Competitive Information for Pidgey [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Pidgey pidgey
Base Stats for Pidgey

Normal / Flying

Abilities:
Keen EyeKeen Eye: Prevents other Pokemon from lowering this Pokemon's accuracy stat stage.


Evolutions / Family:
Pidgey
Pidgeotto
Pidgeot

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Pidgey? 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.


Pidgey is a notable Normal and Flying-typed Pokemon. Pidgey is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Pidgey is weak to Electric, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Pidgey
Item: Life Orb / Power Herb
Ability: Keen Eye
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Sky Attack / Wing Attack
- Steel Wing
- Mud-Slap

Physical Sweeper Pidgey

Pidgey is a spectacular 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 Pidgey from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pidgey's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Keen Eye, prevents other pokemon from lowering Pidgey's accuracy stat stage.

Double-Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Wing Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 60-base power Flying-type move that deals damage.
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Pidgey's defense by 1 stage).
Mud-Slap is a physical 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).




Species: Pidgey
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Keen Eye
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Pursuit / Thief
- Protect
- Toxic
- Whirlwind

Special Sweeper Pidgey

Pidgey is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. It's primary goal 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. Focus Sash helps protect Pidgey from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pidgey's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Keen Eye, prevents other pokemon from lowering Pidgey's accuracy stat stage.

Pursuit is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if the targeted foe is switching out).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Pidgey has no item, it steals the target's).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Pidgey this turn).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Whirlwind is a status move (forces the target to switch to a random ally).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Pidgey? 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: Pidgey
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Keen Eye
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Air Cutter / Sky Attack
- Steel Wing
- Mud-Slap

Doubles Physical Sweeper Pidgey

Pidgey is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is 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. Focus Sash helps protect Pidgey from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pidgey's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Keen Eye, prevents other pokemon from lowering Pidgey's accuracy stat stage.

Double-Edge is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical STAB-boosted 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Air Cutter is a physical STAB-boosted 55-base power Flying-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).
Sky Attack is a physical STAB-boosted 140-base power Flying-type move (charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. high crit).
Steel Wing is a physical 70-base power Steel-type move (10% chance to raise your Pidgey's defense by 1 stage).
Mud-Slap is a physical 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).




Species: Pidgey
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Keen Eye
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Pursuit / Thief
- Protect
- Toxic
- Whirlwind

Doubles Special Sweeper Pidgey

Pidgey is a spectacular Special Sweeper. It attempts 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. Focus Sash helps protect Pidgey from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pidgey's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Keen Eye, prevents other pokemon from lowering Pidgey's accuracy stat stage.

Pursuit is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if the targeted foe is switching out).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Pidgey has no item, it steals the target's).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Pidgey this turn).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Whirlwind is a status move (forces the target to switch to a random ally).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Pidgey 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
Feint Attack
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Pursuit
40
100%
20
Power doubles if the targeted foe is switching out.
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.
Air Cutter
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fly
70
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Bounce and Fly.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges, then hits turn 2. 30% flinch. High crit.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Wing Attack
60
100%
35
No additional effect.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
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.
Feather Dance
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Foresight
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mirror Move
--
--
20
User uses the target's last used move against it.
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.
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.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Pidgey 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 Pidgey

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