Competitive Information for Cubone [Gold/Silver]

Competitive Pokemon Gold/Silver Movesets and Strategies for Cubone cubone
Base Stats for Cubone

Ground


Evolutions / Family:
Cubone
Marowak

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Cubone? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Gold/Silver 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 Gold/Silver generation metagame.


Cubone is a sensational Ground-typed Pokemon. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Cubone is weak to Grass, Ice, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Cubone
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Bonemerang
- Double-Edge / Return
- Rock Slide / Ancient Power
- Seismic Toss

Physical Sweeper Cubone (Retro)

Cubone is pretty popular Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the old days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolite was equipped. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Cubone from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (power doubles on dig).
Bonemerang is a physical STAB-boosted 50-base power Ground-type move (hits 2 times in one turn).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Ancient Power is a physical 60-base power Rock-type move (10% chance to raise all stats by 1 stage (not acc/eva)).
Seismic Toss is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Cubone's level).




Species: Cubone
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Moveset:
- Flamethrower / Fire Punch
- Ice Beam
- Thunder Punch
- Bubble Beam

Special Sweeper Cubone (Retro)

Cubone is an awesome Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolte was added to the mix. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Cubone from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

Flamethrower is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Fire Punch is a special 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Thunder Punch is a special 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Bubble Beam is a special 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Cubone 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 the target.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Fire Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Bide
--
100%
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bone Club
65
85%
20
10% chance to flinch the target.
Bone Rush
25
80%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Bonemerang
50
90%
10
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Power doubles on Dig.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Fissure
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Attack
15
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Rage
20
100%
20
Next Rage increases in damage if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the target.
Rock Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Skull Bash
100
100%
15
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Submission
80
80%
25
Has 1/4 recoil.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thrash
90
100%
20
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Belly Drum
--
--
10
User loses 50% max HP. Maximizes Attack.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Detect
--
--
5
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 1.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the target's Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
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.
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.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the target's Defense by 1.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Cubone can perform in Gold/Silver. 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 GS Move and Ability Combos for Cubone

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