Competitive Information for Poliwag [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Poliwag? 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.
Poliwag is a pretty decent Water-typed Pokemon. Poliwag is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Poliwag's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.
Item: Gold Berry
- Double-Edge / Return
- Defense Curl
Physical Sweeper Poliwag (Retro)
Poliwag is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Don't forget back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
♦ Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Poliwag's defense by 1 stage).
♦ Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
♦ Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Poliwag this turn).
Item: Mystic Water
- Surf / Waterfall
- Ice Beam / Icy Wind
Special Sweeper Poliwag (Retro)
Poliwag is a notable Special Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Remember before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a great amount of damage.
♦ Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
♦ Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
♦ Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
♦ Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Poliwag has no item, it steals the target's).
Wondering what moves can Poliwag 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.
These are a list of several common move combinations Poliwag 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 Poliwag
- Moves: Belly drum + Rest
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Moves with Priority: Endure, Protect
- Moves that Break Screens: Haze
Optimize Poliwag's EVs for Gold/Silver
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