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If you have a good competitive moveset for Cradily, 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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sadly, ever since gen 4, assault vest Tangrowth is a better wall than Cradily :((

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Cradily @ Life Orb
EV's: 252 SAtk, 252 HP, 4 Def
Nature: Quiet
Ability: Storm Drain

  • Earth Power
  • Giga Drain
  • Hidden Power Fire
  • Sludge Wave

This is a dangerous special sweeper, with Trick Room support of course. Switch Cradily in when you senses a water type attack. With Life Orb and Storm Drain you're now ready to sweep! Earth Power is a powerful special attack (90 BP), that covers Steel weakness. Giga Drain is also a powerful special attack (75 BP + STAB), and it recovers Cradily's HP. Hidden Power Fire covers Ice, Bug and Steel weaknesses. Slugde Wave have also a powerful BP at 95.

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Great set. I like it. TR Cradily is so dangerous.
Thanks!
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Gen V

Cradily (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Suction Cups

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Def / 252 SDef

Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

  • Recover
  • Stockpile
  • Giga Drain
  • Earth Power
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Quiet (-Spe +SAtt) would be better, wouldn´t it?
nah i'd go with modest or relaxed
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Cradily @ Leftovers
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 208 HP / 92 Def / 88 SpA / 120 SpD
Bold Nature
- Giga Drain
- Ingrain / Toxic
- Infestation
- Recover

A good stall and heal set for Cradily- Giga Drain is great for healing and damage too, while an Infestation+Toxic can Wreak havoc on any team while healing using Recover. For a totally gradual damage set, use Sandstorm, Wrap, Toxic, and Infestation. Wow.

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Cradily @ Leftovers

Trait: Suction Cups

EVs: 252 HP / 72 SpA / 184 SpD

Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)

  • Giga Drain
  • Earth Power
  • Recover
  • Hidden Power Rock/Sludge Bomb

Special tank.
Giga Drain is excellent STAB with a nice bonus of healing.
Earth Power gives some nice Coverage.
Recover is very nice reliable healing.
Hidden Power Rock is STAB and hits Flying types, while Sludge Bomb has a nice chance of poisoning the opponents and gives some neutral coverage.

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It's good, but why not AncientPower?  It's reliable (at the expense of low PP) and has a 10% chance to boost all stats by one stage.  I mean, c'mon, it could take a while to get Hidden Power (Rock) anyway, so AncientPower is a more suitable choice.
It's also a weaker choice, and the 10% chance isn't worth it IMO.
True, but at least you get STAB from it.
You do too on HP Rock.
Hmmm, Ok, I guess it's doable.
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Cradily
Item: Choice-specs
Ability: Storm-drain/Suction-cups
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 S.Attack, 140 Defense, 112 S.Defense


Giga-drain

Sludge-wave

Hidden-power(Fire)

Ancient-power or Earth-power


Giga-drain is STAB and healing at the same time, and by the way Cradily can have Giga-drain and the ability Storm-drain at the same time because it is one of the special moves that lileep can have when it comes from the DW. Sludge-wave is coverage. Hidden-power(Fire) is coverage. Ancient-power is STAB, but if you decide to use Suction-cups he should have Earth-power for coverage.


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Cradily

Item: Leftovers
EVs: 252 HP 128 Def 128 S. Def
Nature: Modest
Ability: Suction Cups
Moveset:

  • Ingrain
  • Toxic
  • Confuse Ray
  • AncientPower
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Lileep @ eviolite
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 252 sp. def, 252 HP, 4 def
Nature: Calm

Toxic
Stockpile
Protect
Stealth Rock


This thing has defences of a monster. It's LC, but it can be used in higher tiers. It's defensive all the way, lacking the offence that Cradily has, but it's usually used defensively anyway. The point of this set is to stall the bulkier foes out with poison and set up rocks.

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Oh Cradily, yet another victim of my crazy mastermind stalling Pokemon.

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Ability: Storm Drain
Nature: Bold
EV's 252 Def 252 SDef 4 HP

Ingrain: First part of regaining health
Recover: Second part of regaining health
Giga Drain: Third part of regaining health
Confuse Ray: To confuse opponent making it harder for them to hit you.

I chose confuse ray over toxic because with this moveset, its better for you to give your opponent less of a chance to hit you rather than having them take even more damage. If your opponent hits themselves, then a combination of ingrain and leftovers, as well as either a recover or giga drain attack will heal a bunch of health, while confuse ray still will deal damage to the opponent if they hit themselves.

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Cradily @ Leftovers
Ability: Suction Cups
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
Calm Nature
- Infestation
- Toxic
- Recover
- Sandstorm

Infestation stops the opponent from switching while dealing damage per turn and works really well with toxic
Recover is to annoy the opponent while you regen
Sandstorm is to boost SpD and also a little more turn damage.

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In my experience stall teams are better than offensive ones.here is my cradily for you to test it out:
Trapper Cradily
sassy nature
Held item: Leftovers/rocky helmet
Ability suction caps/storm drain
Iv: 31 0 31 31 31 31
Ev spread 252 hp 200 def 58 spdef
Moveset:

  • Recover
  • Stockpile
  • Infestation
  • Toxic
    Playstyle/explanation

So 1st of all.this is not a sweep cradily as you can see.the purpose of this build is to bolster your defenses using stockpile 3 times.then toxic before infestation to stack the damage faster and then infestation to trap the opponent and wear him off slowly with your dots.recover is there for you to heal off damage and stall.held item is really up to you.I prefer leftovers over rocky helmet cause of the sustain but both work like a charm. Be aware that cradily has an exceptional bulk but still it won't save it from bulky attackers that setup.that's why stockpile should be used as a priority and also you have to switch cradily in a safe match up so you can setup.after 3 stockpiles it is a beast.
Hope I helped,have fun!

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Gen 8
Cradily
Cradily @ Power Herb
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Meteor Beam
- Rock Polish
- Giga Drain
- Earth Power

Storm Drain is to be able to switch into water type attacks and gives you a special attack boost. Meteor Beam is STAB and can be executed in one turn with Power Herb, and also raises your special attack. Rock Polish to double your speed if you find an opportunity to. Giga Drain is STAB and healing. Earth Power is for coverage.

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Gen 8

Cradily

Cradily @ Life Orb
Ability: Storm Drain
EVs: 200 HP / 56 Def / 252 Atk
Impish Nature
- Ingrain
- Swords Dance
- Seed Bomb
- Stone Edge

Ingrain heals off some Life Orb damage and keeps Cradily in longer. Swords Dance boosts it's Attack up, and Seed Bomb/Stone Edge are STAB.

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