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


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Can people please at least give their reason for voting this down?
Voted it up, my friend!
One word:Trolls.
Sableye (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Mischievous Heart
EVs: 252 HP / 128 Def / 128 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)
- Toxic
- Substitute
- Recover
- Taunt
I wish other pokemon had Stall, so they could SubPunch or SubSeed or use Payback. Sableye is just a prankster.
Keen Eye and Faint Attack? Why? It won't lose it's accuracy, so instead of using a move like Faint Attack that's only good for it's accuracy, why not something like Foul Play, Payback, or Knock Off?

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Sableye Gen 5


Ability Prankster, EV's Attack 252, He will probably anyway get ohko'd most times, Adamant Nature, Item Focus sash.

Fake Out, just some free extra damage but don't do this on Pokemon that has an ability that pevents flinching like a crobat, it might have Inner Focus, neither on Pokemon with rough skin or iron barbs, this just ruins the focus sash, And do NOT use this on a Pokemon that has the ability Mummy, I use this moveset and I used Fake Out on a Pokemon that had the ability Mummy, I wasn't thinking of that the Pokemon had Mummy so the Fake Out ruined my plan then, because the ability Mummy spread to Sabeleye.

Swagger, to power up Punishment and if they hit themselves in confusion you get a extra turn wich is nice, also has priority thanks to Prankster.

Punishment, STAB and powered up by Swagger, Foul Play also works good here.

Shadow Sneak, STAB priority plus so you can finish of things after Swagger+Punishment/Foul Play Comination.

I've tried this many times and if often works out absolutely great! even on Pokemon that resists this (that is if they hit themselves in confusion) like a skarmory.
Chances are pretty good that they will hit themselves in confusion at least 1/2 thanks to the focus sash and prankster.

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This is brilliant! Nice combination, too! I like it. :)
um isn't confuse ray better? It doesn't raise opponents attack
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Gen V

Sableye (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Prankster

EVs: 248 HP / 128 Def / 132 SDef

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Substitute
  • Toxic
  • Recover
  • Protect
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That's a very nice moveset you've got there. I can see it working well. :D
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Evs: 252 def, 252 S.def, 6 hp

Nature: Bold(+def, -attack)

Item: Leftovers


Substitute(Never hit me)

Recover(I Won't Die!....again(ghost pun))

Night Shade(Taunted no problem...until they use a normal type)

oh i've faced this sableye allright
I won't die again! xD
1 vote

A Stall (ability) set:

Sableye (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Stall
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spd)
- Brick Break
- Shadow Claw
- Zen Headbutt
- Payback

Leftovers is for recovery, seeing as this guys Defenses could be improved. Stall works with Payback to kill people. Nature works to increase Attack, but lower Defense. It doesn't matter, though, because with Stall, this guy's Speed is 0. Brick Break breaks Screens, which helps lots. Shadow Claw is STAB and can Crit. On PO, death. Zen Headbutt can Flinch, and kills Fighting types with Foresight should they appear. Finally, Payback is STAB and, combined with Stall, hits somewhere over 110 in max power. Too bad you pay with Speed...

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Very interesting use of the ability Stall.
Zen Headbutt can't flinch with Stall.
1 vote

Ok recently i've been using this guy, and hes a great Lead, i run this set

Sableye @ Lagging Tail (Makes you slower)
Nature: Calm (+sp def - attack )
EVS: 252Def / 252 SpDef / 4 HP
Ability : Prankster

  • Taunt
    Great against statuses leads (such as forretress, ferrothorn) or just any sweeper who wants to set up
  • Will-O-Wisp
    Burn that sweepers, so they wont hurt you much
  • Trick
    Heres when the lagging tail comes to play, you have prankster anyways so you will go first, make your opponent slow and get a free item, works best with sweepers or speedy annoyers
  • Recover
    This one doesnt need explanation
I like this moveset. :)
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EVs: 252 Def 252 Sp Def 4 HP
Ability: Prankster
Nature: Relaxed ( + Def - Spe )
-Recover ( Priority + Sableye doesn't respect damage, Sableye respects healing damage. )
-Will O' Wisp ( Priority + Key to a staller is having a status move. )
-Substitute ( Priority + Well what can I say, it's substitute. )
-Shadow Sneak ( Priority + While stalling, it is nice to get some damage off... )

