Competitive Information for Kabutops [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Kabutops kabutops
Base Stats for Kabutops

Rock / Water

Abilities:
Swift SwimSwift Swim: If Rain Dance is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled.
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Battle ArmorBattle Armor: This Pokemon cannot be struck by a critical hit.
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Weak ArmorWeak Armor: If a physical attack hits this Pokemon, Defense is lowered by 1, Speed is raised by 1.


Evolutions / Family:
Kabuto
Kabutops

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Kabutops? 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.


Kabutops is a stupendous Rock and Water-typed Pokemon. It's usual to find yourself dealing with Kabutops when battling in the 5th generation meta. Kabutops is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Kabutops
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Swift Swim
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Double-Edge / Return
- Superpower
- Rock Slide

Physical Sweeper Kabutops (Swift Swim)

Kabutops is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Kabutops from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Swift Swim, if rain dance is active Kabutops's speed is doubled.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Kabutops's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).




Species: Kabutops
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Weak Armor
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Jet
- Stone Edge
- Rapid Spin
- Swords Dance / Low Kick

Kabutops Physical Sweeper (Fossil Spinner)

Kabutops is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Weak Armor, if a physical attack hits Kabutops defense is lowered by 1 speed is raised by 1.

Aqua Jet is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 40-base power Water-type move (usually goes first).
Stone Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Kabutops from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Kabutops's attack by 2 stages).
Low Kick is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (more power the heavier the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Kabutops? 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.


Species: Kabutops
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Swift Swim
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Rock Slide
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Double-Edge
- Superpower

Doubles Physical Sweeper Kabutops (Swift Swim)

Kabutops is a notable Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Kabutops from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Swift Swim, if rain dance is active Kabutops's speed is doubled.

Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Kabutops's attack and defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Kabutops 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
Absorb
20
100%
25
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Aurora Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
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 Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
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.
Mega Drain
40
100%
15
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Mud Shot
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target'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.
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 Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Wring Out
--
100%
5
More power the more HP the target has left.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Aqua Jet
40
100%
20
Usually goes first.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
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-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Feint
30
100%
10
Nullifies Detect, Protect, and Quick/Wide Guard.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
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.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Removes the target's held item.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Rapid Spin
20
100%
40
Frees user from hazards, binding, Leech Seed.
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.
Rollout
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% chance acc -1)
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Smack Down
50
100%
15
Removes the target's Ground immunity.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
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.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Foresight
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Metal Sound
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Rock Polish
--
--
20
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
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.
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.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Kabutops 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 Kabutops

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