Competitive Information for Poliwhirl [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Poliwhirl poliwhirl
Base Stats for Poliwhirl

Water

Abilities:
DampDamp: Prevents Explosion/Self-Destruct/Aftermath while this Pokemon is active.
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Water AbsorbWater Absorb: This Pokemon heals 1/4 of its max HP when hit by Water moves; Water immunity.

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Poliwhirl? 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.


Poliwhirl is a wonderful Water-typed Pokemon. Poliwhirl is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Poliwhirl's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Poliwhirl
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake / Dig
- Brick Break / Seismic Toss
- Defense Curl

Physical Sweeper Poliwhirl (Water Absorb)

Poliwhirl is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the dark days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Poliwhirl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwhirl's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwhirl heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

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).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Seismic Toss is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Poliwhirl's level).
Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Poliwhirl's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Poliwhirl
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Waterfall
- Ice Beam / Ice Punch
- Psychic
- Thief

Special Sweeper Poliwhirl (Water Absorb)

Poliwhirl is a decent Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Keep in mind back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Poliwhirl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwhirl's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwhirl heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits foes. power doubles against dive).
Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Ice Punch is a special 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Poliwhirl has no item, it steals the target's).




Species: Poliwhirl
Item: Sitrus Berry
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Careful (+SpD, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 104 Def / 152 SpD
Moveset:
- Brick Break
- Belly Drum
- Waterfall
- Earthquake

Poliwhirl Double Wall (This Is A Brain)

Poliwhirl is an outstanding Double Wall. This moveset is designed to have enough defenses and bulk to take both physical and special hits. With Water Absorb, Poliwhirl heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Belly Drum is a status move (Poliwhirl loses 50% max hp; This also maximizes Poliwhirl's attack stat).
Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Poliwhirl? 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: Poliwhirl
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Dig
- Double-Edge / Return
- Brick Break / Seismic Toss
- Defense Curl

Doubles Physical Sweeper Poliwhirl (Water Absorb)

Poliwhirl is pretty popular Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Don't forget before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Poliwhirl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwhirl's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwhirl heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

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).
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).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, even if the target is immune).
Seismic Toss is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Poliwhirl's level).
Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Poliwhirl's defense by 1 stage).




Species: Poliwhirl
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Water Absorb
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Waterfall
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Thief

Doubles Special Sweeper Poliwhirl (Water Absorb)

Poliwhirl is pretty popular Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Remember before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Poliwhirl from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Poliwhirl's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Water Absorb, Poliwhirl heals 1/4 of its max hp when hit by water moves; water immunity.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits foes. power doubles against dive).
Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a large amount of damage.
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Poliwhirl has no item, it steals the target's).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Poliwhirl 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
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s).
Bubble
20
100%
30
10% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Dive
60
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
Ice Ball
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze 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.
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 Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, even if the target is immune.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Slap
15
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
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.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
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 Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seismic Toss
--
100%
20
Does damage equal to the user's level.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Belly Drum
--
--
10
User loses 50% max HP. Maximizes Attack.
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.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Metronome
--
--
10
Picks a random move.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Mind Reader
--
--
5
User's next move will not miss the target.
Mist
--
--
30
For 5 turns, protects user's party from stat drops.
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.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Splash
--
--
40
No competitive use.
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.
Sweet Kiss
--
75%
10
Causes the target to become confused.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Water Sport
--
--
15
Weakens Fire-type attacks to 1/2 their power.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Poliwhirl 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 Poliwhirl

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