Now, where to start... Sableye... with prankster = the perfect troll/staller. Quad priority moveset thanks to its ability Prankster, with decent defences it can withstand a fair amount of hits of hits while being able to Recover off the damage. Leftovers can help quite alot since all this pokemon is meant to do it stall. Also Sableye has NO weaknesses. Anyway in simpler words, this is one of the most irritating pokemon you will ever see.

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This damn awesome. I would vote it up if I could.... :c
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Sable Troll @ PRANKSTER

Nature +SP.DEF -SP.ATK


252 defense
252 special defense
4 hp


Confuse ray
Will o wisp

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Ahh, Sableye. Always been a personal favorite of mine. This is the moveset for my gen 5 Sableye:

Ability: Stall. I've seen a bunch of Prankster sets, but Stall is a much better ability for this particular set.
Nature: Brave. Adamant works well, too.
I invested my EVs in Attack and HP, but it may be wise to invest in Sableye's Defenses as well.


Payback (STAB, and with Stall, this move will always hit!)
Metal Burst (This is the key to the moveset, but it requires some breeding to obtain. Just breed a female Sableye with a male Bisharp and you'll be good to go!)
Shadow Sneak (STAB and priority. Useful for quickly finishing off the opponent!)
Detect (This is just for a little extra security. You may switch it out for Zen Headbutt or Shadow Claw if you like!)

As for the held item... Huh, I wish I had more professional advice for this. I just give my Sableye a Spell Tag to boost the power of Shadow Sneak, but perhaps a Liechi Berry would be a better option?

Now, since Sableye has rather poor stats, my Sableye never lasts long in battle, but she sure does help a ton when finishing off the opponent's last pokemon!

Hope this helped!

you should problably give sableye a zoom lends:sience sableye has the ability stall,the accuracy will be boosted every turn!(unless sableye's ability is suppressed)
A Zoom Lens isn't needed when all your moves already have 100 Accuracy.  I'd personally recommend Leftovers, a Shell Bell, or maybe even a Roseli Berry.
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Sableye gen 6
Ability: Prankster
Item: leftovers
Nature: Calm (+sp.Def, -Atk)
Ev:252hp, 252sp.Def , 4def.

Foul play Great against sweepers
Taunt Priority and makes it a great starter against entry hazards
Recover Priority heal
Will-o-wisp Priority and makes sweepers deal less dmg

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Held Item: Leftovers
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SAtk)
Ability: Pranksters
Move set:
-Shadow Sneak/Sucker Punch
Evs: 252 HP/ 128 Def/ 128 SDef

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Sableye Staller
Ability: Prankster
Item: Leftovers
Dark Pulse- Great STAB, nice base power
Calm Mind- Ups your special attack and special defense
Recover- Recovers your health :p
Will-o-wisp- Burning power and attack drop!

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EVs: 252 defense, 252 special defense, 4 hp
Ability: prankster
Nature: Adamant
Role: Sweeper
Power-up punch: This is here because this guy can't learn swords dance
Sucker Punch: With attack boosts, this will be handy with the next move…
Taunt: Prankster "boost", enables Sableye to use sucker punch
Recover: So you can keep on sweeping :)

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Sableye @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Confuse Ray
- Knock Off
- Will-O-Wisp
- Protect

This is my best staller ever. Prankster puts all its status moves first, so confuse ray and will o wisp will always go first. Confuse the opponent, burn them, knock off their item, and use Protect to stall while using Confuse Ray to keep confusing them when they snap out of it. I've beaten entire teams using this strategy and just one Sableye.

