Competitive Information for Kabuto [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Kabuto kabuto
Base Stats for Kabuto

Rock / Water

Abilities:
Swift SwimSwift Swim: If Rain Dance is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled.
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Battle ArmorBattle Armor: This Pokemon cannot be struck by a critical hit.


Evolutions / Family:
Kabuto
Kabutops

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Kabuto? 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.


Kabuto is a phenomenal Rock and Water-typed Pokemon. Kabuto is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Kabuto is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Kabuto
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Swift Swim
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Rock Slide / Ancient Power
- Mud Shot / Dig
- Rock Smash

Physical Sweeper Kabuto (Swift Swim)

Kabuto is an outstanding Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Kabuto from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Kabuto's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Swift Swim, if rain dance is active Kabuto's speed is doubled.

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).
Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Ancient Power is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Rock-type move (10% chance to raise all stats by 1 stage (not acc/eva)).
Mud Shot is a physical 55-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Dig is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Rock Smash is a physical 20-base power Fighting-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Kabuto? 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: Kabuto
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Swift Swim
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Rock Slide / Ancient Power
- Double-Edge / Return
- Mud Shot / Dig
- Rock Smash

Doubles Physical Sweeper Kabuto (Swift Swim)

Kabuto is a wonderful Physical Sweeper. It was 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 Kabuto from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Kabuto's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Swift Swim, if rain dance is active Kabuto's speed is doubled.

Rock Slide is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Ancient Power is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Rock-type move (10% chance to raise all stats by 1 stage (not acc/eva)).
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).
Mud Shot is a physical 55-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Dig is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Rock Smash is a physical 20-base power Fighting-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Kabuto 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
Absorb
20
100%
20
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Aurora Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s).
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Giga Drain
60
100%
5
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
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.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another.
Mega Drain
40
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits foes. Power doubles against Dive.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
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.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Mud Shot
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Rapid Spin
20
100%
40
Frees user from hazards, binding, Leech Seed.
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.
Rollout
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Metal Sound
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
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.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Kabuto 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 Kabuto

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