Competitive Information for Cubone [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Cubone cubone
Base Stats for Cubone

Ground

Abilities:
Lightning RodLightning Rod: This Pokemon draws single-target Electric moves used by opponents to itself.
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Rock HeadRock Head: This Pokemon does not take recoil damage besides Struggle/Life Orb/crash damage.


Evolutions / Family:
Cubone
Marowak

Weakness Chart for Ground-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
  
0x
  
  
  
  
2x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
2x
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
2x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Cubone? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Ruby/Sapphire 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 Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Cubone is a spectacular Ground-typed Pokemon. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Cubone is weak to Grass, Ice, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Cubone
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Bonemerang
- Double-Edge / Return
- Brick Break
- Rock Slide

Physical Sweeper Cubone (Lightning Rod)

Cubone is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolite was equipped. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Cubone from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cubone's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Cubone draws single-target electric moves used by opponents to itself.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Bonemerang is a physical STAB-boosted 50-base power Ground-type move (hits 2 times in one turn).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).




Species: Cubone
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Flamethrower / Fire Punch
- Ice Beam / Icy Wind
- Thunder Punch
- Thief

Special Sweeper Cubone (Lightning Rod)

Cubone is an outstanding Special Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Previously before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield but Eviolite makes it possibly stronger than it's final form. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Cubone from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cubone's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Cubone draws single-target electric moves used by opponents to itself.

Flamethrower is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Fire Punch is a special 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
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 foes speed by 1 stage).
Thunder Punch is a special 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Cubone has no item, it steals the target's).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Cubone? These builds have been optimized for Ruby/Sapphire Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Species: Cubone
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Double-Edge / Return
- Brick Break

Doubles Physical Sweeper Cubone (Lightning Rod)

Cubone is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the old days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolite was equipped. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Cubone from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cubone's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Cubone draws single-target electric moves used by opponents to itself.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).




Species: Cubone
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Flamethrower / Fire Punch
- Thunder Punch
- Thief

Doubles Special Sweeper Cubone (Lightning Rod)

Cubone is an outstanding Special Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the dark days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Cubone is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield but Eviolite changes that. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Cubone from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Cubone's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Cubone draws single-target electric moves used by opponents to itself.

Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Flamethrower is a special 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Fire Punch is a special 75-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Thunder Punch is a special 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Cubone has no item, it steals the target's).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Cubone 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
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s).
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Fire Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bone Club
65
85%
20
10% chance to flinch the target.
Bone Rush
25
80%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Bonemerang
50
90%
10
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, even if the target is immune.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Dynamic Punch
100
50%
5
100% chance to confuse the target.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Rage
20
100%
20
Raises the user's Attack by 1 if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
50
80%
10
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
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.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Thrash
90
100%
20
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Belly Drum
--
--
10
User loses 50% max HP. Maximizes Attack.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Perish Song
--
--
5
All active Pokemon will faint in 3 turns.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
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.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Cubone can perform in Ruby/Sapphire. 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 RS Move and Ability Combos for Cubone

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