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Sableye @ Sablenite
Ability: Prankster --> Magic Bounce
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SpA
IVs: 0 Atk
Bold Nature
- Calm Mind
- Recover
- Dazzling Gleam
- Dark Pulse

This thing could Toxic stall, but you could take this offensive set here, where you're capable of beating Mega Slowbro in a CM war. This thing also gets Magic Bounce, so Taunt and status aren't even concerns. You're going to be ridiclously bulky on both Defense and Spdef after a single CM or two as well as getting some attacking prowess. Recover heals off damage. Dazzling Gleam and Dark Pulse is near perfect coverage.

Sableye @ Sablenite
Ability: Prankster --> Magic Bounce
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Will-O-Wisp
- Recover
- Night Shade
- Metal Burst

And since it's probably wanted, here's a defensive set. You can opt not to Mega Evolve to get a Will-O-Wisps off with Prankster, then Mega Evolve when you need all the bulk. Recover is pretty obvious for stalling and healing. Night Shade gets damage off. Oddly enough, this thing gets Metal Burst in ORAS vis breeding, which is basically Counter and Mirror Coat into one move. This things going to be taking lots of hits, so might as well use it when you know you're going to take something that even Recover can't help against.

Going to post more later.

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Creeper (Sableye) (M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Prankster
EVs: 248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 Def
Impish Nature
- Toxic
- Mean Look
- Recover
- Shadow Claw/Shadow Sneak
I start with mean look then use toxic and continue with recover until he's weak enough to finish.
You can also use protect instead of STAB moves to be untouchable

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Sableye @ Focus Sash
Ability: Stall
Brave Nature
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
-Metal Burst
-Shadow Sneak
-Sucker Punch

Stall and Metal Burst is a crazy-good combo. Take massive damage, live with the sash, and destroy with Metal Burst. Shadow Sneak / Sucker Punch to finish off the annoying sashed attackers, or if they can live Metal Burst.

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EVs:252 HP/252 Def/4 Attack
Impish Nature(+Def, -SAtk)
-Fake Out
-Protect/Substitute/Sucker Punch/Foul Play

Timing of your mega evolving is important here.

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Sableye @Sablenite
Trait: Prankster --> Magic Bounce
Brave Nature
EVs: 252 Hp, 252 Atk, 4 Def
IVs: 0 Spe
-Power-Up Punch; Boosts Attack, get ready to sweep
-Payback/Sucker Punch; Extreme STAB power or priority
-Poison Jab; Fairy coverage
-Recover; This is a no-brainier

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Mega sableye @ sablenite
Trait : prankster before magic bounce after ( mega evolving )

248 hp
252 def
4 sdef
4 spd

Snarl ( anti calm mind. Also lowers sp. Att of opponent)
Recover ( sustain )
Calm mind ( boost sp. att and sDef. )
Will o wisp ( burn for physical attackers )

This is the Ultimate set for mega sable eye. Snarl to lower sp att plus damage. Raise Special Attack and sp. defense With calm mind Max defense plus burn Ruins physical attackers Magic bounce repels everything status and entry hazards . Four EV's in speed to outpace other mega sableye. Only weakness to this set in this Pokémon is fairies and physical fire types . I got more rage quits with this than anything . By the way you're welcome.

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ev's : s.def:252 def :252 hp:4 this is a stalling Pokemon it only works on mega Sableye
item: Sablenite

moonlight or recover its because if your about to die you just use it and then swap out
Confuse ray good with will-o-wisp or Toxic

will-o-wisp lowers opponents attack by 50% toxic 100% to take out opponent in 16 turns if it hits by confusion and you use the last move Knock Off

Knock Off has 65 power effects Doubles power if the opponent has an item it does not matter what item and knocks it off which will bring it back to 65 power

this is one of the best stalling Pokemon in my opinion