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If you have a good competitive moveset for Groudon, 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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Groudon @ Choice Specs

Trait: Drought

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SpA

Brave Nature (+Atk, -Spe)

  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • SolarBeam
  • Fire Blast

Designed to Wallbreak.
Attack is 438, and SpA is 448.
Earthquake is very good STAB.
Stone Edge hits the likes of Lugia and Ho-Oh and formes EdgeQuake combo.
SolarBeam hits from the special side, and complements Fire Blast well. For once, Groudon can actually use SolarBeam.
Don't spam it mindlessly though, be very cautious when using it. You do NOT want to use it on a Kyogre switch in.
Fire Blast gets psuedo STAB and roasts any Skarmory trying to ruin the day. Also Ferrothorn and Forretress.
EVs give Groudon maximum offensive potential while Brave is chosen to make the Attacking stats more even and to not lower any of its defenses.

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it has choice specs.
Why did you make it a mixed attacker with choice specs? Specs are good on Kyogre and not Groudon.
I'm pretty sure Precipice Blades was introduced in Generation 6, and this answer was posted in 2011 so at that time, Groudon couldn't have Precipice Blades...Please correct me if I'm wrong.
@Midnight_X_Twice https://pokemondb.net/move/precipice-blades Yeah, it was introduced in Gen 6.
Specs Don so Pro
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Gen 5 Double Dancing Groudon set.

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> Thuggish (Groudon) @ Leftovers
Ability: Drought
EVs: 248 HP / 28 Atk / 64 Def / 160 SpD / 8 Spe
Adamant Nature
> - Swords Dance
> - Earthquake
> - Stone Edge
> - Rock Polish

There’s a chance you’re looking at this set going “Wtf is this guy smoking” and I swear I can answer that. I started out by wanting to build a sun team, but I also wanted a Groudon that could take hits. The first thing I knew was that I would need a Max HP, so 252 HP was entered. Then, I figured I would need some SDef to tank some of those powerful hits from the Uber tier. I went to the calcs and started boosting the SDef until I was happy with the result, 160 provided me with good breathing room and survivability. I knew I would need some Def EVs as well, otherwise powerful physical attackers like Band-Oh and Excadrill would still give me issues. Knowing I wouldn’t need as many Def EVs as SDef EVs, I worked it out the same way. Increasing the Defense until I was happy with the hits Groudon could take. I then dumped the rest in Attack, and slapped an Adamant nature on him. With this spread however, I wasn’t sure what kind of moveset would work well, I originally thought Band, but SteelJackal suggested that with this spread I could easily get away with Double Dancing Groudon. So I adjusted the moveset and went to test. First game he swept the opponent’s team. I was flabbergasted. But I knew that the set was definitely not perfect, as I’m still a n00b, so I asked Sweep what he thought. He said two things, “Always speed creep”, and, “248 HP so you have an odd number for HP”. And so I took 4 Atk EVs and 4 HP EVs and threw them in Speed. After a couple weeks of using the team, I was facing someone with a Latios. I was at +2 and +2, all set to sweep. Latios survived Stone Edge with 0.3%...
So I took 4 Def and put them in Attack. The spread was perfected as much as possible.
Rock Polish and Swords Dance are my stat boosters, and it isn’t too difficult to set them up on most leads. Darkrai can provide issues with Dark Void, but I can normally deal with that just fine. The most trouble I have is against Defensive walls who can afford to switch in on +2 EQ and the next turn phaze me. Hippowdon is an example of this. SDef Giratina-A is 2HKO by +2 EQ as are Kyogre, Mewtwo, Palkia, Espeon, and several other common Uber Pokemon. Stone Edge completes the EdgeQuake combo, and works beauties against the Lati twins, Xatu, Ho-Oh, Tornadus, Landorus, and Shaymin. It gets a OHKO on all of them, except Landorus who takes hefty damage from it (when it hits). Groudon himself doesn’t utilize the sun much, except to assist in his survival. ScarfPalkia under sun gets a 3HKO with Spacial Rend, which hits harder than Hydro Pump (sun). Kyogre locked into Ice Beam (who stupidly stays in) will get a 2HKO if Specs and 3HKO is Scarfed. PsychoKiller Mewtwo gets a 2HKO with Ice Beam. Excadrill under sun falls to Groudon. Under sand Groudon can tank +2 EQ then retaliate in kind with a OHKO. If the opponent is running some gimmick like BalloonExcadrill, then Groudon still has the upper hand (seeing that Groudon being in will almost guarantee that I have weather), but as Excadrill can’t do enough damage without +2 I still take the day with Stone Edge to pop the balloon and then KO with EQ. I could continue talking about Groudon, but I think you get the gist. I’ll continue with the team.

