Competitive Information for Poliwrath [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Poliwrath? 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.
Poliwrath is an outstanding Water and Fighting-typed Pokemon. Poliwrath is a super common Pokemon to see in Generation 2. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Poliwrath is weak to Electric, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-typed attacks.
Item: Gold Berry
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake / Mud-Slap
- Seismic Toss / Rock Smash
- Defense Curl
Physical Sweeper Poliwrath (Retro)
Poliwrath is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed 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).
♦ 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 STAB-boosted 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Poliwrath's level).
♦ Rock Smash is a physical STAB-boosted 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 Poliwrath's defense by 1 stage).
Item: Mystic Water
- Surf / Waterfall
- Ice Beam / Ice Punch
Special Sweeper Poliwrath (Retro)
Poliwrath is popular Special Sweeper. It's primary goal 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.
♦ Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a mighty 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 Poliwrath has no item, it steals the target's).
Wondering what moves can Poliwrath 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 Poliwrath 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 Poliwrath
- Moves: Belly drum + Rest
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- OHKO Combo - Moves: Mind Reader + Fissure
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Dynamic Punch
- Moves with Priority: Detect, Endure, Protect
- Moves that Break Screens: Haze
Optimize Poliwrath's EVs for Gold/Silver
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