Competitive Information for Metagross [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Metagross metagross
Base Stats for Metagross

Steel / Psychic

Abilities:
Clear BodyClear Body: Prevents other Pokemon from lowering this Pokemon's stat stages.


Evolutions / Family:
Beldum
Metang
Metagross

Weakness Chart for Steel/Psychic-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
0.5x
  
  
2x
0.5x
  
0.5x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
0.5x
0.5x
0x
0.25x
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Metagross? 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.


Common team mates for Metagross in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

SnorlaxSalamenceZapdosJolteonStarmieCloysterHeracrossGyaradosCharizardBreloomMarowakRegice


Metagross is a sensational Steel and Psychic-typed Pokemon. Metagross is a not-uncommon Pokemon to see in Generation 3. Metagross's only type-related weaknesses are Fire and Ground.


Species: Metagross
Item: Leftovers / Choice Band
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 168 Hp / 252 Atk / 88 Spe
Moveset:
- Explosion
- Earthquake
- Meteor Mash
- Rock Slide

Physical Tank Metagross (Analytic)

Metagross is a wonderful Physical Tank. It is meant to take a substantial amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Metagross last longer regaining it's it's vitality every turn. Choice Band will increase the damage of Metagross's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Metagross's stat stages.

Explosion is a physical 500-base power Normal-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. your Metagross faints).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Meteor Mash is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Steel-type move (20% chance to raise your Metagross's attack by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).




Species: Metagross
Item: Leftovers / Choice Band
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Rash (+SpA, -SpD)
EVs: 68 Hp / 252 SpA / 188 Spe
Moveset:
- Explosion
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Agility / Psychic

Special Sweeper Metagross (Analytic)

Metagross is popular Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Metagross last longer regaining it's stamina every turn. Choice Band will increase the damage of Metagross's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Metagross's stat stages.

Explosion is a physical 500-base power Normal-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. your Metagross faints).
Earthquake is a physical 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).
Agility is a status move (raises your Metagross's speed by 2 stages).
Psychic is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Metagross
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake
- Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Ball

Physical Sweeper Metagross (Clear Body)

Metagross is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. It attempts 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. Life Orb boosts the power of Metagross's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Metagross's stat stages.

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).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Sludge Bomb is a physical 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Shadow Ball is a physical 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Metagross? 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.


Common team mates for Metagross in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

SnorlaxSalamenceZapdosJolteonStarmieCloysterHeracrossGyaradosCharizardBreloomMarowakRegice


Species: Metagross
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Double-Edge / Return
- Sludge Bomb

Doubles Physical Sweeper Metagross (Clear Body)

Metagross is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Years before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Life Orb boosts the power of Metagross's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Metagross's stat stages.

Earthquake is a physical 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).
Sludge Bomb is a physical 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Metagross 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.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if the targeted foe is switching out.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, even if the target is immune.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
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.
Explosion
500
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
10
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Meteor Mash
100
85%
10
20% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
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 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.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% 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.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
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.
Flash
--
70%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
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.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
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.
Scary Face
--
90%
10
Lowers the target's Speed 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.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Metagross 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 Metagross

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