Competitive Information for Tentacruel [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Tentacruel? 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.
Tentacruel is a pretty decent Water and Poison-typed Pokemon. Tentacruel is a common Pokemon to see in Generation 2. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Tentacruel is weak to Electric, Ground, and Psychic-typed attacks.
Item: Poison Barb
- Sludge Bomb / Acid
- Double-Edge / Return
Physical Sweeper Tentacruel (Retro)
Tentacruel is pretty popular 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.
♦ Acid is a physical STAB-boosted 40-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
♦ 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).
♦ Barrier is a status move (raises your Tentacruel's defense by 2 stages).
♦ Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Item: Mystic Water
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Ice Beam / Aurora Beam
- Giga Drain / Mega Drain
- Mirror Coat
Special Sweeper Tentacruel (Retro)
Tentacruel is a fabulous Special Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the old days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (10% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
♦ Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
♦ Aurora Beam is a special 65-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
♦ Giga Drain is a special 60-base power Grass-type move (Tentacruel recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
♦ Mega Drain is a special 40-base power Grass-type move (Tentacruel recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
♦ Mirror Coat is a special 0-base power Psychic-type move (if hit by special attack, returns double damage).
Wondering what moves can Tentacruel 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 Tentacruel 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 Tentacruel
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Moves with Priority: Endure, Protect
- Moves that Break Screens: Haze
Optimize Tentacruel's EVs for Gold/Silver
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