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


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Why not Dragon's ascent?
whynaut Dragon Ascent
Avachelno and Rayquaza has better Sp.Atk
Dragon accent is really good its very strong
The moveset is very good, but i would change overheat for dragon ascent and dragon claw for dragon pulse

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I can honestly say, that this is EXACTLY the moveset I'd put on Rayquaza.

It's got devastating STAB, earthquake for Steels, powerful priority, and Overheat for a powerful fire attack to deal with Ice-types, and Steel-types with Levitate/Magnet Rise (Here's lookin' at you two, Magnezone and Bronzong!).

Like you said, the fact that it's your only Special attack makes the recoil pretty minimal, and is probably only going to be used in a pinch.

There are no recommendations I can give. It's perfect!

64 SAtk /188 Atk /252 Speed /4 HP?
I don't get it you only included 3 moves.
I can't find the moveset! Where is it?
the original question had a full moveset, but it has been edited, making this answer look like it’s responding to something that isn’t there.
It's available at the bottom of the edit history if you want to see it. https://pokemondb.net/pokebase/revisions/9812
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Why is there still no moveset for this monster?

Rayquaza @ Life Orb
Ability: Air Lock ====> Delta Stream
EVs: 252 Atk/4 Def/252 Spe
Jolly/Adamant Nature
-Dragon Ascent
-Dragon Dance/Swords Dance
-Earthquake/Outrage/V-Create (event move)/Draco Meteor/Overheat/Whatever you want to run dammit.

Groudon created the Land. Kyogre created the Sea. What about Rayquaza? It created a whole new tier in Smogon. This thing is insane, all you need to do is use Dragon Dance once or twice (or Swords Dance once) and sweep. Dragon Ascent is as powerful as Outrage and it deals a ton of damage to everything not resisting it. Whats could be more badass than to fly to the heavens and smash into your enemies like a meteor? Delta Stream removes its flying weaknesses and leaves it only weak to Fairy, Dragon and Ice (2x) type moves. Earthquake is Earthquake. It kills Steels and that's what it does. Faster threats? Just ExtremeSpeed it in the face. Mega Rayquaza has transcended Ubers and gone to Anything Goes. A tier made just to house it. In other words, godmode.

I like this because he doesn't need a stone to mega evolve, so life orb can be held.
This thing's a beast!
Or Flyinium Z on the dragon ascent to cancel defense drop on z-move
Personally, I'm a person for lasting longer in battles rather than sheer up front damage, so If you have life orb, I would ev health a lot, or you could use Expert Belt, which makes super-effective attacks even STRONGER.
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Rayquaza @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Air Lock

EVs: 196 Atk / 196 SAtk / 116 Spd

Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)

  • Thunderbolt
  • Outrage
  • Surf
  • Earthquake

My ubers lead, and I love 'em.

He clears out Kyogre's weather, then outspeeds the modest scarf set by 1 speed point. Hits hard with Thunderbolt.

He later can clear out threats like Adamant Zekrom ( Still outspeeding by 1 point ^^ ) Modest Reshiram ( Same boat! ), or Dialga with Modest.

The only dragons that I have to worry about are Palkia or a faster Rayquaza.

Anyway, he outspeeds those threats to nail with STAB Outrage.
Surf is for groudon leads. ( Once again, no sun is out due to Air lock )

While Earthquake is for general coverage. Takes out the seemingly rare Arceus-Electric, the ever so common Dialga, and let's me hit that troll Ferrothorn for some neutral damage.

It's easily replaceable with a Fire move. Heck, I'll probably run this with V-create when it's released :D ( V-create > Earthquake that is. Keep in mind that Flamethrower, Fire Blast, and Overheat are all still great choices for that slot. )

Its a good set but i think you should have a priority move like Extremespeed
have it hold lum berry and you can avoid toxic, parahacks and burn. it also wont get confused.
I like your Picture, Named it Swiggidy Rayquaza in my files!
Is mega Rayquaza in Ubers?
Very creative. I love it.
Good but swap surf for dragon ascent.
Great but swap surf for dragon ascent.
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I LOVE Rayquaza.

Rayquaza @ Leftovers

Dragon pulse/Outrage:STAB

Ice beam: Coverage

Fly: STAB/coverage

Flamethrower: Backup

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why was this downvoted? it's perfectly fine
Add EVs and Nature plz
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Gen V

Rayquaza @ Lum Berry

Trait: Air Lock

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • ExtremeSpeed
  • Outrage
  • Dragon Dance
  • Brick Break
I need to remember to get dragon dance on my rayquaza...
My rayquaza is I think life orb so no set up today
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This is the moveset I have for my Rayquaza. enter image description here

Dragon dance- Good move for raising stats
Fly- STAB while avoiding a attack
Outrage- Do I need to say why
Extremespeed- Fastest priority move and a easy way of taking down an
opponent with low health

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Rayquaza @ Choice Band/Choice scarf

Trait: Air Lock
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)/Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Outrage
- Stone Edge
- Fly
- Earthquake

Rayquaza is already really fast so time for the good part. Choice band is mainly for outrage however other moves can work. However if you want extra speed go with choice scarf and if your going scarfed use adamant.