Here are some calcs, gonna link it because I don't wanna jump the character limit.
Calc list for spread

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Interesting. Especially the speed evs.
Very deep in though, I like it!
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Primal Groudon is a beast. Now that its a Fire/Ground Type, it is immune to Will'O'Wisp!

Groudon @ Red Orb

Ability: Drought ---> Desolate Land
EVs: 128 HP/252 Atk/128 Spe
Adamant/Naughty Nature
-Precipice Blades/Earthquake
-Stone Edge
-Fire Punch/Overheat/Fire Blast
-Rock Polish

Primal Groudon's Ability, Desolate Land, makes water type moves fail, basically making it a solid switch into Kyogre (Primal). It has such great bulk that setting up a Rock Polish can be done pretty easily, then you can proceed to sweep from there. 128 Speed EVs are to outspeed base 100 Choice Scarf users (Palkia) after a Rock Polish, the rest are put into HP for added bulk.

Precipice Blades is STAB with 120 Base Power, but if you fear the miss, you can always run good ol' Earthquake. Stone Edge is for the famed EdgeQuake coverage, and Fire Punch for another STAB. Overheat or Fire Blast coming off base 150 Special Attack (Same as Kyogre!) fries any Landorus/Gliscor/Skarmory/Scizor coming to try walling you.

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FYI I've removed the fan art from this answer as the original artist complained.
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Gen V

Groudon @ Leftovers

Trait: Drought

EVs: 252 Atk / 196 Def / 60 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Fire Punch
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • Bulk Up
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Groudon @ Leftovers

Trait: Drought
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
  • Stealth Rock
  • Dragon Tail
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I like the Stealth Rock then Dragon Tail part but why would you completely ignore Groudons ability drought?
Drought still lowers the power of water moves and can be used to boost the power of a teammate's fire moves.
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Groudon @ Assault Vest
Ability: Drought
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def
Adamant Nature
- Eruption
- Earthquake
- Dragon Tail
- Solar Beam

I Hate Groudon But here's a (Good) Set for him to use!
Eruption Deals More Damage due too sunny day (Unfortunatly no STAB like Kyogre)
Earthquake STAB, Thats all you Really need to know
Dragon Tail is a Wierd move no one likes But I adore it, it might always hit last but if there's a Pokemon You dont want on the Field you could Tail him away (This is Very optional if you dont like this You can Just Change it :D)
Solar Beam Well... Well.... Uh ... IDK...

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Adamant?! -.-
Try Adamant and physical tank.
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Everyone loves to use Primal Groudon as a sweeper or a bulky offensive Stealth Rock setter. However, this set will be a defensive one.

National Dex AG

Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Drought --> Desolate Land
EVs: 252 HP / 32 Def / 224 SpD
Careful / Calm Nature

  • Precipice Blades / Earthquake / Lava Plume / Overheat
  • Toxic
  • Rest
  • Stealth Rock

The first slot goes to Ground STAB, because without it, Primal Groudon loses to pretty much every defensive Arceus form, since many of them use Refresh. You can also use Overheat to do big damage (especially to defensive Dusk Mane), or Lava Plume to fish for burns (but Refresh Arceus still beats Lava Plume variants). Precipice Blades for the power, Earthquake for the consistency. Toxic puts the enemy on the timer and also cripples Flying types who want to switch into your Ground STAB. Rest is recovery and lets Primal Groudon heal from Toxic. The forced sleep can be pretty annoying though, which is why I would pair Primal Groudon with a Pokemon carrying Aromatherapy or Heal Bell. Fortunately, Pokemon like defensive Xerneas and Chansey are good picks. Stealth Rock wears the enemy down over time and is valuable team support.

