Competitive Information for Magcargo [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Magcargo magcargo
Base Stats for Magcargo

Fire / Rock

Abilities:
Flame BodyFlame Body: 1/3 chance a Pokemon making contact with this Pokemon will be burned.
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Magma ArmorMagma Armor: This Pokemon cannot be frozen. Gaining this Ability while frozen cures it.


Evolutions / Family:
Slugma
Magcargo

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Magcargo? 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.


Magcargo is a decent Fire and Rock-typed Pokemon. It's a frequent sight to see Magcargo out in the 3rd generation battlefield. Magcargo is weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Magcargo
Item: Air Balloon / Life Orb
Ability: Flame Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Overheat / Flamethrower
- Defense Curl
- Toxic
- Light Screen

Special Sweeper Magcargo (Flame Body)

Magcargo is an interesting Special Sweeper. It's designed 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. With Flame Body, 1/3 chance a pokemon making contact with Magcargo will be burned.

Overheat is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Magcargo's special attack by 2 stages).
Flamethrower is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Magcargo's defense by 1 stage).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Light Screen is a status move (for 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Magcargo? 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: Magcargo
Item: Air Balloon / Life Orb
Ability: Flame Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Heat Wave / Overheat
- Defense Curl
- Toxic
- Light Screen

Doubles Special Sweeper Magcargo (Flame Body)

Magcargo is a remarkable Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. With Flame Body, 1/3 chance a pokemon making contact with Magcargo will be burned.

Heat Wave is a special STAB-boosted 100-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Overheat is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Magcargo's special attack by 2 stages).
Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Magcargo's defense by 1 stage).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Light Screen is a status move (for 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Magcargo 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.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Heat Wave
100
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Overheat
140
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
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 Throw
50
90%
15
No additional effect.
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.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Self-Destruct
400
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Smog
20
70%
20
40% chance to poison the target.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Acid Armor
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
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.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Refresh
--
--
20
User cures its burn, poison, or paralysis.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
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.
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.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Magcargo 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 Magcargo

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