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Rayauaza @ life orb/expert belt
EVs- 252 attack/128 spattack/128 speed
Nature- Lonely
Ability- air lock
- dragon claw
- earthquake/stone edge
- thunder bolt
- flame thrower

Generally you should attack with dragon claw & if there is one a super effective move Ice is covered by flame thrower dragon is covered by dragon claw & rock by earthquake

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Anyone for choice band rayquaza?

Item: choice band
Ability: Air lock (delta stream after mega evolution)
EVs: 252 Atk/4 SpD/252 Spe
Adamant Nature
-Dragon Ascent
-Dragon Claw
-Earthquake/V create
-Extreme Speed

This set might receive a lot of hate for not running dragon dance or swords dance, but the sheer power of choice band without a boost makes up for it. Dragon Ascent allows mega evolution and is flying type STAB, dragon claw for STAB, Earthquake for coverage, but V create allows him to not be walled by skarmory, at the cost of stat drops. Extreme speed for priority.

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Rayquaza is a MONSTER. Especially when it's Mega-Evolved. Except it doesn't fare well against Scarfers. (Preferably White Kyurem with a Choice Scarf.) We are fixing that today by giving Mega-Rayquaza a Choice Scarf of it's own.

Rayquaza @ Choice Scarf
Jolly Nature
Ability: Air Lock > Delta Stream
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP

  • Outrage
  • Dragon Ascent
  • Earthquake
  • Iron Tail/Iron Head

Outrage is big Dragon STAB and OHKO's most Dragon Pokemon from Ubers. Dragon Ascent is Flying STAB and the way to mega-evolve Rayquaza. Earthquake hits Rock, Steel, Poison, and Electric types. Iron Tail picks off White-Kyurem and Xerneas, but Iron Head does the same thing and has better accuracy. Though it has less power than Iron Tail.

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[email protected] Draco Plate

Moves: Draco Meteor

        Ice Beam
        Focus Blast
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Rayquaza is one of my favorite Pokemon and I don't mess around at all when using him.

Draco Meteor- This is the most powerful Dragon Type move and it takes care of your Dragon weakness, also the recoil lowers the Sp. Attack, and this is his only Special move and that he has a very high Sp. Attack to begin with and it has STAB
Earthquake- Takes care of the Rock weakness and is an all-around great move
Stone Edge- Takes care of your Ice weakness and has a high-critical hit ratio
Outrage- Also takes care of the Dragon weakness, and is a very high power move with STAB

I also have it hold a Persim Berry to cure it of being confused after using Outrage

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Roar of time is the most powerful dragon-type move! Agh!
Well it has the highest power but not over the Z moves :)
You should have a steel-type move (probably iron head/iron tail) to deal with fairies. I see most people here forget the biggest threat when it comes to Dragon types :p
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My moveset:

Fly (Evasion + STAB)
Flamethrower (Coverage)
Dragon Claw (STAB)
Dragon Dance (Beef)

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Rayquaza @ Life orb/White herb

Trait: Air Lock

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4HP

Adamant Nature (+Attack, -SAttack)

Swords dance- boosts attack
Dragon claw- STAB
V-create- Awesome move, huge power, ice coverage also
Extreme speed- Good priority move, Great with swords dance
and awesome to use when speed falls with V-create

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Those last 2 HP EVs aren't doing anything, might as well not list them
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[email protected] orb

252 sp atk 252 atk
Air lock

Naive or Hasty nature Your pick

Espeed Nice to have a priority on anything pretty much so yeah

D meteor always nice to have Covers other Dragons STAB special

Brick Break OR Iron tail OR iron head Takes care of rock and ice types iron tail for power
but risky accuracy iron head for hopefully lucky flinch brick break for removing screens
like reflect and light screen Your pick I'd say again OR BEST FOCUS IS FOCUS BLAST as its higher power takes cares of steel types BUT DOESNT BREAK LIGHT SCREEN OR REFLECT AND ACCURACY IS A PROBLEM TOO solution is put in Hone Claws Baton Pass Glicor and your prepared for the worst

Fly Dodges a move BUT BEWARE STONE EDGE and nice STAB power

Do yeah used this so many times never been dissapointed

Rest talk set sometimes dissapoint as sometimes you get rest

Amazing when my smeargle uses 6 cosmic power 3 shell smash 3 cosmic power

recover stall if you need to I recomend max sp def max def 4 hp or 170 hp 170 sp def 170

hp works too (mostly recomended) then baton pass as this saves

a move slot as well as keeping rayquaza at high hp instead of losing hp while setting up

and wasting a move slot and yeah hope this helps.

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Because of its stable Attack and Sp. Atk., is better to choose Sp. Atk.

Rayquaza @ Wide Lens/Yache Berry

Ability: Air Lock

Nature: Modest (-Attack, +Sp. Atk.)