52 SpA Life Orb Dark Aura Yveltal Dark Pulse vs. 252 HP / 224+ SpD Groudon-Primal: 179-212 (44.3 - 52.4%) -- 18.4% chance to 2HKO

+2 252+ SpA Fairy Aura Xerneas Moonblast vs. 252 HP / 224+ SpD Groudon-Primal: 180-212 (44.5 - 52.4%) -- 21.5% chance to 2HKO

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Close Combat vs. 252 HP / 32 Def Groudon-Primal: 171-202 (42.3 - 50%) -- 0.4% chance to 2HKO

+1 252+ SpA Kyogre-Primal Ice Beam vs. 252 HP / 224+ SpD Groudon-Primal: 164-193 (40.5 - 47.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

0 SpA Groudon-Primal Overheat vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane in Harsh Sunshine: 414-487 (104 - 122.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO

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what would you do if you are faced with an opponent like Corviknight, immune to Ground and Toxic? That means you will have to switch out, right? Good moveset though :D
Corviknight sees very little usage on the ladder, but I'll add Lava Plume and Overheat as options.
sure :D
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Gen 8 Doubles Ubers

Groudon @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Drought
EVs: 240 HP / 252 Atk / 16 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Precipice Blades
- Rock Slide
- Heat Crash
- Protect

Bulky attacker that can be used with Tailwind support. Precipice Blades is STAB and hits both opposing Pokemon. Rock Slide is coverage and allows you to hit Pokemon like Yveltal, Ho-oh, and Tornadus super effectively. Heat Crash is for coverage. Protect is for scouting. 16 Speed EVs + Tailwind support allow you to outspeed Pokemon like non-scarf Calyrex-Shadow and Zacian-Crowned.

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Wide Lens really won’t help and would be a waste of an item slot ngl, Sitrus Berry would be much more helpful.
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Stealth Rock lead set

Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
Impish Nature
- Precipice Blades
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic
- Roar

Roar destroys almost any set up sweeper in NDAG, especially if they rely on physical attack.

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I’m no primal Groudon expert but this set looks good to me
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I'm surprised there isn't a Groudon dynamax sweeper set!
Gen 8 AG
Groudon @ Life Orb
Ability: Drought
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Precipice Blades
- Stone Edge
- Aerial Ace
Aerial Ace boosts speed in dynamax, Swords Dance helps it do more damage, Precipice Blades is STAB, and Stone Edge forms the EdgeQuake combo.

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Groudon @ Choice Scarf

Role: Physical Sweeper

Trait: Drought

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Fire Punch
  • Stone Edge
  • ThunderPunch

Choice Scarfin Boss, Adamant for the OHKO's,

Eathquake for STAB
Fire Punch For Sun Power
Stone Edge for Coverage
Thunder Punch for Move Coverage.

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Groudon @ Leftovers

Trait: Drought
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)
- Toxic
- Stealth Rock
- Roar
- Earthquake

Stealth rock is Stealth rock, Roar phazes some guys, toxic might cripple the opposing team if he has the opprtunity before he roars, e-quake is still awesome STAB incase of taunt and others.

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Skarmory with taunt.
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Groudon @ Heat Rock
Ability: Drought
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Adamant Nature
IVs: 30 HP
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Thunder Wave
- Swords Dance

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It can't learn Swords Dance (I think).
Even if it could Bulk Up is definitely a better option.
It can learn swords Dance and if you want all out attacker, go swords Dance instead of bulk up
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Brave Nature(+Atk,-Spd)
252 Atk, 200 S.Def, 50 Def and 8 HP
Earthquake(More reliable than Precipice Blades)
Fire Punch/Eruption
Solar Beam (With it's awesome ability)
Any coverage move that suits your team: Thunder Punch/Brick Break/Rock Slide/Iron Head/Dragon Claw

Witness the wonder..........

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Why would you use a nature that reduces something you invested in?
spd is speed lmao
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Special Lead Groudon

Groudon @ Red Orb
Ability: Drought
EVs: 252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 SpD
Modest Nature
- Earth Power
- Fire Blast / Flamethrower / Eruption
- Thunderbolt / SolarBeam
- Stealth Rock

Earth Power and Fire Blast/Flamethrower/Eruption are STAB. Fire Blast for power, Flamethrower for accuracy, or Eruption for the start of battles. Thunderbolt gets more coverage than SolarBeam in Ubers, but SolarBeam is more powerful. The only reason you would use SolarBeam is for Kyogre, who, if mega evolved, will cancel SolarBeam's effectiveness. Thus, Thunderbolt is recommended. Stealth Rock is setup.

