Competitive Information for Tentacruel [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Tentacruel tentacruel
Base Stats for Tentacruel

Water / Poison

Abilities:
Liquid OozeLiquid Ooze: This Pokemon damages those draining HP from it for as much as they would heal.
,
Clear BodyClear Body: Prevents other Pokemon from lowering this Pokemon's stat stages.


Evolutions / Family:
Tentacool
Tentacruel

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Tentacruel? 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 Tentacruel in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

MagnezoneFlygonStaraptorUxieScizorAbomasnowBronzongDragoniteMachampShayminWeavileWalrein


Tentacruel is an interesting Water and Poison-typed Pokemon. It's a pretty standard sight to see Tentacruel out in the 4th generation battlefield. Tentacruel is weak to Electric, Ground, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Tentacruel
Item: Black Sludge / Leftovers
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Ice Beam
- Surf / Hydro Pump
- Rapid Spin
- Toxic Spikes / Toxic

Special Wall Tentacruel (Analytic)

Tentacruel is a stupendous Special Wall. It's purpose is to take a great amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Tentacruel last longer regaining it's health points every turn. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

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. power doubles on dive).
Hydro Pump is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Water-type move that deals a phenomenal amount of damage.
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Tentacruel from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Toxic Spikes is a status move (poisons grounded foes on switch-in. max 2 layers).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Waterfall / Dive
- Poison Jab
- Double-Edge / Return
- Payback

Physical Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Tentacruel's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Dive is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Poison Jab is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison 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).
Payback is a physical 50-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if your Tentacruel moves after the target).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Sludge Bomb
- Ice Beam
- Hyper Beam

Special Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is popular Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Tentacruel's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

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).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Tentacruel cannot move next turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Tentacruel? 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 Tentacruel in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

MagnezoneFlygonStaraptorUxieScizorAbomasnowBronzongDragoniteMachampShayminWeavileWalrein


Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Waterfall / Dive
- Poison Jab
- Double-Edge / Return
- Payback

Doubles Physical Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Tentacruel's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Dive is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Poison Jab is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison 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).
Payback is a physical 50-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if your Tentacruel moves after the target).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Sludge Bomb / Acid
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Hyper Beam

Doubles Special Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is a stupendous Special Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Tentacruel's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

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).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Acid is a special STAB-boosted 40-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to lower the foes special defense 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).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Tentacruel cannot move next turn).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Tentacruel 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
Acid
40
100%
30
10% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Def by 1.
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.
Giga Drain
60
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
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.
Mirror Coat
--
100%
20
If hit by special attack, returns double damage.
Muddy Water
95
85%
10
30% chance to lower the foe(s) accuracy by 1.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison 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.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
15
70%
15
Traps and damages the target for 2-5 turns.
Wring Out
--
100%
5
More power the more HP the target has left.
Constrict
10
100%
35
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another.
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.
Poison Sting
15
100%
35
30% chance to poison the target.
Rapid Spin
20
100%
40
Frees user from hazards, binding, Leech Seed.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
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.
Wrap
15
85%
20
Traps and damages the target for 2-5 turns.
Acupressure
--
--
30
Raises a random stat of the user or an ally by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Barrier
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
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.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Magic Coat
--
--
15
Bounces back certain non-damaging moves.
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.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
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.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Toxic Spikes
--
--
20
Poisons grounded foes on switch-in. Max 2 layers.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Tentacruel 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 Tentacruel

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