Competitive Information for Empoleon [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Empoleon empoleon
Base Stats for Empoleon

Water / Steel

Abilities:
TorrentTorrent: At 1/3 or less of its max HP, this Pokemon's attacking stat is 1.5x with Water attacks.
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DefiantDefiant: This Pokemon's Attack is raised by 2 for each of its stats that is lowered by a foe.


Evolutions / Family:
Piplup
Prinplup
Empoleon

Weakness Chart for Water/Steel-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
0.5x
0.5x
2x
2x
  
0.5x
0.5x
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
0.25x
0.5x
0x
0.5x
0.5x
0.25x
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Empoleon? 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 Empoleon in Pokemon Black/White:

ScizorStarmiePolitoedCelebiXatuGliscorKingdraDusknoirCloysterHaxorusUmbreonMisdreavus


Empoleon is a phenomenal Water and Steel-typed Pokemon. It's super common to see Empoleon show up as a Black/White opponent. Empoleon is weak to Electric, Fighting, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Empoleon
Item: Leftovers / Choice Specs
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Hp / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Ice Beam
- Scald / Surf
- Roar
- Stealth Rock

Special Wall Empoleon (Analytic)

Empoleon is a remarkable Special Wall. It is meant to take a nice amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Empoleon last longer regaining it's health every turn. Choice Specs will increase the damage of Empoleon's special moves by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Empoleon's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Roar is a status move (forces the target to switch to a random ally).
Stealth Rock is a status move (hurts foes on switch-in. factors rock weakness).




Species: Empoleon
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Defiant
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Flash Cannon
- Ice Beam
- Signal Beam

Special Sweeper Empoleon (Defiant)

Empoleon is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Defiant, Empoleon's attack is raised by 2 for each of its stats that is lowered by a foe.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Flash Cannon is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Signal Beam is a special 75-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).




Species: Empoleon
Item: Petaya Berry
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Serious
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Substitute
- Agility
- Ice Beam
- Surf

Empoleon Special Sweeper (Revolutionary Downpour)

Empoleon is a wonderful Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Empoleon's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Substitute is a status move (Empoleon takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).
Agility is a status move (raises your Empoleon's speed by 2 stages).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).




Species: Empoleon
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Torrent
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Scald
- Defog
- Protect
- Roar

Empoleon Special Wall (Emperors Judgement)

Empoleon is a remarkable Special Wall. It is designed to take a decent amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Empoleon last longer regaining it's health every turn. With Torrent, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Empoleon's attacking stat is 1.5x with water attacks.

Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Defog is a status move (-1 evasion; clears target side's hazards/screens).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Empoleon this turn).
Roar is a status move (forces the target to switch to a random ally).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Empoleon? 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 Empoleon in Pokemon Black/White:

ScizorStarmiePolitoedCelebiXatuGliscorKingdraDusknoirCloysterHaxorusUmbreonMisdreavus


Species: Empoleon
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Defiant
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Flash Cannon
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Signal Beam

Doubles Special Sweeper Empoleon (Defiant)

Empoleon is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Defiant, Empoleon's attack is raised by 2 for each of its stats that is lowered by a foe.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Flash Cannon is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
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).
Signal Beam is a special 75-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Empoleon 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
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Bubble
20
100%
30
10% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Flash Cannon
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Hydro Cannon
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
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.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Scald
80
100%
15
30% chance to burn the target.
Signal Beam
75
100%
15
10% chance to confuse the target.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Water Pledge
50
100%
10
Use with Grass or Fire Pledge for added effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Aqua Jet
40
100%
20
Usually goes first.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Covet
60
100%
40
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Hit
35
90%
10
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Drill Peck
80
100%
20
No additional effect.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Attack
15
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Fury Cutter
20
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Removes the target's held item.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Pluck
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Pound
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Climb
90
85%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
50
80%
10
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% chance acc -1)
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Tackle
50
100%
35
No additional effect.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Aqua Ring
--
--
20
User recovers 1/16 max HP per turn.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears target side's hazards/screens.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Feather Dance
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
Mud Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Electric-type attacks to 1/3 their power.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Quash
--
100%
15
Forces the target to move last this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sing
--
55%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Water Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Fire-type attacks to 1/3 their power.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Empoleon 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 Empoleon

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