Competitive Information for Rapidash [Gold/Silver]

Competitive Pokemon Gold/Silver Movesets and Strategies for Rapidash rapidash
Base Stats for Rapidash

Fire


Evolutions / Family:
Ponyta
Rapidash

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Rapidash? 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.


Rapidash is an interesting Fire-typed Pokemon. Rapidash is a frequent Pokemon to see in Generation 2. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Rapidash is weak to Ground, Rock, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Rapidash
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Low Kick / Double Kick
- Protect
- Toxic

Physical Sweeper Rapidash (Retro)

Rapidash is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is 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. Focus Sash helps protect Rapidash from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

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).
Low Kick is a physical 50-base power Fighting-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Double Kick is a physical 30-base power Fighting-type move (hits 2 times in one turn).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Rapidash this turn).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).




Species: Rapidash
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Moveset:
- Flamethrower / Flame Wheel
- Protect
- Toxic
- Reflect

Special Sweeper Rapidash (Retro)

Rapidash is a notable Special Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Years before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Rapidash from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

Flamethrower is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Flame Wheel is a special STAB-boosted 60-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target. thaws Rapidash).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Rapidash this turn).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Reflect is a status move (for 5 turns, your Rapidash's party has doubled def).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Rapidash 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
Ember
40
100%
25
10% chance to burn the target.
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Fire Spin
15
70%
15
Traps and damages the target for 2-5 turns.
Flame Wheel
60
100%
25
10% chance to burn the target. Thaws user.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Bide
--
100%
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Double Kick
30
100%
30
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
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.
Horn Drill
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Low Kick
50
90%
20
30% chance to flinch the target.
Pay Day
40
100%
20
Scatters coins.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Rage
20
100%
20
Next Rage increases in damage if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
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.
Stomp
65
100%
20
30% chance to flinch the target.
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.
Thrash
90
100%
20
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
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.
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.
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 Rapidash 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 Rapidash

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