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


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Mawile (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Encourage
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Sucker Punch
- Iron Head
- Rock Slide
- Fire Fang
What  trachy said but quiet or relaxed nature
instead of sucker punch fake tears and instead of iron head iron defense and if you want to take down ground types instead of rock slide ice beam and instead of fire fang swagger
Why would you give it Ice Beam considering it's crappy Sp. Atk

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Sheer Force
Focus Sash

Brave (+Att, -Spd)
252 HP/252 Att.

Iron Head (STAB, powered up by SF)
Play Rough (STAB, powered up by SF)
Ice Punch (Coverage, powered up by SF)
Metal Burst (coupled with FS for possible OHKO)

I recommend max HP but low IV defenses, along with Focus Sash, in order to have the best chance at dealing the most damage with Metal Burst.

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insane sweeper:

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Trait: Intimidate (for lower attack before mega evolving) --- Huge Power (one of the best abilities)

4HP, 252 Atk, 252 Def
Impish Nature


Swords Dance (raises mawile's attack to 2x, which counts as 4x due to huge power. this will bring mawile's attack to more than 1,2 THOUSAND, nd then you can just sweep your opponents).

Play Rough (STAB fairy type move with 90 base power, and 90 accuracy. it is like a must for mawile because a stab move with huge power... yeah).

Iron Head (another STAB move with 80 power, and 100 accuracy. just sweep. no more need to say anything).

Ice Punch/Sucker Punch (i'll go with ice punch for coverage to ground tpyes, but you can also go with sucker punch for priority. don't use ice fang. it has lower power, lower accuracy, and mawile is slow ((the main reason why you was gonna use sucker punch)), so the flinch chance is nothing).

i would be going for the moveset without sucker punch, because mawile is bulky and don't really need to attack first.

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Mega-Mawile @ Mawilite
Ability: Huge Power
Adamant Nature
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Def / 4 HP
-Play Rough [STAB]
-Iron Head [STAB]
-Swords Dance [If you wanna sweep.]
-Sucker Punch [its slow lol]

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My mawile's (favorite Pokemon) moveset:

Mawile (Mega Mawile)
Ability: Intimidate/Huge Power
EVs: 264 HP/ 264 Atk/ 225 Def

  • Play Rough
  • Thunder Fang
  • Iron Head
  • Dark Pulse

Play rough is a good fairy STAB move that can sweep Dragon and Fighting Pokemon easily. Thunder Fang is for good coverage against Water and Flying Pokemon. Iron Head is also a good STAB move and can sweep Rock, Ice, and Fairy Pokemon. And Dark Pulse is a good move against Ghost and Physic Pokemon. Mega evolution Mega Mawile has great defense and Huge Power makes it stronger, with Intimidate for the regular Mawile to easily lower threating Pokemon's power.

There are several problems with this move set. Firstly your EVs are all screwed up. You can only have a max of 252 EVs in any one stat, and the total number of EVs you can have on one pokemon is 510. The second problem is that mega-Mawile's base Special Attack is so low there is absolutely no point in having Dark Pulse, and you haven't even given it any Special Attack investment. If you want a Dark type move then that is fine - it's a good type for Mawile - but stick with the physical Crunch or Sucker Punch. If you did this because you believed Huge Power boosts Special Attack as well as regular Attack, then it doesn't - it only boosts physical Attack.
Oh, well you make good points. Although dark pulse hasn't failed me yet I understand what your saying about the physical moves. I'm kinda new to EV's so if i mess up i'm not really used to or good at understanding them yet. I don't really understand the purpose or explination of Special Attack so i have to work on that too.  And yes ik that Huge Power only boasts physical attack-like I said I don't really understand what Special Attack does so its something I have to work on.
Don't feel bad about it - EVs can be difficult for newer players to understand. If you want to find out more about them, I suggest looking for a video on the subject on youtube. For example look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u_37RK-mFA&list=PL209368E48AA8548B&index=24.

As for the Special Attack, that is much easier to understand. Every move in the game has a category - Physical, Special, or Status. Status moves are any non-attacking move. Physical and Special moves are different kinds of attacking moves. Every pokemon has a base Attack and Defence, and a base Special Attack and Special Defence. Pokemon with higher Attack deal more damage with Physical Attacks, while those with higher Defence take less damage from Physical Attacks. The same is true with the Special Attacks and the Special Attack/Special Defence stats. So, to take the example of Mega-Mawile. Its base Attack is 105. By itself that would be considered a good Attack stat, but it is doubled by Huge Power to be effectively 210, which is considered insanely high. To put that number into perspective, the highest base Attack stat in the games (ignoring abilities) is Mega Mewtwo X's base 190. Mega-Mawile's base Special Attack is only 55, which is considered extremely low, and really not worth using, especially when compared with its monstrous Attack stat.

Anyway, I hoped this helped you understand some of these concepts.
Oh thanks for the source on Evs and the explination of Special attack/defense-it helped alot.