-Dragon Pulse (The best Dragon Special Attack, to deal with Dragons, STAB)

-Focus Blast (To break through some Rock and Ice types)

-Surf (If Rock is paired with Ground, this will be x4 effective)

-Flamethrower (If an Ice type is paired with Ghost, better use this)

*I selected Sp. Atk. better becayse Rayquaza got better Special moves. But if you select Physical as better, try this better:

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Rayquaza @ Yache Berry/Lum Berry

Ability: Air Lock

Nature: Adamant (-Sp. Atk., +Attack)

-Outrage (To deal with Dragons, best Physical Dragon move, Lum Berry will do the rest)

-Brick Break (To deal with Rock and Ice type, also break walls)

-Stone Edge (To deal with some more Ice types)


Just to give my opinion but i think a better move set would be:
life orb
-Dragon claw-It is simply safer to use I've gotten into a lot of problems with being locked into outrage and therefore loosing a Pokemon   
- Brick break
-extreme speed- priority is more important that 3 moves that cover the same types
-swords dance -combined with the nature it can become a swiping god
your move set is still good though but I think this is a better one you may think different but all  i'm saying is that this is a better move set in my opinion.
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Rayquaza: choice specs
Nature: timid
Ability: air lock
Evs: 4hp 252 sp atk 252 spd
Draco Meteor
Flamethrower/fire blast/earth power
Focus blast/thunderbolt/surf
Dragon pulse/earth power

Now a specs rayquaza may seem odd, it has several unique features that make it notable. First of all, Rayquaza's movepool is exceptional. Second, with his ability and the appropriate move, can take on all weather starters, weather threats, and prominent Uber Pokemon. Third, it is highly unexpected, and highly unpredictable. Basically the recommended attacks are Draco meteor, the overpowered standard fare of most choiced special dragons. Next come fire blast and flamethrower, which take care of steel types, as well as abomasnow. Earth power hits dialga, heatran and tyranitar without the accuracy issues of focus blast. Focus blast is more steel coverage, and also takes out tyranitar. Now thunderbolt hits lugia an hooh, but more importantly nails kyogre. Surf gets groudon, Ttar and hippowdon. Finally, dragon pulse can provide STAB without the special attack drop.

This guy loves a rapid spinner on the team, and as he will likely force Pokemon out, will enjoy hazard support. As such, forretress is a good teammate. Pokemon who can handle choice scarfed threats like kyurem white and kyogre, are also helpful. Remember this set is for niche uses, so don't just go throwing it on any team.

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A good moveset you ask? Well I would say-

Ability: Air Lock
Nature: Rash
Item: Leftovers
Flamethrower-To burn if Thunderbolt is at 0 and the target isn't Paralyzed
Outrage-For STAB
Draco Meteor-For STAB
Thunderbolt-To paralyze if flamethrower is at 0 and the target isn't burned

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Gen V

Rayquaza (M) @ Life Orb / Lum Berry

Trait: Air Lock

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Earthquake
  • Outrage
  • ExtremeSpeed
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Rayquaza (Special Set)
@wise glasses
Sp.atk and Spd EV's

Draco Meteor/Dragon Pulse - STAB, covers dragon weakness
Air Slash - STAB, coverage decent power and a good chance of causing the foe to flinch.
Focus Blast - Covers 2 weaknesses, and crazy power and a chance to lower the foes Sp.def.
Earth Power - Large range of coverage, chance to decrease foes Sp.def.

Rayquaza is an absolute beauty, this set is about coverage and decreasing the foes Sp.def, which is either useful and/or needed dependent on if you choose Draco meteor or Dragon pulse, your gonna have to choose between the two but either is fine.

Rayquaza (physical set)
@persim berry/choice scarf
Proud of its power
Atk and Spd EV's

Outrage/Dragon Claw - STAB, crazy power, covers dragon weakness
Stone Edge - great power, high critical hit ratio, coverage.
Earthquake - great power, accuracy, coverage.
Swords Dance/ Dragon Dance - sharply raises Atk, or raises Atk and Spd

This set is also pretty good, covers all weaknesses and allows for a boost in Atk and/or Spd, really a power set, also if you choose Outrage, then pick the persim berry as your item, otherwise choice scarf to make for a dangerous sweeper.

Rayquaza(Mixed set)
@kings rock
Likes to run
Spd and either Atk or Sp.atk EV's

Draco meteor - STAB, covers dragon weakness.
Iron Tail/Head - coverage of weaknesses (including fairy).
Earthquake - its Earthquake dude...
Air Slash - STAB, decent power and decent chance to flinch the foe.

This set is aimed for Rayquaza to be fast as heck and flinch the foe and just kill anything it crosses, because a dragon type move is hardly called for, Draco meteor works in this set for a powerful fast strike, plus the decrease in the Sp.atk doesn't affect the rest of the set, air slash is there just to flinch the opponent, and to handle Pokemon with the ability sturdy, this set is just there for competitive purposes, its is an annoying set to verse that does crazy damage and covers alot of types.