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If you have a good competitive moveset for Magcargo, 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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Magcargo (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Broken Armor
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Shell Smash
- Lava Plume
- Earth Power
- Hidden Power [Rock]
Why Lava Plume and HP Rock when he gets Ancient Power and Flamethrower?

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Macargo is one of my fav fire types, Try This:
Amnesia(doubles Special Defense, for good stalling)
Earth Power(as you said)

For stalling, do you think I should replace Earth Power for Amnesia, so I have: Flamethrower, Amnesia, Toxic, Recover?
maybe, if you want, i like earth power better, but recovers good..........
Magcargo is one of my fav fire types, too!
If you want to stall properly, have magcargo know Acid Armor and Amnesia.
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Gen V

Magcargo (M) @ Light Clay

Trait: Flame Body

EVs: 252 Def / 128 SAtk / 128 SDef

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

  • Lava Plume
  • Memento
  • Reflect
  • Light Screen
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how do you copy directly from po
The "export" button, then just copy and paste.
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Role: Trick Room Sweeper

Gary (Magcargo) (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Flame Body

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 SDef

Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)

  • Earth Power
  • Flamethrower
  • Hidden Power [Grass]
  • Recover
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Why Magma Armor?
Yeah, really doubt you have to worry about being frozen with Magcargo.
Freeze Hax bother me too much to even take the chance 0_0
Who's gonna use an Ice move on Magcargo though?
And idiot who likes freeze hax.
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My Magcargo:

  • Flamethrower
  • Solarbeam
  • Sunny Day
  • Recover

Ability: Flame Body
Holding: Quick Claw

It'l probably be something like:

  • Flamethrower
  • Earth Power
  • Toxic, or Amnesia
  • Recover

At level 67

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My Magcargo has this moveset, and it is amazing what this moveset does for me.
Ability-Flame Body
Item-Currently, Macho Brace;Still training him.
Flamethrower-Powerful STAB
Shell Smash-Makes him surprisingly powerful when used
Rock Slide-More STAB, but looking for a better move...
Recover-For when you're in a pinch
Try out this moveset. It's fun!


P.S. My Magcargo's main reason that he's so good is that he started out as a Lv. 1 Schneckmag (German Slugma) and I trained him a bunch to get him to Level 52. So, it is highly suggested to get him from an egg, so he can get better stats. Just sayin'.

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I use a Magcargo as a Physical Wall and it's very usefull. But you have to be aware of water and ground type attacks that are relatively easy to predict. And don'y put him against special sweepers.

Role: Defense wall

Magcargo @Air Balloon/Leftovers

Trait: Flame Body

EVs: 252 HP / 252 DEF / 4 SATK

Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk)

-Lava Plume
-Hidden Power [Rock]/ Ancient Power
- Toxic/Will-o-Wisp

Easy. Put Magcargo against Physical offense Pokemons and see that it can be very good. You can choose into toxic, WOW for the first slot, if you want to counter walls toxic is more usefull, and lava plume has a good chance of burning. I prefer WOW, but just because I want to make sure that magcargo will burn if it needs. But I usually don't need to use it, because flame body and lava plume usually take care of it. Recover is a very reliable recovery move, so after burning or poisoning (Making the physical adversary even more weak against magcargo) you can recover and make a big problem to the defensive Pokemon. Lava Plume a good STAB move. And you can choose HP Rock or Ancient Power. I Prefer Ancient power, because you don't need to attack to much with Magcargo, so the lack of pp is not a big problem, the second reason is breeding with HP is very annoying, the third point is that when ancient power secondary effect works it's a great bonus .

Magcargo counters: everything that uses water and ground type attacks. Pokemons that use SATK are something to take care about.

Sorry for the mistakes, it's been a long time since I used my english!

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I know this moveset sounds stupid, but hear me out-
Nature and item Don't matter- Just the EVS.
252 Def. / 252 SpDef / The rest Speed
This moveset is mainly for stalling and trolling.
Iron Defense- Raises Already High Defense
Flamethrower/Recover- STAB Flamethrower, what's not to love? OR you can just be a jerk with Recover.
Amnesia- Raises Already High Special Defense
Toxic- Slowly kill them

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That's absolutely diabolical.
Somebody give this man BA, cause he knows what he's talking about
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More gimmicks. Yay.

Magcargo @ Focus Sash
Ability: Weak Armor
EVs: 28 Def / 252 SpA / 228 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Shell Smash
- Guard Swap
- Flamethrower
- Ancient Power

Step 1: Shell Smash on an opponent that is setting up defensive stats.
Step 2: Guard Swap the negative stat changes onto your target and take their positive stats. Basically a white herb as a move.
Step 3: Kill it with fire.

Move Options: Flamethrower and Ancient Power can be swapped for coverage moves like Earth Power, Clear Smog, Hidden Power (Grass), or even Solar Beam for sun teams. I don't recommend defensive moves like Acid Armor or Amnesia because you'll just lose them to either Shell Smash or Guard Swapping them onto your opponent. You could run Fire Blast or Overheat for extra power too. Recover isn't a horrible option, as long as you change the ability to something other than Weak Armor.

EVs: With the speed investment, a +2 from Shell Smash, and a possible +1 from Weak Armor, Magcargo hits 420 speed, enough to outspeed Adamant Ninjask on switch in and kill it with Flamethrower. The special attack EVs are to maximize its power, and the rest are dumped into Defense to maintain some of its bulk after Guard Swap.

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Stubborn Staller Magcargo
Gen 3
Abililty: Flame Body
Nature: Modest
Item: Sitrus Berry
Acid Armor
Sunny Day
Heat Wave

Explanation: First use Acid Armor and Amnesia (the order doesn't matter) to keep Magcargo in the battle for stalling purposes. Then, you use Sunny Day to weaken Water type attacks and to power up Heat Wave.