Competitive Information for Shiftry [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Shiftry shiftry
Base Stats for Shiftry

Grass / Dark

Abilities:
ChlorophyllChlorophyll: If Sunny Day is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled.
,
Early BirdEarly Bird: This Pokemon's sleep counter drops by 2 instead of 1.


Evolutions / Family:
Seedot
Nuzleaf
Shiftry

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Shiftry? 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.


Common team mates for Shiftry in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

HeatranDugtrioExeggutorLatiasJirachi


Shiftry is a fabulous Grass and Dark-typed Pokemon. Shiftry are common Pokemon to see in the DP metagame. Shiftry is weak to Bug, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-typed attacks.


Species: Shiftry
Item: Heat Rock
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Explosion
- Solar Beam
- Dark Pulse / Nasty Plot
- Sunny Day

Special Sweeper Shiftry (Analytic)

Shiftry is a wonderful Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Shiftry's speed is doubled.

Explosion is a physical 500-base power Normal-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. your Shiftry faints).
Solar Beam is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Grass-type move (charges turn 1. hits turn 2. no charge in sunlight).
Dark Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Nasty Plot is a status move (raises your Shiftry's special attack by 2 stages).
Sunny Day is a status move (for 5 turns, intense sunlight powers fire moves).




Species: Shiftry
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Sucker Punch
- Seed Bomb
- X-Scissor

Physical Sweeper Shiftry (Chlorophyll)

Shiftry is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Shiftry from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Shiftry's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Shiftry's speed is doubled.

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).
Sucker Punch is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 80-base power Dark-type move (usually goes first. fails if target is not attacking).
Seed Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a great amount of damage.




Species: Shiftry
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
- Dark Pulse
- Extrasensory
- Shadow Ball

Special Sweeper Shiftry (Chlorophyll)

Shiftry is a marvelous Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Shiftry from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Shiftry's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Shiftry's speed is doubled.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Shiftry's special attack by 2 stages).
Energy Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Dark Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Extrasensory is a special 80-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to flinch the target).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Shiftry
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Early Bird
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 6 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Nasty Plot
- Dark Pulse
- Shadow Ball
- Giga Drain

Shiftry Special Sweeper (Nasty Plottree)

Shiftry is an interesting Special Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Shiftry's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Early Bird, Shiftry's sleep counter drops by 2 instead of 1.

Nasty Plot is a status move (raises your Shiftry's special attack by 2 stages).
Dark Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Giga Drain is a special STAB-boosted 60-base power Grass-type move (Shiftry recovers 50% of the damage dealt).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Shiftry? 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.


Common team mates for Shiftry in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

HeatranDugtrioExeggutorLatiasJirachi


Species: Shiftry
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Razor Leaf / Seed Bomb
- Rock Slide
- Double-Edge
- Sucker Punch

Doubles Physical Sweeper Shiftry (Chlorophyll)

Shiftry is an interesting Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Shiftry from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Shiftry's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Shiftry's speed is doubled.

Razor Leaf is a physical STAB-boosted 55-base power Grass-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).
Seed Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Sucker Punch is a physical STAB-boosted priority-increased 80-base power Dark-type move (usually goes first. fails if target is not attacking).




Species: Shiftry
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm / Energy Ball
- Dark Pulse
- Icy Wind
- Air Cutter

Doubles Special Sweeper Shiftry (Chlorophyll)

Shiftry is an astounding Special Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Shiftry from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Shiftry's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Shiftry's speed is doubled.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Shiftry's special attack by 2 stages).
Energy Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Dark Pulse is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Air Cutter is a special 55-base power Flying-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Shiftry 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
Air Cutter
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Energy Ball
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Extrasensory
80
100%
30
10% chance to flinch the target.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
60
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Leaf Storm
140
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Razor Wind
80
100%
10
Charges, then hits foe(s) turn 2. High crit ratio.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Silver Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2 turns; deals double the damage taken.
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, even if the target is immune.
Bullet Seed
10
100%
30
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Explosion
500
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fake Out
40
100%
10
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Feint Attack
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
10
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
Target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another.
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.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Pound
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Razor Leaf
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
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.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Self-Destruct
400
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Sucker Punch
80
100%
5
Usually goes first. Fails if target is not attacking.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
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.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears target side's hazards/screens.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Embargo
--
100%
15
For 5 turns, the target's item has no effect.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Growth
--
--
40
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 1.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Leech Seed
--
90%
10
1/8 of target's HP is restored to user every turn.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Nature Power
--
--
20
Attack changes based on terrain. (Tri Attack)
Power Swap
--
--
10
Swaps Attack and Sp. Atk stat stages with target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
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.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Synthesis
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Tailwind
--
--
30
For 3 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Worry Seed
--
100%
10
The target's Ability becomes Insomnia.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Shiftry 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 Shiftry

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