Competitive Information for Poliwrath [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Poliwrath poliwrath
Base Stats for Poliwrath

Water / Fighting

Abilities:
DampDamp: Prevents Explosion/Self-Destruct/Aftermath while this Pokemon is active.
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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/Fighting-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
0.5x
  
2x
  
0.5x
2x
  
2x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
0.5x
  
  
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 Poliwrath? 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.


Poliwrath is pretty popular Water and Fighting-typed Pokemon. It's frequent to see Poliwrath show up as a Diamond/Pearl opponent. Poliwrath is weak to Electric, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Poliwrath
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Waterfall
- Brick Break
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Poliwrath (Water Absorb)

Poliwrath is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwrath's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwrath heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

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).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Brick Break is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).




Species: Poliwrath
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Hyper Beam

Special Sweeper Poliwrath (Water Absorb)

Poliwrath is a spectacular Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwrath's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwrath heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dive).
Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's 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).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Poliwrath cannot move next turn).




Species: Poliwrath
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Careful (+SpD, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 4 Atk / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Bulk Up
- Sleep Talk
- Rest
- Waterfall

Poliwrath Special Wall (This Is A Brain On Drugs)

Poliwrath is a phenomenal Special Wall. It was designed to take a good amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Poliwrath last longer regaining it's it's health points every turn. With Water Absorb, Poliwrath heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Bulk Up is a status move (raises your Poliwrath's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Sleep Talk is a status move (Poliwrath must be asleep. uses another known move).
Rest is a status move (Poliwrath sleeps 2 turns and restores hp and status).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Poliwrath? 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: Poliwrath
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Waterfall
- Double-Edge

Doubles Physical Sweeper Poliwrath (Water Absorb)

Poliwrath is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwrath's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwrath heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
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).




Species: Poliwrath
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Hyper Beam

Doubles Special Sweeper Poliwrath (Water Absorb)

Poliwrath is a phenomenal Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwrath's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwrath heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dive).
Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's speed 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).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Poliwrath cannot move next turn).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Poliwrath 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.
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.
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.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dive.
Vacuum Wave
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
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.
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.
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 1/3 recoil.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles 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.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
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% paralysis chance)
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Submission
80
80%
25
Has 1/4 recoil.
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.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
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
The target repeats its last move for 4-8 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.
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
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Water Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Fire-type attacks to 1/2 their power.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Poliwrath 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 Poliwrath

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