Competitive Information for Golduck [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Golduck golduck
Base Stats for Golduck

Water

Abilities:
DampDamp: Prevents Explosion/Self-Destruct/Aftermath while this Pokemon is active.
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Cloud NineCloud Nine: While this Pokemon is active, the effects of weather conditions are disabled.


Evolutions / Family:
Psyduck
Golduck

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 Golduck? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl 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 Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Golduck is an awesome Water-typed Pokemon. It's a super common sight to see Golduck out in the 4th generation battlefield. Golduck's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Golduck
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Double-Edge / Return
- Brick Break
- Ice Punch

Physical Sweeper Golduck (Cloud Nine)

Golduck is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Golduck's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Golduck is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a large 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 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Golduck
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Brine
- Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Signal Beam

Special Sweeper Golduck (Cloud Nine)

Golduck is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Golduck's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Golduck is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dive).
Brine is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (power doubles if the target's hp is 50% or less).
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).
Signal Beam is a special 75-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Golduck? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl 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 Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Species: Golduck
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Double-Edge / Return
- Brick Break
- Ice Punch

Doubles Physical Sweeper Golduck (Cloud Nine)

Golduck is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Golduck's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Golduck is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a large 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 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Ice Punch is a physical 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Golduck
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Cloud Nine
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Brine
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Signal Beam

Doubles Special Sweeper Golduck (Cloud Nine)

Golduck is pretty popular Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Golduck's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Cloud Nine, while Golduck is active the effects of weather conditions are disabled.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dive).
Brine is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (power doubles if the target's hp is 50% or less).
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).
Signal Beam is a special 75-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Golduck 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.
Confusion
50
100%
25
10% chance to confuse the target.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Future Sight
80
90%
15
Hits two turns after being used.
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 Bomb
65
85%
10
30% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Psybeam
65
100%
20
10% chance to confuse the target.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% 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.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
15
70%
15
Traps and damages the target for 2-5 turns.
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, even if the target is immune.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Cross Chop
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
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 1/3 recoil.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
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.
Fury Cutter
10
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier 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.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Climb
90
85%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
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.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Disable
--
80%
20
For 4-7 turns, disables the target's last move.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Encore
--
100%
5
The target repeats its last move for 4-8 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Foresight
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mud Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Electric-type attacks to 1/2 their power.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
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.
Role Play
--
--
10
User replaces its Ability with the target's.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
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.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Water Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Fire-type attacks to 1/2 their power.
Worry Seed
--
100%
10
The target's Ability becomes Insomnia.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Golduck can perform in Diamond/Pearl. 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 DP Move and Ability Combos for Golduck

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