Competitive Information for Poliwhirl [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Poliwhirl? 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.
Poliwhirl is an interesting Water-typed Pokemon. Poliwhirl is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Poliwhirl's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake / Mud-Slap
- Seismic Toss / Rock Smash
- Defense Curl
Physical Sweeper Poliwhirl (Retro)
Poliwhirl is a remarkable Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Remember prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Poliwhirl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.
♦ Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
♦ Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (power doubles on dig).
♦ Mud-Slap is a physical 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).
♦ Seismic Toss is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Poliwhirl's level).
♦ Rock Smash is a physical 20-base power Fighting-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
♦ Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Poliwhirl's defense by 1 stage).
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
- Surf / Waterfall
- Ice Beam / Ice Punch
Special Sweeper Poliwhirl (Retro)
Poliwhirl is a stupendous Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Poliwhirl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.
♦ Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
♦ Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
♦ Ice Punch is a special 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
♦ 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 Poliwhirl has no item, it steals the target's).
Wondering what moves can Poliwhirl 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 Poliwhirl 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 Poliwhirl
- Moves: Belly drum + Rest
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- OHKO Combo - Moves: Mind Reader + Fissure
- Moves with Priority: Detect, Endure, Protect
- Moves that Break Screens: Haze
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