Competitive Information for Politoed [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Politoed politoed
Base Stats for Politoed

Water

Abilities:
DampDamp: Prevents Explosion/Self-Destruct/Aftermath while this Pokemon is active.
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DrizzleDrizzle: On switch-in, this Pokemon summons Rain Dance.
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Water AbsorbWater Absorb: This Pokemon heals 1/4 of its max HP when hit by Water moves; Water immunity.

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


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Movesets for Singles


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

FerrothornTentacruelJirachiLatiosKeldeoThundurus-TherianCelebiTornadusVaporeonToxicroakChanseyMoltres


Politoed is an extraordinary Water-typed Pokemon. Politoed is a not-uncommon Pokemon to see in Generation 5. Politoed's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Politoed
Item: Leftovers / Choice Scarf
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Def / 4 SpD
Moveset:
- Ice Beam
- Scald / Hydro Pump
- Encore / Perish Song
- Toxic

Physical Wall Politoed (Analytic)

Politoed is a fabulous Physical Wall. It's goal is to take a nice amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Politoed last longer regaining it's it's vitality every turn. Choice Scarf will increase Politoed's speed by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active.

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).
Hydro Pump is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Water-type move that deals a colossal amount of damage.
Encore is a status move (target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns).
Perish Song is a status move (all active pokemon will faint in 3 turns).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).




Species: Politoed
Item: Damp Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch

Physical Sweeper Politoed (Drizzle)

Politoed is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active.

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).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Politoed
Item: Damp Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Hyper Voice

Special Sweeper Politoed (Drizzle)

Politoed is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active.

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).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).




Species: Politoed
Item: Water Gem
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 SpA / 4 Spe
Moveset:
- Focus Blast
- Hypnosis
- Ice Beam
- Hydro Pump / Scald

Politoed Special Tank (Puddles Of Win)

Politoed is pretty popular Special Tank. It's meant to take a great amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active. One of the few things stopping Politoed from drowning whatever gets in it's way is Hydro Pump's imperfect accuracy (Like always Surf is the main alternative to this). Scald is a nice option considering the burn it can give Ferrothorn and other stalls. However, Hydro Pump's power is needed for allowing Politoed to 3HKO specially defensive Tyranitar hiding in the sand and 2HKO Ninetales prancing around in sunlight. Ice Beam punishes any Dragons that pop-up and it also deals major damage to Breloom and Latios switching in. Focus Blast is mainly for Ferrothorn who would hate to get switched into that. Plus (as an added Bonus) Tyranitar also fears Focus Blast, suffering a 2HKO even with a defensive set in a sandstorm. The last slot is abit of a toss-up. Personally, I prefer Hypnosis to keep the enemy asleep while goto town but it's accuracy makes this hard to keep going. As for Hidden Power Grass, it seems to be a much more viable pick since both Gastrodon and Rotom-W hate it so much and both are pretty common.

Focus Blast is a special 120-base power Fighting-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Hypnosis is a status move (causes the target to fall asleep).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Hydro Pump is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Water-type move that deals a colossal amount of damage.
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).




Species: Politoed
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Quiet (+SpA, -Spe)
EVs: 5 Hp / 252 Def / 252 SpA
Moveset:
- Scald
- Focus Blast
- Ice Beam
- Surf

Politoed Special Tank (Atrocities And Scars)

Politoed is a spectacular Special Tank. It's primary goal is to take a great amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active.

Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Focus Blast is a special 120-base power Fighting-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).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).




Species: Politoed
Item: Power Lens
Ability: Damp
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 213 Hp / 246 Atk / 51 SpD
Moveset:
- Encore
- Belly Drum
- Waterfall
- Ice Punch

Politoed Physical Tank (A Different Politoed)

Politoed is a phenomenal Physical Tank. It's designed to take a large amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Damp, prevents explosion/self-destruct/aftermath while Politoed is active.

Encore is a status move (target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns).
Belly Drum is a status move (Politoed loses 50% max hp; This also maximizes Politoed's attack stat).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).



Movesets for Doubles


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

FerrothornTentacruelJirachiLatiosKeldeoThundurus-TherianCelebiTornadusVaporeonToxicroakChanseyMoltres


Species: Politoed
Item: Damp Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Bulldoze
- Double-Edge / Return
- Waterfall
- Brick Break

Doubles Physical Sweeper Politoed (Drizzle)

Politoed is an interesting Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).
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).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).




Species: Politoed
Item: Damp Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Drizzle
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Hyper Voice
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Psychic

Doubles Special Sweeper Politoed (Drizzle)

Politoed is a phenomenal Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Drizzle changes the weather to Rain when Politoed is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all water attacks while the Rain remains active.

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).
Hyper Voice is a special 90-base power Normal-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent foes).
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).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Politoed 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.
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.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Hyper Voice
90
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
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 Bomb
65
85%
10
30% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
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.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def 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 Gun
40
100%
25
No additional 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.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bounce
85
85%
5
Bounces turn 1. Hits turn 2. 30% paralyze.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Slap
15
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Endeavor
--
100%
5
Lowers the target's HP to the user's HP.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Ball
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
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.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Wake-Up Slap
60
100%
10
Power doubles if target is asleep, and wakes it.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Belly Drum
--
--
10
User loses 50% max HP. Maximizes Attack.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Metronome
--
--
10
Picks a random move.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mind Reader
--
--
5
User's next move will not miss the target.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Refresh
--
--
20
User cures its burn, poison, or paralysis.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Splash
--
--
40
No competitive use.
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.
Sweet Kiss
--
75%
10
Causes the target to become confused.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Water Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Fire-type attacks to 1/3 their power.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Politoed 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 Politoed

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