but reduce Rock/Spike damage, and the rest into Def. Rain Dish is chosen since you should probably be mega evolving immediately upon entering the fight, and so there's an off chance you may get a rain dish recovery as opposed to no chance of using torrent.

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Well... and there goes me thinking this was a bad Mega! Let me correct anyone else who thinks so with a stupidly powerful set:

Blastoise @Blastoisinite
Ability: Torrent---->Mega Launcher
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 200 Spe, 58 Sp. Def
Nature: Modest/Timid (Power or Speed)
Water Pulse: STAB, boosted by ability.
Aura Sphere: Epic, ability boosted, kills things.
Dark Pulse: Boosted by ability, kills Psychic types.
Dragon Pulse: Kills Dragon types, ability boosted.

So, should be self-explanatory: Switch in, Mega Evolve, rip your enemies limb from limb.

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Gen 8

(oh lawd, they gave him Shell Smash)

Blastoise @ White Herb
Ability: Torrent
EVs: 252 SpA / 80 SpD / 176 Spe
Modest Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Shell Smash
- Aura Sphere
- Hydro Pump
- Ice Beam

Okay, so, as of the time I write this, Blastoise remains unreleased in Gen 8, but when it becomes available through Pokemon Home, I can guarantee you this is going to be a crazy popular option to run it with. Offensive standard Blastoise is here, folks. They buffed him with a new move. Merry Christmas, Blastoise.

Update: My predictions were correct. Blastoise ranks OU upon arrival in Smogon's competitive ladder, and it actually outspeeds Cloyster, another potent Shell Smasher in OU. If your target also opts for White Herb instead of Focus Sash, you'll beat them with the Aura Sphere you pack.

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Moveset for Wartortle.

Gen V

Wartortle(F)@Eviolite

Trait-Torrent

Calm Nature(-Attack +Sp Defense)

EVs-252 Defense 252 Dp Defense 4 Sp Attack

  • Yawn
  • Protect
  • Scald
  • Rest/Toxic

This Is the standard Moveset for Wartortle. Yawn is there to put foes to sleep, Protect Is there to ensure that Yawn will hit and you won't receive damage. Scald is there for STAB and if you are lucky, Burn Hax which makes you a better Wall. Rest is to recover when you need it and Toxic is there to badly Poison foes. Rest is more recommended when its not used in a Drizzle team, and Toxic for running Rain Dish with Drizzle.

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Doubles / Triples

Blastoise (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 HP / 40 Def / 216 SAtk
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Surf
- Blizzard
- Aqua Ring
- Protect

Surf is STAB and hits multiple spaces, Blizzard is coverage and hits multiple spaces.
Aqua Ring + Lefties is nice, and if rain comes up you have RD at your service.
Protect can come handy in weird situations and can stall out for more HP.

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Blastoise (M) @ Damp Rock
Trait: Rain Dish
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SAtk / 4 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Raid Dance
- Rapid Spin
- Hydro Pump
- Aqua Jet

Emergency Rain Support.

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Blastiose @ Leftovers
Ability: Torrent
252 HP/ 108 Def / 144Sdef
Calm Nature (+Sp Def, - Attack)
-Roar
-Rapid Spin
-Toxic
-Scald

Special Bulky with Rapid spin to get rid of entry hazords and toxic to stall with also roar to switch out Unwanted Foes. This goes great with Blissy because Blastiose cant heal himself so you can Wish with Blissy then switch to Blastiose when Blastoise low on HP!

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Physical set
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Rain Dish
Adamant nature
EVs: 252 Atk / 122 Def / 122 SpD / 12 HP

Aqua Jet - STAB, great priority move
Earthquake - One of the best moves in the game :)
Dragon Tail - Great move for such a defensive Pokemon.
Toxic - Good and reliable status move.

I use this set on the Blastoise on my rain team and he kicks ass.

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this set is for b/w and is great but does rely a little on special attack but could be physical attacker but lets get to the moves

item/ leftovers ability torrent which means water moves boost 50% when the Pokemons at red or low yellow hp

252hp 102sp.atk 75def 75sp.def 4spd

scald, hydro pump -scald can burn its STAB 80 base power its a special move as well as HYDRO PUMP is 120 base power which is just op and very good offensivly overall I reccomend scald cause it can burn

rapid spin-get rid of stealth rocks spikes toxic spikes sadly only 20 base power not very strong

HP (hidden power), ice beam-i would recomend grass or fighting other than that this set is a little offensive ice beam to take on dragons or to take on grass types

toxic-AMAZING move poisens and builds up more and more damage each turn and I said this is an offensive set

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