Competitive Information for Pidgey [Gold/Silver]

Competitive Pokemon Gold/Silver Movesets and Strategies for Pidgey pidgey
Base Stats for Pidgey

Normal / Flying


Evolutions / Family:
Pidgey
Pidgeotto
Pidgeot

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Pidgey? 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.


Pidgey is a fabulous Normal and Flying-typed Pokemon. Pidgey is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Pidgey is weak to Electric, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Pidgey
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Sky Attack / Wing Attack
- Steel Wing
- Mud-Slap

Physical Sweeper Pidgey (Retro)

Pidgey is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the dark days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Pidgey from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

Double-Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges turn 1. hits turn 2).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Pidgey's defense by 1 stage).
Mud-Slap is a physical 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).




Species: Pidgey
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Moveset:
- Pursuit / Thief
- Detect
- Toxic
- Reflect

Special Sweeper Pidgey (Retro)

Pidgey is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Don't forget before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Pidgey from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

Pursuit is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if the foe is switching out).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Pidgey has no item, it steals the target's).
Detect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Pidgey this turn).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Reflect is a status move (for 5 turns, your Pidgey's party has doubled def).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Pidgey 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
Feint Attack
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if the foe is switching out.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Bide
--
100%
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Fly
70
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Fly.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Rage
20
100%
20
Next Rage increases in damage if hit during use.
Razor Wind
80
75%
10
Charges, then hits target turn 2. High crit ratio.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
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.
Foresight
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mirror Move
--
--
20
User uses the target's last used move against it.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, the user's party has doubled Def.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
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.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Pidgey 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 Pidgey

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