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These two Groudon sets share a few things in common, One of them being that they were both based around making Groudon a fast physical sweeper that can out-speed many Pokemon. Below are the two sets; one for ORAS, and one for XY.

ORAS Set:
EV Spread: 252 Attack/252 Speed/ 6 HP
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Drought (Desolate Land)
Item: Red Orb
Moves:
-Precipice Blades (STAB)
-Stone Edge (To take care of Flying Pokemon)
-Fire Punch (STAB)
-Thunder Punch (So it can do something to Water Pokemon)

XY Set:
EV Spread: 252 Attack/252 Speed/6 HP
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Drought
Item: Choice Band
Moves:
-Earthquake (While it doesn't have Precipice Blades, it still has a good STAB move)
-Stone Edge (To do something against Flying Pokemon)
-Fire Punch (Type coverage and warding off Grass Pokemon)
-Thunder Punch (Type coverage and warding off Water Pokemon)

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Groudon-Primal @ Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land
EVs: 168 HP/ 252 Atk / 88 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Fire Punch
- Bulk Up/Swords Dance
- Precipice Blades

Max attack is to hit hard on anything that doesn't resist it. Precipice Blades is a signature move and Fire Punch is for STAB. I wouldn't risk having thunder punch to cover its weakness, though. In addition, Bulk Up or Swords Dance can be great to boost your power!

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[email protected] Orb/Wide Lens
EVs:252 Atk/4 HP/252 Sp.Atk
Nature:Brave (+Atk -Spd)
Trait: Drought------->Desolate Land (If your using Red Orb)
Moves:
Earthquake/Precipe Blades STAB
Solar Beam Water Type Coverage
Flame Thrower STAB
Rest

Or...
LETS GET
POWERFUL

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EVs:252 Atk/252 Sp.Atk/252 Spd
Nature:Gentle (+Sp.Def -Defense)
Trait:Drought
Precipe Blades SUPER POWERFUL STAB
Solar Beam DESTROYS WATER TYPES
Flame Thrower POWERFUL STAB
Dragon Claw WRECKS DRAGONS

So since I am a hard hitting Ubers guy I would go with the POWER set but you can choose just make sure to wreck the Haters! :)

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Why Gentle?
Little bro I am going to show you a true Groudon moveset
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Probably identical to every Primal Groudon set ever but this is how I roll:

Groudon @Red Orb
Ability: Desolate Land (Primal Reversion)
Nature: Modest
Evs: 252SpA, 252Spe, 4HP

  • Earth Power (STAB, power)
  • Flamethrower (STAB, good power)
  • Solarbeam (Power, executes in 1 turn)
  • Focus Blast/Dragon Pulse (coverage/dragons)
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Bro-Doun(Groudon)@Red Orb
EVs:148 Sp.Atk/252 Atk/110 Spe
IVs:31 Atk/31 SpD(At least)
Ability:Desolate Land
Nature:Naughty(+Atk -Sp.Def)
Moves

  • Stealth Rock-Cripples Ho-Oh on the Switch In
  • Swords Dance-Boost Attack
  • Earthquake-STAB
  • Fire Punch

Or...
DOUBLE DANCE

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EVs:252 Atk/252 Spe/4 HP
IVs:31 Atk/31 Spe(At Least)
Ability:Desolate Land
Nature:Adamant/Jolly
Moves:

  • Swords Dance-Boost Attack
  • Rock Polish-Boosts Speed
  • Earthquake-STAB
  • Fire Punch

Or You Could Run...
SPECIAL SET

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EVs:252 Sp.Atk/252 Spe/4 Sp.De
IVs:31 Sp.Atk/31 Spe(At least)
Ability:Desolate Land
Nature:Modest(+Sp.Atk -Atk)
Moves:

  • Flamethrower-STAB
  • Earth Power-STAB
  • Toxic-Cripples Walls
  • Thunder Wave-Alows You to our speed a lot of threats

I hope one of these sets help! :)
-RainbowSheep
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