Please check the guidelines below before posting on one of our moveset questions. Staff will remove responses that don't follow them.
- Only post competitive movesets, not in-game movesets for use during the main story. Movesets intended for the Battle Tower and similar facilities count as competitive movesets.
- Include ALL standard set details.note 1 This means item, nature, EVs, ability and moves. It is also helpful to mention your intended game mode; for example, Gen 8 Smogon OU or VGC 2020.
- Post your set as an answer, not a comment. This prevents clutter. Click the 'answer' button instead of the 'comment' button on the bottom-right end of the original post.
- Don't steal content, e.g. from Smogon. You can post sets you found elsewhere (even if you didn't come up with them), but don't copy-paste other people's analysis. Use your own words.
- Post one moveset per answer, so that others can vote on them separately. If you have multiple movesets, you can post more than one answer.
- Be descriptive. You can make a clearer, better-quality response by explaining your strategy, why it is effective, and when it's best utilised.
(Also make note of relevant guidelines from the standard rules list, such as to avoid duplicate answers.)
Please be aware that raw stats are not a substitute for EVs. If you're not experienced with EVs and how to use them, then you shouldn't be giving advice for competitive players. Saying 'choose your own EVs' will not be accepted either, nor will illegal EV spreads (e.g. investments in excess of 510) or inefficient EV spreads (e.g. investing 149 EVs on a level 100 Pokemon).
The last two rules in the bullet point list are enforced lightly, but we really encourage you to follow them.
If you're here to check that your moveset will be allowed, you can stop reading now.
Here is our system for how the moveset questions themselves are arranged. These threads require careful organisation, which means the rules are restrictive:
- One question per final form only.note 2 Movesets for Pokemon that are not fully evolved belong on their final form's page. Some exceptions are noted below.
- You may not post your own moveset thread.note 3 This includes when the existing threads don't have something you like, don't suit your Pokemon's ability/nature, haven't been posted yet, etc.
- You may not request movesets on moveset threads. Unfortunately, it's just bad luck if there's nothing on the threads that helps you. We enforce this to keep every thread organised.
note 1: If you are posting a moveset for an older generation where features like items and abilities did not exist, then you obviously don't need to include those details in your set. Just specify which generation you're posting for, and it is fine.
note 2: We have separate threads for Alolan and Galarian form Pokemon, but not for other Pokemon with form differences, e.g. Meowstic or Giratina. We've also retained threads for Pokemon that received evolutions in recent generations, e.g. Farfetch'd. In the future, we may start threads for some Pokemon with multiple evolutions, e.g. Eevee, so sets for them are organised.
note 3: You may ask Little Cup moveset questions for Pokemon that are eligible for Little Cup and don't already have a Little Cup moveset question. You may not ask any other moveset question for any reason. The main reason for this is that allowing multiple moveset questions for the same Pokemon would cause sets for the same Pokemon to be spreads across dozens of posts, causing disorganisation and clutter in the navigation.
Below is an example of a moveset response that enacts the above guidelines. It isn't perfect, but it's fit for a purpose and there is an explanation of that.
The set follows a Showdown-importable syntax, which has become a standard when sharing movesets for competitive Pokemon. We recommend you use importable syntax.
Salamence @ Salamencite
EVs: 252 HP / 188 Def / 68 SpD
- Dragon Dance
This moveset is for Gen 7 Battle Spot Singles. It is an alternative to the usual set-up sweeper Mega Salamence, utilising 95 / 130 / 90 defences and a decent defensive typing to deny prominent threats like Blaziken, Landorus-T, Breloom, and Excadrill. The combination of Intimidate and Mega Evolution will shut down most physical attackers, allowing you to use a support move. Roost makes Salamence survivable throughout the game and is a safe option for when it forces a switch. Dragon Dance decreases Salamence's passivity, allowing it to capitalise when it walls an opponent. Roar helps stop sweepers like Mimikyu, Blaziken and Gyarados. The selected EVs prevent Mimikyu from getting an OHKO on Salamence at +2, or a 2KHO at +0. They also prevent Aegislash getting a 2HKO with Shadow Ball.