Competitive Information for Dustox [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Dustox dustox
Base Stats for Dustox

Bug / Poison

Abilities:
Shield DustShield Dust: This Pokemon is not affected by the secondary effect of another Pokemon's attack.

Weakness Chart for Bug/Poison-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
  
0.25x
2x
2x
  
0.25x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
  
  
0.5x
2x
2x
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Dustox? 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.


Dustox is pretty popular Bug and Poison-typed Pokemon. Dustox is a common Pokemon to see in Generation 3. Dustox is weak to Fire, Flying, Psychic, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Dustox
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Shield Dust
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Bomb
- Double-Edge / Return
- Silver Wind
- Shadow Ball

Physical Sweeper Dustox (Shield Dust)

Dustox is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Keep in mind back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Dustox from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Dustox's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shield Dust, Dustox is not affected by the secondary effect of another pokemon's attack.

Sludge Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
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).
Silver Wind is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to raise all stats by 1 stage (not acc/eva)).
Shadow Ball is a physical 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Dustox
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Shield Dust
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Psychic / Psybeam
- Solar Beam / Giga Drain
- Thief
- Moonlight

Special Sweeper Dustox (Shield Dust)

Dustox is a notable Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Remember before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Dustox from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Dustox's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shield Dust, Dustox is not affected by the secondary effect of another pokemon's attack.

Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psybeam is a special 65-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).
Solar Beam is a special 120-base power Grass-type move (charges turn 1. hits turn 2. no charge in sunlight).
Giga Drain is a special 60-base power Grass-type move (Dustox recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Dustox has no item, it steals the target's).
Moonlight is a status move (heals your Dustox by a weather-dependent amount).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Dustox? 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: Dustox
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Shield Dust
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Bomb
- Double-Edge / Return
- Silver Wind
- Shadow Ball

Doubles Physical Sweeper Dustox (Shield Dust)

Dustox is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Remember before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Dustox from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Dustox's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shield Dust, Dustox is not affected by the secondary effect of another pokemon's attack.

Sludge Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
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).
Silver Wind is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to raise all stats by 1 stage (not acc/eva)).
Shadow Ball is a physical 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Dustox
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Shield Dust
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Psychic / Psybeam
- Solar Beam / Giga Drain
- Thief
- Moonlight

Doubles Special Sweeper Dustox (Shield Dust)

Dustox is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Dustox from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Dustox's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Shield Dust, Dustox is not affected by the secondary effect of another pokemon's attack.

Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psybeam is a special 65-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).
Solar Beam is a special 120-base power Grass-type move (charges turn 1. hits turn 2. no charge in sunlight).
Giga Drain is a special 60-base power Grass-type move (Dustox recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Dustox has no item, it steals the target's).
Moonlight is a status move (heals your Dustox by a weather-dependent amount).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Dustox 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
Confusion
50
100%
25
10% chance to confuse the target.
Giga Drain
60
100%
5
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Psybeam
65
100%
20
10% chance to confuse the target.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Bounce and Fly.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Poison Sting
15
100%
35
30% chance to poison the target.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Silver Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
70%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Moonlight
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
String Shot
--
95%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Speed by 1.
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.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Dustox 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 Dustox

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