Competitive Information for Cresselia [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Cresselia cresselia
Base Stats for Cresselia

Psychic

Abilities:
LevitateLevitate: This Pokemon is immune to Ground; Gravity/Ingrain/Smack Down/Iron Ball nullify it.


Evolutions / Family:
Cresselia

Weakness Chart for Psychic-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
2x
2x
  
  
0.5x
  
  
2x
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
  
  
  
0.5x
  
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Cresselia? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Black/White Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Black/White generation metagame.


Common team mates for Cresselia in Pokemon Black/White:

NinetalesChanseyGliscorForretressXatuTentacruelHeatranMagnezoneVictiniStarmieNidoqueenGastrodon


Cresselia is an astounding Psychic-typed Pokemon. Cresselia is a pretty standard Pokemon to see in Generation 5. Cresselia is weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-typed attacks.


Species: Cresselia
Item: Leftovers / Rocky Helmet
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 244 Def / 16 SpD
Moveset:
- Ice Beam
- Moonlight
- Skill Swap
- Toxic

Physical Wall Cresselia (Analytic)

Cresselia is a legendary Physical Wall. It's goal is to take a great amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Cresselia last longer regaining it's life every turn. With Levitate, Cresselia is immune to ground; gravity/ingrain/smack down/iron ball nullify it.

Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Moonlight is a status move (heals your Cresselia by a weather-dependent amount).
Skill Swap is a status move (your Cresselia and the target trade abilities).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).




Species: Cresselia
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Zen Headbutt / Psycho Cut
- Return / Slash
- Fury Cutter
- Moonlight

Physical Sweeper Cresselia (Levitate)

Cresselia is a legendary Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Cresselia's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Levitate, Cresselia is immune to ground; gravity/ingrain/smack down/iron ball nullify it.

Zen Headbutt is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Psycho Cut is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Psychic-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Slash is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Fury Cutter is a physical 20-base power Bug-type move (power doubles with each hit, up to 160).
Moonlight is a status move (heals your Cresselia by a weather-dependent amount).




Species: Cresselia
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Ice Beam
- Shadow Ball
- Energy Ball

Special Sweeper Cresselia (Levitate)

Cresselia is a legendary Special Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Cresselia's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Levitate, Cresselia is immune to ground; gravity/ingrain/smack down/iron ball nullify it.

Psychic is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psyshock is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Psychic-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Energy Ball is a special 80-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Cresselia
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 252 Def / 8 SpD
Moveset:
- Moonlight
- Protect
- Double Team
- Toxic

Cresselia Physical Wall (Lunar Toxicity)

Cresselia is a legendary Physical Wall. This moveset is designed to take a hefty amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Cresselia last longer regaining it's it's health points every turn. With Levitate, Cresselia is immune to ground; gravity/ingrain/smack down/iron ball nullify it. Annoyer set. Use double team to avoid getting hit. Poison your opponent with Toxic, then alternate between double teams and protects until your HP is low, then start using Moonlight!

Moonlight is a status move (heals your Cresselia by a weather-dependent amount).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Cresselia this turn).
Double Team is a status move (raises your Cresselia's evasiveness by 1 stage).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).

Note: This moveset is considered Taunt bait! It is highly recommended you typically have atleast one move that does actual damage!



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Cresselia? These builds have been optimized for Black/White Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Black/White generation metagame.


Common team mates for Cresselia in Pokemon Black/White:

NinetalesChanseyGliscorForretressXatuTentacruelHeatranMagnezoneVictiniStarmieNidoqueenGastrodon


Species: Cresselia
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Zen Headbutt / Psycho Cut
- Return / Slash
- Fury Cutter
- Moonlight

Doubles Physical Sweeper Cresselia (Levitate)

Cresselia is a legendary Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Cresselia's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Levitate, Cresselia is immune to ground; gravity/ingrain/smack down/iron ball nullify it.

Zen Headbutt is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Psycho Cut is a physical STAB-boosted 70-base power Psychic-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Slash is a physical 70-base power Normal-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Fury Cutter is a physical 20-base power Bug-type move (power doubles with each hit, up to 160).
Moonlight is a status move (heals your Cresselia by a weather-dependent amount).




Species: Cresselia
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Levitate
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Shadow Ball
- Energy Ball

Doubles Special Sweeper Cresselia (Levitate)

Cresselia is a legendary Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Cresselia's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Levitate, Cresselia is immune to ground; gravity/ingrain/smack down/iron ball nullify it.

Psychic is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psyshock is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Psychic-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Energy Ball is a special 80-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Cresselia learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Aurora Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Charge Beam
50
90%
10
70% chance to raise the user's Sp. Atk by 1.
Confusion
50
100%
25
10% chance to confuse the target.
Dream Eater
100
100%
15
User gains 1/2 HP inflicted. Sleeping target only.
Energy Ball
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Future Sight
100
100%
10
Hits two turns after being used.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Psyshock
80
100%
10
Damages target based on Defense, not Sp. Def.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Signal Beam
75
100%
15
10% chance to confuse the target.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
20
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Psycho Cut
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% chance acc -1)
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Gravity
--
--
5
For 5 turns, negates all Ground immunities.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Lunar Dance
--
--
10
User faints. Replacement is fully healed, with PP.
Magic Coat
--
--
15
Bounces back certain non-damaging moves.
Magic Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all held items have no effect.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
Moonlight
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Psycho Shift
--
90%
10
Transfers the user's status ailment to the target.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Recycle
--
--
10
Restores the item the user last used.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Skill Swap
--
--
10
The user and the target trade Abilities.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Telekinesis
--
--
15
For 3 turns, target floats but moves can't miss it.
Thunder Wave
--
100%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Trick
--
100%
10
User switches its held item with the target's.
Trick Room
--
--
5
Goes last. For 5 turns, turn order is reversed.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Cresselia can perform in Black/White. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive BW Move and Ability Combos for Cresselia

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