Competitive Information for Pineco [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Pineco pineco
Base Stats for Pineco

Bug

Abilities:
SturdySturdy: OHKO moves fail when used against this Pokemon.


Evolutions / Family:
Pineco
Forretress

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Pineco? 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.


Pineco is a wonderful Bug-typed Pokemon. Pineco is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Pineco is weak to Fire, Flying, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Pineco
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake / Dig
- Rock Slide / Rollout
- Rock Smash

Physical Sweeper Pineco (Sturdy)

Pineco is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed 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. Pineco is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Pineco from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pineco's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sturdy, ohko moves fail when used against Pineco.

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).
Dig is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Rollout is a physical 30-base power Rock-type move (power doubles with each hit. repeats for 5 turns).
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 Pineco? 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: Pineco
Item: Eviolite / Life Orb
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Dig
- Rock Slide / Rollout
- Double-Edge / Return
- Rock Smash

Doubles Physical Sweeper Pineco (Sturdy)

Pineco is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It's 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. Pineco is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until it was realized Eviolite would make it quite viable. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Pineco from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pineco's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sturdy, ohko moves fail when used against Pineco.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Dig is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Rollout is a physical 30-base power Rock-type move (power doubles with each hit. repeats for 5 turns).
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 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 Pineco 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
Giga Drain
60
100%
5
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Bide
--
100%
10
Waits 2 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
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.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Pin Missile
14
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
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.
Rollout
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Sand Tomb
15
70%
15
Traps and damages the target for 2-5 turns.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Self-Destruct
400
100%
5
Hits adjacent Pokemon. The user faints.
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.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
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.
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.
Spikes
--
--
20
Hurts grounded foes on switch-in. Max 3 layers.
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 Pineco 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 Pineco

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